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How Much Should You Brush Your Cat?

Friday, January 30, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

catbrushedMy older cat Molly, has to be brushed everyday. This is her choice not mine. Every day when I get out of the shower, she’s there meowing and waiting to be brushed.  The longer your cats hair, the more that she should be brushed.  Another factor to consider is the type of hair that your cat has. There are three types of hair on most cats.There are ‘guard hairs’, ‘awn hairs’ and ‘down hairs.’  Some breeds of cats only have some of them.  As a  general rule of thumb, you need  to brush enough to remove the hairs that your cat sheds but but not brush so much that you start stripping healthy hair.

Set of a schedule and brush your cat on a regular basis. It helps remove hair that your cat sheds and also helps prevent hairballs. It also helps remove dead skin.

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Go Daddy is yanking a controversial ad featuring Buddy, a golden retriever puppy. He fell off a truck but yet managed to find his way home only to be sold online by it’s owner. This you tube ad created outrage on social media and rightfully so.  Workers in the animal rescue community said that dogs purchased online often come from puppy mills. Go Daddy has agreed to remove the 30 second commercial and we’re glad they did. It’s sad enough that the owners put the puppy online for sale. This ad was done in very poor taste. Glad that Go Daddy agreed to remove the ad but not sure that I’ll ever use them again for any domain names that I purchase.

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Adopting a Cocker Spaniel

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTESPANIELThe American Cocker Spaniel can make the perfect family pet and companion. Cocker spaniels are bred to be stable, calm and sweet pets. They should be loyal, loving and trustworthy  too. However as with all dog breeds, you may encounter a cocker spaniel that has been bred without concern for temperament. Occasionally, you will run across a cocker spaniel that is high strung, nervous or unpredictable. Like any dog, cocker spaniels need to be well socialized as puppies. When looking for any pure bred dog including the cocker spaniel, make sure that you check out all aspects of the individual animal. A good breeder will have carefully considered, size, temperament, health and confirmation. So good luck with you new cocker spaniel and make sure you train him properly in his pet carrier or crate.

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Feline First Mates

Sunday, January 25, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATBOATIf you live on a boat, cats can be the ideal companion. The best type of cat for boat living are short hairs because it’s easier to keep clean in the salt air. They should also have claws because if they fall off, they can climb back up using a rope ladder. These cats should be comfortable in their carriers and should have easy going personalities. They should also be leash trained and also comfortable wearing a harness.

Just because you live on a boat doesn’t mean that you can’t own a pet.

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Prepare Your Pet Sitter

Saturday, January 24, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PETSITTERAre planning a trip soon? You know that you are placing a lot of responsibility in the hands of your pet sitter. You’re trusting this person to care for your precious pet while you’re gone.  You should help the sitter out by preparing your home properly. Start by doing an inspection of your home. Make sure that cleaning supplies and other materials that may be toxic to your pet are locked up.  Put poisonous plants out of reach. Lock outdoor gates and turn on any outside lights. In addition to leaving detailed contact information and detailed feeding and exercise instructions, make sure that you tell you pet sitter about any unusual circumstances like a door that doesn’t shut or a sink that doesn’t drain.  Make sure you tell the sitter where your pet supplies like pet food, dog leashes, dog water bowls and pet medication are kept. These small preparations will ensure the well being of your pet and will help ease your mind while you’re away.

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AVALON FIREI live about a block and a half from the the devastating fire took place yesterday. This was a horrible tragedy that probably could have been avoided. This is a very overdeveloped area where construction is often very “shoddy” and not up to code as was the case in the Avalon Apartment complex.  It was made of very cheap wood and gas lines were inaccessible. The fire spread out of control at an alarming rate. Luckily no people were hurt but many precious pets were lost. This kind of quick, cheap construction exists here and other nearby towns. Their motto: “Get them up fast and cheap, charge a fortune and pocket the money!”

I could not stop thinking about this all day and wish I didn’t live in this overcrowded, overdeveloped area. In a few years, I will move to southern Delaware where there are zoning laws with well planned construction, lower taxes and a better quality of life for me and my pets.

Please always have a escape plan for your pets. Make sure everything they need is in a place that you can access very quickly if you have to evacuate. Cat carriers should be at your fingertips as cats have a tendency to run and hide if they are stressed.

One final tip. If you are looking for a new place to live in this north Jersey area, please look beyond the granite countertops and fancy appliances that are made to razzle dazzle you. Take your time and inquire about the construction, look into the construction company and see if you can find out the construction material used. Please do yourselves a favor and take the time before buying or renting.

Take care of yourselves and your precious pets!

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Cats Can’t Stay Away From People With Allergies

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT AFRAIDThis sounds weird right? I have friends who love cats. When they come over, the run to my cats to offer them a ton of love, hugs and kisses but my little friends want nothing to do with them. They make a beeline for the door and run under the bed.  The quick movement often scares cats and all they want to do is get away as fast as they can!  I do have a friend who does not like cats, she’s not only allergic but they really make her feel uncomfortable. When she comes over, she simply ignores them and does everything she can to steer clear of any space they may occupy. What do you think happens? My cats find her, rub up against her and want to “make friends?”  No No, this will not work and I have to take them out of the room immediately. Why do they do this? Well, cats like to call the shots and control introductions. It’s safer that way and not to mention more dignified. My friend who doesn’t like cats is doing her best not to make eye contact or avoids physically touching them. In feline communications, my girls are simply showing feline manners.

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Winter Tips For Mans Best Friend

Monday, January 19, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTEDOGSTUFFEDMany dog owners don’t give their dogs enough exercise during the winter months. They could become more destructive during this time because they need to use their energy. It is important that you continue to exercise your dog during the colder months. Here are some tips that can keep your dog warm in winter.

  • Keep your dogs nails trimmed so it gives him more traction in the snow and ice.
  • If your dog is fairly small and older with arthritis, carry him to his spot to do his business. It is difficult for older dogs in cold, snowy weather. Many times they won’t want to go out at all. Be sensitive to your older dog and make him as comfortable as possible.
  • Put a dog coat on if your dog has short hair.
  • If your dog has trouble walking in ice and snow, consider buying dog boots to make life a bit easier for him. The rock salt on sidewalks often burns your dog’s  paws and boots will certainly alleviate this problem.
  • If your dog has walked on salted snow and does not have boots, clean off his paws as soon as you get home.
  • Brush your dog more often in winter to keep the natural oils distributed on his skin. A dogs skin will dry out fast in colder weather.

Always give him some exercise. He may really enjoy running and fetching in the snow!

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Five Pit Bulls Rescued in Maryland

Sunday, January 18, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

pitbullsFive Pitbulls that were found malnourished an chained to a post  on Jan.17 in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  County police have executed a search warrant for the owners who will be prosecuted.  One additional dog was found frozen to the ground and did not survive. While the dogs had shelters, they were not provided with adequate food, water or bedding to sustain their health as required by law, authorities said. The Anne Arundel County Police is asking for help identifying the owners of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Anne Arundel County Animal Control 410-222-8900 or the Anne Arundel County Police Anonymous Tip Line at 410-222-4700.

We have to do our best to report animal abuse! Our furry friends deserve a chance. There is too much cruelty to animals going on in this world!

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Be Aware of a Serious Medical Condition

Saturday, January 17, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

VET DOGPleural Effusion is a condition where fluid or pus accumulates in an animals chest cavity compressing the lungs and heart. Leah Cohn, Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri says that animals with pleural effusion have to breathe very rapidly because they can’t expand their lungs. They take short, shallow, rapid breaths. She says the pleural effusion has many potential causes such as infection and congestive heart failure.  Treatment will vary. If a pet is struggling to breath, most veterinarians will remove the fluid with a needle and syringe.  This is a process that may need to be repeated until the underlying cause of the fluid buildup can be cured.   If you notice your pet breathing very rapidly, take him to your vet right away.

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