How to Get Your Home Ready for Kittens

Posted on March 3, 2016 By

Kitten-and-Pet-Care-300x300Having a new kitten in the house is a bit like having a new baby – exciting, heart-warming, and a little tiring at times. They are curious about everything, interested in exploring every inch of the house and a little bit of a liability. So it pays to kitten-proof the house first and here are some tips.

Safety

Kittens and puppies have an amazing ability to get into everything and kittens have their small size to make them even more mischievous. Up the chimney, into a hole in the floorboards, into a disused pipe, all of these are real stories of where kittens have found themselves stuck. So kitten proofing starts with looking for all those little crevices that kittens can jam into – plug those holes to stop the them squeezing in, pop a grate over the fireplace to stop adventures up the chimney and make sure doors shut.

Look at the items lying around the house as well. Kittens might easily grab a razor, kitchen cleaning products, scissors, needles and even pens and cause themselves a serious

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Five Things to Know for Newbie Dog Owners

Posted on January 22, 2016 By

download (3)1. Your dog’s traits

Scientists and enthusiasts alike already categorized how certain breeds of dogs behave. There are different types of dogs and they all behave according to their respective breeds’ traits. Why do we have to know these traits? Why not just know for ourselves? Aren’t all dogs different from each other, like humans? Of course, all dogs have their own quirks, but each breed’s traits are generally consistent. All dog owners need to know these traits so they can know how to deal with their dog more properly.

2. Your dog’s social environment

Of course, having a dog in your house or apartment is acceptable and cute. But you also have to consider his or her social environment. What will your dog do while you are outside? Do they have other humans or dogs to interact with? They are social animals. They have evolved from wolves, who have organized themselves as packs. A lone dog is a lonely dog. Consider this aspect seriously. Take your pet to walks, neighborhood get-togethers, or invite your friends’ pets to

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How to Stop Your Dog Barking

Posted on December 30, 2015 By

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Your dog’s barking is driving you mad? I don’t doubt it. It would drive me crazy, too. And it has.

But there is a solution. It’s YOU!

Not what you thought I’d say? Dogs don’t bark to hear their own voices. Even if they quite enjoy them. They bark for a reason. Like we yell for a reason. Fingers crossed that you can figure out the cause and the cause can be removed. If it’s as easy as that, outstanding.

Sadly. Irritatingly. That is typically not the case. The barking motivations can be simple or complex:

Separation anxiety. Who wouldn’t want to be with you every second of the day? Fear of fireworks or thunderstorms is another. They can be loud and scary, you know!
Trying to get your attention. Wants to play with you. Right NOW not later.
Warning people that they shouldn’t come around. It’s their territory. Don’t enter it, strangers. Or letting you know there is someone at the door. They’ll protect you. Don’t worry about it, human.
And the list goes

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Three Reasons a Dog Could Benefit From a Dog Trainer

Posted on April 20, 2016 By

A dog trainer is a helpful resource that will assess a pet’s behavioral issues and develop techniques to correct bad habits. A person’s pet can benefit from obedience training even if the number of times the pet ignores commands is minimal.

Ignoring the Owner

Some breeds are easier to train than others, but all dogs can be taught to obey simple commands. It can be frustrating if owners tell Fido to sit, and he simply walks past them. If people have to yell or constantly repeat a command before their pet listens to them, it usually means that the pet lacks respect for the owners. It can also be a sign of ineffective training during the early ages. Some owners may wonder “My pet obeys most of the time. Does he still need obedience classes?” Well, according to David Wright of dog training company iWorkDogs, any pet that doesn’t obey a command the very first time could always benefit from a dog trainer. Also, the ability to have a pet listen to all commands will promote safety and less trouble with neighbors and friends.

Barking

Of course, barking is expected behavior. This is how

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What Precautions You Need to Take Before Buying a Kitten

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

Bringing home a new kitten is a busy time with much to remember and lots to enjoy. There are also some precautions that you need to take before bringing the little fluffy ball of energy into your home to help reduce the risk of something bad happening.

Kitten shopping

The checklist of items you need for your new arrival can be as long or as short as you want it to be. There are a few essentials that are simply unmissable – food and water bowls, a litter box, a pet bed, toys and more likely a scratching post are these. Set up a base camp for the kitten where their food and water is, their bed and scratching post. Where you place the litter box is more depending on the other uses of the room and where it is – upstairs isn’t the best place for kitten litter smells when you first wake in the morning! This will be the area that the kitten can retreat to if they become a little overwhelmed by their new home so ideally will be free of kids and other animals.

Other shopping items you may want to

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Choosing the Perfect Cat Toy tips

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

Any cat owner will tell you that cats love a good cardboard box and adore chasing a balled up piece of paper. But providing them with proper cat toys offer the next degree of stimulation and are an important part of having a happy and healthy cat. So how do you pick the perfect toy?

Poles and teasers

Fishing poles and teasers are great toys and also a great way for you to play with your cat. They can be as elaborate or as simple as required but usually have a fluffy or feathered target on a string at the end of a pole. You swing it through the air or drag it around the ground and the cat chases it. But remember to let them catch it or they will get bored – a good kicking and biting is an excellent finish to a game.

Balls and toy mice

Balls of all sizes and variation are always popular with cats. They particular like the hollow ones with lots of holes that they can hook with their claws and throw around the room to then chase. Always make sure the balls are large enough

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Nutritional Supplements for Kittens

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

The nutritional supplement market for pets is now a massive one but the question on many pet owners lips is do their cats really need these additional elements? And do kittens require nutritional supplements to grow up fit and healthy?

Balanced diet

The first thing to understand about a cat of any age is that they are obligate carnivores. What this means is that they don’t naturally have enzymes in their digestive system that convert vegetable proteins into amino acids. This means that no matter what their owner’s personal beliefs are, cats cannot be vegetarian – it will kill them eventually.

An adult cat needs to have at least 26% protein and at least 9% fat. For kittens, this needs to be higher as they need to create more energy to grow. For the first six months of their lives, they need some 25% more nutrition than an adult cat and this is why specific kitten food is needed. This has a high ratio of all the good stuff they need and is specially designed to provide all the vitamins and minerals for a healthy body.

Most all cat foods contain some ideas about

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How to Prepare Your Cats for a New Kitten

Posted on March 27, 2016 By

It is often said that it is easier to introduce a dog to a cat than a kitten to a cat. This is because the dog won’t be viewed as competition for resources, territory and affection in the way a kitten is. But this isn’t to say that it can’t be done successfully and here are a few tips.

Understanding your cat

Cats have a territory even if this constitutes the rooms in the house and the arrival of a new kitten can be seen as an infringement on this territory. One of the best tips when it comes to selecting a new kitten is to understand the personality of your existing cat and pick a kitten accordingly. For example, if your existing cat is nervous and shy, then don’t purchase an overly confident kitten who could intimidate the cat and cause conflict. Try to get cats that have similar personalities in the hope that they will gel together.

Of course, this is difficult to do in some situations, such as from a shelter. You don’t spend enough time with the kitten before adoption to get a feel for who they are. Then the other

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How to Effectively Discipline a Cat

Posted on March 17, 2016 By

Anyone who has lived around a cat will tell you they are clever animals that learn quickly and have a mind of their own. If they are misbehaving, it may be that you need to show them how you want them to behave. But there are ways to do this that will work and other ways that will simply cause more problems. Here we look at some of them.

Understanding behaviour

Firstly, owners need to understand why a cat does what it does. While a kitten may seem like a little furry human in some ways, one area they aren’t like us is that they won’t act out. They won’t do something just to irritate you or to get back at you. So if they are urinating outside their litter box, it isn’t to wind you up but because there is some instinct that tells them to do this. This can range from not liking the litter box or the litter to be unsettled by its location or even having a medical condition that means it doesn’t have time to reach the box. So understanding why they are doing what they do helps to know how

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The Dangers of Letting Your Cat Roam Outside

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

It seems natural to allow a cat access to the outside world, for them to use their natural instincts and act like they would in the wild. But it is worth remembering that our pets are a domesticated breed who have never, in many generations, been in the wild. Plus there are many things in the human environment that their instincts have no answer for, such as cars. So what are the dangers of allowing cats free roam of the neighbourhood?

Territories

One of the first things to consider is the area you live in. While it is nice to think that the cat will only roam around your garden or yard, cats naturally have a larger territory and will patrol this. Tracking some feral cats has shown that they can cover as large an area of hundreds of acres, with the largest territory ever tracked by a mixed breed male cat was some 1351 acres! That cat was receiving no support from humans so needed a larger territory to find enough food to survive and that was exactly what it did.

However, for most pet cats, the average territory is 4.9 acres. So think

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Perks of Being a Cat Owner

Posted on February 28, 2016 By

Cats are naturally mischievous animals and very adorable creatures. If you own a cat, you will have a cuddle buddy who most of the time will annoy you throughout the day. Their playful personality makes them even more charming than other pets. They have this naughty side where in they will just jump right in front of you out of nowhere and you will scream your lungs out of surprise. But you still love them anyway. You think they are just so irresistible.

They are amazingly fluffy. You even wonder why you like their smell. Every time they sit on your lap, you will never want to move an inch, so they won’t wake up. You just love pinching their body and playing with them like they are some stuffed toys you collect.

You will spend for cat stuff. Cat owners won’t let their cats roam around “naked”. Pet stores keep calling them out to check out some cute stuff for their cats. They love buying them pet supplies and go pet shopping for new accessories. For cat owners, it is more important to dress up their lovely cats today and just worry about expenses later.

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Choosing a Cat Tree or Scratching Post for Your Cat

Posted on February 21, 2016 By

We all know how much cats love to climb… and sleep and scratch and play… and nap! There are a lot of very cool styles of cat trees and scratching posts available that give your kitty options to do all the things he loves to do most! The variety of configurations of cat trees available include simple styles to ones with multi-levels for climbing and places to stop and scratch along the way. Some styles have hidey holes to lounge and nap in after their play time wears them out!

The simpler styles of cat trees might offer a perch or two with a scratching post included in the structure. They are obviously more cost effective than their larger counterparts so choose with your budget in mind. Now, the more elaborate and larger cat trees can get a little crazy! VERY cool, though, I must admit. Some are designed like castles with every amenity for your cat that you could think of… perches, hidey-holes, scratching areas, dangling toys to play with and lots of vertical pieces to climb on! Your cat could be entertained for hours on end. Then there are those that offer more ‘snoozy’ spots

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Benefits of Purchasing Comfortis for Cats

Posted on February 14, 2016 By

It is always a pleasure when cat owners have a furry friend in their corner to give them a comforting feeling during depressing times. But what if the cats are suffering silently in pain due to some external factors that are not in their control? Isn’t it the duty of the owner to ensure that their pet does not suffer from these pesky parasites? It is an extremely uncomfortable sight when the pet is suffering.

Keeping this in mind, there are loads of flea prevention treatments available in the market today. Some of them are topical, while others are in the form of ointments, tablets and even flea bombs. Each of the products has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. For example; topical treatments cannot be used when the cat wants to go in the water while oral treatments can help in this respect. Flea bombs work when the cat is in the house, but as soon as they step outside it is a different ball game altogether.

One such treatment that is highly effective in keeping fleas in check is Comfortis. It comes an oral chewable form with beef flavour that is loved by

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Three Commands You Need To Teach Your Dog

Posted on February 4, 2016 By

Before we start, have you ever wondered why we don’t have special training for pet owners? Simply put, those who are supplying the dogs (shelters and breeders) have other things on their mind. The shelters have too many dogs and not enough staff, and the breeders are already preparing for the next litter. There is not thought placed on the actual life of the animal, just the means to an end.

This begins the vicious cycle of too many dogs and not enough owners. Then when they do find an owner they are too busy pulling at their heartstrings to get them to adopt than to a) make sure they are the right home for the dog, and b) instruct in the proper care and training of their new family member. Typically they are assuming you know what you are in for, and sadly most pet owners do not.

So by starting with these three simple words to teach your pet, and then you can take it to another level of learning beyond that once these have been mastered. And when using these words, be sure to use them with authority! Your voice should be clear,

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3 Secrets to Choosing the Best Shampoos for Your Pet Dog

Posted on January 15, 2016 By

Do dogs need to be groomed and given a bath at regular intervals? If you want to keep your dog healthy, it is advisable to give it a bath at least once a month. A good shampoo and conditioner can help remove dead skin cells and control allergens and dust mites.

One of the things that you need to remember is that “one size fits all” concept may not work and you may have to make the choice depending on the dog breed, skin and coat condition. A shiny and clean coat indicates good health.

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Avoid these ingredients

A pet shampoo that is chemical free is considered the best option for your dog’s coat. It is important that you read the label so that you are aware of the ingredients and are able to make an informed choice.

Added colorants and dyes need to be avoided as these additives have been linked to several health problems. Brightly colored liquids can harm the skin and coat. Natural ingredients are usually white to light yellow.

Perfumes and fragrances derived from chemicals can cause allergies including nausea and headaches.

Parabens are used

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4 Different Types of Practical and Comfortable Dog Clothing

Posted on January 8, 2016 By

The first type of dog clothing that is particularly practical and comfortable is the drying coat, which is typically made from high quality double thickness cotton toweling. This item is very similar to a horse blanket and very easy to put on and take off.

This coat is designed to help your dog dry off after he or she has gotten wet. The drying coat can be ideal if they have been in the river or the sea, or simply if they have been out for walk on a rainy day. This type of garment is especially helpful for drying your dog off quickly and easily when out and about.

Most drying coats are simply towels which can be wrapped around your dog quickly and very easily. Due to their soft material they can also help dogs stay warm even if they have gotten wet. You can often buy these items from specialist dog products suppliers, tailored in size for the breed of dog that you own.

The next type of a garment you can buy that is very comfortable and practical for your dog is a quilted country coat. These are especially useful for

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How to Talk to Your Dog in Three Easy Steps

Posted on January 1, 2016 By

Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? What he or she really says to you when they tilt their head that way? Or why they do certain things? While an animal psychologist might try to give you an explanation, it’s never completely accurate. So why not just take a few minutes a day to learn how to communicate with your dog and get the answers straight from the horse’s… um, dog’s mouth?

Before we get to the three simple steps you can do to communicate with your pet, let’s talk about those doggie psychologists for a minute. Psychologists focus on behavioral patterns and why we as humans do what we do. Animal psychologists do the same, but we as humans know that psychology isn’t always so correct. So it stands to reason that doggie psychologists wouldn’t be too right either. Besides, it’s not like they talk to the dog to find out why they do what they do, instead they put some limits to use to find out on their own. And many times those are instilling even more fear into the dog.

Now let’s take a minute to talk about communicating with your

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Tips to Make Your Dog More Sociable

Posted on December 23, 2015 By

Whether you have a rescue dog that is learning to trust humans or a new pup, you need to make sure you teach him how to socialize. Since it can be hard to know how to do that, here are 5 ideas to get you started. It is important to keep in mind that you should never push your dog into a situation that makes them stress or even scared, this will just cause problems. Instead, make sure all new experiences are positive and if you need help, consult a certified professional dog trainer.

1.) Be with Friends

For the really nervous dog or puppy who has not had all its vaccines yet, start at home. Invite friends who are quiet and dog-savvy over first. For dogs that are scared of strangers, better start with girl friends and then try to find soft-spoken guys who are smaller, as they will be easier for your dog to meet. Be sure to have plenty of toys and treats on hand so your dog pairs strangers with good things.

2.) Walking in the Park

Parks are great because of all the different people your dog can meet.

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How To Train Your Dog Faster Using Marker Training

Posted on December 13, 2015 By

Marker training is a kind of positive reinforcement training that utilizes sounds and other sensory cues to mark correct behaviors. It’s great for teaching obedience commands and it is incredibly helpful for behavioral modification. Using markers in your training will help your dog learn faster and will streamline the training process.

A marker indicates to the dog when the desired behavior has been offered. Many trainers use clickers as markers (which are great training tools once you get the coordination down), but a simple word (such as “yes”) used consistently every time the dog gets it right will do just fine. The benefit of using a marker is that it provides a very clear indication to the dog of which behavior is getting rewarded, which in turn helps the dog to learn behaviors more quickly.

Without the use of the marker, rewards have to be impeccably timed in order to increase the frequency of the behavior. Think about it like this – I want my dog to sit. So I ask the dog to sit, and he sits. I then give a reward. But my reward was not delivered at that exact moment when the dog

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How to Prevent Your Dog From Becoming Reactive

Posted on December 3, 2015 By

Working with reactive dogs is one of my specialties, and as much as I love helping rehabilitate dogs with this issue, I wish that it wasn’t such a common problem. It is agreed upon by many dog trainers that reactivity is now the most prevalent behavioral issue, and the rates of occurrence are still on the rise.

There are many effective ways to rehabilitate a reactive dog, but the best strategy is prevention. Here are some tips to assure that you prevent reactive responses in your puppy or adult dog.

The biggest contributing factor here is socialization. Have you socialized your dog to big dogs? Little dogs? Happy dogs? Quiet dogs? Black dogs? Brindled dogs? A wide variety of breeds? High energy dogs? Low energy dogs? Barking dogs? Adult dogs? Puppies? Tall people? Short people? Men? Children? People on skateboards? People on bikes? People moving quickly? People moving slowly? People with hats? People in the dark? You get the picture. Socialize your dog like crazy. And then socialize some more. Thorough and complete socialization is akin to giving your dog a vaccination against reactivity. It is the ultimate preventative.

It seems to be a common

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