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How to Introduce a Baby to Your Cat

My husband and I are so happy for our friends who just brought home their new baby! She’s beautiful and they’re crazy about her, as you can imagine. Their cat, Mr. Tiggs, is having a hard time finding the joy in their new bundle

Bringing home a newborn is stressful on everyone, especially our pets who didn’t exactly sign up for it. Cats particularly can have a hard time if sudden change is a stress trigger for them. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your cat, even if you’ve already brought home your little one.

Before bringing home baby

If your due date hasn’t arrived (and neither has baby) then you still have time to prepare your cat. You’ll first need to decide how the cat’s current day-to-day will be affected by the newborn newcomer.

If there are going to be off-limits rooms once the baby comes, you’ll need to start training your cat to be extra happy in places they can be. A cat tower, scratching posts, catnip toys, and other things your cat enjoys should be added to those rooms. Praise and rewards should be given when the cat is hanging out in them. Honestly, deterring a cat from a room or place in your house seems almost impossible without the cat turning on you or adding to their stress.

Noise is to be expected when bringing home a baby, so prepare your cat accordingly by recordings of baby sounds (not just crying). Be sure the volume isn’t so high that you give your kitty anxiety before the baby even arrives. During the recordings praise and reward your cat for staying calm. Noise will likely be one of the worst stressors, so this step is very important.

If your cat is particularly nosey, consider swaddling a doll (it’ll be good practice) to carry around and fuss with. After a while, your cat may decide to come check it out and get bored or just ignore you altogether. Either way, it will be nice to not have a cat climbing the curtains to see what you’re carrying.

If baby is already home

If your baby has already come home and your cat is reacting poorly there are some things you can do to help them come around to the situation.

First, you’ll want to keep all interactions between your baby and cat supervised. This will help in avoiding aggressive situations and keep the cat from cuddling a baby who can’t move her own head or roll over. This is also important for rewarding calm behavior around the baby.

Rewarding calm behavior around the baby is crucial. Give your cat opportunities for calm behavior by providing calming distractions, like a perch in a window or a tall cat tree. You should also stock up on treats your cat finds irresistible. Trout LOVES Greenies! Another calming reward your cat might enjoy is a good brushing. Many cats find this soothing and it’s a big part of how cats show affection within their social circles. You should also have super fun toys, shiny, crinkly, and jingly for your cat to enjoy when the baby is around. The other side of the praise and reward coin is to make sure those treats, toys, and catnip are entirely unavailable when the baby isn’t around. This is an important aspect of incentivizing calm behavior.

If your cat is still having a hard time consider a Feliway diffuser. They look like air freshener plugins, but they emit calming pheromones. They are relatively inexpensive and can help make any situation less stressful. As with any anxiety, talk to your vet to be sure that your course of action is the best one for your cat.


5 Important Considerations To Check Before Purchasing Cat Food

Every cat owner wants that their kitty lives a healthy life free from any problems. But for this you need to ensure that she gets proper diet. You can ensure that by getting the right cat food. But what is the right cat food? With so many options available in the market it is important that you select the best one after taking a look at these important considerations:

Consider Getting Both Wet And Dry Food For Your Kitty

It is often suggested to get wet food for felines because they drink, while eating rather than drinking water separately. Ensure that there is approximately 70% moisture content in the product that you procure. Most of the canned food products for felines have more than 75% to 78% moisture content, but please scrutinize the details to be on the safer side. If you get serve 3/4th of canned food to your cat out of the complete diet it would be great for her. By serving her this food you can reduce the chances of urinary tract infections and diabetes. The remaining part needs to consist of dry food which is great for the teeth of the cat. Also ensure that your kitty has access to water at all times.

Check The Terms Mentioned On The Food Label

It is important that not all products are labeled as food. Remember, the ones that contain “formula” or “dinner” have lower concentration of the main ingredient. Even if the label says that the product comes with a specific ingredient the ingredient is usually in smaller amount irrespective of the bigger print.

The Nutritional Needs Of Your Kitty Needs To Be Met

Remember, proteins should be approximately 40% of the cat diet while fats in the food should be 1/3rd of it. This is the exact reason for which you need to verify that the cat food that you are selecting contains a high concentration of protein and sufficient amount of fat. But the level of carbohydrates in the food should be less than 50% and the main source of carbohydrates should come from rice and vegetables instead of corn meal. It is also important that the food contains the requisite amount of vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, taurine and fiber.

The Cat Food Should Have A Good Source Of Protein

Chicken, fish and beef are considered to be good sources of protein, hence look for any one of these protein sources in the cat food. Also scrutinize the amount of meal contained in the diet. Many times manufacturers use proprietary amounts hence, it is better to check whether the protein source is the main ingredient in the cat food.

Buy Only Those Food That Contains Food Preservatives

Cat food contains vitamin C and vitamin E which are good for the overall health of felines. It is always better to for natural ingredients rather than going for artificial preservatives.


Do Cats Get Bored?

When I first adopted Priscilla, she was 12 weeks old. She was very small and sweet. She fit into my handbag and that was what I took her home in. With just her head sticking out so she could breathe, I thought she was this little bundle of joy. And for the most part, she was.

Prissy, as I call her, was not properly weaned from her mother’s milk so when I took her home, she didn’t know how to eat or drink. I gave her some kitten milk through a straw. I also had to feed her by placing food in my hand, putting Prissy on my lap, and giving her one piece at a time.

Within a couple of hours, she was eating on her own. She could also drink by herself.

She was the usual playful kitten but because she was so young and small, she tired easily. One day while playing with my finger, she fell asleep right in the middle of playtime. She slept on my chest for the next few hours.

My older cat, Pooka, taught her how to clean herself and use the litter box. Pooka treated Prissy as though she was her own kitten from the start.

While cooking dinner one night, I had to leave it alone on the stove for a few minutes. When I returned, Prissy was on the stove, straddled over the pan of food, licking it up as it cooked.

I pulled her off of the stove as soon as I found her while telling her not to do that again. Of course, as a very independent kitten, she had to learn for herself. And that came about when she put her paws into a hot oven. She quickly jumped down and never again went near the range.

I began to notice something Priscilla did regularly. She liked to go on indoor runs but was never happy to stop when she reached a wall. No, it was then that she would climb the walls, nearly to the top before having to get back down.

Even though I had scratching posts at different places around the house, she found scratching at furniture to be her favourite past time. Try as I might, I could not stop her from using the furniture to sharpen her claws.

By this time, Pooka was already 8 years old and quite well-behaved. Oh, she went through her “terrible twos” also. When I first adopted Pooka, I took her to a friend’s home. At 6 months old, she put my friend’s cats in their place then proceeded to climb the river rock above the fireplace.

Pooka also enjoyed climbing screens as a kitten. I lived in Florida at the time and lived on the fifth floor in a condo. Another of her habits for her first year was to suck on my ear. She sucked it raw. That stopped almost immediately after she was 1-year-old.

Fast forward a couple of years and Prissy was still very kitten like in her behaviour. She would scratch the furniture while I was watching. I would tell her no and she would look back at me as if to say “what”.

She would get into all kinds of trouble. She dug up carpets trying to get into rooms which were closed off to her. The hallway was a mess when we left that apartment.

I often thought that Prissy would never calm down.

In November 2015, we moved to Spain. Pooka and Prissy both had the run of our outdoors. This is a small community with very little motor vehicle traffic. They are quite safe to go out here. They have a pet door and can come and go as they please.

Prissy again took to the outdoors. This time, however, because she can now leave whenever she wishes, she no longer claws at furniture or walls. She doesn’t climb the walls since she has plenty of room to run. I rarely have to tell her ‘no’ anymore. She is a changed cat.


Raising Your First Kitten

Bringing your first kitten home is exciting and you are about to open up a whole new world with your new precious pet. I’ll never forget the day I brought my first kitten home.

As a child I never grew up around cats really as my dad was super allergic and even a small amount of hair would swell his eyes and throat shut. So I never considered owning a cat myself.

One beautiful day in May, I was doing some shopping and saw a sign about a local pet store near by that was closing and of course they were having a blow-out sale to try to sell everything before closing their doors. Little did I know that after walking through that door I would fall in love with one of the most beautiful creatures that I could and would welcome into my home. A Bengal! It was love at first sight! He was striped so beautifully and that precious face melted my heart. After at first hearing the cost I was taken aback and had to really think about it. After a few minutes browsing through the store after telling the store owner I needed to think about it, he (the store owner) approached me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

So I bought everything I needed from the store. Litter box, a few cat toys, some dishes for his food and of course that precious bundle of fur in a box ready to go home. Tigger (as he was so named because of his stripes) was so scared!! I felt so bad and just wanted to comfort and cuddle him! But he wasn’t going to have that. I am almost positive he was traumatized in some way.

Bringing him straight in the door and then introducing him to the house was a new struggle on it’s own!! Nothing like bringing a puppy home which was the only thing I was really familiar with (besides cows and horses).

Tigger was skiddish and very cautious about his new surroundings as he had to get accustomed to the smell of a German shepherd who was one year old and very rambunctious. As he ran downstairs to the basement (where I strategically placed his litter box and installed a cat door) he found his safety in the corner behind the washing machine. I also added a small blanket that my dog slept with so he would get used to the smell of her.

He did not want to come out of the basement for almost a month! Even trying to coax with treats and toys I couldn’t get very close. It took time and patience and I made sure to respect his space. Finally one day he crept upstairs and came out to me in the living room. Gave me a little purr and curled up on my lap. I was amazed! He had finally warmed up to me and trusted me after all that time.

A year later I was offered another kitten who I of course welcomed with open arms and the process was so much easier with him! I now have two very happy cats that absolutely love their momma. Even though it took time to learn and understand them I would never go back and change a thing. My advice though is if you are a first time kitten owner take the time to make sure that your kitten you want to bring home isn’t so scared of you and if you do have one just take time with her or him and show them love and respect so they learn to trust you.


So Many Pets, How Do I Choose?

Almost from the beginning of mankind people have had the urge to have animals for companionship. There is just something about pets that brings a sense of joy and even stability into our daily lives. Almost everyone has had a pet at some point in their lives. While most people have conventional pets such as dogs, cats, birds and fish other people enjoy more unconventional pets, such as flying squirrels, hedge hogs and even tarantulas. With so many different pets available for adoption many people wonder how to go about choosing the right pet for them. Here are some tips that may help you choose the best pet for you and your lifestyle.

How Much Time Do You Have To Devote To A Pet?

The first thing you need to decide is how much time you have available to devote to a pet. Some pets require a lot of time and human interaction while other pets such as fish, really need no human interaction at all. The amount of time you have and are willing to devote to a pet makes a huge difference in the type of pet you decide to adopt.

When Do I Have Time To Devote To A Pet?

Some pets are strictly nocturnal. Meaning that in order to get the full benefit of their companionship you have to be up and active all through the night. Nocturnal pets are great for people who usually work an afternoon job and then are used to staying up into the wee hours of the morning. If you a person who works a morning job, gets home at 5 and is in bed by 11 then a nocturnal pet is not the best bet for you. Choosing an animal that is more active during the day will make you a better companion.

Where You Live Will Make A Difference

Where you live will also make a difference in the kind of pet that will be right for you. If you live in a small apartment, even one that allows pets, then you aren’t going to want an animal that takes up too much space or needs a large yard to play in several times a day.people that live in apartments often find that animals who make their home in cage such as a bird, a guinea pig or a hamster is a better pet than the more traditional dog or cat. While both dogs and cats can do well in apartments, you will need to take extra precautions and especially when it comes to dogs, you need to know more about it’s size and exercise requirements.

Do Some Research

The best way to determine which pet is right for you is to spend some time learning about the types of pets you are interested in. Know what they eat, what their grooming requirements are and how much of your time they need to be healthy and happy. Choosing a pet that fits into your lifestyle will make you and your pet both happier.


Top Five Benefits of Holistic Food for Pets

Pet owners always look for their pet’s well-being. And, animal food plays a crucial role in keeping them healthy and fit. Just giving a spare bone to a pet dog in the kennel are the past days. Presently, pet parents take utmost care for what they are feeding their furry companions.

An average household sheds nearly $183 every year on pet food alone, which is more than the amount spend on cakes, candies and sweets. Moreover, people are switching to holistic pet foods for their loved companions. However, there are many people who are not aware of the benefits of the organic food.

Find here the latest benefits found by using holistic food for animals.

No animal by-products

There are numerous pet food products available in the market, which contain animal by-products or fillers that are dangerous for pets. It is almost very important when buying a dog or cat food to check its ingredients. Take time to research properly and look for brands that offer natural products. Not all brands contain top-notch ingredients, so it’s necessary to look for the ones that sell pet recipes without by-products, added colours, artificial flavours or preservatives. Holistic food contains high quality foods like fish, chicken and meat without any added animal by-products. In case of confusion to find the best product for your pet, it is always good to consult a vet.

Healthy Pets

Balanced diet with the proper nutrients plays an important role in keeping companion animals healthy. There is no good amount of research available on pet diets, but lots of evidence shows that natural pet foods can enhance furry animals’ overall well-being. Not restricted to just external health such as improving skin and coat, but internally also, the diet increases strength, empowers immune system and maintains optimal digestion along with supporting other body systems. The way healthy food improves human health, similarly, a proper nutritious food helps pets to stay healthier and add up to their years.

Lesser Allergies

Pets usually face allergies due to certain food products. Many times certain ingredients like artificial flavours, colours or preservatives pose a danger to your pet as they can be the allergens causing allergies to pets. Natural pet food products do not contain these things and are safe. It will not trigger allergy and put an end to food allergies once in pets.

Longer Life

Organic food adds up to pet’s years as they are enriched with all good things. Feeding them with rich natural food improves overall health and extends life expectancy. It enhances the quality of life and keeps them happy. Choose quality food with natural ingredients from reliable online stores, which help your furry friends active and healthier for years.

Low Quantity Needed

Natural food products may seem more expensive compared to other products. In fact, in the long run they cost less. Though, they come in small quantity, they have high levels of nutrients that help to keep companion animal health at an optimal level. Helping them stay fit, you pay less for their sickness due to low quality food products.

Well, holistic pet food is widely preferred worldwide by many pet owners because of its huge benefits. But, the crucial thing is before buying it is always necessary to check ingredients and the brand. This helps to shop the right food product for the furry beings.


Great Pets for Older Children

Thinking about saying yes to getting your tween or teen a pet? Older children can care for all kinds of pets with unique features and needs. Whichever pet they set their heart on, there are many important questions to consider before choosing one. Do you want:

  • A pet for companionship or practical reasons?
  • Indoor or outdoor pet?
  • To cuddle it?
  • A pet that stays in its habitat or roams around?

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you own or rent? How big is your yard, and is it fenced? Does your child travel overnight much? Does anyone living in the home have fears about or allergies to any animal? How much can you afford to spend monthly on pet supplies and pet care? Here are tips about seven pets you may want to consider.

1-2. Dogs, Cats

Animal shelters have plenty for adoption. Both make great companions but there are risks of injury from dog bites and cat scratches. Both need periodic immunizations, regular worming and ongoing flea prevention. Cats get exercise walking around the house, but dogs need to walk, run and play every day. There will be poop to scoop daily for either, but cuddling and companionship are worth it.

3. Parrots

Parrots are lively, playful, colorful and costly. They bite hard. They mimic easily, can quickly learn to talk, and are noisy. Parrots need lots of space and like coming out of their cages, but will peck and ruin wood furnishings. They eat seeds, fresh produce and nuts, often discarding shells outside the cage.

4-5. Horses, Pygmy Goats

These outdoor animals need plenty of room and shelter from the elements. Some animal shelters may have horses for adoption under $2,000. A horse requires a lot of care every day without exception. If you do not have space for a horse, you can board them at nearby stables or small farms. Pygmy goats are miniature creatures content to graze grass and drink water. You can pet and thank them for keeping the orchard mowed.

6. Seahorses

These fantastic aquatic creatures are fragile, but once you get their marine ecosystem set up, they are about as easy to care for as other fish. Seahorses eat about six to eight frozen Mysis shrimp per day and grow to five to eight inches tall. They need easy-to-grasp hitching structures like kelp or faux coral. Instead of getting seahorses caught in the wild, getting captive-bred seahorses does not contribute to their depletion.

7. Chinchillas

Chinchillas can live 20 years. They eat pellets from the pet store, drink fresh water and need a solid-bottomed, wire cage. These soft, furry, fragile creatures can be gently cuddled, but are probably best for children over ten years old.


Help Your Pet to Get a Comfortable Sleep With Pet Beds

Pets have always remained one of the dearest family members. An owner would ensure that his furry friend is not only comfortable, but happy at the same time. A proper sleep, rest plays an important factor for an animal. So, to make this possible, one has to purchase a pet bed. This type of bed is specially designed for a pet that allow him to lead a cosy life. There are varieties of beds which offer different purposes for the animals. It is available in different sizes according to the size of your furry friend. A person can also order it comprising some brilliant colours and designs which will not only attract pets, but will also ornament the room in an amazing way. There are certain important factors which a person should consider while buying a bed for their friend. One of them is the way your cat, dog or any other animal sleeps.

If your goal is to minimise or reduce your pet’s health problem, then in that case you should certainly go with a comfy bed. If he is suffering from any physical limitations like arthritis, then a memory foam pet bed would be a perfect choice. It will surely reduce his problem and help him to get a comfortable sleep.

Washing your friend’s bed would be a tough task. So, it is necessary to get a pet bed cover which will cover the bed in a beautiful way. It will keep any debris away from it and will also act as the perfect decorative element for the room. If you think it is heavy and costly, then don’t worry, this bed is soft, lightweight and can be carried anywhere while travelling.

You can also get different types of pet beds combining some different colours and designs that will look neat in the room. It goes with the overall d├ęcor of the home. Before buying, consider an important aspect that should be noticed while buying a bed. First is the size of the bed. Second is the amount of space available in the room. Third is the weight. Fourth is the number of animals you have. Fifth is the colour and design of the bed. Get a simple bed that will surely help your lovely friend to lead a relaxed life.


Freshwater Crayfish Care

I grew up playing with crayfish. I found them in the backyard burrowed into the ground. Today though I’ve taken it a step further. I have a pet crayfish at home. He’s a blue crayfish and pretty awesome.

If you are getting started with a crayfish, the most important thing for you to know is knowing a little about freshwater crayfish care.

Before You do Anything!

If you are like I was when I first saw a blue crayfish, I wanted to buy my tank, run home, throw some water in and put that crayfish in. Wrong. It doesn’t work that way.

You have to take about a week to “cycle” your water or you will kill your crayfish. – And that would only make your kids cry.

It works like this. You add water to your tank and put in water conditioner that eliminates the chlorine. Next you add bacteria and something organic like a shrimp or fish food.

You keep adding fish food (just a pinch) and bacteria (you can buy it) every day for about seven days. Then add about two fish, if they live, then you can add your crayfish. I know, it may sound cruel, but you are going to find out one way or the other if your tank is ready.

Having the water in your tank cycled is essential for freshwater crayfish care.

A Lil’ Hiding Place

As you are setting up your tank, you want to make sure you put some sort of “ornament” into your tank. This can be a rock or some type of lil sculpture you buy at the pet store. I have an Easter Island figure in mine.

Crayfish like to hideout. So give them a place to hide out.

More on the Water

Depending on the number of fish you have will depend on how often you change your water. If you have roughly two or so fish along with your crayfish, you will want to change about 25% of the water every four weeks. If you have any more fish, make it two weeks. And remember to always condition the new water when adding it to the tank… You don’t want the kids to cry do you?

Also, as far as water temperature goes, keep it at around 73 to 75 degrees. That’s just right!

Feeding Crayfish

Well yeah, you have to crayfish. You will want to feed your crayfish every day. Buy some sinking wafers online or at the local pet store and just drop one in every day. Crayfish will also eat flake food, freeze dried fish, bloodworms and well, your other fish (dead ones too.) So be sure to keep that it mind. You could very well come home one day and find one of your favorite fish gone.