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There are many reasons that would cause a sensitive stomach in your feline friend. Cats do vomit and there are many reason for it. My cat Atlantis vomits more that I would expect to be normal. I am giving him food for sensitive stomachs. Pet.Reviews has put together some reasons that your cats stomach may be sensitive. If the problem persists, I would always have your pet seen by a vet.

Just because hairballs are unpleasant doesn’t mean they’re not normal. Your cat spends a great deal of time grooming himself, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he ends up ingesting a lot of his own hair. If you don’t take the time to brush your cat, hairballs may be more of a frequent issue.

But what are the signs of sensitive stomach and other digestive issues in cats?

Here are some of the symptoms of digestive problems in cats:

  • Vomiting
  • Regurgitating undigested food
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Changes in stool
  • Increase in thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Poor coat condition

Have your cat checked if vomited persists and especially if it’s accompanied by diarrhea and listlessness.

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How Long Should You Leave Cats Alone?

Sunday, October 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats, they say are independent creatures and could survive by themselves for a very long time. This is both true and false. Outdoor cats are loners and can live their lives in solitary with very little interaction for almost all of their lives. Indoor domestic cats adapt well to their insulated indoor life and although they

do well on their own, they also need the interaction of humans. They need humans for food, affection and to keep them healthy. So should you go on vacation, put out bowls,  food and water and go away on vacation for a week? Some will say this is ok, I say no. Cats have become part of your family, have adapted to family life and need some companionship. They are also very clean creatures and need their litter to be kept fresh and clean. Now if you hire someone to come spend some time and feed your furry friend, that would be perfectly fine.

Yesterday, we had to drive up to New York City to attend a friends memorial and then visit a friend in Manhattan. We were gone about 17 hours and left our two cats. We normally don’t leave them for that long. Before we left I gave them plenty of food and fresh water, and scooped out their litter. Being that we were coming home later that day, we didn’t need anyone to come to feed them.

There is no clear cut answer to this issue but I have my own theory. It’s ok to leave you cats for you’re only gone for a day or two but any longer than that, you should arrange for someone to come in, feed them, change their water, spend some time time them and make sure that the kitty litter is clean.

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Is Your Dogs Nose Indicative of His Health?

Thursday, October 17, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The nose is your dogs best friend. Did you know that his nose is 2 million times more sensitive than yours. Your dog’s sense of smell is his most important sense.  You can help him keep his nose healthy and don’t worry if his nose is wet or dry. Most of the time a dog’s nose is cool and moist because his tear ducts drain into his nose.  If your dog’s nose is dry, don’t worry. It doesn’t usually mean that he is sick.  An animal’s appetite and behavior are much better indicators of overall health. If your dog has a runny nose or a nasal discharge consult your veterinarian as it could be a sign of an allergy or illness. If your dog is active, and doesn’t turn down his dog treats, he is probably healthy.

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Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The Dogington post has put together five telephone numbers that all dog owners should have and keep handy.

National Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435. In an emergency every second counts. The National Animal Poison Control Center is a 24-hour manned emergency hotline sponsored in part by 36 different companies. While there is sometimes a charge for consultation, this call could save the life of your dog.

Spay/Neuter Helpline: 1 800 248 SPAY. Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of dogs each year. SPAY USA is a national referral service that helps connect pet parents with free or low cost spay and neuter services in their area. With partnerships at over 950 programs and clinics nationwide, they eliminate finances as an excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets.

Emergency Disaster Information Line: 1 800 227 4645. Provided by the American Humane Association, this number provides support and relief information for pet owners living in areas affected by disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, fire and more. While not an official “hotline,” this number is manned by live persons able to direct pet owners in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

Pet Travel Hotline: 1800 545 USDA. If you plan on traveling by plane with your dog, a quick call to this number will ensure you are prepared for any bumps in the road where your dog is concerned. Run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, this hotline provides travel resources, licensed pet transporter contact information, rules and regulations, and also assists those that believe their animal was treated inhumanely during travel.

Thanks to the Dogington Post for providing this very valuable information.

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When Happens When Your Two Dogs Start Fighting?

Monday, October 14, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dogs suddenly start fighting with one another, the reasons can vary.  Have any of your dogs not been neutered? Has one become sexually mature?  Is there plenty of space for both of them to share?   Have you let them get away with bad behavior in the past? Do they get little exercise or have too few dog toys?  Any or all of these things can cause fighting.

To correct the problem, exert your authority and feed the more aggressive dog last.  Make him walk behind you and your other dog. If he does show aggression, give him an immediate correction such as a loud noise. This tells him that fighting will not be tolerated. Always reward him for peaceful behavior. This will motivate him to repeat the good behavior. If the problem continues, consult your veterinarian.

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Ways to Check if Your Cat Has Fleas

Sunday, October 13, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

My partner insists that my cat Millie has fleas. I disagree. She’s an indoor cat  and I just don’t see the signs. He feels this way because there are white flakes under her neck and the skin there is bumpy. I suspect dry skin or an allergy. So how can we tell if our cat actually has fleas. Ped MD has put together guidelines which may help identifying fleas on your pet.

Check the Skin and Haircoat

 

In order to see actual fleas on your pet, you may have to look fast. Fleas can jump very fast and very high. Fleas are very small (1/16-1/8 in.), flat-bodied insects that are a dark brown, almost black, color. The more blood they ingest the lighter in color they may appear.

 

Turn your cat on his back and check areas that allow fleas to hide. The armpits and groin are two areas that are warm and protected; favored spots for fleas to hide out. Check your cat’s ears carefully for signs of scratching, redness, blood, or dirt. These can all be signs of fleas. The skin on the belly, groin, or base of the tail may appear red and bumpy, especially if your cat is doing a lot of scratching. Hair loss may occur in certain areas that are being scratched excessively, and there may be black spots on the skin along with scabbing.

 

Get a flea comb (a specially made comb with closely set teeth) and run it through the hair on your cat’s back and legs. The comb’s teeth are designed to catch and pull fleas out from under the haircoat where they are hiding. Make sure you get close to the skin when running the comb through the hair so you have a greater chance of getting to where the fleas are hiding out. Have a bowl of soapy water on hand to douse any live fleas into as you find them while combing.

 

One trick that may help you if the fleas are hard to see is to place a white piece of paper or paper towel on the floor next to your pet while coming through his hair. Flea dirt (i.e., flea feces) will fall off of the cat’s skin and land on the paper. One way to differentiate between regular dirt and flea “dirt” is to wet any black specks that fall off the cat onto the white paper towel (using regular water sprinkled on the specks). If they turn a dark reddish-brown color, you are seeing the digested blood that the flea has passed through its body and excreted.

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Training Your Dog before Your Baby’s Birth

Saturday, October 12, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

You normally will be anxious about how your dog will behave with a new baby on board. You may want to consider some training before the new baby arrives. The ASPCA has put together some training tips to make the transition a little easier.

Your dog will benefit from any training you can accomplish before your baby’s birth.

 

  • Teaching your dog some basic obedience skills will help you manage her behavior when the baby comes. Please see the section below, Teaching Your Dog Important New Skills, for specific training guidelines. Consider enrolling in a group class to get a head start.
  • Four months before the baby arrives: Gradually introduce your dog to the new experiences, sights, sounds and smells she’ll encounter when you bring your baby home, and associate these new things with rewards. This will help your dog learn to love life with the baby.
  • One to two months before the baby arrives: Anticipate the changes you’ll make to your dog’s daily routine, and start making those changes.

Teaching Your Dog Important New Skills

Having good verbal control of your dog can really help when it comes to juggling her needs and the baby’s care. The following skills are particularly important.

Basic Manners:

  • Sit and down
  • Stay, wait at doors and settle: These skills can help your dog learn to control her impulses, and they’ll prove useful in many situations. For example, you can teach your dog to lie down and stay whenever you sit in your nursing chair.
  • Leave it and drop it: These two behaviors can help you teach your dog to leave the baby’s things alone.
  • Greet people politely: A jumping dog can be annoying at best—and dangerous at worst—when you’re holding the baby.
  • Relax in a crate: If you crate train your dog, you’ll know that she’s safe when you can’t supervise her, and she’ll have a cozy place of her own to relax when things get hectic.
  • Come when called.

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Greyhounds Make Wonderful Pets

Friday, October 11, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We recently had our annual Greyhound event in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

The event celebrates our greyhounds, creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes, and raises some funds to support greyhound adoption.

The champion sprinter of the dog kingdom, the Greyhound is a gentle, noble, and sweet-tempered companion with an independent spirit. For thousands of years these graceful hounds have been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings.

Hillspet.com has put together a description of the the personality and care of Greyhounds.

Personality:

The greyhound has a very gentle and quiet disposition. As it was necessary for the greyhound to hunt and run in groups, aggressiveness toward other dogs has almost been completely eliminated from the breed. The dog does have a strong prey drive, however, and may not be suitable for homes with small pets such as rabbits.

The greyhound is often tolerant of children and, being non-aggressive, will usually walk away from annoyance rather than snap or growl. In spite of his great athletic ability, the greyhound is quite happy to spend most of the day sleeping. The dog does not have a lot of endurance and actually requires less exercise time than most dogs.

Living With:

As with all sight hounds, greyhounds have a strong instinct to chase. In spite of this, it is possible for them to live with other pets as long as sufficient time is given for socialization and training. This dog is the perfect pet for a family who wants a large dog, but one that is both streamlined and clean.

The greyhound is an average shedder, and the short coat does not require a lot of grooming.

A safe place is needed for the dog to run, but long periods of exercise are not required, unlike what some assume. In fact, the breed has been called the “40 mph couch potato.” The greyhound is a friendly pack-oriented breed and will readily adopt a family as his own.

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, a Greyhound may be the right choice for you and you will be doing a great thing by giving the beautiful dogs a second chance.

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Car Feral Cans Make Indoor Pets?

Thursday, October 10, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Feral cats are the ones that survive outdoors. They are continually hunting and looking for food. These cats may seem like they need a good home. Cat we ever really tame a feral cat? My cat Mollie who passed away in 2018 came from a family of feral cats that lived in the swamps behind my apartment complex. I found her when she was only 5 weeks old.  She lived her whole life indoors in a comfortable, loving home. If you have other pets, how will this feral cat get along with them?  First, lets talk about the taming part. Animal behavior experts say that some feral cats can adapt to domestic life.  Prepare yourself for some touch and go moments and maybe even some disappointment.  Chances are, you missed that early socialization period.  The first weeks of a kittens life are the ones where they learn to deal with others, including humans. On the other hand however, a feral cat may just adapt better with the pets in your home.  It’s life in the wild has taught it the survival value of cooperation. So give it a try. In a few weeks, you may see your new playing with his cat toys and enjoying his life indoors!

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Cleaning Your Litter Box Thoroughly

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

One of the chores which we really don’t care for is cleaning the litter box. I use bio degradable litter which can be flushed. When your cat urinates, the litter clumps and you can scoop the clumps and flush them down the toilet. I’m scooping about 3-4 times a day. It does keep your box cleaner for longer but you still have to give it a thorough cleaning several times a month. Here is the proper way to do that.

In order to thoroughly clean your cats litter box, here are some steps that you should take.

  1. Dump all of the used litter into a garbage bag and toss it out immediately.
  2. When cleaning the box, use very hot  soapy water . Do not use harsh chemicals. I use dish washing liquid.  Scrub the box with old rags that you keep just for this purpose.
  3. After scrubbing , rinse the box very well with hot water to remove all traces of  soap.
  4. Fill the box with hot water and add a cup of bleach.
  5. Rinse the box again very well with hot water to remove the bleach.
  6. You can either air dry the box, or wipe it with a clean rag.
  7. Fill the box with clean litter. You may want to line to box with kitty liners, or a plastic bag. This will make clean up next time easier.
Change the box a least one a week and scoop every day. Your cats does not like a dirty box and neither will you.
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