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Ways to Bond with Your Cat

Thursday, December 2, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are independent creatures so it’s important that you establish a bond with them early on. This bond will last forever and you will now realize how this little life depends on you for everything, including love.  Heres what you should be doing:

1. Pet and stroke you cat several times everyday. They’ll let you know when they’ve had enough when she either falls asleep or jumps out of your arms. You’ll know that she is content when you hear her purr.

2. Pay attention to those cat meows. They usually mean that your kitty is hungry, or wants some attention. She may even be telling you that it’s time to change her litter box.

3. Brush your cat often. This is a great way to bond with her. Test out several different brushes to see what kind she likes best. Keep in mind some techniques may annoy them and some cats don’t like to be brushed at all.

4. Play with your cat everyday. Try different kinds of toys to see which ones she likes best. Playing strengthens the bond between the two of you.

5. Give your cat nicknames. They realize that you are being affectionate and will respond in a positive way like a rub, purr or meow.

6. Take time to cuddle with your cat.

7. If your are not allergic to cats, let your cat sleep in your bed . She will love it!

Remember these things, after all your cat is part of your family and she will always feels loved when you include her in your life.

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Eco Friendly Care for Pets

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Many pet owners care for their pets in a very serious way. They take their pets to the vet, monitor their diets, drive to the dog park for exercise, etc. In return these pet owners get unconditional love and loyalty from their pets. When pet owners care for their pets in an eco-friendly way, our planet can also reap many benefits.  Here are some ways that pet owners can incorporate some ec0-friendly pet practices into their pet care.

  • Use a biodegradable bag to scoop waste – This is a much better option than re-using a bag from the grocery store.
  • Use organic food – Organic foods are free from artificial flavors and coloring. They are produced without the use of hormones or chemicals.
  • Don’t Use pesticides in your yard – Whenever possible avoid the use of these products so that your pet can roam and play in a chemical free environment.
  • Walk to the dog park if possible rather than drive – Many communities have dog parks where dogs can roam freely and play with the other dogs in the neighborhood. If possible, walk there to reduce your fuel consumption. If it’s possible to take your bicycle along with your dog, this is a great way for you and your dog to exercise plus it helps the environment.
  • Groom you pet in a green friendly way – Use natural products when you shampoo your dog. These products are not made with chemicals that can harm the environment and even harm your pet if ingested.

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The Right Eating Requirements for Cats

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are meat eaters. They must eat meat that is high in protein and amino acids in order to maintain their health.  So a vegetarian cat is out of the question. Kittens that are less than one year old need food that is especially designed for their system. Their food must be as high in proteins as possible. This is necessary for the development of their muscles and bones.

If you have a dog, you may notice your cat invading his bowl every now and then but remember, a cat does not receive the proper nutrition from dog food products. Keep him away from the dog dish!  Cats should eat only cat food. When choosing a food, cat owners should look for one that contains proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Extra vitamin and mineral supplements are not only unnecessary but potentially harmful.

Cats always eat efficiently. They eat small amounts frequently. This is the reason why I believe that it is necessary to leave their food out for them during the day. My vet doesn’t agree but still, I will stick to my guns on this one. You can’t treat a cat like a dog and that includes his eating requirements. This is the one time that I will not listen to what my vet says. As long as you do not overfeed, keeping your cat’s food out all day is perfectly fine.

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Update on Millie

Sunday, November 28, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

I will always stress the fact that you should always pay attention to your feline friends. Take note of any change in their behavior or physical appearance. Our cat Millie developed what appeared to be an abscess on her jaw. We are taking her to a new vet in Georgetown, Delaware who thought it may originate from her teeth. Her appointment is set for December 1oth but in the meantime, the vet  prescribed antibiotics. The sore has been bleeding periodically but now it seems to be under control and healing well.

Even though the antibiotics are working and Millie’s sore is improving by the day, she will still go to her appointment on Dec. 10th. It’s important for her to be examined by this new vet and if her teeth are causing the problem, they need to be attended to.

Keep your pets healthy and have them check regularly by you vet!

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Tips for a Good Cat Photograph

Saturday, November 27, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats can be difficult to photograph. As soon as they notice the camera, they may dart under the bed, sofa or into another room.  Here are some tips that may help.

  1. Give her a treat  but don’t expect her to pose after just one treat. Give her a treat and keep some treats in your hand. Once she realized that you are giving her “free” treats, keep them near the camera and start photographing her.
  2. Set up some obstacles that you know that your cat can’t resist like some unrolled toilet paper, a card board box or an open window.  Just open the window a crack or maybe put some open treats on the counter. As soon as you have her attention, you can start taking the pictures.
  3. Put out some colorful blankets. Cats love anything new and will quickly go near the blankets and maybe even lie down so you can get a few good shots.
  4. Catch her in action. Have someone play with her with her favorite toy and take a bunch of pictures.

Some things that you shouldn’t do is use a flash. Give her a break after taking a few photos, be creative and patient and I’m sure that you will get some great pictures!

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That Extra Sense that Dogs Seem to Have

Friday, November 26, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

We’ve always heard stories about dogs warning their owners about fires in the house or some other event they may pose a danger to their owner. In the 1980’s I had a dog who started jumping on me at 5:00 am on a Saturday morning. I got ready to take him out, but realized that he didn’t want to go and ran back upstairs to the bedroom. I got back in bed and he began to jump and bark again. A few seconds after that, I felt a vibration and heard a rumble which lasted only for a few seconds. Since I don’t live in an earthquake prone area, I thought it was some kind of explosion. Later that morning, I turned on the radio and heard that there had been a small earthquake up in Westchester county N.Y. that could be felt in parts of northern New Jersey. I knew immediately that my dog sensed this when he jumped on me and barked earlier that morning.

I believe this is one of the most endearing things we love about owning a dog, because a dog’s sixth sense is often much better than a human’s. This most likely is genetically encoded in modern domesticated dogs and has been passed down for their ancestors—wild wolves who needed all their instincts to survive in the wild.

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Millie’s Medical Problem

Thursday, November 25, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Several weeks ago we noticed that Millie’s left jaw was swollen. We didn’t feel a lump but felt a thickening of the skin. This situation put us in a difficult position since we are in the process of switching vets. We haven’t decided on a new vet yet so there was nowhere to take her. When we finally made the decision to take her to a vet in Georgetown, Delaware, there was a long wait to get her an appointment. One thing about southern Delaware, vets aren’t easy to come by.  We made an appointment for early January. As her condition seemed to worsen, we called our new vet and he felt that the problem was with her teeth. He agreed to do a procedure that required her to be put on anesthesia on an emergency basis. We made the appointment that was scheduled to take place last week. As the days went by, Millie’s swelling had gone down and she was back to normal. We contacted the vet and re-scheduled her appointment back to early January.

All of a sudden Millie’s swelling came back and now there was an open sore that was beginning to bleed. We contacted our new vet again and he agreed to administer antibiotics to alleviate infection. Her appointment was now moved to December 10th.

In the meantime, we’re continuing to clean her sore a couple of times a day and are giving her the required dose of antibiotics. Other than the sore, Millie seems to be doing fine. We are closely monitoring this situation and we WON’T cancel her appointment that is scheduled for December 10th this time!

Pay close attention to any changes in your cat especially if they are older. Cats are clever and have a tendency to hide their illness. In the meantime have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Safety is a Must for Our Pets

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s Thanksgiving day and there will be guests and lots of food. It’s important that you remember to remind your guests not to give the begging pooch any table scraps. Dogs could choke on bones and cats can get very sick if they are given any chocolate. If your dog is a “jumper,” it will be a good idea to keep him in a separate room while the guests are arriving.  Make sure to keep your dog away from the door. He may dart out in all of the excitement. Keep these simple things in mind and you’re sure to have a great day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Raising of a Cat’s Butt

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

You pet your cat on his back and he raises his butt. Why does he do this? This is sometimes called “elevator butt.” You push the right button and up goes the butt. Kittens raise this tail and back end for their mothers to inspect and clean them. This stimulation which began early in life is  both functional and pleasurable. So don’t worry about your cat “mooning” you, he’s just telling you that you are worthy of  scratching this sensitive area on him and that it actually feels very good to him.

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Vitamins to Keep Your Pets Kidney’s Healthy

Sunday, November 21, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Kidney disease is a serious health problem for cats and dogs. Giving your pet supplements may help ward off real problems.  Omega 3 fatty acids are the best for protecting your pets against kidney disease.  They are found in capsule form over the counter.  Omega 3 reduces kidney inflammation. Some veterinarians also recommend vitamin E which works together with Omega 3, vitamin B, Vitamin C and potassium. Before starting any new supplement regiment, talk to your veterinarian and ask about the proper dosage for your pet. Remember that no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. Feed your pet a high quality, age appropriate diet.

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