Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Owining A Cat Good for the Heart??

Your cat may bring you a lot more than unconditional love after a tough day.

Cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack and other cardiovascular diseaes than people who have never had a pet cat.

The findings emereged from an analysis of data on nearly 4,500 men and women, ages 30 to 75, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. All were free of cardiovascular disease when they entered the study.

Over half , 55% reported haing a pet cat at some point in their lives.

Compared with cat owners, people who never had a pet cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack over the 20 year study period. They were also 30% more likley to die of any cardiovascular disease, including stroke, hearr failue and chronic heart disease.

The results held true even after the researchers took into account other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including age, gender, race, blood pressure and smoking.

The researchers found no such link for people who had a pet dog.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Some Other Little Know Dates In April...

April 1 - 7th - International Pooper Scopper Week

A paws has established a special week of educating pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. Dog waste is not a joke! For more information, visit

April 11th - National Pet Day

It is estimated that approximately 16,000 pets die in the U.S. Shelters every single day.

This means that roughly every single hour of the day, 667 cats and dogs are taking their last breath. Support the spay/neuter programs of your local shelters abd rescue donating even a dollar a month could be super helpful to them. If a million people donated $1 a month, that's One MLLION DOLLARS raised for shelters across the nation!! Think about all they could do with that!

April 24th - National Pet Parent's Day

This is a day to recognize those who consider pets as a part of their families, For all the poop you have scopped; for all the treats you've givien,for all the sleeplees nights you have been crowded out of bed - we honor you!

April 26th - National Kids & Pets Day

I hope your April finds you in good spirit and good health!

Enjoy your month!

The amazing weather is right around the coner...


Easter will be here sooner than you think and while you are coloring eggs and getting those baskets together, I have a few things for you to keep in mind about your pets.

Eggs - Dyes and Plastic

Shiny plastic eggs look like toys to your pets but if they chew and swallow that egg, it can cause intestinal problems that could require surgery. Fresh, hard boiled eggs are not dangerous, but a spoiled unfound egg found by your pet days later can make them very sick.

Easter Grass

Cats are especially attracted to these tiny shreds, but ingesting them may be lethal. Pets cannot digest it thus leading the threads to get stuck in their intestines, doing some damage.


I've mentioned this before; chocolate can make your pets very sick. Make sure your children know this also.

Easter Lilies

Though these flowers are beautiful and festive, they are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially to cats. Vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite are symptoms of lily poison. If a cat takes a bite of the flower, they can die from kidney failure in less than two days if left untreated.


Other than chocolate, other candies are bad for your pets. Too much sugar can cause digestive upset. The foil wrapping around candies can cause internal damage.

Easter Toys

Those inexpensive toys that we all stuff our kids Easter baskets with - baby chicks, bendy bunnies, look like a good snack to your pet. They are a choking hazard and should be kept away from pets. Keep baskets off the ground or pets in another room while your kids are tearing through them.

Baby animals

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks seem like the perfect addition to your child's Easter basket, but think twice!! Not only will they grow up into large adult animals, but they often carry Salmonella, which can be transmitted to your children and your pets. Stuffed bunnies and chicks make better Easter pets!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tips to Avoid Small Dog Syndrome...

1. If your dog sleeps in the bed with you, stop it. Now.

2. Teach your dog to walk at proper heel. do not carry your dog, the paws are for walking.

3. Nothing in life is free. Have your dog work for food, rewards and especially affection.

4. Do not tolerate bad dog behavior because your dog is small. Consistently enforce all of your commands.

5. Finally, always remember that if you treat your dog like a human, he/she will treat you like a dog.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Send Us Pictures of Your Furry Friend...

We would love to Post Your Furry Friend on Our blog and Twitter Site.

Who Knows they or yo u may receive something in the mail ..
We are looking for cats, dogs, and other pets you love.

Send to Ms. Stinky at;



Top 10 Reasons Not to Delaw a Cat...

If you are thinking of declawing a cat, or a veterinarian suggest declawing at the same time as neutering, before you make a decision for non-reversible surgery. Please consider these reasons Not to declaw. Your cat will live his or her remaining years with the results of your decision, one way or another.
Trust me I know about this - Ms. Stinky..
Declawing Is Not Just Nail Trimming
Nor is declawing only the removal of a portion of a claw. Instead it is the surgical amputation of
the cat's toes. Whether this procedure is accomplished with a scalpel, a guillotine type cutter or laser, it is not to be undertaken lightly.
Declawing Does Nothing to Benefit The Cat
You will sometimes hear the disclaimer. "It is better than putting them to sleep." This is a
fallacious argument, and usually offered only to soothe the owner's conscience. Only the cat's owner can make the decision to kill her cat because of scratching problems. He or she can also
make the decision to let him or her keep their toes. Unlike neutering, which does benefit the cat, both health wise and behavioral wise, declawing simply does nothing positive for the cat.
Declawing Robs a Cat Of Their Weapon Of Defense
A typical counter-argument is "My cat is indoors-only", Even indoor cats sometimes manage to escape. A declawed cat does not stand a chance against a large dog, a bigger cat or a predator.
Although he or she still has teeth, by the time they get in close enough to bite, it may be too late.
Declawing Is Painful Surgery
Think of it as 10 amputations (If only the front feet are declawed). Pain meds may help initially, but phantom pain may last for weeks or months, as nerve endings heal. Unlike routine
recovers, including recovery from neutering surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cat bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of escrucaiating pain.
Declawing May lead To Litter Box Problems
Declawed cats often associate the pain when digging in litter with the litter box itself, and will
avoid it, shooing softer carpeting instead.
Declawing Sometimes Leads To Bitting Problems
When cats lose their ability to give a quick warning scratch, they will often resort to their second
line of defense; a food, hard bite. The cat's owner may sometimes find themselves the victim, just when he/she thinks their cat is enjoying a petting session.
Cats Need The Exercise Their Claws And Toes Provide
Watch cat stretch, whether horizontally or on a carpet or vertically with a tail scratching post. They will grap the carpet or sisal with their claws, using the resistance to pull and stretch their muscles. Cat's claws actually play a large and positive role in their amazing muscle tone and agility.
Altered Gait May Lead To Later Joint Problem
Domestic cats are digitigrade meaning they walk on their toes. Walking with an altered gait because of the lack of the first digit of the toes can affect all the joints of the leg resulting later in arthritis of the hip and joints.
Cats Need To Be Cats For Their Entire "Nine Lives"
Honestly If a cat could speak human tongue, do you really think, given a choice they say. "Sure
thing, cut off part of my toes???? Their claws and toes are an integral part of making a cat a cat ..
Would you honestly want them to be anything less .. Especially since they are Humane Alternatives?? It is your decision, but please take your cat's needs into serious consideration before making such a drastic and permanent choice .. As A Feline Would you ant this to happen to You.. Think About It.. Ms. Stinky....

How To Tell If Your Female Cat Is In Heat...

Female cats that are not spayed will eventually come into heat (technically called Oestrus), and the signs are unambiguous, once you know what to look for.
Here are some behavioral symptoms to watch for if you suspect your diva is in heat.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies
Here's How:
1. Immediately preceding oestrus, your female cat may become
unusually affectionate by sidling up to stuffed toys, other cats
and /or her favorite human.
2. She may spend excessive time licking her genital area.
Note: Lacking the other behavioral traits or urinary tract
disorder, which can be serious if not treated promptly.
3. The Queen (name for female cats of breeding age) will vocalize loudly.
4. She will assume a mating position: Head down, forelegs bent,
rear quarters raise to expose the position with the tail raise and held
to the side of the body. Her rear legs will tread rhythmically.
5. Queenie may also spray vertical surfaces with a strongly
scented fluid. She will accomplish this by backing up to the
surface and raising her tail high. The tail may quiver, and she may perform the rhythmic treading described in step four.
6. If your female cat does not mate, she will go into oestrus as
often as every two to three weeks, for several months each year,
until she either mates or is spayed.
1. Unless she is a qualified pedigreed breeder, your female cat should
be sprayed. It will not only cease the uncomfortable heat
cycles, but prevent certain serious medical problems.
2. Your veterinarian may be able to give your female cat hormones
to stop the oestrus, if spaying is not immediately possible.
2. Female cats as young as four months can go into oestrus.

Monday, March 21, 2011

How to Clean Your Cat's Teeth...

Ms. Stinky knows that dental health is every bit as important as it is to humans.

A regular program of teeth cleaning will ensure your cat will enjoy their senior years with all of their teeth intact.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 5 minutes

Let Ms. Stinky Tell you How:

1. Assemble supplies: sterile gauze, scissors, cat toothpaste or a weak sterile solution recommended by your veterinarian.

2. Wrap a strip of gauze around the index finger of your dominant hand and either dip it in the sterile solution, or apply a small amount of toothpaste to your fingertip.

3. Holding the cat in your lap, open the mouth.

Ms. Stinky says very gently please..

4. Gently rub your "finger brush" in a circular motion on their teeth,

concentrating on the area next to the gums.

Gently massage the gums at the same time. It is not necessary to do the
back sides of the teeth.

5. Once your cat will tolerate this procedure, you can graduate to a small

child's toothbrush.

6. Give kitty a few loving pats and kind words, along with a little treat to

polish off with having shiny clean teeth.


1. You might want to experiment with flavored toothpaste for cats.

There is a fish-flavored one that is quite tasty.

2. If you start practicing examining your cats teeth at a very young age,

this process will be much easier.

3. Bleeding of the gums is a sign your cat needs professional dental

scaling by your veterinarian, so attend to that as soon as possible.

What You Need:

. Sterile gauze
. Cat toothpaste/solution
. Opt: small toothpaste
. Scissors

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Top 10 Pet Poisons Part II 6 of 10....

6. Chocolate
Chocolate contains methlxanthines, which act as stimulants to our pets.
The darker the chocolate, the more methylxanthines it contains.
Methylxanthines can cause agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and death....
7. Household Toxins
Cleaning supplies, such as bleach acids, alkalis and other detergents can cause corrosive injury to the mouth and stomach, Other household items such as batteries and liquid potpourri can cause similar problems. Always keep these toxins behind securely locked doors.
8. Plants
Both house plants and outdoor plants can be ingested by our pets. Lillies can cause life-threatening kidney failure in cats, while sago palms can cause liver failure in dogs and cats.
Keep house plants and bouquets away from your pets.
9 Herbicides
Many herbicides have a salty taste, and our pets will commonly ingest them.
Always follow label directions and keep pets off treated areas until they are dry.
10 Outdoor Toxins
Antifreeze, fertilizers and ice melts are all substances that animals can find outdoors.
Keep these items in securely locked sheds or on high shelves where pets cannot get to them.
If you have any reason to suspect your pet, or a neighbor's pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center's 24 hour hotline at:
(888) 426-4435

The Top 10 Pet Poisons Part 1 of 5

1. Human Medications
For several years, human medications have been number one on the ASPCA"s list of common hazards. Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstand or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor, so it is essential to keep meds tucked away in hard to reach cabinets.
2. Insecticides
In an effort to battle home invasions by unwelcome pests, people often unwittingly put their pets at risk. One of the most common incidents involves the misuse of flea and tick products, such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species. Thus it is always important to talk to your pet's veterinarian before beginning any flea and tick control program.
3. Rodenticides
Baits used to kill mice and rats are mostly grain based. Not only does this attract rodents, but it attracts dogs and cats. There are several different types of rodenticides that can cause seizures. Internal bleeding or kidney failure. Always make sure these items are placed in areas that pets cannot access.
4. People Food
Xylitol, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic are commonly ingested by our pets. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, while onions and garlic can cause anemia if enough is ingested. Xylitol a sugar alcohol used to sweeten sugar free gums and mints, can cause low blood sugar and liver failure in dogs.
5. Veterinary Medications
Many medications made for our pets are flavored for ease of giving.
Unfortunately that means that animals may ingest the entire bottle of medication if they find it tasty. Common chewable medications include arthritis and incontinence medications.
Contact your veterinarian if your pet ingests more than his proper dose of medication.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Top 10 Cat Names.....

After last weeks depressing weather here, I thought my human staff could us a little something more fun and amusing.
So here goes.
The top Ten names for your cat that my staff has heard of at the store while giving them a day of beauty.
The countdown goes:
#10 Bella
#9 Tigger
#8 Shadow
#7 Smokey
#6 Lucy
#5 Oliver
#4 Chloe
#3 Bella
Drum roll please.. The number one name for cats is......
Meow Really Max? I ask my mother about this she says yes, but me personally living and walking in the city of Somerville.
I cannot think of a single feline that told me there name was Max.
I been good friends with to a Bear, Q, Midnight and Cece.
I also encounter late at night when their is a full moon a Dexter, Tigger, Cat and Smokey.
I personally prefer Jack, Cleopatra, Mr Tibbs or even Kittie...
If you know of a funny or exceptionally appropriate feline name or a unique name (like Meow), please share and send me and email.
Email me at

Monday, February 28, 2011

Cat's Will Ignore You If You Do Not Entertain Them...

Like humans, cats bore easily. they need to be entertain constanly, just as humans cannot live without the television.

If you are not amusing them they will most likely leave and find something that is more interesting to do.

Dogs on the other hand will sit right there and enjoy the boredom with you.

Also dogs will gladly run endlessly after a frisbee, while a cat, just like us humans will not see the point in doing that...

How Cats Are Just Like Us Humans & Dogs Are Not....

As a cat owner you may be asking yourself several questions pertaining to your cat.
You are not alone!!
We believe that a cat's behavior is just like that of humans.
Where when it comes to dogs behavior is different from humans.
When you make a cat angry, whether it be because you left them for a week, forgot to change their water to make it cold not warm, did not feed them one night, or change the litter box.
They will retaliate right away.
They will get you back one way or another is is the way of the feline.
It is their manner passive aggressive.
One of their favorite actions as a cat is to take a dump on the floor next to their litter box.
Yes yes just inches away from the box.
They know that you are going to have to clean it up and will be cruising as you do it.
Your cat will be lurking somewhere nearby to view your reaction to get the full satisfaction...
Dogs are just happy to be there, unfortunately they will take much abuse and keep coming back for more compared to the feline...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dog Parks & Dog Friendly Areas...


Boston Common
Charles St & Boylston St,
Some off leash hours

Charlesgate Dog Run

Massachusetts Ave & Beacon Street


Cambridge Dog Park
Mt Auburn & Hawthorne St,

Danley Park
99 Sherman St,, located in
N. Cambridge on Sherman St,
adjacent to Garden & New Sts.

Fresh Pond Reservation
Off-Leash Dog Area.
250 Fresh Pond Pkwy, bound
by Fresh Pond Pkwy, Concord Ave.,
Blanchard Ave,Grove St. & Huron Ave.

Fort Washington St. Dog Park
Waverly St. between Erie St. & Putna, Ave.


Pilgrim Bark Park
Rt 6 & Shank Painter Rd.

Save The Date...

Who: All Dog Resuce , Inc.
What: Low cost microchip clinic
When: Sun, March 6 - noon-3pm
Where: Especialy for Pets,
424 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury, MA
Cost: $35.00
Info: 617-507-9193,

Feline Adoption Events...

Who: Feline Adoption & Resucue Society
Info: 508-838-3802
When: Every Saturday frm 1-6pm
every Tuesday from 5-9 pm, every Fri 5-9 pm
Where: PetSmart
1 Worcester Rd. Framingham, MA
When: Every Saturday 1-6 pm
every Sun. noon-4pm, every Tuesday 5- 9pm, every
Wednesday 6-9 pm, every Thursday 5-9 pm
Where: Petsmart
160 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge
Who: Kitty Connection
Info: 781-393-9995
When Every Thursday 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Pet Supplies Plus
630 Fellsway, Medford
When: Every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday 1-3pm

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Miss My Mum All Day today...

So lost all day last night and this afternoon.
Thought my mum was cat-nip..
I call her on my cell no answer even text no answer.
Finally she return my calls this morning.
She could not get out of New York City , due to the winter watch in CT.
Mayor Bloomberg of NYC, stop all buses from leaving at 5 pm..
No buses after 5 pm.
She went to Penn Station to get a train, none until the morning.
First train out 6 am today, no place for mummy s she stayed at Penn Station.
So no hotel insight that was reasonable in that area .
So she stay over night at Penn Station..
What a brave mum with all those crazy people around her
I kept her spirits up and made her laugh while she waited for the train.
She came home today my prays were answered.
I told my Dad to pick her up at South Station were Amtrak is located.
He did this afternoon.
My prayers were answered Meow!!
Poor mum all night and most of the morning hanging on a bench with others waiting for a train.
Hope this does not happen to her again - I so miss her..

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Marking Signs...

. Bunting - Your cat may rub or push their face against objects with their forehead, cheeks or chin. What your cat is doing is marking them with subtle biological scents. Some say that a cat's rubbing with the forehead or cheeks indicates affection, but rubbing with the chin is usually reserved for territorial marking.
. Furniture scratching. Contrary to popular belief, (Ask Ms. Stinky she know about this addiction)furniture scratching is not the cat's way of sharpening their claws but is a form of visual and scent marking. Your cat's paws are equipped with scent glands to facilitate this function.
Territorial concerns will increase furniture scratching/marking and should be addressed if furniture scratching becomes a problem.
. Marking objects with urine or feces, This is an even more distasteful form of marking behavior to most cat owners. The function is similar to furniture marking signifying a olfactory warning.
. Anal sac secretions. Your cat may sometimes discharge their anal sac, when in situations of extreme fear. Anal sac secretions are thought to contain a fear pheromone that serves to remind the cat not to pass that way again.
. There are benefits to caring cat owners in obtaining glimpses into the mind of their pet because it enhances their bond with their cat and facilitates communications. So next time you are alone with your cat and do not have anything to do, try reading your cat's mind...
You will probably learn something you did not know before and have a greater understanding because of it......

Tell-Tail signs...

Tail position and movement offers insight into your cat's psyche. Basically a cat's tail can be up, down, or sideways; it can be curved or straight, and it can be still or moving. Here is how to interpret the various positions and movements of the tail:

. Tail tucked - fearful, defensive
. Tail held at half-mask and moving slowly from side to side - indicates mild interest
. Tail vertical or straight up - indicates anticipation and/or greeting
. Tail vertical but curved to one side - indicates expectation/monitoring
. Tail held completely to one side in a female - indicates sexual receptivity
. Tail held low with tip twitching - indicates a stalking predatory stance
. Tail frantically switching in wide arcs - indicates heightened affect/aggression
. Tail puffed up (piloerect) - indicates fear and aggression

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Head & Body Position Of Your Feline...

A cat on the offensive often walks directly toward the subject of his or her angst with their head heald low and moving slowly from side to side, with thier eyes fixed on their target.
When in this mode , your cat will swivel their ears sideways and their body will appear wedge-shaped as thier rear legs stiffen. Watch out for this cat: it means business.
When your cat is on the defensive, they will hunker down while backing up and lean away from the threat.
Their head is sometimes deflected to one side giving the appearance of a sideways glance and they will vocaloze (hiss,. growl or shriek).
Other signs of defensive aggression include extension of claws in readienss for a fight, and pilorection (hair raised) - making them appear larger and thus more fearsome
A cat in this posture is less likely to attack than retreat beacause they are afraid.

The Ears Have It, Too...

A cat's ears can adopt several different positions and for several different reasons:
Ears erect and forward - alert with attention focused ahead.
Ears swiveled sideways like a swing - wing fighter - on the offensive.
Ears pressed backward onto the head giving the appearance of a snake - extreme defense.(ears folded back to protect them from harm)
One ear forward and one back - ambivalence.
Ears rotating like radar dishes - listening carefully in an attempt to find the source of the sound.
Your cat normally keeps their mouth closed. This tells us very little about a cat's motivation.
When the mouth is open, however, you can sometimes learn about your ca't's motiviation.
Open mouth with lips retracted. Your cat stares, bears their teeth and hisses .
This indicates intimidation and aggressions.
The yawn, Yawing indicates stress, ambivalence, or sometimes preparedness for action.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ways To Read Your Cat's Mind Part 2.....

The Eyes Have It..
Look into your cat's eyes and you can tell a lot about their state of mind.
The direction of your cat's gaze will direct you to the subject of their attention, but gazes vary.
Some are intense and focus while others are haphazard. When your cat stares without blinking, do they want something from you, or are they feeling hostility?
Either could be true.
Although a fixed gaze and rigid body posture might mean hostility the same look might be soliciting petting or some other form of attention in a relaxed, purring cat.
Another fairly definite eye sign relate to pupil size. If your cat's pupils are constricted and sit=like. their mod is probably ambient,m bordering on vegetative.
Or perhaps it is predatory. However, if your cat's pupils become fully dilated in broad daylight appearing as large black pools, they either are in pain or ready to fight or run away.
Increased pupil size is not intended to intimidate other cats or people but rather to allow more light into the eyes. Cat's pupis are always large at night but veterinarians learn very quickly to beware when a cat's pupils are fully dilated in a brightly lit examination room.
The degree of opening of the eyelids can tell a tale too.
Wide-open eyes correlate with alertness and increased levels of metal activity-ready for action if you will.
Semi-closed or fluttering eyes means that the cat is in a more dozy complacent mood or may be in the mood for a nap.
So if your cat's eyelids flutter and periodically close while the are looking at you, it is a sign of faith or trust.
Even if they are on the brink of falling asleep at the time, squinting at you is still a compliant because your pet is showing that they are comfortable and trusting enough to take a nap in your presence.

Ways to Read Your Cat's Mind. Part 1...

Wouldn't you love to know what your cat is thinking?

You can sit and watch your cat for hours, but you never know just what is going on behind those big dreamy, blue ,green, amber or golden eyes.

Your cat squints at you, fluttering their eyelids until they almost close.

They switch their tail. Are they angry or just excited.

We may not know, but we can make some pretty good assumptions about what cats are thinking based upon the full context of their behavioral signing and events that normally follow.

Monday, January 17, 2011

One Year after the Earthquake....

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced one of the largest earthquakes in history, devastating not just the human population but the animal populations as well.

One year later, the animals of Haiti have a new safe haven thanks to the Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States.

The two organizations joined forces to open a new animal care center and veterinary training facility outside of Port--Prince.
The center will offer smallau animal care and surgical training, equine care and medical training, disaster response training and housing for foreign veterinary and disaster response experts.

To read more about this visit -

This Month Is For The Birds-Literally...

Often, when we think of lonely pets in a shelter we picture a dog or cat.
But thousands of companion birds are relinquished each year, as well.
So in 2002 the ASPCA launched the first Adpot A Rescued Bird Month In January.
Some breeds can mimic the sounds of different household appliances, while others sing or coo.
PetFinders.comn has a bevy of birds waiting for homes, and a list of things to consider before bringing home a Polly of your own.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pets Of The Homeless...

What We Do.

Pets of the Homeless is a non profit all volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless and less fortunate in local communities across the United States and Canada.

The volunteer collection sites gather the donated pet food and deliver it to food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens which have agreed to distribute the pet food to the homeless and poor.

To licensed veterinarians, through our grant program it will provide resources for vaccines and veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

There are many ways you can help.

Visit to learn more.

Please donate today.

2255 Waterford Place

Carson City, NV 89703


Keeping Your Cat Warm In Winter..

If you are trying to keep your cat warm in the winter time there are several easy ways you can do that.
Depending on whether or not your cat is a indoor cat or if the cat spends part or all of its time outside, your options for keeping them warm will vary.
Indoor cats have a reputation for loving those nice warm spots, like the sunny spot on the couch in the afternoon.
They also like to find warm place like your face when your are sleeping, or snuggling up next to the computer which generates a lot of heat. Keeping a cat warm in winter time indoors is not very difficult.
Generally any temperature that is comfortable enough for a person will be completely fine, for cat. The do, after all, have a fur coat.
They can withstand temperatures much lower than we can, and for much longer period of time.
It just so happens that they really prefer warm spots, but that extra warmth is not a necessity for their health.
When it comes to cats who spend their time outdoors, however you may want to provide a special place to allow them to warm up in really cold temperatures. Again due to their fur, they can withstand temperature that are many degrees colder than we are able to tolerate.
Any sung place that is up off the ground and has any drafts blocked will allow a cat to stay warm simply from its own body heat.
There are products available which owner can use to keep their outdoor cats warm, such as electric heaters, thick insulated bags in which the cat can snuggle, or specially designed igloos, which are designed to reflect the cats heat back toward their body.
These products may be unnecessary, but sometimes the peace of mind that it gives the owner is worth the price.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Caring For Pet Rats....

Caring For Pet Rats

When owners know some fundamentals rats are not especially difficult to keep mental and physically healthy.

House rats in an aquarium (at least 10 gallon) with a mesh lid.
Alternately keep them in a wire mesh cage with half-inch by half-inch spacing.
Rats can break their legs on wider spaced barks.

Never use cedar or pine shavings as bedding as they are toxic to rats.
Use hardwood shavings paper products, pelleted bedding or sanitary bedding and change it energy three to five days.
Feed a diet of laboratory pellets (lab block).
Occasional treats of wheat bread, fruit,vegetables and pasta are acceptable.
Go light on oil seeds, nuts and grains.
Do not keep individual rats in solitary cages.
Provide toys and activities in the cage.
Watch pet rats closely for respiratory disease.
Persistent sneezing is a symptom of respiratory illness.
Trigger a visit to the vet as soon as possible.
Rats are social animals.
Experts recommend owners keep more than one at a time.
Most rats should be able to live together without a problem, although adult males sometimes display aggressive behavior to unfamiliar adult male rats.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pet Safe Salt Is Better For Everyone

If you live in a colder climate when winter involves wind, ice and snow, you probably use salt on your driveway and sidewalks. There are probably also a few pet owners who walk their dogs past your property.
But did you know that the salt that you are using to de-ice driveways can do harmful damage to the pets that walk on it?
If you read the warnings on traditional salt ice melter's, you will see that straight out that they are dangerous for pets and children.
So why would you want to put something so harmful out on the sidewalks where children and pets walk.
There are a number of pet safe salt products.
Most popular Safe Paw. Which we carry.
It makes better sense for the environment and it is much safer for both your pets and children.