5 Incredible Cat Records

If you own a cat, you will have seen first-hand just how remarkable they are capable of being.

From climbing up ninety-degree walls to leaping across seemingly impossible gaps, they are the ultimate athletes.

But there are also plenty of cat records which relate less to their incredible sporting ability and gymnastic agility and more to their capacity to procreate, put on weight and age!

Below are five feline records that definitely surprised me and will probably surprise you too:

The Largest Cat Litter

As a parent of one, I often look at parents with more kids than me and wonder how on earth do you manage!? One is more than I can handle, so I can only assume that two kids are twice as much work, three kids three times as much work and so on…!

So the record for the largest cat litter is something — is truly mind-boggling! Typical cat litters range between two to eight (with eight being a very big litter) newborn kittens.
So spare a thought for the elegantly named, Tarawood Antigone, owned by Valerie Gane, a four-year-old Burmese cat from Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, who on August the 7th 1970 gave birth to an enormous litter of 19 kittens!

Sadly four of the kittens were stillborn. The remaining 15 kittens were made up of 14 boys and just one girl kitten!
This is still the largest recorded litter of kittens to date over 48 years later.

Her owner, Valerie, was a cat fanatic who kept herself extremely busy in the cat breeding world both in the UK and across the globe where she was active as both a cat exhibitor and a judge.
It seems that her knowledge and expertise in breeding cats was clearly more than just head knowledge – it was put to good use helping Tarawood Antigone set an incredible record!

The Most Kittens

We can’t talk about kittens without mentioning a very famous cat known as Dusty.
Dusty holds another feline birth related world record. She holds the record for “most kittens given birth to in a lifetime.”
Born in 1935 in Bonham, Texas, USA, Dusty gave birth to a colossal 420 kittens! And since then, no cat has yet to challenge her for the biggest litter record.
Her record estimates out to an average of twenty-five kittens a year in every single year of her life.

The average litter for most cats is around four kittens, so this means that Dusty most likely went through about 105 pregnancies! A feline pregnancy typically lasts sixty days so this equates to 17.26 of being pregnant…basically Dusty was pregnant for her entire life!

Dusty passed away in 1952 after giving birth for the last time in June of 1952 to a solitary kitten.

According to Animal Allies ID an unneutered female cat will typically produce an average of 3 litters per year if it is allowed to roam freely outside and meet tomcats. The average number of kittens per litter is four or five. So in only two years, a female cat and her offspring could produce 225 cats!

Imagine then how quickly Dusty and her many many offspring could have multiplied!

Given how prolific Dusty was and how fast cats breed then there is an incredibly high chance that your cat can be traced back to Dusty, mainly, if you live in the USA, although I’m sure by now (over 60 years later) her genes have spread across the globe!

This highlights the importance of ensuring that you get your cats neutered as soon as possible. Fail to do so, and you could very quickly be overrun with cats!

The Heaviest Pet Cat

Domestic cats are not known for their size, cats have very light skeletons which is part of the reason why they will weigh less than a dog of a similar size, their body structure is low density in comparison.

Typically a healthy cat will weigh around 4-5kg. Maine Coons, one of the larger breeds of domestic cat, may grow as big as 8-9kg which is very big for a cat!

However, even the biggest of Maine Coons is tiny in comparison with a cat called ‘Himmy‘ who lived in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Himmy weighed in at a colossal 21.3kg (almost 47lbs) at his heaviest!

Himmy was a desexed cat who didn’t have the best of diets. Himmy enjoyed living in the limelight following setting a Guinness World Records for being the world’s heaviest cat. Sadly, the lifestyle didn’t do him any favors and he passed away at the age of only ten years old as a result of respiratory failure which was caused by his excessive weight.

Himmy’s sad demise serves as an excellent reminder to all of us who keep cats, don’t believe them when they meow at you telling you they are starving when you gave them their dinner only thirty minutes ago.

Many cats will quite happily eat themselves to death if given a chance, so keep your cat’s diet balanced and healthy.

While it may seem like a fun idea to have a huge cat its not good for them and will cause all kinds of health problems which are likely to reduce their quality of life and ultimately significantly shorten the length of their life.
In fact, Guinness World Records now no longer record details about the fattest cats (or pets of any kind) to discourage people from deliberately overfeeding their pets.

The Oldest Cat

Cats on average live to be about fifteen years. A well-looked after indoor cat not exposed to the harsh outdoor world may live slightly beyond twenty years at a push, but you don’t hear of too many cats reaching those sort of ages.

Step forward Creme Puff.

Creme Puff lived in Austin, Texas with his owner Jake Perry. He was born on the 3rd August 1967 and died a colossal 38 years and 3 days later on the 6th August 2005!
The previous record holder was a cat called Granpa Rexs Allen who lived to the venerable age of thirty-four years and two months old. Granpa famously once graced the centerfold of Cat Fancy Magazine. Possibly the most fascinating fact about Granpa Rexs Allen was that he was owned by the very same Jake Perry who owned Creme Puff!

Jake Perry and his cats were featured in a short documentary called “South Paws.

The secret to his cats living long lives may well be related to the unusually varied (and quite delicious sounding) diet he fed them which consisted of eggs, bacon, broccoli, asparagus and even coffee with thick cream added to it!

While not many vets will recommend feeding your cat a diet like them, there’s something to be said for it!

The Oldest Cat To Become A Mum

Becoming a mum is hard work at any age, but if you’re a 30-year-old cat, it can’t be easy at all.
A 21-year-old cat is said to be the equivalent of 100 human years old, so a 30-year-old cat is an equivalent to 126 human years old!
This is how old Kitty, owned by George Johnstone of Staffordshire in the UK, was when she set a world record by giving birth. Smashing the previous record, held by 28-year-old Smutty, by two years.

Cats are clearly very different physiologically than humans, as a 126-year-old human giving birth is completely unthinkable!

Again, this serves as another reminder to get your cat neutered.

No 30 year old cat wants to be having kittens. They should be seeing their twilight years peacefully, relaxing in front of a nice, warm fire.

About the Author

Daniel is a cat lover who owns a four-year-old black and white rescue cat called Whisky. He loves writing about cats, stroking cats, feeding cats catnip and playing squash (also known as racquetball in some parts of the world).

Vacations for You, Fido, and Whiskers

As most pet owners know, a vacation is great, but a vacation with your beloved furry friend is even better. When deciding on your next trip, why not also consider bringing along Fido or perhaps even Whiskers? Your pets bring you endless joy and comfort after a long, hard day at work or school, so why not reward them with a vacation as well? You all deserve some time off enjoying a new, fun-filled adventure together.

Of course, a vacation with your pet does require a bit more planning than if you were going on a trip solo or with your family. However, there are some tricks and tips worth utilizing to ensure you spend more time having a ball with your furry friends and less time stressed out on your next pet-inclusive vacay.

Safety First (and Second, and Third)

The first, most important concern for any vacation is safety. Nothing can sour a vacation quite like an injury — or worse. When it comes to bringing your pet along for the ride, there are five basic rules to keep in mind when your pet is your passenger:

  1. Purchase a harness or pet carrier to secure them to their seat properly.
  2. When you roll down the windows, avoid eye injuries by not rolling them all the way down.
  3. Avoid holding your pet in your lap as you drive; it’s illegal in some states and can cause serious injury should you get into an accident.
  4. Keep your pets home when the weather becomes too extreme.
  5. Consider a seat protector for long journeys to keep your car odor and fur-free.

Driving with your pet across the state or even country is one of the funnest journeys you can take with them, especially as you watch them enjoy new smells and sights. Keep the fun rolling by always taking the time to make sure your pet is adequately secured and safe within your vehicle. And don’t forget to crank their favorite tunes.

Going Back to You and Your Pet’s Roots

Speaking of road trips, RVing with your pet is a fantastic way to get them back to their roots. They can enjoy tall, thick forests, a dip in a warm stream, and of course, roll around in the best kind of dirt. Seeing your pet thoroughly enjoy themselves is part of the vacation experience. However, there are still some things to keep in mind before heading out to the nearest campsite or national park.

Your pet should always wear a collar with up-to-date tags, and you should definitely consider getting them microchipped before venturing out and about. You’ll thank yourself if they do happen to get lost while RVing or during any other kind of outing. Also, as some RV experts explain, “Traveling can be stressful for pets, particularly those who are new to it … keeping them hydrated is an important part to the assimilation process … you can also decrease the stress your pet experiences by simply talking to them. If you show them you are relaxed, they too will relax.” Keeping your pet healthy and happy can make the experience better for everyone.

Pack plenty of water, food, treats, and blankets, as supplies can be far and few when out in the woods. If your dog or cat tends to get cold when the sun goes down, definitely bring some sweaters as it gets much colder up in the mountains at night. You also need to be very vigilant throughout your stay to make sure your pet doesn’t end up rolling around in poison ivy or eating some questionable — sometimes deadly — mushrooms. It can be challenging to get to a veterinary clinic when you’re stuck hours outside of the nearest town. Moreover, be sure to check around the surrounding area and local town (before you lose cell service) for the nearest vet clinic just in case an emergency does occur.

Finding ways to tend to your pet’s needs might get a bit tricky while camping, but it’ll ensure that they have just as much fun as you. After all, this is also a vacation for your pet, so it’s important to make it the least stressful as possible! It might take some time and patience, but soon you’ll all be enjoying some roasted hot dogs and burgers together under the stars.

Making New Friends (the Polite Way)

Another exciting part about bringing along your pet is the opportunity to meet other fellow pet owners and their furry friends enjoying a vacation as well. Your pet gets to make new friends, and your kids can enjoy interacting with different dogs and cats. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all pets are created equal.

Your pet might be extremely friendly and sociable, which you and your kids can get used to. This can create future problems as your kids may begin to assume that all other animals are as equally open and friendly, making it a recipe for disaster for everyone involved.

A lot of pets can become stressed and lash out with too many little hands in their face or loud, high-pitched noises. To keep both your kids, pets, and others safe, discuss with your kids some essential pet safety tips. While it’s always exciting getting to meet new pets and having the chance to play together on a sunny beach or at the cabin, there are some key safety factors to always keep in mind:

  1. Remind your kids (and yourself) to always ask the owner before petting a dog or cat (or lizard or snake).
  2. Even if a pet looks friendly, they might not be. Teach your kids that sometimes it’s better to enjoy a pet from a distance.
  3. Greet new pets slowly and teach your child to move slowly and give the pet space.
  4. Let a pet sniff your hand before you pet it to familiarize yourself with one another (remember animals communicate differently than us!).
  5. Teach your kids to read a pet’s body language. Pets are usually pretty good at telling us when they need some distance.
  6. If a pet has a treat or toy, give them space to enjoy it.
  7. Speaking of treats, show kids that when giving treats, use a flat palm with the fingers held together.
  8. Never scream at or run away from a dog as loud noises or sudden movements can trigger their defense mechanism (and potentially cause an injury).
  9. Pets shouldn’t be left alone with children under the age of five, considering that little ones (as well as dogs) can still be unpredictable.
  10. Let pets teach your kids something new. Showing your kids how to respect pets can give them a respect for all living things: animals, people, and even the planet.

While all of that might seem like an excessive amount of rules to follow when meeting new animals, they’re essential to ensuring everyone starts off on the right paw. Just remember, safety (and manners) first, and soon you, your kids, and pets will be making new, lifelong friends.

Try Something Different

Road trips and camping are great examples of classically fun ways to enjoy some vacation time with your beloved pet. However, if you find yourself looking for something a little different, why not consider trying an unusual vacation with your furry friends? From enjoying a chartered fishing expedition (Whiskers would definitely be eyeing all those fish) to signing up for some surfing lessons with Fido, thinking outside the box can make some fantastic and unique memories that you can all cherish and look back on.

If you’re considering a somewhat unconventional vacay with your pet, the right gear is going to be the most important factor when getting ready to set sail together. You’ll likely have to invest in some booties, swim gear, life vests, and most definitely a first-aid kit. The best way you can figure out exactly what to pack is to research beforehand what you and your pet will need. Getting caught unprepared can put a pin in your plans so look high and low.

You can often find a lot of useful tips by reading over the internet to see what other pet owners wish they had brought along or what they found essential for that particular kind of trip. It might take some time but gathering all the right supplies will make your adventure together an enjoyable and safe one. You’ll certainly want to bring your camera along as well; you don’t want to miss snapping the perfect shot of Fido riding his first wave or Whiskers pawing at some exotic, deep-sea fish.

At the end of the day, however you decide to enjoy quality vacation time with your furry friends and family, making sure they’re safe, well-prepared, and happy can ensure everyone has a vacation they won’t soon regret. Not only will your next pet-inclusive vacation encourage more family and pet bonding, but it can also expand your pet’s horizons beyond just your backdoor. Furthermore, once you’ve opened the door to pet adventures you’ll be surprised by just how many opportunities there are to include Fido and Whiskers. Be sure to take plenty of photos and definitely bring along some of treats.
Good luck!

About the Author

Devin writes from somewhere along the West Coast. He is infected with wanderlust but always tries to bring his dog, Scrummy, along for the ride. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Keep Your Feline Happy When on the Go

Traveling with cats can be quite tricky, especially when they are as temperamental as a baby. However, if you are prepared, and know what to expect, you’ll be able to handle anything.
All animal lovers have an unexplainable attachment to their pets. So, it’s not surprising when you want to take them on road trips and family vacations.

When you are on the road or flying to your destination, there are a lot of things on your mind. For example, having enough cash for gas on road trips or making sure you have your flight ticket.
With your mind in so many different places all at once, it can get overwhelming having to cater to your feline’s sudden bout of mood swings.
However, don’t lose hope yet!
I have outlined here a few tips to help you prepare for traveling with your cats. Let’s see what they are:

Take Your Feline for a Practice Run

I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase, “Practice makes perfect.” If you are planning on traveling with your cat by road, make that phrase your new mantra.
What I mean is, take your cat out for car rides to get it to adapt to being in a moving vehicle.
Start out stationary, so that your cat is accustomed to being in a car. After, move on to small distances then gradually lengthen the time on the road. It will help your cat get accustomed to the motion as well as let you know how it does when confined.
You need to ensure you are patient and caring if the cat gets frightened; any negative feelings from you will surely upset it further.
With continual practice, your cat is sure to be a pro at travel.

What You Should Pack for Your Cat

You and your furry friend might be classified in the same animal kingdom; however, you both have different needs (at least in some aspects.)
When traveling with your cat, there are certain extra things you need to pack for the feline.
Like…

Food and Water

You need to food and water so does your cat.

So, make sure you have packed treats and the preferred cat food as well as water bottles; if you can keep food and water bowls, it’d be a plus for you.

It might seem like much, but there is no harm in spoiling your kitty a little and making the journey as pleasant as possible for both of you.

We’ll come back to the litter box issue later, but for now, let’s see…

Amount of Treats Packed
It depends on the length of your vacation and how long you are going to be on the road.

Time of Year
If you travel in the middle of summer, you are going to need more water bottles to stay rehydrated, mainly because cats cannot regulate their temperature via sweating the way humans do.

Toys

If it’s a long trip you are planning on, then some entertainment is a necessity for your little friend.

The unfamiliar surroundings are bound to scare your cat and make it restless. Plus, you need to focus on the road if you want to get to your destination safe and sound.

Therefore, pack your cat’s favorite toys, blankets or bed that it likes to sleep in or play with; even if they don’t play with them, the familiarity of the objects will keep him/her calm and happy allowing you to make your journey in peace.

Leashes or Harnesses

When you are on the road for a long time, you need to stretch your legs from time to time and so does your cat.

However, you don’t want her wandering around too much and then getting lost.

So, I suggest you keep two to three pairs of leashes or harnesses around.

Always be prepared just in case you misplace one or lose another; you can’t be too careful.

Also, harnesses can be much more preferable than leashes for cats.

Why?

They are much sturdier than leashes, for one.

Second, you don’t end up choking your cat; just in case it pulls at it too hard.

So, pack harnesses or leashes, if you prefer, for a little outdoor excursion with your cat.

Cleaning Supplies

Unlike you, your little furry friend can’t hold it in when it wants to use the litter box.

So, what are you going to do when traveling with your cat?

Remember, that even if your cat didn’t need to go, the anxiety of being in a moving vehicle might also upset its stomach.

Therefore, firstly, you can keep extra towels, paper towels, and pet cleaning supplies to clean up any accidents.

Keep in mind that many stores provide those disposable litter boxes that you can purchase for your trips. They have cat litter already inside so you can place them on the floor of your car for your cat before throwing it away in the trash.

Simple, convenient, and hassle-free!

If you’re worried about added expenses, then use coupons from Pennysaviour and prepare for travel without overspending.

First Aid Kits

You know the importance of keeping an emergency kit around your house; sometimes people even have more than one.

Well, same is the case for when you are traveling.

Whether it is for your feline or yourself, you should always have a first aid kit with you.

You don’t know when your cat might start feeling frustrated; whether it is due to the motion of the car, the anxiety of being confined or merely an upset stomach, you need to be prepared for anything.

Plus, there is also a chance of it getting hurt during pit stops.

Thus, keeping a first aid kit around you will help you aid in cuts or any other medicine your cat might need.

Now you might wonder, which medicines to bring on the road or a plane.

For that, you need to…

Consult the Vet – Is the Cat Medically Fit for Travel

Before you go traveling with your cat see your trusted veterinarian.

Getting your feline a complete check-up will help you know if it is medically fit to be on the road or in the plane for such a long time.

Plus, if you know of any ailments, you’ll be better prepared to handle them if you do travel.

I previously mentioned that you should pack a first aid kit for your kitty…

Visiting the vet will let you know which first aid you should include. Not just for the current condition, but also for if it gets car sick, nauseous or irritable.

An unhappy kitty is sure to make the journey unbearable. So, I suggest you get the doctors opinion before you hit the road.

Also, keep a copy of the cat’s medical certificate for if you need to make an impromptu visit to the vet during travel.

Prepare Identification

You are not going to be on the road, locked in a car, or in the sky on a plane all the time.

Therefore, a collar for your cat with your information engraved in the tag is what you need to prep for before heading out. That way if you and your cat happen to separate then you can find it more efficiently at the animal shelters.

Just think, having to drive off without your kitty cat just because you forgot to put a tag on it? How disheartening that will be.

I suggest, keeping your contact information, name and address somewhere on the collar or harness, because even though a microchip might be more feasible, it won’t work unless your cat ends up in a shelter or at the vet.

Keep Your Kitty in the Carrier

Safety first, even for kitty cats!

Having your cat roam freely inside the car when driving is dangerous as it puts you at the risk of an accident; what if you hit a bump in the road, it could scar furry friend, and it runs off to hide under the pedals.

You can’t keep your eyes on the road as well as on your feline; therefore, it is best if they travel inside crates.

Padded crates lined with soft fabric will be much safer and efficient in protecting your cat on uneven terrain, than those plastic or wire crates.

Plus, if they are large enough, then it gives them the freedom to stretch their feet without endangering either of your lives.

Additionally, you can strap the crates with seat belts to keep it secure in the back or front seat and prevent it from jostling too much.

The same can be said for if you are traveling via airlines. You don’t want your cat roaming the whole cabin of the plane and then getting lost in the sea of people, or worse, get trampled. Even if your cat is in the cargo hold, it’ll be a much more pleasant journey for the feline if the wires or plastic don’t cut him if jostled.

Plan Pit Stops

If you travel by car, then you need planned pit stops to stretch your legs and a little exercise for your cat. Not only for resting, but also for when you feed your cat or give it water, you need the car to be stationary; otherwise, you’ll end up with spilled water and an unhappy, wet cat.

Remember to enjoy unwinding from the stress of travel by playing with the toys for your kitty that you had packed. Pit stops are perfect for you and your cat to relax; plus, if the kitty needs to use the litter, then it can easily do so. However, a point to remember is that you don’t let it out of its crate without a leash or harness attached. Otherwise, it’s going to wander off, also because it is much easier to hold onto the trailing strap than it is to grab a frightened cat.

Is the Weather Too Warm; Too Cold?

I first mentioned that depending on the time of the year you are traveling, you are going to need more than a few water bottles and a cooler to keep them cold.

Additionally, you also need to ensure you don’t leave your cat alone in the car with the windows down. If the car heats up too much, it puts your cat at risk of heat stroke in a matter of minutes. Even their exhaled breath is at a higher temperature than the average body temp; and if the car is under direct sunlight, it will speed up the process, putting your cat’s life in danger.

Rolling down the windows would help cool down the interior but only if there is wind blowing. In arid, dry weather, the air will be just as hot, not helpful in the least. During winter, the cold winds would lead to frostbites, stiff limbs, numbness, not ideal either. Therefore, it is best you don’t leave your cat unattended in the car.

Accommodations

Where you stay the night at a hotel during your journey or already made it to your destination, make sure they are pet-friendly. It’s pointless arguing or pleading your case after you reach your residence for the night.

Therefore, research the motels or hotels en-route to your destination and book your room beforehand. Furthermore, after you check in, be sure to look around the room to make sure there are no hazards for your pet before you let it out of the carrier.

Wrap Up

Regardless of whether you travel via air or road, all you need to travel with your cat is a little patience, tolerance, and whole lot of preparation for any occurrence.

So, are you ready to hit the roads with your feline?

About the Author: 
Haziqa Ishtiaq is a content writer for PennySaviour– a coupons provider website for many of the top brands of the world – with interest in Genetic Counseling and literature. She has written many blogs covering a range of topics including technology, fashion, business, and more.

The Top 10 Most Pet Friendly Cities in America

Pet owners know that they will go to whatever lengths necessary to make sure their companion is happy and in the best place for success. The issue is finding where that best place for success really is. Through research on vets per area, pet parks per city, average cost of living, and an aggregate of 5 lists from WalletHub, the Huffington Post, Smartasset, Dogtime, and the New York Post, we have created a list of the top 10 pet friendly cities to live in, in the United States. 

  1. San Diego, California

The number one city on our list, San Diego appears on all five lists we used to determine ranking. With an average ranking of 4.8 out of 10, San Diego solidifies itself at number one. San Diego has an incredibly accommodating climate, perfect for taking your furry companion out for a stroll on their many pet-friendly parks or beaches. It also has plentiful pet-friendly apartments and hotels, which is perfect for an already amazing area.

  1. Austin, Texas

The only other city to appear on all five lists, Austin, sometimes called the best city in America, comes in as the second best city for pet-friendly living, with an average city ranking of 7.6. Austin braggs some of the best pet related services, including countless parks, pet friendly bars and restaurants, and vets to ensure your pet stay safe and healthy. Along those same lines, Austin appears to pride itself on healthy, natural options for pets, especially when it comes to food. They also have a large array of dog walking services, perfect for if you have a time-consuming job and don’t want your pet to get lonely.

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is one of the most surprising names on our list, but it appeared on 4 of 5 lists we looked at, with an average ranking of 6. Although Las Vegas may not be a city that has a ton of permanent residents, it earns its very high ranking from the countless pet-friendly hotels. As a destination city, having peace-of-mind knowing your pet can stay in a hotel while you hit the town, gives Las Vegas many praises. Additionally, the city has quite a few pet parks, perfect for your pet to unwind at after being at home or a hotel.

  1. San Francisco, California

Number four on our list of best pet-friendly cities is San Francisco, which appeared on 3 of 5 lists, but had an incredibly high average ranking of 2.7, the highest average of cities which appeared 3 or more times. As a relatively young city, San Fran is especially receptive to pets, which can be seen by the large number of pet friendly bars, parks and cafes. Pair that with a relatively cooperative climate, and you have yourself a city primed for tons of happy pets and pet owners.

  1. Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona

We are combining Scottsdale and Phoenix because they are neighboring cities, but both bolster similar rankings and services for pets. Scottsdale was ranked the number one pet friendly city in two of the lists we used, and Phoenix was ranked 2 and 5 respectively, making these two cities very tough to beat. In the heart of Arizona, Scottsdale and Phoenix have tons of open space, perfect for your pets to frolic around and get plenty of exercise. The one knock would be the high temperatures, but the lack of rain means plenty of time to go outside and enjoy nature.

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico

With a 5.7 average in 3 of 5 lists, Albuquerque comes in as the 6th best city for pets in the United States. Similar to Scottsdale and Phoenix, Albuquerque has a wide range of pet parks. Additionally, Albuquerque has a good amount of pet-friendly breweries to take your dog or cat to and enjoy a beverage. On top of that, the city has relatively low rent costs, meaning housing your pet won’t break the bank, unlike some of the other cities on the list.

  1. Chicago, Illinois

The only midwest city on our list, Chicago appears on 3 of 5 lists and has an average city ranking of 6. Chicago’s biggest selling points are their pet friendly establishments, mainly apartments and restaurants. Despite being a pretty expensive city to live in, Chicago has a large amount of pet-friendly apartments, which isn’t always easy to find in such a large city. As well, in the summer, Chicago has tons of outdoor seating at restaurants and breweries, many of which are accommodating to pets.

  1. Tucson, Arizona

The last of three Arizona cities to make the list, Tucson appeared on 3 of 5 lists with an average ranking of 6.3. Tucson actually received a ranking of number one in a list, helping it receive the ranking of 8 on ours. Similar to Scottsdale/Phoenix, Tucson has a ton of outdoor space, perfect for your pet. Additionally, Tucson has a great deal of hotels and vacation homes that are pet friendly; so if you are considering getting away for the cold winter months but don’t want to leave your pet at home, Tucson may just be the destination for you.

  1. Tampa, Florida

The last two cities on our list pay homage to the sunshine state. Tampa, Florida is our number 9 most pet-friendly city, which appeared three times with an average of 6.7. Being in Florida has it perks, most notably the fantastic weather year-round, which is perfect for taking your pet out to a park or beach, which Tampa has many of. Tampa also has pretty cheap apartments for rent, and many are pet-friendly, which makes the city more attractive for pet owners than other Florida cities.

  1. Orlando, Florida

Rounding out our list, another Florida city, is Orlando. Appearing on 2 of 5 lists, but bolstering a 3.5 average among the two, Orlando is a pet-owners dream city to live in. With a great downtown life, Orlando has ample restaurants and parks that are completely pet friendly, giving you peace of mind rather than having your pet stay at home. The city also has a great number of pet-related events to interact and meet other pets and pet owners.

About the Author

Sam Radbil is an author at ABODO Apartments, an apartment marketplace website that makes apartment hunting easier for people all across the country. Check out their available apartments in Chicago, IL and follow along on Twitter at @ABODOapts.

 

3 Homemade Toys for Your Dog

We’d do anything for our pets to the point of buying any kind of trinket to see them wagging their happy tails. But, the lifetime of a toy for our pups is too short! They fall in love too fast for new toys, but soon they cease to be a novelty and are left aside. In other situations, some dogs are very attached to a particular toy, and they continue to be fond of them even when they are old and shabby. Others play with their new toys only for some time and when they wear, soon lose interest. This is why some of us on a budget tend to depend on homemade dog toys instead of spending money on every new toy for our pet. 

We have highlighted three dog toys you can make from things around the house below:

Tips for DIY Dog Toys

Before learning how to make your dog’s toys from things around the house, the first thing that needs to be done is to know the characteristics that these toys will have, to minimize the risks of the dog suffering some kind of accident, poisoning and ensure that the toys are fun and enjoyable:

  1. The toy should be unbreakable

When creating toys for your dog at home, you should select materials that are resistant to breakage or at least choose something that you know your dog will not ingest (plastic, etc.).

If a piece of toy breaks off when being used by your dog, this can produce cuts, death by suffocation or intestinal obstruction.

  1. Ensure that the edges are smooth and without cracks

This will go a long way to avoid any health threats to your dog. For example, many people give plastic bottles to their dogs without proper supervision, and when they play with them for a long time, they tend to give way because of the strength of their teeth, which can cause bruises to their gums.

  1. Use non-toxic materials.

  2. Fit the toy to the size of the animal so that they won’t swallow it.

  3. The homemade dog toys we create at home can frighten or overwhelm them, so you should pay attention to your dog’s reactions (especially if he is nervous about the noise) and if it happens, it is best to look for a better option.

Materials for Homemade Dog Toys

With the above recommendations in place, here are three different type of dog toys you can make:

The Tennis Ball

This  is a great dog toy you can make at home, and the idea is simple:

  1.    You make a notch or a hole in the tennis ball (you can make a hole bigger or smaller or just a slot according to the size of your dog)
  2.    Fill the tennis ball with your dog’s favorite treats
  3.    Give him the ball while he tries to get the treats out!

You can make several balls, with different difficulty levels and when you leave your dog alone, you can give him several balls to occupy his attention until your return.

OR!

  1. Cut 2 slits into the tennis ball, one on either side
  2. Thread a rope through the ball
  3. Make a knot at the end of one side to make a handle. Now you can play fetch!

Braided Ropes

You may have seen some braided ropes being used as toys for puppies. This works perfectly because they like to bite them, and they also serve to play “fetch.”

To make one, use an old T-shirt or two, cut and lock them together. You and your dog can also play tug of war or other games with this.

Ball in Sock

This toy works greatly in keeping your dog from getting bored or even stressed. For this, you can cover an old tennis ball with a clean sock, tie the ends firmly and present it to your dog. For additional fun, you can braid it so as to make it a “two in one” toy. 

Make sure the sock is clean so your dog doesn’t associate the rest of your clothes as a play toy.’

Wrap Up

In conclusion, chew bones, treats, and toys are essential elements for all dogs to develop properly. In fact, behavioral problems can develop when dogs have not gone out for walks for an extensive period of time, or when suitable toys are not available to distract them.

One thing to remember about your dog is that he will not recognize the difference between “buy in store” and “do it at home.” Keeping that in mind, feel free to turn those discarded items into fun toys for you and your dog. Also, for more help as regards to the best dog toys you can make from things around the house, HellowDog is here to help.

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See what Internet Sensation OK Go does with Dogs in their new video!

I have been a fan of the pop band OK Go for years, since their first treadmill video, “Here It Goes Again” in 2006 (over 41 million views). I have also been a fan of dogs and cats and reptiles and fish and birds… okay pretty much all pets and animals since I started crawling. This time OK Go puts their creative song writing and visual mind bending talents together with their “friends.”

Warning, if you don’t know the band OK Go and you like this video, you might find yourself a half hour into the future still watching their other mesmerizing videos.

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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. Summer ends up being 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 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 of your dining room table one by one and cover the top of them 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 because its 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 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: have fun and make lots of memories!

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”