Archive for October, 2010
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Halloween is only a few days away! Are you ready? You might be looking forward to the spooky holiday, but animal experts are not so sure the same is true for your pets. This time of year can be particularly stressful for cats and dogs. Here’s what to do to keep your canine companions and feline friends from having a fright night!
No Goodies from the Goodie Bowl!
Halloween candy tastes good — but it can be dangerous for your pets. Some common candy ingredients, including chocolate, raisins, and some kind of nuts, are very bad for dogs and can cause significant health issues. Don’t feed your pets any candy — and don’t let the kids share any of their trick or treat haul either. Candy can be a hazard even after it’s been eaten: keep an eye open for candy wrappers and sticks that can present a choking hazard.
Create a Low-Stress Zone
Change is a primary source of stress for pets. During the holidays, we introduce a lot of change into their environment: we change the hours we keep, use decorations to change the appearance of our homes, introduce strange smells and sounds, and break out festive costumes for them to wear.
Reduce stress and anxiety by creating a low-stress zone within your home where everything remains as normal as possible. Having an area where everything is familiar and comfortable gives your cat or dog a safe zone they can retreat to when the change in other places becomes overwhelming.
Marshfield Pet Sitting Options
Finally, if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time on Halloween, consider hiring a pet sitter for your dog or cat. This is particularly relevant for skittish or high strung dogs who experience high levels of anxiety and excitement when someone comes to the door. Halloween night can mean lots of knocking, door bell ringing, and noisy children. If you’re not there to provide a calming, reassuring presence, having a pet sitter availabke for the night might be a good idea.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
The world’s longest cat has been discovered in Reno, Nevada! Stewie is 48 1/2″ of Maine Coon Cat, owned by Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness. He’s five years old and has a very docile, easy going temper. This is typical of Maine Coon Cats, which are known as the gentle giants of the cat world.
To put this in perspective, so you can get some kind of idea of how big Stewie really is, here are some other things that are also roughly 48 1/2 inches long:
An average eight year old boy
A sheet of plywood, lying on the long edge
Two dozen pizza boxes stacked up
That’s one long cat!
Hull Cat Sitting Services
Whether you have a giant Maine Coon Cat like Stewie, a svelte Siamese, or a handful of regular old tabby cat kitten, there are going to be times when you need to leave your cat. Traveling for work or vacation means leaving your feline companion behind.
Contrary to popular belief, a cat will not be ‘just fine’ left on their own with a dish of food and water to tide them over until your return. Such treatment can trigger fears of being abandoned. Even though it seems like cats understand every word you say, they don’t really ‘get’ “I’ll be back next Tuesday, Princess!” They simply know you’re not there, night after night after night. This creates anxiety and stress, which often explains destructive behavior.
Cat sitting gives your cat a sense of safety and security. They may not understand why they’re in an unfamiliar setting, but they know that they’re being fed and watered daily, petted, groomed, and talked to. They’re not abandoned, they’re not alone — and the anxiety and stress levels suddenly become much more manageable.
If your cat is on a medication regime, cat boarding or pet sitting service is the only responsible option. Many pet medications can not be abruptly stopped without endangering your cat’s health. It’s essential that your beloved cat is treated well in your absence. In Hull, that means cat boarding or pet sitting while you travel!
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Are you a Suzy Sunshine or a Gloomy Gus? Every person has their own outlook on life. Some people are naturally optimistic, always looking at life through rose-colored glasses. Other people are pessimistic: they could win a million dollar prize and be worried about the changes that will make in their income taxes!
We accept this about people. Did you know it is also true of our dogs? Researchers at the University of Bristol examined two dozen dogs in an effort to discern if they were optimists or pessimists. The test was conducted by placing bowls — some with food, some without — at random locations in the test area. The dogs who approached all the dishes enthusiastically, as if they were anticipating food to be in them, were judged to be optimistic. The dogs who showed enthusiasm for locations that previously delivered food and not so much enthusiasm for locations that had previously been empty were judged to be pessimistic.
Now, George Will said the nice thing about being a pessimist is that you’re either constantly being proven right or being pleasantly surprised — but George Will isn’t a dog. Dogs who are pessimists, according to this research, manifest more of the symptoms of separation anxiety. They cry, whimper, scratch at doors and cupboards, and experience general distress when left alone.
For dog owners in Cohasset, taking advantage of dog walking services can alleviate some of the separation anxiety and help even the most pessimistic dog cope. The attention, exercise, and socialization available with Cohasset dog walking breaks up your dog’s day and provides a compelling reason for them to have a more positive outlook. Doggie daycare also helps tremendously: while your dog can and will miss the special time they spend with you, they’re not sitting alone, fretting, worrying, and feeling overwhelmed and depressed by the circumstances they find themselves in.
While the research is still out on the validity of dog optimism or pessimism, loving pet owners know that happy pets are healthy pets. Dog walking and doggie day care can help your canine companion see the water bowl as half full!
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
As much as we love our dogs, there are times we simply can’t bring them with us. While planning family vacations, business trips, or even a quick getaway, you may wonder who can you possibly trust with your canine companion?
Dog Boarding in Scituate
Your dog deserves better than a one-size fits all boarding kennel. Being in an unfamiliar environment with many other dogs can be extremely unsettling to a dog, particularly if they are of a nervous disposition. To alleviate stress and anxiety for your pet, seek out opportunities to have your pet boarded in a home like setting. Many dogs feel more comfortable when they encounter a family atmosphere, similar to what they know in their own homes. It’s far more comforting to see carpeting and furniture rather than small kennels with cages and metal bars.
Your dog might not even have to leave the house. Overnight home care is ideal for pets who have medical conditions, are extremely young or old, or who suffer from separation anxiety. The best way to alleviate separation anxiety is lots of one on one personalized attention, from someone who knows and understands how to soothe stressed-out dogs.
Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd: The Best Dog Boarding
Most of us have one or two dogs — yet when it comes time to board our dogs, they’re suddenly housed with five, six, ten, or even more dogs. Talk about an unsettling experience for your dog! Being in a crowded environment can be overstimulating for even the calmest dog. It can lead to problem behaviors, such as forgetting what they knew about house training, destructive tendencies, and even expressing aggression to other dogs. Ideally, dogs should be boarded in a less stressful setting, with only one or two other dogs keeping them company. This greatly reduces the emotional impact of boarding upon your dog. Even extremely social dogs, who love to run and play in crowds, benefit greatly from having a safe, secure, and calm environment to relax in at the end of the day.
Friday, October 1st, 2010
Most of us dog lovers enjoy seeing our dogs digging around in the covers looking for that perfect place to crawl into and go to sleep. Or having a cuddle buddy in bed at night right under the blankets with you. Other dog owners prefer to keep their pups out of the blankets and can’t figure out why burrowing is such a habit. For everyone out there, here is the answer!
Friday, October 1st, 2010
We all know someone that seems to have all of the information, know all of the random facts that no one else would. Well, today, you can be that person with these animal facts. Who knows? You may even find something helpful to your pets!