20 Cat Myths, Legends and Misconceptions Debunked

A lot of people prefer to have a cat because cats are largely self-sufficient. They also have very distinct and endearing personalities that draw people to them.

As animals that were once worshiped as Gods, people have held a long fascination with cat’s mysterious and sometimes aloof dispositions. This has led to several widespread myths and rumors, and we’re going to debunk 20 of them for you today.

1. Cats Can See in the Dark

A cat can’t see in the pitch-black dark any better than a human can. However, they can see far better than a human can in lower light conditions like at dusk or dawn. Their pupils are more slit, and their irises are wider to allow more light through, and this is what lets them see better in low light.

2. Black Cats Bring Bad Luck

In the United States, black cats are widely considered to be unlucky or bring bad omens while in other parts of the world like Japan they’re seen as good luck charms. This has led to many black cats being abandoned or difficult to rehome, and it’s untrue. Black cats are just as loving as their counterparts, and they don’t possess any supernatural powers. 

3. You Can’t Train a Cat

While most cats don’t respond to training methods like a dog would, it’s actually quite easy to get your cat to learn basic commands like sitting, coming on commands and fetching. Some cats can even learn tricks if you’re patient enough to try.

4. Cats Always Land on Their Feet

Cats do seem to have an uncanny ability to land on their feet, but this isn’t always the case. They can suffer from a myriad of injuries from landing incorrectly like sprained muscles, fractures, and sprains. They’re also more apt to be hurt if they fall from lower places because they don’t have time to orient themselves to a safe landing position. 

5. Cats Like to be Left Alone

By nature, your cat is a more solitary creature than a dog because dogs descend from wolves who live in family groups. But, your cat is perfectly capable of forming very close bonds with their humans and other animals. They may even go so attached that they develop separation anxiety if you leave them for extended periods. 

6. Some Cats are Allergen-Free

Hypoallergenic cats don’t exist, however, there are some breeds of cats that are more tolerable for people with allergies. This includes the Balinese, Russian Blue, Bengal and Devon Rex.

7. Cat Allergies are a Reaction to Cat Hair

Although a lot of people do possess allergies to cats, it’s not the cat hair itself that’s the culprit. While it may cause your allergies to flare up, you’re actually allergic to the dander that comes from your cat’s skin. Many people are also allergic to the protein in cat saliva and urine. You can reduce the amount of dander by bathing your cat regularly and by using an air purifier for pets to filter your home’s air. An air purifier will stop a majority of airborne dander and protein particles from ever entering into your nasal passages, eyes and lungs.

8. Cats Stay Balanced Because of Their Whiskers

Cats use their whiskers as a feeler, but they don’t use them to keep their balance as they go about their day. They’re also a very good indication of your cat’s mood, so it’s important that you don’t cut or pull at them. It can be painful due to the nerve endings in the whiskers themselves. 

9. A Purring Cat is a Happy Cat

Cats purr for a variety of reasons, happiness included. However, this isn’t the only reason they purr. They can also purr if they’re not feeling well, they’re scared, or they’re in pain because it’s a way that they self-soothe. They also purr to comfort their kittens. 

10. Every Cat Hates Water

For the most part, most domesticated cats do not like water as a general rule. However, there are plenty of cats who do enjoy playing in the water and getting baths. No one is sure why so many cats are averse to water, but scientists believe that their coats don’t dry very well and this can leave them cold. Also, the added weight of a wet coat can be uncomfortable. 

11. Cats Should Have Kittens Before They’re Spayed

The opposite of this myth is what’s true. Ideally, the time to get your cat spayed is before they have kittens. This should be done when your cat is young because it lowers the chance that your cat will accidentally become pregnant. Not spaying a kitten can increase the risk of overcrowding in shelters and neglect because there are already so many cats and kittens the need homes. 

12. Garlic is an Effective Cure for Worms

If your cat has worms, you may have heard that putting garlic in his or her food is a good way to get rid of them. However, garlic can actually cause health problems for your cat like anemia. It’s always best to take your cat to a vet for treatment instead of trying at-home remedies. 

13. Cats Have Nine Lives

This is one of the most common myths surrounding cats. William Shakespeare referenced a cat having nine lives in Romeo and Juliet, and the ancient Egyptians worshiped cats as gods. It’s most likely because a cat is so agile and so good at getting themselves out of unsavory situations, but your cat only has one life. 

14. Pregnant Women Should Avoid Cats

When someone is expecting, you don’t have to avoid your cat. You should avoid their litter box and that general area as the disease Toxoplasmosis is spread through contact with litter and feces. As long as you have someone else clean these areas, you’re free to mother your cat while you’re expecting. 

15. Cats Don’t Cohabitate Well

Although many cats do prefer to be the only feline in the residence, they are capable of cohabitating. How successful you are at getting your cats to live together depends on the cat’s ages, the amount of space they have, and the number of resources you make available to them. Friction happens when your cats compete with each other for the same resources. 

16. You Can Feed Your Cat Table Scraps

You can feed your cat table scraps, but you shouldn’t. Feeding a single slice of cheese to a cat that weighs 10 pounds is the equivalent to a human eating three chocolate bars. Table scraps mean empty calories, and it’s a quick way to have your cat gain weight or run into other health problems. 

17. Only Sick Cats Eat Grass

Research shows that this is not true. Some cats just enjoy nibbling on grass. While there are theories floating around for why some domesticated animals like cats eat grass, nothing factual has been proven yet. If you notice your cat is more attracted to eating your lawn than her the food in her bowl, it would be wise to take her to a veterinarian.

18. Indoor Cats Can’t Get Sick or Develop Diseases

Your cat can contract various illnesses and diseases even if they never step outside once in their lives. Indoor cats are exposed to any airborne germs that may be present in the home, and you can bring things inside when you return as well. If you have a dog that you bring outside, they can bring disease in to your indoor cat as well. 

19. You Don’t Have to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

Cats get oral diseases just like humans do, so it’s important to take care of their teeth and gums. There is a special rubber sleeve that fits over your finger that you can use to brush your cat’s teeth as well as cat treats that are known to help remove plaque buildup.

20. Cow’s Milk is Great for Cats

Despite what you may have learned growing up, cow’s milk is not good for cats. Once a cat weans off its mother’s milk it becomes lactose intolerant. Over time, cats lose the ability to produce a specific enzyme that is used to digest milk. For that reason, cow’s milk can make a cat’s stomach upset.

These 20 common myths, legends and misconceptions that surround cats range from silly to downright harmful. Now that you’ve taken the time to learn what’s real and what’s not, you can help your cat live an active, healthy, and full life.

Author Bio:

Patrick is the proud owner of a female Manx cat named Izzy. He’s also the lead indoor air quality specialist at Home Air Quality Guides. When he’s not playing with his cat or working, he likes to spend time hiking and photographing landscapes.

Ultimate Puppy Weekend in Sunny Arizona

There’s no need to leave your pup at home while you go on vacation. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that you, your family and Fido can all enjoy, look no further than Phoenix, AZ. You’ve likely heard of Phoenix’s burgeoning beer scene, its sunny weather and its incredible hikes (maybe you’ve even heard of the Mystery Castle). But dog lovers will find just as much to explore, and plenty more to love. Phoenix allows dogs and owners alike a little time to run wild, whether you’re looking for fun family activities or to trailblaze. Pack your pooch and hit the road for the weekend—you might find yourself sticking around for the week.

Grab a Few Rounds at O.H.S.O Eatery & NanoBrewery (And Maybe a Snack)

O.H.S.O. NanoBrewery’s beers are oh-so tasty, and the brewery’s patio is luckily positive on the pooches (complete with free treats for your pup). Try the brewery’s signature O.H.S.O. Hoppy IPA, or the Handlebar Hefe, a wheaty summer classic, kick back—maybe order a few of O.H.S.O.’s top-notch beer-braised short ribs or their filling chicken and waffles (complete with maple syrup). Guaranteed, it’s one event that will keep your dogs from barking after a long day of exploring—and your pooch a happy camper.

Take a Hike on One of Phoenix’s Gorgeous Trails

For nature lovers, there’s no shortage of beautiful sights and sounds. Leash up and hit the trails on South Mountain Park and Preserve for some unforgettable views, and several trails at a variety of difficulty levels. If you’re looking for a more leisurely walk with Fido, try Tempe Beach Park. Close to Arizona State and other local attractions, you can take an evening stroll to cool off after a long day, or explore on your morning walk. For the real trail gurus, pup and owner might challenge themselves on White Tank Mountain’s Waterfall Canyon Trail. Energetic owners and dogs will test their determination, climbing to the trail’s big reward—a waterfall and swimming hole. Look hard during certain times of the year and you’ll see Native American rock carvings (petroglyphs).  

Experience History at the Pioneer Living History Museum

Go back in time to the Wild, Wild West. You and your pooch can learn a little about local culture in this nineteenth-century town replica, complete with authentic pioneer structures and costumed reenactors. Visit the Sheriff’s Office, or the Opera House, an original structure from the period. The 90-acre town is car-free, meaning you and your dog can stroll and explore without worry. And if you’re planning a trip during the fall, make sure you stop in for the Harvest Festival, an annual event featuring family-friendly activities such as gold-panning, hay rides, and a pumpkin patch.

Eat Top-Notch at the Windsor

If you’re looking for a leisurely Sunday brunch after a day of exploring, the dog-friendly Windsor offers fresh eats and tasty treats. Tucked into the historic Windsor neighborhood, the restaurant has risen to the top for their upscale bar fare and casual (but delicious) brunch. In the AM, try their giant cinnamon roll, or the Zim Zam, a cornmeal waffle with a seasonal fruit topping. For afternoon and evening noshing, you can’t go wrong with their Backyard Burger or loaded chips. Bonus—the Windsor features an incredible happy hour, and it serves Prohibition-style cocktails at all times of the day.

Catch a Game at Surprise Stadium

Beer, Baseball and your pooch—what more could you ask for? Though it’s a bit outside Phoenix, it’s well with the trip to watch spring training for top teams such as the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals. Tickets are $11-$16 for human baseball lovers, and $5 for dogs. If you’re lucky, however, you might just get to AZ in time for Chase Field’s annual Dog Days of Summer event (home, of course, of the Arizona Diamondbacks).

Shop ‘Til You Drop at Biltmore Fashion Park

This outdoor mall and park features shops such as the Apple Store, Saks Fifth Avenue and Brooks Brothers. You and your pup can stroll and window shop—luckily, though, many of the Biltmore’s shops are dog friendly indoors as well as out, if you see something that catches your eye. Hang out with your pup at the Movies in the Park event to make a day of it. Your dog can get in on the shopping fun, too, if you’re looking to make an extra spot at the Scottsdale Oh My Dog Boutique, an upscale dog hotel and shop, full of treats for your top dog.

See Live Music at The Farm at South Mountain

South Mountain has more than just trails. The Farm hosts weddings, classes, and events, and it has plenty of gorgeous views, not to mention three outstanding restaurants and organic gardens on premises. Exploring might be enough to fill a whole day, but you’ll find live music year round, and better yet, dog-friendly events nearly every week.

Author Bio:

Jeremy is a online journalist who focuses on travel, pet-care, and lifestyle related trends. He is passionate about everything sports, as well as board games, his family, and the great outdoors. ​He can often be found splurging in episodes of Game of Thrones with his new mini Aussie puppy, Cooper.

8 Summer Activities For You And Your Pet

We all know that spending time with our pets can actually be more fun than spending time with people. Our furry friends understand us, are true to us, are always willing to play, become sad when we are upset, and they always want to be near us. Moreover, Summer is an amazing season for activities that include our dogs! There are so many adventures calling our names and it’s so fun figuring out what your dog loves to do. Read on and you’ll find out about the most entertaining ways to make memories with your pet this summer.

1. Active Rest

If you and your dog are fans of outdoor activities, try a camping trip, or a hike in the mountains. Clean and fresh air, swimming in the pond, an opportunity to be among the wild nature will bring happiness to your pup. Just make sure you take a fair amount of water with you to make sure both you and your dog stay hydrated!

2. At home

If you’re a bit worried about the heat and don’t want to bring your pet outside, there are lots of interesting activities for you and your dog to do at home.

1) Take old boots or a folded handkerchief and put treats inside. Watch how your dog tries to get yummies.

2) Arrange the chairs one by one and cover the top of these stools with a blanket in order to make a tunnel. With the help of treats, try and get your dog to go through the tunnel.

There are many games for you and your pet within your house, only fantasy and inspiration are required.

3. Street Games

Use your daily walk as an excuse to train your pet to jump over obstacles and play different games. Many dog parks have agility courses set up and this could be a fun way to burn off extra energy and get some fresh air. This brings us to our next tip…

4. Dog Parks

Without a doubt, your dog loves you more than anyone else. However, don’t forget about communication and socialization with other dogs. Visiting dog parks is a great way to introduce your pet to other animals and socialize them. Many dog parks even offer group training which is a great opportunity to get closer to your four-footed friend.  

5. Toys

Don’t miss an opportunity to pamper your furry friend with interesting and unusual toys. Buy a toy-puzzle for your dog. which are usually made of non-toxic rubber and have a hollow middle. In order to engage their pets, many dog owners stuff these hollow toys with delicious treats. Make sure to pick the right size and shape for your pup.

6. Commands

Spend some time in the backyard one afternoon doing a little bit of extra training with your dog. You can teach them everything from simple tricks like sit and come, to more engaging tricks like stand up or roll over. Your backyard or home is a perfect place for this as it is free of distractions.

7. Games Near the Water

Playing by the water is excellent entertainment for every dog during hot summer days. If your dog loves to swim, try throwing a stick or toy into the water and have your dog retrieve it. If they’re more of a shore dog, you can play fetch along the shore-line. Just make sure to keep an eye on your pup if they’re in the water.

8. Hide and Seek 

Good old game hide-and-seek is popular not only with children but also with our furry friends! It improves physical and mental abilities and is incredibly fun for your pet. Hide behind a tree or a bush and let a dog find you. After a while, a pet will understand what is required of him and will participate with pleasure in the game.

Finally, the most important thing to remember this summer when making memories with your pet is to have fun!

Author Bio: 

The guest post is provided by Crystal Roman who is the freelance writer for EduBirdie. Her lifestyle credo is “When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul”

5 Fun Things to Do This Weekend with Your Dog

Having a dog in your life hugely rewarding. Canines are loyal, loving, and great companions. For many of us, they are not simply pets but rather members of the family or even surrogate children. As such, our four-legged friends love spending time with their owners. It is important to set aside time from our busy schedules and generate new and different ideas to make our furry comrades feel valued. With that being said, here are five fun things to do this weekend with your dog.

1. Cuddle Up With Netflix

If the weather is not ideal or a dog parent has trouble getting out, it is a good idea to have some homebound activities to enjoy together. Consider cuddling on the couch with Fido and Netflix. You can chill out with your best furry friend while binge-watching the shows and/or movies in your queue. If Netflix is not an option, just curl up together in front of the TV or pop in a DVD.

2. Take a Drive With Your Furry Friend

Going for a “buh-bye” in the car is the universal language of love for most dogs. From the way they focus on their surroundings to their need to stick their head out the window, they are always “doggone” grateful for a weekend drive with their owner. Just set aside a couple of hours to bond with your pup on the road.

3. Enjoy a Trip to the Beach

Most canines relish the chance to take a dip, especially during the summer months. Also, a trip to the beach usually involves a car ride, so it is extra fun for them. If you have access to a pool, you might not even have to leave home. Whether beachside or poolside, this is a terrific and fun bonding activity for owner and pup. Pack a lunch and make a day of it.

4. Park Time With Your Pup

This oldie-but-goody is tried and true. Dogs love their park time and the owners who take them. This is a great way for dogs and their owners to get some exercise and spend time together. Want to give your hound an extra treat? Grab the leash and a favorite toy or Frisbee. Your canine will thank you and so will your waistline.

5. Bath Time for Fido

Some dogs love it, others not so much. Consider an outdoor bath with a hose, sprinklers, or even the pool. If you have mobility issues, the sink or tub is always an option. Your pup will enjoy the fun factor involved and you could follow it up with a nice clipping. This is a multifaceted, time-saving solution for dog parents with busy schedules and/or ornery animals.

Do not allow your canine to feel neglected despite having busy lives and careers that often get in the way. Resolve to carve some quality time out of that busy schedule and give these five tips a try. Let the bonding begin.

Author Bio:

Mackenzie Grove is a blogger and writer from Canada. She is a pet lover, owner over the last 10 years and worked on a growing pet business for almost 3 years. Now she is writing for Dogclippersly. Check out her latest article here.

What Is Your Pet’s Unicorn Name?

The unicorn trend is sweeping the nation, which isn’t surprising because who doesn’t love a touch of magic and sparkle? In today’s day and age, your bath can be unicorn themed, your morning cup of coffee can be tinted a lovely shade of magical pink and purple, and now even your skin can glitter like one of the mythical creatures of days past. We’re all for the trend but we did notice that one thing was missing… we want our furry friends to be in on the fun! Take a look at our unicorn name generator to find out what your pet’s mystical name would be.

 

senior woman walking her beagle dog in countryside

8 Ways Your Dog Trains You to Do as You’re Told

senior woman walking her beagle dog in countryside

Surely, your dog doesn’t train you; you’re the pack leader. You wouldn’t run around after your furry pal and let him take over the house, would you? However if you think you’re the top dog, chances are, your pooch has the upper paw. You should learn to recognize the eight main ways dogs manipulate humans and get their way.

1. Share Your Food

Dogs are famed for their Machiavellian tendencies when it comes to acquiring people’s food. Their opportunistic minds help them coax even the most resistant owners to share from their plates. Most people start out with strong convictions not to give away scraps of dinner. However, their cunning canines know how to get around them. A widening of the eyes, wag of the tail, and pitiful half-starved kind of woof is enough to garner sympathy and tidbits.

chihuahua eating food from plate on dinner table

2. Deceive Your Other Half

Although you’re honest in most respects, it is possible Fido knows how to manipulate you into self-deception. Your wily pooch might encourage you and your other half to play good cop-bad cop. If one of you introduces strict rules regarding canine conduct, the other will be fair game.

If you’re the good cop, you’ll let your dog disobey household rules while the bad cop’s not looking. You might be complicit in your pet’s naughtiness to a grave degree, brushing fur from the couch to reduce evidence of a crime scene, or sneaking treats into your pooch’s mouth when your partner’s not watching.

portrait of a happy couple with dogs at the beach

3. Give Attention

Dogs train their owners to pay attention to them. “Woof,” or pawing on your knee might indicate it’s time to stop what you’re doing and do as your dog says. Alternatively, his scratching or roaming in front of the television may force you to ditch your plans for his.

 a mother and her two young children are playing with a small puppy. they are smiling and looking away from the camera. square framed shot.

4. Play

Try as you might, you probably find your dog’s pleas for play are hard to ignore, especially when the spit-soaked dog toys are plonked on your lap. The idea of leaving them seems wrong. Once you give in, tossing the toy aside, the game is on. You’ve lost your entitlement to peace, and your dog is in charge of playtime.

 dog chewing on purple toy

5. Provide Affection

Even when you’re fatigued, you might succumb to the lure of stroking your dog’s tummy. Somehow, it feels rude not to oblige when dogs present their bellies. They roll on their backs with total confidence that someone will provide affection. If their wishes aren’t granted, the result might be a nudge, lick, or whine. They won’t stop until their humans obey.

french bulldog is cute kissing girl. she carry on a dog.

6. Lie On Your Bed

Few people intend to let their dogs lie on their bed; there’s never enough room. However, most move aside at some point. Once they do, there’s no looking back. You might say to your pet, “just this once!” It never is, though. Let your canine companion on your bed one time, and before you know it, a habit is created.

smiling dog on bed

7. Jump On the Couch

The story usually goes like this: “We didn’t allow the dog on the furniture, but then, one day, he just got up. He looked cute. Plus, it was cold on the floor. We thought he looked like he was uncomfortable down there anyway. Now we put a special blanket on the couch for him.”

Dogs train humans to part with an area of the couch by gradually gaining access. Sometimes, they will rely on being adorable to inspire you to cave in. On other occasions, they will clamber up beside you when your head’s turned.

pretty woman using tablet with her yorkshire terrier at home in the living room

8. Greet Visitors

The doorbell rings or someone knocks, and your dog runs to greet whoever is there. You know you should put him in his place, but never get around to teaching him you want to answer the door yourself. Instead, he trains you to let him greet visitors before you get the chance.

dog's paw feet next to the owner -- walking together

Are you top dog in your house? Maybe not. Your pooch will test you to see how easy it is to train you, and if you show signs of giving in, he will manipulate you until he gets his way. If this sounds like the relationship you have with your dog, you’re kidding yourself if you imagine you’re in charge.

About the Author:

Mike is a happy animal lover who owns 2 dogs. He has been living in the farm for most of his life and has experience with most animals. Pets give us so much and ask only for our care. This is why Mike owns dogfood.guide. Keeping our animals healthy and safe with the right food goes a long way.

woman and her labrador dog in green grass

7 Things to Do With Your Dog This Spring

woman and her labrador dog in green grass

Spring is in the air, and so is your enthusiastic pup! After he has braved a long, cold winter, he is ready to run and jump in the refreshing breeze of spring. But going to the dog park can become boring, and you and your pup may appreciate a change of pace. Here are seven creative ways to entertain your canine friend (and yourself) this spring!

 1. Get out on the water!

Give your dog’s joints a rest and let him paddle away in the water. This is a tremendous workout because dogs have to tread water at all times to stay afloat. As an added bonus, if it’s a relatively clean body of water, he will have a bath! Even if the water is a bit chilly, many dogs have insulated coats that make them immune to the nip of a recently thawed lake.

But maybe your dog’s not a swimmer. That’s okay! He can still enjoy the experience of being out on the water. Take him in your kayak, canoe, or even paddle board (if you are skilled and/or strong and your dog obeys). These water sports can be particularly demanding, requiring muscle strength and stamina. But with your canine pal with you to comment, observe birds, and paw at fish, you will have a blast and get a workout too!

dog siberian husky walking, dog jumping in the water

2. Create an Easter egg (dog treat) hunt for your dog!

If you think Easter egg hunts are just for kids — think again! An Easter hunt allows a dog to do what he does best: use his sniffer to find goodies. And if you are tired of your dog finding gross stuff, there’s nothing better than a good ol’ Easter egg hunt.

Here’s how to execute this surprise for your four-legged friend: Gather plastic Easter eggs. Poke a hole in one or both ends so that your dog will be able to smell what’s inside. Add one of your dog’s favorite treats (the smellier the better) into each Easter egg. And viola! There you have it. You will have one exuberant pup on Easter morning.

puppy and basket with easter eggs, horizontal, studio

3. Wrap a bandana around his neck for a night under the stars.

Like the idea of camping this spring but don’t want to go alone? Your dog is the perfect companion. After all, his ancestors were wolves, right? He probably remembers a few tricks of the trade — at least enough to keep you safe.

But your loyal pup will do more than protect you. He may not know it yet, but he is sure to love any and all outdoor activities associated with camping — such as chasing bunnies, taking a dip in the lake, and hiking in the woods. And in the tent, your dog will be more than happy to cuddle!

 family outdoor portrait of smiling mother, two boys, young man and labrador looking happy outside of tent

4. Test your dog’s (and your own) endurance on a hike!

Grab your keys and a leash (don’t forget your pup!) and head out of town to a wilderness trail. The blooming flowers, crisp Evergreen branches, and comforting sun are sure to stimulate you and your dog’s senses. Don’t be afraid of those challenging hills. Your dog will love the opportunity to show off his athletic prowess. Just don’t forget to bring some water!

beautiful mutt black dog on mountain rock with a flooded quarry.

5. Allow him to accompany you to a coffee shop or outdoor bar.

You do not need to pause your life to play with your dog! Incorporate him into whatever you are doing. If you have a paper to write or book to read, bring him along to the coffee shop patio to enjoy the ear scratches and head pats of adoring coffee-shop goers.

Or if you are ready to relax with friends after a long day, invite your dog to go with you to an outdoor bar or restaurant. He is sure to be the life of the party!

woman with dog and shopping bags

6. Jump in puddles together!

Just when you think the rain is holding you hostage in your apartment or home this spring, let your kid-instinct run wild! Grab your raincoat, boots, and dog, and jump in the puddles! If you feel silly, your dog will be right there alongside you, with his encouraging smile. Sure, his paws might get a bit muddy, but both of you will cherish this memory next winter when you really are stuck in your house during a snowstorm!

young couple walk dog in rain. details of wellies splashing in puddles.

7. Take your dog on a picnic date!

On a relaxing Sunday afternoon, take your pup with you on a winding drive to your favorite park and have a picnic! Let your dog use his canine instincts to pick the perfect spot. He is sure to love the opportunity to eat in his natural environment — the great outdoors! Just don’t forget to pack some dog food.

little girl with dog walking on the field back to camera

 

There are so many ways that you and your canine companion can experience the outdoors together this spring! Whether you go hiking, camping, or kayaking, the opportunities are endless. “Branch” out of your regular routine and make some memories with your four-legged friend this spring.

About the Author:

As a dedicated pet owner and advocate, Alexandra Seagal has created Animalso.com to educate fellow pet owners on how to make your dog’s life with you the best it can be. Aside from writing, she loves spending time with her children and enjoys the company of her two dogs and one cat.

5 Ways to Make Your Dog Smell Better

Dogs are adorable, but when they’re sporting that “doggy smell” they can be a real turn-off. Help your pooch ditch the D’O by trying one (or all) of these 5 ways to make your dog smell better – we even have a bonus tip! 

1. Give ‘Em a Bath

We wouldn’t smell very pleasant if we rarely had a bath, the same is for our dogs. Some pet parents may believe that dogs will “clean themselves,” but they still need a good once-over at least once-a-month (depending on the breed). To do this, buy a dog shampoo specially formulated for the canine species. Human shampoo is not designed for the dog’s PH levels and may even cause your pup’s hair to dry out. Plus, pet retailers usually carry some great scented products (in both shampoos and spritzers).

2. Pet Wipes

These moist towelettes are great for those times when you need a quick-fix for a stinky dog. This includes when you’re out and Fido decides to roll in something funky or to even wipe off muddy paws before your dog gets into a vehicle or the rest of the house. Pet wipes are made especially for dogs and, like doggy shampoo, come in a variety of fragrances.

3. Regular Brushing

Dog fur that is left unkempt can develop many conditions like severe mats, tangles and even smells. Be sure to regularly brush your dog’s coat to clean off any debris and dirt that may be trapped in it. This is also a good time to check for lumps, bumps, bites, nicks/cuts and fleas and ticks. Plus, your dog will love the one-on-one time with you and the great massaging effects a good brushing provides.

In addition to the brushing, you may also want to sprinkle baking soda into your dog’s fur. This all-natural ingredient is great for neutralizing dog odor and is super easy-to-do.

  • First – brush your dog to eliminate the visible dirt and debris
  • Second – work the baking soda through the coat making sure to avoid the eyes.
  • Third – leave it on for a few minutes
  • Lastly – Thoroughly brush it out.

This method works great for those in-between-bath times.  

5. Clean the Ears, Eyes and Teeth

If your dog smells, it could be coming from his ears, eyes and/or teeth. Cleaning these parts of your dog’s face is crucial to maintaining good health.

For your dog’s ears there are products available that can make cleaning the goop out easier, or you can use a cotton ball with plain warm water on it. If your dog is scratching at his ears in excess, or has black dirt inside of the ear canal, it could be ear mites. Visit your veterinarian to get rid of these parasites.

Your dog’s eyes should be gently wiped around as needed with a wet facecloth, pet facial wipe or wet cotton ball.

If your pooch has nasty doggy breath, it could be due to tartar and plaque buildup on his teeth. Daily brushing of your dog’s teeth with a toothpaste made for pooches (don’t use human as it could be toxic) will help conquer the odor emitting from his mouth and will also keep his teeth strong and healthy.

6. Clean His Bedding

There’s no sense in grooming your dog with everything pleasant, only for him to go and sleep in dirty bedding. Washing your dog’s blankets, kennel, and even those soft toys can help keep him smelling fresh. If you have a dog bed that cannot be cleaned through a washing machine, try using a fabric odor eliminator or a dry shampoo made for furniture.

Bonus Tip – They Are What They Eat

The old saying, “we are what we eat,” also applies to our canine companions. By providing your pooch with a good quality dog food you will be giving his body the nutrients he needs to be healthy and happy.

Look for foods that provide an identified meat source (like chicken, beef etc) and stay away from those that use by-products and cheap fillers like corn, soy and wheat.

Feeding your dog a balanced nutritional diet will lessen his chances of getting gas and give him an overall better coat, skin and quality of life.

Your dog doesn’t have to be smelly, follow these handy tips to help your pup stay snuggly fresh. If you encounter a bigger problem related to your dog’s odor, be sure to contact your veterinarian.

About the Author: Sandie lee is a regular contributor to the ThePetGod.com. She enjoys writing informational articles to help pet parents everywhere. She hails from a small town in Ontario Canada, with her three rescue cats, two goldfish and a hubby of 20 years.

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6 Tips for Easy Pet Photo Shoots

Pets are among the most adorable, oh-so-charming subjects, but they’re also among the most challenging to photograph. It’s like they have a built-in camera detector that automatically makes them look away from the camera, run away from it, or try to scratch your expensive lens.

If you really want to pursue pet portrait photography either as a hobby or a business, there are ways to make it easier for you to take better photos of camera-shy furry subjects. Here are some tips on snapping pet portraits without breaking a sweat:

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1. Identify your pet’s personality

Before you start taking portraits of pets, you have to identify their unique and dominant personality. From there, you’ll be able to find out the setting that won’t startle or cause stress to your furry subjects. If a cat or a dog is lazy and sleepy all the time, it’s best to photograph it while lying on the bed or playing a fluffy rug.

Active pets who love running around are better photographed outdoors. Go to a park where they can run around and interact with people and fellow four-legged buddies. Whether you want to take photos outdoors on a sunny day or in a studio, know where the pets are most comfortable. It makes taking photos of them a lot easier because they’re calm and relaxed.

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2. Mind the little details

Before you go shooting portraits of pets, you need to pay attention to the little details. Look at the background and remove anything that’s potentially distracting in the photos. In doing so, you avoid having to do retakes and starting over.

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3. Avoid using flash

Using flash is discouraged, as it can result in a red reflection in the eyes your pets (and humans, too). Flash can easily distract animals, too. Opt for natural lighting instead, as it will make it easy for you to focus your frame on your subject’s eyes.

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4. Add some human touch

While it’s great to snap photos of pets by themselves, it’s even better if you add a human touch. Make the owner (or anyone who the pet is comfortable with) pose with his fur baby. What makes it special is that you can tell a heartwarming story of love, companionship, and loyalty even with just a single photo of a human and his furry friend posing or playing together.

5. Catch them in action

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One of the challenges photographers have when they take portraits of pets is that they’re always on the move and playful. Capture them frozen in action using a fast shutter speed. A lot of cameras these days feature a full manual setting that gives control over the shutter speed.

You can also shoot using the shutter-priority mode that automatically sets the right aperture for great results. Another alternative is the sports mode, which sets the right aperture and shutter speed depending on the situation. However, if the pets are moving fast, consider taking their portraits in burst mode for shooting continuously, leaving no movement un-captured.

6. Add some props

It’s great to see pets enjoying what they love most! When taking pet portraits, just let the fur ball play with his favorite toy. As the little rascal moves around, capture his facial expressions and show how much he’s enjoying the moment. Now, how cute is that?

At the end of the photo shoot, make sure you reward the pets (by praising them or giving them treats) for behaving well and for a job well done.

Taking pictures of hyperactive, camera-shy pets doesn’t have to be a stressful and difficult activity. It can actually be easy and enjoyable, as long as you know how to make your little subjects feel at ease in front of the camera.

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7 Must Have Items for Your Cat

When getting ready to add a cat to your home and life requires adequate preparation and planning, and this entails shopping. Taking a kitten as a pet is a long-term investment that must be well planned if your cat is to be a happy one. Cats have a reputation for being aloof and feeling self-sufficient, but still, there are things they need from a responsible cat owner. Other than feeding the cat, they need regular grooming, ensuring thy get their shots and treatments, playing with them and showing them love through all the stages of its life.


Here are some of the essentials a cat should have:

1.  Kitten food

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There are so many choices and varieties when it comes to cat food. Depending on the preferences of your cat, you can buy any brand and nutrition pack at the price you can afford. Ensure you have enough food for the first week and if the cat has a weak stomach then get sensitive stomach cat food. Once you find the right food that fulfills the nutrition requirements for your cat and is enjoyable to the pet, make a budget since this will be an ongoing expense. Consider discussing with your local vet about the best food for your kitten. Other than food, you can also buy treats that are enjoyable snacks yet beneficial to its health.


2. Litter box and accessories

essential cat itemsNature call cannot be put on hold for long even for a kitten hence the need for a litter box. It is recommended that every pet has its litter box especially if they are not friends. If you have a large home, it is wise to have a litter box on each floor for ease of access. Keep them on non-carpeted floors like laundry rooms or bathrooms with litter box mats to protect the floor. Ensure you clean the litter box daily with enzymatic cleaners to make the kitten healthy and happy while cutting down the odor. If their litter box is not clean, cats usually seek out alternatives. Litter box scoop and disposal bags should be kept close by for efficient cleaning. Sue litter deodorizer that has no harmful chemicals to keep it fresh. Use a disinfectant after cleaning to ensure goo health for your kitten.

3. Grooming supplies

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Cats naturally enjoy gentle grooming to clean it with a comb or brush thoroughly. If your cat has long hair, it should be groomed daily with a wire brush and cat comb to keep them feeling luxurious and keep the mats and seats free from their fur. Even short-haired cats need regular grooming to keep the fur from falling on the floor, your clothes, seats or form a hairball in the vacuum cleaner. Visit your local vet to learn how to trim cat nails so that your lovely furniture will be safe from scratching. Buy the correct nail clippers, hair brushes and teeth cleaning accessories for the cat’s regular grooming sessions.

4. Cat bed
It is prudent to keep the cat from your furniture but buying it a comfortable cat bed. Take your time as early as possible to train the cat on which places it is allowed to lounge and where it cannot sleep. The best way is to provide it with its bed. Kittens especially require warmth and a rhythmic sound like what their mothers recently gave them. Placing a small ticking clock in their bed will provide this comfort and mimic the mother’s heartbeat.

5. Cat carrier

 

There comes a time when your cat needs to travel with your around town or outside the city. Using a cat carrier is the most efficient and comfortable way to do this. Invest in one that is approved for airline travel since you never know when you will need it.

6. Scratching post
Most experts agree that it is inhumane to declaw cats to protect your carpet and furniture. The urge to sharpen their claws will always be there so give them a place to practice. Invest in a sturdy cat scratching post with an elaborate structure that keeps the pet preoccupied, so they don’t damage your valued furniture.

7. Cat Toys

essential cat itemsToys ensure bonding between the new kitten and its owner. You can buy plush cat toys, electronic toys and other varieties to try out till you find what the kitten likes.
Before making a purchase, get to know the pet supplier and their quality of products. Kittens are sensitive creatures that require safe items or else they can get harmed, infected or worse, end up dead. Do a thorough search to know your seller and local vets for the best guide.

 

About the Author: My name is Evelyn, creator of PlaywithMeow!, I created Play with Meow to connect, share and inspire other cat lovers around the world, hoping we all utilize this community to make a better life for our cats. Follow me on Twitter: @Evelynvaldezpl1