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Giving your pets cod liver oil

Saturday, March 17, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

While trying to insure your pets health, you may come across cod liver oil. This supplement is derived for the liver of a cod fish.  It’s high in calories and contains omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. There’s evidence that fatty acids can be a benefit to the immune system, promote skin and fur health and aid in the neuro -development   of young animals. The vitamins also can help maintain vision and bone health. You should keep in mind that these supplements are not strongly regulated. Get a recommendation from your veterinarian for a specific product based on your pets age, size and health.

Remember, your pets count!

A shocked cat!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Contrary to popular believe, cats can and do chew through wires. I heard a story today about a cat who got a big shock because he chewed through a live wire. The cat chewed through the wire while it’s owner was ironing.. The cat began shaking, put his ears back and was clearly both shocked and terrified. Most cats are not like rabbits and usually don’t chew through wires. All cats have different personalities. If you notice your cat biting and chewing on items like furniture, wires, cloth etc. be aware that this kind of emergency can occur. Try to keep all wires out of your cat’s reach. Cover wires that are exposed with electrical tape. This will add insulation and protect your cat to some extent.  Contact your vet immediately if your cat gets “shocked.”

Remember, your pets count!

Cat hair magnets

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Does cleaning up your cat’s fur drive you nuts?  You may want to purchase a cat hair magnet. This great invention comes in a variety of forms. Some are large arched brushes that your cat can rub against effectively grooming herself, others are small rubber tools that you can use to clean your furniture. The term “magnet” is a bit misleading. Although the products are designed to trap cat hair, they’re not technically magnets. The rubber bristles in these products generate an electrostatic charge that help attract and hold loose fur. Then you can easily vacuum it up before it sticks to your furniture.

Remember, your pets count!

A leash for kitty

Sunday, March 11, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Are you looking for a leash for your indoor cat so you can take her out for a walk? Buy a leash that is sturdy buy flexible enough to keep your cat feeling free. Retractable leashes as long as ten feet will give your cat more room to explore. Be sure that the leash has a good break and is reflective. Cats like to escape from anything, so attach the leash to a harness. This way, she is less likely to wiggle out of it then if the leash was attached to a regular collar. The right size harness should wrap around your cat’s stomach and be tight enough to prevent slippage but loose enough for you to get two fingers underneath. Nylon or cotton  harnesses are the best. Leather can be bulky and uncomfortable. Attach an ID tag just in case  your cat decides to make a run for it.

Remember, your pets count!

Cleaning your dogs eyes

Saturday, March 10, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

You may realize that your dog’s eyes need a good cleaning, especially if you have a dog with long fur. First, check to make sure that there is only dirt around the eyes. If you notice redness, pus or swelling, call your veterinarian.  If all you see is a little bit of grime, carefully trim the hair around your dog’s eyes cutting parallel to the eyelid. This will keep hair from scratching your pets eyes, then use a soft, wet washcloth or special eye wipes to gently clean the eye area.  If the fur around your dog’s eyes is stained, don’t worry,  this is a natural situation. If you’re bothered by the sight of it, you can look for special cleaners that are designed to remove eye stain.

Remember, your pets count!

Conditioning your dog

Friday, March 9, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

You use many different products on your hair, body and skin but what about when you groom your dog?  How many different treatments do you need to apply?  Shampoo is the only requirement. You can consider using a conditioner if your dog is itchy or bathes frequently.  Conditioner can keep longer fur from getting tangled and may help your dog’s skin retain moisture.  It can also make your dog cozier to cuddle with.  The key to caring for your dogs coat is to choose products that meet your dog’s specific needs. Check with your veterinarian to see what he or she recommends.  Remember that proper nutrition is the key to a healthy coat. Make sure to always feed your dog high quality, appropriate food.

Remember, your pets count!

Do all cats like to play with toys?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Most kittens like to play all the time. They go through a period of entertaining themselves. This can include chasing their tail, running after objects and patting objects. They may even knock a breakable item off of the table. As the kitten gets a bit older, they prefer to play with humans or other cats. Whether it’s chasing a ball or playing with a fishing pole toy, they enjoy this interactive time. As time goes on and the cat gets older, playtime usually decreases. My younger cat, Millie is now seven years old and only recently is her desire to play decreasing. My older cat Mollie is twelve and she doesn’t like to play at all.

Make sure that you have plenty of cat toys to keep your cat occupied. Exercise is important to a cat’s overall health.

Remember, your pets count!

Keeping outside cats safe during winter

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

If you care for cats that are strays and stay outdoors, you probably worry about them in the cold, winter months. Here are some tips in keeping an outdoor or stray cat safe in the winter.

  • Build an out door shelter and feeding station. Shelters are easy to build  According to Feline Rescue Inc, here are some simple instructions on how to build one.
  • The shelter should be elevated off the ground and placed  in a quiet, unobtrusive area with a minimal amount of traffic. A good-sized shelter offers a space just big enough for three to five cats to huddle. The door should be no more than  six to eight inches wide to keep out wildlife and larger predators. Install a flap on the door to keep out snow and wind.Insulate the shelter against moisture as well as cold! Straw resists the wet and keeps a shelter warm, and is the   best  choice for insulation and bedding. Blankets are not a good idea, as they absorb moisture like a sponge.    In addition to a shelter, you can build a simple feeding station with a roof and sides to protect cats from the elements while they eat.
  • Keep wet food in an insulted containers to keep it  from freezing. Cats can digest wet food better in the winter.
  • Provide a covered litter box in or near the shelter.

Little things that you do can go a long way and protect our outdoor friends.

Remember, your pets count.

 

Myths about neutering your cat

Sunday, March 4, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

There are lots of myths regarding the neutering of your cat out there. We’re going to clear up a few of them.

myth – Early neutering is more likely to prevent bad behavior as opposed to cats neutered at a later age.

truth – It doesn’t matter when you have your cat neutered. There is the same reduction in negative behavior after the cat  neutered.

myth – Neutering your cat will make him fat.

truth – The only thing that makes your cat fat is lack of exercise, the wrong diet and overfeeding.

myth –  If a kitten is neuter too early, it’s growth will be stunted.

truth –  Your kitten will reach it’s full size but will not develop a more masculine appearance.

myth – If a kitten is neutered too early, it will have a narrowed  urethra will can cause urinary obstruction.

truth – There is no association between early neutering and urinary obstruction.

 

I hope this clears up some of your concerns regarding neutering. Remember, your pets count!

Giving your cat snacks

Saturday, March 3, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

My two cats look forward to their snacks every evening. Giving snacks add some variety to your cat’s diet but they should not be substituted for regular cat food. Some snacks don’t contain the nutrients that are necessary in your cat’s diet. Here’s my recommendation on giving snacks. Make sure that your cat is eating his regular food during the day. I give my cats 1/2 can of wet food and a handful of dry cat food every morning. Since cats are “nibblers,” I leave their food out all day. About 7:00pm every evening, I give them a few snacks each. Make sure that you don’t give them too many snacks as I sometimes do. My cats are spoiled and I sometimes give in to their whining.  A few snack pieces are a fine each evening. Don’t worry if you forget, your cat will remind you that it’s snack time!

Remember, your  pets count!