Monthly Archives: November 2012

Why Cats Make Great Pets

Cats Calm Us

Cats are so calming that having one reduces the risk of heart attack by 40 percent, according to a recent study from the Stroke Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Cats also reduce the risk of dying from other heart diseases and stroke by 30 percent.

Cats Make Us Crack Up

Having a cat can be spectacular comic relief. Especially when said cat lets you dress her. And lets you know she hates it. But she loves you.

Cats Remind Us that It’s the Little Things

A shoelace, cardboard box, or paper towel roll can change a cat’s entire day.

Cats Catch Pests

There is nothing like seeing a bug, then — rather than getting scared, or yelling for your spouse — calling your cat to take care of it.

Cats are Living Alarm Clocks

There’s nothing like waking up to a paw on your forehead. “Hey! It’s time for breakfast!”

Cats Keep Us Humble

Cats are masters of the withering look. We live to serve

Cats are All About Balance

The cat motto is, “Cuddle, yes. Smother, no.” It’s helped us in every human relationship.

Cats Inspire Us

There’s nothing like watching some graceful swats and pounces to be reminded of how much you need to go back to yoga.

Cats Get Us Out of Jams

Dogs may be more portable, but cats wait at home, proud of their status as a built-in-excuse. “I have to run! Forgot to feed the cat!”

Cats are Unconditional Love

Whether they’re purring on our laps, greeting us at the door, or keeping us company from room, to room… to room, our cats love us. And we’re so thankful.

Pet Profile: French Bulldog

The French Bulldog has always been a companion dog: small and muscular with a smooth coat, short face and trademark “bat” ears. Affectionately known as the Frenchie, it is loved for its endearing nature and even disposition.

Physical Characteristics

The Frenchie has a curious and alert expression that is enhanced by its bat ears. It differs from the English Bulldog in its movement, which is free, unrestrained and has good reach and drive. Its loose, soft skin around the shoulders and head forms wrinkles. It is a strong and entertaining home dog as well as a sturdy lapdog.

Sharing several characteristics of its Bulldog ancestors, the French Bulldog has a heavy-boned and wide body, muscular build, big square head, low center of gravity, and a short, fine coat, which is found in various colors, including brindle, fawn, white, and black.

Personality and Temperament

This sweet, friendly, and companionable dog is willing to please. As a clownish lap dog, the French Bulldog loves playing and enjoys entertaining its family. It is fond of snoozing with and cuddling its favorite person.

Care

Although the Frenchie is a fun-loving dog, it has minimal exercise needs. It loves an outdoor romp but does not enjoy hot and humid weather. In fact, the French Bulldog is not suited for outdoor living and cannot swim.

A short on-leash walk is adequate to fulfill most of the dog’s physical needs. Coat care is minimal but the facial wrinkles of the dog need regular cleaning. In addition, Frenchies tend to snore, drool, and wheeze.

Managing Diabetes in your Pets

1. Monitor, Monitor, Monitor

Regularly monitoring your pet’s blood is important to avoid the dangerous spikes and drops in blood glucose concentrations associated with diabetes. There are several monitoring devices to choose from, including urine glucose (and ketone) test strips or blood glucose meters. Consult your veterinarian to determine which monitoring device is best for your pet.

2. Use Insulin

Daily insulin injections are often required to restore your pet’s insulin levels and manage their blood glucose concentrations. However, each pet will need their own dose and treatment regimen. There are even insulin products specifically made for cats and dogs with diabetes. Consult your veterinarian as to which insulin product suits your pet the best and for a tutorial on how to administer the insulin injections.

3. Proper Diet

In order to properly manage the disease, diabetic dogs and cats must be fed a nutritious diet that minimizes fluctuations in blood glucose and maintains them at a healthy weight. These meals should ideally consist of the same thing every day and should be fed at the same time(s) of day. According to PetDiabetesMonth.com, the diet is usually high in protein and low in fat as well as consists of complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber to help slow absorption of glucose from the digestive system. However, your veterinarian can best recommend a diet for the needs of your diabetic pet.

4. Regulate Exercise

All pets should exercise, especially diabetic pets that are also overweight. However, exercise must be regulated because the activity may affect your pet’s blood glucose concentrations. Consult your veterinarian about the amount and regularity of exercise needed for your diabetic pet. Cats, for instance, do not typically have exercise routines like dogs. It is more likely a veterinarian will recommend simply playing with your diabetic cat daily.

5. Routine Checkups

It is vital to maintain regular veterinary checkups to identify any changes in your pet’s condition. In fact, according to DiabetesPetMonth.com, diabetes can affect pets differently over times — even after a long period of stability. Additionally, going to a vet’s office regularly will help accustom your pet to poking and prodding that often comes with chronic conditions like diabetes.

 

 

How to Control Cat Biting

1. Use a Spray Bottle

One of the most common techniques for modifying a cat’s behavior is the spray bottle method. Just spray your cat with water whenever he does something you don’t want him to do, such as biting. The drawback of this method is that you always have to have a spray bottle nearby, and you always have to be ready to aim and fire and a moment’s notice. However, it can be very effective.

You can make the spray bottle method even more effective by adding a small amount of vinegar to the water in the bottle. This gives the water a foul taste that your cat won’t like.

If you’re using the spray bottle method, try to keep the water out of your cat’s ears. Too much moisture in the ears can create an environment that’s ideal for the development of yeast and bacterial infections.

2. Ignore Your Cat When He Bites

Cats often bite because they want to get your attention, but they may also bite because you’re giving too much attention and they want to be left in peace. Either way, ignoring your cat when he bites can be an effective method to control cat biting.

Use this method by giving your cat attention in smaller doses. If you know he’s going to bite you after five minutes of attention, then stop giving attention after four minutes. If he bites you, leave him alone and don’t play with him for a while.

3. “Bite” Your Cat Back

If your cat lived in the wild, he wouldn’t bite cats that bit him back. You don’t have to literally bite your cat if you don’t want to (though some people do). You can instead say “No!” loudly and firmly when your cat bites you.

Your cat will also be willing to accept your dominance in the home if you assert yourself and refuse to be bitten. Don’t swat or slap your cat, however, as this will only encourage him to continue the struggle for dominance and control.

4. Encourage Good Behavior

Spend plenty of time playing with, petting and talking to your cat. If you have a close bond with your cat, he’ll be more likely to behave well in order to please you. Give him treats and bring him new toys from time to time.

When your cat behaves well, give him plenty of attention, praise and love. When he behaves badly, punish him gently but firmly, and then ignore him. This method works very well on cats of all ages. More than anything, your cat wants you to love and accept him.