Pet Loss

181883_521595167864626_1945743158_nI have lost so many little one on my journey through life. I found this artwork and wanted to share with my readers. For true pet lovers of all kinds. I have learned that I am not alone when I have suffered the off of one of my little guys. The pain that you go through feels like you must suffer alone because it is hard to let others in. Please pass the piece on to those who have lost as I feel the image is stunning and can give some relief to their pain.

Suitcase Kitty Cat Palace

What a great up-cycle for an old suitcase especially if it were broken at the hinges already. Support the two sides of the suitcase by 2′ doweling approximately 16 inches long (remember the bottom side of suitcase will “eat” up more of the doweling because it has to go down into that end). Put feet on the bottom side with old baseballs, wooden knobs, doweling or some other creative item. I have even seen these with a bed in one and a place to put away toys in the other but if you are going to do this make sure to give your cat the option to see which one he likes the best and after he decides you can always take the bedding out of the one you want to use for toys.

Pet Bowl Safety

I always left a big metal bowl of water outside for my dogs and cats, until a friend warned me not to. I never thought about it, but the warning made me understand what I bet a lot of people don’t think about. In relatively cold temperatures a metal pet food/water bowl can freeze a cat’s or dog’s tongue to it. The bowls aren’t safe on warm days either – the metal can burn and the water warms up quicker making it undesirable for a cat or dog to want to drink from it.

Pets Questions & Answers

Dogs are one thing. But come on, can you really train a cat?
True, it’s a lot easier to train a dog. But you can walk cats on a harness out­doors and you can teach them to do basic things, like sit or come, using food rewards. You just have to be more patient.

Okay,  let’s  start  with scratching up the furni­ture. How do you get your cat to cut it out?
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats—they do it to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, to mark territory with the scent glands in their paws and just to get exercise. Since you can’t stop the behavior you need to give your cat some­thing that’s okay to scratch. Cats like the feel of rough, irregular surfaces, which is why most scratch­ing posts are carpeted. Put one right beside the piece of furniture your cat has been using and encourage it to scratch that instead.

What about a cat that suddenly stops using the litter box?
First, check with your vet to see if there’s an underlying medical condi­tion such as a urinary tract infection. Then it’s time to play detective. Is the litter box near its food or water? They don’t like that. Is the litter clean? Has the arrival of a new baby or animal in the household upset the cat? Sometimes cats don’t like a particular brand of litter, so if you decided to change it recently, switch back.

So many cats insist on drinking out of faucets. What’s up with that?
Cats love running water, probably because it’s cool and fresh. You can buy a water fountain that’s made specifically for cats. It’s basically a plug-in water bowl with a reser­voir. The device recirculates water, so it’s always running. Put the fountain next to the faucet the cat has been drinking from and gradually move it from there to wherever you want it.

How do I keep my cat off the kitchen counter tops? Give it something more interesting to do. Put a climbing tree right in the kitchen and buy new cat toys. Also, cut clutter. The more stuff on the coun­ter, the more appealing it is to a cat.

Pet Care In The Winter

As we prepare for the joys.of the holiday season, we must remember to protect our pets from the rigors of winter weather. The veterinarians at Animal Humane offer the following tips to safeguard your pet’s health and happiness during the cold winter months:

• Keep young, elderly and small pets indoors. Small animals cannot tolerate the cold as well as larger pets with greater body mass. Just like humans, the very young and the very old are weaker, feebler and always, at greater risk to succumbing to pneumonia or even freezing to death.

• Be aware of the many ways that automobifes can be deadly to pets in the winter. Cats frequently seek out the warmth of automobile engines for example and can be injured or killed by the fan when a motor is started. As a precaution, develop the habit of banging on the hood of you’r car before engaging the engine.

• Never leave your pet unattended in a car. Not only is it illegal, but animals can freeze to death quickly in the small, cold space.

•  Make sure your radiator is not leaking antifreeze, which smells and tastes sweet but is deadly to animals. Have your vehicle professionally serviced on a regular basis. Also, consider switching to pet-friendly propylene glycol products rather than those containing ethyleneglycol.

• Provide your pet sufficient food. Animals have greater caloric and nutritional requirements during cold weather, especially if they spend time outdoors.

• Fill your pet’s bowl with plenty of fresh water, which is even more impprtant than food to an outdoor pet in winter. And make certain the water source is not frozen.

• Don’t permit holiday guests to offer your pets food, bones or alcohol. At the very least, this can cause severe gastric upset. At worst, brittle cooked bones can rupture the intestinal tract, spicy foods can produce hemorrhagic gastroenteritis; and alcohol can induce intoxication, coma or death.

•  Keep poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, Star of Bethlehem and holiday bouquets safely out of Fido’s and Miss Kitty’s reach. If your pet ingests a potentially harmful substance, call the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426-4435 and seek veterinary care immediately.

• Keep your pet warm and dry. An animal’s coat is natural insulation. Resist the temptation to thin it or shave it. Invest in a warm coat or sweater for outdoor activity if your pet is small or has short hair.

• Provide a dry, insulated shelter where your pet can escape drafts and the elements, preferably off the ground.

•  Have your pets microchipped and tagged with your address and phone number. If they do become lost, they can be quickly and safely returned to you.