Top 10 secrets about cats

Top 10 secrets about cats

1. I love a good timeshare opportunity.

In the wild, cats are solitary animals, but consent to share their territory, rather than dominate it fully; they will allow other cats to come into their claimed territory as long as they are not currently occupying that space. In a multi-cat home without territory disputes, the cats have figured out the times that they are allowed to be in certain spots, perhaps mornings in a favoured window perch before swapping for afternoons in a easy chair. If there are territory squabbles in your multi-cat home, chances are there is a shortage of desirable hang-out spots. If, for example, there is discord over who sleeps on your bed in the evening, try adding a cat tree with a perch to your bedroom. The addition of a new sleeping spot, particularly one at a different eye-level, can eliminate discord.

2. I’m better indoors.

Cats are historically wild, outdoor animals, but with domestication and industrialization, cats are much safer indoors. As caretakers, our charge is to provide the stimulation our cats would get in the outdoors, but in a safe environment. It can be done!

3. I need mostly meat.

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need have to have meat in their daily diet. They require more protein and far fewer carbohydrates than omnivores. Our domesticated cats’ wild predecessors got most of their grains and carbohydrates from the digestive systems of the animals they ate.

4. I’m not as hungry as I tell you I am.

Cats are amazing at pretending to be hungrier than they are. They know they have you wrapped around their little paws; experience has taught them that. But where food is concerned, your devotion to indulging their wants is not in their favour. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of U.S. cats are obese or overweight; that’s over 47 million fat cats—and they’re not feeding themselves. Despite overweight cats becoming the norm, feline obesity is no joke. It can cause diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer. Consult your vet in determining proper amounts of food to feed and stick to your guns.

5. I’m meowing at you, human.

Kittens meow for their mother’s attention, but adult cats rarely use meows to communicate with other cats—which means if your cat is meowing, pay attention. He’s trying to tell you something.

6. My teeth need to be cleaned.

Dental health is as important for your cat as it is for you. You need to make sure you are cleaning your cat’s teeth on a regular basis. Yes, this means brushing your cat’s teeth. No, this is not fun but it is necessary—and will very likely save you money on vet bills in the long run. Regardless of what type of diet your cat’s on, veterinarian Dr. Loridawn Gordon also recommends feeding your cat raw chicken necks. It’s a great way to allow your cat to not only clean her teeth but get some natural calcium as well. (Never feed your cat cooked bones. They’ll become brittle and can cause serious injuries when ingested.)

7. I get a lot of my moisture from food.

Cats don’t have the same drive to hydrate themselves as other animals because their wild ancestors got the majority of their liquid through their food. To make sure your cat is adequately hydrated—a challenge, to be sure—have them eat their liquids: serve them wet food and high-water-content frozen treats, such as ice cubes made from no-salt beef stock. (Of course, make sure plenty of fresh clean water is always available.)

8. I need vertical space to explore.

Cats are naturally inclined to climb and perch up high in order to survey their territory. Make sure your cat has a perch of some sort or, ideally, an elevated walkway or series of perches that allows her to survey her domain from on high. If you live in a smaller space like an apartment, having vertical space for your cat to climb and explore becomes particularly important.

9. Just because I am showing you my tummy doesn’t mean I want you to touch it.

The most vulnerable place on a cat is her soft tummy. She might show it to you—lucky you; that’s a sign a cat is content and feels safe enough to relax in your presence—but doing so is not necessarily an invitation to dive right in. Respect every cat’s personal space requirements—they vary—and if you do go in for a tummy rub, approach with caution or you might find yourself victim of some fast paw action.

10. I have psychedelic super vision.

Cats have very sensitive eyes that can actually see the UV spectrum. Their super-vision opens up to them a wild world of sights and patterns humans can’t see, like psychedelic stripes on plant life and intricate colourations on feathers, perhaps explaining why cats get so fixated on things that, to us, seem utterly pedestrian. Some of the things they see that we can’t? Along with patterns on animals and plants, they also see great fields of urine markers left by animals—so maybe it’s fortunate we don’t share this super sight!

Set of 2 Stainless Steel Bowls with Non-Skid & No Spill Silicone Stand for Small Dogs, Cats

New! Set of 2 Bowls with Stand for Small Dogs, Cats and other pets

When we get a pet at home we can observe one and the same picture: it starts behaving like a little pig when it eats. Our set with a silicone stand solves this problem once and forever. All the splashes during a meal will not get onto your clean washed floor but onto the silicone stand, which takes the heat!

We are pleased to introduce our new product:

Set of 2 Stainless Steel Bowls with Non-Skid & No Spill Silicone Stand for Small Dogs, Cats + FREE Bonus Collapsible Travel Pet Bowl

Our set will be suitable for small and medium sized dogs, cats, and other pets. The bowls do not slip around the entire room, they are always in the same place, which allows for quickly teaching your dog or cat to eat in the same place. You needn’t worry about the quality of our set, the materials are ecologically safe for your pet: the mat is made of high-quality silicone, and the bowls are of stainless steel.

You will have no big trouble keeping the set clean, as the bowls can be easily removed out of the silicone stand, and washed in a dishwasher. Don’t forget that specialists recommend to wash dog and cat bowls once per day. We always want all the very best for our pets, and for this very reason the stylish, bright, laconic design of our set will please any discerning buyer!

Our non-spill, lightweight, silicone placemat like tray is designed with dual stainless steel bowls that promote quality, flexibility, easy clean up, transport and meet all food and safety standards. It is also top shelf dishwasher safe. The silicone securely holds the bowls in place but easy to remove when ready. The silicone tray is designed with a lip to keep food and water on the mat and bottom from sliding across the floor. The Fossa silicone stainless steel dual dog bowl tray not only helps protect your floor, it’s also easier for your dog to eat from than a traditional dog bowl.

The light and flexible feeding silicone placemat weighs just 1.3 lbs and each stainless steel dish can fit 12 ounces of food or water. You can use the no spill silicone dual dog bowl set to feed two small animals or as a complete food and water area for one dog. No matter how many pets eat from our feeder it still keeps your floors cleaner that an ordinary dog bowl. This product is idea for small to medium pets.

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Labrador retriever is best friend for kids

Labrador retriever is best friend for kids

One of the best reasons why the Labrador retriever has never been unseated as the number one well-loved dog in the US and Europe is the fact that it can be a child’s best friend. The Labrador retriever has gained a widely favorable reputation of being one of the most gentle and friendly dog breeds that can work well with people, young and old.

If you are looking for the best dog breed for your family, bring home a Labrador retriever. Many families who are lucky enough to have a Lab will attest to the distinct bond that binds their children and their canine friend. Although you will be looked up as the alpha dog and your Lab looks up to you as a friend, the bond of friendship that links him to your child is out of this world—it’s strong, boundless, and unconditional.

Studies of Labrador retriever behavior has shown that its zest for life is like that of a child. Children and Labs share a sunny disposition which is infectious and both have an incomparable enthusiasm for life. One never knows when a Lab starts to mature for he will always be one happy, bouncing bundle of joy. Since your Lab loves nothing more in the world than to eat and play, your children will be spending countless hours of fun and play with your canine friend.

Labs are very gentle with the people, particularly kids. They are gifted with an instinct to detect the subconscious thoughts of the other members of the pack. They will find ways to nudge you out of your blues for there will never be a dull day with a Lab around the house.

Labrador retrievers love to spend time in the great outdoors. Instead of being indoors and staying glued to the television or with computer games, spending the day playing with your Lab is a good motivation for children to play outside, enjoy nature and have exercise.

Your Lab was primarily bred for the outdoors. The dog’s love for hiking, swimming, Frisbee, and retrieving a ball can encourage your kids to spend time outside, have fun and eventually maintain a healthy lifestyle. If your kids have forgotten the joys of enjoying the fresh air, the smell of the woods, and the wonderful feeling of rolling around on the grass, your Lab can be instrumental in stoking the fires of longing for the great outdoors.

Even though a Lab does not belong to that class of dogs which are bred primarily to protect and defend, it is considered the best therapy and service dog in the world. Aside from their gentleness, many Labrador retrievers have become famous because their loyalty and sense of kinship to their human friends have caused them to stick with them through thick and thin. Natural and man-made catastrophes have affected people and many Labs have been known to save their masters from imminent tragedy and even death. It is this gift of protection and loyalty that your Lab will bestow on you and your family.

A Lab gives unconditional love. Children sense this feeling of devotion and loyalty so much so that they don’t put up walls. Children with Labs have been observed to let go of their inhibitions and learn to enjoy their canine camaraderie without any pretenses. They will eventually imbibe these amazing traits which they can learn to express to the other members of the family.

Labrador retrievers are very intelligent thus you will have an easy time training them. All you need to have a well-mannered and well-trained dog are tons of patience, for your playful Lab will look at every activity as playtime thus you need to get its attention and let him realize that you mean business.

One thing to bear in mind though is that this dog breed has a seemingly endless fount of energy. It does not want to laze around and spend the whole day inside your house. An inactive Lab is one ticking bomb—for it can develop negative habits you will surely find very unappealing.

Just like any pet, you need to ask yourself if you have the time and resources for a Labrador retriever for a happy Lab will give you and your family the opportunity to spend many years with a loyal and loving canine friend.

Falling from a great height. Is it dangerous for cats?

Falling from a great height. Is it dangerous for cats?

We have read about it in the news — cats falling off of high rise buildings only to have suffered minor injuries such as bruises or scratches. How is this possible? Do they really have nine lives’?

In 2012, a feline named Fluffy fell off a 19-storey building in Boston and escaped with only a bruised chest. Her paw-rent, Brittany Kirk, left the window slightly ajar to let the breeze in as it had been a particularly warm day. Somehow, the curious kitty managed to climb out onto the ledge and fell 200 feet down. Miraculously, she dodged bricks and concrete, and landed on a small patch of mulch.

How did Fluffy do it? Can felines really survive falls from such great heights?

In 1987, a scientist studied 132 cats that had been brought to a New York City emergency veterinary clinic after falling from high-rise buildings. 90% of the treated cats survived, and only about 37% of those that survived needed emergency treatment to keep them alive.

One kitty that had fallen 32 stories onto concrete ground suffered only a chipped tooth and a collapsed lung. It was released from the hospital after 48 hours.

The truth is, cats have relatively large surface areas in proportion to their weight, so they tend to fall from great heights at a slower rate than larger mammals. When falling from high rise places, they are also able to twist their bodies to prepare themselves to land on their feet. This is known as an aerial righting reflex.

Their legs are long and muscular, and extend under the body rather than straight down (like a human’s legs)—allowing them to absorb the shock during landing.

Although the chances for survival are pretty high, prevention is always better than cure. For cat paw-rents who live in HDB estates, do wire-mesh all your windows to prevent your feline pal from climbing out.