THE DOG OF
l dog of
the prateria from the black tail, Cynomys ludovicianus, a Roditore
of the Family of the Sciuridi. Of the five species existing of
devout dogs of the prateria that abundant one and, from the wide
distribution devout, the south of Canada to the borders with Mexico.
The dogs of the prateria, if it adopts to you from small,
constitute optimal animals from company, are curious and official
notices to you, but they demand much affection and attentions, perch
sopportano the solitudine.
Natural habitat and behavior to the
The dog of the
prateria from the black tail alive in colonies or citt' that they go
from one to various migliaia of acres.
Their natural habitat
constituted from immense grassy plain areas, in which they dig of
the systems of lairs basements.
The lairs can catch up the 5
meters of profondit and being long until 30 meters. They comprise
various rooms, between which in which they sleep and they take cure
of the small. They are social animals much;
They are diurnal
animals, that they pass the day feeding itself, digging lairs and
cultivating the social relations. When the external temperature much
high one remains within the lairs.
To the natural state the diet
constituted for three quarters of grass, while in autumn, being the
grass less available, consumes the plants to leaf mainly. During the
winter they consume any type of vegetable available.
and physiological characteristics
The average life in cattivit
of 10 years.
I recorded are to continuous increase.
possess long nails much that they demand of being often shortened.
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The natural diet of the dogs of the prateria we
have said that it comprises mainly comprises hay, leaves and grass;
the animals held in cattivit would have to eat hay and grass good
sand bank of qualit (cio without treatments pesticides) with adding
one small every day (approximately two teaspoons from caff) of
pellets possibly affixed to you for dogs of the prateria (than they
can be found in the storees specializes to you for animals). If the
pellets were not found in commerce specific they can acquire those
for the rabbits that for must have following requirement: they must
contain approximately 2700 cal/kg, the 16-20% of proteins, the 2-5%
of devout fat people and of 20% of fibers. The diet pu to be
integrated with some piece of fruit of season like as an example
apple, pear, peach and some alimony vegetables like carrots,
potatoes, insalate (important if somministrate before insalata to
wash it, to dry it and to make it seccare for some day to the sun or
on a heater); the important thing devout to which lend attention
that all contains many fibers. Wanting they can be given as golosit
to the dogs of the prateria also sand bank yields, walnuts,
noccioline, nocciole, etc, but it does not have to exaggerate perch
are not much healthy to cause dellalto contained of fat people and
proteins and the deficiency of alimentary fiber; therefore it does
not have to exceed the dose of 2 or 3 pieces to the maximum 2 times
to the week.
To times in summer or autumn, when the screw,
the rovo, malva and the others can be reperire leaves of trees from
fruit or not toxic plants like, they can seccare and be given to the
dogs of the prateria like integration to the usual men. Attention
for that all the one which dates to your friend is not sprayed with
poisons or that they are not the same leaves to being velenose.
In a generalized manner the adequate mixture for
a dog of the prateria would have to be:
25% of crocchette of bran (can be found in the
supermarkets in the unit first breakfast)
25% of pellets
40% of seed mixture several for criceti
10% yield and fresh verdura.
For every animal they are sufficient
approximately three full spoons from minestra to the devout day of
this mixture one manciata of hay (also this reperibile in the
supermarkets or storees specialize to you). The hay a food that pu
to somministrare itself to volont. advisable to leave disposition of
the animals a pezzetto of apple, carrot or potato for somministrare
also it feeds freschi (attention not to exaggerate).
Moreover better to put in the cage pieces or
tronchetti of wood in order to allow to the animals of molarsi the
As far as the drink enough to apply to the cage
one bottle of drinking trough automatic rifle from which lanimale to
use alone. In a generalized manner however in nature the dogs of the
prateria drink very little and draw the necessary liquid from the
The important thing devout that every change in
the diet happens in moderated way, with alimentary fiber prevalence
in order not to cause to nellanimale gastroenterici problems.
In order to take in arm a dog of the prateria
without fargli badly it is raised with a hand for the front part
GO BACK TO LIST legs and with the other it is supported under posterior legs.
If the animal a lot scared tried to little
accustom it to your hands to the time, even dandogli pezzetti than
verdura or yields, absolutely does not have corrergli GO BACK TO LIST, could
be scared and cause fractures.
The dog of the prateria answers better to a
light and delicate touch and a kind approach.
Sistemazione and cures
The dogs of the prateria have need of spaziose
cages. Therefore when we decide to acquire of one better to fortify
itself preventively than cage, mangiatoia for the hay, ciotola for
the food, birdcage tray for the water, nest (pu to go also one scato
it of cardboard well).
In a generalized manner a cage for rabbits goes
well also that is found easy in the storees specializes to you. The
minimal of the cage of 60x40 cm, but if devout better great measure.
E' important to insert in the cage of the small
houses, the tubes in PVC or the cortecce hollow in order to recreate
the lairs and the galleries basements.
The small houses serve the dog of the prateria
also in order to sleep and in order to shelter itself in the case it
is felt threatened. The small houses can also be constructed in
The bottom of the cage better that it is rigid
and of plastic for being cleaned up easy. Like lettiera on the
bottom of the cage better to use hay, straw, sawdust, trucioli or
paper. The sawdust goes well of whichever type: of usual that one
for roditori to the supermarket is found.
The pulizia of the cage and the accessories of
fundamental importance, necessary to at least remove two times to
the week the hay and the deep dirt.
If during the summer capacities the cage to the
open fairies attention to the heat blows, the dogs of the prateria
of are subject, better to repair the cage from the direct sun.
Like periodic cures for the dog of the prateria
there the control of the length of nails: if they are too much long
must cut them, in order to make this it is necessary a sure
experience, otherwise risked to recidere one of is gone blood that
is found to the inside of the nail. And also the teeth are from
controlling: if they were not sufficient legnetti and the block of
minerals for limarseli necessary to cut them, otherwise the animal
not to succeed devout to eat; in order to make this operation better
to address to a veterinary, in order not to cause ulterior damages
to the mastication.
The dogs of the prateria catch up the maturit
sexual to 2-3 ET years, before in cattivit.
The duration of the
30-35 pregnancy days, with small a medium number of 5 (ranges 2-10).
The small are born much unripe, knots and with the eyes sluices.
The female has a single delivery to the year.