Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Did you know that cats who have no way to express their innate behaviors such as scratching and hunting may act out in other ways such as litter box issues, aggression, marking, or other behavioral problems? To help combat these issues from materializing I suggest five of the following toys (my friend, Del, is enjoying one such toy above!) that will give your cats the opportunity to hunt and "kill" their prey:
1. Feather Wands — Feather wands can entice even the most discerning kitty because they resemble birds. My friend Simon loved how I inched it along slowly while twitching it into the air. Landing the wand on a treat for your him to discover made him pounce on it!Avoid hanging the feather right in front of your cat’s face, as real prey would rarely make such a bold (and unwise) move!
2. Treat-Dispensing Toys and No-Bowl Feeding Systems — Balls, mice and feeder toys designed to release a treat or two in response to your cat’s pouncing and batting are great because they reward your cat with something to eat — a natural result of targeting prey in the wild. Even a simple soda bottle filled with treats with a hole in the cap for your cat to "bat" out will give your cat hours of entertainment!
3. Catnip-Filled Mice — Mice toys give your cat a chance to catch, carry, and “kill” their prey. Some mice cat toys come filled with catnip for an extra treat, but you can also sprinkle in some of your own.
4. Puzzle Toys — Toys designed to make your cat chase and bat at a ball help to stimulate and engage his hunting instinct. Look for options that simulate what your cat would encounter in the wild like the Catit Senses Digger shown above with my friend, Del, that requires him to reach in the tubes to pull out “prey.”
5. Visual Stimulation — Give your cat the chance to view the birds or squirrels on video or the pet channel or consider investing in an aquarium that my friend, Fifi, is enjoying here!
If you try at least one of these toys I guarantee that your cat will be entertained and fulfilled in his or her desire to hunt and catch and will be much happier because of your efforts!
Monday, January 21, 2019
It has been debated that the following quote was fabricated by animal rights activist groups to promote their cause rather than come from the lips of the late Martin Luther King Jr but given his reputation as a champion for human equality I beg to differ.
As you go about your day remembering this brave man please keep this quote (and the one in the picture above)in mind:
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
If you are gearing up for a major snowstorm which is forecasted to start tonight you are out getting the essentials but are you ready for the way the snow is going to effect your dog?
I know my dog, Daisy, isn't a fan of deep snow and only wants to go out long enough to relieve herself and then head back indoors to safety and warmth but what if your dog wants to be out a little longer than 5 minutes?
Here are a few basic necessities of snowstorm gear for dogs:
- Water-resistant coat to protect from cold and wet
- Booties or paw protectors
- Dog goggles to protect sensitive eyes from sun glare off snow
In addition to preparing your dog to go outside, you can prepare the outside for your dog:
- Shovel steps and walkways, and use a pet-safe de-icer.
- Clear a patch of grass for your dog to potty in (you may need to keep clearing as the snow continues to fall!)
- If your pet is sensitive to snowfall, construct a temporary shelter over a section of the yard. Even a sheet of plywood leaning against the shed can offer enough space for your dog to do her business and keep a dry head.
Before the walk:
- Bundle up if necessary. You and your dog should be protected from the elements.
- Secure the leash! If you slip and fall, you don’t want to lose track of your dog. Consider using a hands-free jogger’s leash as back-up to your regular leash.
- Clip on a collar light for your dog, and headlamp for yourself, to stay visible while the snow falls
- Avoid frozen-over puddles and ponds. As much as possible, stick to cleared sidewalks, packed snow, or parks and fields where you know the terrain.
- If it’s actively snowing, periodically brush snow from your dog’s face and coat.
- Carry a rag to clear snow, salt, and sand from between your dog’s toes.
- Use a damp rag to wipe down your dog’s feet, legs, and tummy. This will remove hitchhiking snow and ice, as well salt and chemical de-icers popularly used during snowstorms.
- Dry off your dog completely.
- Cuddle up under a blanket fresh out of the dryer for extra post-walk warming!
Friday, January 18, 2019
I'd like to share a story about a chocolate lab named Zoey who lives a short distance from me in Eliot, Maine, who was shot in the mouth with a shotgun because I find it remarkable that she is recuperating despite the odds. On January 9th, Zoey was let out by her mother to go to the bathroom. Approximately 30 minutes later she returned bleeding profusely from her face.
Remarkably she made it home on her own with a bloody trail left behind in the snow. Her blood-splattered tracks with occasional wide-dark pools of blood where she collapsed is a reminder of her strength and determination to live.
Her prognosis is fairly good but she has a long road ahead. The hospital is working very hard to save her tongue that was almost destroyed by the shot as seen in the x-ray. She is on a feeding tube during this process and adjusting well. The process will be slow and arduous. The outpouring of love and support from near and far has been heart-warming. So many people have asked if they could make a donation. If you would like to help any donation will be greatly appreciated. The goal is to raise $10,000 and so far donations have totaled a little over $5,000 in just two days! To donate please visit this link: https://www.gofundme.com/zoey-strong?fbclid=IwAR2JV09AY5ru4-6v_9DQEDl9ix_Quz3PMMHvh8ZPCJYG-b4dLW_cmwD2IH4
Thursday, January 17, 2019
As soon as Daisy saw the sign in the kitchen at Woof Meow that read "Please help yourself to the cookies" she sniffed the
ladybugs, and pizza slices until she settled on
on two no-frills cookies with blue icing! I thought surely she would've snagged a pizza slice! She later found out that "helping yourself" meant that the store wasn't giving them out for free! Good 'ol mom had to pay $1.75 for each cookie (a bargain!) but that was okay with me because it was fun to watch Daisy enjoy herself on a lazy day!
Do you have a Woof Meow in your neighborhood? If so, do your dogs love their cookies? What other items are a favorite?