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May 24, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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The Dog Breeds That Are Fastest in the World

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Dogs can run really fast, no matter their breed. Dogs are naturally great runners, unless bred specifically for being calm and slow. Are you wondering which the fastest domesticated dogs in the world today are? Here is a list of some of the fastest domestic canines:

  • Greyhound: These dogs are known for their running and sprinting skills, and have been known to reach speeds of 45 miles an hour during their sprints! They are very gentle and sociable dogs with a calm personality. Although they love to run, they are not overly energetic dogs and do well as family dogs.
  • Afghan hound: This large, elegant-looking dog has a goofy personality and loves to run, reaching speeds of 40 miles an hour during sprints. This is one of the oldest known dog breeds in the world today. They are long-haired dogs that need constant care, grooming, and maintenance to stay healthy.
  • Saluki: This sweet-looking dog was bred to chase fast prey, which means that it is a dog that is quick on its feet and very active. They can reach running speeds of 42 miles per hour. They are energetic dogs that need lots of space to run, jump, and play on a regular basis.
  • Dalmatian: This large dog breed loves to pay and run around, and can reach speeds of up to 37 miles an hour. This breed is very intelligent and energetic and needs constant exercise to keep the energy levels in check. They are also high in endurance, so if you love to go for long runs with your dog, this breed will make a great companion for you.
  • Borzoi: This regal dog breed was bred to hunt and chase wolves, and can reach sprinting speeds of 36 miles an hour. This is a very regal-looking breed, which can be quite independent by nature. They love to run and must have lots of space to run and play.
  • Jack russel terrier: This is the smallest breed to make it to this list with speeds reaching an impressive 38 miles an hour. This small dog is very high on energy and can run amazingly fast. They are great as working dogs and are very playful by nature. They tend to live quite long and do not have any major health problems common to the breed.
  • Doberman pinscher: This breed is known to make really good guard and police dogs, and can reach running speeds of 32 miles per hour. They are extremely intelligent and sensitive dogs that are easy to train.

Certain kinds of shepherds, collies, and hounds also reach amazing speeds exceeding 30 miles an hour. Most of the fast breeds are those that were bred to chase prey or as working dogs.

May 23, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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5 Facts about Kitten Nutrition You Probably Didn’t Know

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Kittens make amazing companions and pets; they are small, cute, and they love to snuggle. If you have just rescued or adopted a kitten, and are wondering how different it is to care for a kitten when compared to looking after an adult cat, there are a few things you should know, especially when it comes to nutrition.

  • Cannot digest cow’s milk: Yes, as surprising as that may seem, cats, and especially kittens, must not be fed cow’s milk in any form. Although cats like the taste of cow’s milk, they cannot digest it, leading to bloating, constipation, and other digestive issues in your kitten. If the mother is around, mother’s milk is best for a very young kitten. If that is not possible, kitten formula is a good replacement.
  • Need more food than adult cats: Kittens grow at an almost alarming rate in the first few months. They may double or even triple their body weight is just a few weeks. They are also highly active and energetic when they are under six months of age. This combination means that they need lots of food to keep their energy levels up and to ensure they grow well. They need to be fed at regular intervals several times a day and can be fed both wet and dry food.
  • Might fall sick with raw food: Kittens have weak immunity as their immune systems are still developing when they are young. Raw meat and eggs can contain a number of microbes that cause infections in cats and kittens. Kittens might not be able to fight off these infections at a very early age, which is why it is best to avoid feeding raw meat and eggs to really small kittens.
  • Must be accustomed to different textures: Do not stick to a single kind of food when feeding the kitten. It is always a good idea to get your kitten introduced and accustomed to different flavors and textures early on. Not doing so can mean that the kitten refuses to eat anything other than the one specific food you give, which could create problems later on if you need to switch foods.
  • Should have constant access to water: Kittens are very high on energy, which means they are running around at top speed, jumping, and playing constantly whenever they are awake. High levels of activity mean that they sweat a lot and need to drink water often to stay hydrated. It is, therefore, important to keep a clean water source accessible to your kitten at all times.

Proper nutrition will ensure your kitten grows up to be a healthy, fit, and energetic adult cat. With proper training early on along with lots of love and care, cats can make for amazing pets that bond with you for life.

May 22, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How to Dog Proof Your Cat’s Litter Box?

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Did your four-legged canine friend manage to sneak into your cat’s litter box to snack on its feces? Although it is weird, there is a reason why your dog is exhibiting this behavior. Cat food is rich in protein, but your feline doesn’t digest the entire nutrient in every meal. The problem is that even though it causes diarrhea or nausea, your dog can’t stop itself from eating your feline’s feces as it is tasty. As you want to bring an end to this absurd behavior once and for all, here are four ways to dog proof your cat’s litter box:

Clean the litter box as often as possible
It is common knowledge that you need to keep your cat’s litter box clean. However, if you are to stop your canine from snacking on your feline’s excrement, you should try to clean the litter box as often as possible. For starters, the moment your cat uses the litter box, you should scoop up the waste immediately.

You can also change the litter and wash the box on a regular basis. If you are unable to clean the waste as you are at work, then you should consider purchasing an automatic cleaning cat box. The advantage is that this device will clear out the feces when your cat is done attending nature’s call.

Keep the litter box in an elevated area
A simple solution to keep the litter box out of reach from the mouth of your canine is to keep it in an elevated area. For example, you can keep it on top of a counter top or a spare table as dogs don’t jump on these objects. While using this technique, make sure that your canine cannot reach the box by standing on its legs. The only downside is that if you have a geriatric feline, this plan may not work.

Place the litter box behind a cat door
If these solutions are not working because your canine is smart, then you should consider getting a cat door. For this method to be successful, you have to keep the litter box inside a closet, a bathroom, or spare bedroom. However, make sure that you close the door after use, to prevent your canine from sneaking inside.

Utilize a baby gate
The last technique is to utilize a baby gate, which is a great tool in keeping your dog out of your cat’s litter box. Place the litter box in one of the corners of the room for maximum effectiveness. If your dog is great at jumping gates, then you should elevate the baby gate, while giving enough space for your cat to crawl under this deterrent.

These are the four ways you can dog prof your cat’s litter box. Do you know any other way you can stop canines from exhibiting this habit? If yes, feel free to leave a comment below!

May 21, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Does Your Cat Breed Reveal Your Personality?

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When you come back home after a long day, you want to kick back and relax with your pet cat. Sometimes, you want to relive a lot of stress from work by playing with your feline. Pets are great companions, they make our lives interesting, fun, and fill it with optimism.

As there are a plethora of breeds all over the world, cats come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Although this may sound surprising, did you know that the breed of cat also has a lot to say about your personality? Don’t believe us, here are five variations of cat breeds which are a true reflection of your personality:

American Curl

American Curl felines are quite popular among pet owners, due to the unusual nature of their ears. The ears of the American Curl are backward facing, due to the result of genetic mutation. If you own an American Curl, it is an indicator that you love to make grand entrances. Also, you love anything that is eye-catchy. At the same time, you don’t mind controversy as you can handle them in your stride.

Birman

As the origins of the Birman isn’t known, it goes to show that you love having the element of mystery in your life. These breeds of felines are exotic animals, due to their unique and interesting looks. The same applies to you, as sculpture and art resonate within you deeply. You love the design aspects of your house, as they look extremely interesting. Also, you love living in a household where everything is immaculate.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is also popular among owners as this breed resembles miniature kings of the jungle, or the majestic lion. It shows that you love having adventure in your life as you want things to be interesting. As this breed is one of the largest and oldest domestic felines in the world, you are passionate about heritage and tradition. As these cats catch the eye of the beholder, it indicates that you love making a statement, everywhere you go.

Persian

If you have a Persian at home, you like living an affectionate and laid-back lifestyle. You want every day to be like a Sunday afternoon, as you want to take a nap after reading an interesting book. You want your surroundings to be comfortable and cozy as it gives the best experience.

Sphynx

If you have a sphynx or you can’t get enough of this breed, it is in your nature to be different from the rest of world. You are not scared of being yourself as you are confident about your beliefs. You understand that it isn’t necessary for felines to have fur, to fall into the cute category.

These are the five cat breeds which reveal your personality. Do you know the difference in character with other breeds of cats? If yes, leave a comment below to let us know!

May 17, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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When do you think you need a Dog Ramp?

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One of the most important things on your dog’s daily agenda is to stay by your side. Whether you are relaxing on the couch, reading a book in bed, or going to the local grocery store in your car, your canine best friend wants to be right next to you. Younger dogs have all the energy in the world, but as they grow older, they grow weaker. Their bodies are not as strong as they used to be.

Why are dog ramps necessary?
Have you ever watched an elderly person struggle with a simple task like opening a jar? Sure, they can just ask for help, but humans tend to be rather proud of their independence. As we age, we find it nearly impossible to come to terms with our body’s limitations. It is pretty much the same with dogs too.

Despite their aching bones and joints, your dog will always want to follow you everywhere. It is in their genetics to be loyal, so you cannot blame them. A few years ago, your best friend was jumping off walls like an acrobatic daredevil. These days, getting on the couch to sit by your side seems to take a lot of his energy.

If you notice your dog facing difficulty getting onto the couch or bed, climbing the stairs, or panting too much after a jump, you know he is not as strong as he used to be. It is time to invest in a dog ramp to help your pet to get to places he has been struggling to reach. These ramps can help your dog get onto the couch, his favorite chair, and into your car with relative ease. Ramps also eliminate chances of your dog injuring himself while scrambling to get onto a chair or into the car.

How are dog ramps useful?
Depending on age, breed, and physical condition, a ramp can help minimize the pressure and pain brought on by your dog’s habitual movements. Dog ramps are exceptionally useful in homes that have senior dogs. They make it a lot more comfortable for the dog to get into the car or onto their favorite spot on the couch. Homes with small dogs should also invest in ramps as they make it a lot easier for the pets to reach high places like the bed, couch, or car seat.

Dog ramps are also an excellent choice for canines recovering from surgery or injury. They can help post-operative dogs navigate their way without causing any injury to themselves. Canines with arthritis and other joint ailments also greatly benefit from dog ramps. They help reduce pressure on bones and joints, making your pet’s life a lot more comfortable.

These ramps not only help dogs, but they can also make your life a lot easier as well. Your dog will be independent and free to move on his own, so you do not have to worry about lifting him up every time he wants to join you on the couch.