Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Right Toys for your Cat

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The first thing you do when you get a kitten home is provide him with love, shelter and then search for cat names so that you can call her by her name. Makes it more personal!

Content: The first thing you do when you get a kitten home is provide him with love, shelter and then search for cat names so that you can call her by her name. Makes it more personal!

Once the cat names ceremony is over, you need to initiate a basic training so that your cat starts responding to your commands. Most of the training will require you to offer your cat with treats, cat food and cat toys. Every cat has his/her toys so why should your cat be any different!

Although cats generally have different play styles than their canine counterparts, cat toys are as much a necessity for cats as they are for dogs. Cat toys help fight boredom and give cats an outlet for their instinctive prey-chasing behaviors. When you are the one moving the toy around while your cat fishes for it, chases after it, or jumps in pursuit of it, playtime becomes a bonding experience for you and your cat.

Your cat is innately curious and naturally playful. She will play with you, another cat, or even a puppy. Toys serve many useful purposes for your cat, keeping her fit both physically and mentally. Without toys your cat will become bored and she will find potentially destructive ways to entertain herself.

Cats love to play ball and they can do it inside your home without knocking down your precious Sicilian vase or Georgian lamp. There are certain factors that may contribute to the safety of the cat toys they're batting with. Many of those factors are completely dependent upon the cat's size, activity level, and preferences. Another important factor to be considered is the environment in which your cat spends her time. Although you can't guarantee the enthusiasm of your cat or her safety with cat toys, here are some guidelines that can be followed:

Be Cautious: The things that are usually the most attractive to cats are often the very things that are the most dangerous. Cat-proof your home by removing string, ribbon, yarn, rubber bands, plastic milk jug rings, paper clips, pins, needles, dental floss, and anything else that could be ingested. All of these items are dangerous, no matter how cute your cat may appear when she's playing with them.

Avoid or alter any cat toys that are not "cat-proof" by removing ribbons, feathers, strings, eyes, or other small parts that could be chewed and ingested. Soft cat toys should be machine washable. Look for stuffed cat toys that are labeled as safe for children under three years of age and that don't contain any dangerous fillings. Problem fillings include things like nutshells and polystyrene beads.

Recommended cat toys

1. Round plastic shower curtain rings, which are fun either as a single ring to bat around, hide, or carry, or when linked together and hung in an enticing spot.
2. Plastic balls, with or without bells inside.
3. Ping-Pong balls and plastic practice golf balls with holes, to help cats carry them.
4. Paper bags with any handles removed. Paper bags are good for pouncing, hiding, and interactive play. Plastic bags are not a good idea, as many cats like to chew and ingest the plastic.
5. Sisal-wrapped toys, which are very attractive to cats who tend to ignore soft toys.
6. Empty cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels, made even more fun if you "unwind" a little cardboard to get them started.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Things We Do Not Know About Boxer Dogs

By Richard Cussons

Boxer dogs were developed from an old breed known as the Brabanter Bullenbeisser from Belgium, which was used to hunt wild boar. The Brabanters were cross-bred with the early version of the English Bulldogs in 1830, and the cross-breeding came up with the Boxers most of us adore nowadays.

Boxer dogs are very square-built and medium-sized, stand 21 to 25 inches high, and weigh 60 pounds more or less. They have expressive brown eyes and jaws very square with an undershot bite. Because they are born with large, droopy ear flaps and long thin tail, most breeders in the USA have their ears trimmed and taped to stand erect, and have the tail shortened.

These trimming of ears and shortening of tails of Boxer dogs has originated in Germany for the purpose of not letting the wild boars tear much flesh from them during the hunt. For this reason, their strong and a little menacing looks gave them the reputation of being guard dogs.

Although they are not-so-friendly with strangers, these dogs are affectionate and love to play around with their families. Boxers are also very energetic and playful to the point of creating their own entertainment that are not very pleasing to humans. The best thing to do in this situation is to give your pet an ample time of play and exercise until he is steamed off.

Surprisingly, despite of their rough looks, Boxer dogs are gentle with children. However, each dog is an individual, so proper training and supervision is necessary to make sure both your Boxer and your children get along with each other. What is funny about this breed is that they tend to believe that they were bred to be lap dogs, even if they become sixty-pound babies!

Any dog breed requires training including Boxer dogs. They are so energetic and powerful that owners need to give them obedience training to be able to control them. Obedience training should start on the pet's sixth month until the owner can work on getting him used to the leash.

Boxer dogs are very clean and only shed moderately, so a Boxer owner can make use of a nice brush that can remove little dirt from his coat and distribute the coat oils to give him a glossy sheen. They rarely need bathing, but you can wash their feet if the has been in the mud. Also check his nails once in a while and give a little clip if necessary.

Those menacing and strong looks might change your mind having Boxer dogs at home. Well, think again. Behind those not-so-friendly looks of a Boxer lies the sweetest, funniest, and most caring pet you have always wanted to be part of the family.

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Richard Cussons writes articles about Boxer dogs. Visit boxersavvy.com and learn more about Boxer dog training.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Exercise Techniques in Cats

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By James Gosling

Cats are basically predators and they will hunt down their prey instinctively. If you have a cat at home then you need to first get pet supplies for your cat so that he is always fit and healthy. But remember, in spite of the fact that you feed them if they see a rat they will still pounce instinctively and kill it. But house cats can sometimes become lazy and sleep their time off. There are certain exercise techniques that you can follow to keep them agile, awake and fit.

What Works?

Cats can be a little trickier because the type of play that they engage in is different than that of dogs. Cats engage in either social play, which is the romp, wrestle, and chase that you see between littermates or between cats living in the same household. Or they engage in object play, which is where they will stalk, pounce, chase and play with an object so they can kill it. Object play is what you should focus on when it comes to exercising your cat. There are many interactive type play toys on the market that work, and many can be found in pet supplies stores. Several of these are detailed later. Whatever game you and your cat enjoy will work, just remember to keep up the pace for fifteen minutes.

What are the benefits?

The benefits you will experience for a regular exercise routine are endless.

• Pets who have had their bodies and their minds stimulated by regular play tend to act out problem behaviors less frequently
• Your pet will be gaining social skills by interacting with you on a regular basis
• The bond between you and your pet will be strengthened, creating an even happier home life for you both.
• You will get exercise right along side your pet
• Your pet's health will be improved so that they can live a longer and healthier life

Here are a few exercise that your cat can do on a regular basis to keep fit. Apart from exercise, you should always take him to the vet whenever possible and get pet health check-up done. Pet supplies are also important because only if your cat eats well will he be able to stay fit through exercise. So assuming that you have the pet supplies and have got a pet health check-up done, here are some exercises:

• Use a toy that is interactive for your cat and either has a rat tail or bird feathers. Move it like the rat or like a bird and see your cat leap and trying to catch it. This exercise is great for their predatory skills too.

Set up a box, and make tunnels that are soft-sided. These will be like small or mini obstacle courses that will not only help your cat get his quota of physical exercise and predatory skills but will keep him healthy and fit always. There are plenty of tunnels, small walls, boxes that can be made using cardboard. But remember if you are putting your cat through exercise then you need to feed him well too and hence always have ready pet supplies.

• Cats like anything that moves even if it is a tennis ball or a yarn ball. Get a tennis ball for him and watch him play with it as the ball keeps moving. If you are lucky, you will get to see him play some serious soccer!

• You can encourage your cat to scratch by using an interactive toy near a tall post. This will enable cats to stretch, which will help tone the muscles of their back and shoulders, and the overall pet health.

• Toy balls on a slick surface floor can peek some kitties interest

• Catnip toys can also aid in getting your cat into the game

• Laser toys are a big plus with many cats (Though hazardous if pointed in the eyes)

As well as all of these techniques you can also create a fake tree inside your home or let your cat jump off the branches of a small tree in your garden. This kind of exercise will help him to improve his balance as well as co-ordination.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How To Choose Best Food For Your Dog?

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>By Kendy Smith

Dog owners are concerned about making sure their pets get the healthiest options available when it comes to dog food. Owners spend time and effort reading up on the optimum nutritional values in dog food and the alternatives. Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office.

These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is healthy dog foods which are a relatively new addition and make use of the latest research into the best foods and blends for your pet.

So what is best for our pet and how do we choose the proper dog food?

Quality, healthy ingredients make quality, healthy dog food. Nutrition is important no matter whether you're a person or a pet. Pets, just like humans, need good nutrition not just to survive but to truly be healthy. They need good quality protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fats. This is where premium, healthy dog food can benefit your pets.

Typically, healthy dog food contains quality protein, good quality carbohydrates and fiber, natural fats and preservatives. The protein does not come from dead or diseased animals and you will never see the word by-product on the label. By-products (feet, bones intestines, etc) are inferior protein sources that are sometimes used and can be very hard for your dog to digest. Less digestion means less nutritious and therefore not as healthy. Quality protein helps build and maintain muscle strength.

If you see corn, soy or wheat used as protein sources instead of meat, you now know your pet isn't getting healthy dog food. Good quality carbohydrates give your pet the energy to be active. Good fiber sources help promote a healthy digestive system and colon. Quality fats from animal sources contain omega fatty acids that benefit the skin and coat.

Believe it or not dog food manufacturers that label their bags "premium food" use these ingredients as well as chemical preservatives and artificial colors that can be harmful to pets.

Benefits beyond healthy nutrition

When your pet is eating right, it feels better, giving you a happy and more playful companion, fewer trips to the vet, and less wasted food. Ultimately, giving your pet better food might seem expensive initially, but keeping your pet healthy saves you money, time and expense in the long run. Healthy, premium dog food can possibly extend the life of your pet giving you more quality years together.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Are small dogs good with kids?

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Answer: No, but it depends.

Are small dogs good with kids? Most people can’t seem to come to a consensus about this question. People who regularly place rescue dogs with adoptive families do not believe that children are good for small dogs. On the other hand, some people believe that some small dogs are good with kids. Both points are valid. Let’s discuss each opinion separately.

The people who believe that small dogs are not suitable for kids see it from the small dog's perspective. These people believe that a child could easily harm a small dog by acting like the dog is a toy and not a breathing and living creature. Small dogs can attack a child just as much as large dogs can. As far as the safety of the child is concerned, the injuries from small dogs would likely be minor compared to the possible injuries caused by larger dogs.

Some parents believe that their child is mature enough and “dog friendly” enough to enjoy the company of a small dog. Most of the time, these parents are wrong. Breeders and adoption agencies will often refuse families with children younger than seven or eight years of age. They do not think that it is in the best interest of the dog, which could easily be traumatized by living with small children.

People believe small dogs are safe for children because they are little. Many children do not realize their own power and strength as they are still growing up. They are simply not aware of what little effort it takes on their part to accidentally and unintentionally kill a small dog.

On the other hand, some people agree that certain breeds of small dogs are safe for children. Such small dog breeds include: beagles, terriers and collies. These dogs normally behave just fine around children and do not pose any kind of threat. However, you should avoid the biggest small dogs and toy breeds such as Chihuahuas for the sake of the dog.

In order to keep both child and small dog safe, you must monitor both the child and the dog at all times. If you can’t watch them both, place the dog in a safe room or in a crate away from the child. With proper behavioral training and enough exercise, a small dog can learn to adapt and fit in with the family. Therefore, it’s possible for a small dog to be good with kids.

A note of caution: parents must warn their children to never put their face in front of a dog. Dogs can get spooked and snap, which could result in severe medical injuries, no matter how big or small the dog is. Small dogs are not typically good for kids in the long run and they are not the smartest choice for both the dog’s and child’s safety. It is best to research all of your options first and determine why you really want a small dog as opposed to a big dog. Perhaps you shouldn’t get a dog at all…?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nature recipe Dog Food

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Story by: Abhinav Sidana

My dog, my friend, companion, pathfinder, seeker and watcher. whatever your dog means to you,your way of taking care of your dog will prove his love and affection to you. Dogs are very sentitive to love.The type of nature recipe dog food that you have for your dog will go a long way to determine the length of time your dog will live.I have listed below some nature recipe dog food that your dog will wag over and over again.

Whatever you do please dont feed your dog with foods spiced with gravy as it will eventually destroy the health of your dog, also a nature recipe dog food should not contain salts as this will kill your dogs system and you will not like it. 

In addition some people think our dogs should eat the way we eat threfore they go all out to providing the dogs with some kind of food meant for human consumption, your dog will not love you for this, For any reason dont feed your dog on tuna fish regularly, in short avoid it completely for it has been shown that too much tuna fish causes brain damage to dogs.

Now what kind of dog food recipe will you recommend nature recipe dog food is the best for your dog , i have made out a list for you to know what it contains and your dog will smile all day.

Whatever you feed your dog, make sure that your dog food recipe contains a blend of good ole’plain brown rice well cooked and garnished with yummy yummy chicken or turkey without the bones of course and make sure the chicken is real. your dog will go gaga on the breast of chicken,and for turkey give them the dark part of it and see them wag that tail to your delight.Organically blended meat is also good for your dog if you can lay your hand on any.

Never feed your dog on food preservatives.Your dog is your best friend. 

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You might not be knowing that most of the dog diseases are due to bad dog food. Prepare the best healthy dog food recipe for your dog. Dog Food Secrets is a guide that explains the dog food recipes with pictures. Don't let your dog die young.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Thirst Increase in cats

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By: James Gosling

Those of you who have cats need to be aware of all the pet health related problems that may affect your cat within their lifetime. One of the most common of these problems might be an increase in thirst. This is a pet health issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly and will need immediate attention.

One of the most severe pet health problems is CRF or chronic renal failure and one of the most common symptoms is an increased thirst for water accompanied by excessive urination. You can find more information regarding this disease from your vet. It is very important to have your pet health questions answered by your vet because the more knowledge you have, the more easily you will be able to recognize the symptoms and take action.

Chronic renal failure is a severe pet health problem that will induce changes your cat’s overall appetite and increase his thirst. The appetite can vary from one cat to another but mostly is on the decreasing side. You might even find your cat acting finicky and it will be tough to guess what they really want. In such a condition, the stool will most often be dry and firm but there will be an increase in urination.

This can lead to dehydration and make their coat quality poor. Their faces will bear a pinched look and the body temperature might be lower than normal. If you feel their kidneys then it will have a lump feel. The best way to confirm renal problems is through urinalysis and blood tests. Based on the analysis, the vet will be able to guide you towards proper pet health care and restrictions in diet.

Chronic kidney failure, otherwise known as Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) or Chronic Renal Insufficiency (CRI), is a progressive deterioration of kidney function over a relatively long period of time (typically months to years). Acquired kidney diseases are the cause of most cases of kidney failure in cats, and tend to manifest in middle to old age and is a regular pet health question. 

Some of the more common diseases are listed below. 

Chronic tubulo-interstitial nephritis is the most commonly identified problem in cats suffering from CRF. It is often the end-stage of many causes of kidney disease, where damaged nephrons (the functional unit of kidney tissue) are replaced with fibrous tissue. Typically affected kidneys will be small and scarred. 

Glomerulonephritis is a disease in which the glomeruli (which help filter urine from the blood), are damaged by inflammation. 

Pyelonephritis is the name for a bacterial infection of the kidneys. 

Amyloidosis is a disorder by which insoluble protein fibres are deposited in various organs of the body. When it occurs in the kidneys, their function is impaired and chronic renal failure can result. Amyloidosis can be seen as an inherited condition in Abyssinian cats. 

Hydronephrosis is an excessive accumulation of urine in the kidney caused by an obstruction or blockage in the ureter - the tube linking the kidney to the bladder. 

Renal lymphoma
is a cancer of white blood cells affecting the kidney. Typically both kidneys will be very enlarged if this condition is present.

Normally, the creatine and BUN levels will be highly elevated during the test analysis apart from Amylase and phosphorous levels. Potassium will be on the lower side. The treatment of such pet health condition will be directed mostly at supporting the body and other organs keeping in mind that one of the organs might fail. This is a progressive pet health condition and the amount of support required will be determined only after clinical tests and laboratory findings have been confirmed.

Normally your cat will go through extensive dehydration and will require more and more water to keep him going. As a result of this, you will see a remarkable increase in his thirst and however high the amount of water intake be, he will still be feeling thirsty. The best thing to do in such a scenario is to visit the vet immediately for a diagnosis and get him into a pet health care program as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Teacup Kittens - The World's Smallest Kitten

By Wendy Pan

Not all cats advertised as miniature are teacup kittens. Be aware that the standard size female cat will weight about 11 to 14 pounds. The standard size male cat will weight about 12 to 17 pounds. A teacup size female cat will weight about 3 to 6.5 pounds and the teacup size male will weight about 3 to 7.5 pounds. This is a good rule-of-thumb to keep in mind when shopping for a teacup. Some unscrupulous breeders will try to sell you a cat under ten pounds as a teacup when that weight falls within the normal weight range for a standard cat. When shopping for a teacup do not be fooled by a breeder that will try to sell you a runt or tell you that any cat less than ten pounds is a miniature.

Teacup kittens come in a variety of breeds. These cats are bred to be small by inbreeding. The smallest cat of one breed is mated with the smallest cat of another breed progressively in each generation and with each mating a miniature or teacup cat is born. The result of this type of breeding results in dwarfism. There are two forms of dwarfism where teacups and other miniature animals are concerned and they are achondroplastic where the dominant gene will, through mutation, affect the hormones that control bone growth, and the primordial which occurs naturally. At this point let's cover the most common breeds of miniature (teacup) cats.

The most popular of the teacup kittens is the combination of Persian and Exotic. The MiniPer, a combination of Persians and Exotics was developed in California by Cher Simmitt. The MiniPers are primordial dwarves and their bodies are proportionate in every way except that they are smaller than the standard Persian and Exotic. The MiniPaws are a hybrid and carry the genes of both the achondroplastic and primordial dwarfism. They are small in proportion and have shortened legs thus, causing the legs to be somewhat deformed. They are a good example of the mutation of the dominant gene and its affect on the hormones that control bone growth. .

The Napoleon was developed intentionally by mating a Munchkin with a Persian. They have long coats and beautiful big eyes much like the Persian. The Napoleon is the newest of the teacup breeds.

The Lambkin was developed by cross breeding a Munchkin with a Selkirk Rex. They are called Lambkin because of their soft curly coats that resemble the coat of a lamb. Most of the miniature or teacup kittens are cross breeds of Persians and Exotics and are the most popular and sought after of all of the miniature breeds.

Many people want the teacups because they're cute and resemble kittens. They are easy to hold and carry and most of them are lap cats. However, be forewarned, they may be kittens when you buy them but like all other cats they grow up and lose their kittenish ways. They are after all, cats and cats do not stay kittens forever.

Wendy Pan is an accomplished niche website developer and author.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

All Natural Cat Food - Seven Good Reasons Why Nature is Best!

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Feeding your cat an all natural cat food diet will improve her health, boost her immune system and create a happy cat. If you knew what went into most, if not all, commercial pet food, you would never buy it again. Truly, it's not for the faint hearted.

Most commercial pet food ingredients are cheap, as the better quality food goes for the higher priced human food market. Cheap food can mean anything from high fat content, meat by-products (hair, intestinal contents, chicken feet, rancid fat, dead or diseased animals), to low grade carbohydrates such as sugar, left over fast food or spoilt grain unfit for human consumption to the melamine used to bulk out American pet food imported from China.

None of this is normal or natural cat food and much of it is indigestible, so can you wonder that overall, cats health is on the decline?

What can you do about it?

The first and most important thing to do is change your cat's diet to a homemade, raw, all natural cat food, for seven good reasons.

Cats evolved on raw food over millions of years. They are best able to use this diet over all others.

Raw food contains all the essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and other nutrients, in the right amount, in a balanced form. Cooking destroys many essential nutrients.

Unlike processed cat food, natural cat food is easy to absorb and the cat utilises it efficiently.

An all natural cat food diet ensures your cat has healthy teeth and gums. Despite the claims, no processed cat food does this.

Parasites such as worms, fleas and ticks are minimal when you feed your cat this diet, as the environment of your cat's body is not conducive to them. This is the opposite of processed food which makes your cat's body a feeding ground for parasites.

All natural cat food keeps your cats immune system in good working order, so reducing or preventing many diseases, particularly the serious ones.

A hunting domestic cat is usually doing so to address an imbalance in their diet. A natural diet reduces a cat's desire to hunt.

Whatever the health of your cat is like at the moment, changing her diet to all natural cat food will go a long way to the prognosis of her condition. However, it isn't just a matter of substituting her processed food for raw meat. There are some important rules to follow and tips to consider.

Madeleine Innocent has been a homoeopath, a natural health therapist, since 2000. She treats both people and animals and finds that when the diet of her patient is addressed, to one that is more in keeping with natural laws, at the same time as her treatment, enormous strides in the resultant good health are made. To underestimate a good, natural diet is to play Russian roulette with life.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thieves target pedigree pets

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Having a beloved pet stolen is a doggone painful experience for the owner.Star Metro talks to some dog lovers about their ordeal.

WHEN systems analyst Rafiq Seth took a five-minute stroll recently to the nearby mamak stall to buy a takeaway lunch, he didn’t know that in that short span of time, his two beloved pet dogs would be dognapped.

On his return home, he discovered to his horror that the compound was vacant, devoid of his dogs’ usual lively barking and tail-wagging to welcome him home.

His German Shepherd Stella and Siberian Husky Oreo were nowhere to be seen.

Rafiq, who has been staying in Bandar Saujana Puchong at that time, said his neighbours had told him that well-dressed men in a Honda Jazz car had stopped outside his home that afternoon to coax his dogs.

Thinking the men were his friends, his neighbour did not give much thought to it.Read More


Tips on finding your lost pet

>Look around and inform your neighbours

>Search your property thoroughly. Cats and small dogs can get into some mighty strange places.

>Walk the neighbourhood, talk to everybody, and leave your phone number with them.

Go to each house in the area where your pet was lost and talk to the residents. Write down a description of your lost pet and your phone number and leave it with them. Leave it attached to their door if they are not home.

>Call local veterinary offices or pet stores to find out if your pet was injured and taken for treatment. Pet stores should also be informed in case a captor tries to sell a stolen pet.

>Find out if your pet has been killed on the road from local councils usually pick up dead animals from the roadside and city streets.

>It is important to post many flyers about your lost pet. Overall, flyers or posters produce more finds than anything else. Include details like the date and place the pet was lost, breed, age, sex, weight, colour and your contact details. However, do not put down your name or address on the flyer. Use a colour photograph if possible but leave out certain identifying marks to prevent scams.

>Don’t give up! Pets have been known to find their way back home after being lost for several months.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Information on Why Shih Tzus Are Called Lion Dogs

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I attended a dog show and two of the shih tzus dogs got my attraction.They are just beautiful and cute. Justin Mathers will share you some information about Shih Tzus dogs

The amiable, intellectual, and majestic Shih Tzu (pronounced sheed zoo) is very small in stature, but it makes a big impression on everyone it meets. Wherever the Shih Tzu goes, it draws admirers to its winning persona, lavish coat, and graceful demeanor. Due to the Shih Tzu's size at only nine to ten inches (22.8 to 25.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighing about nine to sixteen pounds (4 to 7.2 kg), these bundles of joy are just the right size for every home and lap.

In Chinese Shih Tzu means "lion". Asiatic dogs for hundreds of years were bred to resemble miniature lions. These so-called "Lion dogs" were small and bearded, had encompassing heads, level faces, short noses, huge round eyes, square bodies, and short legs. In the Buddhist religion, Lions are held in great esteem. It is said that Buddha considered the lions sacred and was known to have tamed a lion and rode it. According to legend, a Lion followed Buddha everywhere he went. The spirits of Buddhist monks were also believed to be housed by Shih Tzu's, while following Buddha's example.

The dark markings across the back of the Shih Tzu are said to bear a similarity to the saddle Buddha used to ride a lion, whereas the white blaze on the brow is called the "Star of Buddha". Throughout history, the breeders of these majestic dogs have done their best to follow the ideal standards of keeping the breed as similar as possible to the Shih Tzu's of ancient times.

In China, the Shih Tzu was considered a rare and valuable treasure for religious connotation for centuries. Today the extraordinary Shih Tzu has captured the hearts and minds of dog lovers worldwide.

Did you know?

Brachycephalic is a name given to dogs with short skulls, flat faces, and short noses. These brachycephalic breeds, which include Shih Tzu's, Pugs, and Pekingese all, originated in Central Asia.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

How to Survive Tough Economic Times With Your Dog

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Story by Eric Letendre

When you are facing tough economic times-there is no need for your best friend to go with less or to go without. Your dog has some basic needs that can be tended to at a discount. Your dog's needs are: exercise, food, training, veterinary care, social contact and grooming. Here are some ways to take care of those needs when you are facing tough economic times.

The first thing most people think about when it comes to tough times with their dog is food. There are ways that you can feed your dog without spending a lot of money. Remember, we want to find low-cost ways to feed your dog, but we also want to provide maximum health.

Fifty years ago there was no such thing as commercial dog food. The dog ate whatever the family was eating. A lot of experts think this is much healthier for the dog. How can food that can be stored on a shelf for up to six months provide all of the nutrients for your dog? I strongly believe that leftover fruits, vegetables and meat is good for your dog. Anytime you have overripe fruit (except grapes and raisins) vegetables and chicken, fish or beef, add it to your dog's regular food. Supplementing with leftovers will reduce the amount of food needed from the bag.

Vets don't all charge the same prices. Low-cost spay and neuter clinics have become very popular. Many of these also provide excellent veterinary services at a reduced cost. Check in your area to see if one is available for your dog.

Most people don't know this, but the number one reason for dogs being put to sleep in the United States is behavior problems. One of the best ways to ensure that your dog lives a long, happy life is to provide proper training. There are some excellent training programs that you can get for a very low cost on the Internet.

Keeping your dog properly groomed is important and can be done with a few simple grooming tools. For short coat breeds (terriers), all you need is some shampoo and conditioner, cotton balls to clean the ears and a nail trimmer. Dogs with longer coats require the same, but you will need a slicker brush and I also recommend a Furminator if your dog sheds a lot.

Get a group of friends together so you can form a play group for your dogs. Dogs are extremely social animals and need to interact with people and other dogs. Meeting at least once a week will provide your dog with all of her social needs.

Last and most important is to keep a positive attitude during any tough times you may encounter. They will pass-and when they do-you will be much happier knowing that you can get through those tough times together.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Tips Of Breeding Cats

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Cat breeding is not as easy as just letting cats mate. Breeding is not just about choosing cats to produce adorable kittens to earn money. To breed cats is not the same as to produce them. Breeding encompasses that stage.

Breeding cats involves scientific and systematic concepts. Producing cats involves only common sense. Breeding cats has an emotional aspect to it. Fulfillment does not come from mere moneymaking. Sacrifices have to be made to achieve the breeder's goal: to safeguard the welfare of the cats.

A lot of things must be taken into consideration before breeding cats. Here is a guide to help us better understand the dynamic process of cat breeding.

- A cat breeder's concern is the preservation or improvement of cat pedigree.

This is a serious matter. Selection of the parent cats is done on the basis of health, quality traits and reproducing capability. A breeder will never pair cats carelessly.

- A cat breeder is dedicated to learn more about cats.

A lot of things must be learned regarding cat breeding. Latest researches must be employed to properly select the cats to be bred. The welfare of the cats depends on how much the breeder knows.

- A cat breeder makes plans.

Breeding does not involve hasty actions.

- A cat breeder has to follow rules set by the government.

Breeders are obliged to register their cats to their respective breeds. Certain taxes are imposed to hobbyists and to businessmen alike.

- A cat breeder's primary motive is to take care of cats. Monetary motives come after this.

A cat's life is more important than money. And it is more rewarding to see the kittens grow. The money earned is just an additional reward.

- A cat breeder's responsibility to the cats does not end.

His care for his cats does not end when the kittens were sold.

- A cat breeder holds the future of the cat's offspring.

Whatever a cat breeder does affects the life of the kittens, thus extra care must be given by cat breeders when making decisions.

- A cat breeder knows when to stop breeding.

Breeding is not just about having many cats. It is about taking care of all of them.

After learning about these things, it can be concluded that breeding is an arduous task indeed. However, for those who are cat breeders at heart, all these hardships are worth the kittens they bred (not produced)!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dog Disease: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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Our dogs are very important to us. There are many things we have to be wary of during different seasons, as well as locations that we live in order to provide the proper care for our dogs. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is one of those diseases that can have a detrimental effect on your dog and even you if you are not careful. Rocky Mountain spotted fever was named for the spotted tick. It just so happens that the first case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever occurred in, you guessed it the Rocky Mountains. The thing is the disease can occur wherever there are ticks. The fever has been known to be carried in American dog ticks, the wood ticks, and a few other species of ticks.

There are two ways your dog can be infected by the Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The tick must be infected with R rickettsii, which is a bacterium they carry. The parasite usually gets the infection from squirrels and chipmunks. Then the tick bites the dog and transfers the infection in the saliva of the bite during feeding. The other way to get the disease is from the small mammal.
There are several signs and symptoms that will occur to alert you of the infection in your dog. First of all you should know that prevention is rather easy. You just need to use methods to prevent the ticks from coming into contact with your dog. You can either avoid the woods or tick prevalent areas. You can also apply an anti tick medication to the dogs neck. These preventative methods can help you and your dog stay safe from the virus.

Signs include a red rash, hemorrhaging, and secretions from the rash. You will also find that the bumps developed from the rash occur in the scrotum, prepuce, and ears. Joint swelling and other abnormalities will follow. Since it does affect the blood they can develop issues with bleeding from the nose and mouth, coughing, and other issues.

The lesions will continue to get out of hand if you do not seek treatment. You will also find that your dog does get a fever. The fever is one of the more detrimental aspects of the disease because it can cause the mind to be affected as well as the limbs. The lymph nodes will become swollen, and pneumonia can be contracted. There is also a potential of heart arrhythmias because of the blood hemorrhaging.

Treatment for the Rocky Mountain spotted fever in dogs should be sought immediately when you notice a problem. Most often you can spot a problem when you groom your dog and find a tick has latched on. You are alerted to start looking for the signs. Treatment is generally antibiotics called tetracycline, doxycycline, or enrofloxacin. The treatment will last for fourteen days.In some cases the dogs have to be treated for shock or nervous system symptoms and therefore the treatment can last for a few days longer. You will need to have treatment sought in the first few days for the best results.

Those who have not been treated right away can have other issues such as severe damage to the nervous system. In these cases a complete recovery is not always attainable. Certain dog breeds like German Shepherds and the English Springer Spaniel are more susceptible to severities with the disease.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Breed Exercise Requirements

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By: Scribbler 

Dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and then there are the breeds. It is important to consider the dogs breed because a lot depends on that. Everything from the type of food they eat, amount of food, diseases, behaviour, grooming and much more varies from one breed to another.

If we were to take a look at a German Shepherd or a Pomeranian for that matter then you will see that they require a lot of grooming due to long hair but due to the size difference the German Shepherd will eat more than the Pomeranian. Now if we take a Dalmatian and a Doberman, we see that both are large dogs but the exercise requirements for Doberman are much more than a Dalmatian. Hence, dog breeds are a major determinant in exercise requirements.

In fact each of the dog breed profile is different from the other in spite of the fact that all dogs came from Wolves. Such a huge disparity of color, shape, size is not visible in any other type of animal and definitely not in the wolves. The exercise requirements mostly depend on the dog breed profile. There are some dogs like a pooch or a Pomeranian that active indoors and hence don’t require too much of outdoor activity. On the other hand dogs like the Labrador retriever, the Golden retriever, the shepherd dogs belong to a different dog breed profile that can be classified muscular dogs and hence need anything from moderate to heavy outdoor activities. 

Some of the dog breeds like the Labrador and German Shepherd are more intelligent than others and hence, require a lot of mental stimulation apart from physical exercise. A member of the herding group, the German Shepherd is fearless, bold, hard working, and alert. They are esteemed for their loyalty, deep devotion, and courage. This breed thrives on human interaction from their family and does not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. It is a highly intelligent breed and as such, needs a great deal of mental stimulation. The GSD will develop a very close bond with his handler and will want to be with him/her as much as possible.

The Labrador Retriever needs fairness, firmness, consistency, reward, and respect. They excel in tracking, police work, search and rescue, agility, competitive obedience, guide for the blind, and as service dogs for the disabled. Intelligent dogs, Labradors are easily trained, making them ideal for use in field sports, obedience competitions, as search dogs, as guide dogs and as hearing dogs. These dogs take a great pleasure in any of these activities.

Both these dog breeds are deployed in bombing squads or anti-narcotics due to their intuitiveness and sense of smell. There is a certain misconception that many people have regarding the larger dogs. There are many who think that if they have a big backyard in their home then that is sufficient. The truth is that big dogs and especially guard dogs or sniffer dogs need more than a big backyard. They need proper behavioral training and miles and miles of outdoor space like a park for exercise and fun activities. 

It is always crucial to see the dog breed profile first and then pick up a dog. If you are living in an apartment and are working 8am-8pm then according to the dog breed profile what you really need is a pooch or a smaller dog that doesn’t need too much of exercise. But if you are living in a ranch and can take your dog out for regular walks or runs then according to the dog breed profile you can choose a bigger dog.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

How To Take Care Of Persian Cats

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By: Jay Schindler 

These days, Persian cats are among the most popular breeds of cat. Well known for their gentle and sweet personalities and their long hair, Persian cats have very attractive features. They are great companions for virtually anyone, and not very demanding. Unlike other breeds, such as the Siamese breed, Persian breeds need very little attention. 

Although white is the color normally associated with Persian cats, they actually come in a variety of other colors as well. During competitions, they are divided into seven color divisions - solid, silver and gold, tabby, shaded and smoke, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. No matter what color of Persian cat it may be, they are best noticed during competitions by their long and flowing coats. 

Persian cats should always be kept inside of the house, to protect their coat. If they travel outside, they can easily damage their coat. They will also need to be brushed daily with a metal comb, or their coat can become tangled, which will lead to hairballs. You'll need to bathe your Persian cat on a regular basis as well, to help protect his coat. Bathing works best when the cat is young, as it will get him used to it. Bathing should never be overlooked, as it will keep your cats coat looking clean and healthy. Although some breeds can maintain their coats on their own, Persians can't. Their fur is long and dense and you'll need to groom them daily to ensure their coat stays healthy. 

The Persian breed is gentle and sweet, getting along great with everyone - including kids. They have a pleasant voice that is always good to hear. Using their voice and their eyes, they can communicate very well with their owners. They are very playful, yet they don't require a lot of attention. They love attention however, and love being admired. Unlike other cats, they don't climb and jump much at all. They aren't destructive either; they just love being admired and lying around. A majority of the time, Persian cats love to bask in the sun and show others just how beautiful they truly are. 

Although most breeds can be kept indoors or outside, Persian cats should always be kept inside and never allowed to go outside of the house. Keeping them inside with protect their coats and also keep diseases and common parasites away from them as well. You won't have to worry about cars or dogs either if you keep your pet inside. To ensure that your Persian pet stays healthy, you should always take him to the vet on an annual basis. If cared for properly, such as grooming, shots, and checkups, Persian cats can live as long as 20 years. One thing you'll need to be aware of that's common with Persians is their eyes. Their eyes are very big and can sometimes be too much for the cat to clean. This is a common healthy problem with the breed, and should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that it doesn't get out of control. 

When you compare Persians to other breeds, you'll notice that the Persians are among the easiest to keep. You don't have to worry about things like jumping or climbing, as Persians don't like to do either. All you'll need to do is feed your cat and groom him or him on a daily basis. Even though grooming can be quite a bit of work in the long run - it's well worth it when you have a healthy an beautiful Persian cat. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Top rated dog food

By: Ashish K Arora

Most of the dog owners have a common question in their mind. What is the best quality dog food? Every dog owners are tried to ensure best possible care to their dog. Many commercial foods are available in the market. But almost everyone suggest homemade food is better for dog’s perfect growth. So owners need to be knowledgeable about dog’s diet.

Two categories of dog foods are very much popular: Raw dog food and dry dog food. Many experts believe raw dog food is the best choice for selecting dog’s diet. Raw dog food provides the necessary energy in dog’s health and help in their proper growth. The ingredients in raw dog food are natural and uncompressed. A proper raw dog food is a mixture of meat, fiber and starch. Dogs love meats. Sometime owners give too much meat to their dogs. But they should keep in mind that vegetables are also very much essential for their perfect growth and prevent from diseases. So while preparing food mix some sort of vegetable along with the meats. Carrots, broccoli, yams are good source of fibers.

Feeding dry food to the dogs is most common and popular choice among the dog owners today. Most of the people at metro cities live a fast pace life today. Dry dog food is more convenient for them. But it’s important to realize not all commercial food contain high quality natural ingredients. So if you decide to feed dry dog food to pets, you have to be very careful. Check the ingredients in the food by reading the label. Make sure there is no preservative or artificial color in the food. These things may be harmful for dogs in the future.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Living with Pets

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By: Drago Marx

When we are hugging our dogs or just perhaps gazing at a fish swimming languidly in its tank, we feel calm and it gives the impression that all the stress-related events have been forgotten. Pets have been revealed to be a great way to decrease a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease. For instance, you can get your daily dose of regular exercise especially when you are walking your dogs and at the same time, pet owners have been found to have an increased sense of wellbeing as compared to that group who do not own pets. To cut a long story short, there are tremendous health benefits when you are a pet owner. Having pets more or less produces a soothing effect and even decreases your blood pressure.

Indeed there are also issues to be considered, especially when it comes to pet urine removal and can be deemed as a regular chore. But it is certainly a tiny price to pay particularly if you think about the benefits and advantages of having a pet. There is no doubt about it that since the beginning of time, we have discovered that our pets have made our lives easier and better. Animals have aided us in hunting for our basic needs and have been the defenders of our home and family. They have fixed themselves in our hearts and in our homes. It is safe to say that for innumerable reasons, our pets have made it unworkable for us not to live without them. Even today, in an age where almost every possible modern convenience has been invented, merely not having your pet with you is unimaginable. In short, pets are good for us.

The benefits are sensed by everyone, young or old, man or woman. While being a pet owner is a great way to teach children the importance of responsibility, the truth is, it can also offer emotional support particularly in times of struggle like a death or a divorce. Having a pet helps a person steer one’s feelings in the course of an ordeal. There are now studies being shown that animals have made man a better and more contented human being. That is why the negative aspect of owning a pet is overshadowed greatly by the benefits of having one. We in turn make sure that they obtain the best possible care and part of that care would be to ensure that they survive in a safe and clean home.

Pet stain odor removal products are now accessible to us owners to guarantee that this is so. Make sure that your cleaning agent is harmless for you and your pet especially in handling. The best thing to search for in a cleaning product is that is must be both effective in removing the stain and odor while ensuring the safety of both pet and owner. It must be manufactured from non-toxic ingredients and organically certified. Common stain removers may give the impression of removing the stain but in reality they leave particles that could be hurtful to your wellbeing. These products also leave a conspicuously horrid smell in your home and can be awkward if you have guests or company.

If such stains and smells are not taken away at once, there could also be some negative effects because you and your furry friends may breathe in and swallow them. Every one in your household can be exposed to the toxic and harsh chemicals of ordinary cleaning products. You may be ill with skin breakouts and if allergic to such materials, could also set off asthma attacks. Using ordinary cleaning agents to remove pet stains and odors may not help at all but instead worsen the situation. Your household should be free from such problems and so that means that you should choose right pet urine cleaning products to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of your family and pets

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Home made recipe for dog food

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By: Ashish K Arora

Most of the pet owners try to give their dog or cat best possible care. Many of these pets enjoyed the same care as the child of the family. Feeding right food is a major concern for the owners. Most of the owners are aware of health risk by providing commercial food to their dogs. Commercial food is easy to make and convenient for the owners. But to ensure better health and growth there is no alternative of homemade food.

Making food for dogs in the home is not just enough. Provide the proper ingredients in the food are also important. Protein and vitamin is very much essential in dog’s food to protect them from diseases and strength their muscles. As like human being, dogs also prefer variations in their food menu. So owners should keep in mind that they have to make different kind of foods so their pets enjoy the meal.

Dogs choose food by smelling. Meat is most preferred by dogs. But owners should provide vegetable beside meat to ensure perfect diet for their dogs. Dogs need different nutrition’s to become healthy. Providing food with a combination of meat, vegetable and carbohydrates are important. Salt should not mix in dog’s food as animal do not need salt in their diet.

Making foods in the home for dogs is not a difficult job. Also it saves money as well. There are some important factors, owners should know. Foods should be served at room temperature. Foods should not serve from refrigerator or hot from the stove.

Homemade dog food is important for many reasons. Owners can ensure the proper vitamin and minerals in the food; dogs can be protected from many diseases which might cause by commercial foods. Dogs also prefer homemade foods and it’s cheap than commercial foods.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Lonely Dogs and How to Handle Them

By: Kristi Carter

Dogs belong in packs and when they are domesticated, they still look at their families as their 'packs.' They need to be social and they need attention. The way dogs have been domesticated has created a bit of a problem. Allowing your dog to spend time with other dogs is not satisfactory. They need time with their human friends. Sure, we have lives that are extremely busy, so it can be difficult to give our dogs as much attention as we need. As we rush around like maniacs trying to get important things done, trying to spend time with our dogs can feel like a burden.

When you're feeling like this, spending time with your dog sure can seem like more of a chore than having a relaxing, fun time with your four legged friend. Taking him or her for a walk can feel like a chore among a million chores that you have to accomplish. This definitely lessens the quality of the time you spend with your dog. It shouldn't be this way but sometimes it seems like life has you by the collar!

The way that we live really does affect our dogs. For instance, if we are stressed out all the time, what kind of personal time we have, our general demeanors really have a lot to do with our dogs' temperament. The dogs sometimes take on their human companions' moods and feelings - to the point that if you're depressed or stressed out all the time, your dog can be anxious and depressed as well. Also, if we are busy with certain things, walking the dog or spending time with him can be pushed to the back burner and your dog will truly suffer because of this. There are a few things that you can do to make time for your dog so that he or she is not lonely!

* Take your dog with you when you are out doing the normal daily tasks. Whether you have to go pay bills, drive your children here or there or even going out for a drive, take your dog. He or she will love going, even if she has to sit in the car. Getting out of the house and having something different to look at is a great thing for your dog to get a chance to do. If you will have other people in the car, for instance if you will be driving your kids around or picking up friends, this is a great way for your furry friend to socialize. One thing you should be sure of is to never leave your dog for more than a half an hour in the car and you should NEVER leave your dog in the car on a hot day. This could result in fatal injuries due to the heat.

* Let your pooch sleep in the bedroom with you at night. He or she doesn't have to sleep on the bed - they can have a cozy spot in the corner. Still, just the time together with you is enough to put him or her at ease. Neither one of you have to do anything but you're spending time together anyway. This is a great thing to do. If you've noticed how dogs lie together when they are puppies, you will understand that dogs have an instinct to be close to the pack during times when they are vulnerable, like sleeping. This helps them to feel secure and safe. So, for an easy way to keep your dog happy and healthy, allow them to sleep in the bedroom with you at night. * Try exploring different areas with your dog. Becoming accustomed to the same old route can also become boring. Although dogs like familiar surroundings, they also appreciate exploring new areas and seeing new things. Taking your dog through the woods or down a new path or even to the beach would be a great idea. You could even take your dog on a hike. The key is for you to enjoy the time you spend together as well because then you will want to do it more often and that will help the relationship between you and your dog!

* Spend time with your dog while you're doing other things. You can multi-task and you won't have to feel guilty that you're not spending time with your dog. For instance, while you are watching television, you can brush and groom your dog. Or, if you're ready for a relaxing nap, allow your pooch to hop up on the couch and snooze along with you (unless of course he or she is a large breed dog - then you might get pushed off onto the floor!) Doing simple things like this can be very enjoyable for your dog and doesn't take much extra effort and no extra time from you!

* Encourage the other members of your household to play with your dog and spend time with him or her. If you live alone, you could hire a dog walker a few times a week (someone that you fully trust with your pet) and allow your dog the chance to interact with others and have a good time. If the dog lives in a house with children, this is great because children usually have tons of time and energy. Make sure that your dog understands that he or she is not dominant over the children and that the dog will obey the children's commands before you allow the child to play with the dog alone. Not only will this help keep your dog happy and well-adjusted, but it takes some of the responsibility off of your shoulders as well.

While you still need to spend a good amount of time with your dog, giving him or her attention, making sure that he or she is healthy and happy, you can make your life easier in some ways using the tips and tricks above.

About The Author

Kristi Carter

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Elderly Cat Care

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By: David Beart

Our cats become a part of the family over time. But unlike humans, who are considered elderly at 60 or 65, cats are considered "senior citizens" at the ripe old age of 10. It is important to understand the proper care of cats at all stages of life. A kitten cannot be fed, groomed, medicated, and treated the same way as an elderly cat. Here is a guide to proper Elderly Cat Care.

Feeding Time

Most pet supply stores sell specially formulated cat foods that are designed to provide proper health and nutrition to elderly cats. Some formulas assist with proper digestion, since this can often be a problem with older cats. Senior cats cannot assimilate their food in their digestive tracts in the same way that they did when they were youngsters.

Older cats can also have problems with their teeth that cause them to eat less. This is why it is important to maintain good dental hygiene in cats at a young age by either brushing, taking them to the veterinarian for a cleaning, or feeding them snacks that clean their teeth. If your elderly cat eats less, it may be due to a toothache, thus it is sometimes ideal to feed them softer foods, mostly wet, canned foods, so that chewing their dinner won't be as much of an obstacle.

Many cat owners find that their cat's coat becomes dull with age. This is due to poor nutrition. Feed your older cat a diet rich in essential fatty acids to fix this problem. When organisms, including cats, get older, they have an increased production of free radicals in the body. Free radicals contribute to the degeneration of cells in the body. Help build up the immune system of your beloved cat by increasing his or her intake of vitamin C and E.

Finally, you want your cat to remain active in old age. The more energetic activities your cat participates in the better health it will remain in. If you allow your cat to become obese it will lay around the house and have reduced quality of life, as well as a decrease in general health. Watch your pet's eating habits and assure that it is not overeating, or eating as a recreation as some cats do.

Grooming Elderly Cats

Another element of proper Elderly Cat Care is grooming. When cats age, they sometimes stop grooming themselves with the same frequency as they did when they were younger. This can create a matted fur coat that is dirty and smells bad. Bad hygiene will eventually lead to bad health. Because of this, it is important that you groom your eldery cat yourself. Purchase a good cat brush that doesn't just brush the outer coat, but one with bristles that reach down to the skin to pull up old hair.

It sometimes helps to give your cat a bath, even though most cats hate them with a passion. The best way to wash a cat is to place them in the tub and gradually introduce water. You certainly don't want to throw them into the tub with hot water running inside! You may get a deep claw mark in the arm that will never heal and remind you to never do that again. If you apply water gradually to the cat's coat until they are completely wet and then work in some shampoo quickly, you should be able to accomplish that goal.

Vet Visits and Medication

When your cat grows into old age, it may have health complications that require regular medication. You should schedule a regular vet appointment for your elderly cat to assure that you are keeping up with all details of its health regimen. In older age, cats may seem fine but still have complications. Ask your veterinarian to give your cat a blood and urine test to find out if there is anything to be concerned about to head off any future problems. Going back to dental care, most older cats develop gum disease which can lead to health problems down the line. Gum disease can be treated by your veterinarian.

Just as with a human who has to take daily medication, if your cat has been prescribed to take medications on a daily basis it is helpful to keep everything in one place as a reminder. You do not want to miss a day of any crucial medication as the system of your older cat is much more delicate than those of younger cats.

Pet Insurance

Insurance companies are coming to recognize the love that people have for their pets. Thus, there are many new pet insurance products popping up on the market. It is best to enroll your pet into an insurance program at a younger age to assure a more reasonable premium, but you may still be able to enroll your elderly cat into an insurance program where his or medical bills will be partly covered in the case of a medical emergency. Some pet insurance companies will charge anywhere from $20-$50 per month per cat, depending on their particular situation.

The costs of pet surgeries and treatments can be way out of the budget of most households, so having a pet insurance plan to back you up can be a great asset. It will also give you peace of mind about your cat as it ages.

Activities of the Elderly Cat

The activity level of elderly cats vary. Some cats become inactive and spend most of their day sleeping or sitting. But other cats can be just as active in old age as they were in their younger days. These cats may still like to play with you, run, and chase the other cats around the house, but you just need to be understanding that they may not be able to participate in these games for as long as they used to. For example, a game cats love to play is "chase their owner." Instead of letting them chase you up and down the stairs as you did when they were young, maybe you could keep the activity to one level of the house. That way you will not overexert your cat and help prolong his time spent active.

Most cat experts agree that a cat is generally healthy and happy when they are "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed." Another indication of a healthy cat is a lustrous, shiny coat, and a tail that sticks straight up in the air when the cat is walking. Proper elderly cat care is dire if you love your senior cat and want to keep it in good physical health.

About The Author

David Beart is owner of the http://www.professorshouse.com Professors House, a site dedicated to family, relationships, http://www.professorshouse.com/pets/cats/cats.aspx cat information, and household issues.