Sunday, February 16, 2020

How Long Do Indoor & Outdoot Cats Live?

Indoor Cats live nearly three times as long as outdoor cats.  How long do cats live if they are indoors.
Indoor cats mostly are sterilized, vaccinated and removed from the stresses, risks and dangers of the outside word.  They are feed regularly and have easy access to water that is fresh and clean.
They require more attention, more distractions and must be encouraged to get sufficient exercise to avoid obesity  The number varies widely , ranging from 14 to 20 years.

Outdoor Cats have a number of challenges that tend to limit the average cat lifespan of on outdoor cat. Outside means different things depending on where a cat lives.
Does the cat live in an urban, suburban, rural or remote location?
How close does the cat live to roads and  thoroughfares.
These are all limited factors as increase exposure to fleas, ticks and other parastates and illness.
Outdoor cats can also get into fights ad scrapes with other cats and are at an increased risk of accidents.  The average outdoor cats life span is 5.625 years.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Travelling With Pets

The number of dogs, cats and other critters on the family vacation is growing with almost 40 percent of American pet owners traveling with pets each year. 
That statistic aligns with the human, and the travel trend is resulting in innovative products that make it easier to hit the road with a dog or cat.
To keep pets safe and healthy during travel and reduce trip stress
requires planning and patience. 
Be sure your pet is healthy enough for travel. An aging dog with hip pain may not be a great hiking partner while a cat with urinary tract infection problems will undoubtedly leave a mark where it goes.  A checkup at the veterinarian can determine a pet's fitness for travel.
Make sure a pets temperament is suited for travel. 
Take a dog, cat or other pet on short car rides to monitor stress levels and reactions. A screaming, hissing cat throwing his weight against a cat carrier will ruin even a shore trip, while an agitated dog unrestrained in a car can be dangerous.  Pets may become used to being in a vehicle the more often they are passenger's, so gradually lengthening the
drives may help.
A dog should never stick its head outside a car window.  While dogs love sniffing fresh air, their eyes are exposed to dirt, rocks and dust and wind can cause ear irritation and damage.
  Dogs have even come down with lung infections from riding
with their heads out of car windows.
Rest stops are a good place to walk a dog and allow it to relive itself. 
 Stretching and exercising for pets and humans are essential on long drives.
Never leave an animal in a car on a hot day, even for a few minutes.
In fact, it is now illegal in some states to leave animals in hot cars.