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How to Get Your Cat to Exercise

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“Don’t judge my life choices.”

Although every pet lover knows that pet obesity can (and usually does) lead to many health complications down the road, many cat owners still find themselves with the stereotypical “fat cat” on their hands. Sometimes even after making conscious efforts to control your cat’s weight, diet, or exercise, it can seem like a losing battle to get them to shed the extra pounds. Obviously having the proper amount of exercise helps prevent obesity, and also keeps pets stimulated to ward off destructive behavior, strengthens bones, and improves circulation.  For dogs, it’s easy; from daily walks, to games of fetch, to agility classes, there are a lot of obvious options for making sure a dog gets enough activity. But, how do you get a cat to exercise? Below are five ways to ensure your cat is getting a healthy amount of activity: [click to continue…]

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Arthropods: Creepy Crawly or Cute and Cuddly?

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A Millipede can have up to 400 legs…WHY?!

Throughout history, people have tried to domesticate any and every animal in order to have them as a pet. Most of them are furry and cute, so it’s a no-brainer to want them as a companion animal to pet, cuddle, and love. However, some of them are a little on the creepy side, and most of these questionable pets are Arthropods – a group of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that are known for having tough outer skins called exoskeletons (and usually claws or fangs, YIKES). Needless to say, you may find yourself confused as to why anyone would want to own these animals as pets. Heck, some of these creatures are so odd-looking, you will probably wonder why someone would voluntarily have them anywhere near them! While I love all animals, I definitely draw the line when it comes to creepy crawlies – but kudos to you if you’re willing to open your home to one of these creatures: [click to continue…]

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What Your Dog’s Body Language is Telling You

stressed dog blogWe tend to think of our dogs as little bundles of love that are always happy and free of worry; this is only partly true. While dogs are joyful a lot of the time, they can also become extremely stressed surprisingly quick, over things that may have never occurred to you as a human. It’s so important for dog owners to be able to spot signs of stress in their canine companions, so that the stressful agent can be removed from the situation entirely – whether it’s an environmental factor, human behavior, or a health-related issue. A dog experiencing anxiety is more likely to disobey commands and react aggressively to situations out of fear. Below are a few (sometimes subtle) body language signals to keep an eye out for: [click to continue…]

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Do Animals Like Music?

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“I don’t know what this is, but I think I like it!”

Do you happen to have a playlist that you made just for your dog? Have you ever wondered what kind of music your cat likes? Well, it actually may not be that weird, because there is mounting evidence to support that certain animals like certain types of music. In fact, there are several different sources that make music specifically tailored to pets’ ears! The most notable one being Music for Cats, an ongoing project that is (according to their site) “verified by science.” They have been working on this project for over six years, and was recently crowdfunded successfully to keep the study and the music going! Soon there will be an album just for feline ears to enjoy, and the same musicians aim to create music for as many other animals as they can. In the meantime, what kind of music can you play for your animals? Well, you can play your normal music that you enjoy, but your rabbit, bird, iguana, etc. may not even appreciate it. Heck, they may not even hear it. [click to continue…]

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Why You Should Foster a Homeless Pet

chihuahuasatshelterThanks to the internet, there is an increasing level of awareness being brought to the plight that homeless pets face every day in our society. Videos, articles, and social media posts flood the internet every second, that illustrate the continuing problems of shelter overcrowding, unethical euthanasia practices, and rampant abandonment of domesticated animals. While many rescue non-profits, humane societies, sanctuaries, and shelters are making extreme efforts to save animals’ lives, there are still many animals that fall through the cracks. Fostering is a very real way that the community can come together to save dogs, and it also has many other benefits! So, if you have room in your home, you should foster a homeless animal because: [click to continue…]

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6 Reasons Why Your Dog Won’t Stop Barking

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“I’m barking to let you know that a kid on a skateboard passed by! Just thought you should know!”

Every dog owner has probably had a dog once (or more) in their life that just will not stop barking at everything and anything. Someone rings the doorbell, and the dog barks for a half an hour – even long after the visitor has left. A passersby makes a little too much noise, and the barking ensues for much longer than expected. Sometimes even a family member – who the dog has lived with for years – can cause the dog to bark incessantly just by walking downstairs or across the room. This can be a very frustrating, annoying, and sometimes unbearable phenomenon, since it seems like even a pin drop can trigger your dog to bark endlessly. Well, your dog is probably continuing to bark so much because you are making these common mistakes that most dog owners make: [click to continue…]

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National Breakfast Week Recipes for Pets!

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“We’ve been waiting for this week all year!”

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” said someone long, long ago. So does that make National Breakfast Week the most important week of the year? Probably not, but it sure makes it a delicious one – for you, and your pets! Here are some pet-safe recipes for yummy and nutritious breakfasts for you and your favorite furry friend to share: [click to continue…]

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5 Tell-Tale Signs Your Pet is Spoiled

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“I’m not spoiled, my mama just loves me a lot!”

It’s pretty difficult not to spoil your pet rotten when you love them so much, but there is definitely a point at which you should stop yourself. Just like children, if your companion animal is treated too much like royalty, things can get quite out of control. If not dealt with early on, you will have a high-maintenance terror on your hands – and the older the animal gets, the more difficult it will be to break them of their behaviors! Here are 5 sure-fire ways to assess your animal and decide if maybe they need a bit more structure and a tad less spoiling:

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8 “People Foods” That Are Safe for Cats

cateatingbroccolinbeansCats are known for being finicky eaters, and sometimes they just refuse to eat their food. When their everyday food just doesn’t seem to be cutting it and you want to give your cat a bite of something special, the “people foods” listed below are safe options. Just know that even though these foods are safe for cats, all of these foods should only be given in moderation, even if they are healthy! Spice up your cat’s diet with these cat-safe foods below: [click to continue…]

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10 Foods You Can Enjoy With Your Dog

dogeatingcarrotOwners are often bombarded with information about “people foods” that are dangerous for dogs, and the list seems to keep getting longer and longer. While it’s certainly important to stay informed about what foods your dog should avoid, lots of food that we eat is perfectly safe for our animal companions! In fact, some people foods are actually nutritious for dogs and could benefit your dog if incorporated into their diet. Here are a few foods that you and your pup can munch on together: [click to continue…]

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