1. Every pet knows that adequate sleep is essential to a productive day.
Fall and winter weather brings a huge comfort to people who dislike creepy, little critters of the insect world - no more mosquitoes buzzing around, no wasp stings to treat, and a quick retreat of ants and termites at the first sign of frost. However, that doesn't mean you, your pets, and your surroundings are safe from fleas and ticks for the next few months. Fleas can thrive in the cooler fall weather, so much that their numbers can double compared to the Spring season. Ticks, being the little survivalists that they are, will outlast winter's wrath without any worries. (They can live up to a year without feeding!) So what can you do now to prevent an infestation? Here are our suggestions:
When I lost my dog Hank, the American Bulldog to old age I waited a few months before starting to think about bringing another dog to my home.
With the new year always comes resolutions. They come in as many shapes and sizes as the people who make them. They also seem to last for various periods of time and have a thread of seriousness that is usually unraveling to non-existence by ground hog day.
We want the Christmas holiday season to be a wonderful time for all members of our family, including the four-legged ones. Unfortunately, the holiday seasons brings a lot of potential dangers for cats (and dogs too) that could really upset your festivities.
Lilies – the entire lily family (Easter lily, Tiger lily, etc)
Narcissus, daffodils, and hyacinths (eating the bulbs of these can be fatal and cats are pretty good at digging or knocking over the plants to expose the bulbs).
Lily of the Valley
Philodendron and Dieffenbachia
Holly berries and Mistletoe
Tie Cords from Hanging Blinds – tie these cords up out of reach. Cats love to bat and swat a hanging cord but can also become tangled in it, injuring themselves -or your blinds.
Electric Cords – Cats are curious, don’t take chances here. Purchase cord covers and electrical outlet covers similar to what you would do for a baby.
Choking Hazards – Cats love to play – with anything! Rubber bands, paper clips, thumb tacks, broken balloons, and Christmas tinsel are very dangerous if swallowed. If you do needlework, needles and pins are very bad toys – and forget those cute pictures of kittens playing with balls of yarn! Put all your needlework tools, yarn and thread out of reach of kitty.
Remember that you are bringing your new cat into a totally new environment and change is difficult for cats – people too. So understand that kitty is going to have to get used to her new home and learn to behave in your – and her – home. So, to make those first few days easier for you:
• Put your breakable valuables away – let’s face it, kitty is going to explore. Don’t give her the chance to break that valuable heirloom. Once she learns what is off-limits to her, then you can trust her with your valuables a little more - maybe.
• Cover your wastebaskets – cats are little pack rats. So unless you would like to see trash scattered about the house, a covered waste basket is a good investment.
• Have a safe room ready – your new kitty needs a safe place from which to be gradually introduced to the rest of your house and housemates (animal or human). Set up a spare room with all of kitty’s stuff and have it ready to welcome her.
• Use a pet carrier – Never transport your pet in your arms! A pet carrier is the safe way to transport any pet and is also a good temporary home that your cat can feel safe and secure in. Pick a carrier that is small enough for the cat to feel secure in and large enough that they can easily turn around.