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Do Cats Show Love?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT AFFECTIONUnless you own a cat, you probably can’t believe that a cat shows love.

Here’s the Merriam Webster Dictionary’s definition of love.
1. Strong affection
2. Warm attachment
3. Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for others

Cats do show affection and not just when a meal is served. Cats seek their owners out for affection in the form of play or maybe a chat or even a stroke or two.

When people say that cats don’t show affection and  are unattached and that they won’t come when called, they are comparing cats to dogs.

Cats form strong attachment to their owners. There are many known cases where the owner had to leave, or died, and the cat showed signs of distress. The cats sit at the owners bedroom door meowing. They go into hiding and even refuse to eat. Some perfectly healthy cats have had such a strong attachment that they simply died after the loss of their owner, the only cause seeming to be a broken heart.

So yes, cats do feel and show affection, just in a different way than dogs.

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The Truth About Dobermans

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

Red Rose and DobermannThe Doberman Pinscher is a beautiful and unique dog. It’s known for it’s athletic body and it’s intelligent mind. Doberman’s are not for everyone, some have said that the Doberman can be vicious and stubborn.  Any dog not cared for properly can become dangerous. All dogs need to be respected. As far as his viciousness is concerned, this is a behavior and is a result of conditioning and training.  A dog can become vicious when it perceives a situations as dangerous or threatening.  Dobermans are bred to have confident temperaments, so they do not often feel a threat unwarranted, and are in fact less likely to over react with viciousness or biting.

Dobermans are bred to assist man in some of the most dangerous jobs so the Doberman must be strong in all areas.

The American Kennel Club’s book The Complete Dog Book describes the Doberman temperament as this: “Among the endearing qualities of the Doberman has come to be its devotion to hearth and home, and its discriminating service as friend and guardian of the whole family. The proper bred and trained specimen has a sane mind and a sound body; the heart and spirit of a gentleman.”

Training and upbringing always dictate how a dog’s temperament will turn out. Keep this in mind.

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Is Your Dog Overweight?

Sunday, January 12, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

OVERWEIGHT DOG 2Excess weight is a heavy burden for any pet to bare. When your dog becomes obese, additional stress is placed on his heart , lungs and joints.  Make sure that you monitor your dogs weight. I’m sure you can’t give him a command to stand on the scale but you cat notice when that dog coat gets a bit more difficult to get on him. Run you hand along your dogs’ side as if you were petting him. Pressing gently, you should be able to count your dogs ribs as you run your hand over them. Then look at your dog objectively. When viewed from above, does his body angle in in front of his hips or has he lost his waste? If these simple tests make you suspect that your dog is getting to be a little too porky, take him to the vet for a proper examination and discuss the proper diet changes.

I have two cats and one is a bit overweight which is my fault because I do spoil her. I need to reduce her weight so I’m feeding her food for less active indoor cats and cutting back on her snacks. I’m sure that your vet will give you the proper advice for your dog.

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What Do You Do if Your Pet Has a Merca Infection?

Saturday, January 11, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

VERY CUTE PUPPY 3Merca is a staff bacteria that is resistant to common antibiotics. It can start as an abcess or skin infection but it gets more serious as it gets into the bloodstream and organs.  It’s important that you know that merca impacts both humans and pets and can be passed back and forth. If it shows up in your pets, don’t assume that they are the only ones that are affected. Armando Howett, Coordinator of the veterinary public health program at Ohio State University advices both doctors and veterinarians to work together to screen, treat and manage the illness in the household. Good hygene is your best prevention. Wash your hands and keep wounds covered to prevent infection. If you notice any symptoms on your pet, don’t assume that over the counter pet medication will solve the problem. Get your pet to a vet right away and be aware that the infection can spread to you.

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Dogs Who Hate Dog Leashes!

Thursday, January 9, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG HATES LEASHYou have a dog who is friendly all of the time.  You clip his dog leash on and he suddenly becomes a monster!  There are lots of explanations for this kind of behavior but it could be a sign of frustration. Your dog is used to expressing himself by the freedom that he is given. When on a leash, his movement is limited and he no longer has the freedom that he enjoys so he gets frustrated.  Proper socialization as a puppy is a key to preventing leash aggression.  Don’t worry, even learned behavior can be changed.  Pulling on the leash and speaking to your dog will only re-enforce the unwanted behavior. You have to teach alternative behavior and utilize the help of a professional. A professional will give you the proper training tips on how to improve his behavior.   If the pulling is really bad, you should consider a  harness or a halter. This is much better for you and your dog. Pulling on a leash hurts your dogs neck and can cause serious problems down the road. A halter will give you more control and your dog will not pull as much. A collar chokes the dog and causes him to pull more. A harness will make things much easier for you.   Good luck, this could be a tough one if your dog wasn’t trained as a puppy on how to behave when his leash is on.

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The Cruelest of Cruel

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dog abandonedOver the past several days, I’m hearing stories of dogs being abandoned and left to freeze in these frigid temperatures.

On Dec. 30th, a driver spotted an abandoned Yorkshire terrier near the town of Kent, New York and contacted police. The dog had been left abandoned in the cold and snow with no protection and with no food or water. The dog was rescued and taken to the Putnam County SPCA where he is in good care.

There are so many stories to report. Last night a dog was found in the cold and was rescued by the police. The dogs suffering didn’t begin in the snow. It began at his home before he was abandoned. The dog had cuts on his nose and face. His paws were frozen solid. Obviously, he’d been abused. When I hear these types of stories, there are no words to express the disgust and disdain I have for these despicable individuals.

Tougher laws need to be put in place to bring these criminals to justice. It’s truly evil, that’s all I can say. Lets do our best to protect our furry friends. If you are thinking of adopting, choose adopting from a shelter rather than a breeder. These poor creatures really need our help. Do your best, adopt from a shelter and lets strive to bring these awful criminals to justice!

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Keeping Your Cat Safe From Predators

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CoyoteIf your cat is an out door cat, you must be concerned about predators such as Coyotes, birds of prey and fox. This is especially true if you live in a wooded or very rural area. Found in every U.S. state except Hawaii, coyotes eat whatever they can find, including seeds and fruit as well as small animals (alive or dead). They pose a particular threat to cats and small dogs.Coyotes can breach many barriers but there are some ways to protects your pets. You can install a coyote proof fence. This measures about six feet high and has a bar or a woven extension at the top. The fence extends into the ground which prevents the Coyote from digging underneath it.  Install motions sensitive lighting. You should also trim areas of your landscape that pose as hiding places for predators like heavy, bushy areas. Remove bird feeders and pick up any fallen fruit or nuts from trees. Keep trash bins in the garage or use animal resistant cans if they are allowed by your collector. Never put a bell on your cats collar and keep his food and water bowls inside.  Supervise your cat while he’s in the yard and of course, never feed wild life. The best way to keep your cat safe is keep him indoors but I know that you knew that I was going to say that!

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Getting Your Cat used to The Vet

Sunday, January 5, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT VET 4Every time I have to take my cat to the vet, fear comes over me. I know that going to the vet can be a very stressful situation for a cat who is used to her own home and her own people.  Here are some tips to make the situation a little easier. It’s always better to start t when your cat is a kitten if possible.

  1. Get your cat used to different people and environments early on.
  2. Use a cat leash and harness when she first goes out, even if it’s only going to the vet. Offer her treats when she gets there. Make the experience as positive as possible for her.
  3. Make sure that you get her used to her carrier ahead of time. Keep it open in the house and put a soft blanket inside for her to sleep on.
  4. Make a few practice trips to the vet with your cat. She won’t be examined but offer her treats when she gets there anyway.
  5. Get your cat used to being handled the way a vet may handle her. While you’re at home and for just a few seconds to start, get your cat used to being scruffed, having her hindquarters handled and lying on her back, so those won’t feel scary during a vet visit.

Despite all of these efforts, your cat may never get used to going to the vet. Even if the stress is reduced a little, is a big help. Most of all be patient with your cat.

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Pets with Different Colored Eyes

Saturday, January 4, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT DIFFERENT COLORED EYESPets with one blue eye and one brown eye is called complete heterochromia. It’s the way the pigment melanin is distributed in an animals’ skin and hair. A dog or cat that has complete heterochromia has a white area of skin and hair around it’s eye where there’s little or no melanin. The result is one blue eye.  Plenty of melanin is concentrated in the other eye which is a different color.  The reason for this is unclear. Complete heterochromia is seen quite often in cats, horses and other animals. Partial heterochromia where the iris of the eye is two different colors is much more unusual.  Why this occurs is not clearly understood. It is believed to be inherited in most cases.

Information obtained from Animal Instincts.

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It’s Bitter Cold, Watch Out for Your Pets

Friday, January 3, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG BUNDLEDI woke up this morning to a temperature of 11 degrees in the north jersey area. It’s snowing and the wind is howling. Our pets can get cold very quickly. Dogs love snow, especially small ones. The love to run, jump and sink in the snow. First of all, even though dogs love snow, make their walk short and get them back to a warm house as quickly as possible. Make sure that you have a warm coat or sweater on your pet especially if you have a small dog. The salt on the roadway will harm your dog’s feet. They will burn and if he licks them, the salt can make him sick. Use dog booties on your dog to protect his feet. It takes a little more time to prepare for his walk so give yourself a little extra time. Protect your pet during these cold, winter months.

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