The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

September 13, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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What is your cat’s vision like?

Your cat keeps staring at you and staring at other things. Those eyes look so intense, and you’re probably always wondering what’s on its mind as it continues to stare. But have you ever thought what your cat sees when it’s looking at you? We know that animals see things and colors a little different from the way we do. So, what is a cat’s vision like? Let’s try and understand.

The retina has it all

The most significant difference between a human eye and an animal’s eye is the retina. The retina is a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that contains photoreceptor cells called rods and cones. The rods are responsible for peripheral vision and night vision. They detect light and shades of gray. The cones, on the other hand, are responsible for day vision and detecting color. Cats have a high quantity of rod cells and lower number of cone cells. That is why they can see well even at night, but their perception of color is different from us.

Humans, on the contrary, have more cone cells and fewer rod cells, giving us poor night vision but a better perception of color. A cat’s cone receptors can only interpret colors in the shades of blue, gray, and yellow, according to scientists. They cannot differentiate between reds and greens at all. New research has suggested, though, that cats may be able to see certain colors that the human eye can’t- colors in the ultraviolet spectrum.

Near-sightedness

Though cats may have excellent night vision and light detection abilities, cats cannot see things that are too far away. Humans have a vision of 20/20, while cats have 20/100 or 20/200. This means that something that a human may see clearly from 100 feet away is not visible to a cat unless it is about 20 feet away from the object. So, cats are near-sighted. Anything farther than their range of vision appears blurry to them.

Cats do have a slightly wider vision than humans, though. While our vision has a field of 180 degrees, for cats, it is about 200 degree.

How will knowing this help you?

Now that you know what colors your cat can perceive and how far away it can see, you can make better decisions for it. For instance, you now know that your cat will respond better to blue and yellow colors so these are the colors you should go for when buying toys for it.

You also know now that to be visible and get its attention, you have to stand close to your cat where it can see you better. You can also understand better when your cat is startled or alarmed by something. Knowing how your dear kitty sees the world, gives you a better perspective too.

September 12, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Training Your Dog for the Workplace

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If you happen to work in an organization that allows you to bring your pet, consider yourself truly blessed. Having your furry companion beside you during stressful hours of the workday will not only help you feel relaxed but can boost your energy levels as well. It is essential to be considerate of your workplace regulations and your colleagues before you decide to take your pup to work. If your dog prefers his own company and is easily stressed out in new environments, it is best to have him stay at home. Here are a few pointers to remember before taking your dog to your workplace.

Basic Training

In a controlled environment like a workplace, it is all the more important for you to be able to control your pup and his behaviour positively. If your pet is especially disobedient, it is advisable to teach him a few basic trained behaviors to ease the entire process. Ensure that your pup responds to his name and follows a few basic commands like ‘stand’ and ‘sit’. Potty training is also a very important step in the training process. If your dog is not efficiently potty trained, it is best to wait until he is ready, before taking him to the workplace. As a precautionary measure, do carry with you some poop bags and cleaning supplies in the case of an unexpected toilet emergency.

Take care of his food and water

When dogs are placed in new environments, they are either stressed or more active than usual. It is important to keep your pup hydrated throughout the day. To ease him into the environment, bring along his favorite dog bowl and his most preferred dog meal. As your dog will be consuming more food and water, remember to take him out for scheduled walks throughout the day so that he may relieve himself. This will also prevent untoward incidents in the workplace.

Create a comfort zone

Keep your pup entertained by bringing along his favorite bed, blanket, and toys. Ensure that the toys are not excessively loud or squeaky as it can disturb your colleagues. If needed, bring along a leash to secure your dog to your workstation if you would need to step out briefly. Keep an eye out for electrical cords, small office supplies, or other equipment that could put your dog at risk of getting injured.

Remember to pay special attention to your dog to ensure that the new environment does not stress him. Be responsible and considerate of your peers’ comfort as well. By taking the initiative to plan ahead, you can ensure a hassle-free time for your dog at the workplace.

September 11, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Decoding Your Cat’s Body Language

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Cats are incredibly smart and loving creatures. Although your cat cannot talk to you, he is always communicating with you. As with humans, non-verbal communication is an important tool to gauge your cat’s emotions and behaviour accurately. It would be unfair to assume that your cat is being temperamental or irritable if you do not try to understand why he behaves a certain way. Read on to understand a few of the most common cat behaviors and decode what your precious kitty may be trying to tell you.

Watch the tail

A cat’s tail is a definitive indicator of the mood it is in. If you find the tail to be straight up or straight with a slight curl, your cat is in a happy and relaxed mood. When faced with stressful situations, cats may also tuck their tails between their hind legs so as to feel protected and secure. A sure tell of an agitated or frightened cat is when the tail is extremely stiff or even puffed out – indicating a fight mode.

The eye movements

If your cat is feeling at ease or is content, his pupils will be minimally dilated. A cat’s way of signalling trust is when he looks at you and blinks slowly. If you find your kitty’s eyes to be fixated on something, with the pupils enlarged, he is probably concentrating or is in fear. Cats will most likely focus their attention and narrow their eyes when they are closely observing something and is ready to ‘hunt’ it down.

The ear signals

Ears that face forward indicate that your kitty is happy and relaxed. When your cat twitches his ears, he is most likely following a sound. If you notice excessive twitching, it may be a sign of stress or anxiety. Ears that face backward and appear flat to the head signal that your cat is agitated, and it is best not to approach him during this time.

Body posture

A cat’s body posture can convey a lot about his current mood. If your kitty is sprawled out on his back while exposing his belly, he may be in a good mood and wants to show you that he trusts you. This posture could inversely also mean that your kitty is ready to use his claws to fight. If your cat is hunched over with his tails wrapped around him, he is possibly feeling anxious. A hunched back accompanied by a puffed-up coat indicates agitation as he is trying to appear larger and more powerful to the threat in front of him. Taking the time to understand and train your cat properly can help you strengthen your relationship with your feline companion.

September 10, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Benefits of Organic Cat Food

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Our furry friends are a part of our family. As the world is leaning towards healthier alternatives with regards to food, it is important that we extend the same care and attention to our pets as well. A majority of the cat food brands in the market have several additives mixed into them. Artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives are added to these packaged foods. It is not possible for every cat owner to take the time to prepare home cooked meals that their pet can enjoy. A better alternative is to use organic ingredients to prepare meals that are both flavorsome and nutritious for our feline friends. Read on to know more about the health benefits of an organic diet for pets.

Natural food without any animal by-products

Several cat foods in the market have additives that are animal by-products and not real, nutritious meat. Just as we would not consume animal by-products, we need to extend the same care for our furry friends as well. Packaged food brands use diseased tissues, gluten, and other animal products that are generally discarded. Over time, the consumption of these unhealthy by-products can increase your cat’s chances of developing health and digestive ailments. Switch to organic meats in the form of chicken, fish, and eggs. These alternatives are much healthier and will be rejoiced by your kitty as well.

Prevents digestive ailments and other allergies

Chemical and artificial adulterants can seriously irritate your cat’s digestive system and cause irregular bowel movements. These additives may have ingredients that can increase your cat’s probability of developing allergies as well. Organic food includes a higher percentage of healthy grains and proteins that are ideal for your pet’s overall health and nutrition. The organic ingredients are easily digestible and are beneficial in improving your kitty’s immune system as well.

Increased energy and active lifestyle

Organic food ingredients are digested quick and easily. Oftentimes, our pets become lethargic and irritable after their meals. By switching to a natural diet with nutrient-dense calories, your cat will have increased energy and will be leading a much more active lifestyle. The healthy fats in organic diets will help boost the shine in your kitty’s fur coat as well.

Longer life expectancy and healthy weight-management

Although our pets look adorable when they’re chubby and fluffy, obesity in pets can significantly increase their chances of developing health ailments early on. An organic diet will help in better weight-management for your cat and will enhance life expectancy as well. Giving extra attention to the meals you prepare for your pets will aid you in ensuring that you are doing your best for their overall health and well-being.

September 9, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Alternative Therapies for Dogs

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Pet parents all over the world have begun warming up to the idea of alternative therapies for their dogs. These therapies are catered towards dogs to cure health ailments and provide comfort and relief to your pet. The difference between medical treatments and alternative therapies is that the latter uses techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Although these treatments lack extensive scientific research, they are popular for providing efficient results for those who practice it regularly. Alternative therapies for dogs can include massages, acupuncture, homeopathy, and chiropractic care, to name a few. Read on to find more about alternative therapy for your furry friend.

Acupuncture

The ancient treatment of Acupuncture originated in China over 2500 years ago. The therapy focuses on inserting thin and small needles into certain points across the body to stimulate energy flow. The correct flow of energy across the body is beneficial in promoting healing. The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society is a major participant in the increasing popularity for acupuncture for dogs. If you are interested in finding out if this treatment is suitable for your pup, ensure that you visit a verified veterinary acupuncturist to see safe and positive results.

Massages and Acupressure

Since dogs are very active animals, they too are prone to developing muscle and joint pain, especially as they age. Massages for dogs focus on a few key techniques that work on improving blood circulation across your pup’s body. These techniques also help loosen stiff joints and can also be very therapeutic for your dog.

Acupressure, on the other hand, uses the same technique as acupuncture -barring the needles. Therapists use their hands and fingers to concentrate on specific pressure points in order to help alleviate discomfort from tense muscles. It is important to use a gentle touch when giving your dog a massage to avoid any adverse reactions from your canine. A trained veterinary masseuse can prescribe the best-suited massage style for your pet.

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic doctors use their hand and fingers to adjust the vertebrae and spine of your pet in order to increase blood flow to certain areas of the body. Stiff joints can restrict your pup’s activities and can injure him further. Chiropractic treatments are usually sought-after pet owners who have injured dogs. Chiropractic care can also be used in helping your pup have a speedy recovery from an illness or injury. Alternative therapies have found a positive response from pet owners seeking non-medical care and holistic well-being for their pups. As with all healthcare treatments, ensure that you visit only licensed, trained, and qualified veterinarians before seeking out any therapy for your furry friend.