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Why Do Cats Raise Their Butt While Being Pet?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT BUTTYou 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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Cats Can Make Great Companions

Monday, October 13, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT COMPANIONSometimes when I feel that friends let me down, or I have a bad day, I come home and my two cats are always there. I don’t have to say anything special or put on any kind of act to please them. It’s crazy, but sometimes I feel like I’d rather have my cats around then humans. They don’t require anything except affection and someone who cares about them. Cats are very intuitive creatures. They can sense when something is wrong without me even uttering a sound! I know this because my older cat, Mollie will not let me out of her sight. She will come around and “guard” me wherever I go. Last night, after a particularly rough day, I got up during the night around 2:00am to get a drink of water. There was Mollie sitting right by the side of my bed. Later after tossing and turning, I got up again around 3:00am and there was Mollie, sitting in the same place I saw her the last time I got up. I got up again around 4:15am and guess what? Yes you guessed it, there was Mollie sitting in the same place beside my bed waiting for me to get up. Cats just as well as dogs are your best friends. They are there for you unconditionally. This is truly a gift! I guess I’ll get both of my cats a new cat toy today!

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Why Can’t Pets Be Tested for The Ebola Virus?

Sunday, October 12, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

EBOLA PETSEbola is a serious threat to both humans and animals. At once, we only heard about Ebola occurring in certain areas of Africa but now it’s reached far beyond those borders. Being an animal lover, I can’t help but feel the affect that this disease also has on our pets. If exposure is expected, they are immediately euthanized without even being given the chance.

Here is an excerpt from an ABC News Report. Please note that this is the word for  word account.

The nursing assistant and her husband have been in isolation since she tested positive for Ebola earlier this week. She was part of team at a Madrid hospital that cared for a missionary priest who died of Ebola.

The Madrid regional government got a court order to euthanize their dog, saying “available scientific information” can’t rule out it could spread the virus.

The dog’s owners don’t want it killed. Carlos Rodriguez, a Spanish veterinarian and host of a talk show about animals, said the husband messaged him from the hospital, trying to grant him temporary custody of the mixed-breed dog.

But now that there is a court order, “I can’t stop this happening,” Rodriguez said. The husband “asked me, crying, to at least make sure the animal does not suffer.”

Why can’t our pets be given a chance? Why can’t they be tested first? If positive, why not try some treatment? They do matter and should be given a chance!


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dog rescueIf you want to train search and rescue dogs (SAR), you can lay the groundwork by playing hide and seek and working on obedience commands with a dog bug if you really want to train a search and rescue dog, you’ll have to do a lot of training yourself.

Start by working with SAR training clubs. They can evaluate and work with your dog to be sure that he is a good candidate for search and rescue. They are set up to assist with training for all kinds of search and rescue work. They can also help you through the certification process for whichever training that you decide to do.

If you’re serious about SAR training, locate SAR groups near you and learn about  the requirements.

Check out the link below for more information.

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Dog hardwoodPets owners who have hardwood floors are constantly faced with the problem of clearing up stains and odors from their beautiful floor. Urine and waste soak into the hardwood floors, resulting in stains and unpleasant smells The owner quickly rushes to the store and buys the strongest chemicals to remove the stains and odor. These cleaners will do your floor more harm than good.  Here are the three best stain and odor removal options for hardwood floors.

  1. Vinegar SolutionThis is one of the most simple and effective  home solution to pet odor removal for hardwood floors. . Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It also works as a natural deodorant and is useful in removing odors from your floors For the cleaning solution, mix a cup of white vinegar into a bucket of warm water. Use this solution to mop the floors. You’ll notice an immediate decrease in the odor. Another similar solution is made by mixing a cup of white vinegar with a few drops of grapefruit oil to a bucket of warm water. This solution attacks not only the odor, replacing it with a soothing fragrance, but also eliminates stains.
  2.  Baking Soda Solution

    Another effective kitchen solution is to use baking soda. Baking soda is very effective in pulling removing stains and odors from the floors. All you have to to is to sprinkle and leave the  baking soda on the floor for about two to three hours, then  mop the floors with vinegar solution. You can also add one cup of baking soda to this vinegar solution. In the case of a strong odor, consider sprinkling baking soda on the floors and letting it sit over night.

    3. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

    Another good solution that deals with pet odor removal for hardwood floors is hydrogen peroxide. One method is to simply mop the affected area with a cleaning rag soaked in hydrogen peroxide and to let the floor dry out. You will notice a drop in odor as well as a clearing up of the stains on the floor. The other approach is to leave the hydrogen peroxide-soaked rags over the affected spots and let them sit there till they dry out. However, you need to be careful while using hydrogen peroxide as this material can bleach your beautiful hardwood floor. If your floor gets bleached, you will have to treat the wood once again. Hence, it is best to consult some professionals for tips before opting for this method.

    It is also important to take certain precautionary measures when working with hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to prepare yourself with safety gear. This includes a mask, gloves and safety goggles. Also ensure that the room is well ventilated. Open the windows before you get to work; this will keep you safe from any chemical fumes that may arise during the clean up.

    A special thanks to Do It Yourself .com for provided some of this useful information.


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Keeping Your Cats Coat Shiny

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT SHINYDid you know that there are 130,000 hairs per square inch in a cat’s coat? Cat hairs do many things.

> They give a cat sensory data.

> They protect your cat from heat and cold and wind and rain.

>They help your cat manufacture nutrients and vitamin D.

According to Web MD, if your cats coat is not shiny, it could be one of the following reasons:

Poor nutrition. For healthy hair, skin, and body, your cat needs a diet with a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, just like you do. And also just like you, if your cat eats nothing but poor quality food that is more difficult to digest, kitty may end up short on vital minerals and vitamins.
Weight problems. As many as 57% of U.S. cats are estimated to be overweight or obese. When some cats get fat, they stop being able to reach their whole bodies for cleaning. This can lead to a dull, unkempt coat.
Age. When cats get old they can become less flexible or arthritic. Then they just can’t twist and turn the way they used to, says Arnold Plotnick, MS, DVM, a veterinary internist and feline specialist in New York. So, age or pain could leave your normally fussy feline with a dull, bedraggled coat.
Bathing too often. In an effort to control dander or foil fleas, some people bathe their cat. Bathe kitty too much and you could be the cause of kitty’s bedraggled coat.

Groom your cat regularly. I brush my cats every day.  Brushes remove dead surface hair and  dander, It also helps distribute oil to keep your cats coat shiny. Many vets recommend bathing your cat. My take on that is that cats are really great at taking care of themselves. They usually don’t need bathing as it can dry out the skin and make the coat even more dull.

If your cat’s coat suddenly turns dull, it’s a good idea to have your vet check her out to rule out any serious illness.

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Inmates Training Service Dogs

Monday, October 6, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG INMATEThere are a variety of ways to become involved in training a service dog. One unique way that benefits the dog and the training is through inmates. When given the opportunity to train future service dogs, inmates gain confidence, learn how to handle responsibility and develop a valuable emotional bond with the animal. They also gain training and grooming expertise. Abilities that may help them find jobs when they leave prison. It’s an idea that seems to be working. Released inmates that have trained dogs have high employment and low rates of returning to a life of crime. The dog’s benefit to. Most are rescue dogs that need attention and obediance training. Many go on to become valuable service or therapy dogs. So if your ever visiting anyone in prison, don’t be surprised if you see some prisoners with dog leashes and dogs training.

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Diagnosing Joint Problems In Dogs

Sunday, October 5, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG JOINTDoes your pet have a bad shoulder, knee or elbow? If this is the case your vet may refer you to an Arthroscopic Surgeon. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of joint conditions.  It involves making very tiny incisions into your pets joint. One incision allows a surgeon to insert surgical instruments and another will allow an arthroscope to be inserted. This is a tiny telescope with a light. Dr. John Payne of the Pittsburgh Veterinary and Emergency Center says that the arthroscope  allows the surgeon to view the joint and see everything that’s going on.  He also says that the incisions are so small that infections after surgery are very rare.  After surgery,you should see an improvement in your pets condition.  Your vet will prescribe any pet medication that may be necessary.

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How Do Cats See?

Saturday, October 4, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cat eyesIf you stare at your cat and blink, there’s a good chance that she will blink back. I believe that one way that cats communicate is with their eyes. In shelters, if you blink very slowly at a feral cat, it usually calms them down. Cats can use their eyes to intimidate prey or even each other. When my cat Mollie sits and stares at my younger cat Millie, Millie will dash across the room and hide. Cats have excellent peripheral vision. You get up at night and are stumbling for the light switch but your cat is navigating around the furniture and having a bite to eat without any problem. They have vertical irises and excellent night vision. Sometimes my cat will start to pounce on the floor. I see nothing but they see a tiny bug moving very fast through the carpet. We may have better color vision, but cats can detect motion much better than us. Cats also have a third eyelid which protects their eyes as they stalk prey under branches and underbrush. This eyelid is on the inside corner of the eye. It’s not completely certain which colors a cat can see best but cats do have beautiful eyes and many times people will choose a cat based on the color of their eyes. So why is your cat so good at catching that bug or cat toy? That’s because of it’s excellent eyesight and ability to detect motion much better than humans.

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Is Your Cat Bullying Your Dog?

Thursday, October 2, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT BULLYThe truth about cats and dogs is that dogs aren’t always the bullies. Some cats actually do the bullying and torment their canine friends. Size doesn’t matter, it’s the attitude that makes the difference and some cats really have attitude! Some cats can take on large dogs like German Shepherds and send them fleeing for their lives. Some cats want to control every situation. They can even bully us by  demanding meals. My cat Mollie requires her morning breakfast at 3:00 am every day. I am fast asleep and she will first jump up on my night stand and gently put her paw on my cheek. If I don’t immediately respond, she will methodically push everything off the night stand one by one until I get up and feed her. It really isn’t her fault as I’m the one who spoiled her when she was a kitten. Cats that bully do have a weak spot, they want attention. So engage them with games and toys like a fishing pole or some other activity that will stimulate them. This can help but there are no guarantees.  If your cat continues to torment your dog, you may have no choice but to keep them separate.  Make sure that you feed them at separate times as this can cause a nightmare!  Be patient, your feline friend has lots of great qualities andshe loves you so much that she has to be the center of your world!

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