Check any list of the biggest stressors in life, and you’ll find moving. The bigger the move, the more stressful it is. International move? Off the charts. And if you think it’s tough on you, just imagine how your pets feel. You can’t expect them to simply take it all in stride. They may act out once you arrive. So let’s talk about how to avoid pet marking in your new home.If you’re planning an international move, at least you can understand what’s happening. You dog or cat sees that things are different, and they can feel your concerns. They’re concerned, too, because their daily routine may be disrupted. There are a number of things you can do to prepare dogs and cats for a lengthy move, including preparing them for an unfamiliar journey by airplane. But you want to think farther ahead, because you may see negative behaviors after the move.
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Oddly, despite many decades (if not hundreds of years) of veterinary medicine study, it has never been understood how cats are able to make a purring sound. The biology of a cat is not far removed from many other mammals. Yet, cats have the special ability to purr while other animals are completely unable to do this. Why do cats develop the ability to purr when others do not? Most likely, it is the natural evolutionary development of a trait necessary for survival. Specific evolutionary traits are common among all animals and with cats purring is among several behavioral traits that these pets have embodied.
For example, have you ever wondered why cats like to perch atop high places? This is a survival mechanism that has allowed cats to survive through thousands of years through evading predators. By being perched high, cats can easily scan movement in a very expansive perimeter. This way, they can spot encroaching predators (and potential prey) almost immediately. Such traits have become ingrained in cats over the years as a means of self-preservation. Purring is a similar derivative of such behavior.
Why do cats still do this when they reach adulthood?
When cats where first integrated into people's homes as pets, they were not completely sure what to make of their human owners. Cats are not pack animals and prefer to be solitary. However, they do certainly appreciate the human that opts to care for and feed them. Now, cats have a very strong memory and can recall their time as a kitten. As a result, they will look at a human being as a surrogate mother. As such, when the cat's owner allows the cat to sit on his/her lap or pets the cat, the cat will start to purr. This is a sign of happiness, safety, and contentment in the presence of an owner. Once again, the cat is conveying the message that it is ok. Any why should it not be? It is in the presence of a loving owner that cares for the cat's every need!
When a cat is born it is both mute and blind. This makes its ability to communicate with its mother difficult. So, when the kitten is distressed, it will not be able to let the mother know it is sick or ill. Conversely, the kitten cannot tell its mother that it is doing well through meowing or through its behavior. As a result, cats developed the ability to purr. By purring, the kittens convey to its mother that it is fine and doing well.
So, when you hear your cat purr, you can rest assured that your cat is happy, safe, and displaying affection towards you. Consider it a cat's version of a term of endearment.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Long distance moving brings with it many stressful issues - the packing, the organizing, and the goodbyes. And if there are pets involved, it may be a sophisticated add-on to the difficulty of relocating, but in the end when you have your pet with you safe and sound, you will know that the trouble was worth it. After all, your pet is also a member of the family and it is never an option to leave it behind.
Most four-legged pets love to travel, but in case of a long distance move, it is ideal that you prepare and plan ahead. Here are a few tips to be considered while taking your pets on a long distance move.
With all these tips considered your relocating procedure with your pets is guaranteed to be least stressful.
This is caused by a mite that tunnels into the skin and causes an allergic reaction. This causes intense itching. The dog spends most of its time mutilating itself. There is no respite to the itch until the mite is killed and the allergic reaction to the mite settles down.
Usually, the dog is chewing its legs and scratching its abdomen and ears. Small scabs are usually present on the skin. This mange is extremely contagious and will have been contacted from an infected dog or fox. Dead foxes on the road can be a source of infection also.
Hair loss is a feature and an intense itch is associated with this mange. All dogs can get this at any age. Vets diagnose this with a skin scraping to look for the mite.
Treating scabies can be achieved by buying a spot-on product called Revolution (selamectin) and applying it fortnightly to the skin on the back of your dog's neck. The itch itself will still need to be addressed.
There is also another type of mange called Demodex but it is unusual for this to cause a severe itch. Bald patches in a young dog without an itch is a feature of this Demodex type of mange. Demodex occasionally causes an itch when a more intense allergic reaction develops. This is called "red mange". It seems that dogs that have Demodex mange have an immune system that isn't able to keep these mites under control. Demodex mange is also seen in older animals with immunosuppression from cancer or hyperadrenocorticism.
Owning a pet these days can be more expensive than you think. Outside of the price of vet bills there are also other considerations out there that you should consider. Have you ever thought about how much pet food costs? If not, you should. Depending on the size of your pet and how much they eat you could end up spending hundreds of dollars a month on food for your animal. The good news is that there are ways out there to save when in the market for pet food. By being a smart shopper you will be able to see significant savings add up over time.
Check the website of the manufacturer. Often times you will be able to purchase pet food direct from the maker. In these instances you may be able to get it for a slightly cheaper price. Since you will be buying direct there won't be a markup from the grocery store. The thing to remember when buying pet food online is that there can be a shipping fee associated with buying the food. If the pet food costs an arm and leg to ship it will not be worth it.
Scour your local circular for pet food coupons. These circulars will be delivered to your mail box every so often and contain valuable savings tips and coupons. If you see a coupon for a pet food that your animal likes make sure to clip it out and save it. Be mindful of the expiration date on the coupon as you may have to use it within a certain period of time. In most cases a coupon will only be valid once per customer. If you can get your hands on a few coupons you can make multiple trips to the store during the period when the coupon is valid in order to realize your savings.
Friday, July 16, 2021
When you are on a budget but want to dress up your favorite dog, the best thing to do is learn how to make your own pet clothes. There are actually many ways to make clothes for your dog and these are easy to learn and do.
Are you on a tight budget and want to learn how to make clothes for your favorite pet? Well, if you are, then you should take note of the following steps which will be mentioned. These steps are easy to follow and won't cost you anything, so your budget is really safe.
So what are these steps you should follow to make your own pet clothes? The first step that you should do is to collect the necessary materials. Since you are on a budget, it is wise to use materials that can be found inside your home. You can use an old sweater for this and then get some pins, needles, thread, buttons, and ribbons.
When you have collected all the materials, measure the dog's body. You can measure the neck and then the length of your pet's body from the base of the neck towards the part where you want the piece of clothing to end. Also measure the width of the dog's body. Just do some simple measurements that you can remember easily.
Next, cut how long your old jacket is and then measure how long you need to cut it. You can use the jacket's cuffs as an entry point to the head and then cut 4 holes for the dog's feet to slide through.
Once you have done all the cuts in your soon-to-be pet clothes, the next step you need to do is to sew the edges where you made the cuts. After doing this, try to fit a piece of clothing for your dog and when appropriate, start putting on the decorations. You can use the buttons for this and create your own design.
Next, test your work and praise yourself for making a very simple type of pet clothing for your dog.