Friday, January 12, 2018

Bonding with Your Cat

Cats are independent creatures, often making people think that they don’t need or want companionship, but in reality, cats and humans can be great companions, and there are different ways to bond with each other.

Petting, of course, is the most obvious one, because it can be beneficial for both the cat and the human. Not only does the cat love it and sometimes even ask for it, petting animals is good for humans too. It can help them feel calm and peaceful.

Playtime is the next opportunity to bond. Not only is it good exercise for the cat, it’s fun for both. Letting the cat have some catnip, jump after a toy or feathers, or even chase a ball of crumpled up paper can help the cat and human bond over interaction and laughter (the human, not the cat).

Mealtimes are also ways to bond. There is interaction at those times between the cat and their human and as we know, bonding can happen through communication. The cat may meow and the human will ask “do you want your breakfast now?” or “do you want a treat?” and the cat will meow back. Sometimes, humans have even been known to take their cat with them when they go on a late night fast food drive-thru run. The cat didn’t do the ordering, though. Are you one of those humans who go on a late night food run with your cat?




Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Gifts You Still Have to Find for the Furry Members

He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice…
Santa Paws is coming to town.

Most of the gifts are purchased and wrapped and under the tree, right? Well, maybe not, and maybe some of the gifts you still have to find are for the furry members of the household. You’ve put some catnip or a bone in a stocking before, but maybe this year you’re looking for something different. 

Bestproducts.com has a slideshow of ideas. 

The Howliday Box : a gift box with a variety of gifts for that hard-to-shop-for dog.

Facial Massage Roller for Cats : more ways for cats to prove they’re in charge of what you do for them.

Apollo Peak MosCATo wine: for those nights cuddling in front of a crackling fire (don’t forget to pick up some human wine for yourself).

The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth: for those dogs who like a gourmet touch to their food.

And if you are that horse-lover who always really wanted a unicorn, you can get your horse its very own unicorn costume!

One thing to be aware of is that if you wrap up a great food treat and help the dog open it, it is entirely possible that from that day forward, the dog will think that every present is for her and will want to help you unwrap it.
And if you have cats, there’s nothing they’ll
like better than the boxes the presents come in. 


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It’s time to bring them home

You’ve been anticipating the big day. You’ve spent time preparing for it. Getting the right bed, toys, and maybe some soft blankets. Letting your current household residents know it’s happening. It’s time to bring them home.

No, it’s not a new baby.
It’s a new cat or dog.

The problem is, you need to introduce the new pet and the pet you already have, and that can be tricky. Sometimes, pets will take to each other easily, but often, they will understandably be scared, wary and even jealous of each other. It can be a little trickier introducing dogs and cats to each other too, especially if they’ve never seen the other type of animal before.



You’ll want to make sure to consider both animals’ personalities, and plan accordingly. You don’t want them disliking and fighting with each other (though sometimes it will be expected). If you have an aggressive dog, you may want to skip the idea of getting a cat, but an easygoing, friendly dog might welcome a new kitten.

Perhaps introduce your dog or cat to a friend’s dog or cat first, to see how they react, before deciding what new pet to bring into your own home. Once you bring the new animal home, rotate who has freedom in the house; one day the cat, the next day, the dog. This way they can learn to share the home with each other and have some time to explore on their own too. You’ll also want to keep them separated when no humans are home to keep an eye on them.

If you have any questions or problems, you may want to consider consulting a veterinarian or an animal behavioral specialist, because you don’t want stressed out animals. The goal is finding a way to have a happy home.