It’s a small dog, the Jack Russell Terrier, but its personality is anything but small. The Jack Russell Terrier has a long history, with its origins rumoured to be the Reverend John Russell who bought a small dog with a good hunting ability. The breeding programme of the Reverend was aimed at creating the ultimate fox hunter, a dog able to get the foxes out of their holes whilst still being able to keep up with the hunt.
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In the aftermath of World War II there was a decline in the demand for hunting dogs like the Jack Russell Terrier. Its role thus changed from mainly a hunting dog to a member of the household. As years passed the dog became more popular as pet, and the majority of Russell Terriers are now kept in households.
Because the Terrier was bred to be good at hunting its stamina is excellent. It is a high energy dog that requires to be let out of the house often for some exercise.
These cats have inherited the good genes, they look beautiful! The owners of these cats clearly take good care of their pets as well.
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What makes a cat beautiful? Well this obviously has something to do with your personal taste, but in general the eyes and fur are very important. The five cats listed above all have non-standard eye colours, the second has a condition called heterochromia. Heterochromia is two different eye colours in the same person/animal. It is much more common in dogs and cats than in humans. The last cat has beautiful fur combined with amazing eyes.
Keeping a close eye on the health of your cat is important. Cats do experience pain similarly to humans. Just like humans they can be affected by infectious diseases. By monitoring your cat’s health daily you will be able to prevent more serious health issues at a later time. Visiting the veterinarian at least once a year is strongly advised. You really shouldn’t delay informing your vet if you notice any peculiar behaviour from your cat.
Stress is just as bad for your cat as it is for you. Make sure your cat gets plenty of rest. You might think that cats have no problem relaxing, and in general you’d be right. However stressful households DO have a negative effect on their health. If you can’t provide a stable, at times quiet, place for your cat to grow old in, then perhaps you should reconsider getting a cat if you haven’t already.
Cats can not eat all human foods. Some foods are actually a danger to their well-being. Obesity is a major issue in the world of humans, are we feeding our cats properly? Over-feeding is quite common. A big well-fed cat might look cute, but in the long term health problems can develop such as diabetes, and arthritis. Cats’ behaviour has changed over the years. They were once kept mostly to hunt for mice in barns, hence got much more exercise. Nowadays their lives are much more sedentary – so their diet needs to adjust as well.
Feed your cat plenty of liquid! Giving your cat too much dry food will cause dehydration, and might end in urinary-tract problems. A diet rich in liquids is a must. Cats get most of their water from the food we provide them with. Other than feeding your cat a mouse every day, which consist of about 70% water, canned foods will do the job just as well. Besides canned food as a source of water, additionally there should be plenty of fresh water available to your cat.
Please note that cats are carnivores, they prefer meat – they were designed to function mainly on meat. Trying to turn your cat into a vegetarian is not advisable.
If you have any concerns about your cat’s health, consult your veterinarian. Many health problems can be prevented if timely action is taken.
So Summer is finally approaching in the Northern Hemisphere. Time to look at some beautiful butterflies that mainly occur in the Southern Hemisphere :-). The following butterflies are members of the Coeliadinae family, which in turn is a subfamily of the Hesperiidae. It is not one of the largest subfamilies, with only about 150 known species. The Coeliadinae butterflies still need more study, as they have yet to reveal all their secrets.
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The parent family of Coeliadinae, Hesperiidae, are also called Skipper butterflies. Their flight is characterised by quick movement. You will find them mostly in neotropical regions of the Earth.
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The wings of the butterflies of the Hesperiidae family are usually rounded. They are usually coloured brown or grey. There are currently 3500 known species of skipper butterflies. Their sizes vary, the Giant skipper (as its name implies) is much larger than its cousins of other families.
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