Proposed Pets & Animals Category -- Tell Us What You Think

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  1. larryfreeman profile image81
    larryfreemanposted 14 years ago

    As I mentioned in a previous announcement, categories are coming to HubPages.

    Here is the planned breakdown of the Pets & Animals Category:

    Pets & Animals (Top Level)

    * Animal Care & Safety
    * Animal Rights
    * Apes & Monkeys
    * Birds
    * Bugs, Scorpions & Spiders
    * Cats
    * Circus Animals
    * Dogs
    * Endangered Animals
    * Exotic Pets
    * Farm Animals & Livestock
    * Fish & Aquatic Pets
    * Horses
    * Imaginary Animals
    * Ocean Life
    * Prehistoric Animals
    * Reptiles & Amphibians
    * Rodents & Small Mammals
    * Small Animal Pets
    * Zoos

    Here is the proposed breakdown for each of the above Pets & Animals subcategories:

    (1) Animal Care & Safety (2nd Level Category)

    * Animal Adoption
    * Animal Care around the World
    * Animals and their Young
    * Animal Handling
    * Animal Rescue
    * Dangerous Animals
    * Domesticated Animals
    * First Aid for Animals
    * Sick & Undernourished Animals
    * Territorial Animals
    * Unusual Animals
    * Wild Animals

    (2) Animal Rights (2nd Level Category)

    * Animal Abuse
    * Animal Actors
    * Animal Adoption
    * Animal Experiments
    * Animal Intelligence
    * Animal Neutering
    * Animal Shelters
    * Clothes for Animals & Animal Fashion
    * Crimes Against Animals
    * Ethics & Philosophy
    * History of Animal Rights
    * Humane Treatment of Animals
    * Seeing Eye Dogs
    * Stray Animals & Animal Control

    (3)  Apes & Monkeys (2nd Level Category)

    * Baboons
    * Chimpanzees
    * Gibbons
    * Gorillas
    * Lemurs
    * Monkeys & Apes in Literature
    * New World Monkeys
    * Old World Monkeys
    * Orangutans

    (4)  Birds (2nd Level Category)

    * Asian Birds
    * African Birds
    * Australia & Oceania
    * Baby Birds
    * Bird Baths
    * Bird Cages
    * Bird Calls & Bird Songs
    * Bird Care
    * Bird Eggs
    * Bird Food
    * Birds of Prey
    * Bird Toys
    * Bird Treats
    * Bird Watching
    * Buzzards & Vultures
    * Canaries
    * Cockatoos
    * Conures
    * Cuckoos
    * Cranes & Pelicans
    * Crows & Ravens
    * Domestic Fowl
    * Ducks, Geese, & Swans
    * Eagles & Hawks
    * European Birds
    * Farm Birds (See Farm Animals)
    * Finches
    * Game Birds
    * Habitats
    * Hummingbirds
    * Landfowl
    * Long-legged Waders
    * Macaws
    * Migration
    * Nests & Eggs
    * North American Birds
    * Ornamental Birds
    * Ostriches
    * Parakeets
    * Parrots
    * Pigeons
    * Quail
    * Predatory Birds
    * Songbirds
    * South American Birds
    * Talking Birds
    * Tropical Birds
    * Water Birds

    (5) Bugs & Garden Invertibrates (2nd Level Category)

    * Ants
    * Bees, Wasps, & Hornets
    * Beetles
    * Butterflies & Moths
    * Centipedes & Millipedes
    * Colonies & Hives
    * Communication & Social Behavior
    * Dragonflies
    * Exterminators
    * Fireflies & Glow worms
    * Grasshoppers, Crickets, & Walking Sticks
    * Insect Pests
    * Scorpions
    * Snails & Slugs
    * Spiders
    * Tarantulas
    * Termites
    * Winged Insects
    * Wingless Insects
    * Worms

    (6) Cats  (2nd Level Category)

    * Beds & Accessories
    * Cat Breeds
    * Cat Proofing Your Home
    * Cat Rescue
    * Flea & Tick Control
    * Food
    * Grooming
    * House Cats
    * Life Stages
    * Litter & Housebreaking
    * Outdoor Cats
    * Rare Breed Cats
    * Selecting a Cat
    * Toys

    (7) Circus Animals (2nd Level Category)

    * Animal Trainers
    * Animal Tricks
    * Big Cats
    * Birds
    * Elephants
    * Exotic Circus Animals
    * History of Circus Animals
    * Horses
    * Sea Lions
    * Treatment of Animals

    (8)  Dogs (2nd Level Category)

    * Afghans
    * Assistance Dogs
    * Bedding
    * Bulldogs
    * Cocker Spaniels
    * Collies
    * Doberman
    * Dog Fashion
    * Dog Rescue
    * Dog Shows
    * Dog Toys
    * Dog Training
    * Food
    * German Shepherds
    * Great Danes
    * Greyhound
    * Grooming
    * Guard Dogs
    * Herding Dogs
    * History of Dog Breeds
    * Hound
    * Hunting with Dogs
    * Irish Setter
    * Large-Sized Dogs
    * Medium-sized Dogs
    * Mixed Breeds
    * Police Dogs
    * Poodles
    * Rare Breed Dogs
    * Retrievers
    * Rottweiler
    * Sheep Dog
    * Small-sized Dogs
    * St Bernards
    * Terriers
    * Toy Dogs

    (9) Endangered Animals (2nd Level Category)

    * Birds
    * Breeding Programs
    * Critically Endangered
    * Extinct Animals
    * Extinct in the Wild
    * Fish
    * Giant Panda
    * Gorillas
    * History of Extinct & Endangered Animals
    * Mammals
    * Poachers
    * Reptiles & Amphibians
    * Rhinos
    * Siberian Tiger
    * Wildlife Conservation
    * Snow Leopard

    (10) Exotic Pets (2nd Level Category)

    * Bears
    * Big Cats
    * Birds of Prey
    * Buffalo
    * Camel
    * Coyotes
    * Foxes
    * Giraffe
    * Hippo
    * Hooved Animals
    * Hyenas
    * Kangaroo
    * Marsupials
    * Primates
    * Reptiles & Amphibians
    * Rhino
    * Seal
    * Skunk
    * Small Cats
    * Tasmanian Devil
    * Wildebeast
    * Wolves
    * Zebra

    (11) Farm Animals & Livestock (2nd Level Category)

    * Alpacas
    * Bees & Beekeeping
    * Camels
    * Cows & Cattle
    * Deer
    * Donkeys & Mules
    * Farm Dogs
    * Guinea Pigs
    * Goats
    * Hens & Roosters
    * Llama
    * Pigs
    * Rabbit
    * Reindeer
    * Sheep
    * Turkeys
    * Yak

    (12)  Fish & Aquatic Pets (2nd Level Category)

    * Adding Plants & Accessories
    * Aquariums & Fishbowls
    * Barbs
    * Breeding Fish
    * Catfishes
    * Characins
    * Choosing Your Fish
    * Cichlid Family
    * Danio
    * Exotic Fish
    * Filtration & Aeration
    * Fish Behavior
    * Fish Food
    * Fish Tank Themes
    * Gobies
    * Kilifishes
    * Labyrinth Fishes
    * Livebearers
    * Loaches
    * Rainbow Fishes
    * Tropical Fish

    (13) Horses (2nd Level Category)

    * Appaloosa
    * Arabian
    * Choosing a Horse
    * Draft Horses
    * Gaited Horses
    * Horse Accessories
    * Horse Rides
    * Morgan Horse
    * Performance & Sports Horses
    * Ponies & Miniatures
    * Racing Horses
    * Rare Breeds
    * Riding Horses
    * Standardbred
    * Thoroughbred
    * Warmbloods

    (14) Imaginary Animals (2nd Level Category)

    * Burrowing Creatures
    * Dragons
    * Flying Creatures
    * Forest Creatures
    * Gryphon & Hippogriffs
    * Pegasus
    * Phoenix
    * Sea Creatures
    * Unicorns

    (15) Ocean Life (2nd Level Category)

    * Dangerous Fish
    * Dolphins
    * Jellyfish
    * Lobster & Crab
    * Manatees
    * Mollusks
    * Octopus & Squid
    * Otters
    * Schools of Fish
    * Sea Anemone
    * Sea Lions & Sea Elephants
    * Sea Mammals
    * Sea Urchins
    * Sharks
    * Shrimp
    * Walrus
    * Whales

    (16)  Prehistoric Life (2nd Level Category)

    * Dinosaurs
    * First Amphibians
    * History of Dinosaurs
    * Mammoths
    * Mastodon
    * Prehistoric Birds
    * Prehistoric Sea Life
    * Saber-Tooth Tigers

    (17) Reptiles & Amphibians (2nd Level Category)

    * Alligators & Crocodiles
    * Chameleons
    * Frogs & Toads
    * Fun Facts
    * Iguanas
    * Komodo Dragon
    * Lizards
    * Newts & Salamanders
    * Safety Guides
    * Snakes
    * Turtles & Tortoises

    (18)  Rodents & Small Mammals (2nd Level Category)

    * Badgers
    * Bats
    * Beavers
    * Chinchillas
    * Chipmunks
    * Ferrets
    * Gophers
    * Groundhogs
    * Hamsters
    * Mice
    * Opossum
    * Porcupines
    * Prairie Dogs
    * Rabbits & Hares
    * Raccoons
    * Skunks
    * Squirrels
    * Rats

    (19) Zoos (2nd Level Category)

    * Animal Theme Parks
    * Acquisition of Animals
    * Best Zoos in the World
    * History of Zoos
    * Open-range Zoos
    * Petting Zoos
    * Rescues & Sanctuaries
    * Roadside Zoos
    * Safari Parks
    * Specialized Zoos
    * Urban Zoos
    * Zoos around the World

    1. Stacie L profile image87
      Stacie Lposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      so older previously submitted hubs about animals would be automatically listed?
      Or just new hubs?

  2. aidenofthetower profile image69
    aidenofthetowerposted 14 years ago

    I have a few concerns...and am not sure how to address them all. First an easy suggestion would be an exotic pets category. This can include all sorts of animals including wolves and wolfdogs, exotic cats such as the Savannah and Bengal, even all the way down to flying squirrels and sugar gliders which are small but usually fall into the exotic category.

    That was the easy one! Wild and Exotic Animals seems to be the wrong title for this group. After all, it includes all animals that aren't grouped somewhere else.

    Zoo Animals (or Zoos and Zoo Animals farther down) seem to be best as just Zoos since the category breakdown is about different zoo types, ect. Additionally any "zoo animals" would also fall into the "wild and exotic".

    Endangered Animals has groups such as "Birds" but gets specific about the Siberian Tiger. Wouldn't it be better to do "Big Cats" and other groups so as not to pick out a few endangered animal species for the second level. After all, there are a lot of endangered animals.

    Other then looks good!

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Aiden,

      Thanks very much for your comments!  smile

      I agree with you about changing the title from "Zoo Animals" to "Zoos" and also about "Endangered Animals."  As you can tell, I started to list out animals but then the list got too big.  I agree with you its better to just list categories and not call out specific animals.

      I like your suggestion of splitting "Exotic Pets" and "Wild Animals" into two different categories.


  3. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    Applause! awesome list! smile

  4. Pat Merewether profile image60
    Pat Merewetherposted 14 years ago

    Wow - great idea!  My eyeballs are spinning from all the categories!

  5. tushar09 profile image60
    tushar09posted 14 years ago


  6. Isabella Snow profile image85
    Isabella Snowposted 14 years ago

    Hi Larry! smile

    Under Animal Rights... is that Animal Clothes and Fashion as in clothes *for* animals?? Or clothes *from* animals???

    I would maybe change that from seeing eye dog to assistance dog, because guide dogs are also used for narcolepsy and hearing impaired people. Or you could call it assistance animals... there are assistance horses for the blind! smile

    Id also put Dog Rescue and Cat Rescue under their respective categories.

    Under Dogs: Food, Bedding, Grooming, Toys, and of course Fashion! wink

    And First Aid for Pets too! smile

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Isabella,

      Thanks for your comments!  smile

      To be clear, under Animal Rights, I meant "clothes for animals".  I agree with you that this point should be made clearer.

      I agree that "Assistance Animals" is a more inclusive category.  Nice suggestion.

      I will also implement your suggestions for Dog Rescue, Cat Rescue, Animal Fashion.  smile


  7. profile image0
    Rainbow Briteposted 14 years ago

    Under "wild and exotic" - animals such as chinchillas, etc.
    And going along with isabella snow's idea - a rescue category is good, but why limit it to just cats and dogs when animals of all varieties need rescuing.  And going along with that what about animal adoption?
    Fully support animal first aid btw!!!

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Rainbow Brite,

      Thanks for your comments.  smile

      I'll find a place for Animal Rescue in addition to Dog Rescue and Cat Rescue. 

      I have an Animal Adoption category under Animal Rights.


  8. Isabella Snow profile image85
    Isabella Snowposted 14 years ago

    Yes, I thought about that after I posted... it would be good to see an animal rescue category for everything, including wild animals. But I do think that individual categories should include dog rescue, cat rescue as well, because I think it would make more people aware that they exist.

  9. Benson Yeung profile image67
    Benson Yeungposted 14 years ago

    I think it's a good idea in general. On the other hand, it might make hubpages look a lot like ezine article sites. My final vote: no, maybe.

  10. larryfreeman profile image81
    larryfreemanposted 14 years ago

    @Stacie L:   We are working on tools to make it as easy as possible to specify categories for existing hubs. 

    @Benson Yeung:  Thanks for your feedback.  We are working hard to make this work.  Our plan is that you will see a uniquely HubPages look-and-feel that makes it easier to navigate through HubPages and easier for the search traffic to find categorized hubs.

  11. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    I posted this on the new thread about the update, but thought it would fit here better...

    Can we still suggest sections? I have been trying to categorize my hubs and there isn't a veterinary section, animal health, or say dog> dog health> cancer, disease, illness, vaccinations, etc.

    I think a general veterinary section would work well, but then you may consider a health section for dogs, cats, birds, etc. to specify the differences.

    Also, can you add American Pit Bull Terrier to the list of dog breeds? Although, the breed may not be accepted by the AKC, it is accepted by other dog registries.

    And, since there is a flea & Tick control under the cat section, can there be one for the dog section?

  12. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    Larry, is there a pet behavior category? Or could you add a cat training category?

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Whitney,

      I've added a Cat Training category in Pets & Animals/Cats/Cat Training.

      I've also added an Animal Behavior category in Pets & Animals/Animal Care & Safety/Animal Behavior.


  13. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    THANK YOU! :-)

  14. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    Can we add Hedgehogs to the rodent and small mammal pet section?

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Whitney05,

      Thanks for the suggestion.  I've just added it.


  15. Whitney05 profile image84
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    Thanks Larry!

    How about Dog History instead of History of Dog Breeds.

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Whitney05,

      Thanks for the suggestion.  I've changed the category name to "Dog History"


  16. Profmaggy profile image59
    Profmaggyposted 14 years ago

    Great addition to the site.
    However there are three main groups of Setters, not just Irish.  There are also English and Gordon (AKA Scottish).
    There are sub groups but these three are the main ones.

    1. larryfreeman profile image81
      larryfreemanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Profmaggy,

      Thanks for noticing that. 

      I confirmed that English Setter and Gordon Setter are currently listed in the Pets & Animals/Dogs/Dog Breeds (in addition to Irish Setters)


  17. Solaras profile image94
    Solarasposted 3 years ago

    Please add Border Collie as a breed, in addition to the Rough and Smooth Collies. They are very different breeds with different working styles and abilities. The Border Collie breed is the preeminent herding dog, as well as a regular National Obedience Championship winner as well as National Agility Championship and National Rally Championship winning dogs.

    Lassie is a collie - these are border collies.

  18. Solaras profile image94
    Solarasposted 3 years ago

    Will these be a category for dog names?

  19. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    You need a place for wildlife and for service and other working animals

    The term "animal rights" should be replaced with something like animal protection or human-animal interaction.  Animal rights has a much more specific meaning (I am currently co-writing a textbook on this subject).  Having some activities only appear under a philosophy that says they are basically evil and should be banned is super-biased.

    Honestly, it would make more sense to just use the MeSH terms and add any extras you need.

  20. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    Oops this is an out of date thread revived by spam

    1. Solaras profile image94
      Solarasposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Haha - I missed that too.


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