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I mentioned before that we’ve been feeding several feral cats who come around everyday for their meal on our porch. The problem with feeding feral cats is that you also attract other outdoor creatures that you don’t necessarily want feasting on leftover food. Last night, my partner saw that there was no longer any food left in the bowl and he put some more out. About 11:15pm last night, I heard a racket on my porch. I looked out and there were two huge Racoons  fighting over the food that was left out. Racoons tend to move and toss things around so that explained the noises on the porch.

If you feed outdoor cats and don’t want nocturnal creatures paying you a visit in the night, make sure that any left over food is emptied each day!

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Dog Insecurity

Sunday, April 22, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Does your dog hide bones, shoes or other items? If you see your dog hiding food, it could mean that he is insecure. He may feel a need to provide for the future. Never rebuke a dog when your catch him hiding an item. This will only make him more insecure. Hiding often occurs when a dog is introduced to a new home and should stop when he gets settled in.  Never chase your dog if your catch him hiding something.  Running away from people is life-threatening for a dog. Pattern your dog to always come toward you, unless you are playing with him outside where he is retrieving something.

You could make this into a game instead of showing that you’re upset. Take an item and let your dog chase you for it. This way he will feel that he did not do anything wrong by hiding. Keep items that don’t want hidden out of your dog’s reach.

Just tolerate his hiding, it’s just part of being a dog!

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Your Parrot Can Outlive You

Saturday, April 21, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Parrots are extremely intelligent animals. They require lots of attention and can easily imitate words and sounds. Parrots also demand lots of attention. If they don’t get the attention they require, they rebel by developing bad habits and will even pluck out their feathers.

Another fact about parrots is that they can live very long. The lifespan of a parrot varies from one species to the next. Small parrots usually live 15-20 years, medium-sized parrots 25-30 years and large parrots 60-100 years. Macaws are especially long-lived and one blue-and-yellow macaw named Charlie is believed to be more than 100 years old. Another macaw named Poncho, who has starred in several Hollywood movies, is claimed to be 89 years old.

So keep this in mind when deciding to adopt a parrot as a pet. Include the care of your parrot when making your will.

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Thanks to Ipfactly for providing some of this information.

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How to Protect Yourself From a Stray Dog

Friday, April 20, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It always happens from time to time. You’re walking or in your cat and out runs a stray dog. Your instinct is to try to grab the dog and get it back to its rightful owner. Being that you don’t know anything about the dog, you must proceed with caution.

  1. Gauge the dog’s demeanor. Is it aggressive or afraid? Signs of aggression include: baring teeth, lifted tail, raised ears and hackles (the fur behind the neck, in many large breeds the hackles are very easy to see when they are lifted). Signs of fear include tucking the tail, laid back ears and also snarling or barking. Barking is a sure sign that the dog doesn’t want you any closer than you already are.
  2. Do not be mislead by breed stereotypes. Look for body language to understand what the dog is trying to convey. A dog’s behavior is determined more by its training (or lack thereof) than its genetics.
  3. Most dogs, big and small, are not aggressive and are likely to be afraid of you. The most common situation is that a dog is lost, scared, and doesn’t trust you. Even if they look frightening, their first instinct will be to repel you and get away.
  4. For scared dogs, back away slowly until the dog is at ease. Do not try to command them. Note your location and, if the dog is unknown to you, call animal control immediately. If you know who the dog belongs to, of course, call them first!
  5. For an aggressive dog, the first priority should be to protect yourself. Do not run, as the dog will catch you and will be encouraged to bite. Many dogs instinctively know how to “take down” a runner, and the last place you want to be is on the ground. Search for something to climb onto and call for help.
  6. If there is nothing that can safely remove you from an aggressive dog, you should use your arm to deflect or absorb any bites. Do not aggravate an aggressive dog by shouting at it or staring into its eyes. Eye contact is aggressive and will likely spur an attack.
  7. Very few dogs will actually bite a human being, if unprovoked. Stay calm and try to keep your stance tall and confident. Walk away, if you aren’t being chased, and call animal control at the first opportunity. Dogs are pack animals. When they are alone, they are not usually looking for confrontation.

Information provided by “Wikihow.”

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How Fatty Foods Affect Felines

Thursday, April 19, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

We all know that fatty foods taste good even to a fussy cat.  If a cat has a diet that is too high in fat, he could gain weight and become obese. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t feed any fats to your cat. In fact, fats are a very important part of your pets diet. Fats give your cat the energy he needs throughout the day. They also help keep his coat soft and shiny. Fats also help your cat’s body absorb important vitamins like vitamins A,D,E and K. Check the label on your cat’s food.  By law, it has to state the fat content. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what fat content is best for your cat’s age, health and overall activity level.

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Diseases to Beware of From Feral Cats

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

When a feral cat hangs around your home, you are tempted to take him in or at least feed him. We have several feral cats that hang around our porch . I usually place a dish of food and water out on our porch each morning.  My indoor cat Millie is fascinated when she sees the cats eating outside.  I don’t let Millie on the porch when the feral cats are out there. I don’t know what if any diseases these cats may be carrying so it’s better to be on the safe side.

The Nest has a detailed breakdown of the kinds of diseases feral cats may carry.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia

FIV, the feline equivalent of HIV, and FeLV are both immunodeficiency diseases: they damage the immune system of the infected cat, making it difficult for him to fight off diseases. Feline leukemia, though not a cancer itself, is so named because it also increases a cat’s risk of developing certain cancers, including leukemia. Both diseases are ultimately fatal, though affected cats may remain symptom-free for some time. Humans are not affected by these diseases, but obviously any other cats you have will be at risk if you bring an infected stray into your home. It’s critical to have a vet give a new cat the OK before introducing him to your little pride.

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is contagious to humans, and is a particular concern for pregnant women and those with a compromised immune system. It’s an infection from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which is found in cat feces. For most people this illness is no big deal, and in fact there’s a good chance you’ve already contracted it without knowing it—many healthy people show no symptoms. Those who do usually get headaches, fever, sore throat, muscle pain and enlarged lymph nodes, though people with compromised immune systems may have more serious symptoms. Treatment isn’t usually necessary, but when given consists of antibiotics and antimalarial drugs.

Bartonellosis

Bartonellosis is also known as cat scratch fever or cat scratch disease. Although most people are acquainted with the term “cat scratch fever” as it refers to humans, cats can also infect other felines with this disease. One cat can infect another through licking, sneezing, spitting or biting in addition to scratching. Symptoms of bartonellosis infection in cats include a high fever, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, swollen lymph nodes and bronchitis. Symptoms of the disease in humans include fatigue and fever, similar to having a cold or mild case of the flu, headache, swollen lymph nodes and the development of pimple-like bumps on the scratch site. While medical treatment is typically not needed, people or cats with compromised immune systems may be given antibiotics.

Ringworm

Ringworm is a fungal infection that can be transmitted from cat to cat, as well as from an infected cat to dogs and humans. Symptoms of ringworm include circular spots of patchy hair loss, because it’s not actually a worm—it’s a fungus. It isn’t necessary for the cat to have close contact with others to spread ringworm. The disease can be transmitted through contact with infected food dishes or bedding. Ringworm spores can remain active for up to one year, making this a difficult disease to eradicate once it’s established.

Rabies

Rabies is a common concern with strays because of the nearly 100 percent fatality rate. Areas that have large wild animal or feral animal populations are more likely to harbor animals with the rabies virus. Rabies is most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, but any exposure to the saliva of an infected animal can lead to transmission. Don’t approach any animal that appears hostile or disoriented, or is otherwise acting strangely, but also remember that an animal may be rabid for some time before it starts showing symptoms—meaning that any bite is cause to make an appointment with your doctor. All that said, don’t panic: with prompt attention after a bite, rabies is totally preventable with just a few shots in the arm.

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Doggie Disc Trials

Sunday, April 15, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

I’m sure that you’ve seen them at the park, a dog owner throwing a disc that sails through the air as his dog  runs to catch it. It’s an exciting game that encourages a dog to chase and bring down prey. Similar games are played at organized  events  called competitive disc dog trials. Two basic types of activities are featured at dog trials. One type involves distance and accuracy, with games that focus on how far the dog ran, how the catch was made and whether or not the dog was airborne. The other type is called freestyle. Dogs perform amazing routines with several discs at once. Competitors are scored on creativity, highly honed, awe inspiring skills and theatrical flare. Does this sound like something that you would like to get your dog involved with? Make sure you practice with lots of fetch dog toys including frisbees and other types of discs.

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Warm Weather, Hot Car……Kills Pets!

Saturday, April 14, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

I have written about this topic several times throughout the years and I will write about it again because it’s an important one. Never, ever, ever put a pet in a car during warm weather, especially in the sunlight and leave the windows closed. You may find a dead pet when you return. I cannot understand how people still do this! The problem is that most people think that if their pet is only left for a few minutes, they will be fine. I have two things to say. First of all temperatures in a closed up car rise very very fast, second the owner can be delayed leaving the pet longer than intended. Many beloved pets have died in a hot car. I personally called the police one time when I saw a dog in a closed up car gasping for air in a parking lot. Owners caught doing this should be prosecuted as this constitutes cruelty to animals. Use common sense, don’t even consider leaving your pet in a closed up car in summer  for one second!

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Dog Carrier’s and Crates Must Be Kept Clean

Thursday, April 12, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

In order to prevent disease or infection, it is very important that you keep your dog carrier clean. Clean your dog’s crate on a regular basis. You can use mild soap and water or an eco-friendly product that won’t linger. Dog health problems can arise if they lick or inhale chemicals.

Never share your dogs crate with other pets.  He can pick up kennel cough, an infection, or parasites.  One sick dog can spread germs quickly and a dog crate is the perfect breeding ground. Also, never let your dog share water with other pets. Always keep your dog clean and safe.

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Your cat will leave you hints to let you know how they feel. If you’re lazy about cleaning the litter box, your cat may leave you a smelly present on your favorite chair or your pillow. Cats are very clean animals and like their environment to be clean also. This is why the are always cleaning themselves. Do you ever notice that sometimes your cat cleans himself after you’ve petted him or picked him up?  That’s because they’re angry that you touched them and are cleaning off your scent. What an insult! Another insult is when a cat turns his back on you and flicks his tail. When he does this, he is really ticked off. What did you do to make him so mad? Another form of communications is verbal. When your cat is meowing, he is calling attention to something like, he’s hungry, wants t0 play or wants you to change the litter box. My cat meows when she wants snacks or for me to brush her. Pay attention to your cats sounds and actions, he is trying to tell you something.

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