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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Building Your Cat The Purr-fect Castle

Cats really are the kings and queens of their domains. They’re territorial by nature, and as such, they like to keep an eye on the goings-on of the household. Whether they’re perched regally atop the highest cupboard in the kitchen or slyly keeping watch from beneath the living room couch, felines prides themselves in knowing what’s going on in the home front.

Some cat owners, perhaps we could be called “crazy cat people” but that’s fine, feel the need to build our cats habitats befitting their royal status. We want them to be happy and physically and emotionally healthy. A cardboard box in the corner simply won’t do. Our cats need enrichment; they need castles from which to rule the roost.

Here are the important elements to consider when drawing up the plans for your cat’s dream castle in the clouds.

The Vertical Advantage

Every castle has at least one grand tower. It’s a place from which its occupants can scope out the goings-on below and intervene if necessary. Like if, say, a dog from a neighboring village starts to root around in the Queen’s food dish. Not cool, dog.

Because the tower was traditionally used as a strategic high-point from which to launch defenses, it signifies one’s power and cunning. Also, cats just like being high.

All of this is to say, the central element of your cat’s castle abode should be a tall structure on which she can perch. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a factory-made cat tree if you don’t want to. We do live in the age of the glorious internet after all: DIY cat

tower ideas abound.

A Panoramic View

Once you’ve decided upon the tower design, the next step is to settle on the landscaping.

There’s a common misconception out there that cats see in black and white. But in fact cats, like humans, have all three cones that let them see red, green, and blue. Their vision is certainly different than human sight — we can get a glimpse of a cat’s world through the lens of artist Nickolay Lamm — but there’s no doubt that they do see in color.

Clearly the landscape in which your kitty castle resides is of the utmost importance. We want everything about the environment to be enriching.

To make your cat’s castle haven a panoramic experience, place her tower in a corner with a window on one side and a wall on the other. We’ll talk more about the window soon. As for the wall, instead of leaving it boring and white, give her a view of a lovely vista. You can paint a mural, hang photos, or if you’re anything like me and art isn’t your strong suit, you can have someone else do the artistic work for you. There are no limitations. If lovely vistas aren’t to your cat’s taste, perhaps a large-scale decal of a peaceful koi pond would do the trick.

No matter the scenery, no castle is complete without view.

Clean Air

Indoor and outdoor cats alike love the fresh air and the glimpse of the outdoors offered by a window. When possible, set up your cat’s castle near one.

But remember that it’s not always safe to leave those windows open. It’s best to close them when you’re not home, and even when you are, some indoor-only kitties simply can’t be stopped by a little thing like a screen. I mean come on, when a squirrel darts down the sidewalk outside, what cat in his right mind wouldn’t’ bolt after it?

If your home and/or your cat isn’t open-window-friendly, make sure to keep the air quality in the house up to snuff. Little things like dusty air ducts might only be a slight irritant to humans, but can wreak havoc on a feline’s sensitive scent and respiratory systems. We want our royalty to be healthy.  

A Cloud-Soft Blanket

The final element in creating your cat’s perfect castle is to make it cozy and inviting.

After all what use is a castle if there’s no one there to live in it?

There’s no saying what kind of cloud is your cat’s favorite — they’re so strangely particular — but surely you know their preferences. My cat’s favorite cloud, for example, is a fuzzy purple blanket. One I was given for Christmas, for me, and then she claimed it as her own. Though I was loathe at first to let her have it, it now sits atop her cat castle and really is the cherry on top of the sundae. To avoid your cat stealing your warmest blanket, try investing in a heated pet bed that’s simply too cozy for any feline to turn her nose up at.

High on her castle perch, nuzzled in her cat bed, your cat can fully be her most regal self. It is her throne.

Some people might say that building a castle for your cat is overkill. But they clearly aren’t cat people. We all have our funny ways of pampering our pets. And making them a fun and enriching habitat is simply part of being a good pet owner. How do you spoil your cat?

About the Author: Brooke Faulkner is an animal advocate and cat-spoiler extraordinaire from Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter @Faulknercreek

 

entertaining cats in winter

7 Tips for Exercising Your Cat This Winter

Winter-time can be difficult on cats – especially if they are used to being outdoors. Here are a few tips to help you keep your cat active and entertained throughout the season.

entertaining cats in winter

1. Schedule Playtime

Play with your kitty. Arrange catnip toys which will help him or her to move a bit. It will be a good workout and provides stimulation!

2. Games For Your Kitty

You should set aside at least 10 minutes in the evening to have some fun with your cat. You can use a cardboard box to play with your kitty, you can even create a newspaper tunnel to play and hide in. Devoting time to your cat each night is key!

winter cat

3. Indoor Hunting

Another way to keep your feline entertained in the house, is to play a hunting game! A fun way to do this is by spreading some low-calorie treats around the house and let your feline sniff them out. (And this allows you to relax in front of the TV!)

 

4. Try Out The Leash!

Like dogs, some cats have been trained to walk on a leash. Take time to introduce your cat to the harness by allowing her to wear it around the house. Then attach the leash and practice around the house more. Before you know it – you and your cat will be out for walks!

playing with your cat

5. Think About Your Cat’s Diet

You should discuss diet chart with your veterinarian.  Your veterinarian will advise you on whether or not your cat is overweight. It can be easy for cat’s to become a little pudgy throughout the winter. An adjusted diet is a simple solution.  

6. Walk With Your Cat

Not a fan of the leash. If your cat is allowed outdoors, you can see if she will chase you around the yard. Then both of you get exercise!

7. Romp In The Snow With Your Cat

Cats love to play in the snow. Be sure it isn’t too cold outside. But if your feline follows you out into the bliss – take some pictures and have a ball!

Conclusion:

Cats burn extra energy to stay warm in the winter seasons. Pay attention to their diet and water intake. Your kitty should drink plenty of water. Add more kibble to their dish. Their skin can get dried due to cold air so they should be hydrated properly. You should walk or run with your kitty so that both of you can enjoy the fresh air.

If it is snowing outside, then limit their playtime in the snow. Cats with thin coats should not be allowed to play outside when the temperature is below freezing point. When they return inside, then wipe their wet and dirty fur and paws. On paws, the cold can be tough and it can cause redness between toes so take care of it properly. Your lovely cat can also suffer from cracked paw pads due to snow so it should be handled carefully.

 

Author Bio: Hello! My name is Priyanka. I like exploring things on various subjects. Writing and reading is my passion. I believe that to write the story it does not need to be too long but it takes a long time to make it short. Recently I blogs at Best On Internet.