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Do Cats Feel Lonely?

Saturday, January 19, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are solitary creatures by nature which means that they don’t need anyone t0 survive. Dogs, on the hand require a pack leader weather it be a human or another dog. If you have an indoor cat and are gone for more than four hours a day, your cat may feel lonely. This varies from cat to cat. Some cats are perfectly fine being by themselves.

If your think that your cat is lonely, the solution may be to bring in another cat. Preferably, a younger cat of the opposite sex. Make sure that he or she is neutered. It may take awhile for the two cats to get used to each other. The cat that has been in the house the longest will always be the dominant cat. Make sure that you give the senior cat a little more attention than the younger cat. This is because when 2 or more cats live together, they develop a hierarchy in which one cat is the boss. I had a female and adopted another female and still, after 7 years, the younger cat feels threatened by the older one.

You can also try playing soft music while you’re out of the house, this may also curb their loneliness.

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There are some foods that your dog should never have and some of them may surprise you! If you give your dog a chip with guacamole on it, there will be severe stomach problems for your best friend. For instance, the reason why guacamole should never be given to your dog is because avocados contain persin which is harmless to humans but can be very toxic to your dog. If you happen to be growing avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed and bark as well as the fruit.

Alcohol is also very dangerous for your dog. That’s because alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on humans but it takes far less time to do a lot of damage. Web Md says that just a little can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, coma, even death, and the smaller the dog, the greater the effect.

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Changes to your cats coat

Thursday, January 17, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If your cat always had a silky, shiny coat and lately you notice that it’s duller than usual, this could be a sign of the beginning of a health problem. Consider taking him to the vet for a check up because any illness can cause the coat to change from shiny, silky, and soft to spiky, dry, and flaky. When a cat is dehydrated, his coat may look dry and flaky. Diseases such as thyroid, kidney disease or liver disease could cause your cats coat to look dull and unhealthy.

Cats are funny creatures, they don’t show signs of an illness until they are really sick. If you notice anything changing in your cat, it’s best to get him checked out right away. It’s better to catch a potential problem early.

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My older cat, Mollie always sleeps in my bed although my doctor would not recommend it since I do have asthma. My asthma is under control and I haven’t had an attack in several years. Sleeping with pets isn’t unusual in this country. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.

Some of the experts say that you shouldn’t sleep with your pet if you have pet allergies. They also say that you shouldn’t even let them into the room. They also recommend using a HEPA filter to help with allergies.

If you’re not allergic, the experts say that there is no reason to keep you pets out of bed or the bedroom.

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How well do dogs see?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs can see colors but not as well as we can. They have a smaller ratio of cones to rods in their retinas.  Cones enable color vision and rods, black and white. There are a lower number of cones in a dogs retina. Dogs can see much better in dim light than we can. Remember, dogs hunted in the dawn and dusk hours so it makes sense that they can see well in dim light or the dark. The dog’s eye also possesses a light-reflecting layer   that acts as an image-intensifying device. The reflection makes objects that are seen in dim light, more clear. Dogs eyes shine in the dark.

Dogs don’t see as much detail as we do but they perceive motion much better. If an object is far away and is stationary, it is nearly invisible to a dog.  Tests have indicated that a dog cannot see it’s owner if he stands still 300 yards away but a dog can easily detect someone a mile away waving his arms or running back and forth.

Dogs have a wider field of view than humans do.  A greyhound has a visual range of 270 degrees. Typical dogs have about 250 degrees. Humans have only 180 degrees.

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When your friends of family hate your pet

Sunday, January 13, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

I have a very dear friend but the only problem is that she hates my cats, especially my older cat, Mollie. This weekend, she asked if she could stay overnight. Of course, I said yes but I get stressed out because she is not very nice to Mollie. We were watching Television and Mollie came in the room to sit by me as she always does. My friend stood up, screamed and chased Mollie out of the room! I was not very pleased and quickly went to my bedroom with Molly.

Unfortunately, not everyone likes pets but there is no reason for anyone to be mean to them. My cats are part of my family and my house is their house. They belong here and shouldn’t be mistreated. If you experience a similar circumstance, you must tell the person, that if your pet bothers them that much, then maybe they shouldn’t come to your house anymore. You can meet them outside. If someone is allergic to a dog or a cat, they should also tell you so you could make the proper preparations for your pet before your company arrives.

I don’t like to lock my cats up when people are over. To tell you the truth, I understand that some people are allergic to cats but what I can’t understand is why some people hate cats. They are docile creatures who usually will run and hide or ignore friends or family when they pay you a visit. Sometimes they will rub up against you for affection — maybe it’s me but I just don’t get it!!

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The Advantages of Adopting an older dog

Saturday, January 12, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Most of the time, when we’re in a pet store or shelter, your eyes are on those cute, little puppies staring at you but there are advantages in adopting an older dog.

  • Older dogs are easier to train, because  their experience with humans enables them to quickly  understand your expectations.
  • They don’t require that constant monitoring that puppies do. This enables you to do the things that you want t0 do.
  • They can make wonderful companions for senior citizens as they are usually housebroken and very used to the love and affection from humans.
  • There are fewer messes with an older dog  Older dogs are likely to already be housetrained—and even if they’re not, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick it up really fast (unlike puppies). With their teething years far behind them, seniors also are much less likely to be destructive chewers.
  • In shelters, older dogs are usually the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. It’s a shame that these wonderful dogs aren’t given the chance that they deserve. Saving an older dog’s life  offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.

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A home remedy for hair balls in cats

Thursday, January 10, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If you own a cat, you’ve probably seen those disgusting clumps that they often spit up. These are hair balls which  form in a cats intestine after they ingest too much hair.  There are many remedies for hair balls including certain foods which keep hair balls in check as well as a variety of medications sold at your pet store. A very simple home remedy is olive oil. Place a few drops in your cat’s food and this should take care of the problem. An added benefit to olive oil is that it helps keep your cats coat shiny and soft.  It’s normal to find an occasional hair ball around the house but if it’s a daily occurrence, you should check with your vet to rule out any medica conditions.

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Cats and closets

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

An open closet is always an invitation to a curious kitty seeking peace and quiet. This morning, I was running a little late and was trying to match a tie with a patterned shirt. I was taking longer than usual because it seemed like nothing matched. I didn’t realize it but I must have kept the closet door open longer than usual. I  had my coffee and breakfast as usual. I always look for my cats before before I leave and make sure that they are in their usual spots.My older cat Mollie was lying comfortably in front of the window in the living room but my younger cat, Millie was no where to be found. I didn’t have much time to look for her so I quickly searched all of her usual hiding places but still, no Millie. My frustration level was building since I had to be in work by 8:00 and that clock was not waiting for me. I finally opened the closet door where I keep my ties and out popped Millie. I was relieved and went off to work.

Cats love closets because they are quiet, dark and sometimes comfortable. You really don’t want to lock your cat in the closet all day so please close your closet doors and make sure that you see you cats before you walk out the door. If he is missing, he probably is snoozing on a pile of stuff in your closet!

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Parvovirus in dogs

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

This is a viral disease that is common in dogs. Puppies are more likely to have problems with Parvovirus but is also occurs in adults. There is a high rate of survival only with immediate intervention by a veterinarian. If you don’t get medical help right away, chances are your dog will die. Parvovirus is spread from one dog to another and there is no cure for it.  Most times, it is treated by re-hydrating the dog or puppy, and by prescribing antibiotics.  Your veterinarian may also make your dog more comfortable by treating the symptoms.

The most common sign of this dog illness is diarrhea. Your puppy may appear tired, listless and not interested in eating. This virus enjoys rapidly growing cells and that is why  the digestive system and the cardiovascular system are often problem spots for puppies.  If your dogs diarrhea does not go away right away and you did not change his diet in any way, take him to a vet  right away.

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