Traveling with your pet – Things you should know

 

Owning a pet can be extremely rewarding and challenging at the same time. You need to provide for your animal friend and make sure it receives the best treatment, including a comfortable bed, quality supplies of food and fresh water, as well as your unconditional love and support.

And since pets easily become full members of our families, it comes as no surprise that most of us find it impossible to leave home without them. However, traveling with animals can be extremely stressful and even dangerous, so you need to pay close attention to your pet’s behavior and needs. Here is what we suggest.

 

Consider the means of transportation

If you decided to go on a holiday or you need to take a sudden trip, first consider the vehicle you’re going to be traveling in. Cars are quite convenient for small to medium-sized pets and on short distances.

Planes are safer and more comfortable if you decide to travel long distances. Keeping your pet inside the car for too many hours can be uncomfortable and trigger motion sickness or even determine other health problems.

You also have to make sure your pet is fit for the trip and doesn’t suffer from any health affections that might cause severe issues during the trip. Avoid unnecessary trips if your pet is recovering from recent surgery or is injured.

Your pet can also suffer from claustrophobia or become extremely stressed because of the noises and the constant fuss. Therefore, we would suggest you start with shorter trips and see how your pawed friend deals with them first.

 

Book and confirm your staying

Another important tip when traveling with your pet is to find the right room or apartment. Keep in mind that not all hotels and accommodations are pet-friendly so you need to do your research before leaving for holidays.

Some hotels won’t allow you to sleep in the same room as your pet, but they will offer a different lounge area for animals, complete with daycare, grooming salons, and relaxation corners.

If the hotel doesn’t allow you to bring your pet with you, perhaps you should look for daycares or animal resorts near the place you’ll be staying. This way you’ll spend some quality time with your furry friend during the day and still enjoy a good night sleep alone in your hotel room.

 

Purchase a suitable pet carrier

Buying the perfect pet carrier is not an easy task, so we suggest you do your research. You should opt for a product that is bigger than the size of your pet so it’ll have enough room to stretch its paws once in a while.

Make sure the bedding is comfortable and absorbent to avoid any accidents. The carrier should also come with increased visibility, preferably walls or a ceiling made of mesh to ensure maximum breathability.

 

Keeping pet reptiles – a hobby not for everyone

 

Everybody can imagine that it’s not easy to keep and care for a reptile. A lizard, snake, crocodile or turtle is no ordinary pet and if you have decided to take care of one you will have to be prepared to offer them the best living environment, close to their natural settings.

Having a reptile as a pet can be a great hobby, as long as you follow some simple cohabitation rules. Also, keep in mind that your new special friend needs all your attention and you shouldn’t leave it alone for a long time. In case you are wondering how it would be like to adopt a snake, lizard or turtle, we can help you with some advice.

First of all, we should mention that throughout the U.S pet reptiles are becoming more and more popular nowadays. This is the main reason for which we can find them in every pet shop. Still, one question remains: why should you choose to keep a reptile when most people are afraid of the species and consider them repulsing?

For one thing, reptiles are fascinating. Their lifestyle is different from other pets and it’s interesting to learn more about how they live. Also, there are many breeders who give you the possibility to choose from a variety of species. In addition, reptiles don’t have any hair, so they are considered to be hypoallergenic. In this case, people who are allergic to other pets can enjoy the company of a fur-less friend.

Moving on, let’s see which reptiles are adopted frequently. Throughout the U.S, people are buying snakes, lizards, turtles and even crocodiles. Of course, at first it can be difficult to accommodate your new guest and make it feel at home, so there are some tricks that will help you make the transition a lot easier.

  1.    Learn all about your pet’s natural history. This will help you offer it the best living conditions. You can use the occasion to meet people who have the same hobby and socialize, so you can join a dedicated group.
  2.    Before you decide to buy a reptile, do a thorough research. These animals require a special diet and living standards; if you don’t provide it, they will become ill and even die. Besides, you don’t want to end up abandoning your reptile in a rehoming center;
  3.    There is no use in keeping many animals that don’t have all the necessary space. It is better to keep fewer and provide them with the best conditions;
  4.    Be careful where you buy the reptile from. Some suppliers will keep a lot of animals in bad conditions only to make a profit. In this case, you could buy an ill reptile, especially if you are a novice in this field;
  5.    A good environment means the possibility to adapt their body temperature from the surrounding factors. If the space where you keep your reptile is not warm enough, you should use a thermostat to maintain a constant temperature;

Last, but not least, observe you reptile’s development stages and enjoy every moment spent with it!

 

How to become a flight attendant

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Flight attendants have a vital role in air travel since their primary job is to help passengers feel comfortable and calm in critical situations. With hundreds of layovers in a single month, they have the opportunity to experience cities that most of us never will.

However, it usually comes at the price of personal life. This article is meant to highlight the details of a flight attendant’s purpose within air journeys, the qualifications you might need to be a candidate for a position, and what are the risks and benefits of such a career.

All airlines have different criteria when hiring new crew members. So before you start this journey through life, think about a preferred airline and research their particular set of requirements. And you should know they are not as strict as one would think.

For example, age restrictions are quite lax and vary depending on the country of origin of the said airline. Some range from 17 years to 60 years of age, while others look for employees no older than thirty. What matters most to airlines is that you have previous experience.

Many companies look for professionalism, maturity and life experience or versatility in their candidates. Your experience, as we’ve mentioned, plus a certificate from a training course could be your entrance ticket. Moreover, you don’t need to have experience as a steward.

You could be a great candidate if you’ve worked with the public before, such as in restaurants or other customer service positions, and if you are versed when it comes to languages and geography. You just need to be a complex human being with a lot to offer to the company where you are applying.

Sometimes you can receive a position after you’ve trained as a flight attendant. But with stewards, things can happen the other way around too. If an airline hires you without any experience in the field, they will provide all the preparation you need to be good at your job.

All you need is to have a high school diploma, to be able to speak English well, and to have charisma, as that is an integral part of the job. Other companies might be a little pickier and they will require a college degree or a bachelor’s degree in hospitality. Additionally, speaking more than one language could get you ahead of the competition.

If you’ve decided that you want to become a flight attendant, you might want to get experience by working at a hotel, restaurant or resort; also, try volunteering at social events or The Red Cross.

Airlines expect that most attendants meet particular physical requirements. Height and weight are important to big companies, but most low-cost carriers don’t care for such things. Best of luck with your endeavors!

5 things you didn’t know about chameleons

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Owning a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world as you’ll have the ability to change an animal’s life and provide it with all the love and care you could possibly offer. No matter if you choose a cat, a dog, a rodent or even a lizard, pets will always live longer and happier in a healthy and safe environment.

But, if you don’t want to adopt a “common” animal as a pet, there are plenty of options for those who desire more “exotic” animals, such as chameleons. They are beautiful creatures but also quite difficult to raise, so make sure to know everything about them before deciding to bring one into your home.

If you’re looking to create an adequate environment for your chameleon, reading about this could prove to be a great starting point.

Color changing

The fascinating fact about chameleons is that they can change their color in as little as 20 seconds. However, despite the common belief that chameleons change colors to blend in with the environment, recent studies show that there is so much more than this.

In fact, the three most common factors that determine these reptiles to switch colors are light, temperature, and mood swings. Keep in mind that chameleons are very stressed creatures and even the slightest change in temperature, food or environment could cause them damage.

 

Differences in gender

Although both genders can switch colors, male chameleons can switch to a variety of different shades and colors, as opposed to females that only have a small palette of additional colors they could change to. Male chameleons often change to bright and strong colors when they’re trying to attract females.

 

Strong eyes

Another interesting fact about chameleons is that they have a strong vision for reptiles. Thanks to some amazing genetic features, their eyes can move independently one from the other, which gives them a full 360-degree vision. They can locate their prey from a long distance, usually around 16-32 feet.

On the other hand, just like many other reptiles, including snakes, their hearing is not very powerful. They don’t have an outer ear and neither a middle ear, but they’re not exactly deaf either. They can hear sounds on lower frequencies.

They prey with their tongues

Chameleons mainly feed by projecting their tongues in order to catch their prey. Their tongues are often twice as big as their body size and feature an extremely sticky spit. In fact, a chameleon’s spit is around 400 times more viscous than the spit of a human being, so these lizards will trap their prey on their tongues quite easily.

 

They vary in size

Chameleons can come in many different sizes and colors, depending on their species. The smallest chameleons can measure as little as 1 inch or be as long as 27 inches.