The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

August 17, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Planning to Buy a Cat? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind

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Cats can make wonderful pet companions, but they also require care and love to be happy. Some breeds of cats need more care than other breeds. If you plan to adopt a cat, the requirements of caring for the cat might be different. Are you planning to get your first cat home? Are you unsure what your new pet needs? Do you want to understand how to prepare yourself and your home for the cat before you get it home?

What do cats need to be happy and comfortable?

  • Safe areas to hide and play: Your cat must feel safe in your house to be comfortable. Ensure that there are some boxes or other cozy spaces where the cat can hide if it feels threatened and or scared. The cat may also use these safe areas to play and be mischievous.
  • Clean food and water bowls: Cats are clean animals and will not eat or drink if their feeding bowls are dirty. Wash their food and water bowls regularly. Set up a water bowl that has flowing water, if possible, as cats prefer flowing water to still water for drinking.
  • Catproofing: If you live in a city or in a place that has a lot of vehicles or dogs, it is best to keep your cat indoors. Catproof your home so that your cat cannot escape and get lost or injure itself outdoors. Catproofing includes sealing small gaps in fixed windows, ensuring sliding windows are locked, and doors are not left open.
  • Regular grooming: Most cats love to be brushed and groomed. Ensure that you groom your cat regularly. Grooming includes occasional baths, brushing, and trimming claws and fur.
  • Regular playtime: Cats are playful animals and need to be kept engaged to avoid boredom and lethargy. Playing also keeps your cat healthy and avoids obesity and other related problems. Take time out regularly to play and be with your cat.

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your cat gets ample love and care from you so that it feels loved and happy in your home.

Tips to make you home perfect for your cat

  • Keep your home clean and free of loud noises.
  • Give your cat toys to play with so it is not bored.
  • Ensure your home is a quiet and peaceful place for the cat.
  • Clean the litter tray regularly and ensure there is enough litter in the tray at all times.
  • Spend some time every day playing and talking to your cat.

Cats can be extremely loving animals if given the right care and environment. Plan well and prepare your home well before your bring your cat home so that there are no last-minute surprises.

August 16, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Want Your Cat to Enjoy Baths? Read How

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Felines don’t like water at all (other than to quench their thirst), which means that they don’t like taking baths. On the plus side, felines are extremely efficient at keeping themselves clean. In spite of this, there will be times when your feline will become smelly and dirty. In these situations, you have no choice but to give your feline a bath. However, lady luck is on your side as you can use these simple tips so that your cat enjoys taking baths.

  1. Place non-slip mat at the bottom of the bathing floor
    It’s hard for your four-legged feline to get any grip when the floor is wet. Also, your feline will want to stand on all fours when you are giving it a bath, which will result in your cat losing balance because the floor is slippery. You can prevent this from taking place by putting a non-slip mat/material at the bottom of the bathing floor.
  2. Wet the feet of your cat before giving it a bath
    You need to make sure your feline is comfortable with the temperature of water. Fill a tub or a bucket with water, until the depth is an inch or two. Gently take your feline and place its feet in the tub or bucket so that they get wet. If your feline doesn’t struggle during this process, you can praise it for being a good kitty. If your feline doesn’t like doing this, keep repeating the process daily, till it is comfortable.
  3. Praise the cat while gently pouring water on it
    Your feline needs to be calm and comfortable during bath time. Gently pour water on your feline while talking to it in a calm and loving tone. Don’t try to pour large amounts of water on your feline. After your feline has a bath, you need to wipe it down properly so that it is dry. Wrap your feline in a dry towel and cuddle with it.
  4. Don’t restrain your cat
    As much as possible, avoid restraining your feline, especially during bath time. Rather than remaining calm and composed, your feline will struggle and resist until it’s free. Instead, ensure your feline has control over its movements at all times. If you want to stop your feline from moving in a particular direction, block its path with your hand.
  5. Shower it with treats
    During the entire bathing process, you should reward your feline with treats for its good behavior. For example, if your feline doesn’t struggle when you wet its feet, give it a treat.

Use these simple tips so that your cat will enjoy taking baths. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.

August 15, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Here Is How Slight Changes In A Dog’s Behaviour Could Mean A Red Flag

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Dogs often display several kinds of behaviours that are not desirable for owners, especially when they are sick, frightened or sense that something is not right. For example, they may whine, bark excessively, shake or run away. However, there are some behaviours which could be considered extreme, more so when these behaviours are displayed under fairly normal circumstances. Let us take a look at such behaviours.

Hiding, avoiding and shying away

It is important to note that mild hesitation to new people, places and things is normal. But if your dog is visibly uncomfortable in certain situations and repeatedly attempts to avoid or escape the situation entirely, it can indicate a serious fear of something he sees as a threat. You may often find him in his crate or in a corner in an attempt to hide. If not dealt with early, it could result in a much bigger problem like extreme aggression. Keep in mind to be gentle with your dog, and do not try to make him get out of hiding while what he perceives as a threat is still around. This may cause him to act aggressively even with you.

Unnecessarily aggressive

If your dog is showing signs of excessive aggressiveness like gnarling, loud barking, lunging and attacking people to the point where you have to chain him up for everyone’s safety, it is crucial that you get help as soon as possible. It may be a sign that your dog is extremely stressed or it may be out of fear. Especially, if your dog is usually calm and friendly, being suddenly violent and hostile could indicate more serious underlying problems.

Decreasing energy levels

You know your own dog better than anyone else. So if you see that their energy level is decreasing and they have become slow paced and lethargic, it is a sure sign that there is definitely something not right with them. For example, if they show no sign of interest or excitement when you give them their favourite treat, you need to attend to them immediately.

Negative reaction to touch

If you notice that your dog is unusually reacting negatively when you touch him, it may be because of some bigger problem. You have to get them checked immediately. For example, if he displays excessive mouthing, often accompanied by gnarling and physical attacks while you are grooming or playing with him, it is recommend you get help. Your dog may even freeze every time you touch him, which is a sign of extreme stress.

Hesitant to be alone

If your dog cannot bear to be alone and is showing signs of anxiety every time they are home alone, or alone in their crate, it may be indicative of confinement anxiety or separation anxiety. They may refuse to eat, or whine and bark more than usual, often out of fear.

August 14, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Letting your dog sleep all day? Read about why you shouldn’t

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If you are a first time dog owner, you will be surprised when it comes to the huge amount of time your best friend sleeps every day. It may seem that they are rarely awake. Even if they are awake, they are found to doze almost anywhere.

Adult dog sleep

An adult dog will sleep anywhere between 12 hours per day to 14 hours every day. Older dogs will sleep more. However, they will get up more at night to relieve their weaker bladders. Bigger dogs, in a similar manner, will sleep for a greater amount of time compared to smaller breeds as they get tired much more quickly. They also need greater amount of energy to stay active.

Puppy sleep

Puppies sleep the most, lying down 20 hours every day. They sleep more as their bodies develop extremely fast. Bodies burn up energy much more when they grow. More rest is thus required. The infant dogs needs extra rest. Excessive playing and awake time generates adrenalin. The result is restlessness and the inability to settle down. The result will not only be stunted development, but bad behavior as well.

The principal reasons for dogs spending their time by almost sleeping is that their snooze is a shallow one. It means that their sleep quality is much lower. For this reason, they began to bark at any visitor standing at the front door. This will hold true even if your dog was sleeping peacefully even a few seconds before.

Dogs dream as well. Rapid Eye Movement or REM is descibed as deep sleep state which is the most rejuvenating and required as well. Dogs do not spend much time in REM sleep. It is seen that the canines enjoy a maximum of 12 percent of their sleeping time in REM.

Excessive sleep

Although for majority of dogs, plenty of sleep is seen as normal, a sudden variation in the sleeping patterns is not. Displaying lethargy even after hours of sleep may well indicate health problem. The list of factors which results in your dog becoming lethargic include canine depression, hyperthyroidism and diabetes. Too much sleep also indicates the probable presence of Lyme disease, distemper, parvovirus and rabies.

Sleep and diet

You can influence your dog’s sleeping habits by changing its diet. This is as dogs source energy from their food. Feeding them cheap food of low quality means they would not get proper nutrition. It means they would sleep more to compensate. This can be easily rectified by tweaking the diet. Nutrient rich foods may be added. If this is done, your dog will have more energy to play and exercise. Food having lower nutrients mean increased time to digest. This will slow the dog down.

August 11, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Do You Think Tail Wagging Is an Invitation to Pet More? You Might Be Wrong!

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Do you feel happy whenever your dog wags its tail because it seems to be happy? Have you noticed your dog growling or cowering but also wagging its tail? Have you been confused whether your dog is happy at times, even though it is wagging its tail? Unlike popular belief, tail wagging in dogs does not always mean that the dog is happy and cheerful. So what does a tail wag really mean?

What does tail wagging signify?

Just as humans have verbal and nonverbal language for communication, dogs used sounds, their ears, and their tails to communicate. If your dog wags its tail, it means that your dog is feeling one of these things:

  • Fear or insecurity
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Challenge
  • Warning
  • Aggression

As you can see, a tail wag can mean a lot more than just happiness and joy in your dog. Do you want to be able to better interpret the various tail wags that your dog uses so you can understand what your dog is feeling?

Interpreting a few common tail wags

Here are a few common tail wags that most dogs use to convey how they are feeling in a certain situation. Tail wags may be accompanied by other body language and sounds.

  • Excited wag: This is usually when your dog is happy. The tail is held higher than usual and wagged from side to side. Your dog may wiggle its butt along with its tail in this tail wag, showing you that it is happy.
  • Friendly wag: This is where your dog is not completely sure of the situation but does not feel threatened. The tail is held at normal height and wagged slowly a few times. The tail wagging may be accompanied by small barks and short breaths.
  • Scared, nervous, or anxious wag: If your dog is holding its tail lower than usual and slowly wagging it, it may mean insecurity or nervousness. If the tail is firmly tucked between the legs and the ears are turned back, it means that your dog is really scared and wants to be out of that situation.
  • Challenging or aggressive wag: In this tail wag, the end of the tail is moved rapidly so that the tail seems to almost vibrate. If the tail is held at the usual height during this wag, it signals aggressiveness. However, if the tail is held high in this tail wag, it means your dog is challenging and ready to fight.

It is important to understand the body language that your dog uses so you can ensure your dog always feels safe and happy. It will prevent you from unknowingly putting your dog in scary, uncomfortable, and dangerous situations and keep your dog out of harm’s way.