May 21, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Majority of cats hate water as if their lives depend on it. The cause behind such hate could be both biological and behavioral. Do keep in mind that some cats actually love to dunk themselves in the waves. Many cat owners have seen their felines rushing towards the water and playing with it. It can be surmised that those cats are not attracted towards the water but of the sparkle when sunlight falls on the sea. Cats love shiny things, and water is not an exception.
to hate sea baths
of reasons exist as to why cats dislike water so much. Felines do not
like changes in their environment and are less accepting of them. To
a cat, the constant ebb and flow of the sea makes it a dangerous and
unstable place to be in. However, if a cat has encountered the sea
from the time it was a kitten could be much more accepting towards
it. It also does not help that cats are by nature fastidious
creatures. Most of their time is spent in grooming themselves. It is
apparent that cats may not like anything which does not smell
“normal.” No wonder they hate the sea. Each wave brings in
new objects-and new smells- which must be cleaned off before they
could resume their quality of life.
hate to bathe in the sea due to biological reasons too. Although cats
love to eat fish, they are land-based animals and are descendants of
felines who lived in dry and arid places. There was no requirement
for cats to learn to swim as there was no evolutionary need for them
to do so. This lack of swimming behavior has stayed in modern-day
kitties. This is why you must never force your furball to swim if it
does not like to do so.
be times, however, when you feel the need to bathe your cat. Keep in
mind that there is no reason for you to bath your cat. Some cats must
be given a bath for medical reasons and also if they cannot clean by
themselves, like senior or sick cats. You can give your kitty a bath
through using a few techniques which will make the process much less
painful for the cat.
your cat, take a tub and fill it with water. The cat must not be in
the vicinity during this time. The sound of water flow and splashing
will make your kitty afraid. Take a folded towel and line the tub
with it. This towel is something the cat could grip into. This is
important as felines are afraid of slippery tub floors. Take a
container full of water and pour it over your kitty.
May 17, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Like you, cats need daily exercise to be in excellent shape. The cat exercise wheel ensures that even an indoor cat gets sufficient exercise whether you are at home or away from it. Cat owners who have purchased the wheel have reported both physical and mental improvement in their cats. When you buy an exercise wheel for your cat, the kitty enjoys a lot of benefits.
metabolism, reduce stress.
to improve is the metabolism of the animal. The car’s muscle movement
and strength improved as well. This is as the equipment makes the
cat’s muscles work. The activity burns excess calories keeping your
kitty healthy. It is well known that a physically active cat becomes
better both physically and mentally. Regular exercise of the cat will
lead to a jump in the feline metabolic rate. This will burn an
increased amount of calories. The cat will not only lose any excess
weight but also avoid diseases. Furthermore, the presence of a cat
wheel increases the animal’s life expectancy. The exercise which
happens when the cat runs on the wheel, plays a vital role in
building strong muscles and maintaining them. The bones of your cat
will also improve. High impact exercise like the cat wheel leads to
increased bone density for the cat. It will be fitter and much less
susceptible to injury. All of this will contribute to a longer
lifespan for your cat.
exercise wheel reduces stress in your kitty. You will observe a much
better mood in your cat. The animal will suffer less from anxiety and
depression. The presence of the cat wheel makes your kitty exercise
every day. The physical exercise reduces pent-up energy. It will
eliminate anxiety and stress. The cat wil be much more calm and hence
relaxed. Periodic exercise reduces fatigue for the kitty. It will
assist the cat to sleep for an extended time and thus the animal will
enjoy sufficient amount of rest. An absence of exercise means
persistent fatigue for the cat and it may also suffer from a number
of serious illnesses. The cat will then be depressed and bored.
A fit cat
doing regular exercise enjoys reduced chances of respiratory disease
and heart linked complications. There is no need for intense
exercise, just the correct amount for gaining fast metabolism and the
burning of more significant amounts of calories every day. A cat not
doing much exercise may turn into an obese animal. The exercise wheel
assists to maintain muscle mass and promote loss of weight by
building strong bones. It also works wonders in managing arthritis.
Exercising your cat now will save you considerable money and time in
the long run. There will be fewer veterinary visits.
May 16, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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It would be great if someone is there to help you with the groceries. You have without a doubt seen videos where a trained dog obediently helps its human family to shop by carrying what they purchased. Yes, you can train your dog to do so. It will patiently wait for you to give it your parcels. The fun part is that a majority of dogs would actually like you to help in such a task. Your only concern should be whether your dog is sufficiently big to carry your grocery bag.
dog learns this trick, not only you and your dog will be happy, but
your neighbors as well. Watch their jaw drop the first time they see
your dog carrying your groceries. The best feature is that the dog
will enjoy it so much that it will insist on carrying bags everywhere
define the tasks to your dog before you start the training. The task
itself is a sequential one. Your dog must come out of the car and run
to you. It then accepts the grocery bag and carries them all the way
to the house. It is a simple course of action and depends on the
previous training of the dog. The breed of the dog is vital in this
context. Many consider training your dog in this context an important
one. You are teaching your dog “responsibility” and it is
contributing to the family. It is vital that the dog must have
reached the age to carry the bag without dragging it on the ground.
It must also be able to hold the grocery bag comfortably in its
gather a few things before training your dog to carry groceries.
Treats are the most important of all; no training can be complete
without giving your dog its favorite treat. You also need lots of
patience and a quiet environment to conduct the training. There are
several methods to train the dog. The most popular is one can each
time method. To impart this kind of training, place the leash on the
dog and then lead it to the back of the vehicle. Hold the shopping
bag at its nose level and encourage the canine to take the bag in its
mouth. Give it a treat when it does. Do not forget to praise your
Add a food
can to the bag and allow the dog some time to get it used to the new
weight. Use the leash to encourage the dog to follow you while
carrying the bag. When it does, give it a treat and also praise.
Repeat the process until the dog carries groceries into the home.
May 15, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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You work hard, and you desperately need a vacation. Your senior cat, however, poses a problem. It is too old to be taken everywhere, and you have thus decided to keep the cat at home while you go away for a few days. Before you lock the door, it is essential to take a few steps to ensure that both your senior cat and you have a lovely time.
Appoint a petsitter
Remove all plants before you leave the house. A majority of house-plants are toxic to your cat if it chews or eats them. Unplug all electrical appliances and cords which can be reached by the cat. Remove the light bulbs from table lamps. Do not leave the senior cat to its wits. Appoint a pet sitter to visit the house every day. Give the person the house key before you go. Ask the person to play with the kitty time-to-time. Cats do get sad when they are lonely. Ask the petsitter to send you daily status reports. This ensures that both the cat and the petsitter are alright. Do not forget to give that person your cell phone number to call in-case of emergencies. It is a good idea to give a spare key to a trusted friend. If the petsitter suddenly vanishes or falls sick and cannot take care of the cat, your friend can pitch in.
open doors and food
that all doors except the main one remain partially open. Put a towel
in the closing arc to ensure this. Your senior cat may close the door
by accident if you do not do so. Cats cannot tolerate being locked up
inside a room. It will then make a mess if there is no litter box
present inside that enclosed space. Before you go away, set up a
minimum of two water dispensers. This is as water from a standard
water bowl quickly evaporates, and it is essential to have one for
back-up if the kitty knocks over one dispenser. The water in the
dispenser must be sufficiently big to stay the time of your vacation.
The water must last even if the petsitter fails to come to the house
and your friend cannot visit the place.
particular dry food your cat does not like and keep it somewhere.
Your senior cat will eat it only as a last resort if no other food is
available. This food will become its snack if the pet sitter is
absent. Do set up a motion activated webcam next to the water
dispensers and the litter box. You will then have a visual
confirmation that your cat is fine. As long as the cat drinks and
poops, it is in perfect health. You can also see the activities of
your appointed pet sitter.
May 14, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Daschunds are a distinct dog breed characterized by a longer back and shorter legs when compared to most dogs. This breed is originally German and was initially used for hunting. A Daschund has many special needs and is prone to several diseases like the intervertebral disc disease. As an owner, it is your responsibility to help your Daschund to gain and hold a healthy weight and grooming the animal. You must also teach it good habits.
and how to hold the dog
are vulnerable yo intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). The IVDD
involves the bulging out or bursting of the vertebrae, placing stress
on the structure. An IVDD afflicted dog will suffer immense pain and
bladder control problems. Paralysis may also occur as a worst-case
scenario. You must take a few precautions to stop this happening to
your dog. Try to recognize all the IVDD symptoms so that you can
refer the animal to the veterinarian immediately if you see them. The
first sign of IVDD trouble is when the dog does not walk or run as
much as it used to. A dog saddled with such a condition cannot stand
properly and will cry out in pain. There will also be a noticeable
change in behavior, like being nervous and acting strange. It will
eat less and lose control over its bowels or bladder or both.
It is good
practice to know how to hold the dachshund. It is important to keep
the dog in the correct way as to protect its back. If you want to
lift it up, place one hand under his belly and the other to support
the dog’s rear. Do not carry your dog in one hand.
important that your Daschund must maintain its proper weight. There
will be a higher chance of IVDD if it gains more weight. It is
crucial that you feed the appropriate dog nutrition and assist it to
get Zadequate amount of exercise. The thumb rule of finding out
whether your Daschund is of proper weight is to stand over the dog
and look down. In case you can see the dog’s ribs, the canine is
thin, and it needs more nutrition. Healthy weight is that when you
cannot see the ribs but can feel them just below the skin —
overweight means you can neither see or feel the ribs. The Daschund
must have a tapered waist and not a hang-down belly. Talk to the
veterinarian if you are in doubt. The medical professional will tell
you the exact quantity of food to give to your dog. Do walk the
Daschund and try to play with it every day. Do not provide excess
treats to your dog. Do feed the dog weight maintenance food if it has