Cats

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

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

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

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.