One undeniable truth is that we all get a bit older each day. The same is true of our pets. Sadly, their life expectancy isn't nearly as long as ours and we lose them to the inevitable. Cats seemingly never age - they always appear athletic, always seem able to leap onto the counter - but don't let appearances fool you. Cats do indeed get older, and as they enter their senior years they suffer various declines including: Arthritis: Senior cats, like humans frequently suffer from the pain and ... Continue Reading
Cats experience growing older too. Here are some common ailments and ways to help your senior feline friends.
Looking at the difference between a pet owner and a pet hoarder.
You know you've seen them ... shirts, mugs, bumper stickers ... all with a cute picture and the term Crazy Cat Lady (or Crazy Dog Lady). Cute indeed, and many of us are indeed “crazy” about our pets. We may even have more than one, or more that one type. The big question is this – what is the exact number of pets that switches you from an avid pet lover into the dark realm of pet hoarder? And is there a difference? Pet Owner vs Animal Hoarder There is indeed a difference. Pet ... Continue Reading
Let’s take a peek into the realities and alternatives behind declawing.
Many people get a kitten and while having it spayed/neutered, decide to declaw to avoid problems such things as shredding furniture and curtains. The kitten undergoes a surgery, and problem solved. Or is it? Let's take a peek into the truth behind declawing. Realities of Declawing Declawing your cat is a major surgery and is extremely painful. Declawing isn't just removing the nail - it is an amputation of the tips of the cat's foot. The procedure is like having each of your fingers ... Continue Reading
There are many homeless pets in this country. Even if you can’t afford to own one,here are some ways you can help.
So you love animals, want to help a homeless pet, but you can't provide a home by adopting one right now. How else can you help? There are actually many ways and not all involve money. Donate Your Time Shelters need help - lots of help.Volunteer to walk dogs for your local shelter. The dogs reap the benefit of getting out of the kennel, enjoying a walk and seeing new sights, as well as getting some exercise of both mind and body. You benefit too, with exercise, sunshine, and gaining the ... Continue Reading
Cats and dogs can live in harmony in your home, with these three key steps at the initial introduction.
As a parent, if your children love animals, it’s probably only a matter of time before you're faced with the decision of having more than one type of pet in the house. One child will want a kitten, one will want a puppy, and one will want a bird. What to do? Having cats and dogs living in the same house is easier to achieve than most people are led to believe. The key to harmony in the home (as far as pets are concerned) is to be in control of the household, and avoid unwanted behavior. ... Continue Reading
Learn about the great rewards of fostering a pet. Considerations to take when thinking of giving a pet as a gift. Enrich your life while saving another.
The holidays are coming! Lots of moms (and dads) buy their children a puppy or kitten for the holidays. As an animal rescuer,I would ask you to rethink that choice. Sure, pets are cut, cuddly, and fun. But, who is going to care for them? Who will housebreak them? Who will clean up their messes? Who will socialize and train them? Your child/ren? Doubtful. We often see these same pets back in shelters shortly after holidays like Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Pets are not property and ... Continue Reading