Keep your kitty relaxed and entertained with his or her very own house plants. You can grow them yourself. Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Cat Care provides at-a-glance information on more than 40 versatile herbs that will help you keep your favorite feline healthy and happy. Here are a few to get you started:
Here at Super Cool Pets headquarters, one of the staff Golden Retrievers has been showing tell-tale signs of pain and suffering--not getting up off the floor to greet other staff members as they come through the door and walking slowly and stiffly. Not even bothering to charge out the back door upon notification of "squirrel" was the last straw.
The go-to med for pain relief for dogs is generally Rimadyl which many pet owners are familiar with. Trouble is, Rimadyl is not compatible with prednisone therapy, which this particular Golden Retriever is already on for treatment of masticatory muscle myositis (MMM), an inflammatory disease in dogs affecting the muscles of mastication. What to do?
Pets on prednisone therapy who also need pain relief--post-surgery or for chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer or hip dysplasia--can take Tramadol, available through prescription from a vet, who can sell the pills or write a script to order through a reputable online site. Tramadol is most commonly used in dogs for moderate to moderately severe pain, and may be used in cats.
Cat lovers know that scratching helps keep kitty claws stay strong and healthy. This Snuggle Scratch and Rest from Petstages is a corrugated "bowl" with a sturdy, supportive frame. It creates a terrific space for resting or scratching. Includes catnip for added fun!
Wearing their stars and stripes, these cute Patriotic Cats will decorate your home or office desk on patriotic holidays or any day you want to display your love for your country. Each is detailed all around in polyresin with the look of carved wood.
Many of us will be on the go with our pets now that summer is here--taking vacations and trips out of town. Families like move house this time of year since their children are out of school. Cesar Millan, known as The Dog Whisper, recommends the following tips when moving or traveling with your pet. Cesar of course is all about dogs, but many of these suggestions apply to cats and birds as well.
1.) Prepare. Don't make it a last minute "pack-and-let's-go." Your dog will sense your anxiety and tension. Be ready days in advance, so that your dog has a normal experience before he has to get in the car or on the plane.
2.) Don't feed your dog for at least 6 hours before plane travel. Some people recommend 8 or even a full 24 hours. However, make sure your dog has access to water - enough to keep hydrated but not full.
3.) Bring your dog's blankie. Or his favorite stuffed animal, toy, bone--any item which is familiar to your dog and will comfort and relax him.
4.) Use a soothing scent. Instead of using drugs, try reaching your dog through his nose! Lavender is a great scent that can relax the brain. Drugs can make a dog drowsy and may leave him feeling disoriented and uncertain how to establish himself in a new environment.
5.) Go on a long walk. A recently exercised dog will be in a more relaxed state during any long trip.
6.) Take a break. On a long car ride, stop every four hours during the day for your dogs to relieve themselves, move their organs, and learn that they're going to another environment. It is important for a dog to experience the different temperatures, smells, and feelings that come with a new environment. This will help make them feel that they are part of the process of moving to a new area. Once the sun goes down, you can go eight hours non-stop.
7.) Don't leave your dog in the car. Summer temperatures can make a car heat up fast. Add an over-excited dog, and dehydration could be the result.
8.) Go on another walk. Once you arrive at the hotel, ask the staff where there is a nice, safe place to walk around. Then take your dog there for a walk to relax him.
9.) Claim your new space. Now you are ready to go to your hotel room. Enter first. Get the dog to stay where he is. Don't let him wander around or he'll assume control of the situation. While you are unpacking, showering, or making phone calls, he is waiting. The only one who should move in the environment is you--until you are ready, then you initiate activity. It's important that your scent is everywhere before the dog settles in.
10.) Balanced dogs make better travel companions. There is no specific breed or size of dog that naturally travels better than another, but an unstable dog will not make a good travel companion. Always nurture a balanced state of mind in your dog, and you will create a more pleasant traveling experience for both of you!
Our pets thrive on routine. It's not easy when traveling or after a move, but at minimum pets are happiest (and a happy pet means a happy owner!) when we can maintain regular feeding times and walking schedules.
It's not news that many cat lovers are allergic to the object of their affection and are also allergic to pollen and dust. LA Times explains why:
Most people who sneeze around cats are allergic to one particular protein, Fel d 1. Ragweed pollen also has one main allergy-causing protein, called Amb a 1, which breaks down sugars. Dust mites, by contrast, have a dozen or more proteins that can cause trouble.
Scientists think cats might use Fel d 1 as a pheromone to attract mates. It's sticky stuff that attaches to the cat's dander, which then floats in the air and gets, well, everywhere.
The problem doesn't affect just those who live with a feline. People who regularly visit other people's homes, such as police officers, can't avoid it. The dander sticks to cat owners and infiltrates offices and other public places.
In addition, cat allergy seems to be a sort of "gateway" allergy. Kids bothered by cats often go on to develop asthma or even more allergies.
Current allergy therapy requires injections as frequently as three times a week for up to seven months, with continued monthly shots for five years or more. These allergy shots are expensive, not always safe and tediously slow.
Mark Larché, an immunologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, is developing a vaccine to target cat allergy, which afflicts around 10% of the U.S. population and one for ragweed as well. Instead of months and years of regular shots, he plans a four-month schedule of one shot a month with a booster perhaps if needed. In the meantime, allergy medicine will have to suffice.
Cats love to play and what better spot than a smooth and colorful computer screen. If you have an iPad or Android, your cat is going to love you more than ever. Purina, maker of Friskies, has launched three new games to entertain your cats. The colors, movement, and game-play have been tested for maximum kitty cat appeal. See the Games for Cats in action in the video below. Warning --cuteness alert!
Ever wonder what exactly feral and free-roaming house cats really do when they're out and about in our cities, suburbs and rural areas? You may have heard of the amazing Eyenimal Digital Camera Videocam for Pets owners use to follow and record their pets' travels indoors and out (click here for post).
In the same vein, a recent two-year study used sophisticated tracking devices to monitor the travels of 42 owned and un-owned adult cats over a range of 6,286 acres at the southern edge of Champaign and Urbana, neighboring cities in Central Illinois.
The pet cats had significantly smaller territories and tended to stay close to home, their mean home range being 4.9 acres. Generally they spent just a startling 3 percent of their time engaged in highly active behavior, such as running or stalking prey, the researchers reported. The un-owned cats were highly active 14 percent of the time, largely because their survival depended upon hunting for their own food.
Many of our pets shed fur this time of year and in the fall as well. Most vacuums have relatively weak suction, so they leave pet hair behind in your home. Dyson Animal Vacuums don't lose suction as you use them. Why?
Dyson Vacuums have what they call their Root Cyclone™ technology which removes cat, dog and other pet hair from your home using centrifugal forces up to 150,000 times the force of gravity.
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