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September 8, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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Importance of Playtime for your Cats

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Cats, like humans, dogs and most other mammals, need activity to keep them mentally and physically well. Kittens are full of energy and can entertain themselves by doing the simplest of things. As cats get older however, their energy dissipates a notch. This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to play, it might just be an indicator of the cat’s boredom with its current toys. Playtime is all about fun but it is also important for various other reasons. Here’s a few for you to consider:

  • Prevent obesity among your cat with regular activity. Indoor cats are more prone to obesity compared to outdoor ones. Either way, if your cat is gaining weight, you can either reduce food intake or increase activity. Reducing food intake should be a slow process that is done over weeks. Playing can make cats lose weight while both the cat and its owner have fun.
  • Playing makes the bond between you and your cat stronger. Similar to most other pets, cats need positive interactions to build trustworthy relations. Playing can provide an opportunity for you to show your cat some love and teach it how to love you back. Regardless of how your relationship with the cat is now, playing can improve it greatly.
  • A confidence boost for shy cats is a result of regular playing. Confidence can be built by playing with your cat in a small room. Do not force it to play, rather just build it’s curiosity by keeping the toy near it. Once it gets more comfortable, it will start playing. The confidence boost your cat gets from playing with you will improve its social interactions.
  • One benefit that is great for both owners and pets, is that playtime is a great outlet for stress. It creates an environment where both of you can be relatively aggressive and still have fun. Spending physical energy also makes you calmer. For cats, physical activity is great but it is important to identify the source of the stressor and deal with it.
  • Playtime is also a reliable method to curb unwanted behaviors such as aggression and other destructive behaviors. Redirecting aggression into fun activities will make sure that your cat spends its energy through the right outlet. Playtime provides a great outlet for when you have to discipline your cat without being harsh.

Playtime might not be a magical cure for all of your cat’s problems but it sure can help. Other than dealing with all the factors above, playtime can also help with introducing new cats into the home and making your pets bond with each other. There are wide variety of toys to pick from so choose wisely and your cat will have lots of fun.

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September 7, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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Choosing the best furniture for your cat

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Cats need a variety of towers, condos and posts to keep them entertained. With the wide variety of cat furniture available today, owners have their work cut out for them. They need to pick the perfect cat furniture and make sure the quality is good and more importantly, that their cat likes it. There are numerous factors to consider before buying cat furniture. Let’s take a look at some of them below.

Your cat’s personality

If your cat is older or just plain lazy, don’t pick complicated furniture like condos. Instead, buy them a small cat tree that they can easily climb and get off of. Hammocks are also the perfect option for the lazy cat. On the other hand, if your cat is super active, tall trees, towers and play gyms are perfect for it. Your cat might also like being cozy – condos and small beds are perfect for this type of cat. Scratching posts are meant for cats that prefer to scratch and knead incessantly. Only you, the owner, will know what your cat likes and what it doesn’t, so understand your kitty before buying the furniture.

Choosing between different kinds

Most cats love climbing so the taller the tower, the more the fun. Ensuring that the bases on the tower are sturdy should be the owners’ main concern as cats get scared easily. The bases also need to be spacious so that your cat can stretch out and relax. Some cats prefer being cozy and need some security before they relax. Others just prefer flat surfaces that they can claw at, Again, deciding between multiple variants of the same product depends on the owners’ understanding of their cat.

Choosing quality items

While your cats may not care about the materials that the toys are made with, badly made ones will have an impact on them. Furniture that is unstable and topples easily will scare cats and make them vary in the future. Ideally owners should pick furniture that is made out of real wood. Wooden furniture is sturdier and will last longer. Plywood and pressed wood are the best options.

As for the covering material for the furniture, cats usually don’t care. Your options range from carpet, faux fur and faux fleece. Some cats have a preference for carpet, others have a preference for other materials. Sisal rope is also a preference as they make for a great scratching surface.
Owners have to watch their cats to see what they’d prefer.

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September 6, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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Here’s How Fat Can Actually Benefit Your Cat

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Did you know that including fat in your cat’s diet may actually be good for it? Now, fat has traditionally been looked on as an enemy that should be steered away from. However, you may be surprised to know that fat may be one of the most misunderstood things in a diet! However, the fact is that a little bit of fat is not only healthy, but also vital for your cat’s life. While this may sound very surprising, it won’t when you understand how fat can actually benefit your cat.

Types of fat

The first thing to know about fat is that there are two types of fat- good fat and bad fat. The good fat can be easily digested by your cat so that it can be used as a great energy source. Fats can be classified in numerous ways, based on how the fatty acids that constitute them are structured. The kind of fat that is essential for cats is commonly known as Omega-3 and Omeg-6. Presence of these fats in your cat’s food can go a long way in helping it lead a healthier and more active life.

The reason these fats are so important to a cat is that they cannot be naturally synthesized by the cat’s body. As such, without the inclusion of these fats in a cat’s diet, the cat is missing out on a lot of health benefits. These oils can prevent skin diseases, arthritis, kidney diseases, leukaemia, deficiencies in the immune system and a host of other undesirable disorders, these oils are also used in alleviating these medical conditions.

Source of energy

A certain amount of digestible fat is advisable as it is a richer source of energy than even protein and carbohydrates. Fat constitutes a part of a cat’s brain cell membranes and neural pathways. Needless to say, having good fat in your cat’s diet can help boost the health of these cells and improve the neural communication of your cat’s brain cells. It also helps in better production of hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, thereby keeping your cat active and lively.

Essential fats are available in fish, poultry, beef and pork. The fat in these meats contain Linoleic acid. Omega 3 is found in fish oil, flax seed and krill. Corn and soybean are other sources of Linoleic acid. In order to give your cat the perfect diet, you may have to provide a blend of these elements in your cat’s food. It is important to note here that you will have to do so in consultation with experts who will guide you better as to how you can make optimal use of these fats. Too much of anything is too bad, and the same goes for essential fats too.

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September 5, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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Choosing The Right Dog Bed For Your Pet

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Dogs tend to sleep a lot more than humans so your pooch will be extra happy to a have a bed of its own. Picking a dog bed however, is a lot more complicated than going to the pet store and picking the first thing you see. You have to consider your dog’s size, breed, sleeping habits and a lot more, before picking the right bed. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Cleaning
    Pick a bed that is easily washable as dog beds have to be cleaned at least once a week or bi-weekly. This is to avoid dirt, fleas and germs from affecting both you and your pooch. Small beds are easier to clean as they can be put in the washing machine. If you have a larger dog, they will need larger beds that have to be hand-washed or commercially washed.
  • Size

    Dog beds are meant to give your pooch an extra layer of comfort along with a feeling of security. Pick beds that your dog can comfortably stretch out on but not too large. Beds that are too large for your dog will make it feel less secure. Moreover, smaller dogs are more vulnerable to the cold, so cozy beds are recommended to keep the drafts out. Beds for larger dogs are similar to mattresses and have memory foam for comfort. Crib mattresses are also a choice for large or extra large dogs.

  • Temperature

    Dogs with thick fur or long fur have a tendency to over-heat so open mattresses that are not too thick will work wonders for them. On the other side, hairless dogs need extra protection and there are cave type beds for them. Since most hairless dogs are small, they will love the cozy feeling of being covered.

  • Other factors

    Your dog’s sleeping style, activity level and your budget also need to be considered before buying a bed. Active dogs need thicker mattresses as they tend to jump around. If your dog likes to sprawl out then open beds are a good choice, if not, you can choose more burrowed beds. Dog beds are available in a bunch of different styles and prices so take your budget into consideration before buying one.

  • Special needs

    Dogs that are older and have joint pains usually need foam mattresses for comfort. Smelly dogs can use cedar beds to deal with the odor. Anxious dogs love curling up so cozy beds are best for them. If you’re a green family then there are also beds made of recycled materials.

Whichever dog bed you decide to buy, it has to match your dog’s and your needs. Pick wisely and both of you will be happy.

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September 2, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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What Do These Weird Cat Habits Mean?

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Cats are amazing creatures and great companions but sometimes they do things that leave you stumped. Unlike dogs, cats are different socially and thus their actions might seem weird but we’ve compiled a list of “weird” behaviors and why your kitty does them:

  • Nail Biting
    Cats that bite their nails could be similar to their human counterparts – anxious or bored. It could also jusr be a simple bad habit or an indicator that your cat desperately needs her nails clipped. If it’s a bad habit then you will have to figure what is making your cat anxious.
  • Clacking at birds
    Some cats have the random habit of chattering at certain birds that fly by. Some researchers claim that this is because they are frustrated as they can’t go outside and catch them. To further this, some claim that it is a natural instinct before they kill their prey.
  • Chewing random objects
    If you’re cat is chewing on random non-food objects like carpets, plastic, blankets and more, it’s a sign of anxiety. It’s similar to when humans are nervous and shake their legs or twirl their hair. To stop your cat from chewing on random things, you can buy him/her a chew toy. Moreover, you have to figure out what is causing the anxiety as eating random objects can damage your cat’s mouth and digestion system.
  • Sprinting around the house
    Most cats can run as fast as 31 miles per hour, when kept indoors they have a lot of pent up energy. You might see them randomly sprinting around the house and bouncing off objects as a way of expelling energy. If your cat does this often, you need to play with it more regularly or let it go outside.
  • Loves small spaces
    Almost every cat loves cardboard boxes and try to squeeze themselves into the ones they can find. This can be hilarious to watch but it’s part of their natural instinct to stay safe. Feral cats have to survive in the open and thus prefer small, enclosed spaces for safety. This instinct is till present in house cats and has amusing results.
  • Headbutting/ rubbing against you
    When a cat headbutts you or rubs up against you, it is a sign of affection. It is trying to mark you with it’s scent. It might also be a sign of inviting affection from your side. Typically cats do this when you get home and accompany it with a small, cute meow.
  • Interrupting you
    Everyone who owns a cat knows the feeling of working or reading a newspaper just to have your kitty pounce up on the table or sleep on your keyboard. This is your cat seeking attention from you and reminding you of its presence. They also do this because when you are relaxed your cat likes to relax next to you.