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Cats Smelling Unusual

Sunday, February 15, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTEKITTIESCats are always grooming themselves so they rarely develop a nasty odor. You should pay attention if you notice a smell from your cat. Usually this is a sign that something is wrong. One of the most common odors is a fishy, musty smell that is produced from the cats anal gland. The oily contents of these glands are often released when a cat is excited or frightened.  Sometimes the glands become clogged and need to be cleared out by a veterinarian. The foul smell may stay on the cats coat for a few days.  If the problem persists, ask your vet to give your cat a thorough exam. Infections ,abscesses or impactions can result from chronic anal gland problems. So before you bring on the pet odor removal products have the problem checked out.

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How Can People Hate Animals??

Saturday, February 14, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

ANIMAL HATERSI live in a very strange apartment complex  in Edgewater, New Jersey. This complex consists of two mid rise buildings and townhouses. The building has a no pet policy but does allow cats. I have two. There was once a vote to allow dogs, but the homeowners voted it down. Why?  I must say this. I’ve been living in this complex for 15 years and outside of my two neighbors who live on each side of me and several others who also live there, I’ve never seen a more unfriendly bunch of people. Some will not say one word to you.   They won’t greet you in the lobby or even nod in the elevator, hold the door open for you or do anything to show that they’re human. They also seem to really dislike animals.

A few days ago, as I was walking to my car, I saw a lady walking a small dog on the property. (What a pleasant surprise!) I smiled at her and her dog and she said to me. “It’s a pleasant surprise to see your smile.” People who see me walking my dog usually scoul at me, make faces and say that no dogs are allowed on the property. This woman lives in the townhouses and said that she has permission to keep the dog. She has been living in the complex  for 25 years and agrees that she has never seen such unfriendly people!

I said that I strongly believe that people who really don’t like pets have a problem. They are usually extremely self centered. This is my opinion from my  experience with them. It’s very sad that there are so many animals needing adoption and a good home and so many self centered people who have no time for a pet. God forbid they have get home from work before 7PM in order to walk their dog!!!!

It’s a pleasure at my home in Delaware. Most people here have pets and they are extremely friendly and outgoing. They look after one another. You can really see the distinct difference between these people and the ones at Grand Cove. It’s like night and day!

On one final note, if I offend anyone by this very personal account of my observations, I apologize but I really felt compelled to write this. The world has become a very impersonal place and I’m seeing a pattern of self centered people caught up in the whirlwind of their careers who have no time for pets or other people.  Compassionate animal lovers are usually also very caring of their pets,neighbors, friends and family.

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Talking to Cats

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT ROSECats can very easily interpret voice tones rather than words. I usually speak to my cats in a cheery voice and they usually respond well.  They are constantly sizing up our gestures and syllables to see if we are praising them or are angry at them. Even without words, they pick up our emotions and our intentions. When I act upset, my cats usually keep a distance. They can sense by the vibrations that I’m giving off that something is wrong. Here’s a challenge for you. Without making any gestures, make eye contact with your cat and say in a stern voice, “What a good kitty you are.” “Let me give you a treat.” Then with a smile on your face and a cheery voice say “I hate when you scratch the furniture.” I can bet that your cat will approach you when he hears the happy tone. Even though you’re saying something negative. This will prove that’s it’s not what you say but how you say it!

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Is It Worth Getting Insurance For Your Pet?

Sunday, February 8, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTEDOG AND CATWhether you like it or not, disasters can happen and your pet can become ill. To be sure that you will be able to care for your pet in the event of an emergency, you may want to consider purchasing pet insurance. Just as human medical insurance, there are a range of coverage options that are available. Most policies cover routine preventative care as well as unexpected injuries and illness. You will likely encounter deductibles  and co- pays.  Preexisting or medical conditions may not be covered. The cost of pet insurance can range from $1,000 to $6,000 over the lifetime of your pet. This can help cover the cost of pet medication and medical expenses. Do your homework before making this investment but if you do, you will benefit from it!

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Steps In Adopting a Puppy

Saturday, February 7, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTESTPUPPYAdopting a puppy can both exciting and stressful. It’s difficult to make a decision as to what kind of dog to adopt. There’s also all of the preparation. Here are some basic steps that can make the process a bit easier.

1.Do your research. Decide on what dog breed that you want to adopt and research information about that breed.

2. Assess your home and make a wise choice as to the size dog that you choose. Also consider the dogs temperament especially if you have children.

3. When you do choose a puppy, ask about feeding, care and vaccinations.

4. Choose a good veterinarian.

5. Spend some time with your new puppy before you take him home. Let him get to know you and other family members.

6. Complete all adoption papers.  Make sure you have a dog crate, a leash  the right kind of food, and make sure you know when to feed your puppy,  and how to train him.

Don’t make a quick decision. By taking you time, doing your research and assessing your new pet’s needs, adopting a new puppy will be an exciting and wonderful experience!

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Different Cat Breeds, Different Behavior

Thursday, February 5, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

BENGAL KITTENThe most common cat in America is the domestic short hair. This kind has no pedigree. Each cats behavior is personality driven.  Your really never know how one will behave until you bring it home.  Among the purebred cats, two of the most different are rag dolls and Bengals. Benjamin Hart, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California’s School of Veterinary Medicine says that Rag Dolls are generally very friendly and affectionate but very placid. Dr Hart says that Bengals are the opposite of placid. They are energetic, active and always ready to play. He says that they were bred to look like a wild cat or a miniature leopard. They are loving and loyal but Bengals are not lap cats. So if you have a Bengal, get lots of cat toys are start playing!

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Humane Law Enforcement

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

hotdogA new bill that was passed in Delaware could help prevent animal cruelty.This new law would allow first responders to break into in a parked or stopped vehicle with an animal trapped inside under dangerous or deadly conditions. This includes extreme heat (or even moderate heat if all of the windows are closed) and extreme cold. Before this bill, there was no law in Delaware that enabled first responders to break into these vehicles. Every summer, we see poor dogs and cats stuck in a hot car and their owner is no where to be found! This is animal abuse and there is too much of it going on in this country. I will say it again “If you’re crazy, don’t own an animal.” I say this because obviously  these kind of abusive people are “CRAZY.”

This bill could save lots of poor animals and ruin lots of cars but that’s Okay! More states must adopt this law.

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Puppies and Worms, What to Look For

Monday, February 2, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTEST PUPPIESMany puppies already have worms when they are born. These are parasites that they got from their mother.  The American Association of Veterinary Parasit0logists says the process of de- worming for roundworms and hookworms should begin when puppies are two weeks old and be repeated every two weeks until they’re eight weeks old. If a puppy that has worms has not be de-wormed, his body will not respond to vaccinations as it should. He may not grow and develop normally.  You and your kids may be at risk as well as roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans.  You probably won’t see the worms in your puppy’s stool unless the infestation is severe. So when you get a new puppy, make sure that it’s de-wormed. As your vet for the best pet medication to use.

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Time To Take Your Dog To The Groomer

Sunday, February 1, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dog groomerTime to get your pet into his dog carrier and head to the groomer. Will this be a good or bad experience for him?

There are things to consider before trusting your pet to a new dog groomer. Going to the groomer  can be a stressful time for your dog. It’s important that you have a good, gentle, reliable groomer that your dog will trust. You will not have problems taking him if he has a pleasant experience while at the groomer. How do you choose a groomer? I would first ask around. Ask those who have a dog similar to yours. Friends and acquaintances will give you helpful, honest opinions. If you don’t get anywhere, I would then ask my vet.

Next, check the groomers’ credentials. Some states require a groomer to have special training and certification. Every area requires a business license.  You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints were filed against the groomer.

Make sure that the groomer has experience with your type of dog.  Safety is extremely important. Find out if the groomer uses any restraining devices, what are the chemicals that are used and what kind of method is used for drying your dog. I’ve heard of cases where the dog was burned in the dryer because it was left unattended or the temperature was set too high.

Check out the amount of noise at the groomers. Your dog may stress out if all he hears is constant barking. Try to find a groomer where the environment is peaceful and quiet.

Finally, make sure that you have the groomers schedule. You will need an appointment for most groomers.

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