September 13, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Felines often don’t come across as the kind who display love outwardly. Especially when compared to dogs who are very vocal about their feelings. Cats don’t wag their tails, or return kisses, if that’s what being vocal is about. This doesn’t mean cats don’t love or know to love a human being; their way of expressing is just different. Felines often don’t come across as the kind who display love outwardly. Especially when compared to dogs who are very vocal about their feelings. Cats don’t wag their tails, or return kisses, if that’s what being vocal is about. This doesn’t mean cats don’t love or know to love a human being; their way of expressing is just different.
Cats as a species are independent and secure about their feelings and themselves. While love may not be shoved in the owners face, cats do express their love in the most subtle of ways. These can be noticed in their body language and their vocalizations. These actions speak a lot, without saying a lot. Here are some ways in which cats communicate their love to their humans:
- Through their tails: If one observes the movement of a cat’s tail, love can be evidently seen. By entwining their tails around their loved ones, cats often express affection. When cats relax next to their human with their body and tail touching them, it is yet another sign. They also channel their happiness by pushing out the base of their tails, while quivering them subtly.
- Through cheek rubs: Cats in general, rub cheeks with people they feel safe and secure with. Being an invitation to socialize, cats often display trust and affection by rubbing their cheek on a person.
- Through their language: When a cat genuinely loves a person, and trusts them a special set of meows can often be heard. They display safety and comfort through their purrs and chirps as well.
- Through proximity in closeness: Unlike dogs, cats do not sit on people they are unfamiliar with. When a cat is physically close to a person, it is clear that love is in fact in the air. This could be sitting on the person, near the person, or simply around the person. If the cat is following their human around the house, rest assured, the cat is truly affectionate about the human.
- Through grooming: Although we see cats grooming each other with gentle licks, this isn’t confined to just other cats. Sometimes a cat licks their human like they are grooming them. This displays affection and trust, while mingling their scents.
- Through kneading: Kneading here refers to the gentle push and pull motion of the paw against the body of the human. This is one the key methods in which cats communicate their love. By kneading the human’s lap, a cat speaks a thousand words.
- Through head-butts: Sometimes head-butts by cats can seem a little weird. But worry not; as that is one way in which cats show their love. By marking the human with their scent, cats claim their humans as a part of their group.
September 12, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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While felines do not exhibit fearfulness or anxiety as often as canines do, the former too have their own set of stimuli that spark off the flight for survival mechanism among them and cause them to display typical signs of nervousness and anxiety. However, the fact is that every cat will react in a different way to a potential threat or danger. Since cats are typically a solitary species, they prefer to run and hide, than stay and face a dangerous situation like their canine counterparts. Here are some of the common fears and phobias most cats possess.
Fear Of People
As aforementioned, cats prefer solitude to massive crowds of unfamiliar faces around them. Cats can be quite wary of even certain members of their own master’s family. Inadequate socialization in their early years can be a major reason for feral cats to develop an unfounded phobia for people. The owners however can take necessary steps to minimize the pet’s fear by offering rewards and treats for meeting new people. Cats can also develop a phobia for people who they associate with traumatic past experiences such as a vet who might have administered vaccines during a treatment session.
Fear Of Thunderstorms
While more common among dogs, a fear of the thunderstorms has been able to occasionally manifest itself within the feline community as well. Their response to loud thunderstorms and lightening typically includes running away and hiding, in a bid to save themselves from facing the frightening situation altogether. Many cat owners administer homeopathic or allopathic treatments to medicate and desensitize their pets against the thunderstorm phobia.
Fear Of Other Animals
Just like dogs, cats too have significant fear of members of the other four legged communities, especially those that appear larger in size and physically intimidating to them. Cats feel particularly threatened by other larger cats and dogs. A good way to help your cat develop apathy to the presence of another pet in your house is gradual desensitization through mild medication, and provisions of escape around the house as a reassurance of their safety.
Fear Of Unfamiliar Surroundings
Cats can be rightly touted as creatures of habit, and any change in their surroundings or everyday routine can be regarded as a potential cause of fear and stress among them. Regardless of whether you are making a move to a new home, introducing a new pet in the house or merely modifying your daily schedule, a change in your cat’s environment can stimulate anxiety and stress and make them feel perpetually frightened and uncomfortable.
In addition to this, some feral cats that have had a history of abuse or mistreatment are also known to develop phobias and fears of certain situations that remind them of their hurtful past.
September 12, 2017
by Lynn Merton
Most animals, be it cats of dogs, aren’t particularly fond of getting their nails trimmed. Very few cats actually sit still during the process. In most cases, trimming their claws turn out to be a demanding task. From sprinting away at the sight of the nail cutter, to hiding, to simply being non-cooperative, cats can be evasive during such times. Yes, it is painful and comes with its share of blood loss (sometimes for both parties). But avoiding the nail trimming session can cause a lot of harm to the well-being of the kitty. Here are some ways to make this stressful and painful session, a lot easier for your feline.
- Take frequent breaks: It is not necessary to finish the whole process in one go. It can be traumatizing for your furry friend, so take it easy and take enough breaks in between. This can help relaxing your cat, and mentally preparing him for what’s to come.
- Wrap a towel: Wrapping a towel around your cat can help in confining his movements. This also plays an important role in making the cat feel secure. Other than the paw that is currently being trimmed, it is best to wrap everything else.
- Bribe the cat: Bribery isn’t always the best method to solve problems, but when it is as complex as nail trimming, it can be permitted. Give the cat a treat every time he lets you touch his paws. This way nail trimming will be automatically associated with treats, and can be a less stressful process for your cat.
- Get your cat comfortable: A familiar environment plays a huge role. Seat your cat in a position where he feels comfortable. A happy place, could give room to a happy mind. And that is exactly what nail trimming sessions need.
- Regularize nail trimming: Making the process a regular affair makes sure that your cat is used to the experience. This way, your cat is mentally prepared, and his nails are regularly trimmed.
- Be gentle: As nervous as you are to keep the nail cutting process blood free, cats need to be handled gently. Make them feel special, rub their paws, and most importantly, go slow. Hurrying the process will just make it stressful for both parties.
- Involve another person: Having an extra person on board while trimming your cats nail could help make it easier for you. But make sure it is someone who your cat is comfortable with.
- Tire the cat out- Having a fun play session and drain their energy a little bit, so that they don’t put up a big fight while trimming their nails. Keep the game positive, and fun so as to keep your cat in good spirits.
September 8, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Every dog owner in the world loves pampering their canine friends so that they are happy and joyful for the rest of their lives. It’s hard for dog owners to say no when their canines look at them with their puppy eyes. However, it is quite common for dogs to become overweight because they never feel full. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of the dogs residing in the United States of America are overweight.Every dog owner in the world loves pampering their canine friends so that they are happy and joyful for the rest of their lives. It’s hard for dog owners to say no when their canines look at them with their puppy eyes. However, it is quite common for dogs to become overweight because they never feel full. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of the dogs residing in the United States of America are overweight.
What Will Happen When Your Dog Is Overweight?
Now you might be wondering what the big deal is if dogs are overweight. Well, when the weight of canines is more than normal, they will face a large number of health problems. Overweight dogs look unhealthy and are vulnerable to the following problems:
- Bone problems
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Joint problems
- Lower immunity
- Mammary tumors
- More prone to heat stroke
- Reduced life span
- Skin conditions
What Kind Of Food Can Encourage Weight Loss?
When purchasing commercial food products for canines, make sure that they don’t have any ingredients such as sugar, soy, corn or any other type of commercial fillers. Also, make sure that there is plenty of vegetables and fruits in your canine’s diet. Also, your canine’s food on average should have more protein, less fat, and fewer calories.
Healthy Food That You Can Give Canines
- Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Formula
One of the best healthy commercial dog food that you can get at the moment is Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Formula. Your canine will get 38% protein and 13% of low fat per meal. All the nutrients come from healthy ingredients such as ground flaxseed, turkey meal, chicken meal and chicken. On top of that, your canine will also get kale, parsley, spinach, and broccoli, which are high in fiber.
- Premium Edge Healthy Weight
Premium Edge Healthy Weight is another good alternative for overweight canines. However, do note that this dog food has a very high level of protein content, which is 49%. It also has 13% fat, which is ideal of canines. The protein comes from fish meal, chicken meal and chicken while the fat comes from fish. There are also healthy additions to this food such as tomatoes, apples, berries, carrots, and kelp.
- Avoderm Natural Chicken And Rice
Last but not the least, you can also feed your canine AvoDerm Natural Chicken and Rice on a daily basis. Although the protein content isn’t as high as the ones above, it is still above average at 29%. Salmon meal and chicken meal are the two main sources of protein. While the fat content is only 11%, it comes from the flax-seed and fish. There is also a small amount of avocado in this product.
These are the healthy food for overweight dogs. If you have any queries regarding this topic, feel free to leave a comment below!
September 7, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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When you leave your dog alone at home, you might have wondered what they do without any supervision. Do they call their canine buddies over or do they go crazy and do everything possible? Unless you have a camera in your house, there isn’t any way of knowing what will happen when you leave your dog home alone.
However, you don’t have to do that because here is what dogs do when they are home alone:
- They look out of the window/balcony or sit near the door
If your dog doesn’t have anything to do in your house, then it will most probably sit near the door or look out of the window/balcony. Your dog will start missing you the moment you step outside the house. As it feels like this, it will spend a lot of time near the door or looking outside, hoping that it will get a glimpse of you. Most of the time, your dog will wait near the door so that it can greet you upon arrival.
- They do everything they are not supposed to be doing
It’s quite easy for dogs to get bored when they are home alone. If your dog runs out of things to do, then it will start doing things that it’s not supposed to be doing. After all, who is going to stop your dog if there isn’t anyone at home? Your dog will get on your furniture or your bed because you are not at home. It will go through your things and find items that it can tear to pieces like your shoes or socks. It will also ransack your garbage can with the hopes of finding a meal. The possibilities are endless because dogs are extremely smart animals.
- They catch up on sleep
If you took your dog out for a walk or you played with it before leaving it at home, your canine will most likely go to sleep. It will sleep on its bed or any other place that it finds comfortable such as your bed or sofa. However, the moment they hear a noise, they are up on all fours, ready to investigate what happened.
- They become sad
As dogs are social animals, they love having their owners around. Dogs are also extremely smart because they associate things with events. For example, if you grab the leash, your dog gets excited because you will take it for a walk. Similarly, when you pick up your keys, your dog will know that you are going to leave the house and will start feeling sad.
These are just a handful of things that dogs do when they are home alone. If you have any queries regarding this topic, please leave a comment below!