The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

January 2, 2020
by Lynn Merton

How to Curb Holiday Anxiety in your Kitten?

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With winters here, it is time for many of us to enjoy holiday parties and visitors coming home. Parties, presents, and festivities are some of the things that can get us off our routine. The change in your schedule may make it difficult for your kitten.

Many kittens have an anxiety disorder that can heighten during the holiday season. Stress and anxiety can make them act and behave differently. You may find them chewing on things or getting very noisy and riotous. All the strain can make them feel anxious and will kill the festivities and holiday spirits for your little furry friends.

However, fret no more, dear kitty-parents. We have some tips that will help curb the holiday anxiety in your kitten. Read on to find out what you can do to help you and your kitten enjoy a great holiday:

1. Do not deviate from your routine

Having a predictable routine is of the utmost importance when you have a kitten. Your little kitty may not be very fond when routine changes.

For instance, if your kitty is used to being fed first thing in the morning, you must continue with this trend. You should do this even if you wake up late in the morning.

Another thing to ensure that you can satisfy your kitty’s daily needs, you can maintain a checklist, especially if there is more than one person taking care of your friend.

2. Exercise is key

Kitty needs some form of exercise every day. Exercising can help release energy and make your kitten jolly and will be overall beneficial for it. Your kitty can become depressed, restless, anxious, and hyperactive with a lack of exercise. Going for walks and playing with toys can immensely improve your kitty’s behavior and make it happy.

3. Challenge your kitty’s brain

Kittens need to do something to stop feeling restless. One way to ensure that your kitten does not feel uptight, tweak the way you give it food. Instead of putting food in the food bowl, try a food treasure hunt. You can hide little treats and their favorite cat food in different places to keep them happy and busy when you are out.

4. Your kitty needs your attention

Your holiday schedule might mean that you do not have as much time for your kitty. Your kitty may get anxious and nervous due to this lack of attention from you. You can prevent bad behavior and promote happiness by spending quality time with your kitten. Play some games and cuddle on the sofa together to enjoy priceless moments.

If your kitten loves meeting people, you can introduce it to your guests and let it make new friends. However, supervise when children are with your kitten.

5. Get a cat sitter

Cats do not like leaving their homes, so you do not have the option of any boarding facility. You can get a cat sitter to take care of your kitten when you are running errands or busy with holiday preparations.

January 1, 2020
by Lynn Merton

How to Winter Shop for your Cat?

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Winter is finally here, but is your home winter-proofed for your furry feline? Did you know that cats, whether they’re furry or not, prefer to stay warm and cozy? In fact, they continuously search for places that help them stay balmy. This rule applies to feral cats as well, so don’t be surprised if you notice your outdoor kitty taking a snooze in the garage or under a pile of autumn leaves.

Since temperatures do plummet significantly during the winter, it’s essential to winter shop for your cat.

Here are some essential items that your kitty will need this winter:

1) Heated Cat Bed

Due to global warming, many places are seeing record-breaking temperatures. The best way to beat the cold is by providing your cat with a warm place to sleep and rest. A heated cat bed will keep your kitty nice and toasty. This is necessary for older felines and especially for those with arthritis as joint inflammation is rampant during the cold season. Cat beds are meant for indoor use. Plug them in and watch little Felix make himself cozy in his new bed.

2) Plush Bed

A plush bed is another excellent option for indoor cats during the winter season. It will keep your feline very warm without the need to plug it in. Some plush beds have a 2-in-1 option where the bed also acts like a cat mat. Plush beds are waterproof, windproof, and very inviting.

3) Laser Pointers

Cats get bored too. In the winter, they will need exercise to keep them engaged and challenged. When temperatures plummet, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed; the same thing occurs with cats. Before your feline gets overweight and bored, consider getting a laser pointer. This is the perfect winter accessory to keep your cat moving around. Simply point and press the laser. Your cat will surely run around and chase the light.

4) Cat Jacket

Even though your feline has lots of furs to help keep it warm, it will still feel cold. Many cats have a thick coat, so it’s not necessary for them to wear cat clothes. However, if you have short fur or a hairless feline, a cat jacket will definitely be helpful in regulating their body temperature. Your cat can wear this indoors during the winter season.

5) Walking Vest

Some cats like to ‘walk’ outdoors, but this can feel difficult in the winter. A cat walking vest is the best accessory for your walking cat. It’s simply a harness that’s attached to the body of your cat with a leash that extends from it. It will help you manage your kitty outside, preventing him from escaping. Just be sure to try it out in the house before using it outside. Your cat may need time adjusting to the vest. Winter shopping for your cat is easy and fun. With these essential items, you and your feline can make the most of this beautiful season.

December 31, 2019
by Lynn Merton

How to winter shop for your dog?

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The winters are a testing time for our four-legged friends. While a few breeds of dogs can tolerate a severe drop in temperatures, most of them need our help to cope with the cold. Little pups, senior dogs, and injured dogs are more susceptible to the harsh effects of winter. The common problems faced by canines are frostbite and hypothermia. Pet owners can minimize these threats by protecting their furry friends by understanding their pet’s age, skin type, fur type, genetic build, and susceptibility.

How to select winter clothes for your dogs?

One should also consider the pet’s weight while buying them clothes. Skinny pets would need warmer and thicker coats. If the pet is suffering from arthritis or has recently been through a surgery, it will need extra layers of winter wear to lessen the pains. These dogs will require not just warm clothing but also warm bedding and blankets. The regular pet clothes will not be sufficient during wintry weather. Choose jackets and coats that are designed and made specifically for winters.

Since the pet owners know their pets better than the shopkeepers, they should be able to choose which item of clothing is best suited for their dogs. The intention is to keep the pet warm and cozy and not make them feel uneasy or itchy. We should also check the quality of fabric for its wash-ability and durability. Discussing with other pet owners and veterinary doctors about it can help understand which brand is good and what fabric is more suitable under different weather conditions.

Different styles that you can try for your dog

Dogs will definitely look cute in denim and jackets but ensure that they also feel good. Ideally, the clothing should make the dog walk around comfortably without causing hindrance to its movement. It should be easy for you to put on and off your pet. There should not be any part of the clothing pressing against their bodies as it would bruise them. Check if the dog can run and walk in its usual speed wearing the coat. One more prerequisite is that the winter clothing should not have any large openings or gaps else the very purpose is defeated.

The jackets should be in bright colors or must contain some reflective strips, as it is necessary during early morning and late evening walks when there are no proper lights. The jacket or coats must also be waterproof – this helps you to take them out for walks despite the weather. Most importantly, measure your dog correctly only then can you buy something that fits snugly and comfortably. Remember that a good winter coat covers a dog from its neck to its tail and underbelly, but it will not protect its ears, nose, paws, and tail from the chills and frostbite. Take care that your canine friends do not spend too much time outdoors in the freezing cold.

December 30, 2019
by Lynn Merton

Changes you can make to your dog’s diet in winter

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With the onset of winters, a dog’s natural mechanism starts working that gets them prepared to battle the harsh weather. The shorter days and longer nights give signals to the dog’s brain and tell them that winter is on its way. Due to this, their metabolism slows down.

Even though a dog’s body naturally prepares itself for the cold weather, taking care of the food is very important. You need to know what to feed and how to change its diet to ensure that your pooch does not lose weight and fall ill.

Here are some tips that will help you feed your pooch during winter:

Calorie Intake

As per studies, dogs need more calories during winter since the low temperature makes them shed a lot of calories. Dogs, like humans, need to maintain constant body temperature and the way to do it during winter is by shivering. However, shivering leads to a loss of calories in dogs. Dogs, consequently, need more calories to be able to compensate for that loss. Dog owners need to switch up their pooches diet during winter so that they do not lose any extra weight because of shivering.

Does activity levels affect what and how much to feed?

You also need to make a note of your pooch’s activity levels to know how many calories to feed. Some dogs become highly inactive, and feeding them extra calories can lead to weight gain. Tweak your diet and keep a regular check on their weight to know whether you need to increase or decrease the calorie intake for your little friend.

If you see your pooch gaining weight, cut back on the food and feed it less than you used to during summer.

Find activities that you both enjoy

Make sure you give your canine companion enough activity to stop lethargy from setting in. Look for better ways in which you can help your little pooch manage its calories. There are so many options available; you could play indoor games or take your friend to a dog daycare at least twice a week. Nutrition is nothing without proper exercise; make sure you give enough of that to your dog.

Hydration is essential

One thing that should not be compromised on is water. A dog gets dehydrated quickly when the weather is cold and dry. Please keep checking the water bowl and make sure always to fill it. If your dogs stay outside the house during winter, keep a check on the water bowl to see that the water has not frozen. You cannot let your pooch drink snow.

Food that supports their immune system

Just like humans, dogs are also vulnerable to falling sick quickly. Get them good that has high nutritional value and help boost their immune system. Check the nutritional profile of the dog foods before you buy them for your pooch.

December 27, 2019
by Lynn Merton

Why is Winter the Best Time to Rescue a Street Animal?

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If you identify yourself as an animal lover, one of the most gracious and thoughtful things you could do this season is – foster a street animal. At any given time of the year, you will find many stray dogs and cats in your immediate or next neighborhood. While these stray dogs and cats usually have learned how to fend for themselves, the winter season is harsher for them than others. While many pet-friendly people routinely feed these strays on the street, the cold and unpredictable weather conditions that prevail during the December-January time period keep them indoors at large. Winter is a difficult time for our pets at home, so you can only imagine what it must be like for these animals, which have no home to call theirs.

Our indoor pets have the warmth of the fireplace or your cozy apartment. The stray animals on the street have no such luxury. The harsh cold and approaching storm is enough to endanger their lives. Not many street animals survive the harsh times of Winter. If you are fond of animals, you might like to rescue some of these strays for the time being. You do not need to adopt them. Simply fostering them during the cold season will be an extremely thoughtful gesture. Moreover, if you’ve always played around with the idea of rescuing a street animal – there is no better time than Winter. The animals will most appreciate your gesture now.

Animal rescue shelters usually run drives to rescue cats and dogs off the street during the colder months. However, they can only rescue a limited number of street animals. Most run out of capacity to take in any more stray animals when approached. What do you do in such a situation? If you think you are capable of caring for this animal, you should bring him/her home. Perhaps, consider taking them to the vet first if you have young kids in the house to prevent any accidents.

Little things you can do to ensure a stray’s life

Even if you are unable to house this rescued dog/cat, you can prepare a cardboard box for them to snuggle up in. Throw in old towels or blankets to help them keep warm, and they will be indebted to you for your kindness. They may not have a home to call their own, but at least they have you as their temporary caregiver and a safe space where they can find refuge from the cold wind and snow. If it is possible, leave out some food and water for your rescue. A well-fed dog/cat is more resilient against germs and diseases. Lastly, clothe them in your old Tshirt or top – animals need protection against the cold too! You may not be able to rescue every cold pup/kitten out on the streets, but at least you can bring holiday cheer to a couple. Every bit of effort counts.