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December 6, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Should You Pick a Long Haired Cat Breed or a Short Haired Cat Breed?

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Bringing home a new cat can be an extremely exciting time. But before you add to your family, you need to consider how well your new pet will adjust to your living circumstances, as well as you to it.  Cat hairs are a problem many cat owners have to deal with, and if you aren’t careful, you could end up with more furballs than you can handle. Long haired and short haired cat breeds primarily differ in exactly the way their name suggests – one type of cat has longer and thicker coat of hair, and the other has a much smaller coat that will shed less hair and require less overall maintenance.

If you find yourself leaning towards a long-haired cat breed, then be prepared to invest a lot of time and care into taking care of your new feline companion. Grooming brushes trips to a vet groomer as well as regular trimmings will be a part of your life.  A long-haired cat’s coat could become matted and unkempt within just a few weeks of irregular grooming.  

Short-Haired Cats vs Long-Haired Cats

There is absolutely no difference in the kind of personality, attitude or love you can experience from either a short or a long haired cat. While there are certain genetic factors that do play a role in deciding the personality of your pet, their environment and the bond you build with them is of the utmost experience in determining the life experience you will have with your new pet.

However, if you are someone who wants a cat because you want a no-fuss pet, then a short-haired cat would be the better option for you. Long-haired cats are not only more rare to come across and more expensive to purchase, they also require regular maintenance that you may not have the time for.

Caring for a Long Haired Cat

If you think you want to take care of a long-haired cat:

a. The first thing you should do is invest in a quality grooming brush. Your cat will need to be groomed four to five times a week without fail.

b. When your cat’s coat gets too long/thick, you will have to take them to the vet to have their hair trimmed.

c. One particular haircut you should regularly get done by the groomer if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself is the vanity cut. This haircut trims the hair around the rear side of your cat so that no waste matter sticks to their fur by accident while they do their business.

Aside from caring for their coat, the primary ways of caring for both long and short haired cats are the same.

Which is Better: A Long Haired or  Short Haired Cat

The cat that matches your lifestyle is ultimately the best pet for you. If you live a busy lifestyle or if you suffer from allergies, you should opt for a short haired cat. Short haired cats shed less hair around your home and spread less dander.

Dander is an allergen that is found in cat saliva. A long-haired cat has to groom more of their hair, and this gets more saliva on their coat. More saliva means the possibility of more dander, and this can cause more allergen to be present in the air. Irrespective of whether you opt for a long or short haired cat, remember to buy lint rollers. Every cat has some level of fur, and even the shortest short haired cat has some fur. Aside from the amount of effort you need to put into caring for each kind of cat, primarily with respect to their coats, every cat can become a warm and loving addition to your home.

December 5, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Top 5 Short Hair Breed Dogs that Make the Perfect Pets

Are you and your family eager to adopt a dog? Do you want a pooch who won’t put the fur on your furniture? If so, a short-haired dog breed is your best choice, particularly for busy families and city dwellers.

Unlike their long fur friends, most short-haired dog breeds require a gentle brushing once a week. This is enough to minimize shedding and remove loose hairs. Some short-haired breeds are also hypoallergenic, making them an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

In addition to their short grooming time, short-haired small dogs require less food than a typical long haired dog. They are also quite comfortable in small apartments.

If you and your family are excited to adopt a dog that doesn’t require too much grooming, consider welcoming any of the following five short hair dog breeds:

1. Boston Terrier

This is a classic American dog breed. The Boston Terrier is the perfect pet for all families. It’s great with children as they like long play hours and don’t get rough or out of control. Terriers are low maintenance pooches that have a fun-loving and loyal nature. They have a lifespan of up to 14 years and can weigh up to 25 pounds. They’re the ideal pet for a young family.

2. Boxer

Boxers are instantly recognizable from their flat faces. These beautiful dogs have a loving, playful and caring disposition. Boxers are also very patient and co-operative which is ideal if you have small children or other pets in the home. They have an easy to manage coat, so if you don’t have time for long grooming sessions, a Boxer is a perfect pet for you. This dog breed has a lifespan of up to 13 years and has a high energy level. It can weigh up to 80 pounds.

3. Basenji

Basenji is a loving and well-tempered dog. They’re also very observant and intelligent. This dog has an extremely high energy level and is well suited to a home without small pets or young children. This amicable breed has a sturdy, short coat that needs brushing on rare occasions. Basenjis have a lifespan of up to 14 years and can weigh nearly 24 pounds.

4. Dalmatian

Made famous by the movie 101 Dalmatians, this jolly and active dog breed is perfect for the home with active adults. It has a durable and short fur coat, which will not leave remnants on your sofa set. Dalmatians have very high energy levels and can live up to 14 years.

5. Miniature Pinscher

If you’re looking for a pooch with high spirits and energy, then the Miniature Pinscher is your best option. Known for its larger-than-life personality and courage, this dog requires lots of attention and exercise for optimal development. Due to its small size, this can be easily provided in an apartment. They have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. Pinschers are also very active and curious and can live up to 14 years, reaching nearly 10 pounds. Any of these short-haired dog breeds will make the perfect addition to your family.

December 5, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Why Is My Cat Always Grooming Itself?

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Cats are avid groomers. They like to lick themselves clean on a daily basis. When your furry feline licks itself, “feel good,” neurotransmitters called endorphins are released into the brain. This hormone makes self-grooming feel soothing and comforting. A cat will often engage in self-grooming behaviors in the presence of its owner. When the owner isn’t visible, it may be stressed and will resort to excessive licking behavior.

While it’s true that your kitty sleeps nearly 16 hours per day and doesn’t have to face office politics, there are a number of situations that can turn little Felix into a nervous wreck. When cats are faced with too much pressure, it won’t develop into ulcers as it does for humans. The resulting behavior is over-licking.

What exactly is Over-Grooming?

In the absence of the owner, a cat may engage in over-grooming. This is a psychological condition called psychogenic alopecia. It is typically chronic caused by several stressors. Examples of stressors include the following:

– death of the owner

– moving to a new home

– the arrival of a new family member (human or animal)

– vacation

– divorce

– changing the location of the litter box

– rearrangement of the furniture

– lack of enrichment in the environment

– living in a busy home

– changes in routine

Sometimes over-grooming may result due to an underlying medical reason. An allergen in the environment might be causing little Felix to over-itch. Cats also have allergies to fleas, certain foods and other variables in the environment. If you suspect an allergen is an underlying cause, it’s important to visit your veterinarian. More importantly, if you see your cat engage in over-grooming, do not punish it. It might exacerbate the condition.

Signs of Over-Grooming

A short stubble that resembles a buzz cut will form in the area where your cat engages in excessive licking. This usually occurs in the inner thigh, foreleg, or belly. If the behavior is very severe, then the underlying skin will appear red and damaged.

How to Stop or Prevent Over-Grooming?

In case you suspect over-grooming, visit your veterinarian. He or she will confirm psychogenic alopecia and rule out other medical conditions. While this is occurring, observe your little furball. Figure out what is triggering his or her anxiety.

In the meantime, you can implement the following tips to soothe your kitty’s anxiety over-grooming behavior:

– If your cat is affected by someone’s absence, place the person’s blanket or shirt near the cat. The scent of the absent person will provide little Felix with some comfort.

– Engage in play therapy. This is a superb stress reliever. Use interactive games such as laser tag and chase-the-mouse. Over-grooming is a sign of anxiety in cats. Help your feline feel better by taking him to the veterinarian. A little tender, loving care will also work wonders.

December 3, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional Groomer for Your Cat

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If you are one of those cat-keepers that believes that the furry pets are self-groomers, then you could not be more wrong. Cats lick themselves, yes, but it does not mean that they groom themselves by doing so. Cats need regular cleaning; otherwise you’ll be left with a dirty, smelly, and unhygienic pet.

Why Licking is not Grooming

When a cat licks itself, it spreads its saliva all over its body, which needs to be cleaned. It also takes into its mouth a lot of hair along with the bacteria and germs on its body.

The hair it ingests is thrown out in the form of vomit, which again finds a way to your cat’s skin when it steps or rolls on it.

Feels yucky, right? Which is why you need to keep your cat clean by giving it regular baths.

Another reason to groom your fluffy pet is to keep its claws in control. Cats like to sharpen their claws as they provide them greater grip. Sharpened claws present a risk of injury for the pet and the owners, as well. Nails, therefore, need to be kept trimmed.

The natural choice for pet owners is hiring a professional cat groomer. Several grooming service providers are willing to do the work for you. But, is hiring a professional service the right choice for you?

Here, we list some pros and cons of hiring a professional cat groomer to help you make an informed decision:

Pros

A Convenient Solution

A professional cat groomer provides all essential grooming services under one roof. A typical service offers basic nail care, hair brushing and trimming, bathing, ear care, and sometimes even dental care. With professional taking care of your pet, you can avoid the stress and mess associated with the task.

With options such as mobile pet grooming, the task is even more convenient now. Mobile groomers visit either your home or other convenient location, as specified by you, to groom your pet. You will not even have to part with your pet for grooming service.

Safe for Pets

It can be extremely difficult to groom your cat, especially if you are a new pet owner. Even if you are an experienced pet owner, a grooming session can be tiresome and demanding because cats are not willing pets. Handling a fussy, irritated, or worse, a frightened cat can be stressful for yourself and the pet too. Grooming under stress can even cause injury.

Professional groomers are trained to soothe and calm down an irate cat. They create the right environment for the cat and then groom it.

Cons

Expensive

Cat groomers offer a premium service. Expect them to be expensive. If they are offering comprehensive grooming care, then the price can be even higher. Know the price before you hire the service.

Finding a Professional Service is not Easy

Finding a registered and experienced groomer requires extensive research. Your pet can be in inexperienced, or worse bad, hands, increasing the risk of physical or mental injury to the cat. Weigh these pros and cons of hiring a professional grooming service to know what suits you the best.

December 2, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Long Haired Dog Breeds

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Everyone loves long haired dog breeds. They not only look very attractive, but they are also available in all sizes. Whether you like a big long-haired dog or one that is small, there are many options available. They not only make the perfect companions, but you will love to brush their long hair as well. Here is a brief look at the top long-haired dog breeds.

The Afghan Hound

This is one of the most attractive dogs – not only because its hair is very thick and fine – but also because it is available in many colors, including black and cream, as well as red. Other than that, it is well loved for its intelligence and for its proud demeanor as well as its independence and ability to protect its master. Their coats are the same as the coats of other animals living at high altitudes. The Afghan Hound lives for between 12 and 14 years and weighs between 57 and 74 pounds. It is also between 24 and 29 inches tall.

The Yorkshire Terrier

This is a very popular long-haired dog breed. What makes it so endearing is the fact that it is easy to do up its hair in different ways, and its long fur is also soft and smooth. A Yorkie makes for an excellent watchdog, and you will love him for his determination and for his energy. However, its long hair requires quite a lot of grooming. The Yorkie lives for between 13 and 15 years and weighs between 12 and 15 pounds. it is also between eight to nine inches tall.

Komondor

The Komondor has a corded coat that is mainly white in color, with some black and brown patches scattered across its body. It is a very intelligent animal that will willingly obey once you have trained it. However, it is not a very energetic dog and also does not need much exercising. The Komondor lives for between 10 and 17 years, weighs between 110 and 132 pounds, and is between 27 and 29 inches tall.

Havanese

You will love the Havanese because it is a very active animal that is also very cheerful and playful at the same time. Best of all, it has a delightfully intelligent nature. You do not have to exercise it much, and it is also very pleasing to be the focus of your attention. The Havanese lives for between 13 and 15 years, weighs between 10 and 16 pounds, and is just 8 to 11 inches tall.

Maltese

This is a very small animal with long hair that is straight and white in color. Having a very cheerful disposition, this animal is one of the more active dog breeds that love to play with humans and other pets. It lives for between 12 and 15 years, weighs between 6 to 8 pounds and is 8 to 9 inches tall. The good news is long-haired dog breeds can see through their long hairs, but it pays to cut their long hair in front of their eyes to prevent eye problems such a corneal ulcer and conjunctivitis. So, do pay special attention to its grooming needs.