Any ideas for homemade pet toys or treats that cost under $10.00 are welcome Here are a few examples: Hamster hammock,dog bed,cat castle,dog treats,cat teaser. Or anything else you can think of !!!
Topic by shooter129 | last reply
I am a passionate pet owner, and belive that Instructables should have a Pet Contest sponsered by Petco or some other company like that. The Pet Contest could allow any entries that are pet realated - Pet food, pet clothes, pet toys, etc. Is anyone else with me? Please make a Pet Contest Instructables!
Topic by Chikpea | last reply
I am looking for a GPS system that will locate your pet cat or dog that has disappeared. I know that there are microchips implanted in pets to identify them when they have been displaced and rescued. There is also telemetry that is used with wildlife to track animals. Any ideas?
Topic by carolb4 | last reply
There is a feral cat that I have been feeding, but I am afraid it now depends on me for food. If I go on a vacation I want to be able to feed it dry kibbles, but there are raccoons and other critters that would eat food left out. I have looked at several DIY feeders but they are too complex for my taste. What I would like is something that, when it got a power input from a 24 hour timer, would send power down to some sort of solenoid that I could use to open a box of food. But I would need a series of these in sequence so that the next time the timer sent power it would complete a circuit to the next solenoid the next day and then do it again for up to seven times (so I could be gone for seven days). What sort of device would sequence power to different solenoids to open a series of boxes? Thanks in advance.
Topic by tulsun
There are so many instructables about pets floating around here, that I thought it would be nice to have a place to put them all together. There's a dog group right now, but I don't see any about cats or other pets. So I created the group 'paws, claws, and fins' if anyone wants to join it
Topic by shangrilarcadia | last reply
I would like to make a pet stroller for my in-laws. They have 2 Yorkies who can never "finish" their walks, but end up having to be carried. This is wearing on the humans, as they aren't young anymore. I've been laid off since April, so I can't afford the $99-$249 it costs in the stores. Has anyone made one of these? I haven't been able to draw up a plan that really worked. Hope someone out there can help.
Topic by sgsidekick | last reply
Hello, I have recently been working on shredding PET plastics (#1 recycling symbol), to recycle the plastics into 3D printer filament. I have been struggling with finding a reliable and inexpensive method for grinding or shredding the plastics. The granules also need to be fairly small. Please share any thoughts you have! Thanks!
Topic by DylanD581 | last reply
Tool Tips Month will be wrapping up in a couple days and with a new month we're having a new theme: pets. We want to see your pet-based Instructables. Cat people, dog people, snake people, rodent people, all of you pet owners are invited to show us something cool that relates to a pet. Pet housing, pet maintenance, pet toys, and whatever else you can think of will be eligible. So get ready to show us what you've got!
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Do you own weird or exotic pets or do you know anyone with weird or exotic pets? I knew a guy who lived not too far away from me with four Siberian tigers, pretty cool but he ended up having to send them to cat tales, but anyway... Why am I asking, I just wonder if other people have cool pets like that. The tiger in the pictures name is Delilah, she was 8 when the picture was taken.
Topic by Slayerfan666 | last reply
I saw the forum about plasmana's huge spider he found. so i have decided to post about my "pet" spider. he actually isnt my pet note the quotation marks he has just decided to live my bucket. i think he is a wolf spider but if I'm wrong please tell me.
Topic by Sun Gear | last reply
Hiyas I am longing loads for pet of my own since my bunny died. but i am not allowed another pet. does anybody have any ideas of how to make a *loving* pet???? thanks p.s this is my first ever comment on instructables!!!!! pp.s needs to be low budget (eg. under $100)
Question by juicymoose | last reply
I want to make a pet food dish that rations out pet food at specific intervals. Something similar to this http://www.petronic.com/sixday.htm it doesn't have to be a circle, I could probably figure out how to do it with a pulley system and motor if it was straight, but I need to find a timer to trigger the motor. Does anyone know where to get a timer like that, or what I should search for. I've never built anything before, so I don't know anything, or what to search for. Thanks for any help.
Topic by celtictrinityknot | last reply
We have (atlast) bongomats (recycling bins for plastic bottles) in town they are intended for transparent bottles made of PET and marked with the recycling icon and num 1 in it is it ok to throw there plastic stuff made of PP (recycling icon with num 5) or its better to trash it ?
Topic by 11010010110 | last reply
We've just completed our first instructable on our company for personalized pet products. We're looking for ideas on dog breeds that we should focus on for our Limited Edition Ts. Let us know if your breed is not being represented in the marketplace. We hope you enjoy our instructable. https://www.instructables.com/id/My-PupPup-Jack-DanielsInstructables-Independence-/
Topic by mypuppup | last reply
Hello everyone! Finally made an account after using this site for over 5yrs because I'm hoping to find some advice. I have a big, plastic, dog-sized travel kennel (airplane kind). Since my pet isn't using it anymore, thought I'd convert it into an outside doghouse seeing as though it's practically complete already. To prevent rain from getting inside, I need to cover up the side & back barred "windows". My 1st impulse was to replace the metal bars with wood, but rain would just leak in through the top. Any thoughts on attaching a makeshift roof? I've added a picture of it to help (the metal door has been removed).
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Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from Pets Month!We asked you to show your love for your pets and you did with Instructables dedicated to chickens, cats, dogs, fish, reptiles, and more! Some fantastic information was shared and we hope that you all continue to make more Instructables to help other pet owners.So thanks again to everyone who entered. Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these three Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews The Easy Way to Cut Your Ferret's Toenails by lbaran Tips For Chickens by zako How to pill a cat, the easy way by sunitgir Judges Selections Cat-Powered Automatic Cat Feeder by labelreader Vibrating Deaf Dog Caller Collar by arcticpenguin Patch Winners The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot patch. Keeping Cavies Healthy Doggie Doorbell Keeping Chickens in a Harsh Northern Climate How to Make Your Cat Purr DIY Doggie Diner How to reportion frozen fish food How to make Salad For Bearded Dragons A Better Cat Litter Sifter CO2 Reactor for a Planted Aquarium Hamster to Mongolia How to Ski Jour with your Dog The Doggy Retreat Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name selected by Linus, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this entry from someone who likes to control the dust.
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
When my brother decided to travel around the country, he has been forced to leave the white rat he kept as pet ... and I've been forced to adopt this little animal.Rats as pets quickly become cute, funny, and show a personality that make them even more endearing ... In other words, "la souris" (the mouse), as I renamed it because I was unable to remember the name my bro gave her formerly, quickly found her place in my home and my life.So, happy end ??No !No, because rats pets quickly develop lot of weird diseases :- dermatitis - mange- bumble feet- cysts- tumors- etc- and various infections and self-injuries because the rat scratches or bites itself because of one or several of the above diseases.The health and the life of your rat will quickly become a nightmare, and, if like me, you tend to consider your pets like full members of your family, your rat pet will become a great source of worries ... and if you're not cruel, you'll be forced to give an end to its agony. Because that's a real slow and cruel agony.Most people who adopt a rat as pet seems not to be aware of all the problems this little animal will have, neither how expensive it will be to look after it.The internet is full of sites dedicated to the diseases of rats pet. My advice : If you love pets, don't adopt or give a rat as pet !20080225 update :Despite what I said, if you still want to adopt a rat, then, you should better document yourself a lot before commitment.Member Please wrote a tiny instructable about How to take care of a rat the right way. She is a breeder, so you could ask her as much questions as you need.20080226 update :She also wrote two other very useful articles :avoid bad diseases for your pet ratfun games for your pet rat
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I recently had to move house and within two weeks of settling in my cats got attacked by fleas while outside. All the years they had not a single tick or flea so I did not pay too much attention until I spotted the first flea. Needless to say that once you spot one there are many hiding already... From past experience with my dog I did not trust the over the counter flea collars and decided to go to my vet. They recommended Frontline for the treatment, plus a flea bomb to treat the house and washing everything the cats like to sleep on. Came to just under $100AU - ouch... Mind you I have hardwood floors here, so I was quite confident the bomb would could kill all what might remain inside. The cats were kept indoors too to prevent new fleas finding them outside. Well, after two weeks of daily combing for fleas the problem did not get better - it got worse! Seemed they were having parties on my cats. Back to the vet to complain I was told it might take a bit longer to show the desired results. Hmmm, treatment every 4 weeks and after 2 weeks nothing happened?? On the way out an old couple with their two maltesers stopped me and said that they already gave up on Frontline and most other products as the fleas around here are resistant to the meds. They now only use Neem oil that is massaged into the skin and fur of their dogs. Sadly my cats would rather scratch me into meat strips then to let get near them with the oil. So I did some asking around with my friend Google and the story of the old folks seems to be confirmed for most parts of Australia anyway. Most flea collars and over the counter meds might still work to keep fleas away but not anymore to actually treat your pet once infected with more than a handful of fleas. And yes, I am aware of those sprays claiming to kill all fleas instantly but I also know cats like to clean themself and don't like the idea of them liking the spray off the fur. After some more digging I found out that Selamectin is still working and that works in several ways to control fleas and other parasites like heartworm and such. You can look it up on Wiki if you like. What I like about this med is the fact that fleas are really filthy things eating their own excremts. Since the poo is usually everywhere in the fur and hard to remove it makes the killing even easier. Plus in all spots where fles might be hiding but have noone to feed on they still eat their own ..... and die off. My vet only had Revolution available at a price of almost 25 bucks per single dose - no thank you... Instead I decided to bite the bullet and try one of the many online pharmacies for pet supplies. Here I found "Stronghold" containing the above Selamectin similar to Revolution in concetration (bit higher though)... The website stated to expect about 4 weeks for the delivery being xmas season and so on. For me that meant cleaning everything again, using a normal insect bomb again and a last round of washing the cats caves and other items of interest. To my surprise the parcal arrived ten days later, bit banged up but contents still fine. All up the time for the Frontline was over anyway and instead of paying again for a useless treatment I gave the new stuff a try. This was now two weeks ago and here is my summary: Unlike treating with Frontline my cats actually tolerated the application without going mad, the smell is much more pleasant. Did not expect anything to happen the first day and it takes a while to dry off the furr anyway so they got a day free of the dreaded flea comb. During the first week there was little to no indication of anything good happening but it was to be expected as it takes up to 10 days to build up in the blood as well. On day eight I had my first dead fleas in the comb and from here it got more every day. Mostly the adults while the smaller ones still seemd to be active. To the end of the second week I also got dead young ones in the comb indicating the promised break preventing them to grow up actually works. I will still monitor the process and keep up with monthly treatments during the summer. So you might see an update or two later on. How to properly treat your pet and enviroment once you noticed a flea problem. First: Don't panic! If you have carpet or your pets literally go everyhwere like your bed, sofa and so on you want to combine your effords to avoid a fresh infestation from hatching eggs. Ask around or check online if standard meds still have the desired effect in your local area, if not go for a product that does instead of wasting time and money! Spray treatments or insect bombs can work quite well to control what's left behind by your pet but you need to be aware of the life cycle of the pest in question. For most, including fleas, this means a single treatment might not do the trick. See it that way: You treat the animal, clean everything you can and also kill whatever crawls around. But there is still unhatched eggs and living fleas on your pet. So you need or better should repeat the house treatment 8 to 14 days later to get rid of whatever hatched. Garden beds or just your lawn can be a source of problem too, here Neem oil seems to do the trick quite well but you can use other products from your local garden center as well. What kills most harmful insects out there on your plant will do similar on fleas. To get the timing of all treatments right you might want to start on your pet and use a good, normal clean for the house and fabrics. Once you see the fleas go dead on your pet treat the rest. This way you can be sure all fles that make it onto your pet won't survive or produce more viable eggs. Now use whatever suits you to remove or kill the eggs, larvea and crawling fleas around you. If done right and the meds take care of eggs too you won't have any further problems. Regular checks should be done anyway and if you already know fleas are a problem in your area then please continue the treatment on your pet until the season is over. Things you might want to know to calm down a bit and prevent panic: Fleas on your pet are usually only biting them but not you. This does not mean they won't try if you have hundreds of them crawling in your bed. But they won't stay on you and it takes a good amount of bad luck to get bitten instead of just noticing something crawls on you. So the risk of getting some weird desease from an accidental flea bit is slim. When to be careful with a flea infestation? If you are allergic to their excrements or have an otherwise compromised immune system the dust containing flea excrements can cause reactions. So if your pets got you a lot of fleas and you notice breathing problems, red skin areas or itching you should contact your GP to discuss the problem and possible options. Short term a normal paper face mask like used for dust will help, same for anti-histamines if it is an allergic reaction. The best cause of action is to use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter on everything that might get into contact with your pets. A standard vacuum cleaner will pick up the extremets too but just blows it out the other end making things far worse.
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Hi, all! I foster dogs and cats in Baton Rouge for several non-profit agencies. Lately, I've had more than a few feral cats needing a temporary home. I had an idea (inspired by something I saw online) to use the trunk from the crepe myrtle tree my boyfriend chopped down to "catify" the carport where they like to seek shelter at night. Considering that I've never owned a power tool until now, I think it's coming together nicely so far (pics attached). Please keep in mind that I'm no carpenter.... This is south Louisiana where the Summer temps are high and the humidity is even higher. I can only imagine how awful that must be when you are sporting a full fur coat outside! Here's where I need your help: I want to make cool gel mats to fit the odd shaped green shelves you see attached to the walls. I have been sewing for many decades, so making these "cool" cushions to fit is not a problem. The problem is how to make the GEL that goes inside the mats that keeps the pet cool. I'd rather not use any toxic chemicals, just in case one of them punctures the gel mat causing it to leak and then decides to drink the gel. So, maybe there's a chemist out there, or just some intelligent individuals that might have the answer to my problem? Any and all suggestions are very much appreciated! Thank you, Linda
Topic by Lbcaswell | last reply
Why nobody is manufacturing or supplying the Fabric made from recycled PET bottles. Requirement of such fabric and availability of such scrap are huge in India.
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And make cover out and didn't get out i want if it die or not?
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I want to find out any other ways of colouring plastic besides sharpies. I want to use heat for shaping and I find sharpies don't provide a consistant covering for my needs. Please list any you know of for me to try. Looking foreward for your replies.
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The Benefits of Pets in general should not be minimized. No, this is NOT a plug for my contest entry, but a plea to go look at the Pet contest, and consider the benefits of pets (especially rodent pets), if you do not have one as an extended member of your family. A few pet benefits.
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Iv had a pet Corn Snake a nonvenomous snake native to most of the United states, they are good pets as long as you know how to feed and care for them. REMEMBER SNAKES CAN LIVE OVER 30 YEARSdoes anybody want/need an instructable on snake care? iv also handled and taken care of many other reptiles and amphibians through a volunteer group that are all native to the eastern coast Exsept for: ball python also a great snake to have as a pet is a they only grow about 4 feet long but they get fat. They are calm slow moving (why we use them in our group to teach little kids).
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I currently own and am using a High Tech Pet electronic pet door (http://www.hitecpet.com/px-1detail.html) and would like to modify it to: 1) Read/activate via a small RFID tag instead of the very large (for a cat) sonic transmitter. The cat is feral (we lock him at night in the garage), so he sometimes gets in fights and loses his entire collar. The transmitters are $40 each! He's lost three so far. 2) Switch mode to "in only" at a preset time very night and "in and out" mode every morning. I like the features of this door, and it's already installed. It's extremely weatherproof and resilient. Most Lexan/acrylic cat flaps I've seen or owned aren't even in the same league as this one, which is why I would prefer to keep this door as opposed to modding a different brand of door. I know how to solder and have a very basic understanding of electronics. I could probably muddle through a DIY, but I'm not even sure it can be done. Is it as simple as locating the receiver on the board and replacing it with an RFID reader? Or is that wishful thinking? Thanks in advance for any insight, advice, help. :)
Topic by S2kvan | last reply
How to build a multi level cat tree like those found in pet stores.
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We are beguinning studies to create new objects with recycled PET bottles. Could you present us to peoples who are working in the same theme in U.S.? Thank you! Miriam Mitsuko Utsumi and Takashi Utsumi www.utsumi.com.br/pet
Question by Takashi Utsumi | last reply
Pets, like kids, learn where to pee n poo. Basic courtousy and hygiene. To what degree this is training, or instinct, I dont know. Once in a blue moon, a pet vomts, coughs up hairballs, just about anywhere in the house, or sneezes in one's face. Since these things are much less frequent, training to do em in the litter box, or into a hanky is less likely to take. Kids eventually learn where to go when nauseous, why not so with dogs, cats, etc. Any idea of how to acheive this higher level of consideration?
Topic by Toga_Dan | last reply
RE: microchips used in pets...how can you test/find if EMF, WIFI, electric fences, cordless phones, cell phones etc. could activate the chips? Cancerous tumors recently formed around chips in 2 dogs (March 2010-both dogs have died & in lab shrew mouse 2009 & in other dogs 2007). No research found on this...only large corporations stating how safe chips are. Does anyone know?
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Aloha, I am working on recycled PET plastic for art projects. I have read everything that I can find on melting clear PET and reforming it. My issue is it keeping it clear or at least translucent for the art projects. I cut clear water bottles into small pieces and place on a cookie sheet and place in 500F degree oven. In about 3 mins it is liquid, still clear, and in the shape of the round pizza pan it is in. Almost immediately after I pull it out it begins to cool and turn white and opaque. So, my question is, is there something I can do to keep it clear? Is there possibly a cooling process to do this? Maybe slowly drop the temperature? Any help or tips will be greatly appreciated. Aloha, Tim
Question by alohatimashby | last reply
I have a pet tree frog, Slippy. He likes to croak along with certain types of music, like minimalism and hip hop. I think it would be great if he had a way to turn on some music by like, hopping on a switch. I think he could learn. I have some ipods and a tape player. I can get more if need be, but I can't blow too much on it.
Topic by makaalohilohi | last reply
My sister has a cat that has to eat special diet food. Problem is that she runs a shelter and has 6 other cats who would gobble up the food given the opertunity. Since feeding expensive diet kibble to all the others is not feesable and not healthy for the others, I thought maybe we could come up with an idea of an auto feeder that only goes off when the one cat comes near. Kinda like the pet doors that keep racoons and other animals out, and only let your pet come in with the special collar. And daily meals are not an option at this point with another finicky cat that goes on huger strikes in the shelter. Any ideas?
Question by creative_cait | last reply
A colorful bird would be nice?? How big should I get th cage?? I have a studio style apartment
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To start before I begin my suggestions I wan't to say that I do love Instructables.com and I believe it is a FANTASTIC website. Also, perhaps there is a way to do what I suggest but I just don't know about it which is what I need help with. Here are my concerns/complaints about the ease of use on Instructables.com: There is no obvious way to do searches for contests. Sometimes I want' to show someone a previous contest that happened a year ago, but the only option I have is to scroll through 6 pages of contests. I wish there was a way to search for contests the same way I search for Instructables. Why is there a badge that someone won a competition, but no way to figure out what competition they won? Why can't I click on the badges and have a popup box leading me to the competition that Instructable entered in? Same goes for the featured badge. Who featured it? and when? God forbid I be able to search through the forums, no? where is the search feature for forums? When I view a person's profile, specifically their Instructables, why can't I see what Instructables of theirs got featured like I do when I view my Instructables from the authors editors profile? Just small pet peeves that I have, anyway thank you for listening! :)
Topic by hxwhxw | last reply
Got a dog that likes to run with the Deer, and fortunately we have found him everytime after a couple of days. Would have been easier if we knew which direction he had gone though. Perhaps he will never learn.
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I have a rabbit in a large cage in the garage. I would like to give it more room for exercise, but don't want to have it loose chewing everything up. I'm thinking of making a rabbit run to other parts of the garage or house. Like a long and very skinny cage with a larger cage at either end, or hubs with trails in-between.
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This brings to mind the concept of the Uncanny Valley except, it's not almost human-like... it's not really almost seal-like either, I think, but I've never been in close contact with a baby seal so how would I really know?Apparently this is supposed to be "healing". Not sure what kind of injury it would help with.Anyway, check out the video. The squeaking at least surely could have been done better...
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