Pets

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 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


pets

How do I teach my dog to fetch? She is a 9 mo old pomeranian. She loves to play, but runs off with the ball. Thanks. Sorry no pics. Couldn't figure out how to attach one.

Topic by waterchi 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Pets Contest

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 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


GPS for pets

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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Cute Pets

  Do you have any cute-or unusual- pets? Add pictures if you can. This is my amazingly sweet and cute Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix named Katy. *Note: she usually has thick hair... this was taken right after a haircut.

Topic by cupcake811 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Pet sensor

I'm trying to find a device or find out how to make a device that would alarm me when one pet in particular is passing through the doorway.  Any suggestions?

Topic by carolb4 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


pet pictures

Well i want to see everybodys pets and see what they look like so post your pet pictures here. i will post my pictures here in a little while

Topic by Easy Button 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Pet peeves

Tell us all what the things you hate and cant handle. Ex: Crazy frog

Topic by RelyNupon 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Pet Feeder

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 7 years ago


Next Month: Pets

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 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Weird or Exotic Pets.

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 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Post your pets!

Post your Pet's best Pictures!!! Formula: Name, Breed, details This is my doggie, his name is spicky. He's a mix, we don't know of what though.... He loves to pose for the camera!

Topic by Keith-Kid 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Homemade Pet Strollers

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


New pet group

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 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Grinding PET Plastics

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 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


my "pet" spider

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How can I get pet stains and odors out of hardwood flooring?

Question by kquatrale 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


why is my hamster so awake?

Why is hamster awake so much at night

Question by jhale789 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago



when would a mother hamster wean her babies?

The mother hamsters are syrvain and the babies are 14days old and have not open there eyes yet  

Question by jhale789 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I want to make a Snood for my Whippet, how do i do it? Answered

Id really appreciate it if anyone can help me, Thanks.

Question by Serenety 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can i electrify a perimeter fence?

I want to energize my perimeter fence so that my dogs do not wander off. Without doing them harm off course.

Question by follewagen 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


MAX, cat taby

he is going to be five years old , but he scratch everything I have bought him all kinds of toys, hangs things for me bought him a poll but all he wants is everything else but his own any suggestion please

Question by tlc4u03 9 years ago


I have a mix pit

I have a mix pit and she is more than 12 years old the only thing she has rumatoradies arthritis and she can't hardly walk because of her condition I give her vets medication but any other suggestion

Question by tlc4u03 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What's wrong with my Axolotl?

I got a Axolotl today (I named it Neptune). I don't know if it's a boy or girl yet. I don't know why but at first Neptune wasn't moving around as much but it might be from just being in a new environment. What my question is I went to check on Neptune and noticed it had white spots all over it. Neptune has white spots on it's body, mostly it's sides. I pictures I attached aren't very good I know but my room isn't lit really bright and I don't know if you can really see Neptune. I'm really worried, I don't want Neptune to die in a few days from when I got it. Does anyone know why Neptune has spots on it? Or what I could do? It's a brand new tank, I boiled all the planets so there's nothing on it, and the water has been cycling for 4 days. It's 20 gallons and the person at the pet store who carries them said it should cycle for at least 24 hours. I'm really worried, please help.

Question by HannaC6 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Growing cat grass - The one I planted did not come out with nice thick blades like the one I see for sale. Why?

I use good fresh store bought soil and follow the planting instructions.  When it sprout sand startsgrowing up it looks sort of weak and scragly.  I give it to my cat and it doesn;t stand up.  It sort of bends over and stops growing   Even the blades of grass that my cat hasn't chewed on come loose at the roots.  I tried pushing them back into the ground but they shrivel up and die.  So sad.  What am I doing wrong.? Have yu got any tips or suggestions that you give me?  thank you

Question by rosey gillespie 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Advice please on bringing a new puppy home and getting him acquainted an existing doggy member of the family

We decided to get another friend for out two year old Miniature Yorkie called Alfie. Alfie is very passive and quiet he is well behaved and likes routine. We thought by bringing another dog into the family might bring him out of his shell a bit more. Keno our newbie is a 8 week old Lhasa Apso also a boy. We have only had Kenzo a few days and Alfie doesn't really want to know him yet. Alfie shows no sign of aggression (Never has towards anything or anyone and is so laid back) Kenzo is a typical puppy full of beans and want to jump around all over Alfie given the chance.  Alfie is ignoring him even to the extent of turning his back on him and won't even look at him. Whilst we are at home they are in the same room but Alfie will sit well away from Kenzo on the sofa at night or when we go out they are in separate rooms. anyone have any advice on how to deal with this type of behaviour ? all comments welcome

Question by ahume 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Cool gel mats for pets

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 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Don't keep rats as pet !

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

Topic by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Flea treatment for our pets....

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.

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Personalized Pet Products Ideas

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Automatic pet food dish

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Want to use a pet door as garage vent.

I am a renter and have a 2 car garage with a pet door in between. The garage stays pretty hot even with a fan running. I needed to vent some of this hot air. I thought I could take a box fan and design some sort of ducting to allow the hot air to be sucked out and cooler air in and also prevent the pets from escaping. I figured I could remove the plastic grill and attaching the duct to the screw holes left from the grill removal. Not so great with geometry but needed to slope the duct box doen to the rectangular shape of the pet door. Any thoughts?

Topic by barrycdog 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Pet Travel Kennel Into Doghouse

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).

Topic by Project_Mayhem 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Does crow can be a pet? Answered

Can crow be a pet? I heard that they are very smart...:)

Question by Plavi_andeo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Robotic pet (low budget)? Answered

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 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


recycle PP together with PET ?

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


strange goings on with the pet challenge

What's the go with the pet challenge. On the info page it says that the deadline for entries is September 4th, yet when you view the entries so far, you can already vote. There is also no way to add comments for the challenge.

Topic by Twinmum 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to fuse pet bottles?

I would like to learn how to do it for a home based jewerly project. Thank you. Tucha ( from Portugal)

Question by tuxa.glv 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


New puppy!

I haven't been around too much lately due to some family events. Our beloved dog Roxy passed away after 14 years and that was pretty hard to take, even when we had been preparing ourselves for it for a few months. Roxy was quick to make friends, everyone loved her and she loved everyone back unconditionally (unless you are a squirrel.) A truly wonderful friend and companion. We knew after Roxy was gone we wouldn't last long before another dog entered our lives and she came in the form of a Golden Retriever pup we named Daisy. She's absolutely wonderful and I'm sure she will be making guest appearances in my future Instructables!

Topic by Honus 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Any Simmers here?

Just wondering if there are any Sim fans here. I've always liked the sim games, Sim City, Sim Farm, Sim Tower.. you get the idea. When The Sims came out it was only natural to try it and I became hooked. 10 years later and we are now up to Sims 3 and I have all the expansion and stuff packs for Sims, Sims 2 and Sims 3. Currently I'm loving the addition of pets to the mix.

Topic by Twinmum 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


why are other cats poooing by my front door?

I have a cat . Who is kept in over night. When i wake up in the morning there is cat poo on my doorstep and in the back garden. why are other cats doing this? Is it a territorial thing? Does anybody know?  thanks 

Question by Joules Evans 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How can I build this cage?

I really want to build my sugar gliders a nicer cage that I can appreciate as well. I found a picture of a BEAUTIFUL handmade cage, but no instructions regarding how I could make it for myself. I'm a complete novice when it comes to DIY projects, but I am extremely enthusiastic! Does anyone have any suggestions / instructions about how I could build this cage?  http://www.sugar-gliders.com/images/athena.jpg

Question by kayleeblio 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


post pictures of your fish!!!

Post your pictures of your fish!! For the start, I'll post mine These are my 5 goldfish, in my 1st tank which is a 5 gallon. I will post pics of my 2nd tank soon! As you can see, its really hard to take pictures of them. So its ok to be a little blurry.

Topic by Mudbud 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


This is how to stop cats from pissing on your stuff

Alright so check this out, we didn't post it under the instructibles section since we dont own the video we found it on youtube, but seriously this guy has figured out a way to stop cats from pissing on his stuff. It's amazing and worth the time. Check out his youtube channel, I hope that some day he comes to Instructables and gives us some entertaining videos. He was so good that he is now sponsored on our site at HM-Innovations.com and thats something that we normally don't do. <br>

Topic by HM-Innovations 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Please help my dog rescue - Labradors and Friends, win $10,000

Hello, The dog Rescue I volunteer with is involved in a contest sponsored by the Petco Foundation.  Basically, you "Like" the Petco Foundation's Facebook page, then Vote for our rescue.  The top 10 rescues of the 100 in the contest will receive a $10,000 grant from the Petco FOundation www.lfdrg.org/petco100 <--- Just click this link I know this is a bit off topic for Instructables, but it would be a great help. Labradors and Friends is an all volunteer based, 501(c)3 non-profit group dedicated to rescuing Labrador Retriever and Lab mix dogs in Southern California.  Many of our dogs require surgeries or other medical care the far exceeds our adoption fee.  We rely heavily on donations and grants to cover our operating expense and care for these dogs. Robert Maudsley Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Web: www.labradorsandfriends.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/labradorsandfriends Blog: www.lfdrg.net

Topic by rsmaudsley 6 years ago


how to make a simple cat toy?

It can be a chuw toy or it can be a ball or something.

Question by vee-man.mol 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Some things to do with pressure sensors

Two projects I'm thinking of will use pressure sensors. The first is a device that would sit under coffee air pots.  There have been countless times when I've gone to get coffee at a self-serve place and there are five pots, but no one tells the counter person they are running dry and I then I have to wait for them to brew.  A pressure plate under the pots would control set of red/yellow/green LEDs to indicate how full the pots are. The second is to use a pressure plate outside the door where your pet comes in and out of the house.  It would trigger a doorbell when your pet wants in before it gets a chance to start scratching up the woodwork.

Topic by PeterinVT 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I get my dog to do what I tell her to do? Answered

My dog is pretty much good friends with me, but she doesn't do what I tell her to do. He name is Willy. I feed her, give her baths, pet her, and play with her, but she doesn't do what I tell her to do. How do I change that? 

Question by lil larry 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What are some good toys for gerbils?

I generally want homemade toys but anything will do. My gerbils chew everything up so im always looking for a good toy.

Question by builderdude 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago