Sunday, July 31st, 2011 | Home and Family |
These days, Persian cats are among the most popular breeds of cat.
Well known for their gentle and sweet personalities and their long hair, Persian
cats have very attractive features. They are great companions for virtually anyone, and not very demanding. Unlike other breeds, such as the Siamese breed, Persian breeds need very little attention. Although white is the color normally associated with Persian cats, they actually come in a variety of other colors as well. During competitions, they ...› Continue reading
Saturday, July 30th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Animal welfare organizations and humane societies have been
very successful in helping people to accept that their cats are
safer living exclusively indoors, especially in urban areas.
However, cat lovers still want to give their cats a chance to
enjoy fresh air and all the sights and sounds that come with it.
One way to do this safely is to create a cattery.
The term cattery originally referred to a facility that kept and
bred colonies of cats. Today, the term is being used to describe
a sort ...› Continue reading
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Home and Family |
I am currently the proud ownee of two all American, genuine CATs. Both are just less than a year old. Roxie was a gift for my daughter's 6th birthday but she proudly calls me hers. (She would have it no other way). And Turbo, who started out as my son's stray rescue kitten from under our long parked Honda, has turned into his namesake. A compact powerhouse with a purr that could shake windows, Turbo finds me the coziest place to nap. My two babies. My two toe assassins.
Over the years I have ...› Continue reading
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Ozzie, my four-month old Rottweiler peered up at me with his big
brown eyes, as I temporarily left him for a very important
surgical procedure. As much as it broke my heart to drop off my
"baby" at the local humane society, I know it was the
responsible thing to do.
What Ozzie doesn't know is that today is the first day of the
rest of his life. He is being neutered.
Being a rescue volunteer, I've acquired a rather large brood of
dogs into my family circle. Having adopted six boys and ...› Continue reading
Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 | Home and Family |
Many people think cats are asocial, but in fact they are very
social animals. They bond with other cats in their house or
neighborhood, their owners, even other pets like dogs and birds.
They communicate to each other and us a variety of ways.
A keen sense of smell is important in cat communication. When
her human returns home, a cat carefully sniffs then proceeds to
rub her face against the owner's legs. She is placing her scent
on you, marking you as her territory. As you have gone ...› Continue reading
Friday, July 22nd, 2011 | Home and Family |
Fleas belong to the insect order Siphonaptera. They are common
pests and may attack many mammals, including man. They can be a
year round problem because they infest not only pets but also
the home of the owner. Because of this, treatment of the pet
alone may only temporarily solve a flea infestation.
Although many species of fleas feed primarily on one type of
animal, the common cat and dog flea will readily take blood from
a variety of animals, including man. Flea infestations of pets
and ...› Continue reading
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Many people assume that an old sick cat automatically has kidney disease. This is incorrect, and my own cat (Prada's predecessor!) Humpy was living proof of it. A young cat, Humpy developed the symptoms early, and the cause was probably an inferior diet in the 2 years before he took charge of me.
In case you aren't sure why kidneys are important, they are basically the waste disposal systems of cat bodies. They eliminate toxins from the blood and also filter out waste products from the food ...› Continue reading
Friday, July 15th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Dog flea control and management requires an integrated approach.
For effective treatment both the host animal and the environment
must be treated at the same time. Control of fleas on the pet
generally requires the use of insecticides. Although flea combs
can remove some fleas, combing should be thought of as a method
for detecting fleas rather than removing them.
If an animal is to be treated for other conditions besides
fleas, such as expression of anal glands, these procedures
should be done ...› Continue reading
Thursday, July 14th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Freshly cooked meals are very good for your dog. You have to remember than many of the commercial packaged meals for dogs are loaded with preservatives and coloring which may be harmful to your dog. Home made meals have the seal of freshness in the preparation which is distinct from the commercial ones.If your dog has renal diseases, home made diets will be preferred and can be made from ground beef, slices of bread, boiled eggs, calcium carbonate and so on. This is to reduce the protein ...› Continue reading
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Here the problem the cat is up most the night playing wanting to
go outside tearing around the house and wake me up in early
hours of the morning to go out. Once I do let him, out he does
not want to come back in and once I do let him in, he wants to
Does this behavior sound familiar to you? Cats that have
nocturnal behaviors can be trained to have activity time when it
is convenient for you.
Few step that you may want to change to help with this problem:
Change the feeding time to ...› Continue reading
Sunday, July 10th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Living with a Deaf Cat
A genetic anomaly causes blue-eyed white cats to be born deaf. I
have not been able to find out what percentage of them are deaf
- but it is fairly common. Odd-eyed whites are often deaf on the
same side as they are blue eyed! This anomaly is present in all
the several breeds in which blue-eyed white cats occur, from
Persian to Oriental to the lovely Turkish Van.
You would not, of course, go out looking for a deaf cat to
adopt, but you might find a lovely white kitten ...› Continue reading
Saturday, July 9th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Has you cat been trained to do excess meowing? When we hear a
cat meowing, what is the first thing that comes in one's mind?
Your cat is hungry! This would be a wrong answer! Excess meowing
for your cat can mean a number of things. Are they having
discomfort, medical problems, are they bored, or does your cat
want to spend time with you. Of course, they could be hungry or
have learned this habit. When the cat is verbalizing, ignore
them, when they are quiet then reward them. This will let ...› Continue reading
Thursday, July 7th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Out of all the pet animals, the cat is most expressive about its
needs. The feline loves to be pampered and cared for. Don't you
just love the pretty pussy pictures they make? They can also
become 'sulkily aggressive' at times. Understanding their
feelings and needs is not at all difficult.
Just like your body language, behavior, and words give away your
intentions and feelings, similarly, your pets also communicate
through their bodies, and noises they make. As a pet owner, it
is important for ...› Continue reading
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 | Home and Family |
5 gallon or 2.5 gallon reservoir for Betta?I have a betta named Swimmy living in a 1 gallon reservoir at the moment. I would like to get a bigger one though. I was looking at the minibow aquariums and I be wondering if Swimmy would be happier in the 5 gallon or the 2.5... 50 gallon aquarium filtration?I just got a 50 gallon aquarium for free and I'm not sure what to use for filtration. It will be housing 4 Figure eight puffer fish.Thanks! 50W oven too much for 5 gallon container?Might sound ...› Continue reading
Monday, July 4th, 2011 | Home and Family |
Clone a Cat, Go To Jail
...or at least pay a fine. That's the goal of animal welfare
activists who announced recently that they are seeking state and
federal restrictions on the small but growing pet-cloning
The effort has been spearheaded by the American Anti-Vivisection
Society [AAVS] (in suburban Philadelphia), and takes aim at
companies such as Genetic Savings and Clone Inc., the California
company that began to fill orders for cloned cats last year. The
clones - which have sold ...› Continue reading
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 | Home and Family |
Easily one of the biggest disputes we humans have with our
feline friends is their great need to "sharpen" their claws on
our furniture and carpets.
We think it's a terrible idea, they think it's their inborn
right. They probably even wonder what our problem is when we
react to their scratching! Ever wonder why it's impossible to
make them stop scratching our things? The reason's simple,
really: They're doing something they should do.
For a cat, scratching is as natural as meowing, chasing ...› Continue reading