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December 2019

Archive for December, 2019

As the year comes to an end, we think back on the events in 2019 and try to make some resolutions for the coming year. One of your resolutions may be to contribute a bit more to pet rescue organizations or maybe even to adopt a shelter pet. In doing so you’re doing such a great service by giving an innocent, unwanted pet a new lease on life. Maybe another resolution is to forego some overtime and spend more time with you dog or maybe get more exercise with your pet. Taking your dog on a long walk or jog is healthy for both of you.

Whatever you do in the new year, keep your precious pets safe and loved! It’s payback will reward you many times over.

Happy New Year from The Pet Product Guru!

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Is Aspirin Toxic to Cats?

Monday, December 30, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have an older cat that suffers from arthritis, you might be tempted to give your  pet pain medication from your medicine cabinet.  Stop right there! Medicine such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are toxic to cats.  In very rare instances, some veterinarians will prescribe aspirin for cats but only in tiny amounts and on a very specific schedule. Most veterinarians prefer other methods to treat arthritis in cats.  They would recommend inflammation reducing agents such as Glucosamine instead. They may even recommend rehabilitation treatments such as acupuncture.  In most cases these therapies tend to work best. Always consult with your veterinarian and never administer any pet medication without his expert opinion.

Remember, your pets count.

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A True Feral or an Indoor/Outdoor Family Pet

Sunday, December 29, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We have two indoor cats that are like family but there are many cats in our neighborhood. We feed several feral cats who come around daily for a dry porch and a bite to eat. These cats prefer to lounge and eat in private.  Even if I go near the sliding glass door that opens out to the porch, the cat or cats flee as fast as they can. Feral cats protect themselves from potential predators and that includes humans. They have never interacted with humans and therefore perceive them as a threat.

Yesterday, it was a mild day here in Delaware. As I was sitting on my porch, a cat strolled up the steps . He wasn’t threatened by me sitting there at all. In fact he came up to me and let me pet him. I then picked him up and to my surprise, he let me pet him. His fur was very soft and he looked exceptionally clean. He had a bite to eat, lied down for quite awhile and then decided that his visit was over. This was obviously an indoor/outdoor family pet who came for a visit.

We are pet lovers and welcome the different kinds of critters in our neighborhood ….everything except snakes and skunks I guess.

Remember, your pets count!

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A Few Interesting Facts About Mans Best Friend

Saturday, December 28, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Here are a few interesting facts about man’s best friend that we usually don’t think about too often.

  • If you’re thinking of moving to Shanghai and have two dogs, forget about it. They have  one dog pet household policy because they have a population of 20 million and limited living space.
  • Puppies sleep 90 percent of the time their first few weeks of life.
  • Dogs love to chew on bones. It strengthens and cleans their teeth however, never give your dog cooked bones.
  • The average dog has 42 permanent teeth in it’s mouth.
  • It’s a myth that dogs are color blind. Dogs can actually see in color but not as vividly as humans. It’s similar to our vision at dusk. The ydo have better low-light vision than humans because of a special light reflecting layer behind their retinas.

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Kidney Failure in Pets

Friday, December 27, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The kidneys remove excess water and waste from the blood.  Kidney functions diminishes slowly with age. In older dogs and cats, kidney failure is a leading cause of illness. Damaged kidneys are less able to concentrate urine so the body needs more fluid. Increased thirst and urination are often the first signs of kidney disease. As the  disease progresses, pets lose weight and their appetite. They play less, sleep more and may exhibit constipation and nausea.  By the time most owners notice these changes, most kidney function is already lost. There is no cure for chronic kidney failure,but your veterinarian can help slow it’s progression and improve it’s quality of life.

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Do Cats Like Being Hugged?

Thursday, December 26, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We love to show our cats lots of affection. Our cats love the attention and sometimes we pick them up to give them a hug.  Do they really like this? The Pet Health Network weighs in on this. Here’s what they have to say.

We humans often assume that our pets enjoy the same types of interaction we do. For example, most cats (and dogs) do not enjoy being hugged, and when our pets try to get away, we often have a tendency to try even harder to hug them. Depending on the cat, she may also not enjoy tummy rubs, even if she seems to solicit this behavior when rolling over and exposing her stomach. Doing this can make a cat feel vulnerable and can lead to biting and aggressive behavior. Every cat is an individual so get to know your cat to see if this is a behavior she really, truly enjoy or is a behavior she is merely tolerating until she lets you know she has had quite enough.

If you pick your cat up and they begin to squirm, that’s the signs that they’ve had enough. Gently put them down and keep yourself from being bitten or scratched!

Remember, your pets count!

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Cats —-Thoughts From The Actors

Monday, December 23, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Being a cat lover, I’m planning to see the movie Cats over the holiday. We all love our feline friends. We have two cats and had a holiday party yesterday. Our cat Atlantis was the life of the party going from person to person and entertaining our guests with his purrs, meows and rubs. He loves being around people and people love having him around. On the other hand, our other cat,Millie spent the evening on the bed in the back of the house. Two lovable animals with two distinctly different personalities!

Some of the actors in  Cats share their own experiences with cats.

James Corden says he’s more of a cat person than a dog person. He says “I like the fact that a cat goes up to your house and says I’m going to need a door because I’m going to need to came and go as I please. Just make sure there’s some food and I’ll keep coming back.”

Judi Dench says that she’s very much a cat person because during world war II, people we unable to feed their cats so they went to her house and her family kept and fed 17 cats!

Personally, I never let my cats outside. That would make me very nervous. They are very content being fed and pampered in the comfort of their own home.

Remember, your pets count!

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Cats Provide Good Therapy Too!

Sunday, December 22, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Many different kinds of animals are used as partners in animal assisted therapy. These can range from birds to rabbits to lamas and horses.  Of course dogs and cats are at the top of the list.  Interacting with pets has a wonderful, calming affect on people that are ill or injured. This can help them feel better both physically and emotionally. Therapy cats can be any size and breed. All that’s required is a calm, gentle personality and interest in people. To prepare to work with a therapist, each cat must go through a training program. It’s taught to sit quietly, tolerate frequent handling by strangers and stay calm in the face of sudden loud noises and distractions.  These cats deserve special recognition for their wonderful abilities to help people that are ill.  Give them an extra cat toy or snack for all of their hard work!

Remember, your pets count!

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Are Cat Treats the Same as Cat Food?

Friday, December 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Each night at about 7:00pm my cats come in the kitchen and wait for their treats. Cat crave treats! What’s the difference between treats and dry cat food?  Cats do enjoy their wet and dry food but if you want to really entice your cats appetite, give them some cat treats every now and then. My cats are spoiled and get treats nearly everyday.  Treats could be like giving your cat dessert. It should be given sparingly. Generally cat food is higher in protein than treats. This should make up the bulk of your pets diet. Treats should also be nutritional, so make sure that you read the labels on all treats. Adding treats to your cats routine can make, training your cat more successful, add to your cats pleasure and even create a tighter bond between you and your cat.

Remember, your pets count.

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10 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Thursday, December 19, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s going to be a very busy couple of weeks as we make our way through the  holidays. Please remember to keep our friends safe and sound. PetMD has put together a comprehensive list to help you do just that. Thanks to Pet MD for providing this information.

Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the breakable ornaments, potentially dangerous plants, presents with bows and ribbons, lights that can be chewed—and who could forget the Christmas tree? Let’s take a look at some simple pet safety steps that will allow your furry family members to join in the holiday fun this year while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.


Christmas Tree Safety and Other Holiday Safety Tips:


1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner. To keep your cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil around the tree base to warn you of an impending tree disaster. Since cats and Christmas trees are not always the best combination, it may take some ingenuity on your part to keep both parties safe during the holiday season.


2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet’s reach, or for the highest level of pet safety, simply don’t use it. Ingesting tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.


3. Do not put lights on the tree’s lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, but they can also cause burns on both cats and dog if they become entangled. Additionally, your dog or cat may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.


4. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths or other parts of your pet’s body.


5. For those buying live Christmas trees this year, keep the area around the tree free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles cause stomach upset and can irritate or puncture your pet’s intestines if ingested.


6. Did you know that holly and mistletoe are poisonous to dogs and cats? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach. Poinsettias are also not a great idea, as they can cause nausea and vomiting if ingested.


7. Edible tree decorations—whether they be ornaments or popcorn strings—are pet safety time bombs waiting to happen. These goodies are just too enticing, and your pet will surely tug at them, knocking down your wonderfully decorated spruce. Not to mention that they are also choking hazards.


8. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your pet’s way—there’s no telling where a wagging tail or curious cat may end up. Never leave candles unsupervised, and keep your cat away from any areas with open flames or wax. Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.


9. To prevent any accidental electrocutions, exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house. Any wires extending away from the wall should be wrapped in hard protective plastic to make them less interesting to your cat.


10. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, ribbon, plastic pieces or cloth could all cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another pet safety hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables. Be cautious about leaving wrapped gifts with ribbon and bows under the tree where your pets can get to them.

Remember, your pets count!

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