10 Reasons We Relate To Our Pets

1. Every pet knows that adequate sleep is essential to a productive day.

In Pets, Dogs, Cats

Flea & Tick Prevention During the Fall and Winter Months

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:

In Pets, Dogs, Insect Prevention, Cats, Tick, Flea

5 Tips for Locating a Lost Pet

Our dog, Hank, spends hours hunting in the woods, always sure to make it home before dark. That is, up until one dreary November day when he was lured away from the property by a seductive chocolate lab. We searched for almost a week, following the steps below, until we finally found him less than a mile down the road snuggled up in the sun with said female. Having a pet go missing is a heart-wrenching experience, but if you find yourself in the situation, these tips just might help you find your loved one.
In Pets, Animal Health, Dogs, Cats

Keep Your Pet Safe For The Holidays

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.

In Pets, Animal Health, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits

Bringing Your New Cat Home

You have decided a cat is the pet for you, you have prepped your home, and found the perfect kitty for your family.  It’s time to bring her home!

Whether it’s a full-grown cat or a kitten, prepare to transport your new friend properly.  Just carrying the cat in your arms is not a safe way to transport – there are far too many opportunities for the cat to get away from you and into harms way.  Not to mention that a scared cat, no matter how gentle, has not forgotten how to use her claws and teeth!

The safe way to transport your new friend is a
pet carrierA pet carrier not only ensures the  cat is not going to escape at a bad time, but it is also comforting to the cat. Cats like to feel secure and by nature will look for small spaces where nothing can get to them.  Your cat can feel SAFE in a pet carrier – and they will also BE safe.
Choose a pet carrier that is the appropriate size.  It should be large enough for the cat to easily turn around and change positions, but not so large they are jostled around in it.  There are two different types of pet carriers – single door and double door.  Single door pet carriers are the tradition kind with the door on the front.  Double door carriers add a door on the side.  I can tell you from experience that a cat is very good at figuring out how NOT to go into a carrier and how to NOT come out, so I really like the double door carrier.  The door on the side gives you a chance to outsmart your cat a little or at least sneak up on them!!

Adding a towel or small blanket to the carrier will make it extra comfy for your kitty too.

Your first stop with your new cat needs to be to your veterinarian to make sure your cat is up to date on all the required vaccinations.  Even cats who live indoors should always be current on rabies vaccinations and the other vaccinations your vet will recommend.  Your cat may not come into contact with other animals carrying rabies, but if your cat accidentally bites a visitor or gets out and bites or is bitten by another animal, you will want to know their vaccinations are complete.

When you arrive home with your new kitty, she is likely to be scared and confused in new surroundings.  So don’t overwhelm her with too many people or other animals – introduce her to the elements of her new home gradually.  Start out by letting her spend a little time in a quiet room where she can just get used to you – and keep that carrier handy as a safe place for her to retreat to and feel secure.  

If there are other pets in the house, introduce them gradually to the new cat and supervise to make sure the introductions are “amiable”.  Your pets may have to establish their territories or pecking orders, don’t let that lead to spats.  If you are bringing home a kitten to join an older cat, lavish attention on the older cat to be sure they do not feel like they are being replaced by the kitten.  Introduce family members and friends gradually with fun activities – like treats or lots of petting, so the cat associates the people in your life with good experiences.

Mostly, just give your new cat time and lots of love and they will soon settle in as a treasured member of your family.
Created on 10/31/11 at 09:53:51

In Pets, Animal Health, Cats, Personal product review

Cat-Proofing Your Home

It’s getting exciting – it’s almost time to bring your new cat or kitten home!  You can’t wait to have that furry little new friend as a part of your family, but wait!  Before you bring her home, take the time to make your home a safe one for your new pet.  And, a little preparation can also prevent unnecessary frustration for you too.

Safety is the first goal!  There are serious dangers lurking that need to be taken care of!

•    Houseplants – Let’s face it, cats are nosy creatures. Outside, they eat plants from time to time – I have been told it helps digestion.  But, some common houseplants are poisonous to a cat, even fatal if eaten.  If these plants are in your house, odds are your cat will eventually get into them so get rid of the plant or put it somewhere kitty can’t reach.  Below are a few dangerous plants for cats. For a full list click
  •   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).

  •   Elephant Ear

  •   Lily of the Valley

  •   Philodendron and Dieffenbachia

  •   Holly berries and Mistletoe

   Pest Poisons– be sure that rodenticides and roach bait are not accessible to the cat.

   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.

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