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Cat Bonding with Licks

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

KITTYKISSESMany cats enjoy licking their owners hands and faces. Are they giving you kisses or are they “buttering” you up to stay on the good side of their main food source? Cats are mutual groomers. It’s their nature to groom other animals and that includes people. When your cat licks you, he is bonding with you. This is seen in many social animals. This reduces the stress levels in both you and your cat. Your cat may lick you for similar reasons. It’s his way of relaxing, bonding with you showing affection and claiming you for his own. Maybe he enjoys the taste of the salt on your skin or maybe your cat believes that you aren’t as clean as he is. After all we don’t wash ourselves every hour throughout the day like they do.

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Beautiful Persian Cats

Sunday, January 22, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

persian2persianAccording to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Persian is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the United States. It could be it’s long, beautiful coat that makes everyone love it or maybe it the Persian’s playful personality. Toys that he case chase will keep hi occupied. They also love cat toys containing cat nip. It’s also quite and easy going and most Persians readily adapt to new households and accept other pets. This makes the breed relatively easy to care for.  Persians do require extra grooming. Their large eyes are prone to tearing and infection so a Persians eyes and face should be kept clean. The breeds long fur can also become matted so they should be brushed daily. Persians are a pleasure to own and all the extra care is worth it!

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Dog Food is a No No for Cats

Friday, January 20, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT DOG EATYou just ran out of cat food and can’t get to the store today. You may wonder if you could sneak some dog food to your cat. Absolutely not! Dogs and cats have distinctly different dietary needs.Dog chow lacks nutrients that cats need such as Taurine. This amino acid is necessary for the health of your cat’s eyes, digesting fats, and for keeping heart muscles healthy.Cats are carnivores and dogs are omnivores. This means cats need more meat protein than dogs need. A few nibbles from the dogs dish won’t do any harm but make sure that your cats main meal is high quality cat food not dog chow.

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Dogs That are Low Maintenance

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

cute-beagleIf you have a busy schedule and you are thinking about getting a dog, you may want to choose a breed that likes to lie around, like a couch potato. You may also want to choose a dog that’s low maintenance when it comes to grooming.  For example, a small, short haired dog such as a Chihuahua will not need as much grooming as a long haired Golden Retriever.  Boxers and Beagles are also easier to groom. Their short hair is not prone to mats and you could easily remove ticks if you need to.  Always remember, no matter what breed you choose, your dog will still need lots of attention.  He may not shed as much as a Sheep dog or run as much as a Collie, but he will still need regular walks, exercise and grooming sessions. So when thinking about a dog, don’t forget about that dog leash and frisbee just yet. If your schedule requires that you work long hours or have to travel frequently, consider a cat instead. It’s just not fair for the dog.

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Facts About Cats

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Kittens at playThroughout the course of history, cat behavior has always fascinated people. Cats are independent but also still very social animals.  They combine a hunting instinct with playfulness. They love playing with their cat toys. While dogs belong to their master, cats are very territorial animals.  Cats like to stick to their home. That’s why they really don’t like to travel.  Cats see their home as a “sacred place.”  They mark it by rubbing, scratching and spraying.

They have an excellent memory of smells, sounds and sights.  They can return to their home from great distances. They don’t accept hierarchy from people.  You’re not their master but rather their equal.  Even though they can stay by themselves for a long time, they like company very much.  Cats are less responsive to vocal commands then dogs are but they can be taught to do tricks if rewarded.

Cats make great pets. You just can’t compare them to dogs. They are really very different yet still very loving and affectionate.
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Animal Protection Agencies and Their Ratings

Monday, January 16, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

ADOPT A PETWe see heartbreaking commercials on television depicting abused and neglected animals.  I can’t even watch some of these because it breaks my heart. Are the agencies associated with these commercials, the best ones to donate to? The American Institute of Philanthropy has put today and list of these agencies along with their rating. Take a look and decide on which agency is best for you .

ANIMAL & ANIMAL PROTECTION
GRADE
American Humane Association A–
Animal Welfare Institute A+
Best Friends Animal Society B+
D.E.L.T.A. Rescue A–
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International B+
Farm Sanctuary B+
Friends of Animals A
Humane Farming Association A–
In Defense of Animals B+
Marine Mammal Center A–
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) A
PetSmart Charities A
Wildlife Conservation Society A

Most are rated well but do your research before deciding which one is the best for you to show your support.
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Caring for a Geriatric Pet

Saturday, January 14, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

geriatric petsAs our pets get older, they will require more medical care just like we do. Pay attention to your pet as he gets older.  You should take him for a basic physical exam every six months. Check any changes to your pets appetite, thrust, urination and defecation habits. Does your pet vomit or have diarrhea? Is he sleeping more than usual? Is he coughing or does he show sign of exercise intolerance?  Normally, as pets age, they may sleep more but it can also be due to a variety of other things like arthritis, heart disease or even cancer. These conditions can be treated if diagnosed early. This is why it’s important to take your aging pet for regular checkups. As a general rule, take pets that are over the age of eight for a physical exam every six months and blood work once a year. If you notice a symptom such as weakness or vomiting, get your pet in for a checkup right away.

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How to Care for Long Haired Cats Shedding

Friday, January 13, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

cat long hairDo you have a long haired cat? It does seem as if long haired cats shed more than cats that have short hair but that’s because their hair is so long that it seems like there’s more of it. It may seem like you’re always vacuuming up hair and are constantly cleaning out the cat bed. Exotic cats that have long hair require continual brushing and grooming. This not only helps with cat allergies by reducing the dander but it can also help reduce cat hairballs. There is one solution to this problem. You can get your cat groomed and have his hair cut short like you would a dog. This won’t prevent cat allergies because allergies originate from cat dander not cat hair. Dander will still be an issue but you may be able to reduce the amount time you spend vacuuming up your cats hair. There are many groomers that will make your cat look really “cool.” Check them out!

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The Importance of Protein in Cats

Monday, January 9, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

A cat needs twice as much protein as a dog. Cats also require about 20 different kinds of amino acids to make their own body protein and those amino acids come from protein in food. What ‘s the best source of protein for your cat ,chicken, beef or fish? The truth is that any and all sources of protein are good for your cat. Commercial pet foods contain at least 30% protein from a variety of sources to more than meet your cats needs. If your cat is a eats quality foods,  you can give him beef one day, chicken the next and fish the next. All are great sources of  protein.

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Don’t Ignore Blood in Your Dog or Cats Urine

Saturday, January 7, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Many times blood found in your dog’s urine could indicate a urinary infection but this is not always the case. There are some other causes or blood in the urine aside from an infection. Your vet should perform a urine culture to determine if it’s an infection. If  the diagnosis is positive, the urine culture should be repeated after treatment to ensure that the infection is cleared. To perform this procedure your vet will collect a sterile urine sample in the office. It will be submitted to a laboratory to see if it grows any bacteria. This will confirm that the problem is an infection.

Other causes of bloody urine  can include urinary stones, bladder tumors or kidney or prostate issues.

If you see blood in your dog’s urine, get him checked by your vet as soon as possible.

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