The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

September 6, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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How to bathe your Ragdoll cat

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Ragdoll cats are the result of crosses between different breeds of cats. They’re quite strong and large cats. In fact, they can weigh up to 19 pounds. Their hair is semi-long and they’re temperament is quiet, affectionate and gentle which has made them very popular pets.

The reason that the cat is called a ragdoll cat is quite an interesting one. While holding a ragdoll cat, the cat will instinctively relax its muscles which results in it going limp. While most cats can clean up quite well when left to their own devices, some of them need a bit of extra help. Here’s how you can bathe your ragdoll cat.

How can you get your ragdoll cat used to water?

The best way to go about getting your cat used to water is to rinse it while it’s a kitten. Your kitten must become comfortable with lukewarm water as well as the bathroom. Make sure it’s a pleasant experience for your kitten by speaking happily to him/her while giving her a quick rinse. Use warm water for a few minutes, to begin with. Forget about shampoo for now.

Drying your ragdoll cat

Make sure that you keep a dryer and bath towel ready before bathing your ragdoll cat. Follow these tips while drying your cat so that your cat has a pleasant experience.

  • Your cat shouldn’t be burnt with a high-temperature setting on the dryer.
  • Look for a quiet dryer for pets as a dryer which makes a lot of noise might scare your cat.
  • Avoid directing the flow of air through sensitive areas. Sensitive areas include the inner ears, eyes, and nose.

Here’s how to bathe an adult ragdoll cat

If you gave your ragdoll kitty a lot of pleasant rinses, he/she will be used to having a bath by the time he/she is a full-grown ragdoll cat. Once your kitty has become a cat, you can start using a cat shampoo on him/her.

There are plenty of different shampoos available at pet stores. A general rule of thumb is to stay away from shampoos which have parabens in them. Parabens have a lot of chemicals and are widely regarded as being really bad quality. Forget about using human shampoo on your cat, it’s not a good idea. When shampooing your cat, do not get soap in his/her eyes as well as his/her ears. After you’ve rinsed your cat, make sure you dry him/her well. Bathing a ragdoll cat isn’t very hard. Their temperament makes them very easy to bathe. However, it’s best to take it slow and introduce your cat to bathing while it’s a kitten. This will be a much easier task compared to introducing your full-grown cat to bathing.

September 5, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Why Cats Make the Best Companions

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Cats are undoubtedly one of the most adorable animals out there. They are beautiful, elegant and the perfect animals to cuddle with. A cat’s delicate appearance should not take away from their extremely interesting personality. Cats are curious – almost to a fault. As they belong to the feline family, they have a natural predatory instinct. Cats love to explore unchartered territory and are extremely independent creatures. Although they are commonly misinterpreted as being selfish, they are actually as delightful as pets. If you are a cat lover, read on to find out why cats make the best companions.

  • Cats get along with children

Cats are excellent pets when it comes to fulfilling emotional needs. Studies show that cats are especially the best pets to have around young children. Cats can help your children enhance their social skills and build better coping mechanisms. Growing up with a cat as your pet from a young age will make your child less prone to developing allergies as well.

  • Cats will not break your bank

As compared to dogs, cats are quite economical to have as pets. Cats are smaller in size, so they eat lesser food. Cats are also very independent. They keep themselves entertained and need fewer toys to be engaged.

  • Not too noisy

If you prefer to live in a peaceful environment, cats are the best pets to have. If you are an apartment dweller, you can be assured that your cat will not get too noisy and disturb your neighbors.

  • Self-dependant

Cats require much lesser maintenance as compared to dogs. They do not need to be walked or taken out for exercise. These cute little beings require lesser attention, making them the ideal pet to have if you maintain a busy lifestyle.

  • Longer life-span

If you are considering adopting a furry companion but have a fear losing them too soon, cats are ideal pets to have. Many aged people prefer to keep cats as their pet as they are easier to care for and live for a longer time.

  • They keep you healthy

Many researchers believe that cats have a calming presence about them. These furry little friends can help lower their humans’ blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart ailments. In fact, many cat owners admit finding their kitty’s purrs to have a calming effect over them. All in all, cats are very lovable and make great companions for people of all ages. Cats have a history of being majestic creatures – they were even worshipped in Egypt at a point in time. If you are looking for an adorable, intelligent and low-maintenance furry friend, cats are surely the perfect companion for you.

September 4, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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What You Need to Know About Pet Insurance

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Pet Insurance is a healthcare policy that helps you cover costs if your pet is exposed to an illness or injury. Similar to human healthcare policy, pet insurance will assist you in covering the costs of any veterinary procedures. Owning a pet has its expenses, but not everyone can cover high medical costs – especially if the pet comes down with an unexpected illness or injury. Unfortunately, in some instances, pet owners would have to lay their pet to rest because they cannot afford to cover the high expenses. Pet insurance is a policy that will alleviate the burden of these expenses.

Pet health care primarily includes annual check-ups, vaccines, blood tests, and dental maintenance. Pet insurance will reimburse the pet owner after the pet has received care. The pet owner will have to file a claim for insurance money. Alternatively, the pet owner can pay a portion of the total bill, and the insurance company will cover the remainder.

Costs of pet insurance

There are numerous factors that influence the cost of your pet insurance. The type of pet and the age of the animal are important factors that impact your pet insurance. In order to avoid fraudsters from acquiring insurance when their pet is already sick, insurance companies require you to get a pet health check-up to rule out any pre-existing conditions. Your geographical location will also impact the total premiums – based on the varying prices in pet healthcare and insurance costs. You will also need to determine if your pet insurance will have deductibles as and when there arises an incident or if it should be covered on an annual basis.

What is excluded from insurance?

Although your pet insurance will cover medical fees owing to any accidents or unexpected illnesses, it will not cover the cost of a few pre-existing health conditions. If your pet suffers from dental disease, hereditary ailments, hip dysplasia, behavioral issues or needs preventative care – the insurance cannot cover these costs. In addition, routine check-ups are not generally covered by insurance unless your specific contract is inclusive of the same. If you choose to take out pet insurance even if your pet has an incurable condition, the insurance will not provide enough coverage. Pet insurance is ideal if you do not wish to come upon a sudden, out-of-pocket expenditure in the case of an emergency. A pet insurance policy will help mitigate the risks of an unplanned expense. Of late, pet medical costs have become quite expensive. If you are keen on securing your pet’s medical future, consider approaching a pet insurance company to map out the best policy for you and your furry companion.

September 3, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Safeguard Your Cat When Living in an Apartment

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Cats are adorable little companions to have. They have a natural instinct for exploration and like to remain occupied. Choosing to live in an apartment has its benefits, but this living situation will have to be safe for your furry friend as well. Listed below are a few tips to ensure that your apartment is a safe and fun home for your feline roommate.

Choosing the right apartment

If you are yet to move into an apartment, you might have concerns regarding the safety of your cat. You might want to check with the building or flat owner if pets are allowed to stay within the residence. Cats are also easily disturbed by chaotic environments, so it is important to check that your surroundings are peaceful.

Safeguard the balcony

Cats are curious explorers. They love to chase birds and jump onto higher surfaces. When you leave the house, shut off all balcony doors and any other windows. If you are at home and would like to keep the balcony open, invest in a cat harness and tie it to a secure post. This way, your cat can wander around the balcony area without steering too far.

Another option is to secure the balcony area completely. You can construct a barrier around your balcony with a sturdy and secure wire or mesh. Ensure that the gaps are small enough so that your curious kitty cannot escape through them. If you do not wish to obstruct your view, you can choose to invest in louver shutters, which will keep your cat safe without compromising on your view. 

Choose storage with doors

Cats enjoy climbing on to high surfaces and walking on shelves and cupboards. If your apartment has a display area or storage, which is high, your cat might want to get on top and explore the area quite a bit. A lot of times, cats may drop or push off things from high surfaces. Your cat may risk walking over any broken pieces and hurting its paws. It is most advisable to invest indoors on all your shelves so that your kitty is safe, and you need not return home to an unpleasant mess.

Make space for a play area

Apartments can be quite restrictive given the space constraints. Cats love to be entertained and enjoy their playtime very much. They can also create lots of damage if they are not monitored well. If you don’t want your furry friend to get too mischievous, curate a designated play area. Investing in a high tower, a scratching post and fun toys will make sure that your cat is entertained and happy.

September 2, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Nutritious and Healthy Dog Food Recipes

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A growing number of pet owners have become very conscious of the food they provide to their pets. In the pet food industry, a majority of the brands continue to add artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives to the food. If you are leaning towards making your dog’s food more nutritious – read on. These few dog food recipes are healthy, free of additives, and will definitely have your dog wagging their tails in approval.

1. Turkey veggie mash

This recipe has incorporated nutritious, human-grade ingredients with essential fats help give your dog’s coat a healthy shine.

In one and a half cups of water, cook two medium-sized carrots for 10 minutes. After the carrots become tender, add half a zucchini, one cup of broccoli florets and one cup of cauliflower florets and cook for another 6 minutes. In the meantime, add 2 pounds of lean ground turkey and two tablespoons of raw turkey or chicken liver to a pan and cook until the pink color is no longer seen. Cool the vegetables and grate them finely. Add the chopped vegetables and cooked turkey and liver to a pan with two tablespoons of olive oil and stir nicely. Let cool and serve.

Recipe available at skinnyms.com

2. Spinach and salmon scramble

Fish oils are extremely nutritious and beneficial for both dogs and humans alike. This recipe incorporates quality protein and fats for a healthy and tasty meal.

On a non-stick pan, heat one teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Add 3 ounces of drained, skinless and boneless salmon. Add half a cup of frozen, chopped spinach (thawed and drained). Cook until it is heated through. Crack open two eggs into the mixture and cook well for two more minutes. Cool slightly and serve.

Recipe by Andrew Kaplan (Director of Special Projects at Rachel Ray)

3. Chicken casserole

This yummy and easy recipe cooks the food slowly, over a low flame. By incorporating smaller quantities of ingredients and cooking the food gradually, the nutrients in the meat and vegetables remain intact. This delicious bowl of hearty chicken and veggies is sure to be a winner in your pet’s book.

Finely dice carrot, green beans, potatoes, and broccoli to make one cup of chopped veggies. Cut up two chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and sauté the meat in two tablespoons of olive oil. Add two cups of chicken broth and the cup of chopped vegetables to the pan. Add a quarter cup of rolled oats and simmer the entire mixture for 10 to 15 minutes.

Recipe by Anna Smith (Santa Monica, CA) These healthy and easy dog recipes are free of adulterants and preservatives to provide your pup with a nutritious, balanced meal.