What I'm trying to say is, before you get a pet, it's worth it to genuinely assess whether you can really, actually afford it. Think about it: $5,500 in three years. That averages out to about $150/month. More than a cable/HBO/high-speed Internet bundle!
...As I said, this all adds up to about $4,550 in vet- and health-related bills in just under three years. The remaining grand was spent on travel to and from the vet and/or general cat things, like kitty litter, generic dry cat food, cat bed, scratching post, things like that. Fun fact: $1,000 over 36 months actually comes out to $27/month, which is pretty much what I initially guessed, way back in 2009, when I was predicting how much owning a cat would cost me. Sigh.
Attract bluebirds to your garden! This intricately carved Cuckoo Cottage Birdhouse is specially designed to please bluebirds. It's constructed of kiln-dried hardwood and an outdoor, water-based, nontoxic paint. The back wall is removable for easy cleaning. Mounting hardware included. Lovely gift!
Give yourself some peace of mind when out and about on your own. Use this Cat Self Defense Keychain to create an excellent means of surprise-defense against an attacker.
The eyes of the cat are the finger holes and the ears become spikes when clutched in your hand. The finished stainless aluminum charm includes a stainless ring and clasp for attaching keys. This keychain looks non-threatening and is easy to carry.
Researchers have established links between owners' personality traits and the breed of dogs they preferred. The Press Association reports that the Kennel Club assisted the research conducted by scientists at Bath Spa University. Their findings:
Breeds were split into seven groups: gundogs (eg golden retriever), hound dogs (eg greyhound; beagle), pastoral (eg German shepherd; border collie), terrier (eg Staffordshire bull), toy (eg Chihuahua), utility (eg bulldog) and working (eg Doberman).
In particular, owners of pastoral and utility breeds were more extroverted, gundog and toy dog owners were more agreeable, and owners of utility, toy and gundogs were more conscientious. Owners of hound dogs turned out to be more emotionally stable, while owners of toy dogs were more open to new experiences.
To find out what kind of dog matches your lifestyle and personality, read more at Dog Breeds
Many of us struggle with our weight, any why not? It's so fun to eat and there's always plenty of food around. And it's no different for our pets. The Costs of Having a Fat Dog or Cat | NYTimes.com cites a recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention that found about half of all dogs and cats in American homes are overweight or obese, a slight increase from 2010.
Why be concerned? People likely realize their pet is overweight but won't always grasp the consequences. Seeing animals suffering from health conditions secondary to their obesity is a common situation according to vets. This means animal suffering, higher vet costs, increased pet insurance premiums, inability to walk or self-groom, and sometimes even putting the beloved pet to sleep.
But before you subject your pet to a drastic diet or start an exercise regimen, check with your vet. That too can have negative health consequences.
But getting a portly pet back into shape can carry risks of its own. Hammering the pavement with an overweight lab or boxer that also happens to be arthritic can worsen the condition and cause cruciate ligament tears, akin to an A.C.L. injury in humans, which can happen all too easily in dogs, said Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for VPI Pet Insurance.
Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian before putting a pet on a diet. Putting a cat on a strict diet without medical supervision is risky, because cats' metabolism cannot handle calorie restriction. Unlike dogs, which evolved to hunt as packs and can go days without eating, "cats are usually single predators," Dr. McConnell said. "They nibble, they eat whatever they can find. They don't do too well with starvation."
In cats, severe calorie restriction can signal the body to send stores of fat to the liver, where they can be converted to glucose. But over time, the liver is deluged with fat deposits, crowding out the normal cells of the liver and causing hepatitis.
No more worry about filling and refilling outdoor water dishes for your pet. Attach this Doggie Water Fountain to any hose or faucet, and your best buddy gets a fun new outdoor water source. When he or she places a paw on the fountain, a fresh supply of water bubbles up.
This will bring tears to your eyes. Watch this just-released Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Movie Trailer, the tale of a young Labrador retriever training to be guide dog in Japan. In the process he helps a lonely man discover friendship.
Here in Florida, the striking Pileated Woodpecker is a common sight, but not so much up north anymore. If there are none around where you live, you can have the next best thing this spring.
This beautifully detailed and colorful Recycled Metal Woodpecker makes a fun addition to a tree, a fence post, your porch. It's handmade from recycled metal in Indonesia by local artisans, so each one is unique.
Animal paws, especially cat and dog, have to be among the cutest things the universe has devised. Unfortunately, they have claws at the end. Thus, many of our floors, walls and furniture have scratches due to dog and cat nails. Soft Claws Nail Caps are an easy, comfortable way to protect homes from claw scratch marks and damage. Adorable!
Your dog's inner ears curve and twist around, an inviting spot for parasites, bacteria and yeast to set up housekeeping. Infections can and do result. Part of the pet grooming routine should include regular ear checks and cleaning.
For regular hygiene, vet-recommended Douxo Micellar Solution is a non-irritating ear cleaning formula, particularly effective in removing greasy material from the ear duct. It's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It uber-easy to apply, has a pleasant green tea fragrance and dries fast.
Litter boxes need to be functional, but wouldn't it be nice if they could look pretty too? This Kitty A Go Go Cat Litter Box is made of high-impact, stain-resistant plastic in assorted stylish designs. And it's portable with convenient grab handle.
It has a large-capacity pullout litter tray drawer for easy cleanup with built-in ventilation slots. Includes a replaceable liner, a built-in sifter rake basket and hand scoop storage.
Most dog owners have encountered fenced-in areas, such as wrought-iron fences, which have gaps large enough for their dog or puppy to squeeze through. An Escape Preventing Dog Harness slips on a dog like a common harness, but has an integrated rigid 10 1/2" long cross-bar that spans well beyond the width of the pet, preventing him/her from slipping out between fence railings.
The lightweight harness won't inhibit your dog's movements and allows passage through most standard pet doors. It is made from a 100% woven nylon that pets won't find irritating, and has adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit.
Spring is a wonderful time of year, marred only by the arrival of ticks, fleas and other nasties. One weapon a homeowner can use against these nasties is yard spray, since both humans and pets pick them up outside and often carry them in the house.
If you are a DIY type, this Adams Plus Yard Spray can save you a bundle of money. It's for use around residential home areas only on your lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers. The spray treats up to 5,000 square feet, killing and repelling fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants crickets, and more. Keep your pets, yourself and your yard bug-free this summer!
Many of us suffer from allergy itches and rashes, this time of year and sometimes all year round. Our pets are no exception. The PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease and Skin & Coat Tonic ComboPack contains multiple remedies that work well together to provide therapeutic and cosmetic relief for your pets.
This ComboPack contains a homeopathic and an herbal to relieve skin itch and allergies while supporting healthy skin and coats. The Allergy Itch Ease temporarily relieves skin allergies and itch while the Skin & Coat Tonic promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats.
Any cat lover would appreciate beautiful photos of charismatic cats in picturesque settings. Throw in pithy quotes from famous French cat lovers and authors and you have The French Cat by Rachael McKenna, one of the most successful animal photographers in the field.
This coffee table photo book is populated with all sorts of cats within lovely French rural landscapes as well as its charming urban scenes. The author, originally from New Zealand, also provides heartwarming narrative of her life in France with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter, Charlize.
Many pet owners are weary of tripping over pet bowls on the floor and the spilled food and water, but don't want to spend the money for an elevated set. Making your own could be a fun spring weekend project.
This elevated DIY pet bowl stand was designed and built for under $15 by Centsational Girl for her cat. It would work well for a dog, too. You will need two pet bowls and can get the other supplies you need from your local hardware store Get the step-by-step instructions here.
Many of us will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. For some reason, our American holidays tend to revolve around chocolate, and Easter is no exception. As an animal lover, you know that chocolate, especially the dark, is toxic to dogs.
Easter is also associated with lilies. According to Why Veterinarians Hate Easter: How Lilies Kill Cats | petMD, all parts of the lovely lily plant are poisonous to cats, including the petals, the leaves, the stem, and the pollen. Even the water from the vase can cause kidney failure in your cat when ingested.
And that's not all. You know that fake Easter grass the Easter bunny uses to pack the Easter baskets? That stringy grass can wreak havoc around a pet's tongue or intestines, getting caught up and resulting in severe damage to the intestinal tract.
The greatest time of year is upon us. Other than Christmas that is, and maybe Thanksgiving. Baseball! No matter what life may have in store, there is always a baseball game to watch, blogs and articles to read.
And pets to outfit. Pet tags, bandanas, sweaters, shirts, hats, hoodies--all adorable. Play ball! Available at Petco.com. There's also some Amazon MLB Pet Apparel but it's going fast.
Your pet will look fetching this Easter Sunday dressed up in this cute Pink Bunny Dog Hoodie, long ears and all. The back has a bunny applique and floral embroidery, and it's lined with a satiny fabric in a star print for comfort and style. The Hoodie comes in all sizes, perfect for spring and year round use as well. Machine wash.