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Should you get a second pet? Here are the pros and cons!

The question about having a second pet is quite difficult and weighs in on several different aspects of a person’s life. But if one is too little, how are we supposed to know if two pets is a good idea, without past experiences? That question might put us in a lot of pressure; you might get a second pet and absolutely love the experience or still love them while regretting the new responsibilities and hard work that come with a second furry friend.

Need help deciding? Pets Forever made a list of pros and cons that will help you shed a light on this dilemma!

Pros

Keeping each other company

This is the most important point of the entire post. By far the biggest gift that you can give your pet is to have another pet to keep them company and have them entertained through their lives. Are you starting to feel guilty about leaving them alone all day? Maybe having another friend will take the weight out of you while bringing as much joy and satisfaction to your current pet, who will be absolutely delighted to have a “younger sibling” with whom they’ll share their time playing all day and all night (while making a huge mess!).

They eat more and healthier 

Those who’ve had fish in an aquarium know what this means. Two fish together eat better compared to a single one. The same thing happens to other animals. Actually, when two animals of the same species share the same meal, they usually engage in a little competition of who eats more. That has to do with their ancestor’s DNA when it was necessary to eat huge amounts of food at once since they relied on hunting and were never sure when the next meal might come. With that in mind, when a pet sees their sibling eating, it is likely that they will end up eating more, following their preservation instincts. Something similar to the thought of “if I don’t eat what’s in this bowl, they will”.

Cons

Full house, messy house

Leave no doubt in your mind that your house will get messier, and quite a bit louder. Constant barking and stumbling in furniture is guaranteed. If those who have a pet are never alone, imagine four paws trotting around the house. They might be the calmest pets who never give any trouble, but as soon as their owner steps through the door, be ready for a lot of noise and a lot of fuss, for a great reason!

Double the sickness, double the spending

One of your pets have the flu? Get ready cause it’s just a matter of time until the second one gets it. Fleas? Get the medicinal bath ready for the both of them. Older pet has diabetes? Soon the younger will develop food allergies due to the change in routine. Know that when the subject is a disease, you’ll suffer in doubles.

Double will also be every expense related to pets. How much does it cost to clean a big dog or cat in the local pet shop, every Saturday? Multiply that by two. New leash for walks? Times two. Warm clothes for the winter? Two, please. What about the pet hotel for weekend getaways? Room for two, please.

They fight a lot at first

If your oldest pet does not enjoy the presence of a new sibling, you just took home quite a problem. If they decided to go at it and fight each other, they might actually get injured, especially if there is a big size discrepancy. The main tip here is to avoid putting two males or two females under the same roof, unless they’re breeds known for being very docile. Worst than pets fighting each other is one getting constantly hurt by the other one. Now you have to leave them in separate rooms so there’s no incident. That’s the worst-case scenario. But they will most likely stop fighting each other eventually, especially if you follow our tips on how to get your pets to stop fighting.

Wanna know what we think? We say go for it! But be aware of choosing the right sibling for your current pet, that is the most important thing factor to have in mind. Other than that, you and your two pets will definitely have a lot of fun together and chances are, you won’t regret it!

Microchipping your pet is extremely important; here’s why

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Containing some of the main information regarding our furry friends, the microchip for dogs and cats stays under the skin and is an essential mechanism with the sole purpose of taking care of our pets. For those who are still doubtful about the theme, Pets Forever organised some of the main curiosities around this important item. Check it out!

O microchip pet não é um GPS

Contrary to what most people think, the microchip for dogs and cats doesn’t work as a radar or a GPS, which means that you are not able to track your pet’s location through it. It works as a form of identification for domestic animals, usually installed after the purchase of adoption of a pet.

In the microchip, you are able to imprint several different data such as breed, nome, age, disease history and owner information.

If you ever encounter a lost pet that is microchipped, you’ll be able to take them to the vet and find information about the owner and where the animal lives. The veterinarian will also be aware of chronic health issues or special care, if there are any.

It’s a fast and painless procedure

Many pet lovers have the notion that implanting a microchip is a brute procedure. But the reality is far simpler, since the application is done through a special needle that is barely noticed by the pet.

After cleaning the area, the special needle is inserted until the subcutaneous portion of the tissue, and the microchip is applied as if it was a simple medication. It’s also very small; the size of a single grain of rice!

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Microchipping is mandatory for overseas travel

If you wanna take your pet on a lovely international trip, know that you’ll definitely have to get them microchipped. Besides being mandatory for most international airline companies, many countries such as the US and the European Union demanded that the pet has a microchip ID before travelling to their territory.

Now that you know how microchipping works and why it’s important for your pet, check out the other articles in our Pets Forever blog for more information on your animal’s health and well-being!

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Top 7 reasons to have a cat!

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Those who are avid cat lovers know that having a cat at home is the best thing ever. With their caring gestures, fluffiness and downright fun, the felines always take joy to wherever they walk in. Do you have any reasons for why you should have a cat? We have a few so read now our top 7 reasons to have a cat!

1. Cats are independent

Having a four-legged buddy comes with many responsibilities. However, cats are known for giving their owners much less work compared to other pets. One of the great benefits of having a cat is the fact that they’re considered an independent pet, which means that you will have fewer daily tasks to look out for since they take care of themselves. Here are a few of the tasks that are facilitated to us by having cats:

  • Pee and poop: cats perform their necessities like any other pet. The difference is that they always look for a sandbox to do their deeds in the bathroom! That not only reduces the odour significantly as it makes it easier for the owner to clean up, with little to no training involved.
  • Hygiene: The type of cleansing done by cats themselves is more than enough to keep them away from the pet shop for quite a while. It is still recommended to bathe your cats once every two months, though;
  • Activities: offering a routine with different activities is a very important point in responsible tutoring. To entertain a cat, all you need is to offer them a few toys and accessories, besides love and attention of course! By creating a fun environment for them, they will have fun for their whole lives independently!

Cats sure can make things easier, but don’t forget that every pet needs care, love and attention. The benefits of having a cat are many, but the responsibilities are always left to their owner!

2. Cats improve your health

Those who live with a pet know that they bring many joys, but did you know that having a cat can literally improve your health? That’s what a study conducted in 2009 by the University of Minnesota says.

Researchers analysed the health of cat owners and proved that felines helped in lowering our levels of stress. That way, the responsible scientists concluded that cat lovers have a 30% less chance of dying of a heart attack than other people, simply because of the advantages of having a cat!

3. Cats help us sleep

Those who have lived with a cat know how good it feels when they sleep on our lap, purring and showing their love. And it’s not for no reason; a different study by a sleep clinic in the US has shown that cats actually make us sleep better! According to the research, 41% of cat owners informed that their sleep is improved if their cat is next to them.

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4. Cats reduce allergies

Implying that one of the advantages of having a cat is a reduction of allergies can seem strange, can’t it? However, a study published by the National Institutes of Health, in the US, shows otherwise!

According to the research, when children below the age of one year old are exposed to felines, they gain higher allergy immunity! And that does not apply solely to cat allergies. Data has shown that babies who live with cats also gain resistance against dust, pollen and other allergenic elements.

5. A cat’s purr is therapeutic, literally

Really, is there anything better than those whiskers purring on your lap? It’s such a nice and revitalising feeling! Scientists believe that the purr of cats is, actually, a powerful therapeutic agent. The sound emitted by them vibrates between 20 and 140 Hz.

According to the studies, vibrations between 18 and 25 Hz have the power to be auxiliary in the recovery of bones and tissues. According to that theory, hearing cats purr frequently can actually improve your general health!

6. Cats are excellent hunters

Cats still have many mysteries that scientists try to unfold. Maybe one of the biggest ones is the reason why they were domesticated. After all, if we really think about it, having a fluffy and fun pet doesn’t really help in developing a rural and agrarian society, right?

However, researchers believe that there is a simple reason why a friendship between felines and humans blossomed: they are excellent hunters! When humanity started having farms and plantations, soon came the cats to aid in the hunting of plagues and wild animals.

So who better to have right next to you to hunt a mouse or a bird than a cat? They let societies be free of rats and pests, including animals known for transmitting diseases.

7. Cats are loyal

It’s common for us to hear, for instance, that cats aren’t as lovable and live with their human families just out of convenience. That is a myth that any cat lover can easily dismiss! Those who have lived with cats know that they are very loyal companies, sweet and friendly all around. And it’s not just common knowledge that proves their loyalty.

A research conducted by the University of Oregon, in the US, has shown that most cats get very uncomfortable and agitated when their owners aren’t around and are also very protective of them.

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On the other hand, once their owners return, the cats become way happier and relaxed. Said study shows that, differently of what people without cats believe, felines trust their owners unconditionally, besides having an enormous care for their entire families.

If you were in doubt about getting a cat, knowing those seven advantages will certainly help you decide!

Your cat is crying: What can you do about it?

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Cats are super fun and always willing to play with their humans. But when they are feeling down and unmotivated, is there a way for us to understand what is happening to them? Know that with just a few signs we are able to realise that something is indeed wrong. For example, did you know that is possible to figure out if your cat is crying?

For that reason, Pets Forever organised a few tips on why a cat cries, what causes and how to identify it. When you have that information you’ll be able to assist and bring joy back to your four-pawed buddy!

How to identify if your cat is crying

With dogs, their cries usually comes in the form of muffled whining, but when it comes to cats their discomfort is way more subtle. That is because most felines are very tough creatures who rarely feel the need to complain about any situation, so when they cry it is hard for most owners to realise that it’s happening.

However, if you’ve noticed that your pet meows in a much higher pitch and with very short intervals, it is possible that your cat is crying. Despite the fact that their eyes don’t water with tears, a cat’s high pitched and frequent meow doesn’t hide its dissatisfaction.

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Remember: if you’ve noticed that your cat looks like they’re tearing up and having their eyes water, they are absolutely not crying and could be something much more serious. Take them to the vet because they might be suffering from allergies or ocular lesions.

Now let’s dive into the reasons why your cat might be crying.

What are the most common causes of cats crying?

The causes vary according to the age of your cat. For example, kittens tend to cry more easily, whether by the change of environment, missing their mother, being hungry, cold or afraid of something in the house.

In that case, put them in a very comfy place with plenty of food and water, besides a few toys so they can distract themselves. Their crying will most certainly be reduced and little by little whey will feel comfortable in their new home!

It is important to remember that kittens are still adapting to their environment and that change doesn’t happen overnight. So take care of your little furry friend and make them feel at home as soon as possible.

When it comes to adult cats, who are much stronger and won’t complain easily, it is quite possible that they are crying due to an abrupt change in their routine.

Felines are extremely territorial animals and that can cause many disruptions in their life, like the sudden absence of a toy, food, tree or even fellow pet. It is also possible that the crying is related to physical pain which can be noticed by a change in the way your cat walks, moves or eats.

What can you do when your cat is crying?

Start by observing if there was a recent change in their food brand, an adoption or lack of another pet or even if it’s because you moved houses. Those are very strong indications that your feline might be suffering from stress and, for that reason, cries.

In case you find a wound or notice that there is a lot of discomfort when your pet moves, verify the intensity of the main and how serious their wound is. If there is constant crying involved then you must take them to the vet immediately so that your little friend can feel better as soon as possible.

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Also, make sure to check if the cat is eating and drinking properly, and if their behaviour changes right before or after it’s time for their meal. It is all about observing them, treating the situation as a scientific experiment where you take notes on what might be wrong and trying to pinpoint the exact reason, You will find it and they will be very grateful!

Ten facts about cats and dogs that you’ve always wanted to know

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The world of cats and dogs is a surprising one and despite us sharing that world with them, there are a lot of things they do that we don’t understand. Those with a furry friend learn with time that bark means pain, that meow means hunger, we know when they’re sick, but even so, there are still several questions hanging above us, like why do cats eyes shine at night and why do dogs have the habit of sniffing the butts of their fellow canines?

In this article Pets Forever will clarify those and other questions that pet owners always had about their furry family!

1- Can cats really see in the dark?

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Felines are nocturnal animals and they can see up to seven times farther and better than human beings. But even cats need at least a little bit of light to guide themselves. In complete darkness, they also won’t be able to use their sight, but due to their whiskers, they are able to guide themselves well and not hit corners or objects like us humans would in the dark.

2- What is a dog’s sense of smell like?

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A dog’s sense of smell is much better than those of his human buddies. While the olfactive cells of a human being can reach 5 million, dogs can have them up to 220 million, making them the best sniffers of the entire nature! If the membranes situated inside a dog’s nose were extended flat, they would always be bigger than the dog itself. That is why police use dogs to detect illegal substances in large, open spaces and when there’s a certain quantity of luggage or bags to be verified. Dogs are also commonly used in borders, airports and also strongly solicited when searching for people that have disappeared. Their sense of smell is incomparable!

3- Why does a cat’s eyes glow in the dark?

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Many animals with a habit of nocturnal hunting (like some reptiles and several mammals) possess a surface on the retina called Tapetum Lucidum. Such part of the eye works as a mirror and helps those animals see better in the dark because it reflects the light back into the photoreceptive layer of the eye, offering a second opportunity for the image to be captured appropriately by the retina. The composition of that reflective layer is very diverse, but it works the same way in all animals. When they are in the dark, their pupils get completely dilated and expose the Tapetum Lucidum. For that reason, when a stream of light coming from a headlight or even moonlight hits their eyes, that surface is reflected, giving us the impression that their eyes are glowing on their own. Those who have cats who love to hide under the bed have definitely seen that scenario hundreds of times!

4- In what ways are dogs similar to humans?

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There’s a reason dogs are often called “a man’s best friend” because we really are alike in several biological factors! Just like us humans, dogs can suffer from depression, low self-esteem, they feel when they are truly loved, feel when they are being treated unfairly, can be fearful of their owners and analyse situations to not make us upset (which they should never have to do!). What you probably didn’t know is that just like humans, the dogs from the Chihuahua breed are born with a soft spot in their skull, that closes as they get older. Crazy, right? Generally speaking, dogs are just as smart as a child between 2 and 3 years of age, which means that they are able to understand up to 200 words!

5- Why do cats purr?

cat-408784_1280Scientists are still not quite sure why cats purr. Plenty of veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by making their vocal cords vibrate in the lowest portion of their throat. In order for that to be possible, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the passage of air up to 25 times per second. The purr can come from a variety of reasons not quite well defined yet, but it is still believed to be a condition of extreme joy, love and happiness.

6- Why do dogs nibble so much?

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The teeth of puppies start surfacing when they are around three weeks old, while the definitive teeth replace the infant ones when they have about four to seven months of age. For that reason, they are extremely inclined to nibbling things during that period to alleviate discomfort and pain of the teeth that are coming by from under their gums.  Already in the adult phase, they usually nibble to sharpen their teeth.

7- Why are cats so independent?

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Cats are lonely hunters. They are extremely intelligent creatures, able to calculate, solve problems and invent new ways of hunting for their survival. Even domesticated, cats are always in touch with their wild essence. When they scratch sofas or climbing through your house, they imagine themselves in a tree or a cliff. Have you noticed how they are very light sleepers? That’s because they are always focused, even during bedtime.

8- Why do dogs sniff butts?

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Since dogs don’t have hands to greet each other and say: “Nice to meet you, I’m Dog!”, they usually sniff each other’s butts as a way of getting to know one another. Almost for the same reason that they lick each other; they want to show reverence, to demonstrate that they like another dog. For that reason, if a dog licks you, be happy! It means they love you.

9- Why do cats lick so much?

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Everyone knows that cats are extremely clean and tidy creatures, but do you know why that is? They are great hunters and as such, they cannot allow themselves to be noticed by their prey or a potential predator, so they lick themselves a lot in order to mask or remove their own smell. They hide their feces and urine in the sand for the same reason; they want to leave no trails of them being there! Wild dogs always walk in packs so they don’t need to be so cautious about their presence. If they ever came into attack there are others around to help, unlike cats who are always alone but are much more lethal.

10- How do dogs see the world?

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The common belief that dogs are colourblind is actually not false when comparing to humans. Dogs can see colours, but not in a scheme like we do. They can distinguish between blue, yellow and grey, but are not able to see spectrums of red and green, which are the spectrums that humans are able to identify the easiest, blue being the third in our human eye.

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Is it safe to order pet food online?

Buying goods for your pet online has become the latest trend nowadays. Many people feel it is convenient and time-saving. Some pet owners may prefer to buy food for their pets online, while others rather simply go to the nearest store. But, is it safe to purchase your pet’s food online?

Why should you order your pet food online?

If you want to buy high-quality food that is not available in local pet stores then yes, this is a brilliant idea. You will find the food you want. First, make sure to compare with different sites and then buy from a store with fair prices. Also, it is important to compare the shipping policies and buy from a store that favours you. Take advantage of online reviews left by other customers for you to make a sound decision. If it is your first-time buying food for your pet online, make sure to buy a small amount to see if your dog will like it.

If your favourite local pet store does not store premium pet food, you can take advantage of the online pet suppliers. However, you should clearly know what you are looking for. This should not be a trial and error game. Remember, what you feed your pet contributes to their overall health. Sites like Amazon.com and Petfooddirect.com are some of the safest and most reputable suppliers that deliver to your doorstep. They are known for selling high-quality pet food from reputable brands. Also, you get to find premium pet food brands that are not available from your local pet store in Australia.

One of the main advantages of buying your pet food online is that you have a wide selection of foods to choose from. But caution should be exercised if your pet has health issues or requires a special diet. In case your pet does need a special diet, purchasing your pet food online gives you a wide range of specific products that were probably not available anywhere else, especially in large quantities. It will be easier for you to get access to grain and gluten-free pet food, for instance. The food also may have high protein percentages, and you may be lucky to find pre-packed raw diets that might be missing from your local shop.

Is it safe to order online?

You should always purchase from sites that have secure connections. Online fraudsters and hackers can really mess you up, and extra precautions should be observed when purchasing any product online. If possible, it is best to purchase from stores that accept PayPal. Also, some online stores have an automatic renewal of pet orders depending on your needs. With this feature, you do not run out of pet food.

Avoid ordering anything online using public computers and Wi-Fi since you may never know who will get hold of your bank details. In case you have no access to a personal computer, make sure to logout and clear your browsing history. Do you check your account bills regularly? Make sure to track your bills to avoid unknown invoices. In case you find invoices that you do not know about, raise the issue with the store for an immediate refund.

Before purchasing from an online store, you are required to register an account. Make sure to create a strong password that is hard to hack. Remember: No online pet store asks for your bank details or passwords. In case this happens, do not share any confidential information and report them for fraudulent activities.

Should I mind about the shipping costs?

Most of the time, we avoid purchasing from online pet stores because of shipping fees. However, online pet stores often offer discounted prices that cover shipping costs. Therefore, the price ranges about the same as the local pet store or slightly above. Always make sure you know the time the store takes to ship their products to avoid any inconveniences.

Buying from a pet store in Australia is advised if the local pet store does not offer the product you want. Premium products are not easily found locally, and spending something small to cover the shipping cost would be advisable. You can consider talking to your local store to stock products you feel they are missing. It doesn’t matter where you choose to buy your pet food. The only thing that matters is if the pet food can give the pet the nutrition value they need. Buying pet food from the store or in your favourite Australian pet foot store is a choice of the buyer. Whatever is best for your pets, works!

Every pet has a story

The attachment between pets and their owners is something that cannot be explained. Today, many people appreciate and understand the benefits of having a pet in their life. In fact, many pet owners love their pets like their children and enjoy their company. Australia has the highest number of pet owners in the world. About 61% of households have pets. The stories of these pets bring about animal tales in Australia, and telling them to others becomes exciting and interesting. Today, more and more often, people have included their pets in family events. This clearly shows that pets are important members of our family. In many homes, pets have become great companions to the children. If pets are so important in our lives, how can we live without them? In case you are used to living with a pet, then living without them would feel empty.

Our pets will always give a shoulder to lean on.

Our pets bring more happiness to our lives than they appear. They show us real love companion, love, and emotional connection that most humans crave for. Most pet owners find themselves changing their ways after owning a pet. We do our best to make sure that our pets are comfortable, healthy, and safe.

Taking care of pets gives pet parents a sense of purpose.

Just like a parent would wake up and look forward to taking care of their children, the same case happens to pet parents. They are happy to know that there is someone who will be delighted to see them when they get back home. Science tells us a hormone known as oxytocin hormone that is produced in both the dog and the owner by just staring into a dog’s eyes. Isn’t that awesome? If you want a relationship with another person to go wrong immediately, simply show them that you don’t like their pets and it will happen right away. This is an easy way of understanding how much their pets mean to them. It doesn’t matter what situation you are facing, but you will have one friend that will never leave your side. Whether you are broke, sick, or even happy, your pet will stick by your side no matter what, unlike humans who can distance themselves from one another as time goes by and things go unexpectedly. Your pet will also tend to sympathize with you by cuddling and showing affection when they sense you are not happy. Every pet owner has a unique relationship with their pet. To others, they are their best friends, while others view them as their children. There is one thing that is common to all pet owners. Their pets are precious and loved members of the family.

Are you looking for some exciting Animal tales in Australia?

Every pet has a story, and only pet owners can tell the story better. Some pets have had a rough life before they found their forever home. PETx is one of many YouTube channels that highlight some interesting animal tales in Australia. Here are some stories you’ll definitely want to read about!

Tiger

Tiger is an adorable British shorthair feline friend. He is pretty young and was adopted from the breeder while he was three months old. Sleeping and adopting his new environment was hard, but his new family was there to support him. He enjoys spending time with his mummy, and he is slowly adapting to his new environment. Tiger is growing fast and he can’t help himself from being so cute!

Buddy

Buddy is a super pet. He is an adorable Jack Russell terrier, and the first thing you will notice is his energetic aura of a dog ready to face any challenge put in front of him, because you better believe that he will! He knows how to pose for the camera with natural professionalism, and all of his photos are just perfect! His owner Josie has taught him to follow some commands when running tracks and maneuvering objects. He has a thing with balls and this has made him a successful participant in flyball contests in Australia.

Polly

“Polly is the best thing that happened to our family. She is my best friend and means the world to me. I have gone through so much in my life but she has stuck with me through thick and thin. Polly has taught me that unconditional love only exists in true friendship. I love her so much and willing to do anything for her.”

Max

“I can write a book on my cat max. I share all my stories with him even if I know he cannot respond. Max has been with me since he was eight months after rescuing him from the streets. I can say we have lived together for three years a life that is full of love and trust. I cannot imagine a day without him. You will never get bored by listening to animal tales in Australia since every pet has their unique stories. Some stories are sad but end with beautiful endings. I believe your pet has a story too.”

What is your pet’s story?

Easiest ways to get rid of pet odours from your home

As much as you enjoy the company of your beloved dog or cat, sometimes they can really make your house smell. Pet odours can be worse than your sweaty gym socks or t-shirt. You, therefore, need to take the necessary steps to ensure bad pet odour do not build up with time. Here are some ways you can leave your house smelling fresh.

Thorough Cleaning

The main reason why pet owners notice strong odours in their homes is because odours can seep deep into carpets and furniture where they are difficult to remove. It doesn’t matter if you prohibit your dog from lying on the furniture, the bad odour will still get caught in the furniture.

But how is this possible?

This is because many things in your house get into contact with dog saliva and fur, which may eventually get into your furniture leaving behind the odour.

You can start with vacuuming the carpets and furniture before washing them thoroughly with shampoo and deodourisers to get rid of the odour. It is important to vacuum all corners of the house to get rid of pet fur that might be causing bad odour.

After vacuuming the house, you can consider using a steam cleaner to give your carpets a deep clean. You can hire a professional to do it for you or rent one and do it yourself. Vacuuming and steam cleaning your house regularly is the most effective way to ensure your house is free from pet odours.

Use of Baking Soda

Baking soda is excellent in removing odours. You can use it once in a while, in between your thorough cleaning schedules. The use of baking soda can be a time-consuming cleaning method but it is effective. Sprinkle baking soda on your furniture, making sure to address all areas underneath the cushions. Then after a while vacuum it up.

How baking soda works on bad odours?

Naturally, baking soda absorbs odours without leaving any strong odours. If you are looking forward to leaving a sweet scent on your furniture, you can use it along with essential oils.

In case your dog or pet sleeps in your bedroom, sprinkle baking soda on the spot they sleep and leave it for around twelve hours to absorb the bad odour before vacuuming.

Use of Air Purifiers

If you want to remove pet odours from your home altogether, you can use an air purifier. It is recommended an air purifier that has a true HEPA filter, which can capture up to 99.9% of particles in the air. This includes pet dandruff and fur, which are the leading causes of pet odours.

You can also consider purchasing an air purifier with an activated carbon filter. The activated carbon filters works to capture all odour-causing particles in the air. Better yet, a combination of the activated carbon filter and HEPA filter would be a great option as it would help to get rid of odour-causing particles from the air completely.

Vacuuming

Frequently vacuuming your house is super important if you want to remove pet orders from your home. Make sure to at least vacuum every corner of your house twice a week. However, this will depend on the number of pets you have and the extent of odour, which can force you to do it daily.

Brushing your dog’s teeth

All dog parents are aware that their fur friends can have bad breath. Therefore, just like us, they need to brush their teeth. The bad odour from the bad breath of your dog can be spread when they lick themselves or anything in your home.

It is, therefore, important to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. You can also introduce dog treats that take care of oral hygiene to help control the bad odour from spreading.

 Drying your Pet’s fur after a bath

After washing your pet, it is recommended that you dry their fur completely. Otherwise, it could be another cause of bad order in your home. Wet fur is prone to attracting bacteria that can bring about bad odours. Always use a towel or blow drier to dry your fur baby’s fur after washing them. Be sure to place the blow drier on a cool setting. When your pet’s fur is completely dry, it is likely not to attract the bacteria that lead to bad odour.

Thoroughly Washing Your Pet’s Beds

Your pet’s bed and sleeping mats can be the most affected when it comes to pet orders. This is the place your pet spends most of their time. As your pet is sleeping, their beds and sleeping blankets get pet dandruff, saliva and dirt from their paws.

It is, therefore, important to clean your pet’s beds and blankets regularly. Most pet beds are made of materials that are easy to clean or machine wash. You can also use stain repellant to prevent your pets’ beds from getting permanent stains. This will ensure your pet’s bed is fresh and clean.

You do not have to worry about bad odours left behind by your pet in your home. You can now have a clean and fresh space if you follow the above tips. Having a pet in your home is fun and you can also have a clean and odour-free home. By following these steps it can help you keep your house free from pet odour.

 

 

Want a Healthy pet? Tips to keep your pet healthy

It’s every pet owner’s wish to have a healthy and happy pet. So, how do you achieve this?

Many people do not quite understand the importance of pet health. They think that pets should be fed with any food, and just left to lie down the whole day. What they do not know is that when they do this, they are shortening the lives of their pets.

You should put your pet health on the top of the list. Remember, a healthy pet equals to a happy pet. So, what are you doing to ensure that your pet’s health issues are well taken care of?

How do you keep your pet healthy?

 1. Watch your pet’s weight

A chubby kitten or a plump puppy might look cute, but the extra fat is not healthy for your pet’s health. On the other hand, your pet should not be too skinny as it does not have fat reserves in case of sickness.

2. Exercise your pet regularly

Exercise is important for your pet. You cannot achieve a healthy weight when your pet lies down and sleeps the whole day. You should take them for walks and play with them in the back yard.

An active pet has a healthy cardiovascular system. Regular exercise will keep your pet mentally stimulate and preventing behavioral problems. If your pets start chewing your couch or destroying your household, they may be lacking enough exercise.

3. Keep your pet free from parasites

Parasites will rely on your pet for nutrition. This means that your pet’s health will deteriorate. You should consult with your vet for the best products to get rid of the parasites.

4. Have regular pet check-ups

You should take your pet to your vet at least once a year for a check-up to ensure they are free from diseases.

5. Feed them with a balanced diet

Today, we have so many companies that claim to produce the most nutritious food for your pet. But, is this the truth? Do you research and speak to your vets when deciding what to feed your pet.

6. Vaccinate

Just like we vaccinate our kids, we should also do the same for our pets. It is important to protect your pet against deadly diseases like parvo, rabies, and distemper. Consult  your vet for guidance.

 Is it necessary to have a pet health plan?

Do your research as different health plans and pet insurances cover different elements. A pet health plan may enable you to visit the vet and cover some of the fee. It may also cover regular pre-defined pet treatment like vaccinations, de-worming and parasite treatment.

How do you keep your pet happy?

Pets are a part of our family. Unlike other family members, there are things we should do to make them happy. A happy and healthy pet often leads to additional years with your furry friend. Here are things you can to keep your pet happy.

1. Pet attention

Always make sure that your pet has undivided attention for 20 minutes every day. However, more time could be better. Spend time playing and socialising, exercising and time sitting with your pet.

2. Pets are not human

Sometimes they need time alone away from our noise, in a safe and comfortable space. It is important to let your pet be when they go to their safe space to rest. The place should be far away from the busy part of the house, and should always be equipped with a clean blanket.

3.  Always make sure your pet has enough play toys

The toys keep them busy and entertained, especially when you are away. This helps them from not being bored. A bored pet can be a destructive pet. Always make sure you have the right toy size depending on the size of your pet.

4. Pets are social animals and love socialising

Take them for walks, to the park, or have guests in your house. You can also train them to socialise with other pets and children.

5. Take time and learn about your pet’s breed and what they like.

By doing this, you will provide an exciting environment for them by always handling them in a manner that does not upset them.

6. Always put your pet health on the forefront.

You can invest for them in a pet health insurance or a health plan. Always keep in mind and remember a healthy pet is a happy pet.

With the above tips, I am sure you will know how to keep your pet healthy and happy. Pets are loyal and deserve the best. Who doesn’t like a happy pet, running and full of energy?

Perfect Dog cat Relationship: Incredible friendship of Betty and Bertie

It feels great to have pets that have an exceptional relationship. Bertie and Betty have gone beyond all odds and proved that cats and dogs can have a great relationship. Bertie is a five-year-old British Blue Shorthair cat, while Betty is an eight years old Hungarian Vizsla dog.

The two adorable furry friends got along as soon as Bertie came into the home when he was a kitten. Bertie’s parents were impressed with how their fur babies got along when Bertie started living with the family.

Bertie’s and Betty’s Daily Adventures

When Bertie was a kitten, the two would chase one another around the house. Betty would forget that Bertie was small and would play rough. However, Bertie would defend himself and stand his ground by giving him slaps with his paws when he was tired.

Now that Bertie is all grown up, and does not have all the energy to play all day. The drama starts at night when it’s time to sleep. Bertie has always been allowed to sleep on his parents’ bed while Betty sleeps on his bed right beside them.

Betty, the big jealous dog, always wants a taste of how it feels to sleep on his parents’ bed. He, therefore, shoos off Bertie thinking he will get his spot. But unfortunately, all this is in vain as she has to sleep on her bed. On the other hand, Bertie goes downstairs to get a good night’s sleep.

Bertie is the professional alarm clock as he wakes up everyone as soon as he’s awake. He walks on his parents’ bodies, giving them a little massage over their slumbering bodies. As soon as everyone is awake, Miss Betty joins the early morning tussle as she never wants to be left behind on any activity.

I love Bags and I can’t help it!

 Bertie has a liking for bags. He can’t help it, and will hop into his mum’s visitors’ bags when they are busy talking to see what is inside. There is much excitement, and Bertie has his picture taken during the cute and adorable moment. In fact, he has several photos in this cute pose.

Mummy’s Cute Little boy

Bertie is the favorite pet of mum while Miss Betty loves the company of his dad. She is always by his side and gets jealous when Bertie tries to sit on his laps. The only time Bertie would enjoy his dads company is when he needs to have his breakfast as is dad  is more active in the morning than his mum.

The best part of the day for Bertie is when he gets cuddles from his favorite person. They both enjoy watching TV together under mummy’s favorite rug. Bertie’s mum loves to tell his beloved furry friend how he is a good boy and how he is the best cat ever.

When Bertie’s mum broke her ankle, Bertie would keep her company by riding in her invalid knee bike. He would ride when no one was watching. As it is for all fur parents, Bertie’s mum always wants to see Bertie in her sight.

 Bertie’s Funniest Moments

Bertie spends the better part of the day resting, especially on hot days. His thick fur serves him well during winter, but can be uncomfortable during summer. During hot days, he loves sleeping on a cool spot on the floor against a corner of the wall.

Also, he loves spending time on the white lounge where there is an open balcony door that lets in the cool breeze. From this spot, he has a good view of birds who perch themselves on the outside tree.

When Bertie is full of energy, he runs around the house fast and causes a lot of amusement.

Bertie and Bettie have a wonderful relationship and have an adorable story together. They always bring joy to their parents. Every pet has a story. What is your pet’s story?

Reasons Why You Need to Appreciate Your Pet

As you go about your daily activities, do you take time to thank your pet? Your pet is a part of your family, and they deserve to be appreciated for all the love and companionship they offer you. Often times we thank our family members and friends and take the time to spend quality time with them. We host parties or arrange picnics and invite friends to celebrate moments together.

Meanwhile, our pets sit by the window or bask outside as they stare at us hoping one day you will remember them.

I believe by now you have the picture in your mind of what I am taking about. We can agree that we are not always thankful for our pets, and even if deep down we are, we often forget to show it to them.

In this article, we will look at things you sometimes overlook while having your furry friend by your side.

Our pets are the best snuggle buddies

Cuddling with your dog or cat is the best feeling ever! You can do it in bed or on the couch and they will love it regardless of where you do it from – even on the floor is a perfect spot for them. Your pet will always love to snuggle no matter what. Better yet, in cold weather your pet will feel like a walking heater.

They are always happy to see you

How many times has your pet become uncontrollably excited when they see you after you have been away all day? No matter who you are, there’s always a special kind of joy that comes from seeing the genuine happiness your pet feels when they see you. Your dog will jump up and down,  wagging their tail in utter joy while your feline will spend some time rubbing themselves against you even as you walk around the house before settling down. It won’t matter if you don’t bring them gifts. Your pet will feel and show sincere happiness and give you a celebrity welcome.

They’ll give you a good laugh

Have you noticed that a great number of videos that go viral are based on dogs and cats? Their silly antics are outright funny! Your pet is capable of making a sound or movement that will leave you in stitches, whether they are self-entertaining or trying to get your attention. Pets don’t need to work hard at being funny, they simply are!

They are good for your health

Studies show that there is a direct correlation between your health and having a pet. Walking your dog and playing fetch with them provides a much needed workout and will reduce the risk of heart disease. A pet also helps us forge better relationships with our fellow humans.

That cuddle with your cat or dog is said to help normalise blood pressure by making us feel calm and relieve stress.

They are fun

If you have a pet in your home, you know there’s never a dull moment with your furry friend around. Cats and dogs constantly goof around and with a little creativity; you are in for some fun and games. All you need to do is release your inner child and have some fun!

They provide comfort

Pets have a way of knowing when you are sad, tense or angry. When I’ve had a stressful day and feel down, my dog won’t avoid me but will instead come up and give me an understanding look, a comforting cuddle and just be there for me.

They aren’t demanding

Your pet will want to be petted, walked, given a treat and some exercises. By and large, that really isn’t much to ask for. What they need most is to belong and be loved; to be part of a loving family. That along with food to eat and a drink of water, love will keep your pet happy.

You will never feel lonely

Whether your spouse is away on business or you live alone. Whether you are a widow or widower, or if your kids are away at school, your pet will always keep you company.

Sure, your pet might have some annoying habits. Dogs and cats have a tendency to follow you around the house as you go about your business. However annoying it may seem to you, deep down it gives you the comfort of knowing that no matter what, you are not alone.

They give unconditional love

To your pet, you are king. It doesn’t matter what your occupation is, what your grooming habits are, where you live or how you cook. Your pet simply loves you just the way you are. They love you unconditionally. I don’t know about you, but for me this is what I love most about my pet.

Pets give us purpose

We can all agree that pets keep us pretty busy. But when all is said and done, there’s a kind of joy and satisfaction that comes from caring for someone other than yourself. There’s also joy in seeing how appreciative your pet is after you feed them, pet them or pay with them. The joy you feel when you walk into your home and are warmly received by them. This feeling is simply incomparable.

There are many more reasons why you need to appreciate your pet. Like they say, it’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy. I bet every pet owner is appreciative of the warm cuddles, the calming purrs, their warm hearts, the slobbery hugs and kisses, the endless hours of entertainment they offer and the unconditional love and joy pets so freely give to us.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19), you and your pet

While the world is learning how best to deal with COVID-19, the Coronavirus, many countries are taking precautions in order to slowdown the rate of infection. Public events have been cancelled and organisations have their staff working from home.

Despite some stories that have been circulating, the Australian Veterinary Association has reported that they have not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.[1]

The good news is that pets are not contagious to people or to other pets and there is no evidence that they are involved in the spread of Coronavirus, so why not take advantage of the situation and spend more with your fur friend and less time with the general public.

The world may seem like it has come to a standstill, but that’s not all bad. Take this opportunity to slow down, reflect on what’s really important and spend more time with your family, including your furry family members.

For your pet, this situation is great. Avoid the crowds and take them for a walk, yes your cat included. An extra small harness can be fitted. If introduce slowly and with positive reinforcement they can learn it’s fun to go outdoors.

At home you can think up creative ways to play with your furry companions.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Find the treat: Hide small treats around the house and let your dog or cat go on a scavenger hunt. For each treat they locate, praise them and provide positive reinforcement. Remember the treat should be a small piece and ensure the extra calories are taken into account when you feed them dinner.
  • Chase the toy: Grab your pets’ favourite toy and get them excited to chase it. Let them win by allowing them to grab it. Loosen your hold and they should let it go. Repeat the toy movement and they will get excited and chase it again.

  • Back yard fetch: You can try having two balls for this exercise, which will be great for practicing recall and “give”. Throw one ball and let your dog chase it. When they have it, call your dog. As they come close, show them the second ball and ask them to “give”. They should give up the first ball and their reward will be you throwing the second ball. Repeat.

  • Love reading books: Why not grab the one you’ve been planning to read and spend some time with your pet curled up beside you.
  • Tricks: You could even practice those tricks you been wanting to teach your pet. Remember most pets are motivated by food rewards but a squeaky may also work.

COVID-19, the Coronavirus, has led to a situation where we are all encouraged to stay away from crowds. Use this time wisely and it can strengthen the bond between you and your pet.

Top Tips for Finding the Best Pet Sitter

You might want to take your pet everywhere you go, but sometimes it is impossible. Finding a responsible person to take care of your pet would be better than living them behind alone at home. What about getting a pet sitter?

What Does a Pet Sitter Do?

A pet sitter is ideally someone who provides care for your pet in your absence. This could be during the day when you are at work or over a longer duration, say if you are away on holiday.

The specifics of what a pet sitter does vary from one pet owners needs to another. The general requirement, though, is walking your pet for exercise and potty breaks, feeding them and giving them water.

As a pet owner, I may require further responsibilities carried out for my pet when I’m a work or when I travel. This could include grooming my pet, administering medicine or taking them for grooming or veterinary appointments. During a vacation, if my destination doesn’t allow pets or for some reason  I have to leave my pet behind, it’s wise to find a pet sitter near me. This makes it easier for the pet sitter to either move in for the entire duration and care for my pet or to come in every morning, care for my pet and leave in the night.

 

How do I Find a Good Pet Sitter?

There are some foundational qualities that a pet sitter needs to have. Not all sitters have professional training on taking care of animals. For some it comes as naturally as belting a tune. There are, however, those things you should look out for;

 An Animal Lover

The very first quality a pet sitter must posses is a love for animals. I cannot stress this enough. Your pet sitter MUST be an animal lover.This means they will have genuine concern for your pet. It will also mean that they enjoy what they do and in turn, your pet will too. A pet sitter who is only doing it for money is not a good fit.You do not want your pet spending time with a sitter who may possibly physically or emotionally abuse or neglect your pet. It isn’t worth it.

That said, a personal recommendation is always best but might not always be possible. This is the most ideal way to find a pet sitter because you are certain they posses the qualities of someone you want caring for your precious pet.

Reliable and Trustworthy

A reliable, trustworthy person with good communication skills is someone you should be on the lookout for.  You obviously do not want to open up your home to someone whom you cannot trust and start having your valuables disappear. Worse still is having the comfort and safety of your pet compromised. Your pet sitter should always deliver on their promise and care for your pet as agreed upon.

 Physically Fit

They should preferably be physically fit. This is because some pets are very playful. You want a pet sitter who can fully engage them. They should also be willing to work outdoors incase your pet needs to be walked or taken to a park.

Organized and Practical

You want a sitter who is organized, practical and pays attention to detail. This is the kind of sitter who would be quick to notice any change in your pet’s mood, demeanor or energy levels. These are very important things to be keen on because it could mean the difference between your vet treating your pet for something as mild as a fever and being hospitalized. Being organized means that the sitter will know where your pets required documents and records arein case of any emergency.

 Empathetic

Your pet isn’t able tovocalize how they feel. It takes anempathetic pet sitter to know exactly how a pet under their care behaves. That’s how they’ll get to properly know what your pet needs. Is you pet acting up because they need a walk? Are they hungry?Or are they just craving some attention?

Insured

Another thing to consider in a sitter in insurance. Let’s face it, animals are unpredictable, and accident could happen. Even to the best pet sitter out there. When your sitter is insured, it gives you confidence in knowing that if your pet were to accidentally get injured, they would be taken care of. It shows a very high level of professionalism too!

Trained

A trained or certified sitter is a gem! I would definitely feel more confident leaving my pet in the hands of someone who has received formal training on how to properly care for animals. Wouldn’t you? There’s also the added advantage of them having received training on emergency pet care, so you know they are in safe hands.

How do I Hire a Pet Sitter?

The first thing to consider when hiring a pet sitter is proximity. I personally insist on hiring a pet sitter near me. This is convenient because of my irregular schedule and late working hours. With a sitter who lives near me, I don’t worry about the time or needing their services on short notice. So firstly, reach out to those near you.

Before you hire a pet sitter, look for referrals from fellow pet owners. This saves you a lot time and energy.

If you have no referrals, go to your local newspaper, local notice boards or online. Find a few, preferably professional sitters and compare prices. The next step would be interviewing the potential sitters. This will help you get a real sense of who they are. It would also be the perfect time for them to meet your pet so that you can see first hand if they get along or if your pet is repulsed by them.

Once you find your perfect match, draw a contract. Things are always better when put down in writing. It makes it clear what’s expected of each party leaving no room for error or confusion.

There are and have always showed unbridled cruelty to animals. That said, you must be thorough in the process of selecting the right pet sitter. An empathetic animal lover will be sensitive to your pets needs and will almost always prove to be the best fit.

The reason why the relationship between owners and pets is unconditional

“I don’t know what I will do without my cat or my dog.” Many pet owners confess to become broken when they get separated from their pets. Pets are our best friends and our companions. They are loyal, non-judgmental, and always there for us.

But do they love us back?

In this article, we will look at everything you need to know about your pet love – the real love, not the first-grade first crush.

Do pets love their owners?

Yes, pets are emotionally attached to their owners. Their love is true and unconditional. The most surprising thing is pets will always love their owners back even if they are mean to them. By love, we mean a deep attachment or connection we have with our pets.

Although pets cannot talk to us to express their love, we can see this from their behavior and how they treat us. For example, dogs live in packs and whoever takes care of their needs tend to be the leader of the pack. In this case, owners are the leader of the pack, and the members are the members of the pack. Dogs will, therefore, have an attachment or unbreakable bond with their owners, which is an expression of love.

Cats, on the other hand, are independent and territorial animals. They do not have the natural instincts to feel submissive and bonded to their owners. However, cats too can show you affection when they are treated right. They can follow you around, rub against you, lick you or cuddle with you or bring you food like dead mice to show affection.

Reasons why we reciprocate our pets love 

Pets are our forever friends with many benefits. You may not realize it, but your pet will always be there for you. It is time that you understand and recognize your pet’s efforts and dedication to making you happy.

Have you ever thought of rewarding your pet for the hard work and the cuddles? Here are the reasons why we reciprocate their love.

  1. Pets make us happy

Living with a pet will make you the happiest person in the universe. The more time you spend with your fur friend, the happier you become. Everyone with a pet can confess that pets bring meaning to life and a purpose. Who wouldn’t want that?

  1. Pets keep you active

Most pets love to run, walk or wander. This is why having a pet will make you active. Dogs, for example, need their walks three to four times a week.

  1. Pets keep you Healthy

We have already seen that having a pet makes you more active. When you become active, it means you maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. After all, having a pet is great!

  1. Pets make us smarter

Bringing up a pet is not an easy task. You find yourself constantly researching and looking for answers to keep our fur friends happy. With time you become wiser because of your experiences.

  1. Pets bring the best out of you

Naturally, it feels good when you know there is someone who cares and loves you. This feeling makes you feel more responsible, mature, loving, and obligated to them. Pets bring out the best out of us.

  1. Your pet will never leave you

Of course, nobody wants to be alone. Pets are the best when it comes to companionship. They will stay with you till the end of time. For these reasons, fewer pet parents can suffer from loneliness or any ailment connected to loneliness.

  1. Pets help us build better and healthier relationships

Sailors become great sailors when they encounter the rough sea. The same case happens to pet owners. They create greater and strong relationships. This is not just with them, but also with others.

  1. Pets bring order into our lives

Let’s us not sugar coat anything. Bringing up a pet is not an easy task. You need to be determined and disciplined in everything you do. From developing talking them for walks, ensuring they have a nutritious meal to following up with vet appointments. With time, you establish a routine and become more organized and productive.

  1. Pets help relieve stress

When you are around your pet, you naturally feel more relaxed and peaceful. This makes the body produces less cortisol hormone that is the culprit of causing stress. The affection you give to your pet boosts the production of dopamine, also referred to as the happy hormone.

  1. Pets make us calm

Another benefit of having your pet around is reducing anxiety. The act of cuddling and stroking your pet makes the brain to produce more oxytocin hormone that makes you feel relaxed.

Who wouldn’t want to be around these adorable furry friends if they have more to offer than they can take? The relationship is mutual and is full of trust, loyalty, and honesty. This is why most of the time I look at the eyes of my pets and feel being the luckiest person on the universe.

Helpful Life Lessons you can learn from your Pet

Here at Pets Forever, we cherish all pets and consider them as family members. We love all pets from cats, dogs, turtles, hamsters, fish- all sorts of pets. We give all pets the same degree of worth, while some of you would distinctly consider themselves as dog people or cat people while some create the same relationship with birds or with their reptile friend.

Having and taking care of a pet can be challenging, but we can agree that all the effort is worth. In fact, most of us feel like we need our pets more than they need us.

However, did you know that animals can teach us so many lessons about life? Yes, they will teach you how to appreciate life and everything around us.

We are not sugar-coating anything about pets. In fact, we will be looking at how having pets in our lives will help us become better and look at life from a different perspective.

Pets teach us About Contentment

The loyalty that pets show us is something is out of this world – dog owners can attest this. I am a dog owner, and I can attest that. They great us when we arrive home and show so much sadness when we leave them alone at home. Above all, they show us great affection.

The loyalty they show us reminds us of the ways we need to be loyal to those who are around us. Loyalty is crucial in many relationships. In most relationships, people focus on honesty, love, and openness –of course, this are good virtuals but do not expound more on loyalty.

Pets show us the importance of loyalty and the need to show up when someone is in need. They remind us what it feels like to be on the receiving end of someone else’s loyalty, thus encouraging us to treat those close to us in the same way.

You may be blessed with a great family, a job, a house, beautiful children, financial stability, and still find yourself comparing yourself to others. I know this is ridiculous, but many people fall into this trap from time to time again.

When I do a reality check, I find that pets are contented with what they have. They don’t have to worry about overdue bills, insurance, home repairs, or a sick relative. Pets remind us to be content with the basic need we have like food, water and shelter. They appreciate everything they are given by their owners and even the time they spend together, whether playing or just resting.

Pets teach us gratitude

One big lesson pets show us is to be grateful for what we have. This lesson can be used together with the concept of contentment. First, we need to be contented with what we have and later express gratitude for the things they have.

Sometimes, I look at my dog, jumping excited and running in circles when about to take his walk. I get to wonder if we could approach the little things in life with much enthusiasm and gratitude. His sweet and honest behavior reminds me that we need to be thankful for what we have in life every single day.

Pets teach us about Responsibility

Any pet owner can confess that taking care of a pet is not easy. It is not easy to truck the vets appointments, feeding them, maintain a high level of cleanliness, and taking pets for bathroom breaks. This is something that needs commitment and a sense of responsibility.

How does it feel when you suddenly remember that you have not fed your pet? I believe you feel guilty and awful. This is why every pet parent adjusts their schedule to accommodate their fur/ feathery/scaly friends.

Pets teach us to forgive

Most people tend to hold grudges or feelings of resentment for years and refuse to forgive. They carry the burden and hold so much bitterness for no reason. While they can justify their actions, but such behavior is unhealthy.

Pets are good at forgiveness. They show actions of reconciliation and peacemaking after incidences of aggression with each other. They tend to makeup after fights and even groom one another or play together as a way of making up.

Pet owners can confirm that pets can put with their mean owners and still show signs of love and loyalty. They do not put so much effort into forgiving, but to them, forgiving is an instinct that life is better when people get along.

Pets teach us not to judge others

Cats and dogs are popular for showing unconditional love to their owners. Cats interact with those close to them by curling on their laps. On the other hand, dogs great every visitor without caring about their age, gender, race, or career status. They simply respond to an act of kindness.

We could also learn and adopt the same trait of not judging others from our fur friends based on their outward appearance.

Pets teach us many values that are beneficial to our children and us. These values can help us improve the quality of life and also improve our health. If you had not seen these traits with your pet, start by looking at everything they do from a different angle.

Reasons why we Should not Declaw Cats

Most people believe that declawing cats is harmless. They think that it is a ‘quick fix’ to unwanted scratches. What they don’t know is declawing can make cats not want to use their litter box or are more likely to bite. Also, what they do not know is that when you declaw cats, it can bring about lasting problems for your cat.

Many countries have banned cat declawing unless it is necessary for medical reasons like removal of cancerous nail tumors. People with immunodeficiency or bleeding disorders may be advised that their health may be protected when they declaw their cats.

However, health specialists do not advice declawing on the dangers of declawing cats. The risk from scratches is not as fatal as that from bites or fleas carried around b their cats.

Is declawing a cat painful?

 

Too often, many people think that to declaw cats is to simply remove a cat’s nail -Just as trimming your fingernails. Sadly, that is not the truth. Declawing involves amputation of the last bone of the toe. If the procedure was to be performed on a human, it would be like cutting the last knuckle of each finger.

The procedure has no medical benefit to your cat. You should train your cat to use their claws in a manner that pleases everyone in your household. When you declaw cats, they feel pain in the paw; they are susceptible to infections, increased chances of lameness, and back pain.

Removing your cat’s claws changes the way their feet meets the ground, and causes similar pain to wearing uncomfortable shoes. Claws that are not properly removed can re-grow and cause nerve damage and bone spurs.

How long Does it Take for cat’s Paws to Heal after declawing?

The cat declaw healing process can be easy or slightly difficult depending on the age and the overall health of the cat. The recovery process may be smooth or take quite a while, and this depends on the cat. The average healing time takes two to six weeks on average.

After the procedure, it is advised to confine your cat in one area and replace their litter box with shredded newspaper to avoid further injury and infection.

It usually takes time for the cat to gain full energy after the declawing process. Some cats can walk the following day after the surgery while others take longer. If there are no complications, your cat will heal in two to three weeks.

But why should you put your cat under this? I have had stories of people regretting to have declawed their cats claiming it’s cruel and makes the cat even more aggressive.

Declaw Cats Considerations

 

Before agreeing to declaw your cat, you should research for proper scratching behaviors to help their cat to stop being destructive. Scratching in cats is normal and uses this behavior to mark their territory. If your cat has destructive scratching behavior, you should research for alternatives other than declawing them.

The procedure should be performed only on medical reasons and not for cosmetic reasons. Declawing will cause extreme pain a few days after surgery, and this will cause pain when the cat is walking, running, and jumping.

If you feel declawing your cat is necessary, it is best if it is performed when your cat is still young since kittens tend to recover faster than older cats.

Complications associated with declawing your cat include but are not limited to;

  • Inflammation and infection
  • Severe pain
  • Nerve paralysis
  • Regrowth of the claw brought by improper claw removal
  • Anesthetic death
What are alternatives to declawing a cat?

 

Declawing your cat is a cruel act and always considers it when it is the last option. Did you know that you can train your cat from not scratching and destroying your household? Yes indeed, cats too can be trained just like dogs. It is not as hard as it sounds; here are tips you can use to train your cat.

If you do not want your cat to damage your home with unwanted scratches, you can try out the below tips.

  • Keep your cat’s claws trimmed to help them not scratch your belongings.
  • Have stable scratching posts and boards in your home. You can use different materials on the posts and board. You can also use toys or catnip to entice your cat to use the boards.
  • Position the board or post near your cat’s sleeping spot, or near the furniture they like to scratch.
  • Always rewards your cat with treats every time they use the post or board.
  • Never hit your cat if they scratch your sofa. Just say ‘NO’ and relocate the cat to the appropriate scratching post, and reward them when they use it.
  • Use special tape on your seats and furniture to deter your cat from scratching them.
Do Cats personalities change after declawing?

Just take a moment and look through a cat’s world. Removing him from his safe environment and taking him to the vet where he gets poked with a needle, and wakes up with throbbing pain in his paws.

For the next few weeks, his feet are sore and unable to walk properly or use his paws. He may start to associate the pain he feels while using his litter box to the litter box itself. This will make him fear using the litter box.

The behavior of a cat changes after you declaw them. They may start biting and urinating outside the litter box. Also, they are likely not to trust how you handle them, and are prone to elimination disorder.

Our toes are important since they help us maintain our balance. It is not different for cats! Because of the impaired balance, declawed cats learn how to walk again, just as you would after losing your toes. Then, why should you subject this to your cat? If it is not medical wise, please never declaw your cat. It is the cruelest thing you could ever do to them!

How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit

A pet first aid kit is not only important in the event of a natural disaster, but also important when you are away from the comfort of your home. Just like you have your first aid kit at home; it is equally important to have a pet first aid kit. Don’t be caught off guard when an accident happens when it is least expected.

Sometimes, an accident may happen when camping, having your road trip across the country, or when a natural disaster strikes. A pet first aid kit is the first step of being ready in the occurrence of an accident. With a little education, pet parents can perform on the spot first aid before getting help from a vet.

What should be included in a pet first aid kit?

If you care about your pet’s health, a pet first aid kit is a must.  The kit should be in a durable and waterproof container that is easy to grab in case of an emergency. Fit everything in one container to help you carry everything you need without forgetting anything.

We have many pre-made tools, but building your own is the better option since you will not forget anything important. If you do not have the time to build one, you can buy a pre-made one and add whatever is missing.

Your pet aid kit should have information, equipment, medication, and nutrition. Keep in mind that anything that works for humans will not work on your pet. NEVER give your pet human drugs or prescriptions without checking with your vet.

What’s in a pet first aid kit?

It is essential to know what should be in your pet’s first aid kit and what exactly it does. Here are things that should always be included in your first aid kit.

    1.Information

A pet’s first aid manual– In an occurrence of an accident, it is easy to panic and get a little confused. Having a detailed manual to a familiar or unfamiliar ailment in your hand will help you face the situation boldly and confidently. Most guides have step by step instructions on how to use most items in the kit.

Emergency Contact Information-Your first aid kit should always have your vet’s contact information as well as directions to the clinic.

   2.Equipment

Tick remover tool – You should remove the tick on your animal as soon as you see it. Dogs too get Lyme disease. With specialized tweezers, you can remove the whole tick, including the head that breaks and stays in if not removed properly.

Guaze (Pad and Rolls) –   Guaze in a pet first aid kit is used to cover cuts to stop bleeding.
Muzzle
– When a dog is hurt or injured; they can show their real animal instincts. A muzzle is worn on the hands to prevent the dog from biting you when you are dressing their injury.

Non-stick Bandages – When covering wounds or wrapping sprained limbs, it is advisable to use non-stick bandages that will not stick on their fur.

Disinfectant – It is advisable to have non-sting disinfectant like betadine. However, you are not recommended to rub alcohol on open wounds.

Digital Thermometer – A digital thermometer will help to take the dog’s temperature. Human thermometers cannot be used since they don’t have a temperature scale.

Dog Boots – They are used to protect your dog’s foot in case of an injury

Medical Stapler– It is used to close large open wounds quickly and cleanly.

   3.Medication

Wound Spray –Wound spray is perfect for treating burns, wounds, and other irritations.

Antihistamine – Dogs too have allergies that come from bug bites, stings, foods, or even certain plants. Just like humans, they can take an antihistamine to reduce itching and swelling. The dosage depends on the dog’s size and usually makes them drowsy.

Hydrogen Peroxide – It can be used to induce vomiting in case of accidental poisoning. Always talk to your vet before inducing vomiting because not all circumstances are safe for your pet.

Skin and Paw Balm – This should be applied on cracked paws which are quite painful. It helps to heal minor rashes scrapes cuts and scrapes.

Activated Charcoal – It is used to absorb the ingested poison.

Pain Killers – They are essential in reducing the levels of pain. Most importantly, do not use over the counter medicine for your pet. Always consult your vet to prescribe the best for your dog to reduce chances of bleeding ulcers, kidney damage, or even death.

Eyewash – This will help to flash out any dirt, insects, or foreign objects in your pet’s eyes. It offers relief from the burning and stinging sensation caused by the foreign object.

   4.Nutrition

Electrolyte Replacement – Offering water to your pet is not the fastest way to help your pet recover from dehydration and exhaustion. It is not advisable to give human electrolyte since they have too much sugar.

Collapsible Bowl – This will help you serve food and water.

Dogs and Emergency Situations

Dogs do not speak and therefore, takes longer to diagnose a health issue. It advised to immediately receive your dog to the vet when you notice anything out of the normal.

To provide your vet with accurate information, here are some of the three pet emergencies.

 1.Ingestion Issues

I know you probably know that not all foods fit for human consumption are safe for your fur friend. Have you heard about how chocolate is bad for your dog and can kill your cat too? The theobromine in it makes the chocolate dangerous.

You should not also give your dog food that has artificial sweeteners, raisins, grapes, and nuts. You should never give your cat raw potatoes, raw tomatoes, or vegetables like onions since they are deadly to felines.

Also, your pet can accidentally ingest toxins like insecticides, rat poison, or even household cleaners. This is why you need always to have your pet first aid kit if you care about your pet’s health.

   2.Trauma

Your dog might get hit by a car or attacked by other dogs, and this is one of the reasons to make it into a pet’s emergency room. A blunt force trauma may not seem severe because of lack of bleeding, but you need to take your dog for a check-up for any internal injuries and bleeding.

Cuts, bites, or scrapes may cause tissue damage that makes your pet susceptible to infections.

   3.Respiratory Distress

Respiratory distress may be brought by viral or bacterial infections, allergic reactions to insect bites, reaction to the medicine, heart failure, or even chocking from food substances. Take your pet immediately to a vet when you notice heavy breathing to evaluate immediately.

Is your dog in need of emergency care?

Your dog may need immediate medical attention after severe trauma caused by an accident or a fall. You should not take any moment for granted, especially after choking, heatstroke, insect bite or sting, poisoning or any other life-threatening situation. Here are some emergency signs you should look for.

  • Pale gums
  • Raid and heavy breathing
  • Weak or a fast pulse
  • Change in body temperature –High or to low
  • Difficulty in standing
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Heavy bleeding

Injured pets are severely aggressive, and you should first protect yourself from injury. Approach your dog calmly and address them by their name. If they are aggressive, call for help. If they are passive, gently place them on a stretcher.

When you are comfortable and safe transporting your pet, take them to an emergency pet care facility. You can call the facility so that they can expect you before your arrival.

Your pet’s health is important, and you should be able to attend to emergencies right after they occur. This is why having a pet first aid kit is essential to offer first aid before consulting your vet. Always make sure to check expiry dates of any medicine in your kit before giving them. Replace medicine that expires in three month. And, always keep your pet first aid kit out of reach of children.

 

 

 

Tech and the Pet Industry

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Technology has changed our lives. Now it is doing the same for our pets.

As technology has become an integral part of our lives, it has also started to influence how we interact, care and even feed our pets. A new generation of start-ups have started implementing everything from mobile technology to Internet of Things (IoT) to offer products, which forge a stronger bond between the pets and the pet owners.

  1. Pet Tracking

The thought of losing a pet or having him run away is enough to bring distress to a pet owner. However, in recent years, GPS devices like ‘Gibi’ and ‘The Paw Tracker’ have become increasingly popular ways to track lost pets. These devices are easily attached to the pet’s collar and the pet can be tracked using computer or mobile devices.

 

PetHub Incoffers what it has dubbed “the next generation pet identification tags”. These are embedded with a NFC chip and have a unique QR code and internet address, as well as a phone number. The company claims that thesefeatures can be used by ‘good Samaritans’ to immediately identify and return lost pets.

 

  1. Real Time Monitoring & Data Tracking

The advent of technology into our day-to-day lives have allowed and made us fond of tracking and monitoring of personal data. Personal activity trackers such as Fitbit have become ubiquitous. Similar devices for pets have also been introduced in the market. Fitbark is a device developed by vets, which collects physical activity and rest levels for dogs throughout the day. This can be synched with an app on the pet owner’s phone, which will help him / her in monitoring changes in behaviour and sharing useful information with the veterinarian.

 

  1. Remote Feeders

Assume you are at work when you get a notification on your phone sent by your dog. You open the app and voila! You and your dog are connected through a pet cam. After a few moments you tap on ‘treat’ and one drops from a dispenser. Petcube is one such company that offers an ‘interactive treat cam’. As per their website ‘Petcube Bites is an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treatdispenser that lets you train and reward your pet remotely.’

 

The Remoca Pet Bowl, offered by a Japanese company, is an automated pet feeding system which refills itself and has a built in camera that allows the pet owner to watch your pet on your smartphone as it eats or drinks water from the bowl.

 

  1. Pet Toys

We all love playtime with our pets, but they absolutely exceed us in both the zeal and stamina for playing. iFetch is an automatic interactive ball launcher dog toy for active dogs, which solves this problem. The toy launches the ball to a distance, which the dog can fetch and put again in the toy to relaunch. They offer different models of the toy for different types of dogs.

 

Bolt by FroliCat is one such toy for cats. It is an interactive laser toys which casts ‘exciting laser patterns’ on the floor or the wall which the cats like to chase, pounce and bat upon.

 

  1. Pet Social Network

There has been a considerable increase in the number of social networking sites for pet owner. These website are fuelled by the pet owners urge to share and connect with others who share the same passion.

 

Pets Forever is one such social-powered online community that’s passionate about pets’ wellbeing and theirconnection with humans who love and care about them.

 

Ithad started out as a digital memorial concept,but has now evolved into a one-stop-home for everythingpets:

  • Pet-owners can access support and services to help them care for their pets.
  • It is a community for pet-lovers to connect, socialise and share with others.
  • Animal organisations, businesses and charities can also interact with the community of passionatepet-lovers.

Multiple Ways Your Dog Tells You It Loves You Each And Every Day

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We all know that communication between one species and another is minimal at best.  And, as dog owners, we understand that more than most.  We all wish we could understand what our companion is saying, and what they are thinking.

However, it seems that ours pets may be communicating with us, in their own special manner, and we are just not tuned into to it.  Let’s take a look at the multiple ways our dogs tell us they love us each and every day.

What Those “Puppy Eyes” Really Mean

Many people tend to assume that when a dog gives us “puppy eyes” they have an ulterior motive.  Maybe they are wanting treat, or maybe they are just bored and want attention.  In actuality, “puppy eyes” are a dogs way of expressing their love for us.  They will look upon us with sheer love which is expressed through their eyes.  The look of innocence that we see with “puppy eyes” is their way of giving us a hug or bestowing us a kiss—their means of showing us affection.

Why They Want To Sleep In Our Beds

It is a nightly fight—trying to keep our companions off the bed.  But, why are they so adamant about sleeping with us?  Why would they prefer to sleep in our beds, rather than on the floor or in their own beds?  Simple—we are the number one person in their lives.  And, as such, they want to take advantage of any time they may be able to spend with us, even if that means we are sleeping.

Jumping On and Almost Tackling Us

Many of us tend to get upset when our companion jumps on or tackles us when we walk through the door after a long day at work.  As it turns out, they are not trying to annoy us, get our attention, or be pests.  Our companions are so overjoyed to see us, that this is the only manner in which they can express that joy.  A pet jumping on us is a simple equivilant of if we ourselves jumped for joy.  Our pets are so happy to see us, they can not contain themselves, and all that joy spills over into jumping.

Not Wanting To Necessarily Play Fetch

Pet owners, such as ourselves, tend to spoil our companions.  Although that is done in multiple ways, the most obvious is when we buy them toys.  However, did you know that when your pet carries around a toy, or a ball, it is not necessarily because they are looking for a game of fetch.  To the contrary, it is more likely that they love that particular toy the most, and since we are their favorite humans, they want to share the toy with us so that we may play with it too.

When Our Pets Stare At Us As We Leave

We have all experienced the sadness and guilt of leaving our companion to go to work or to run errands.  When we do leave, most of will just lay down and stare at us.  This is not out of sadness or even to make us feel guilty—we put that guilt on ourselves.  If your companion is calm, and even lies down when you begin to leave, it is to let you know that they trust that you will be returning, and they are okay with that.

As you can see, our pets do communicate with us, in their own ways, we just have to be more receptive and observant of the signs.  Although most of the methods of communication listed above are pretty important, the most important is the communication of love between you both.

Bringing home a new pet is both exhilarating and exciting

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How To Prepare For Your Newest Family Member

Bringing home a new pet is both exhilarating and exciting.  However, what is fun for you and your family, at the same time can quickly become nothing but major anxiety for your newest family member.  With just a little preparation, both you and your new companion can make an easier transition for everyone involved.

Have A Family Conference

Before bringing the new family member home, make sure everyone is on the same page and on board with what having a new pet entails, as well as what job each person is responsible for in regard to the new family addition.  In this manner, the possibility of confusion or problems will be minimize, which in turn will make the integration of your family and your new companion a smooth one.

Make Sure You Have Your Supplies

There are several items that are basic necessities to buy and have on hand for your new companion.

Crate

Your new family member will bet both nervous and scared in their new surroundings.  As a means of providing them a possible safe place, a crate can prove invaluable.  Also, if you are planning on crate training your companion, it is best to start from day one.

Bowls

Your new pet will need both a food bowl and a water bowl that is dedicated to just them.  This will get them used to the bowls themselves, and they should remain in the same spot as all time, for ease of being found by your companion.

Food and treats

It is suggested that you use the same food, and treats, that your companions is used to.  If you feel the need to change either their food or treats, do is slowly in small increments, to prevent any chance of an upset stomach.

Collar and leash

It is best to get your companion used to wearing a collar, and being led on a leash as soon as possible.  They will most assuredly fight the idea, but with a little time and patience, they will be walking by your side happily in no time.

Bed

Your companion really needs its own bed.  It is not a good idea to let them get in the habit of getting on the furniture if that is going to change down the road.  Not only will it confuse them, but once they have felt the comfinessof your furniture, they are less likely to give it up without a fight.

Toys

Every companion, no matter what age, loves toys.  However, with the younger family members, a chew toy can prove an invaluable asset.  Dogs chew—it is just their nature.  Even though you can’t change the fact that they chew, you can control what they do and do not chew on.

Cleaners

It is a given that at some time or another your companion will have an accident.  It is in your best interest to have cleaning supplies on hand to handle the issue, because the longer the issue is left unresolved, the harder it will be to deal with.

Baby gates

When first introducing your companion to their new home, it is best not to let them have full run from day one.  This only adds to their anxiety of being in a new situation.  It is suggested that you block them off, and limit them to one room, adding more rooms after a few days.  To aid in this endeavor, baby gates are a great idea.

Puppy-Proofing

Before your new companion arrives, make sure you have puppy-proofed your home.  Make sure to pick up any items and place them out of reach of your new companion, that may cause harm to them or they may cause harm to.

With a little time taken out to make the proper preparations, your companion will begin feeling like a member of the family in no time, and everyone will be happy and content.