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Frustrated With Your Feline? Build a Cat Tree and Get Rid of Your Cat’s Nasty Scratching Habits

Why would anyone want to build a cat tree? For starters, cats are amazing creatures and incredible, affectionate pets, but they do have some nasty habits. Perhaps the worst of all is their tendency to claw and scratch things like your arm, couch legs, carpet, and other furniture.

If you don’t pay close attention 24/7, you’ll probably find evidence of scratching in many places you don’t want ruined. One scratching episode is all it takes to completely destroy a nice piece of furniture.

Learning how to make a cat tree can provide your cat a safe and convenient place to scratch while saving you money. After all, purchasing a tree online or from a pet store can cost you hundreds of dollars.

Although most people believe cats scratch to sharpen their claws, that’s not the most likely reason. The main reason for scratching is communication. Scratching objects in their environment leaves a clear signal to other cats who venture into the area.

Scent glands in the paws also leave an odor mark during scratching. This is why cats will continue to try and scratch even after they’ve been declawed. Cats also scratch during play and sometimes in frustration when they aren’t allowed to do other things they want to do.

It’s virtually impossible to change a cat’s natural instinct to scratch. Therefore, it’s best to get your cat to prefer a scratching post over the leg of your couch or other furniture.

If you build a cat tree yourself by following a set of diy cat tree plans, you can provide a place for scratching along with a place to sleep and play. The tree may need to be coupled with other scratching posts spread throughout the house since cats often like to scratch in more than one place.

Building a cat tree isn’t difficult with a good set of plans. It can easily be completed in a weekend or over the course of a few days if you don’t have much time to work on it. They are also excellent family projects you can do with your husband, wife, and/or kids.



Source by D. J. Blandford

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Why Cat Urine Smells So Bad and Doesn’t Go Away

Cat urine odor is unique among the many smells we know. While there are other smells that are worse, most of us probably don’t come across them.

Many people wonder why cat urine odor is so hard to get rid of. This article talks a little bit about the composition of cat urine.

Cat urine is composed of five different bacteria strains. Two of the bacteria strains are associated with the cat’s marking scent. The other strains are in the cat spray, urine, and uric acid.

The sticky, tacky part of cat urine is urea. Urochrome is the pigment, and then there are the uric acid crystals and salts.

The first two components are not difficult to clean. The uric acid with its crystals and salts are what we continually see and smell, long after we’ve tried to clean the cat urine spot.

The crystals are insoluble, and they bond tightly to any surface they land on. This is why cat urine is immune to common household cleaners. Any type of moisture that gets on the crystals reactivates them. This is why we smell cat urine odor more distinctly when the weather is very humid.

The only way to completely and permanently clean up cat urine odor from any surface in your home is to use an enzyme cleaner. These cleaners are special formulas that actually eat the bacteria and crystals in cat urine.

Common household cleaners don’t contain enzymes. If they do, the enzymes are probably specific to cleaning up blood. Pet odor and stain removers use enzymes that attack and get rid of urine bacteria.

The worst type of cleaner you can use on cat urine odor puddles is any ammonia cleaner! Cat urine contains ammonia. Pour one of these cleaners onto that puddle, and its calling kitty’s name to come over and mark the spot again!

Now you know more about cat urine and its’ odor than you probably wanted. However, if you or someone you know has a cat urine odor problem, this is why it’s so difficult to get rid of.



Source by Nancy Wigal

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Are Cats Color Blind?

No, is the answer, however, their color vision is quite poor. In the first half of this century scientists were positive that cats were completely color blind and one expert reworked a popular saying with the words: ‘Day and night, all cats see gray.’ That was the persisting attitude in the 1940s, however during the past few decades more measured inquiry has been accomplished and it’s now recognized that cats are able to pick out certain colors, but not, seemingly, with very much finesse.

The reason why earlier experiments neglected to show the existence of cats’ color vision was because in discrimination tests cats rapidly caught on to subtle differences in the stage of grayness of colors and then refused to abandon these clues when they were confronted with two colors of precisely the same degree of grayness. Therefore the exams yielded negative results. Employing more advanced techniques, recent fields of study have been capable in proving that cats can tell between red and green, red and blue, red and gray, green and blue, green and gray, blue and gray, yellow and blue, and yellow and gray. Whether they can distinguish between other pairs of colors is still in question. For instance, one expert thinks that they can also can distinguish the difference between red and yellow, but other experts disagree.

Whatever the outcome of these investigations one point is certain: color is not crucial in the lives of cats as it is in ours. Their eyes are much more tuned to seeing in dim light, where they need only 1/6 of the light we do to pick out the same details of movement and shape.



Source by Lamar Dean

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Learning More About Your Beloved Cat Pet

1. Cats make for the most preferred pet in the US. Their population is 88 million, compared to 74 million of dogs.

2. Some cats are known to have remained alive even after falling down from thirty-two stories onto concrete.

3. A cluster of cats is called a clowder.

4. A cat spends seventy percent of its lifetime sleeping.

5. A cat has more than twenty muscles to control its ears.

6. These small felines are not able to identify sweetness.

7. Having a cat as a pet reduces the chances of heart attack/stroke by 30%

8. When a cat grimaces, it is generally “taste-scenting.” Cats possess an additional organ, which with a breathing control, allows them to sense taste of air.

9. The middle of tigers’ and tabbies’ tongue is covered with spines pointing in backward direction which they use for gripping and breaking meats.

10. A cat’s purr can be a sign of contentment or nervousness. It could be a kind of self-healing.

11. There is evidence suggesting that cats have been here since 3600 B.C. That is two thousand years earlier than the pharaohs of Egypt.

12. The frequency of spur of a domestic cat equals the rate at which its bones and muscles repair themselves.

13. Adult cats meow only for communicating with humans.

14. Usually, cats are unable to digest lactose, so don’t feed them milk!

15. Likewise, cats should not be served fish.

16. Female cats are normally right pawed, but male cats are frequently left pawed.

17. Cats can produce nearly a hundred different sounds, while dogs can produce about ten.

18. Cat’s brain is more similar to a human brain compared to that of a dog.

19. The brains of cats and humans have almost matching sections that cause emotions.

20. The data storage capacity of a cat is 100 times more of an iPad.

21. Compared to dogs, the social IQ of cats is poorer, but they can work out more difficult cognitive problems whenever they are in a mood to do so.

22. In case of cats, the part of brain that processes information contains 300 million neurons; the corresponding figure for dogs is 160 million.

23. Compared to dogs, cats possess longer term memory, more so when they learn by doing things than by just seeing them.

24. There are five toes on the front paws of a cat and four on the back, except when it is a polydactyl.

25. The credit of inventing the first cat door goes to Isaac Newton.

26. Initially, a kitty litter comprised of sand, but got swapped by more spongy clay during 1948.

27. By using their whiskers, these felines can assess if they can fit into a given space.

28. A domesticated cat is quicker than Usain Bolt.

29. A cat is able to jump up to 6 times its length.

30. Cats use only their foot pads for sweating out.

31. One legend has it that cats got created as a Lion on Noah’s Ark, which sneezed and two kittens were delivered.

32. When this small feline leaves its poop uncovered, interpret it as their sign of aggression, meaning they are not afraid of you.

33. Cats can influence humans by changing their meow. For example, they emulate human baby when they want food.



Source by Karina Popa

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The 8-Steps To Animal Communication!

Have you been wondering what Animal Communication is all about? Maybe you have wanted to learn how but didn’t know where to begin? Or do you already know how to communicate with your animal and would like some extra tips?

Great!… you have come to the right place to learn the answers to your questions and begin to explore what your animal has to say!

Yet, before we begin with the 8-Step process there are some things to consider.

First… What is Animal Communication?…

1. Animal Communication is all about connecting with the pure energy of your beloved companion be it a dog, horse, cat, bird, fish, etc.

2. It is considered by professional Animal Communicators as the Universal language of all species of animals.

3. When communicating with your animal companion it should be on an energetic level not on the level of your intellect or ego.

4. Animal Communication is about respecting the animal that you are talking to and aligning your energy with the energy of that animal… not the other way around.

5. It is all about believing in the power, intelligence and higher purpose of all animals and nature.

Now that we have defined what Animal Communication is let’s get to work with The 8-Steps to Animal Communication

The 8-Steps to Animal Communication

1. It is important to set up the area where you would like to communicate with your animal. This is important to do on a physical level as well as energetic level. Be sure you are free of any distractions so that you are fully able to make a deep energetic connection.

2. In the beginning it is good practice to keep notes of the information that you are receiving. Notes allow you to refer back to the information if you set up multiple appointments.

3. Prepare your energetic self by meditating, chanting, etc

4. Be aware of how your physical body feels. Do you hurt anywhere? Are you tired?

5. Make a connection to Spirit.

6. Greet the energy of the animal and introduce yourself.

7. When the animal greets you back you may then ask questions and receive the answers.

8. When the animal is done giving you information give appropriate thanks and then disconnect.

Communicating with your animal companion is a wonderful way to build trust and deepen your relationship. They really do want to talk with us and with some practice you will be able to talk to the animal in your life and learn some fun and exciting things!



Source by Wendy Van de Poll

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Do Cats Get Bored?

When I first adopted Priscilla, she was 12 weeks old. She was very small and sweet. She fit into my handbag and that was what I took her home in. With just her head sticking out so she could breathe, I thought she was this little bundle of joy. And for the most part, she was.

Prissy, as I call her, was not properly weaned from her mother’s milk so when I took her home, she didn’t know how to eat or drink. I gave her some kitten milk through a straw. I also had to feed her by placing food in my hand, putting Prissy on my lap, and giving her one piece at a time.

Within a couple of hours, she was eating on her own. She could also drink by herself.

She was the usual playful kitten but because she was so young and small, she tired easily. One day while playing with my finger, she fell asleep right in the middle of playtime. She slept on my chest for the next few hours.

My older cat, Pooka, taught her how to clean herself and use the litter box. Pooka treated Prissy as though she was her own kitten from the start.

While cooking dinner one night, I had to leave it alone on the stove for a few minutes. When I returned, Prissy was on the stove, straddled over the pan of food, licking it up as it cooked.

I pulled her off of the stove as soon as I found her while telling her not to do that again. Of course, as a very independent kitten, she had to learn for herself. And that came about when she put her paws into a hot oven. She quickly jumped down and never again went near the range.

I began to notice something Priscilla did regularly. She liked to go on indoor runs but was never happy to stop when she reached a wall. No, it was then that she would climb the walls, nearly to the top before having to get back down.

Even though I had scratching posts at different places around the house, she found scratching at furniture to be her favourite past time. Try as I might, I could not stop her from using the furniture to sharpen her claws.

By this time, Pooka was already 8 years old and quite well-behaved. Oh, she went through her “terrible twos” also. When I first adopted Pooka, I took her to a friend’s home. At 6 months old, she put my friend’s cats in their place then proceeded to climb the river rock above the fireplace.

Pooka also enjoyed climbing screens as a kitten. I lived in Florida at the time and lived on the fifth floor in a condo. Another of her habits for her first year was to suck on my ear. She sucked it raw. That stopped almost immediately after she was 1-year-old.

Fast forward a couple of years and Prissy was still very kitten like in her behaviour. She would scratch the furniture while I was watching. I would tell her no and she would look back at me as if to say “what”.

She would get into all kinds of trouble. She dug up carpets trying to get into rooms which were closed off to her. The hallway was a mess when we left that apartment.

I often thought that Prissy would never calm down.

In November 2015, we moved to Spain. Pooka and Prissy both had the run of our outdoors. This is a small community with very little motor vehicle traffic. They are quite safe to go out here. They have a pet door and can come and go as they please.

Prissy again took to the outdoors. This time, however, because she can now leave whenever she wishes, she no longer claws at furniture or walls. She doesn’t climb the walls since she has plenty of room to run. I rarely have to tell her ‘no’ anymore. She is a changed cat.

I asked why she changed so much. The answer: She is free. Prissy is no longer getting bored. So, yes, the answer is cats DO get bored.



Source by Lisa Franks

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5 Reasons Why Some People Prefer Cats Instead of Dogs

Cats Are Not That Noisy

Dogs bark at people passing by, other animals and when it couldn’t get its favorite toy under the couch. No matter what the reason, continuous barking can be annoying to even the most passionate dog lovers.

On the other hand, cats also make noise especially during nighttime, when most cats are active. However their purrs and meows can be relatively quiet. These sounds are not only cute but may actually mean something, which cat owners have learned to recognize. Whenever a cat meows, this can tell if it is hungry or wants to be cuddled.

Caring for Kittens Involves Less Work

Whether pet owners have a puppy or kitten they need to devote time and energy when attending to it. They need to help it adjust to its new home and to a different diet as well as do some preliminary training, which may cause some sleep deprivation in the first weeks with a new kitten or puppy.

However, puppies need to go through continuous training (particularly when it comes to potty training) while kittens, when weaned from their mothers, can easily learn the basics of litter box use and can be left without supervision during the day.

To exercise extra caution, it is best to leave kitty in a room where it will not get into trouble while its owner is away. At, least he/she can be sure that kitty is safe because it is confined to a smaller space, where it will not be able to destroy anything.

Cats Ward Off Pests

Cats are hunters by nature so it is in their blood to hunt, stalk and attack their prey even if it is only on television. Cat owners should not let their pet eat its catch, whether it is a mouse or bug but it always makes them happy to have a pest-free home, which is one of the several advantages of having pet kitties. Furthermore, the scent of a cat can prevent rodents from invading their home since when these pests sense a hunter inside, they will less likely to proceed.

Cats are Clean

Dogs love smelly things like poop, garbage and dead animals, to name a few plus they love to roll their body on it. For this reason, dog owners need to bathe and groom their pet on a regular basis, which can cost a lot whenever it is brought to the groomer.

In essence, cats clean themselves. Cat owners can groom their pet every now and then using a brush and clip its nails whenever needed however, this is not a must since cats can manage to keep themselves clean all the time.

Cats Respect the Personal Space of Humans

When people come home from a tiring day, they may not feel like playing with a dog that keeps on following them wherever they go, insisting on playing fetch. Cats are sometimes known to be cold and distant but they know what personal space means and they respect that. They do not crave for the attention of people around them therefore, their human family can find time to relax after work.



Source by Karina Popa

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5 Positive Cat Gestures And Their Meanings

Cats show us their true feelings in ways that are not always obvious. When your feline friend exhibits certain behaviours they are communicating to you and sending you a message that may well display the way that they are feeling about you and the world.

We have gathered together five common positive behaviours and a brief explanation of their meanings so that you may better understand our feline friends.

Rubbing Their Head Against You

When a cat rubs its head or face against you it is marking you with its scent glands and claiming you as one of its own. This is a very secure and affectionate gesture that is not only complimentary to you as an owner but is a source of comfort for your feline friend.

Your Cat Stares Into Your Eyes

This gesture is again a source of affection. Researchers have stated that when your cat stares into your eyes and blinks, opens its eyes wide then stares and blinks again then that is the feline equivalent of giving you a kiss and can be interpreted that your cat both loves and trusts you.

Your Cat Displays Their Belly To You

Another affectionate and trusting gesture, when displaying their belly openly a cat is showing that they are comfortable enough to be vulnerable and potentially defenceless around you.

Openly displaying their furry underside while on their back shows that you have a cat that feels both loved and protected by you and is very complimentary to you as an owner.

Your Cat Follows You Around

A cat that follows you around is showing that they enjoy your company and is comfortable with you. Following you and jumping from surface to surface to get closer to you is a clear and positive indication that your cat loves you and wants to be as close as it can be with you.

This following behaviour when not associated with an imminent feeding time is certainly the most indicative loving gesture as, although your cat may be a very loving companion, any cat owner knows that most cats are not shy when it comes to communicating their needs and level of comfort expected from their human caretakers.

The Happy Tail Dance Gesture

Have you ever seen your cat hold their tail upright while showing a slight curve in the top of it?

This gesture is sometimes known as the ‘happy tail dance’ and is an expression of happiness and warmth from your kitty.



Source by John Deeprose

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Territory Behavior Problems

Cats are curious little creatures. They’re completely domesticated but have retained a number of their wild instincts. Their domestication story is really interesting and sheds light on how this happened. One of the wild traits they’ve maintained is their fierce territoriality and with that the need to watch over it. These two instincts can lead to behavior problems, especially when an intruder is involved.

To a cat, their house and everything they can see around it is their domain. Cats will spend the majority of their waking hours peering through windows to watch over their territory. As long as this territory goes unchallenged, cats will be content to just watch the birds and lizards, but as soon it becomes compromised things can get a little tense.

Your cat’s individual temperament along with the behavior of the intruder will factor into just how harshly your cat will react. You might think that watching as the stranger hunts your cat’s territory would be the worse case scenario, but most cats are more upset by strangers looking in on them. This is called visual intimidation and it can be a difficult-to-diagnose source of behavior problems.

Behavior Problems

When your cat is struggling with maintaining their territory, they will likely begin showing territory based behaviors like they would in the wild. Inappropriate scratching is common, especially around the border of your cat’s territory. If your cat is strictly indoors, you might notice that your curtains and window and door frames are taking the brunt of this abuse. Scratching is both visual and scent based marking and in the wild can be very effective in maintaining border control. I have an article explaining what you can do if scratching becomes destructive.

Urine marking is a means of timesharing territory when the cat population in an area is too high for individual territories. Because cats aren’t social creatures and because they do their best to avoid conflict, they developed a message system of keeping out of contact when their territories overlap. Urine marking can tell other cats a surprising amount about the each other. In the case of territory guarding, urine marking can tell other cats the last time the resident cat was there and how often they return. For cats in the wild and at home, this helps to keep possibly dangerous encounters to a minimum.

Middening, or leaving behind unburied feces is another problem you might notice that falls in the timesharing category. It’s a less common communication tactic in domesticated cats but certainly sends a message to other cats of when they can be expecting the resident cat. Middening shouldn’t be confused with inappropriate toileting. One way you can determine the difference is if the poo is left out in the open and there was no attempt at covering it.

What You Can Do

If you feel like your cat is struggling with territory infringement, do your best to determine where their territory is being compromised. From there you should determine what things you can do to keep other cats from being seen or staring in on your cat.

Perches like sheds, fence posts, and cars can provide neighborhood cats with the perfect place to sit and stare at your cat. Since you can’t readily move any of those things to stop the cat from perching, you’ll need to try to obstruct your cat’s view. Closing your curtains to the problem won’t help since it’s so easy for your cat to get around them. Consider closing your blinds during the time the cat is most often around or keeping them out of that room.

If your cat’s upset with cats passing by, you can try cutting off their visual territory by arranging potted plants and patio furniture to limit how far they can see and thus claim. I’ve heard of other more intense strategies involving motion activated sprinkler systems. If you find that no amount of rearranging is keeping your cat from marking and emotional distress than those solutions might be worth looking into.



Source by Amber Ketchum

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Understanding Cat Sounds

Have you ever wondered why your cat is meowing at odd times of the day? Things would be so much easier if only you could understand what it was trying to say. This article presents a short guide to cat sounds so that you can hopefully have an idea of what your cat is thinking about most of the time.

Meowing: A cat’s meow is its principal means of communication and can mean a whole lot of things. A cat meows mainly to command attention. So when your cat starts meowing persistently, you better sit up and take notice. Meowing usually means your cat is hungry or needs to go outside.

Mewling: The mewl is a soft sound usually associated with kittens rather than adult cats. It can be a call for some petting or it can also mean that your cat is not feeling well. Check up on your cat to see if it is eating properly. If yes, then some tender loving care will take care of the mewling.

Yowling: The yowl is an aggressive call made when the cat’s demands are being ignored, when the cat is involved in a fight or it is birthing. It can be a very annoying sound and can soon turn into a hiss.

Hissing: The hiss is an indication of either displeasure or fear. When cats hiss, their fur stands on one end and the back arches. It is better to keep a safe distance from your cat if it is hissing.

Growling: Growling is very rare in cats. Cats usually growl at things which are a potential threat. If your cat is growling, try to find out the source of her anger and remove it. In case the growl is directed at you, back off and let the kitty have some space of its own.

Purring: Purring is one sound that is exclusive to the cat family. There are basically two types of purrs. The slow and steady purr indicates that the cat is enjoying being petted and the deep purr, which is louder, means that your cat has had enough of petting. Once your cat starts deep purring, it’s time to let it go.

We hope that this article motivates you to start observing your pet and her range of cat sounds closely. Go ahead and do so and you will find that it is possible to judge your cat’s moods and demands easily.



Source by Flora Westbrooks

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How Cats Use Their Tails to Communicate

Your cat’s tail can tell you a lot about what sort of mood your cat is in. I love studying my cats and watching them for a long period of time. I find I am learning more about them through their body language which helps me understand them better. I love watching people too as their body language is equally as interesting and tells me much about our society.

Your cat’s tail can move in so many different ways. There is the gentle twitch Cassie uses when she is eating. Then there is the slow ‘tail wave’ when she is lying on my lap being petted. She will often speed up the wave or make it stronger if I’m doing some cross stitch or reading and not paying enough attention to her. She will also lay her tail on top of the book to make me stop reading so I can pay more attention to her. This is a deliberate action on her part.

Cat body language is fascinating. So is the body language of any animal, including humans, which is why I love studying them. And the tail is a special part of cat body language and a wonderful tool that they use to communicate with us.

If you notice your cat’s tail all fluffed out, she is most likely frightened or angry and trying to make herself look bigger. Usually the fur will be standing on end for the same reason. If the tail is standing up straight, your cat is happy and content, while a low hanging tail between the legs means she is unhappy about something or being submissive to an alpha cat. One that is waving from side to side at an angle means she could be derisive and not interested in you at all at the moment. It is the cat equivalent to being ‘given the finger’ from a surly and unco-operative teenager.

A hooked tail means your cat wants to be friends but is not really sure about you, and one that is straight and pointing out at a 45 degree angle is showing another cat that she doesn’t feel threatened but doesn’t really know the newcomer. She is prepared to be friends when the tail is at this angle.

If your cat is sitting and the tail is thrashing from side to side, she is telling you that she is either excited, angry or irritable. You will need to be careful and watch for other body language cues such as hissing or flattened ears. If the tail is merely twitching when she is sitting, it means she is alert and interested in what is going on around her. This could be a good time to start playing with her or to teach her a new trick.

A tail that is angled down means your cat could become aggressive and if you notice that the tail comes out straight for a bit before angling down, be careful as that means she feels cornered or defensive and could quickly become aggressive and attack.

I love to see my cat’s tail standing straight out to the back as this means my cat is in a good mood. She is not feeling aggressive or worried about anything, life is treating her well. Even better is seeing her tail straight up and quivering slightly as this means she is happy to see me.

Study your cat as often as you can. You can learn a lot of things about their mood just by watching their body language, especially the language of the tail. And I suggest you teach these tail movement meanings to your children as early as possible. It could help prevent scratches and bites if they understand when to back away from an angry cat. You will be amazed at how much cats use their tails to communicate.



Source by Kathy Robinson

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Small Stuffed Animals – Plush Toys

Do you ever recall of your childhood playing with stuffed toys and there was just one plush toy that you were addicted to. Great days right? Well, let’s just bring those memories back and give your children the same. As we bring you the new range of small stuffed animals. Those who aren’t aware of a plush toy, it’s a toy which is sewn from a plain cloth. And it is stuffed with a very soft material which makes it Squeezable. The first-ever country to make a stuffed toy was Germany. These toys are now used all around the world and quite famous among the children aged 0-10. In America, they are known by many names and some include plushies or Snuggies. Whereas in England it’s famous with two names only; soft toys or cuddly toys.

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What makes small stuffed animals adorable?

These stuffed toys come with a load of fun. Being safe is not the only advantage. Parents might think of them as soft and cute small stuffed animals. They have a lot of potential lying in them. The great advantages a kid can get from them are:

    • Educational: These animal shaped toys are a way of learning for the children. They become familiar with the words like cat, dog and a lion.
    • Imagination: These plushies help children open the gates of their imagination. They help them in imagining the animal being in action. For example; a lion would help them imagine its way of living in the jungle. After all, every kid wants its animal to be the best.
    • Emotions: They are a tremendous way of testing your kid’s emotions. They’ll hit it, throw it and kiss it. This way it becomes easier to observe their emotions and can know about their likes and dislikes.
    • Creating A Field: A kid’s imagination can never be stopped once the gates have been opened. Once they start reaching an age of understanding they will start creating fields for their Snuggies. For instance; a boy having a rhino would consider making a battlefield and making it into a war zone. But a girl would even make a crocodile into a fairy or a princess of some magical world.
    • Secret Holders: These adorable toys can be a great secret holder for your kids as many kids like discussing their secrets with someone who they can rely on. They need someone with whom they can talk and play with all day. And once they are in love with their favourite cuddly toys, they will share their secrets with them.
  • Calmer: Once these stuffed animals are your children’s best friend they would start treating them as real pets. And you know what pets are really good at. Yes!Calming you down. They do and will work as a great calmer. When you see them in bad mood, make sure that they lay their eyes on their best pets.

These animals are the best way you can grow your children in imaginations. Not only that they will have a great sleep as they are warm and cozy.

Source by Jaedong Cao

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What’s So Special About Bakugan Battle Brawlers? Dan and Drago, Warrior Friends & Bakugan Toys

So, what’s so special about Bakugan?

First of all, the spelling is kind of a mystery. Especially when you don’t have it in front of you. How would you spell it? It’s a little tricky, isn’t it? A little intriguing.  Even I spell it wrong (backagone, bacon, etc.). But kids know exactly how to spell it.

Bakugan Toys

Secondly, the whole thing is just plain addicting. The show, those “balls,” the characters. You can’t have just one.  They come in many bright colors, sizes and shapes. They open to different characters and shapes, that look cool. Most kids have at least 10. You need 3 to battle.

If you ask any kid in grade school (2nd, 3rd, 4th grade and up) you’ll get your answer.  Bakugan Battle Brawler toys are so irresistible and catching on quick – so quick in fact, that they are the new Pokemon in my opinion. And better. Besides being able to battle with them yourself – roll them around on the table, you can battle with your friends at recess, “they’re portable,” and can fit in your pocket, purse or backpack. And like Pokemon, practice math at the same time. A new more sophisticated, higher tech Pokemon. There are cards, “balls” or battle brawlers, and action figure characters. And of course, a tv show, dvd and cool chapter books. There is a battle arena which is great for playing at home, and many toys that are coming out on a regular basis. They sell out every morning at our local Target, so the best place to buy them is online.

So, what is Bakugan all about? Just throwing some plastic balls onto a card and playing the game?

No! Not just, and only that…there’s much more to it. There’s a whole entire world of Bakugan, a whole story that goes along with it.  Dan and his friends are ultimately trying to save the earth, and the parallel universe Vestroia from the Bakugan monsters, so they Battle and fight to win. Dan and his young warrior friends initially thought the cards they found and battled with were just a fun game but the characters on the cards were Bakugan monsters with their own agenda and it’s become a race to restore peace throughout the universe.

The graphics for Bakugan are outstanding. Eye catching colors and designs of the characters and setting are so cool and outrageous. Think Fantasy purples, reds, blues and greens, foreign territory and outer space. The posters look just as awesome as the cards and tv show. They will definitely transform your room or playroom.

So, if your looking for something fun, fantastic and a little different this year for Christmas….you’ll know just what to get. And, don’t forget the stocking stuffers.

Source by E Enright

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Ouch! That Hurts – Teach Your Cat Not to Bite

These are not the words you want your guests to be screaming at you. To avoid embarrassment, train your cat not to bite before your guests have an unpleasant experience. Training your cat not to bite involves understanding why biting is a natural cat instinct, why it can indicate a power struggle and what actions will result in changed behavior.

Teach Your Cat Not to Bite

Understanding Why Biting Is A Natural Cat Instinct

There are some reasons why cats bite. This seems to be the most common problem with owners of cats. Cats bite, scratch and roll around with their playmates. This is important training for them because when they grow into adult cats, they will need to hunt for their prey. House cats do not need to hone in on their hunting skills, it is just natural for them to practice anyhow. This is where you need to teach your cat which behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not.

Why It Can Indicate A Power Struggle?

If you are not careful, your furry animal will take control over you and your household. Failure to not train your cat to bite, you will find your cat taking this up to the next level and could possibly cause some injuries. So, you need to show your cat who is boss. This will be a power struggle between the two of you. This type of dominance through physical assertion is natural in cats. If you are not dominant, your cat will be. This does not mean that you have to be mean to be aggressive. It is damaging not to give your pet some rules to live by so that they know the boundaries and where they are drawn.

What Actions Will Result In Changed Behavior

Basically, it boils down to behavior issues with your cat. When your cat was a young kitten, it learned how far it could push other kittens by testing boundaries. It would bite, scratch, and play fights with its littermates until it lost a fighting battle. After a while, it learned if it continued doing what it did, it causes a reaction that she does not like and will stop. Again, do not take this to the extreme or be abusive to your cat during training.

Here are some tips to help kitty from stop biting:

Use the spray bottle method – This is a very simple method, every time your cat displays an improper behavior just spray water in her face. Be careful not to spray any water in her ears. A downside to this method is that you must keep the bottle close to you so if you observe your cat showing the incorrect behavior, you can use the spray. This makes using this method very difficult. Also, some cats may like water and this method will not work.

The best way to stop the biting behavior is to not tolerate it from the beginning. When starting any training program, be sure to get your entire family on the same page, otherwise, your cat will get the wrong signals. You may want to consider using a clicker in the training of your cat.

Ignore Your Cat – If your cat wants attention according to her schedule and end the attention at her convenience, you will experience biting issues. If you are giving your cat so much attention that she wants to get away from you, and bites to get you to leave her alone, then the best recourse you can have is ignoring her. You can try giving your cat attention in small amounts then stop giving the attention before her limit has been reached is a place to start. If you know your cat will bite if you pet her after 3 minutes, then stop after 2. Do not play with her if she bites. This can backfire if your cat does not want to be bothered.

Bite Her Back – This method may seem unusual, but it works. In her natural environment, she would stop biting other cats if they bite back. You just need to give her a reason to stop. Make a loud noise and say “No!” whenever your cat bites. This may take a few tries, but giving her an unpleasant response every time will help her to learn that this behavior will not be accepted.

Reinforce Positive Behavior – Every time your furry friend shows the correct behavior, always give her some verbal praise, petting her, giving her favorite treat will go a long way for her to behave in the manner you are looking for. Do not reward your pet for showing the incorrect behavior. Otherwise, you will be defeating your purpose.

Source by G Haas

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How to Make Homemade Guinea Pig Toys

Guinea pigs are very social, playful animals. They require daily attention and care. It is necessary to provide them with a wide variety of toys for them to play with when they are lonely or bored. Here is a list of exciting homemade toys that your pet will love.

cat toys

Socks– Everybody has at least a few pair-less socks that are lying around somewhere. Good toys to make with these socks are:

Sock pillows: Fill an old sock with hay and tie the end off. My guinea pig loves to drag these around.

Play-Socks: Find a holey sock and put it in your pets’ cage. He will likely run into it and stick his nose out of the holes.

Sock Stacks: Simply stack a huge pile of socks in your guinea pigs habitat. Watch they climb up and jump down. Geronimo!

Sock Hammock: Much like the popular ferret’s toy, this is just a little hanging bed. To make, cut open a sock so that it is in the shape of a square. Using a hole puncher, make four openings in the corners of the sock. Tie four separate pieces of string on the corners, then join them at the top by tying them together. Attach to the top of the cage so that the bed hangs two or three inches off of the ground.

Seed Sock: Tie up a sock as you would if you were making a sock pillow. But instead of filling it with hay, fill it with seeds. Tie the sock to the top of the habitat and cut a very small hole at the bottom of the sock (the hole should be slightly larger than the seeds inside the sock). Now your pig can pull seeds out of the sock if he gets desires a crunchy treat.

Tennis Sock: Put a tennis ball in a sock without holes and tie off. He will drag it around and even toss it. Replace the sock if it rips (unless you want the ball rolling around).

Boxes N’ Bags– Guinea pigs love these to hide and play in! Your guinea pig will love these.

Boxes: You can put a plain box in the cage, or a box without a bottom. You can stack them to build a castle, or cut them up to make a fort. You can even tape them together to make multi-level houses! Guinea pigs love boxes, so be sure to give yours some to play in.

Paper Bags: My guinea pig absolutely LOVES paper bags, and will amuse himself for hours playing in such a simple toy. I think he just likes the way that it crinkles.

Towels– These are good as make-shift beds, forts (if you hang them up in the corners of the cage), blankets, and even separators if you want to have a wall in-between parts of the cage.

Little things for guinea pigs to roll, toss, drag, sit on/in, and look at-

Crumpled up newspaper, cat toys with bells, tennis balls, little bowls/containers (like butter tubs or lunch meat containers), mirrors, small stuffed animals, plain wooden blocks (without sealants-just plain old dull blocks), bricks (stack them), toilet paper tubes, and tissues. Tissues are my guinea pigs favorite food group.

Have fun!

Source by Roger Engle

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Different Kitten Toys for Different Kitten Traits

Isn’t it amazing to see your lovely cats playing happily? Isn’t it nice to bond with them while you’re on a vacation or off from work? I say so! Cats are playful animals. They easily get bored when they do nothing. They obliterate furniture and your important stuff when they can’t see anything to play with. This kind of incident normally happens to a house cat. To make you at ease and your cats happy, you have to buy them kitten toys. With the help of the World Wide Web, you will discover varieties of toys for your kittens.

Different Kitten Toys

Since cats get easily bored, you have to apply the rotation toy technique. This is the secret of a happy cat. Cats are intelligent animals; they can easily recognize old toys and new toys. In order to make your cat be amused with those toys, you have to introduce them to new toys and new techniques of playing the toys, if you will still give them the old one. Toy mice, crinkly balls, springy shapes and balls with bells are toys that are suitable for cats who love to chase stuff around. This type of cat is also referred to as “hockey cats” since they are like those hockey balls that goes anywhere. They love to roam around and do lots of action too.

Another type of cat that plays a new type of toys is the “ninja cat”. They are those cats who love to hunt for anything. Like ninjas, this type of cat loves to track, hound and ensnare their prey. Cat dancers, fishing pole arrangements with a toy on the end are the type of toys that are very suitable for them.

One toy that is suitable for playful cat is called the “wand toy”. Your cat needs you with this type of toy. It is perfect when you have nothing to do and you just want to play with your cat. It’s good to play this kind of toy before your cat sleeps, to disperse their energy before sleeping.

A cat that wants to see little changes is called “study cats”. This type of cat loves to play stuffs that are located in a certain place. You may give them sealed toys floating in water, beads on wires or abacus beads. This kind of activity for cats enhances their way of thinking too and develops their mental activity.

The truth is there are several toys that your cats can play on. Whatever toys you’ll give, they will surely enjoy them. Just make sure to keep track of those toys that your cats love to play on. Since cats are playful animals, you also have to consider playing with them. Don’t let your cats get bored; make them happy by giving them kitten toys.

Source by Luis Cameron

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