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Ways to Check if Your Cat Has Fleas

Sunday, October 13, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

My partner insists that my cat Millie has fleas. I disagree. She’s an indoor cat  and I just don’t see the signs. He feels this way because there are white flakes under her neck and the skin there is bumpy. I suspect dry skin or an allergy. So how can we tell if our cat actually has fleas. Ped MD has put together guidelines which may help identifying fleas on your pet.

Check the Skin and Haircoat

 

In order to see actual fleas on your pet, you may have to look fast. Fleas can jump very fast and very high. Fleas are very small (1/16-1/8 in.), flat-bodied insects that are a dark brown, almost black, color. The more blood they ingest the lighter in color they may appear.

 

Turn your cat on his back and check areas that allow fleas to hide. The armpits and groin are two areas that are warm and protected; favored spots for fleas to hide out. Check your cat’s ears carefully for signs of scratching, redness, blood, or dirt. These can all be signs of fleas. The skin on the belly, groin, or base of the tail may appear red and bumpy, especially if your cat is doing a lot of scratching. Hair loss may occur in certain areas that are being scratched excessively, and there may be black spots on the skin along with scabbing.

 

Get a flea comb (a specially made comb with closely set teeth) and run it through the hair on your cat’s back and legs. The comb’s teeth are designed to catch and pull fleas out from under the haircoat where they are hiding. Make sure you get close to the skin when running the comb through the hair so you have a greater chance of getting to where the fleas are hiding out. Have a bowl of soapy water on hand to douse any live fleas into as you find them while combing.

 

One trick that may help you if the fleas are hard to see is to place a white piece of paper or paper towel on the floor next to your pet while coming through his hair. Flea dirt (i.e., flea feces) will fall off of the cat’s skin and land on the paper. One way to differentiate between regular dirt and flea “dirt” is to wet any black specks that fall off the cat onto the white paper towel (using regular water sprinkled on the specks). If they turn a dark reddish-brown color, you are seeing the digested blood that the flea has passed through its body and excreted.

Remember, your pets count!

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Training Your Dog before Your Baby’s Birth

Saturday, October 12, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

You normally will be anxious about how your dog will behave with a new baby on board. You may want to consider some training before the new baby arrives. The ASPCA has put together some training tips to make the transition a little easier.

Your dog will benefit from any training you can accomplish before your baby’s birth.

 

  • Teaching your dog some basic obedience skills will help you manage her behavior when the baby comes. Please see the section below, Teaching Your Dog Important New Skills, for specific training guidelines. Consider enrolling in a group class to get a head start.
  • Four months before the baby arrives: Gradually introduce your dog to the new experiences, sights, sounds and smells she’ll encounter when you bring your baby home, and associate these new things with rewards. This will help your dog learn to love life with the baby.
  • One to two months before the baby arrives: Anticipate the changes you’ll make to your dog’s daily routine, and start making those changes.

Teaching Your Dog Important New Skills

Having good verbal control of your dog can really help when it comes to juggling her needs and the baby’s care. The following skills are particularly important.

Basic Manners:

  • Sit and down
  • Stay, wait at doors and settle: These skills can help your dog learn to control her impulses, and they’ll prove useful in many situations. For example, you can teach your dog to lie down and stay whenever you sit in your nursing chair.
  • Leave it and drop it: These two behaviors can help you teach your dog to leave the baby’s things alone.
  • Greet people politely: A jumping dog can be annoying at best—and dangerous at worst—when you’re holding the baby.
  • Relax in a crate: If you crate train your dog, you’ll know that she’s safe when you can’t supervise her, and she’ll have a cozy place of her own to relax when things get hectic.
  • Come when called.

Remember, your pets count!

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Greyhounds Make Wonderful Pets

Friday, October 11, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We recently had our annual Greyhound event in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

The event celebrates our greyhounds, creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes, and raises some funds to support greyhound adoption.

The champion sprinter of the dog kingdom, the Greyhound is a gentle, noble, and sweet-tempered companion with an independent spirit. For thousands of years these graceful hounds have been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings.

Hillspet.com has put together a description of the the personality and care of Greyhounds.

Personality:

The greyhound has a very gentle and quiet disposition. As it was necessary for the greyhound to hunt and run in groups, aggressiveness toward other dogs has almost been completely eliminated from the breed. The dog does have a strong prey drive, however, and may not be suitable for homes with small pets such as rabbits.

The greyhound is often tolerant of children and, being non-aggressive, will usually walk away from annoyance rather than snap or growl. In spite of his great athletic ability, the greyhound is quite happy to spend most of the day sleeping. The dog does not have a lot of endurance and actually requires less exercise time than most dogs.

Living With:

As with all sight hounds, greyhounds have a strong instinct to chase. In spite of this, it is possible for them to live with other pets as long as sufficient time is given for socialization and training. This dog is the perfect pet for a family who wants a large dog, but one that is both streamlined and clean.

The greyhound is an average shedder, and the short coat does not require a lot of grooming.

A safe place is needed for the dog to run, but long periods of exercise are not required, unlike what some assume. In fact, the breed has been called the “40 mph couch potato.” The greyhound is a friendly pack-oriented breed and will readily adopt a family as his own.

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, a Greyhound may be the right choice for you and you will be doing a great thing by giving the beautiful dogs a second chance.

Remember, your pets count!

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Car Feral Cans Make Indoor Pets?

Thursday, October 10, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Feral cats are the ones that survive outdoors. They are continually hunting and looking for food. These cats may seem like they need a good home. Cat we ever really tame a feral cat? My cat Mollie who passed away in 2018 came from a family of feral cats that lived in the swamps behind my apartment complex. I found her when she was only 5 weeks old.  She lived her whole life indoors in a comfortable, loving home. If you have other pets, how will this feral cat get along with them?  First, lets talk about the taming part. Animal behavior experts say that some feral cats can adapt to domestic life.  Prepare yourself for some touch and go moments and maybe even some disappointment.  Chances are, you missed that early socialization period.  The first weeks of a kittens life are the ones where they learn to deal with others, including humans. On the other hand however, a feral cat may just adapt better with the pets in your home.  It’s life in the wild has taught it the survival value of cooperation. So give it a try. In a few weeks, you may see your new playing with his cat toys and enjoying his life indoors!

Remember ,your pets count!

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Cleaning Your Litter Box Thoroughly

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

One of the chores which we really don’t care for is cleaning the litter box. I use bio degradable litter which can be flushed. When your cat urinates, the litter clumps and you can scoop the clumps and flush them down the toilet. I’m scooping about 3-4 times a day. It does keep your box cleaner for longer but you still have to give it a thorough cleaning several times a month. Here is the proper way to do that.

In order to thoroughly clean your cats litter box, here are some steps that you should take.

  1. Dump all of the used litter into a garbage bag and toss it out immediately.
  2. When cleaning the box, use very hot  soapy water . Do not use harsh chemicals. I use dish washing liquid.  Scrub the box with old rags that you keep just for this purpose.
  3. After scrubbing , rinse the box very well with hot water to remove all traces of  soap.
  4. Fill the box with hot water and add a cup of bleach.
  5. Rinse the box again very well with hot water to remove the bleach.
  6. You can either air dry the box, or wipe it with a clean rag.
  7. Fill the box with clean litter. You may want to line to box with kitty liners, or a plastic bag. This will make clean up next time easier.
Change the box a least one a week and scoop every day. Your cats does not like a dirty box and neither will you.
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Doggies First Walk

Monday, October 7, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The time has come when you have to put the dog leash you have hanging in the closet on your little pup.  Your puppy should have gotten used to wearing his collar at this point.  Before attempting to take your pup for a walk, he should be familiar with his leash. The leash should be lightweight. Clip the leash to his collar and let him walk around the house with it.  After your puppy is comfortable dragging the leash around the house, it’s time to pick it up.  Make these training periods are fast and fun for your pup. He must learn that pulling the leash gets him nowhere. If he wants to continue walking, then he must be on your side and on a loose leash. If your puppy sits down while your are walking, don’t yank him forward toward you, gently call him over and reward him when he gets to you. A dog treat would be fine. Start walking again with the puppy at your side. You can train a very young pup to walk on a leash. There should be no pulling by you or the pup. The leash should always be loose and your pup should always be at your side not in the back or front of you.  I think you’re ready to take the little guy for his first walk. Good luck and remember, your pets count!

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My Computer Companion

Sunday, October 6, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy
My computer companion Atlantis

Atlantis helps me write!

Writing daily blogs and running an internet radio station takes time. In order to advertise my services, I must use social media sites to promote promote promote. My usual routine is to use the mornings to write and advertise. Each morning I sit, have my coffee and pound away at the computer. I’m never alone because by cat Atlantis is by my side “helping” to get the work done. He’s my companion and makes my work more enjoyable. Our little friends always provide comfort and love unconditionally. Atlantis is a very social cat. He loves to “talk” when people come over and always be part of the conversation.

My new companion has been a welcome addition to our family and we are thankful that he’s with us now. Pets are amazing and enrich our lives in different ways each day!

Remember, your pets count!

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The Amazing Manx

Saturday, October 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The Manx cat breed originated before the 1700’s on the Isle of Man.  These tailless cats were very common on the island during that time.  Manx cats do not have a tail due to a genetic mutation.

Manx cats are medium sized, plump and muscular. They have a rounded head and prominent cheeks.  Their hind legs are longer than their front legs. Some “seedy” cat dealers have been know to cut off the tails of kittens and sell them as Manx.  There are both short haired Manx and long haired Manx cats.

One legend says that the Manx cat resulted from a litter of a cat and a rabbit because they do not have a tail and they have longer hind lets.

Manx cats make great pets. They are intelligent, active and fun loving.  Get them plenty of cat toys to keep them occupied. They form a strong bond with their owners. They are also fascinated with water.  They are excellent jumpers because of their hind legs and are also superior hunters.

Remember, your pets count!

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Trimming Your Dogs Nails

Thursday, October 3, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There is  the correct way to trim a dog’s nails without injury to your pet. The following is provided by Petbabble.com and gives you step by step instructions.

How to trim the nails

The first step is to get some treats, make the whole experience positive and don’t feel like you need to be a hero and trim all the nails at once. Start with one, reward and come back later if you or your pet is nervous. One technique that helps is to hold the handle of the nail trimmers flat against the toe pad and cut straight across the nail, so that the nail will sit just above the ground. This technique makes it extremely unlikely you will cut the nails too short.

To get a shorter cut than the previous method, aim to cut at a 45° angle, after visualizing the quick. The quick is the pink area within the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are, similar to the area underneath our nails.

Nail Trimming Diagram

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If you drive without a seat beat and get stopped you pay a  fine. If you drive with an unrestrained pet, and get stopped don’t expect to get off the hook too easy. Penalties range from $250 to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail!  Some people like to let their dogs hang their head out of the car window for fresh air but dogs and cats become projectiles in a crash! I do agree that you should keep your dog or cat in their carrier while driving. You can also buy a harness that attaches directly to the seat belt. This is a good idea and I do agree that our pets should be protected.

Now, I will always tell you my opinion. The fine amount and jail time is a bit much and another way for towns to make more money. Some states including the state that I grew up in, New Jersey implement this rule.

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