If you have never had the pleasure of owning a female dog that has puppies, you are in for some fun and some hard work. If you think the mama dog is going to go all of the work, you are absolutely wrong! She will more than likely do her part unless she has some unforeseen complications, but there will still be plenty of work left over for you to help her with.

The birthing process is an adventure all on its own. Some females dogs go through the entire thing without making a sound, but others can wail when the pups come out and if you love your mama dog it will break your heart to see her suffer. If you make it through this process without any complications or losing any pups you will have done good. There will be a mess to clean up from here on out. It is not so bad the first several weeks until the pups begin you urinate and other things on their own, then it will be a constant battle to keep their bedding clean.

Making sure all of the pups get nursed equally will also be something you will more than likely have to supervise if it is a large litter, especially if your mama dog is small and has more than four or five pups. They have to nurse every four hours or so and it happens all through the night. Your mama dog will eat two or three times more than normal and this means more trips outside! Don’t be surprised if you are outside at two or three in the morning! She will need to be fed a good brand of puppy chow to help her stay in good health while she nurses. It adds extra nutrients to her diet.

Keeping your puppies warm is also a big deal. You can not cover them up with a blanket because they move around too much and could suffocate if they can not get out. This means you will have to keep the room they are in very warm especially if it is during the winter. Some people recommend up to eighty degrees. If you need extra heat in the room, a quartz infrared heater might be the most helpful because they warm a room evenly and do not get hot to the touch on the outside.

However, no matter how much trouble you have to go through to help your mama dog and the pups along, by the time they reach about four weeks old, you will then begin to feel the joy! Their eyes and ears will be open and they begin to play and run around. It is so much fun to watch them. You might have a very difficult time letting them go when it comes time to find them new homes and do not be surprised if you want to keep every one of them!

Depending on whether your lost cat is an indoor cat, allowed outdoor access on occasion or is exclusively an outdoor cat, there are different search tips to consider. In any case, it is advisable to thoroughly search your home, yard and any outdoor structures such as sheds or barns before heading out to search the neighborhood.

If your cat is exclusively an indoor cat, you are far more likely to find that your cat isnt missing at all. First, thoroughly check all areas in your home, even the smallest and most unlikely places including bookshelves, boxes, closets, under beds, and other similar areas. If your indoor cat did happen to sneak outside, check the areas around your home. If they are not familiar with the outdoors, cats will typically be too afraid to wander far. Call you cats name and shake a can of their favorite treats to lure them to you.

Cats that are given periodic outdoor access will usually come home when its feeding time. If they dont show up by this time, begin searching your neighborhood by following the same procedures listed above (calling the cats name and shaking a can of their favorite food). There have been many cases when cats who are allowed periodic outdoor access are chased off by other animals or chase other animals themselves only to become lost in the end. If your cat is scared of people, dont get a big search party involved as this may cause them to go further into hiding. However, do tell your neighbors that your cat is missing. Give them a detailed description along with your contact info in case they see your cat wandering around their home.

Cats that live exclusively outdoors retain territories. They do not typically wander far from their designated territories. If you havent seen your outdoor cat for some time, something has happened to disrupt the typical behavior of your cat to return home. For any lost cat that has not been found by their typical feeding time, it is important to begin searching more aggressively. Call local animal shelters, vet clinics, and other animal organizations. Put out a lost cat alert on Internet pet finding websites. Online search services can reach the greatest number of people and animal organizations in the shortest amount of time. Check local shelters on a regular basis. Make sure that everyone involved in the search for your lost cat has a detailed description (include a photo if you have one) as well as your contact information.

The Persian cat is the most popular breed of cat. Nearly everyone recognizes the distinctive look of the Persian – the round face, squashed nose, big eyes, small ears, stocky legs and – of course – the lovely long hair.

If you’re thinking of adopting a Persian cat, you need to consider if it’s the right breed for you. This article goes through the potential pros and cons of owning this breed.

Pros:

Very placid and nice-natured
Adaptable to change – so will cope well with house moves, family additions, new pets etc.
Good with other pets including dogs
Good with children
Gentle and loving
Playful and confident but not too boisterous
Not too vocal – most have quiet, melodic voices
Usually happy to live as indoor cats

Cons:

Long hair needs combing on nearly a daily basis to prevent matting
Occasional bathing usually needed to keep the fur in its best condition
Eyes prone to excessive watering, so they need wiping usually on a daily basis. May also need cleaning regularly with a special fluid as dark staining can occur
May need to occasionally cut knots out of hair or even get areas on the body shaved if heavy matting occurs
May need occasional help with hygiene especially if they get diarrhea, as it can be difficult for them to clean their long fur thoroughly
Persians need human attention, so they aren’t suitable for anyone who can’t spend time with them every day
These cats don’t like being left alone for long periods of time. If you’re out during the day, it’s better if there’s another pet living with you too that will provide company when you’re not there

As long as you have the time and inclination, a lot of the cons listed here aren’t really negatives. Most Persian cat owners get great pleasure caring for and spending time with their pets. If you want a lovely natured cat that needs a bit more care than most other breeds, the Persian could be the best choice for you.

Cats can live longer than many people think… 18 to 20 years is common.

Here’s how to keep your cat purring into advanced old age.

Steps:

1. Take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical exam, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding preventive health-care measures. Preventing disease and maintaining optimum health are the first steps toward a long, healthy life.

2. Spay or neuter your cat as soon as possible. Having kittens, especially repeated litters, is stressful and will contribute to premature aging.

3. Keep your cat inside at all times to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries from fights or disease. (Some research suggests inside cats live twice as long as outdoor cats!)

4. Feed your cat high-quality food designed to meet the specific nutritional requirements during all stages of his life.

5. Prevent obesity at all costs by controlling your cat’s diet and engaging him in play activities.

6. Talk to your veterinarian about adding vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants and extra fiber to your cat’s diet.

7. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned professionally. Good dental health will add years to his life.

8. Groom your cat daily, checking for abnormalities, and seek medical help promptly when you discover anything suspicious

9. Make sure no harmful chemicals such as pesticides or household cleaners find their way onto your cat’s fur, since cats groom themselves with their tongues constantly. Even small amounts of harmful chemicals on their bodies can have adverse effects if consumed over many years.

10. Protect your cat from environmental dangers such as household cleaners and secondhand smoke.

11. Help your cat avoid the stress of harassment from other animals by providing a quiet place for undisturbed catnaps.

12. Provide your older cat with a heat source such as a heating pad set on low, since cats more than 12 years old require extra heat. You’ll notice a difference in his attitude and activity level.

13. Give your cat daily full-body massages and lots of love. Despite their aloof demeanor, cats thrive on affection.

14. Protect your cat from dangerous plants such as cactus and poinsettia.

Find a veterinarian with a special interest in aging who keeps abreast of advancements in this rapidly developing area of pet care.

Be sure to call your veterinarian before giving your cat any product not specifically approved for cats. Some products, such as acetaminophen, commonly consumed safely by people or dogs, are poisonous to cats.

Here’s a quick way to treat your cat…Instead of a heating pad, fold up your down comforter on the end of the bed. Your aging cat will sink into its own warm cocoon for all its naps.

Remeber cats are like people… when they feel loved and happy their health is affected. So be sure to give your cat as much attention as you can.

Ever face the trouble of having your cat stroll way too much? If that is the case, a cat house for your feline family pet might be the answer. And it’s simple to make too with the use of do it yourself cat house plans.

Cat dwellings will not only avert your cat from wandering too much, it also serves as a spot where your cat is protected and kept warm during those peaceful nights. By doing this, you don’t spend so much time hunting all around your area wondering where your pet has fallen asleep. Giving your cat a permanent abode is always a good thing.

However, there are several things you need to consider in building an abode for your cat. Some of these are:

LOCATION

You can choose to build an indoor or outdoor house for your cat. Both has its own set of advantages as well as disadvantages. But ultimately, your cat’s personality as well as your preference should determine your choice.

For example, a cat who likes to cozy up indoor is not likely to welcome a new place in the outdoors. The same thing is true with cats who virtually lives outdoor. Another primary concern should be safety. If you have to place the cat house indoor or outdoor, then make sure it is in a safe area.

INTERIOR

Interior design of the cat’s abode is also an crucial factor you need to think about. It need not be lavish and extravagant. It only has to be cozy and well ventilated enough for your animal.

To make sure of this, I strongly suggest that you build a house that’s a bit cozy. An abode that’s too roomy will not serve your pet well during cold months and a house that’s too small can be pretty uncomfortable for your pet. The house has to have just about enough space for your cat to move about.

DIY CAT HOUSE PLANS

If you are inclined toward building a house for your pet, then, build it yourself cat house blueprints should help you do the project properly and in no time at all. The plan should help you plan and prepare all the materials you will have to have. Additionally, you also avoid the headaches and frustrations that’s ordinarily related with constructing things by having a solid guidebook to follow.

In picking the appropriate cat house design, you should make certain it has guidelines that’s detailed and simple to apply. This is especially crucial if you happen to be a rookie builder. This way, you don’t need to undergo the time consuming procedure of making your own plans. Believe me, it’s really not well worth the struggle. It can be practically a experimentation process and you’ll be misusing lots of time and resources as you go along.

Allergies to cats are quite common.

The allergic reactions can be immediate, or they can begin to show up gradually over time. Often someone has owned a cat for some time, sometimes even years, before the allergic reactions begin to show.

Having to give the cat up at that point may be heartbreaking for everyone involved. Including the cat.

Most often the first recommendation from medical doctors is to relinquish the cat.

The past 15 years have seen a whole new “breed” of therapy methods based on the bodies energy system.

The methods are generally referred to as “Energy Therapy” “Meridian Therapy” or Energy psychology”.

The major distinction between these therapies and traditional aids or therapies, is that instead of attempting to clear the allergen out of the air using all sorts of filters, specialized vacuums, heap filters, limiting the exposure to the cat, medication etc, is that the energy therapies work on your own energy system so that it can be in harmony with the allergen.

Pretty much in the same way that Chinese medicine views illness as a disruption of the flow of vital life force in your system. Energy Therapies view an allergy as a substance your energy system is not in harmony with and is trying to repel.

It is the repelling of the allergen that causes the allergic reactions.

So, here is how you can view it. You feel OK, and then you are in contact with a cat, or breathe air containing the allergen. This causes your system to become disrupted. The flow of energy is now disrupted, causing a horde of symptoms, as in all your allergy symptoms. Sounds almost too simple, yes? The energy therapies, using either acupuncture needles, or simply your fingers, will, by using special acupuncture points balance the system in regards to the offending substance. To do that, you first need to cause a disruption by simply thinking about cats, and then while connecting certain points known for their affect on the brain, your system becomes in harmony with what used to be seen as an allergen.

Once your system is in harmony with the car dander, or other allergen, there are no more reactions. Once the intervention is completed, the effects are most often permanent, requiring no re treatment. The person who used to have a cat allergy can now interact with cats feeling perfectly OK.

Having to relinquish your cat because you have developed allergies is a painful decision no one should have to make.

Today, with modern cutting edge resources available, that decision may be one you never have to make.

If you think that you’ll never have to worry about dog attacks because you don’t own dogs or live near dog owners, you’re wrong. Many times, dog attacks occur in places you assume are completely safe, like a jogging path or your neighborhood park. There is little else as terrifying as seeing a dog or a pack of dogs charging your way. No matter where you are, you are at risk of encountering an unfriendly dog, and you must know what to do if it happens to you.

Dogs can be unpredictable. You never know what they’re thinking, or what they might do next. Even a familiar dog could turn on you. Dogs most often attack out of fear or when they are surprised or disturbed, although these are certainly not the only reasons. Many dogs also become too excited and worked up while playing; this can cause them to start nipping or biting by accident. An aggressive dog my be growling, snarling, or barking, although some dogs don’t show any signs of being provoked until they attack.

Always keep a safe distance between you and the dog, even if the dog is leashed. Do not approach an unfamiliar dog, especially if it is sleeping, barking, eating, or snarling. Never pet a dog without first asking the owner. If a strange dog wants to smell you, let him. Although many people think that a dog will only attack unfamiliar people, it is also possible for dogs to attack people it knows.

If you suddenly happen upon a dog, do not stare directly into its eyes, as the dog may perceive this action as a challenge. Instead, turn sideways and walk away. Never turn your back on an unfriendly dog. If the dog follows you, put a solitary object, such as a tree or bench, between you and the dog. Speak softly and calmly while slowly retreating. Do not try to outrun a dog; you won’t get very far. If you are attacked by a dog and end up on the ground, your best course of action is to curl up as tightly as possible while protecting your head, face, and neck.

In order to avoid this situation, there are some very effective products available. Many pepper sprays will work against dogs and other animals in addition to humans. There are also dog repellent sprays formulated specifically for use against aggressive dogs. Many joggers and delivery drivers carry a telescopic stun gun, which is also effective against both humans and animals. Another excellent option is a high frequency electronic whistle, which uses ultrasonic waves to keep dogs at bay. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, carrying a dog repellent product is a necessity. These effective self protection tools can be used from several feet away, making them a good option for those who would like to keep their distance from aggressive dogs.

Though therapy dog training is vital, many people are still unaware about such training methods that are used by a very few dog trainers in Wilmette, IL. If a dog is trained to provide care and affection to people in hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers, old age homes, hospices, retirement homes, sober living homes, etc., then it is called a therapy dog.

These dogs are also used to treat people with disabilities. Many people think that only a few dogs like Labrador retriever or Golden retriever or a Terrier can be used as therapy dogs, which is a wrong notion. Any breed of dog, of any size if trained by a good dog trainer who is specialized in such training can be used as a therapy dog. Whether a dog owner is going to use his puppy as therapy canine, still therapy training can be given to sober down an ill-mannered and misbehaved one. For proper therapy training, the owner of the canine should approach certified dog trainers who would be able to give proper training. A dog trainer if not aware of proper training methods or if an owner would like to give home-training for a dog to be a therapy dog, then the following tips can be followed.

“A dog trainer should be patient enough when he is handling a dog or a puppy. Too much of impatience with the pup may scare it and further training would become utterly difficult.

“A therapy dog needs to be AKC certified and should be at least a year old. He should have passed a graduation from a certified training institute.

“While training, it should be taught to handle sudden noise and sounds like electronic and metallic sounds, sounds of walkers and wheelchairs, etc.

“The trainers should also take care to train the dog specially in greeting people without bouncing or leaping, walking in crowded place very politely with its leash on, not touching spilled food if given a cue, etc.

“It should also be trained not to growl or snap if a socially challenged person pulls its ears.

“The trainer should be able to assess when the dog is ready. The dog should be temperamental and should not be aggressive. However, before certification as a therapy dog, it would undergo temperamental and obedience testing.

“The trainer should insist the owner to make the therapy dog become wary of strangers and not bark as and when he sees a stranger, as he would be meeting new people each day.

If you are a dog trainer in Wilmette and are interested in specializing in therapy dog training, then the above said tips and tricks would be really useful.

Pet supplements can treat a cat’s bladder problem quickly and effectively. In addition, it’s a good idea to learn about treatment options and how to prevent this problem from happening in the future.

A low pH level in the bladder can lead to urinary tract infections and even bladder stones, while a normal level will maintain healthy urine flow and bladder health. When the pH gets out of range, your cat may show symptoms such as:
Having a hard time controlling urination
Overly drinking lots of water
Not drinking water at all
Having a hard time peeing
Showing blood in urine
Peeing outside the litter box, especially if your cat has not done this before

When you see these symptoms, your best move is to immediately consult with a veterinarian. If a cat’s bladder problem is diagnosed, then your vet will prescribe antibiotics. It’s important for you to understand that these drugs are just one of several treatment options.

Although antibiotics can help manage the symptoms, they will not actually cure what caused the problem. Worse yet, taking antibiotics can lead to side effects which can cause more medical problems for your pet. While antibiotics can treat a cat’s bladder problem, they will not cure it. Instead, they help to manage the illness by reducing swelling and pain, so the body can heal itself. This means that giving your pet antibiotics can lead to recurring cat’s bladder problems.

Aside from this, antibiotics are strong drugs. Sure, humans take them, but in animals, they can cause troubling side effects.

Giving your cat an herbal remedy is an alternative to antibiotics. These supplements are strong enough to treat and heal the cause of a cat’s bladder problem without creating side effects. They are also gentle enough to use every day for prevention for pets that tend to have bladder issues or for aging pets. Since they are made from natural ingredients, you don’t have to worry about negative interactions with any other medications that your pet might need to take. Best of all, they are an affordable way to treat these issues.

Aside from giving your pet a quality remedy, you should also make some simple changes to help facilitate urinary health. Keep the litter box clean. Provide your pet with plenty of water. Make sure to sanitize food and water bowls so bacteria does not accumulate by putting them in the dishwasher, rather than just rinsing them out. Feed your cat quality food that is free of chemicals, preservatives and fillers and supplement its diet with a quality natural remedy.

Laura Ramirez is a dedicated researcher of natural remedies which heal urinary problems and keep pets vibrant and healthy.Get more information about natural remedies at www.pet-ut-health.com.

You finally have a pet now! It may either be your pet or a family pet; either way it is a big responsibility that you need to fulfill effectively. Pets are no longer considered as mere animals. People these days love to dress their dogs so that they look cute and cuddly. However, besides fashion, there are a number of practical reasons to invest in cute dog apparel.

Some dogs need extra shield and protection from natural elements. Though they have a natural fur to protect them from harsh surroundings, some dogs need additional protection and – as a pet owner – it’s your responsibility to protect your pet. Winter temperatures can prove to be extremely dangerous for your small dog; pet guardians must make sure that their dogs stay comfortable during this period of time.

For instance, smaller dogs (hairless) feel extremely uncomfortable in colder climates without extra protection like a sweater or a coat. You can buy some small dog tees and then provide extra protection with small dog coats and sweaters.

Don’t you wish that your cute little small dog looked adorable when you take it for a stroll in the evening? Yes, indeed! Display your small pup’s sense of style with cute and durable small dog collars. They are available in different colors like green, pink, etc. Consider buying some small dog accessories to make your pet look stylish among the lot. Small dog clothes, small dog collars, and small dog accessories help to ensure that your pet not only looks good but is also safe and warm.

Apart from this you can also invest in dog accessories like a Detroit Red Wings Dog Bowl and New York Yankees Dog Bowl which are stainless steel bowls with a non-skid rubber base so that your small dog can eat without the problem of the bowl moving from its place.

It is a certainly a good idea to understand your dog’a breed so that as a pet parent you can understand the signs of your dog’s behavior. This is where dog clothing companies can prove to be extremely useful and practical as these companies also provide information about dog breeds.

The best of the dog apparels and accessories stores are listed online. For more information on the same, access the Internet and look out for the best small dog clothes and accessories online.

About The Company

Scrappy’s Closet offers merchandise manufactured by different designers and sizes that vary from designer to designer. They try their best to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your purchase. They also provide size charts throughout the site that are the dimensions of the actual product, not of the pet they fit, to properly guide you in choosing the right size product.