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April 24, 2008

Psycho Kitty -- Tips for Crazy Cat Owners

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If your kitty cat's behavior is making you scratch your head, or tear out your hair, hopefully Psycho Kitty will offer some insight. This new paperback is written by cat expert Pam Johnson-Bennett and is filled with interesting kitty case studies as well as do-it-yourself therapy techniques.

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April 18, 2008

Pets Astrology

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Want a pet, but not sure what to get? Let the stars help you discover which type of animal is best suited for you at Pets by the Signs.

If you already have a pet, read their daily horoscope at Dogscope and Catscope

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April 1, 2008

Gratitude

Several years ago this woman found a sick, malnourished lion cub in the jungle. She took the cub home and fed him and brought him up until he was too big to keep anymore. Then she made arrangements with a zoo in Colombia to take the lion. Here's a video of what happened when she went to visit him in the zoo for the first time.

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March 18, 2008

Political Pets -- Is Your Pet a Republican or a Democrat?

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Most of us know which party we support, but how about your pets? You may be surprised. Take this quiz at Petlane to find out how your pet might vote:

Republican Pets:
1. They bark at passing neighbors and traffic; home security is very important to them.
2. Their ears perk up when Fox News comes on.
3. They are a big spender at the local pet store.
4. Strongly believe pet matrimony should only occur between two cats or two dogs.
5. Believe in the 2nd amendment right to bear teeth and claws.
6. Are for electric border fences for the yard.
7. Want national ID tags for all pets.
8. They advocate for the pet tracking chip - you can never have too much security!

Democratic Pets:
1. They want universal veterinary care for all!
2. They want their treats for free.
3. They socialize with all breeds at the dog park.
4. They prefer their owner uses biodegradable poop bags.
5. Are very concerned with the rising rate of pet food.
6. Have the young puppy and kitten vote locked.
7. Want an end to the war of dogs vs. cats once and for all.
8. Think of Ralph Nadar as the dog catcher.

[Via Slashfood]

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March 14, 2008

Care and Feeding of Our Pets--New Book Releases

Do you ever wonder if you are feeding your pet the most nutritious food? Whether you should really be throwing them scraps, or if their recent illness was caused by their diet? The pet food recall of 2007 reminded us all that we can't take pet nutrition for granted anymore. Here are a few of the new books out on the all important subject of food and fuel for our pets.

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For a comprehensive guide, pick up a copy of Ultimate Pet Food Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Dog or Cat by Liz Palika. This book covers it all--homemade, commercial, and raw food diets. The author discusses introducing new foods; what "human foods" pets shouldn't eat; free-feeding; responsibility for food safety; where ingredients come from; and red flags in ingredients.

If you like to cook for your pets, you can choose from more than fifty veterinarian- and pet-nutritionist-approved recipes, along with diets tailored to special-needs pets, such as puppies/kittens and pregnant, older, overweight and/or more sedentary animals.

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Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purr-fect Health by Kymythy R. Schultze, "exposes the pitfalls of the pet-food industry." You will benefit from the author's extensive knowledge of proper feline nutrition. She updates the information from her previous books, Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats and The Natural Nutrition No-Cook Book, writing with charm and humor. You will love the photos.

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If you are contemplating a new puppy, or have just brought one into your home, Puppy Preschool, Revised Edition: Raising Your Puppy Right---Right from the Start! by John Ross and Barbara McKinney is a must-read. It is filled with great advice for the first-time dog owner, as well as a refresher course for repeat owner. The premise of the books is that you should always train from the canine point of view.

In the first chapter, which is critical to puppy-rearing success, they outline their underlying training philosophy and consider who should own a dog. In succeeding chapters, they cover choosing the right puppy (including finding and evaluating puppies, the ten best breeds, and ten problem breeds), puppy development, bonding and socializing, housebreaking, basic commands, and puppy manners.

If you are a dog-lover reading Super Cool Pets, you most likely have experience bringing up a puppy. Due to a dog's optimal 10-15 or so year lifespan, a lot of time can go by between puppies. As we found, it's never a bad idea to update yourself on state-of-the-art training techniques, pet food and equipment. And we will keep you current here on Super Cool Pets.

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February 27, 2008

Sticky Paws Furniture Strips Protect Against Cat Scratching

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Is your cat scratching and ripping your furniture, countertops, speakers, windows, curtains or carpets? Just put Sticky Paws Furniture Strips anywhere you don't want your kitty to be. These are transparent adhesive strips that apply directly to the surface or fabric. The strips won't hurt your cat, but can protect your possessions and are helpful in deterring inappropriate elimination.

Along with Sticky Paws Furniture Strips, Sticky Paws X-L Strips for carpets is also available.

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February 25, 2008

Help Your Dog Lose Weight with SLENTROL

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In the US, it is estimated that about 17 million dogs are overweight or obese. Veterinarians say that almost half of the dogs they treat are too heavy. The 2 main causes of obesity are too much food and too little exercise. Obese dogs don't feel as well as slimmer ones, and their mobility is often limited. As we all are learning, there are increased health risks associated with obesity.
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SLENTROL (20ml) is the first prescription canine weight-loss product in the US. It does its work in the small intestine, keeping some of the fat from being absorbed into your dog's body, so the dog senses that it's full and eats less at each meal. Check with your vet to see if this product is right for your dog.

SLENTROL (20ml) is administered orally and is not for use in cats or humans.

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December 18, 2007

Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations

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Charming "read" for any cat lover! Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations by comic artist Jeffrey Brown is actually a collection of cat drawings which will resonate with anyone who has shared their home with a cat. The author follows his cat Misty around as she goes about her day and successfully captures the essence of "cat-dom".

Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations at Amazon.

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December 15, 2007

9 Holiday Tips for Pack Leaders from Cesar Millan

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Useful suggestions from Cesar Millan:

1.) Tire your dog out before visiting or receiving holiday guests.

2.) Don’t forget rules, boundaries, and limitations just because it’s the holidays!

3.) Protect your dog from the cold.

4.) Let your dog check the weather.

5.) Be cautious when around the fireplace!

6.) Be aware of dangerous holiday items.

7.) Protect your presents and decorations.

8.) I don't recommend giving a puppy as a holiday gift.


And finally, the wisest tip of all. Would that we could live this way all year:

9.) Live in the moment! Be happy! Laugh! Celebrate! Want to do something special for your dog for the holidays? Be balanced. Don’t be nervous. Don’t be fearful. Don’t be tense. Don’t think about anything that makes you sad, depressed, or angry. Really live in that moment. Believe it or not, that is one of the biggest gifts we can give to our dog--and ourselves! Everyone, rich or poor, can practice this simple activity. It has more meaning than any gift you can buy. Live in the now, with your dog right next to you and your family around you. Your dog is going to get the benefit of it, particularly if you don’t have days like this on a regular basis. This special day will linger in his or her memory, and, hopefully, you can learn to practice these days more often, not just during the holiday season.
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Read article in detail. For more Cesar Millan, pick up a copy of Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life which will show you how to develop the calm-assertive energy necessary for a pack leader. Cesar helps you understand and read your dog’s energy as well as your own. All good stuff to improve the quality of your life with your pets...and other people.

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November 10, 2007

Moving with Pets

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Moving Day! Change is exciting, but also stressful for everyone. Don't forget how tough it can be on your pets. Once when we moved, our cat, Mr Frank, disappeared for 3 days. We thought Frank was history, but he came back. Be sure to ID your pet before the move! Here are a few suggestions: petFINDER™ Pet ID Tag, Kooga Pet Flash Drive, Dog e-Tag and the micro-chip.

Here's a funny and realistic SF Gate article with a few tips thrown in-- Moving? Congratulations. Moving with pets? Condolences ... a few tips to make it slightly less horrible, The writer recommends focusing on safety and stress relief:

Simply accept that once you move, your cats will not speak to you for at least a week, if not much longer. They will urinate on your underwear, scratch the new sofa, and if you let them out, not come back for several days. They will laugh at your agony with all their little kitty friends. They will decide not to eat the food they've been eating for years. They will forget they ever learned to use a litter box. In short, they'll make you wish you'd never been born, never met a cat, or simply stayed in the old house the way you were intended to by the cat gods.

Your dogs will speak to you, because they are, after all, dogs, and there's only so much they can bear to do that will hurt you. But they'll look at you with a reproachful gaze, and at last you'll fully understand where the phrase "puppy dog eyes" came from. They'll go on walks but will sadly inform you that they miss their old familiar smells, and worry that, without them to refresh the scent, the dogs in the old neighborhood will forget them....

....In the end, nothing will really make moving with pets a snap. It's stressful and, unless you're very careful, it can be dangerous. So do all these things I suggest. Put them in safe carriers, update their ID tags, microchip them and board them and break out the ambient music. Even if it doesn't fix it for them, you'll probably feel better.

Not long after you move, the dogs will relent and decide the new house and neighborhood aren't so bad. And one day, as you sit drinking coffee in your big new kitchen, your cat will plunk herself down on the paper you're trying to read.

And you'll know she finally forgave you, too.

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