Up for grabs this month is the Cat Amazing Sliders Stimulating Cat Puzzle Toy that we have been reviewing for the past several weeks – be on the look out for the review to be posted this month!
Sliders is a great interactive cat toy for indoor cats. It’s an ever-changing treat puzzle, with multiple layers, sliding inner boxes and nooks and crannies, it keeps cats and kittens active and playing for hours.
The great thing about stimulating cat toys like the Cat Amazing Slider is that it engages natural instincts in cats to explore, scratch, sniff, find and retrieve hidden treats.
Mentally stimulating cat toys help to challenge your cat with solo interactive play.
So far my 10-year old Ragdoll cats, Charlie and Trigg, as well as my sister’s 5-year old Ragdoll cats, Ash and Addie, have really enjoyed fishing their Whole Life Pet Treats out of the Sliders cat puzzle toy.
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Originally published June 21, 2017
Unfortunately, blackheads and acne are not just for teenagers—they can turn up on your cat’s chin, too, as they have on Chiggy and Caymus (see videos on this post to see what I mean). If your cat has black stuff on his chin, this is the first sign of cat acne. Fortunately, you can get rid of these black flecks before the turn into full-fledged zits.
There is also treatment for this type of acne and with perseverance, your cat can be zit-free in no time. Here’s everything you need to know about these mysterious black flecks and, most importantly, how and why you should make them go away.
Cat chin acne is an inflammation of the cat’s skin from the chin area, which is extremely sensitive. It is a seborrheic dermatitis commonly located in the chin area. The main result is an excessive production of sebum.
This is an oily compound normally produced in the skin to protect it from various environmental factors, but in the area affected by dermatitis, the sebum production greatly outweighs the normal amount. As such, this area becomes very oily and black flecks appear on the cat’s fur. This is nothing else than accumulated sebum which has solidified.
The first sign of cat chin acne is the chin area becoming oilier. You may notice that the cat’s hairs are glued together by the sebum, just as you would see your hair if you haven’t washed it for a few days.
However, this usually goes by unnoticed because the differences are subtle and the evolution is quite rapid. What does stand out is the blackheads, which actually aren’t attached to the skin, just to the cat’s fur.
What typically happens is owners notice that there is this black, coffee-grind-like flecks in the cat’s fur. Quite commonly, pet owners sometimes mistake them for flea poop on a cat’s chin, and take their kitties to the vet.
If the black flecks are only present on the cat’s chin, then vets point to acne instead of flea infestation because fleas would not leave poop solely under a cat’s chin.
There is a simple test that you can do at home to find out if your cat has a flea infestation or chin acne and the answer is in the flecks. It is quite easy to tell the difference between these two types of black flecks since they are very different things.
In the case of acne, the black flecks are dried out sebum. They are dried out oil, which means that when exposed to a bit of heat, they will melt into a more fluid oil. As for flea droppings, these are the fecal matters of a flea, which feeds primarily of blood. These black flecks are digested blood.
You need a white paper napkin and some warm water. You place the black flecks on the napkin and you fold them in. Then, you apply the warm water and rub the napkin (with the flecks inside) between your palms for about one minute. When you open the napkin, you will have a definitive answer.
If you notice the area around the fleck becoming red or reddish brown, then you are dealing with flea droppings. If the flecks are the result of acne, then you will see the area around them turning light yellow, or very light brown, as the dried out sebum is melting.
If you don’t take any measures to treat your cat’s acne, then it will not go away on its own. We will get to the treatment options right away, but first, here’s how the illness progresses.
If left unattended, the black flecks on the cat’s chin become appear in larger and larger numbers. The skin produces so much sebum, that it can’t breathe properly. Moreover, the adherence of the flecks to the fur also damage the hairs.
The result is the inflammation of the skin on the cat’s chin. At first, it becomes pink and it is sensitive to the touch. However, this can quickly develop to the point where the skin is red and extremely sensitive.
It is also itchy, so when the cat scratches the area, it produces lesions. You can notice blood on the cat’s skin and the area with the flecks becoming larger.
At this point, the dermatitis becomes quite serious because the cat is very prone to developing an infection. Its chin has to be cleaned right away and it also needs local antiseptics and even topical antibiotics.
Since the area is extremely sensitive, dermatitis located in the area is quite painful for the cat. The itchiness also persists, which means that your cat could make new lesions when it scratches the next time.
Other possible complications are localized in the pores. Since the sebum production mechanism is affected, the excessive production of the substance could cause a pore to clog up. The large amount of sebum at the mouth of the pore is like a lid keeping it closed.
However, this does not stop sebum production, but since the sebum cannot be externalized, it gathers up inside the pore causing it to swell. This can happen even if the cat does not have acne, but it is located to one or two pores.
In the context of acne, a large number of pores are affected and this makes the inflammation more complicated. Sometimes, clogged pores get unclogged all by themselves in time.
But when a large number of pores is affected, this cannot happen as easily. These pores have to be unclogged manually by the vet, who will use surgical cloth and betadine to wipe the area. The cloth will gently remove the sebum “lids” from the pores, thus evacuating the accumulated substance inside.
Another possible complication is the local infection of these pores. Instead of sebum, they can collect puss. If this is the case, then you will notice whiteheads on your cat’s skin instead of the blackheads.
These whiteheads are actually on the cat’s skin and they can turn into zits, which are really painful for a kitty. This requires local treatment with antiseptics and topical antibiotics.
What causes cat acne? Well, there are plenty of possible causes for this and it is up to your vet to figure out which. The cat’s medical history will be very important to make the final diagnosis. Here are the main causes:
Exposure to plastic—plastic feeding bowls or other plastic around the house. If your cat has a sensitivity to plastic, then it may develop chin acne due to the repeated contact of that area and its bowls. For this reason, it’s good to either get rid of plastic feeding bowls or rotate them with other bowls like ceramic or metal.
Stress – The link between stress and dermatological issues in cats is well-known. If your cat is going through a particularly stressful period, then it might develop dermatological issues and chin acne is one of the many possibilities.
A Weakened Immune System – If your cat is dealing with other illnesses, or has just been through a difficult treatment, then its immune system is weakened. This makes it easier for certain illnesses to develop, since its body can’t fight them off as it normally does. This is one of the main reasons why your cat may need supplements to straighten its immune system if it its dealing with chin acne.
Local Trauma – If your cat has had local trauma on its chin, such as cuts, scratches, or bruises, then the area is quite sensitive throughout the recovery period, during which an acne outbreak could occur. If treated promptly, it can all end there.
Bacterial Contamination – It’s worth noting that cracks in ceramic bowls can lead to acne-causing bacteria, and stainless steel bowls can react with wet food and cause acne. It is very important to keep your cat’s food and water bowls clean at all times and to replace them periodically.
Viral Diseases – The contamination with certain viruses such as calicivirus or the herpes virus that leave the cat with some sensitivities even after they do not show any more symptoms of the viral disease. The chin acne could be a sign that the cat has had one of these viral diseases.
Allergies – Skin allergies can make the chin area more prone to developing acne. So, if your cat has dermatological allergic reactions to food, for instance, then it might also develop chin acne at some point.
That said, Other causes could be hormonal, genetic, allergy related, or the result of an Omega-3 deficiency.
If your cat has chin acne, then you should be patient with the treatment plan because it is something you have to commit to for a while. The first step is to remove the cause of the blackheads by replacing plastic food bowls or water fountains.
Next, remove the existing blackheads from your cat’s chin. You can do this just with your fingernails (be sure to wash your hands), or with a toothbrush, comb, or warm saltwater and a towel. Lastly, you have to provide your cat with better skin care.
Depending on the cause of the skin acne, removing it might be as easy as replacing its bowl. The vet will help you determine the likeliest cause for the black flecks and you can work on removing it from there on.
Your aim is to keep the chin area free of flecks so that the skin can breathe properly and so that the hairs are not damaged. The most important part is removing the black flecks. If there aren’t too many of them, you can use your hands, but is easier to use towel and warm saline. This will make them easier to come off the hairs as well.
Keep the area clean until the flecks stop forming.
If the chin area is very oily, then you can apply a bit of baby powder to absorb the sebum. This will keep the chin dry. If the skin is inflamed, then your doctor will prescribe you local treatment with an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic substance.
Aside from treating the cause and symptoms, it is very important to also help the skin regenerate. There are various supplements that your vet can prescribe for your cat’s skin, also according to your cat’s medical history.
The most important substances are Vitamins A, D, and E, and Omega-3, 6, and 9. These can also be found in special diet food for skin care, which the vet can recommend. Please note that you should administer these supplements for an extended time for them to have the desired effect.
It is very important to do all three of the steps to make sure that your cat’s chin acne is cured for good. However, you should keep in mind that if your cat is prone to developing this type of acne, it might appear again in the future when it is dealing with other diseases.
The answer depends heavily on the cause of the acne. If the cause is the same (plastic exposure, stress, allergies, omega-3 deficiency), then the acne could develop in more than one cat in the household. Since the cause of the acne is not an infection, but a sebum hypersecretion, cat acne is not contagious on its own.
However, if the acne becomes complicated with a bacterial infection located in the chin area, then this can be contagious to the other cats in the household, especially if they groom each other or drink and eat from the same bowls.
For a more complete explanation of causes and treatments or cat acne, check out our post “Cat Zits: Feline Chin Acne”.
How do you treat blackheads on your cat’s chin?
We love cats for their adorable whiskers, but what few people know is that these do not have an aesthetic purpose, but one that is so much more complex.
Whiskers may appear to be similar to fur, but they are sensory organs that play an essential role in how cats interact with the environment. Cats have whiskers not only on their heads but also on the back of their front legs.
These are called carpal whiskers and they provide the cat with crucial information about the objects within their grasp and are very important when the cat is hunting.
Here is everything you need to know about a cat’s leg whiskers.
At first glance, whiskers seem like a thicker version of the cat’s fur. Cats have whiskers in the area delimited by their mouths and their noses, on both sides. They also have whiskers above their eyes. These are also known as vibrissae and they are sensory organs specialized in tactile sensing.
Whiskers are also known as vibrissae and they are sensory organs specialized in tactile sensing. They are extremely important because they offer the cat information about the objects it is close to.
To fully understand why this is crucial to the cat, keep in mind that cats must be able to hunt and defend themselves even during the night or in dark places. Even if their sight is impaired, cats must be able to move and hunt and their whiskers offer them the information they need. These small sensory organs act like a cat’s own GPS system.
The whiskers on the cat’s face are much longer than the cat’s fur, even in cats with long coats. However, their length is not arbitrary. The whiskers on both sides of the cat’s mouth cover a distance that is almost equal to the width of the cat.
This is a very important characteristic because cats must be able to have agile movements when they hunt. To do this, they must be able to make fast decisions when it comes to their whereabouts and their movements.
The principle is simple – any space that is at least as wide as the length of their whiskers, from one side to the other is a space where the cat fits. This comes in handy when cats run and have to go into narrow spaces.
By using their whiskers, they can easily determine if a space is too small for them to fit into and this way, they can prevent getting stuck in. This is extremely important when cats hunt.
Whiskers are filled with minute sensory nerve endings that provide information about distance and space. This is how the cat can get a better understanding of the elements in the surrounding environment.
It can use its whiskers to determine if a space is too small or narrow for it to fit inside it, or how far it needs to jump up or down to get to a designated point.
Cats can move their whiskers to get more accurate information about objects. Each whisker has a set of muscles, which support the individual movement of each whisker.
If you want to see whiskers in action, take a look at this video of how a cat’s whiskers move in slow motion. Filming this in slow motion was necessary because the movement is extremely fast, so it’s very easy to miss with the naked eye.
Cats have extremely acute eyesight, but this is mainly adapted for far-sight. In fact, cats are not able to see the objects that are located closer than 12 inches to them in great detail.
This is where the whiskers come in. Since cats can’t rely on their keen eyesight for objects that are very close to them, like their prey, they have their whiskers to get more information.
The vibrissae can actually move towards the object to collect very detailed information about it.
Cats that can’t see anymore are perfectly able to move around a room by using their whiskers only. This is possible because these sensory organs are adapted to provide the cat with information about the movement and the location of the objects around it, even when visibility is low or absent.
This adaptation comes from large felines that hunt at night and that must rely on very acute senses to catch their prey.
Now that you know the purpose and ability that whiskers have, let’s go into the role of leg whiskers.
These are also known as carpal whiskers because they are located on the underside of the cat’s wrist area. Their role is to provide the cat with information about objects within its grasp, like the cat’s prey.
This is how it happens – When a cat catches its prey, it uses its forelegs to hold it. As mentioned above, cats can’t see objects that are very close to them in great detail. This is why they have their leg whiskers.
These can determine very detailed information about the movement and location of the object that the cat is holding on to. The whiskers have a strong nervous component and send this information to the cat’s brain.
If a cat is holding its prey, it is able to determine very detailed information about the prey’s position and its movement via the leg whiskers.
This is extremely important because it helps the cat act very quickly as a response to the movement of its prey, which helps the cat be a better hunter.
While its forelegs are specialized in grasping the prey, its hind legs are specialized in another part of hunting – killing and disemboweling the prey.
With the information it gets from the carpal whiskers about the position of the prey it is grasping, the cat can use its hind legs to kick and scratch at its prey’s belly area.
Cat owners are extremely familiar with this type of movement of the hind legs, which is also known as pumping. They use their forelegs to immobilize the prey and their hind legs to pump and pump.
You may have seen your pet cat doing this with toys, pillows, or even your arm. While this type of behavior we identify as playing, it actually comes from the cat’s hunting abilities.
Here are a few commonly asked questions about cats’ leg whiskers:
No, they are not. Even though whiskers appear to be thicker hair follicles, they have a very different structure. Whiskers are sensory organs and they have a very strong nervous component. Moreover, they are also mobile, so each whisker has a set of muscles at the base to permit its movement. Aside from this, whiskers go much deeper into the skin than hair follicles do. While fur goes up to the dermis, whiskers go all the way to the hypodermis.
Yes, they do. It takes a much longer time than it does for a cat’s fur to grow back, but whiskers also share the ability to regenerate. In various types of traumas, a cat’s whiskers can be affected – they can get torn, pulled off, burnt – but, in time, they will grow back. So, if your cat loses its whiskers, don’t worry, they will grow back in time.
Whiskers are not fur, they are sensory organs. They are connected to the nervous and muscular system and when they come into contact with an object, they can detect its proximity, texture, and size. When you cut or even trim the whiskers, you damage these sensory organs and prevent the cat from using them. You shouldn’t trim, cut, pluck, curl, bend, or color a cat’s whiskers.
Like hair, if you cut a cat’s whiskers, it will not feel pain. Even though whiskers are sensory organs, they do not have nociceptors (pain receptors) on their surface, so the cat will not get a pain stimulus if the whiskers are damaged. However, trimming or cutting a cat’s whiskers may result in secondary damage because the cat will have to make do without these sensory organs.
However, if you pluck a cat’s whiskers, it will feel pain because the root of the whiskers does have pain receptors. Just like it hurts when hair is plucked, it also hurts when whiskers are plucked.
But considering that whickers have a much more developed nervous and vascular component and that they are rooted all the way to the hypodermis, the pain that the cat will feel when a whisker is plucked will be far greater than the pain it feels when a hair is plucked. So, don’t pluck your cat’s whiskers because you will be causing it a great deal of pain.
Cutting off a cat’s whiskers means depriving them of a sensory organ which is very important to them. This will have a number of effects. First, the cat will be exposed to injuries and trauma because it will no longer be able to detect proximity.
They will not be able to move around properly, defend themselves from surrounding objects, and they might get stuck in various openings because they will not be able to detect whether or not they can fit into them.
Secondly, the cat will experience difficulty in movement. It will be disoriented, they will walk slowly and insecurely. Not being able to use their whiskers will also affect their mood. They might become insecure, agitated, and scared.
Depending on how many of the cat’s whiskers are affected, these effects may be barely noticeable or very intense. If the cat still has enough whiskers left that can provide some of the tactile information, then these effects can be noticed at a low intensity.
However, if the most or all of the cat’s whiskers are affected, then the effects will all be present at a high intensity. In time, though, they will grow back and the cat’s sensory abilities will be fully restored with them.
No, they do not. They have whiskers on the back of their front legs, which provide information about the position of their prey. Their back legs play a different role in the cat’s hunting behavior. They use their hind legs to kick and scratch at their prey to disembowel it.
No, they do not have whiskers all over their bodies. Cats have whiskers on their heads – on their whisker pads, located between the corners of the mouths and the outer edges of the nose, and above their eyes, and also on the back of their forelegs.
As you can see, a cat’s whiskers are extremely important because they are sensory organs. A cat’s leg whiskers are essential for hunting, as well as its interaction with the environment. Whiskers act like a cat’s GPS system making them able to move around even when they can’t see.
Have you noticed your cat’s leg whiskers? What about the whiskers above its eyes? Have you ever seen your cat shed its whiskers? Have you ever seen your cat move its whiskers? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.
The Scratchy Ramp is a cat ramp that also doubles as a cat scratching pad, a 2-in-1 cat product that you can both ultimately benefit from.
One of a cat’s many needs is to continuously ‘sharpen’ their claws, so they can let the outer, more worn out sheaths of their claws fall off. This is why your cat will often turn to scratching the furniture, carpets or curtains, so it can pry off the now obsolete sheaths. It goes without saying this activity will wreak havoc on your beloved furniture.
Thankfully this wood cat scratcher can easily solve this issue, while also aesthetically blending into your home and matching any type of furniture you may have. This incline cat scratcher has an adjustable height and can be located near a couch, a bed or any of your cat’s favorite furniture, helping it reach new heights.
This cat scratcher can be especially useful to senior cats or those cats that, as a result of various health issues, have lost their full mobility. Of course, dogs can use it too – so if you have a cat and dog household, one can use it for scratching and the other as a ramp or they can both use it as a ramp.
The Scratchy Ramps we were sent were a hit straight out of the box, as you can see in our unboxing video.
This Alpha Paw item has hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied customers which may attest to it being the best cat scratcher on the market.
The inclination of the pad really makes it a cat scratcher that files nails simultaneously. Cats scratch to release emotion, so this helps to keep cats content and less agitated, as they are able to let go of what’s bothering them.
Scratchy Ramp holds up to 70 lbs, so it will definitely hold a Ragdoll cat. Apart from this, the entire ramp easily folds down, so that you can slide under your couch or your bed when it is not in use.
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Compared to any Amazon cat scratcher, the Scratchy Ramp has hundreds of testimonials from many cat owners, and after having two of them for under a week, I can already see why. It’s a hit. Alpha Paw is committed to giving you your money back within 30 days from purchase, if you or your cat is not satisfied with the product.
The Scratchy Ramp gives your cat the relief it needs from the discomfort of growing new nails, while also protecting your furniture, carpets and curtains – and provides a ramp for the older ones who can no longer jump.
Have you heard of the Scratchy Ramp? What do you think of it?
Logan came to us as a “second choice”. We had waited WEEKS for the blue ragdoll that we picked from a breeder in WI. He was coughing on the way home and she kept insisting it was stress and to not take him to the vet. He died after a week of living at the vets.
We had named him Rags. She finally agreed to reimburse us and I chose a breeder in Iowa. I figured it was a good omen that she was from the same town as the breeder with our first parrot. (we now have 5). I liked a bicolor lynx on her website, but he was not yet old enough or had not been neutered. So, I chose a seal mitted.
When we got there to pick him up, he was all I hoped for. The breeder’s husband said that his wife felt badly about what we had experienced with Rags and would like us to take a friend home to keep Logan company. The “friend”? The kitty I had fallen in love with. We kept both of their names and now have Logan and Tucker. So different in so many ways, yet so compatible. Briar Rose provided us with some lovely new family members.
I had owned a pet store and got MANY calls requesting ragdolls, but I really knew nothing about them. I did a LOT of research. And, still it surprised me that they were SO aloof. It has only been recently that they have started to sit near us. Or that Logan insist on playing video games.
Tucker is a “nester” and tries to rearrange me at night so that he can sleep in the crook of my arm with his head on my shoulder. While Logan is at the foot of the bed. I must admit to loving to watch them play. They don’t do that a lot.
Logan has a rectangular patch on his back. At first it was shorter hair and very obvious. In recent months, it has become thin and has got more white (if you look closely, he looks rather like an old man with a bad comb over!). Neither vet that has checked him can find a reason. He is also prone to UTI’s and has been in “the hospital” twice.
He is now on the C/D cat food. I also mix that with WySong uretic to give him variety and fewer grains. And, of course, we do breakfast of canned or moist food. Unfortunately, Tucker (that doesn’t need extra moisture) loves it and Logan would prefer to not even be offered. Dry is fine, thank you! I do believe her becomes more strikingly beautiful every day.
Like most cats, Logans very favorite toy is paper. Especially if he thinks he shouldn’t have it. And, he likes video games. But, his favorite “normal” toy is rabbit fur mice from Kats n Us.
Thank you for letting me share my cat! Logan the Seal Mitted Ragdoll.
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So you love animals and think it would be great to be a pet sitter so you can take care of dogs and cats every day. While it is fun to take care of different animals all the time, I want to let you know what working with pets is all about. There is more to it than you may think.
Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do, and I thrive on it. But, most people just don’t realize what it takes to be a professional pet sitter or dog walker. When I look to hire someone to work for me, I look for certain traits in that person to see if they can handle the work and how dedicated they really are.
Just saying that you love animals isn’t enough. Pet sitters have to be dedicated to working in the many different situations they will face. And, they must be able to deal with very stressful situations. Any time you have the life of an animal in your hands, there are stresses involved.
I am focusing on those who may want to work for a pet sitting company and do the work of taking care of the animals, but not have to worry about running a business. Let me tell you what I look for in a pet sitter or dog walker when I am hiring.
Working for a Pet Sitting Company
As the owner of a dog walking and pet sitting business, I have worked very hard to earn and to keep a very good reputation for what we do. When I hire someone to work for me, I make sure the person is going to do their best to help keep that good reputation.
This means that I look for pet sitters and dog walkers who take a deep concern for the animals they care for and that they treat our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy. This cannot be ‘just a job’ for the people I hire.
When you are looking for a pet sitting job, you should decide on what type of work you would like to do. Will, you just do mid-day dog walkings, will you just do vacation pet sittings, or will you do both? Will you do overnight pet sittings where you stay overnight in the client’s home taking care of their pets and their home? This depends on what you want your hours to be.
Will you be willing to work on holidays? The holidays are a very busy time for any pet sitting company. I look for sitters who have no problem working on holidays. This means that they may not have time for family events, or that they must work their family time around their pet sitting schedule.
Some pet sitting companies will hire you as an independent contractor, and some will hire you as an employee. This means that if you are an independent contractor, you are a sole proprietor. You must withhold and pay your own taxes, you are responsible for your own health care, insurance, supplies, and tools, and you must pay for any training you need. You are flexible, however, is how you do your work.
If you are an employee, you will have your taxes withheld, your employer must provide you with supplies and tools to do your job, and they must pay or reimburse you if you use your own vehicle. As an employee, you must do your job as instructed by your employer.
Do you like to take a lot of vacations? If you work as an independent contractor, that means you don’t get paid if you don’t work. If you are an employee, you still may not get much vacation time. Will you work weekends, mornings, afternoons, and evenings? This is a typical schedule for a pet sitter, week in and week out.
These are just a few questions of many that you will have to ask yourself and be prepared to answer when looking to work for a pet sitting company. Being a pet sitter allows you to have some flexibility in your schedule, but you will still have a schedule.
Will you be looking for a full-time position or just part-time? You need to let your potential employer know how much work you are looking for and see if this fits in with what the pet sitting company is looking for. If you only want to do this work on the side for some extra cash, and you only plan on taking care of just a few clients, this does not necessarily mean that you won’t get hired at a pet sitting company.
For my company, as long as I know this is the case, I will know that you will just be a once-in-a-while pet sitter. This means you may not be as reliable as another sitter, but you could be an important backup.
Short List of Pet Sitting Considerations
As a pet sitter or dog walker, there are a lot of things you need to take into consideration and be aware of. A true professional has to deal with many things. I have listed just a few.
As I said, this is just a small list of things a professional pet sitter has to deal with. There is so much more, but I don’t want to go on for days. If you think you have what it takes to be a pet sitter, then you are a true animal lover who loves hard work and will do anything for the animals in your care.
If you think this list is not a problem for you, then I know you would truly go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of the animals in your care. These are the kind of pet sitters I look for when I am hiring, and I know this is what any other potential employer will be looking for as well.
The Rewarding Side of Pet Sitting
This job can be very rewarding. When you do everything in your power to make sure the pets you take care of feeling loved and happy, you will feel like you have made a difference, because you have. When you are walking a client’s dog, with the both of you just enjoying the experience, it will make you grin a big cheesy smile as you walk. It’s been proven that cats and dogs help lower blood pressure. When the dogs or cats you’re caring for a cuddle with you, you can almost feel your health improve every second.
This is a quick look at what it means to be a professional pet sitter or dog walker. So, you want to be a pet sitter? I hope this has helped you make your decision if this is right for you or not. I have either made you realize that you really don’t want to work as a professional pet sitter, or I have just reaffirmed that this is what you want because you love animals unconditionally.
With the fall of age, most body parts need greater attention. The drought of aging is such that the body begins to lose the bounce it once had. All that was within the realms of possible suddenly becomes improbable and even impossible. We fight till we can but finally give up. Enhanced care, drugs, and surgeries can perhaps still help living beings get on with the equation of time. The eye is one such part which needs utmost care. We can’t obviously let the light of life go away from us.
In youth, eyes shelter themselves adequately against the oxidizing agents but with the passage of time, the oxidative pull begins to get worse. Oxygen along with sunlight oxidizes cells through chemical reactions. Lens cushions the retina against any excess amount of solar radiation. It bears the largest brunt. The oxidizing agent paralyzes the operations of enzymes thus nipping the metabolism in cells. When we age, blood circulation in the body decreases, eyes pray for essential nutrients but it does not happen that way. This causes the eye to get disease-prone. One such common eye disease is a cataract.
Cataract covers the lens of the eye making vision vague. The lens as we know is made of water and protein. With age, the cumulative protein gets denser and creates haziness in vision. So we can conclude that cataract is the result of the natural process of aging. Sometimes both the eyes get drawn to cataracts; this is a more severe situation. At other times the protein completely shrouds the iris leading to a near-full vision loss. Symptoms for cataracts are spread out. Cataracts can come with the haziness of visions or even double vision. Sometimes it causes living beings to see an ambiguous diffused halo around a light surface. This experience is similar to seeing a light bulb with watery eyes.
Pets are just as prone to cataracts as humans and they suffer more silently. Their voices are miffed and with the cloudy eye, their zeal for life gets further shattered. Cataract surgeries for pets include removing the natural clouded lens with a new artificial lens. The surgery is done applying local anesthesia and takes less than an hour. There are also various eye drops available which use the formula of Carsinosine to fight to the age of eye. It treats senile cataracts by increasing lens transparency.
A product for pet cataracts doing the rounds these days is Bright eye drops for Pet cataracts. Its usage is certified by American associations. It is a non-toxic, completely hypoallergenic drop and does not contain animal ingredients. It protects the eye against the free radicals( the oxidizing agents) with its amalgam of agents of anti-glycation, lubricants, and agents of oxidation. The first one frees sugar from protein and thus protects the tissue. The last protects the lipolytic in the eye against any damage. It is advisable to give a couple of drops to the pets daily. With more severe symptoms persisting, the dosage can be increased in accordance.
Naming your new pet is, for some, one of the most challenging parts of pet ownership. You realize that you and your pet are going to be stuck with this name for a long time, so take your time when choosing. Below is a list of 10 girl dog names along with their meanings. Maybe you’ll find the perfect name for your new four-legged friend.
This name would be perfect for a dog that is known for strength, such as a bulldog. It is among the most popular names for female dogs.
Meaning: Playful, fairy-like
This is a good name for a dog that is small in stature. It would be a good fit for any of the toy breeds. Some owners of very large dogs named their dog Pixie as a way to show their sense of humor.
Meaning: This name is the Irish version of Mary
Because the name is decidedly Irish, it is an obvious choice for the Irish Setter, perhaps a bit too obvious. This name continues to make the list of top dog names for girls, and its use certainly is not limited to a certain breed.
Meaning: Lively, spirited, full of life
This name is often given to dogs who are very playful – or disobedient – like puppies. It is a perfect name for a dog that seems to have a mind of her own.
Meaning: Gentle advisor The name Millie, while long popular, picked up a bit of speed during the administration of the first President Bush. Millie was the name of his Springer Spaniel, and that dog was one of the most well-known pooches to ever live in the White House.
Meaning: Helpmate or Helper
This name is likely to increase in popularity for both pets and people being that one of the first children bears this name.
Meaning: Bringer of joy
This name just seems to belong to a playful, energetic dog. Not as popular as it was during the 1950s, the name is once again gaining traction.
Meaning: One who brings light
Lucy has consistently been on the list of most popular names for dogs for 40 years. Doesn’t everyone know a dog named Lucy?
Meaning: Princess, royalty
This name was once among the most popular for dogs. Oprah Winfrey helped bring this name back into the spotlight when she adopted a Cocker Spaniel and named her Sadie.
Meaning: A lovely, pleasant smelling flower
If you let your little girl choose the name for your dog, this name is very likely to come up. The reason for that, of course, would be because this is the name of a popular Disney princess.
When choosing a name for your dog, try to match both physical characteristics and personality. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that you are going to have to spend the next 15 years yelling this name at the dog park, so choose wisely!
Pets are people, too. At least, that’s the way they should be treated by their owners. The sad reality, though, is that a lot of people own pets when they’re really not ready to care properly for their little furry friends. Or they just don’t know how to love, clean, and treat a cat, dog, or another animal the right and humane way. What happens to these poor animals? Many end up in shelters, lost and unwanted–to the tune of 6 to 8 million every year according to the Humane Society. At least half of those end up being “put to sleep,” to put it nicely.
When they first start out looking to buy a pet, everyone says that they aren’t like that, that they won’t have their pet end up caged in a pound somewhere. If you want to be one of the people who say this and means it, read on. Your commitment shows you are ready to learn how to own a pet. Once you are trained in the following pet ownership basics, then you can take the next step and find the perfect pet for you.
But before you meet this furry companion, take these following tips to heart:
Go down the list of required health-care needs. This is especially important for puppies and kittens, who need an arsenal of vaccinations when they’re little. But even older pets require regular checkups and the occasional medication (such as for heartworms for dogs). Before you get a pet, locate a trusted veterinarian in your neighborhood and go over all of your soon-to-be pet’s health needs.
Neuter, neuter, neuter. Point blank, this is one of the most crucial things you can do to protect your pet’s health. Remember that number above from the Humane Society (6 to 8 million pets in cages)? Now consider that as many as 100 million other animals, mostly cats, live on the streets. Why? Their mommies and daddies weren’t neutered.
Look into insurance. Believe it or not, pet health insurance is all the craze in employer benefits packages. That’s because it comes in very handy nowadays, considering the importance of pet health and how pet pills and operations seem to be getting just as pricy as people medicine. Even if you don’t get pet insurance through work, look into a package on your own. While you’re at it, consider third-party liability insurance, too, especially for instances such as dog bites.
Tabulate the grocery tab. Perhaps the number one thing people don’t realize when getting a pet is how expensive their food can be. Figure out just how much your pet will eat before you get it, planning always to provide your critter more than enough in proper and balanced meals. Ask yourself, “Can I afford this?”
Pour attention and love on your pet. Why even bother having a pet if you don’t plan to give it affection? That’s the whole point of keeping a critter around, right? So when your little guy (or girl) greets you at the door after work or wants to snuggle in your lap in front of the TV, don’t push them away. Award them for their faithfulness.
Groom your pet. Grooming counts toward that love and attention requirement, but it also is necessary for the animal’s health as well. Depending on your type of animal, grooming could involve a bath, the occasional haircut, regular hair brushing, tooth exams, and paw inspection.
Hop, skip, and a jump. Animals love to exercise. Whether they’re normally cooped up in a cage, an apartment, or, well, a coop, be sure to free them from these confines as often as possible. Dogs don’t just like to take walks to go potty. Cats don’t like to tear up and down furniture just to shred it. They have the energy to burn and will be better off for it.
Teach your pet proper bathroom etiquette. Speaking of going potty, it is essential to train your pet at the earliest possible age to do so properly. Of course, this doesn’t mean training them to put down the lid when they’re done (although supposedly rabbits can be taught to do so!). But it does mean getting a cat to use a kitty litter box, for instance, or a dog to wait until it’s outside. If you don’t know how to train them, learn before you own them. Ask your parents or friends, read a book, visit a chat room, or talk with the vet.
Consider a proper place of higher learning. When training becomes an issue, whether it’s for potty training or how-not-to-chew-up-your-shoes training, consider obedience school. It is not a mark of shame for either you or your pet. In fact, it may be just what your furball needs to live the happiest, safest, and healthiest life possible.
To put it bluntly, if you can’t follow these rules, you shouldn’t own a pet. Buy a plant instead. However, if you’re up to the task–and really, most people are–your rewards will be immense. For a little bit of responsibility, time, and money on your part, you and your family will get a lifetime of love and unconditional adoration.
Do cat repellents work? How to stop a cat from using the garden as a litterbox? Tell me how to keep cats out of my garden. These are common questions of concern to all gardeners but is there a real answer?
The first line of defense is to ensure that your yard boundaries are secure. Any gaps in your fence should be blocked to deny low-level access. But cats can jump so fix a taut wire or string some six inches above the top of your fence to deter this approach.
Once inside your garden, many people say that the best cat repellent is a dog who will soon see off any feline invader. If you are not a dog lover then you will have to resort to more passive methods. Since cats like to lie on freshly dug soil you should lay mulch on your borders so that no bare soil is left exposed. Seed beds should be covered with wire netting or twigs arranged as a barrier.
Young trees should have plastic guards fitted around their trunks to protect them against use as a scratching pole.
Your garden pond should be covered with netting to keep your fish safe.
Cats are generally known to dislike water so a well-aimed bucketful or a squirt with the hose will certainly make an intruder run. After one or two dousings it may learn the lesson and stay away.
To protect plants and borders both mothballs and citrus are said to be effective deterrents. Place the mothballs, orange peel, or lemon rind in the borders. Alternatively, spray cloths with orange-scented air freshener and place the cloths around the plants you wish to protect. Other known cat repellents are cayenne pepper, coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, lavender oil, lemon grass oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and mustard oil.
Certain herbs are said to deter cats. In particular rue but not catmint which has the opposite effect. Coleus Canina is another plant that is marketed by one merchant as a cat repellent.
The broadcaster Jerry Baker has suggested treating your yard with a tonic made from chewing tobacco, urine, birth control pills, mouthwash, molasses, detergent, and beer. A smallholder has reported success using dried rabbit blood but you may feel that the ingredients listed in the previous paragraph should be tried first.
If you visit your local garden center or hardware store you will find several cat repellent products on sale. These range from electric water sprinklers and ultrasonic devices to sprays and granules.
Motion-activated sprinklers act in the same way as a burglar alarm using an infra red detector. When the cat enters the area covered by the detector the sprinkler shoots out a jet of water to scare the animal away. It is claimed that, after one or two encounters with the jet, the cat will learn to avoid the area.
Ultrasonic devices emit a high-frequency sound that is annoying to cats (and dogs) but is not audible to humans. There are various different models some of which operate continuously and others that have an infra red detector and only emit a pulse of sound when the cat triggers the device. To be successful you need to ensure that the model is powerful enough to cover the area you wish to protect. In addition, make sure that the sound frequency is designed for larger animals since some models are intended to deter insects and so would be no use for cats.
There are also commercial scent cat repellents. Those that use chemicals should be kept away from any food crops but the essential oil-based granule varieties act in the same way as orange and lemon peel mentioned above. Another way to keep a cat out if the garden is a repellent evaporator which consists of a container holding puffed rice which has been impregnated with essential oils. These are effective for three to four weeks and can then be refilled for a further period. Another natural product which many people claim really keeps a cat out of the garden is the lion’s dung. You may need to visit your local zoo to obtain this although some stores do stock zoo poo.
In Ontario, Canada the local township provides a cat trap service. Once the animal enters the cage it cannot escape but is completely unharmed. The owner has to pay to recover his pet and so should be encouraged not to let the cat stray in the future. Apparently few owners bother to reclaim their cats but just obtain another kitten. However, this sounds like a good way of dealing with a cat that cannot be deterred by any other method. If there is no such scheme in your area, just buy your own trap.
So, to recap, the first priority is to secure your boundary fences. Then you have the whole selection of suggested cat repellents ranging from homemade recipes to expensive commercial gadgets. I would suggest that you try the orange peel and prickly twigs for a start. If you are around when the intruder appears, try the bucket of water or hose. Even if you miss, the shock may be a sufficient deterrent. If these do not do the trick, then you may have to consider the commercial alternatives.
As a cat owner, do you know food is very important to cats? And do you know what is that cats can’t eat? Here is some information about food that cats can’t eat.
1. Onion. Onion includes something that may destroy the red blood cells of a cat. So please pay attention to meat which may be mixed with onion.
2. Haslet. We all know that eat too much haslet may cause Skin problems. The same is true of the cat. And eat too much haslet will also cause bone problems. So please don’t feed your cat haslet frequently.
3. Fishbone. Someone believes that cats chew bone while it eats food. Actually, cats Swallow food without any chewing. The big bone may stab its stomach. So we’d better get rid of the bone from the food before feeding the cat.
4. Food for humans. There are so much edible oil, salt, and other condiments in our daily food. All of these things are not comfortable for our cats. It is enough for an adult cat or dog to eat food with 5 percent of salt. More salt will be bad for their health.
5. Ice cream and cream cake. In fact, there is no need to feed pets ice cream and cream cake. Because it may include too much sugar and other things that pets can’t digest well. We can see that these things are not good for pets’ health.
6. Chocolate. Chocolate includes pentoxifylline which may cause food poisoning. And chocolate poisoning may cause vomiting, uneasy, hyperactivity, even die of heart failure. So please be very careful!
7. Milk. Though milk has high nutritional value, cats and dogs can’t assimilate easily and cause diarrhea. Especially raw protein can prevent pets from assimilating vitamin.
8. Raw pork. Do you know that raw pork include Toxoplasma gondii which may badly hurt your pet? So never feed your pet raw pork.
Also, there may be other things that would hurt your pet. We should take good care of our daily life. Just read more about pets and learn to be a good pet owner and get along well with your pet.
Cats are becoming increasingly popular as pets these days, and a big question is, how many cats should a family have? For some people, one is more than enough, others have half a dozen or more. Here are some sure-fire ways to know when you’ve reached your limit.
You know you have too many cats when:
Your annual cat food bill is more than the combined Gross National Product of Liechtenstein, Andorra, and San Marino.
Your last three cats are named Puss, Kitty-cat, and Hey You.
You and your spouse are sleeping on the floor because there’s no more room in the bed.
The cleaning lady at the vet’s office calls you by your first name.
All your windowsills are occupied.
Your neighbors forget your last name and start referring to you as “you know, the cat people”.
You have to change the vacuum cleaner bags every week.
You’re running out of corners to put litter boxes in.
Even your coffee table has a slipcover.
The most important crop in your garden every year is catnip.
You can’t remember what a house plant looks like.
Flea collars smell good to you.
You actually understand what your cats are saying.
More than half of your mail comes from Purina and Friskies.
Every year you get a personally autographed Christmas card from Morris.
Your cat door has been replaced three times.
For Mothers Day last year, the kids pooled their money and bought you an electric cat brush.
You thought it was the perfect gift.
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It can be absolutely amazing to watch a teeny 5-ounce kitten grow into being an 8-12 pound cat over the course of one year. How does the kitten get there? How can you best support the kitten’s growth? I hope to answer these questions for you in this article.
A cat is considered a kitten from birth until about three years of age. This includes the baby and adolescent years. From three years old until seven years old a cat is an adult. Once the cat turns seven, they are considered a senior. Most cats live between ten and twelve years old, but it is not unheard of for healthy cats to live into their late teens, I’ve even met a few in their twenties! To get a cat to live this long, you will need to take them to the vet regularly and feed them good cat food.
When a kitten is firstborn, it is helpless, much like a newborn human baby. It needs to be fed and taken care of. If the mother is around, you can let her do most of the work, as she is trained by nature to do so. In the first five weeks, do not feed the cat anything, the mother’s milk will be enough. If the mother is not around, you will need to feed it a milk replacement. You can get this at a pet store or on Amazon. Do not feed any cat or kitten cow’s milk. It is very bad for them.
For the first few years, you will want to feed the kitten only kitten food. This has extra calories and proteins in it that help support the rapidly growing kitten. A baby kitten needs to be fed about four times a day, as the kitten gets older, you can lower this down to two times daily.
Make sure to play with the kitten as much as possible. This will help socialize the kitty and make him much more friendly in the future. While playing, you will also want to teach the cat things like not to play using his claws and that biting is not okay. Teaching a kitten these things is much easier than teaching an adult cat.
Helping a kitten grow into being a full sized, well adjusted, adult cat can be very rewarding. It is definitely worth all the time spent feeding and playing. This cat will love you for the rest of his life.
There are many types of organic dog foods on the market today. Knowing which ones are the best can be difficult undertaking. However, fret not my pet! We have selected five organic dog foods that all dog owners should know about.
Below are the top five organic dog foods that owners should give to their pets:
1. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Dog Food
This bag of pre-mixed pet food is one of the newest organic food products that people can buy. What makes this organic so special? It is completely all natural and this is what makes it special. This food is made from 14 different herbs as well as 9 vegetables and 6 certified organic grains. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health does not contain any chemicals whatsoever. The food also contains no dyes as well as no preservatives that can cause a doggie harm.
There are quite a few organic ingredients and other key ingredients in this dog food. Barley Flakes, Kamut Flakes, Brown Rice Flakes, Rolled Oats, Spelt Flakes and Triticale Flakes are the organic ingredients in Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Dog Food. The vegetables that are put into the dog food include Beets, Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Zucchini, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Parsley Leaf. Fennel Seed, Ginger Root, Oat Straw, Rose Hips, Peppermint Leaf and Rosemary Leaf are some of the herbal ingredients.
Adult canines that take this dog food will look healthier, their fur will look shiner and they will feel healthier and more energized. Adult’s will also have healthier bowels when they eat this dog food.
2. The Honest Kitchen KEEN Dog Turkey and Organic Grains Diet
This specific product is relatively new. Dogs will love this organic product because of the ingredients that are in them. The ingredients are designed to help a dog feel healthier. The dog food has only all natural ingredients in it and it is produced in a facility where human food is made and not a pet food plant. This means that the dog food has to meet very high standards before it is sold in stores. Certifications, inspections and increased scrutiny.
Some of the ingredients that are in the Honest Kitchen KEEN Dog Turkey and Organic Grains Diet dog food are carrots, organic oats, organic kelp, apples, rosemary, cage-free turkey, organic flax, garlic and cabbage. Other ingredients include potassium iodide, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate and tricalcium phosphate.
One of the best new organic pet foods on the market, simply because it helps dogs feel energized. Dogs’ coats will look glossier soon after starting. The food is also in dehydrated form, making it easy for dogs to eat and digest. This dog food is best suited for adult dogs.
3. Nummy Tum Tum Pure Sweet Potato Canned Dog Food
This popular organic pet food is specifically made for canines of all ages and sizes. A simple organic food that canines will love. Dogs with sensitive digestive systems will especially love this food because it is designed for dogs with sensitive digestive systems. There are not many ingredients in this organic food. Actually there is only one ingredient in it. That ingredient is 100% organic sweet potato.
Dogs will enjoy the taste of this food because of the texture. Dog owners who have dogs that have a sensitive digestive system should get this food. After a few weeks they will notice their dogs will look healthier and they will have much more energy.
4. Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dry Dog Food- Chicken Meal
One of the top organic products for 2012 is Castor & Pollux Organix adult dry food. People who feed their canine Castor & Pollux Adult Dry Food will be pleased with how much their pets will enjoy eating this food. Reviews back this claim up.
Your pet will love this food because it contains chicken meat that is human grade. The chicken meat is dried, which is good because canines will be able to easily digest it. The food is a great source of protein.
The ingredients are simply bar none. Organic Quinoa is in this product. Organic Quinoa! This is a plant that is a great source of protein and contains minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.Organic Millet is also in the food. This ingredient is filled with amino acids as well as B-complex vitamins. Organic broccoli and organic pumpkin are also ingredients in this dog food. Both of these ingredients are high in fiber and provide dogs with vitamin A, C and E. These are just some of the quality ingredients that are in Castor & Pollux Organix’s chicken meal. The chicken meal will benefit a dog’s intestinal health and it will help a dog get a healthy coat and maintain healthy skin. There is no soy, wheat or by-products in the food.
5. ORGANIX Small Breed Adult Food for Dogs- Chicken
This organic product from ORGANIX is designed for small dogs. The food contains organic chicken which provides dogs with a good source of protein. Dogs’ overall health will improve as they consume this food because the food contains a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Some of the ingredients that the food contains is organic pea, organic brown rice, organic oats, organic pears, organic pumpkin, organic quinoa and organic millet. Other ingredients include calcium iodate, potassium chloride, niacin, biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin E and vitamin D3.
ORGANIX also has organic gem is designed for dogs of all sizes. The other types of food that ORGANIX has is just as good as their food for small dogs. All of the ingredients in ORAGNIX’s products are natural and good for canines. Anybody who has a furry friend they want to keep in good health should consider trying ORGANIX organic dog food.
Trying ORGANIX organic food will make your pet feel more youthful and their fur and skin will look better than it has ever looked.
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