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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Keeping your pet’s outdoor food free of insects

Are you looking for an easy way to keep your pet’s outdoor food and water bowl’s free of ants and other insects?

Many pet lovers place outdoor food and water bowls for their cats and dogs; many also put out food for stray dogs and feral cats. Most quickly find that ants rapidly take over, but there are a few tricks to preventing this problem from occurring.

To prevent ants and other crawling insects from ravaging your pet’s food, there are two simple tricks. Firstly, use stainless steel bowls. These aren’t just easier to clean and disinfect; they’re also more difficult (though not impossible) for insects to climb!

Secondly, create a ‘moat’ around the food and water bowls. A plastic pot liner, which is typically placed beneath a potted plant and used to collect extra water run-off, usually works quite well. The diameter of the pot liner must be a slight bit larger than the pet bowl. Fill the liner with water so the bowl is completely surrounded by water.

Also, if you’re looking to feed your pets, but not the local wildlife, it’s best to take in food and water bowls at night. Most of the animals that are apt to steal your pet’s food are active at night, so by picking up the bowls at night, you can usually avoid feeding the local wildlife!

 



Have you ever wondered what causes those tear stains around your pet’s eyes?

Tear stains are actually caused by a form of yeast called red yeast. And the term ‘tear stain’ is a bit misleading, as the rust red fur staining can occur on many areas of the pet’s body, including in skin folds on the face, on the forearms/paws, and anywhere your dog licks.

This problem is most pronounced on dogs with light or white colored fur. The same phenomena occurs on pets with other coat colors, but it just doesn’t show as it does on pets with white and other light fur coloration.

There are many factors, including diet and heredity, that contribute to the formation of tear staining. Therefore, there are also many remedies to treating tear staining, but the efficacy of these remedies is varied. There are some fairly effective home remedies that usually work quite well in most cases.

Firstly, feed a couple spoonfuls of Greek yogurt with live active cultures on a daily basis. Most dogs just love the yogurt and it’s great for their digestive tract too.

In addition, many owners have found success by using apple cider vinegar. The vinegar can be sprayed on the affected area daily, or, in the case of stains near the eyes and on the face, it can be applied with a cotton ball that’s wet with vinegar.

These tips, combined with cleaning the area on a regular basis can lighten or remove tear staining due to red yeast.

 



Effective tricks for getting your dog or cat to take a pill

Giving your pet a pill doesn’t need to be a challenging task! There are a few very effective tricks for getting your dog or cat to take a pill.

If your pet is difficult with medications, it’s generally best to opt for pills instead of liquid medication. Pills can be hidden in food items, whereas liquid medication involves old fashioned pet wrangling.

For pets who want absolutely nothing to do with pills, you’ll want to hide the food in some sort of unfamiliar food item. ‘Unfamiliar’ is the key word here. If your pet is familiar with the food item, he’ll be able to smell the difference when you’ve added a pill to the mix!

Some handy food items for giving pills include chunks of hot dog, cream cheese, cold cuts, Cheeze Whiz and sliced cheese (simply heat the cheese slice in the microwave for a few seconds, then mold the cheese into a ball around the pill.)

For pets who are cooperative when it comes to opening their mouth, a pill shooter is a great tool. This is especially true for small dogs and cats, as it can be difficult to get your fingers with the pill into a small pet’s mouth.

With these tips, you’ll find it’s easy and simple to give your pet a pill!

 



Games you can play with your pet using items around the house

Are you looking for some fun, easy ways to keep your dog entertained? Well, there are lots of games you can play using items around the house!

Bubbles are as simple as it comes, but they’re a great way to keep your dog or cat entertained. Most pets love chasing bubbles and it’s a game that can be made even more exciting if you have a bit of wind or a fan to send them moving quickly across the room or yard.

Soccer is another fun game. The key is to play with a sturdy ball that’s not apt to be punctured easily. Most dogs love a good game of soccer! Though remember to use your foot to pull the ball away from your dog before you kick, as you don’t want to accidentally kick your dog!

The water hose is yet another fun item that you’ll find around the house. Most dogs love chasing and biting at the water. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your pet cool in the hot summer months, while simultaneously watering your lawn!

A hose can be a bit too much for small dogs. But dogs of all sizes usually enjoy a plastic kiddie pool filled with a bit of water. They usually enjoy splashing around and playing in the water, especially on a hot day!

 

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Is your kitty a bit overwheight – try these fun games…

Is your kitty a bit overweight?
Are you looking for a fun way to help him lose weight? Well, making him work for his dinner won’t just help your cat lose weight, but he’ll also have lots of fun in the process!

This game works best for cats who eat dry kibble and who enjoy chasing and running after objects.

Food toss is quite simple. You’ll need to play while your kitty is hungry. To play, simply get his attention and toss a piece of kibble for him to chase! It’s best to play in an area with smooth, non-carpeted floors, as this allows the kibble to travel a bit further. Hallways are a nice area to play this game, since there are no dressers or furniture items for the kibble to go under.

Most cats get very into this game of chase and they’ll also love the food reward! If you’re using this method for feeding your cat his dinner, you’ll likely want to stop about halfway through the meal, as running on a full stomach can result in vomiting!

You can also play this game with treats, but you need to be sure to adjust your kitty’s meals accordingly so he doesn’t eat too much (remember, moderation is the key for weight loss!) Of course, this is also a great game for cats of a healthy weight! Some pets will even play this game with a small toy or ball, though this tends to be a bit more time-consuming for the owner since you’ll have to chase down the toy to throw it again (or train your cat to play fetch!)

 



A fun game to play with your dog and train him at the same time…

Looking for a fun game to play with your dog; a game that will also give him an opportunity to practice those obedience training commands?

A simple game of fling it fetch is perfect! All you need is a ball flinger (it’ll send the ball much further and you won’t need to bend over to pick up the ball!), two tennis balls and a safe area to play, like a large fenced yard.

You can practice the ‘sit’ command when your dog first returns with the fetched ball and when he’s waiting for you to toss the next ball!

You can practice the ‘give it’ or ‘drop it’ command when your dog returns with the ball. You can use the second ball as a perceived trade item.

When your dog is across the yard retrieving the ball, it’s the perfect opportunity to practice the ‘come’ command. You can also bounce the second ball and toss it up in the air and catch it to get your dog excited about the ball (which will make him want to ‘come’ even more!)

Fling it fetch is the perfect way to get your dog to stay active and burn off some of that energy, while simultaneously brushing up on those training skills!

 



You think your pet has a lot of fur?

Do you dread those brushing sessions?

Are you amazed by the amount of cat fur that you find on your furniture and clothes?

Well, meet Colonel Meow. He now holds the world record for being the cat with the longest locks, totaling an incredible 9 inches in length! He’ll appear in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, which is slated for release on September 12, 2013.

To confirm the kitty’s world record status, three separate veterinarians were tasked with measuring a total of ten fur samples from Colonel Meow.

Colonel Meow is actually fairly well known on the web, where his pouty expression and bossy persona have earned him an incredible following on Facebook, with nearly 180,000 fans, and Instagram, where he has more than 70,000 followers.

Colonel Meow isn’t a prim show cat. He comes from very humble roots, as his owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, say he’s actually a rescue, who was adopted from a rescue organization specializing in Himalayans and Persian cats.

For the record, his owners brush Colonel Meow’s long locks about three times per week and — no surprise here — it’s a two-person task.

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