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    A-Z Rabbit Language Guide

    A-Z Rabbit Language Guide

    Rabbits are the 3rd most popular domestic pets after dogs and cats, and are hugely popular with children especially as their first pet. They are cute, loving and generally easy to handle however, they can be difficult to understand and be aggressive when provoked. Rabbits communicate in a complex way unlike dogs for example so we've compiled a simple guide that is super easy for both adults and kids to understand. In no time you'll figure out what your rabbit is trying to tell you!


    Binkying

    An expression of happiness - this is when the rabbit leaps in the air, twists and kicks its legs out, almost like a twisting dance.


    Chinning

    A rabbit rubs the underside of its chin on objects or places to mark its territory.


    Circling (or Mounting and Honking)

    When a rabbit mounts or circles your feet, objects or other rabbit and honks (an act of grunting), it indicates wanting to mate.  Spayed or neutered rabbits may honk and circle to request food or attention.


    Digging
    Similar to nudging, digging on your legs or feet is one way rabbits try to get your attention.


    Flopping

    This is when your rabbit rolls on side or back, displaying contentment and security.


    Grooming

    See Licking.


    Growling
    A sign your rabbit is angry or stressed. Watch out and try to back off for a while as you may be invading its territory.


    Honking (Grunting)

    See Circling.


    Kicking Upwards
    Your rabbit is displeased. Similar to thumping, except this is done while hopping away from you or other animals. You may notice this after trimming its nails.


    Licking
    Bunnies show affection by licking or grooming. If you have more than one rabbit, you may see pairs of them grooming one another, which demonstrates a strong bond between them.


    Mounting

    See Circling.


    Nudging

    Like digging, a rabbit may nudge your hand or foot to request food or attention.


    Purring
    Sometimes rabbits show enjoyment by grinding their teeth if you are petting them, which is a rabbit’s way of purring. However, teeth grinding can also mean discomfort or pain, which is usually louder and more frequent than grinding due to contentment.


    Screaming
    When a rabbit screams, it is in extreme pain. Seek veterinary assistance immediately if this occurs.


    Teeth Grinding

    See Purring.


    Thumping

    Similar to kicking. A rabbit thumps its hind foot on ground when alarmed. So, when you see this behaviour, try not to pick your rabbit up or calmly place it on ground level as it is a warning of danger.


    Zipping
    When rabbits zips around, they demonstrate extreme excitement,  usually when you’re about to give your bunny a treat.


    If you and your family are going away, we also board rabbits with our qualified home boarders? If you need an eye on your pet bunny for a shorter period instead, seek help from our trusted sitters.

    Ways To Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy While You Are Away

    Ways To Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy While You Are Away

    Some cats suffer separation anxiety and the last thing we want to do as pet parents is to add more stress onto your pet cat while you are gone, be it for work or holiday. Many owners board their cats with cage-free home boarders to have a peace of mind when they are away long-term. However, if they are gone for a short period, here are 7 ideas you can try to keep your cat calm and happy indoors alone.

    1. Use calming pheromones


    Cat pheromone is a type of chemical communication between cats produced from glands located on various parts of their bodies, often to mark places and objects for example. There are calming pheromones products that you can use on or around your cat which is meant to mimic natural cat pheromones. These products can be purchased in forms of sprays, plug-ins, wipes and collars, and can work wonders on a stressed cat.

    2. Create a fun zone


    This is an obvious one but even if you don't have much space, setting up a fun corner will suffice as the idea is to fend off boredom. As cats are intelligent felines, they can get bored easily, which can be frustrating for them. Hence, scratching, biting and pooping out of their litter box - for fun. Set up an area with complicated and stimulating toys like a cat tree with multiple levels and various perching sites, scratching posts made for climbing and claw exercises, hanging toys and food puzzles. So long you switch them around every now and then, they are great ways to keep cats occupied.


    3. Experiment with your curtains/blinds

    Some cats love observing  the outside world from inside. Perches that overlook the front porch and street will provide hours of entertainment for your cat. If you don't mind birds by your porch or balcony, you could also place a bird feeder by the window.


    Meanwhile, some cats can get more anxious by seeing other cats, dogs or neighbours especially when alone. This behaviour can cause them to claw at blinds or urinate by the window to mark their territory. In this case, it is better to close all the windows and drapes before you leave your house.


    4. Provide a hiding place


    As cats are territorial and solitary by nature, it is important to allow your cats to have their own territory, especially when it is an anxious one, or you have multiple cats and suspect one may be a bit of a bully. A great idea is to place large paper grocery bags or card boxes in different rooms in the house so that each cat will have the opportunity to have their own hiding spaces where other cats will have difficulty reaching.

    5. Invest in a running water fountain


    Cats are usually finicky about their drinking water but most love running water like tap water. Obviously we are not suggesting you leave your tap on the entire time you're away but investing in a running water fountain made for cats may be a good idea. That way, your cat also does not dehydrates itself until you get back.


    6. Turn on soothing sounds


    If your cat responds to certain music styles, try leaving them on softly while you're out. If you're unsure, you can't go wrong with classical or meditation music.


    7. Get a buddy


    This may or may not work as your cat could be used to being a lone ranger. However, if your cat gets along with his or her new sibling, playtime and shared activities can be more interesting even when you are not around. Hiring a trusted pet sitter is also another option so that your cat is being looked after without needing to leave it's house or break it's routine.


    Of course, don't forget safety of your cats - that means not leaving anything that could be of danger out in the open especially when you are not around. It is also a good idea to purchase pet insurance for your furry one if leaving your pet cat alone at home is norm.

    Pet Boarding vs Pet Sitting: which is better for your dog or cat?

    Pet Boarding vs Pet Sitting: which is better for your dog or cat?

    Whether you need to travel abroad or visit relatives this holiday season, it's not always possible to have your pet(s) tag along. So comes the question - what are the options when it comes to pet care in your absence? Obviously, in many situations, the best option is having a friend or family member whom your dog/cat is familiar with watch them but if that isn't possible, you'll have to decide between boarding your pet or hiring a pet sitter. Your decision will boil down to the characteristics and temperament of your pet.
    When is Pet Boarding Better?
    Pet boarding is when you check your pet into a facility (think vet or pet hotel) or at an insured and vetted boarder’s home.

    Some dogs will not allow a stranger into its home and can suffer depression or separation anxiety when its owner isn't around for a long period of time. If your pet, especially dogs (and a youngster!), loves human and animal interaction, then pet boarding is clearly the better choice as some dogs thrive on companionship and stimulation. Many of JomPaw’s boarders have pets of their own and offer a cage-free environment so your dog or cat will easily feel at home.

    When is Pet Sitting Better?

    A pet sitter is someone who will go to your house, interact, feed, walk and look after your pet. The biggest benefit here is that your pet stays exactly where it is while having a pet sitter keep an eye on him or her.

    Because your pet will be staying in the comfort of your home, this will suit older dogs who isn't as mobile, and cats who are usually happy doing its own thing by itself. Your pet will be able to stick to its own routine in familiar surroundings with little interruption as possible. Those with multiple pets will also find it more convenient to have a pet sitter rather than transporting your pets to a boarder. After all, they have a companion pal and wouldn't get as stressed while you are away.

    Whatever decision you have made, it's important that your pet is in safe hands. Ask many questions (insurance, experience, etc.) and check out its reviews. Book a service with our boarders and sitters who have been vetted and trained to provide the best care to your furry pet for a peace of mind while you are away this holiday season!

    Top 5 reasons to treat your pets to a cage free holiday

    Top 5 reasons to treat your pets to a cage free holiday

    1) Happiest at home

    Dogs and cats generally feel safer, less anxious, and more secure in a comfortable and familiar environment as opposed to being transferred to a pet hotel. A dog who has separation issues or is reactive to other dogs will certainly be better off with a pet sitter than in a pet hotel. A cat who is sensitive about changes in its environment can get frustrated and frightened by a new environment. Most cats need frequent supervision, not only to ensure they get enough food and drink, but also to check whether they are alright. This is when a pet sitter can come in to pet and spend some time providing social contact, even if most cats like being on their own.

    2) Health and safety

    Pets at kennels are prone to contracting and being exposed to infections and viruses such as pet hotel cough, distemper, and other intestinal parasites. While some pet hotels can be professional operations, many others are not and can go a long way towards worsening any fear or anxiousness or separation issues a pet may already have. A busy kennel can be loud and high energy. This can over stimulate your pet and contribute to heightened stress levels. Some pets are fed or given different food which can lead to gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting or diarrhea. This seems to be worse with the addition of “stress”.

    3) One to one attention

    When a pet sitter brings your pet into his/her home you can expect lots of one on one attention. Pets can get extra play time and individual attention with a pet sitter without the extra charge that is often billed at kennels. In pet hotels, not every dog or cat gets the attention they require. Some are left alone for extended periods of time in highly stressful environments. Your pet sitter will care for your pet just as you instruct but, just as important, he or she will spoil it with plenty of love, affection, and attention to keep your pet happy and healthy until you return home.

    4) Keeping in touch

    It’s important that you know what’s happening with your pet while you're away. To keep you in the know, pet sitters will call you, send text messages and leave behind an update that detail how your loved ones are doing.

    5) Regular routine

    Most pet boarding hotels require all pets to follow their schedule and to have required shots before being boarded. The pet hotels will perform feedings, bathroom breaks, and walks according to their schedule, not yours. Your pet’s routine will likely not be the same as at home and it may require time to adjust to the kennel and returning home again, which could result in stress or even illness. With home-based qualified pet sitters, you can keep ensure your pet’s routine is kept.

    If you are interested to treat your pet to a cage-free holiday to improve your lives, click here to find out more about JomPaw’s home-based cage-free boarding service by strictly validated pet sitters. Board your pet at a pet lover’s home near you!