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A Little Something About Cats And Their Unique Behavior

  • Posted on March 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

Did you know that one out of four American households has a cat for a pet. Ailurophiles also known as people who love cats always want to know more about their favorite pets. For that reason we’ve decided to share some facts about cats that you might not know about.

Did you know that:

It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one’s blood pressure! Cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human’s! Besides their noses, cats can smell with something called the “Jacobson’s organ”, located in the upper surface of their mouths. This is what cats are using when they scrunch up their eyes and open their mouths after sniffing something intently! Cats have 244 bones in their bodies! (About 40 more than humans!) Cats have 32 muscles in each ear! Cats only sweat from the pads of their paws. Cats aren’t hunters by nature; their mothers teach them to hunt! Female cats can reach adulthood in as little as five months, but male cats can take nine months to a year to reach adulthood. Most breeds of cats have reached their full growth by two years! To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top! Cats are said to see color. Studies have been able to prove that cats can distinguish 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! Whiskers tell a cat whether the space they are entering is big enough for it! The oldest cat on record was a female tabby that lived to be 34 years old! Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10! Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound! Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women’s voices have a higher pitch! If your cat snores, or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you! Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine…about 26 cycles per second! The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking!

Check out some of my favorite cat moments:

This cat is a top trained assassin!Watch it display its mad ninja skills!This cat will kick your butt, for sure!

And how about this one. Even though its obvious thatthe little guy is getting some help, still can’t believe that this cat is actually eating its dinner with a fork.

And when you had a rough day, you sure wanna relax and enjoy the view. This cat sure knows how to do that!


Common Skin Problems In Cats

  • Posted on March 16, 2018 at 8:37 am

Our pets are our life. We will give them anything when they look at us with those big eyes. But when they get sick, we hurt too because they cant take care of themselves. Even cats, which are considered to be very independent animals, need us to make sure that they love and healthy lives. So when our kitty looks sick it makes us feel like bad pet owners. But how do you know when you kitten isnt doing so well, especially regarding common skin problems? Cats usually have very thick fur. This fur is a form of protection for the skin. However, when there is a problem with the skin, the fur can make it hard to know what is wrong. This is why you should make time to look at your cats skin to make sure that it is healthy.

You can examine your cats skin by gently rub the skin with your hands and trying to find any patchy, rough textures. If you feel anything different, separate the fur and look at the skin closely. If you do this regularly, you will know if your cat has any abnormalities that have developed on its skin. It may be useful to talk to your cats veterinarian, find books in library, or search the internet to find different skin conditions common in cats so you will be knowledgeable about them.

There are skin disorders that are contagious to other cats and even to people. Some symptoms to watch out for are itchiness, scaly skin, a dandruff-like flakiness. Other skin disorders cause hair loss for your kitty. This is often because of infections, general sickness, or even overly stressful circumstances. In this situation, you will find bald spots in the fur and the skin can be red or swollen. Common cat skin problems include cheyletiellosis and alopecia. Cheyletiellosis is due to mites and contagious but can be treated with medication.

The majority of your cats skin problems are due to food allergies or insect bites. In any case, all of these issues are non-life threatening and can be treated easily. The key to minimizing any extreme issues from escalating is to detect the problem early and get it diagnosed. Then all you will have to do is give your kitty her medicine and plenty of love.

Blastomycosis In Dogs – Symptoms And Treatment

  • Posted on March 13, 2018 at 5:40 pm

Blastomycosis is a systemic disease which is caused by the fungus, Blastomyces dermatitidis. This fungal infection primarily affects dogs and humans. In humans, the disease is called “Chicago Disease”, “Gilchrist Disease” or “Mycosis”.

The primary mode of transmission of Blastomycosis is through inhalation of the fungal spores. The fungus abounds in the environment-in bodies of water and in the soil-thus most infections occur in dogs which spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. It has been observed that there is a high incidence of Blastomycosis in intact male dogs and large breed dogs. The disease has also been observed to commonly occur in dogs between the ages of 1-5 years old. Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to the infection. These dog breeds include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Coonhounds, Pointers, Cocker Spaniels, and Weimaraners.

Once the spores enter the dog’s airways, it stays in the lungs where the infection commences. As the organism multiplies, it spreads to the vascular system and/or lymph nodes.

Blastomycosis infection in dogs is manifested initially by a gradual loss of appetite followed by intermittent fever, weight loss, and depression. Coughing may also be present and usually gets worse as the disease progresses. By this time, the infection may have spread to the nervous system, bones, lymph nodes and skin.

Studies and clinical observations have shown that Blastomycosis is mainly manifested as a respiratory infection. A thorough physical examination may reveal enlarged lymph nodes, fever, abnormal lung sounds, skin lesions, nasal discharge, coughing, eye problems such as uveitis, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and chorioretinitis, tachypnea, nervous signs, and abnormal mass growths in the mammary gland, soft tissues, and vulva.

Aside from the physical manifestations of the disease, diagnosis is made based on a complete history and a thorough medical check-up. Your veterinarian will also recommend specific laboratory tests such as complete blood count and biochemical profile. Hypoalbuminemia is the usual result followed by hyperglobulinemia, and hypercalcemia. Radiographic examination of the chest may reveal the so-called “snowstorm pattern” which describes the growth of the yeast. Microscopic examination and staining of cytologic samples can also be done to identify the fungus. Other diagnostic tests which may be conducted include transtracheal wash (TTW), bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), or fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the lung tissue.

Early detection is very important to prevent the onset of serious complications. The treatment regimen for Blastomycosis includes antifungal medication such as itraconazole, amphotericin-B, Ketoconazole, and Prednisone.

There is no vaccine which can protect your dog against Blastomycosis. In areas where the disease is endemic, limiting the amount of time that your dog spends outside, particularly around bodies of water may help reduce the incidence.

Knowing the early signs of Blastomycosis in dogs and seeking early veterinary attention can increase the chances of a favorable prognosis.

Hints And Tips On Successful Treatment With Frontline For Cats

  • Posted on March 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

If you are treating your pets with Frontline for cats then it is important to read the instructions carefully. To ensure success with this leading flea treatment you do need to make certain you are using it properly and giving the product the best chance to work.

Fleas are nasty pests and can cause a number of problems in the home. They will bite humans as well as animals and can cause skin reactions and itching. It is not very pleasant to think your home may be infected with fleas but fortunately Frontline can offer fast-acting solutions. To help you get started with using Frontline for cats here are a few useful hints and tips.

Using the Right Dosage

It is essential when treating pets for fleas with Frontline for cats that you use the right dosage. This will be clearly listed on the manufacturers instructions provided with the product.

– If you use too little of the Frontline then the product may not be fully successful at ridding your pets of fleas. If you use too much of the product you could risk harming your pets health.

– Frontline has been thoroughly tried and tested and the manufacturers dosages offer the maximum chances of success against fleas.

– For example if you are using Frontline Spot On then you may be directed to squeeze the full pipette onto the skin.

– This small pipette should contain one full dosage and this makes it easy for you to get the treatment right.

Apply to Skin

With the Spot On Frontline for cats you will need to make sure you are applying the product directly to the skin. This will ensure it is quickly absorbed and able to get to work straight away. This means you will need to carefully part the fur so that you can get access to the skin beneath.

If you apply the product to the fur it will most likely be too thick to enable the ingredients to reach and penetrate the skin and this could prevent the treatment from working properly. This also increases the chances of the product being rubbed or groomed off before it can get to work.

Clean and Treat Bedding

It is also important that you treat the bedding your pet sleeps in as well as them. This type of environment is perfect for fleas to breed and so you will need to strip and clean bedding when you treat pets. This will help to prevent them from becoming re-infected.

When cleaning bedding, put it on a hot wash programme in your washing machine, if possible. Treat areas you cannot wash in the machine with an effective flea powder or spray treatment that kills eggs and larvae as well as adult fleas. It is also a good idea to treat any areas your pets frequent in your home that could also be harbouring fleas.

The Top 10 Absolutely Most Famous Cats

  • Posted on March 7, 2018 at 10:07 am

I’ve been compiling a list of famous cats for my pet numerology website for some time now. I know which my favorites are, but I wondered which are the most famous overall. There were so many great famous cats that I did four alphabetical gourps, with a final round of the most famous cats. This is the final round, and I’ll reveal which are the most famous of these great cats.

The top most famous of all cats (based on online chatter) are:

10. Felix the Cat, from the classic Felix the Cat cartoons

9. Kitty, Cartman’s cat on the animated series South Park

8. Hobbes, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip

7. Mittens, from the animated movie Bolt

6. Dewey, from the book “Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World”

5. Tigger from A. A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh

4. Garfield, from the Garfield comic strip.

3. Figaro, from the animated movie Pinocchio

2. The Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland

…and the most famous cat of all is…

1. Sylvester, from the classic Looney Tunes cartoons

Cats not ranking in the top 10 were Socks, the Clinton family cat during the Presidency of Bill Clinton; Jules, from the Mutts comic strip; Spot, Data’s cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation; Yum Yum from Lilian Jackson Braun’s “The Cat Who” mysteries; Morris the cat from 9Lives pet food advertisements; India, the Bush family cat during the Presidency of George W Bush; Toonces the Driving Cat from Saturday Night Live; Mystery from Emily the Strange; Miles from Emily the Strange; Maru, the box loving cat in online videos; and Snowball the Simpsons family cat from the animated series the Simpsons;

Five of the top 10 cats are from animation (Sylvester, Figaro, Mittens, Kitty, and Felix), two are from comic strips (Garfield and Hobbes), and three are from literature (Cheshire, Tigger, and Dewey). Only one of the top ten cats was an actual living cat (Dewey).

I compiled this list by searching for the cats listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online.

Some Facts About The Wild Cats

  • Posted on March 6, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Wild cats include the tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards and other smaller cats. All these animals belong to one group classification of carnivorous. They will attack and kill at the slightest provocation. Tigers are the largest of the four cats. The second ones are the lions followed by the leopards and then cheetahs. They are the fiercest of all the wild animals and keep all the others in deep fear. They are also capable of attacking humans when they feel threatened.

Wild cats prefer different habitats. The tigers are likely to be found in the Eastern and Southern Asia. They love habitats that include water and sufficient forest cover. The males are usually heavier in weight than the females. Lions are the kings of the jungle and are mostly found in Africa. The males have manes while the females don’t. They hunt as a group but the males wait for the females to catch a prey and then continue to partake in the meal.

Wild cats like the leopards are not very easy to be spotted during the day. They hunt in the evening or the early hours of the day. Their eyes flash like car lights at night and during this time they are believed to see very well. They are very powerful and drug their preys on up to the tree top. They climb trees by their back as they closely watch any predator that is approaching. The cheetahs have similar characteristics with the leopards but they can be easily tamed. However they don’t spend time on the trees like the leopards.

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The Magic Formula For A Shiny Coat – Fish Oil For Dogs

  • Posted on March 5, 2018 at 8:46 am

Have you been considering fish oil for dogs? Is it a good idea to give it to them? Do you condition your pet’s hair and skin? Are you trying to improve the appearance of your pet’s coat to make it more shiny and healthy looking? If these questions are a concern to you and you’ve been looking for a solution for your pet’s special care then try fish oil for dogs. The health benefits provided by fish oil for dogs are amazing. This oil is inexpensive and only creates positive results for your beloved pet. The animal medical community recommend using fish oil for a variety of ailments such as kidney disease, arthritis, and skin conditions. There are so many benefits to using fish oil that it is difficult to say anything bad about its use, long-term it just means a longer life.

Fish oil for dogs is used to treat an array of medical disorders and skin conditions. Many people think that more is better and make the mistake of giving them the same dosage as humans. This can be a mistake. First and foremost, check with a veterinarian before giving your dog any dosage or kind of fish oil. Dogs are generally smaller than humans so the human dosage will not apply to them. Second, find out which form of this excellent health supplement is best for your dog. Fish oil can come in such as liquid form or soft gel form.The form and dosage of the fish oil should be determined based on the size, weight, and treated condition for the dog. If the fish oil is being used for general health maintenance, a 800 mg twice weekly dosage for a large dogs is adequate while a smaller dog only requires a 250 mg twice weekly dosage.

They key health benefits fromfish oil for dogs come from omega-3 fatty acids in the oil. Like humans, dogs don’t produce the omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These fatty acids are vital to the immune system in the dog’s body for every cell to properly function and maintain life. Giving your dog this oil will help heal many ailments and skin conditions and improve the overall quality of life. It is simply a huge benefit all around and you can’t go wrong by including it in the dog’s diet.

People always feel that a dog is a man’s best friend. Don’t skimp! Just make the treatment available to your pet.Fish oil for dogs is a natural health supplement to keep your dog in excellent physical and mental condition so he can live life to the fullest. You certainly would not want to do anything less for your dog? So purchase this life-saving, life-changing “miracle drug” for your dog so he can be healthy and happy as he ages.

Easy To Understand Tips And Advice About Cats

  • Posted on February 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm

When you care for a cat properly, it will bring you much joy. A little self-education can transform you into the kind of responsible cat owner that keeps their feline friends happy and affectionate over the course of a long and healthy life. This article is like a Rosetta Stone of cat care information.

Cats are constantly grooming themselves, and this is why they rarely need a bath. If your cat gets into something particularly stinky, a bath will not hurt them. If your cat does not like water you might want to wear gloves so that you do not get scratched. You might also want to enlist the help of a friend or family member.

Cats like sneaking into small spaces. If you keep a collar on your pet, getting stuck in one of these spaces can be very dangerous. Breakaway collars are made to come off if tugged on vigorously. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.

Don’t be pushy when you are getting to know your new cat. Cats prefer to be in control and take things at their own pace. Make sure your new cat is comfortable and safe. Let your cat take its time exploring its new environment. When your cat feels at home, it will be more likely to try to make friends with you.

Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.

Do not assume that because a medication is okay for you to take, that it is safe for your cat as well. Many medications made for humans are lethal to cats, such as acetaminophen containing drugs and aspirin. Always check with your veterinarian before you give your cat anything.

Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.

Cats are great pets, but they need proper care. Good cat owners will review this piece often and take its advice to heart. With the proper care, your cat can enjoy a great life.

Dogs with Jobs – Bed Bug Detection Dogs

  • Posted on February 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm

There is a group of working dogs known as detection dogs, and there are many specific types of detection specialties. With the frequency of travel within the United States and to foreign countries, there has been a noticeable increase in concerns over bed bugs. Along with this problem came the need to find ways of detecting bed bugs without the harmful use of widespread pesticides. Since detector dogs can pin-point scents it became increasingly popular to use dogs to detect not only live bed bugs but bed bugs in there developmental stages as well. This way any treatment of the problem could be narrowed to the exact area needing treatment rather than the widespread potentially harmful fumigation and pesticide.

There is no special breed for bed bug detection. The best criteria is a happy dog who loves to work and hunt. The training is extensive and today these dogs are certified and usually are in the range of 98 percent accurate. Since their sniffing abilities are so keen, they can find hidden infestations and save time and money when it comes to treatment. More and more extermination companies are using this reliable resource to rid their customer’s problems.

The training of these dogs usually involves hiding vials of bed bugs in various stages of development as well as their fecal matter, and having the dogs pick up the scents, alert their handlers and get rewarded. This is similar to how other types of detection dogs are trained. The dogs become very focused on “the hunt”.

There has been a growth of new business opportunities in this specialty industry and mostly in North America. The need for this service ranges from residences to large hotels, and is serviced by private dog sniffing companies to partnering with extermination companies. Either way the dog doesn’t care about that – only about when the dog can get to work!

Dogs with Jobs – The Truffle Sniffing Dog

  • Posted on January 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm

I have a great interest in well trained dogs, especially those trained for specific tasks. Dogs with jobs are fascinating to me. I want to know if the job skill has to do with the breed or if there is any trait that can be trained up for a job. My first job curiosity is the truffle sniffing dog. Can any dog become a truffle sniffing dog or can only certain breeds be used?

There is a great demand for truffles, mostly because they are rare, hard to find, and thus very expensive. Pigs are instinctively drawn to truffles and love to eat them. The hunter has to be very quick to rescue a truffle from a 300 pound pig. The risks are pretty great! Apparently one can lose a finger or two in the process. So other means of truffle hunting evolved – that of the truffle sniffing dog who does not have the innate instincts to eat truffles.

The best dogs for truffle sniffing are dogs with a keen sense of smell, dogs who are calm, obedient, and are not easily distracted, and dogs who are sociable and have great endurance.
Some of the breeds successfully trained for this job include the Italian Lagotto Romanolo, Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Dutch Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Poodle, Fox Terrier, and Dachshund. But this job is not limited to those breeds as long as the necessary traits are there.

Dogs can be trained as young as a few months, but young dogs around 8-9 months are desirable. These dogs are trained with a variety of methods, but training for the scent of a truffle is foremost. Some trainers use truffle oil to develop the scent. Others may use gorgonzola cheese and move to the truffle in a gradual process. Apparently gorgonzola cheese has a similar scent to a dog as the truffle. The truffle scented item is buried and the dog is trained to smell until it is located, then scratch the area until the handler can come and dig up the truffle.
Each time the dog successfully finds the buried treasure the dog is rewarded with a food treat or something else the dog loves like a game of ball toss.
Dogs who are successfully trained for this job are in great demand.