Homemade Chicken Veggie Oatmeal Dog Recipe

As the owner of an adorable Clumberdoodle named Bentley, I know that I only want the very best for my furry friend. Often, I simply cannot be sure what goes into meals and treats that you can buy in the supermarket.

I decided to start looking at ways of making healthy meals and treats for Bentley and have gathered a nice collection of his favorite recipes.

Why make their meals yourself?

Well, there is an awful lack of adequate regulation when it comes to the pet industry. While human food is well regulated, it seems that pet food is sadly lacking here. The bottom line is that you can never be sure who to trust when it comes to buying food for your pet, and neither can you be 100% sure of what goes into those meals.

Making Bentley’s meals and treats myself means that I can control what he eats. I know that there are no preservatives and flavorings in his meals, and I also know that there are no added chemicals which may harm him. Additionally, cooking Bentley’s meals for him means that I can omit anything that he does not like and only add those he enjoys eating.

I am also in control of portion size and calorie counts so Bentley will never be overweight because of hidden sugars. There are never any added fillers to pad out the meal, and it pleases me that the only things in his meals are those that I would eat myself.

By saving all my small containers and use them to freeze portions of foods for Bentley, in fact he has his own shelf in the freezer. If I set aside an hour on a Saturday I can make a whole week worth of meals for him. I know what he’s eating, and he loves them! A small container will hold about 1/3 cup although they will vary depending on what type you can get hold of.

What You’ll Need

I would only use the best ingredients for my pooch, and although Bentley is not what I would call a fussy eater, there are some things he does not like so I just leave them out.

As far as meat goes, you could do this with turkey or beef as well. Bentley doesn’t get any chicken or turkey other than breast. This prevents getting any bones stuck in his throat. Better to be safe than sorry, so it’s only chicken breast for my boy!

Here’s Bentley’s favorite cooked meal. I add half a small container to his dry food, and he cannot wait for meal times!

Healthy Chicken Veggie Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 chicken breast
1 cup of fresh vegetables (use whatever your pooch enjoys)
1 cup oats (you can use either instant or regular)
1 teaspoon gravy mix (this is really just to give the dish some color)

Directions

For the veggies, Bentley likes broccoli carrots, beans, and sweet potato. He loves them! 

Chop the chicken and veggies up into 1 cm cubes. Place in a medium sized pot with enough water to cover them, add the gravy mix and boil until the vegetables are almost cooked.

Add the oats and stir to mix. Let the mixture simmer until the vegetables and chicken are tender and the oats cooked.

The mixture should thicken nicely with the oats. It will also thicken a little more as it cools.

When cool, scoop into small containers, chill, label, and freeze. Make sure you keep one container out for the meal that day.

Tips

An alternative to oats is to add rice, and I have done this. Bentley loves it just as much as the oats, and I cook it the same way until the rice is done. It will thicken up as it cools, and then I freeze it the same way.

One thing I am careful not to use is any leftover gravy unless I am sure that there is no onion in it. Onion is not good for dogs and you should not add it to any meals you cook for your pooch. If there is no onion in my gravy leftovers, there is no reason why you can’t add this to the meal for a little extra flavor.

I’ve also used up any leftover vegetables that Bentley likes, I just don’t add them with the chicken as they are already cooked.

I never add any salt to this meal, or any other seasonings although you can add what your dog likes to boost the flavor. Bentley is quite happy to eat it as it is, in fact, he will gladly eat more of it. Mind you, at least I know exactly what is going into this dish and there is nothing that will harm him.

golden retriever puppy lying down near empty feeding bowl

Wrap Up

I hope your dog enjoys this meal as much as Bentley does. It’s easy to make and if you have never made a meal for your dog before, this is a great way to start. There is nothing in it that will harm your pet and quite honestly, I think it tastes delicious!

About the Author

My name is Valerie. I am the proud owner of Bentley, who is a Clumberdoodle. That’s a mix of Clumber Spaniel and Standard Poodle. Writing is my passion and writing about dogs gives me a chance to share our experiences with Bentley. I write about him in articles for officiallypets.com!

 

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How To Create a Pet-Friendly Backyard

Getting a dog is a great way to round out a family. They’re fun, loveable, and can even improve your health. But before you bring your new little girl or fella home you need to make sure your home is ready. Your backyard can be a wonderful hangout spot for your new pup. Not all backyards are created equal, though; some will need a bit of work to be puppy friendly. So how do you get your yard ready for a dog? How do you ensure your yard is the right place for his safety and happiness?

Safety

The first item on your list when introducing a dog to your yard will always be safety. Dogs have different outdoor safety needs, and it’s important to make sure that nothing is lying around or landscaped that can cause your new pup harm.

First things first: Give your yard a good look over to make sure nothing is lying around that can cause harm. You want to look for anything sharp that could harm your dog’s paws or anything that could hurt them if chewed on or swallowed. If you’ve done any kind of DIY work on your home, watch out for leftover scraps of building materials. If your yard is dense, it might be helpful to use a tool of some kind to search out glass or metal, like a metal detector. Metal detectors can help you find potentially dangerous items you might not be able to see. Check for any potentially toxic plants growing around your yard. Always assume that if it’s growing, your dog might just try and eat it.

Some common plants that are toxic to dogs include:

  • Aloe
  • Branching Ivy
  • Calla Lily
  • Chamomile
  • Carnation
  • Daisy
  • Monkshood
  • Peony
  • Azaleas
  • Gardenias
  • Hydrangea

Your dog needs a fenced area to keep him closed in and safe from any dangers outside your lawn, like cars or other dogs. Some owners have fenced in their entire yard, or a smaller space specifically for their pet called a dog run. Whatever fencing option you choose, you need to make sure your fence is tall enough to prevent your dog from jumping over — at least six feet. Higher, if your dog is particularly bouncy or a climber. Look for any potential escape routes. Screen off crawl spaces under your porch and look for low spots around the fence or spots where your dog might be able to dig or has begun digging. Consider lining your fence with shrubs or sinking wire mesh into the ground under the fence if the breed is prone to digging.

Pools can be a tricky thing for pet owners. While some pets avoid water like the plague, a pool is still an opportunity for accidents or, at worst, death. Make sure to cover or close off all sources of standing water, like pools or hot tubs. If you treat your pool with any chemicals, make sure not to leave them lying around in reach of your dog. And make sure to keep any cleaning devices from lying around where your dog can get them, especially if your dog is a chewer.

Your yard might feature other things that could present a danger to your dog. If you store your trash bins in the yard, make sure they are weighed down and untippable. Keep any kind of temptation out of the mulch pile if you mulch — anything that smells tempting or foods your dog might like. If that’s not an option, consider walling or fencing off your mulch pile. If your pooch doesn’t like strangers, consider posting notices so anyone who might wander into your backyard (repairmen, lawn care, utility workers) are aware.

With all of your careful planning, it’s still possible that an accident might happen. Some pet owners keep pet insurance to help mitigate any costs associated with their medical care, which can be costly.

Landscaping

Even though you’ve stripped every potentially toxic thing out of your yard, there’s still plenty of room to landscape your lawn into the prettiest thing on the block. When landscaping, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you keep it dog-friendly.

Use non-toxic fertilizers to keep everything lush and green. Check ingredient lists, and if needed, do a little investigation to make sure it can’t harm your dog. When in doubt, double check.

When building walkways or flower beds, keep away from metal materials for boundaries or edges. Your dog could harm himself on corners. Use something that won’t harm him if he starts digging around it.

If your dog is wearing paths in your grass, put pathways along those spots. You can turn an eyesore of dead or beaten-down grass into a feature. And it’ll help your dog keep up his patrolling, which keep him occupied.

Plant dog-friendly plants. Now that you’ve gotten all the potentially toxic plants out of the way, your lawn needs plants that won’t harm your pup. Windmill palms, African daisies, creeping rosemary, and snapdragons are all excellent dog-friendly plants.

Water features can bring class and elegance to your lawn. They can also provide fresh running water for your dog. Some dogs enjoy fresh running water over water in a bowl. During warmer days, they might use the water feature to keep cool.

Use landscaping materials that won’t hurt their paws. Any kind of gravel or rocks that are sharp and might lodge in their paws are off limits. Anything that gets really hot in the sun can burn their paws in the hotter months. And no cocoa mulch — it has the same stuff as chocolate, this is toxic for dogs.

Make It Cozy

You want your dog not just to be safe but to be comfortable and happy as well. Consider things to keep your dog cozy. Dog houses are traditional. You definitely want to give your dog a place to rest out of the sun. A dog house not only provides necessary shade, but you can make it as comfortable and extravagant as you like. These homes can have bedding, and even climate control like a fan, air conditioner, or heater (depending on your climate). Without a dog house, it’s still important to make sure Fido has a shaded spot to rest, like a porch or a full tree.

Water features aren’t for every lawn, but every dog needs water. If you leave a bowl out, make sure to check it frequently to ensure your dog has water. Some people leave water faucets dripping to keep a bowl full, though that can be wasteful. For his food source, make sure you keep any food out of reach of ants or other bugs. Be sure to keep his food in a dry place, safe from any inclement weather.

In addition to comfort, your pup will need something to keep him occupied so he’s less likely to dig his way out of your yard or eat your snapdragons. Toys are a classic choice. Balls can give them something to chase, while chew toys provide busy work for dogs. Tunnels can be fun for your furry pal to run through and around — a perfect toy when the zoomies hit. For pups who like to patrol, patrolling paths along their dog run or your yard can keep them occupied. If they’re not big barkers or prone to going crazy at the sight of other people/animals, you can even install fence windows or viewing bubbles so they can watch the neighborhood go about their day. It’s a lot of entertainment for some dogs, and your neighbors might enjoy it, too.

Dog pools are a lot of fun on hot days and can help dogs that run warm or have heavy coats keep cool and happy. It also provides exercise for your pup. If you adopted an older dog, pools are especially beneficial. Letting them splash around in a dog pool offers low impact, so it’s good for elderly dog joints. Make sure to bring home something big enough and durable enough for your dog. If you have a high-energy dog, it might take a beating.

Adapt

Not every plan is perfect, so you might need to adapt as potential problems arise. Your dog digs out of your fence? Line it with river rocks or mesh. Planted flower beds on one of his favorite digging spots and he dug it up? That one might be a lost cause. Whatever happens, your dog will probably keep you on your toes. Part of it, you will be working to overcome your dog’s bad habits, but other times, you are navigating your dog’s needs.

After all, with any pet, half of the time you’re training them, and they’re training you the other half. It might be challenging, but the love of a dog and the happiness pets bring your family are ultimately well worth it.

About the Author

Frankie Wallace writes about a wide variety of different topics, from environmental issues to politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho.

 

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10 Ways Your Dog Benefits From Doggy Daycare

Doggy Daycares are all the rage these days among pet owners.

The idea is pretty tantalizing to dog owners who are constantly strapped for time. They get to drop off their pooch for a day to a trusted daycare. Their pup will get to run around and play with others all day while their owners are running errands or spend long days at work. When leaving your puppers at home isn’t an option, dog daycares are becoming an obvious go-to solution.

However, there are still people that have concerns and are a bit apprehensive around the idea. Questions arise concerning reliability and trust. Also, a lot of people are simply not willing to leave their four-legged best friends under the supervision of strangers. While these concerns are understandable, there are more positives to gain out of the experience than negatives.

The objective of this article is to try and put to bed any negative preconceived notions that you may have around the idea of using a dog daycare.

These are the 10 interesting ways that your furry pal can benefit from doggy daycare.

1.The Opportunity To Socialize With Other Dogs

I think that people often forget just how similar animals and humans truly are. Dogs, just like humans, need a certain degree of socialization in order to develop properly. Keeping Fido entirely walled off from other dogs isn’t a great idea, especially if you have a young puppy. I mean think about it. A human would not be able to correctly recognize social cues within society if he/she spent the overwhelming majority of their lives cooped up inside solitary, right? Neither will dogs!

Doggy Daycares provide an excellent opportunity to get your pooch out and socializing. With this socialization comes a boost in confidence and general comfort when around other furry pals and humans.

2. Non-Stop Play and Exercise

As dog owners, we know just how active dogs can be. With a seemingly bottomless pit of energy to draw from, Fido can have you on your feet most hours of the day tossing a ball or frisbee around with very few breaks in between. This is where dog daycares come in. They provide a much-needed respite against fatigue brought upon by excessive play and allow you to go about your day doing other important things.

Also, with play, they get to exercise! According to petmd, your dog needs about 30 minutes to 2 hours of activity per day (depending on the breed). If you are strapped for time, this simply isn’t doable and will be hard to maintain on a consistent basis. Dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare will give your pup the essentials to live happily and you the freedom to do important errands.

3. Networking Opportunities With Other Dog Owners

This correlates to the benefits of socialization previously mentioned but more so involving humans. Joining a doggy daycares provides a golden opportunity to not only get Fido socializing with others, but also get yourself socializing with other pet parents. Dog daycares provide an excellent environment to meet and connect with other dog owners. You can never know too many people, especially if your chief point of contact has to do with your furry companion. You can obtain a wealth of information that will benefit your pupper previously not known by tapping into these social circles. From the best dog food brands to all natural flea remedies, you can learn a lot by conversing with other dog owners who share similar interest.

4. The Safety That Comes With Supervised Watch

Safety is among the most salient of concerns when it’s time to part ways temporarily with our pets. We can usually think of 101 ways our dogs can get themselves into trouble throughout the day unsupervised. When they are left alone all day, those reasons permeate our minds, leading to a stressful situation.

Dog daycares provide peace of mind from that stress. Knowing that your dog will be watched over by presumably competent, highly experienced individuals will allow you to go about your day worry free. I say “presumably”, because like everything else in life, dog daycares aren’t perfect. It is your job as an owner to seek out and adequately vet the dog daycare that you ultimately decide to settle down on.

  • What do their reviews look like?
  • How experienced are the dog handlers there?
  • What is the handler to dog ratio?
  • What type of insurance does the daycare have?

These are all questions that need to be asked before entrusting the well-being of your dog to daycare. So do your due diligence and start asking questions!

5. Additional Human Interaction

Dog daycares provide an excellent opportunity to get your dog interacting with other human beings on a routine basis. Some dogs may be timid when it comes to other humans. They may need a certain degree of reassurance when it comes to interacting with other humans. By being left with an experienced handler at a dog daycare is a great way to really break it out of its shell.
Know your dog’s personality and behavior around other humans.
If your dog exhibits a large degree of apprehension when it comes to interacting with other humans, then getting it acclimated inside of a dog daycare can be highly beneficial.

6. Creates A Daily Routine

Most owners know how their pooch thrives on routines. Routines also provide great training, establishing a daily pattern to look forward to and provides a great way of passively training your dog. Every day Fido can expect to wake up, go for a walk, and eat around a certain time. Using a doggy daycare establishes a routine in which your pup can anticipate with excitement every day.

7. Grooming Opportunities

We all know how torturous grooming our dogs can get, especially when we simply don’t have enough time in the day. Nobody likes an un-groomed pet, as that falls badly on the owner. Depending on what petcare center you choose, some even have the option to your puppy while staying with them.

8. Supplemental Dog Training

Every dog can use some extra training. Owners may be too strapped for time and not necessarily have the bandwidth required. Dog daycare’s present an excellent opportunity to get some supplemental training in. Some dog daycares will pick up the slack and offer to provide a certain degree of training to your pooch. This allows you to go about your day without having to worry about when or where you are going to fit some extra training in.

9. Helps Prevent Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a serious problem when it comes to dogs. If it’s routine for you to spend all day with your pooch, sometimes a disrupt in routine can cause anxiety, leading to all sorts of problems in behavior and overall health. Utilizing a dog daycare will go a long way towards helping to cure that anxiety. Your dog will get acclimated to the presence of others on a routine basis. Gradually, this should help to cure any anxiety brought upon by separation.

10. More Bang For Your Buck

Affordability is a great concern when it comes to choosing a dog daycare. Many pet owners are a bit apprehensive to dive into the world of dog daycares due to perceptions (often false) that they are expensive.

Believe it or not, but dog daycares are affordable and you may actually be getting more bang for your buck by choosing a dog daycare over some of the other go-to options out there. For example, the neighborhood kid you task with watching and walking your puppy when you aren’t available may run you about $20 “x” amount of times per week. While that may come across as affordable to many, it belies the fact that your dog won’t be getting a lot of value. Your furry pal will most likely miss out on all of the benefits previously mentioned thus far. Your dog stands to benefit more from a dog daycare than any simple “dog sitting” situation you set up.

Wrap Up

While there are certainly other benefits of dog daycares that can be conjured up, these are among the most prominent and attractive to prospective dog daycare facility users. Petcare centers provide some amazing benefits to those who wish to take advantage of them. So take the plunge and give them a try. Your puppers will thank you for it!

About the Author
Mike Griffin is an writer at Pawsplaygrounds. He has interest in canine behavior, nutrition, and training. He also owns a corgi named Destiny.

 

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50 Best Names For German Shepherds

Germans Shepherds are strong, confident guard dogs. They are extremely intelligent and highly protective of their family and loved ones. Because of this, they are commonly crossed with other breeds.

They are loyal, curious and obedient and so most owners want a name to reflect this.

Some dog parents have a name in mind long before they set eye on their first dog, whereas others prefer to get there German Shepherd home, spend a few days with him and then decide on a name based on their personality.

Most German Shepherds follow the standard breed temperament and require a very strong and noble name, whereas others turn out to be a little cheeky and perhaps need a more fun name.

Whatever name you do decide on, make sure it’s one you’re happy to shout out across as playing field if you need to recall them quickly.

Whilst a fun name might be lots of fun at home – it can quickly become embarrassing having to yell Justin Bieber across a busy park.

One last thing to keep in mind is if you plan on registering your pup with a certain club such as the Kennel Club, you’ll need to read their rules and guidance on choosing names.

They can be quite strict with the amount of characters you’re allowed, and won’t allow a repeat name if another registered dog already has that name.

There are some names which are unisex and suitable for either a male or a female, and others which are much more suited to one of the sexes.

According to Tesco Pet Insurance, the five most popular German Shepherd names are currently Max, Bella, Shadow, Kaiser and Ruby.

They come in colors such as tan, silver, red and black so you may want to choose a name which reflects the color, such as Blackie, Biscuit, Autumn, etc.
If none of these are taking your fancy, let’s take a look at the best names for your German Shepherd and help you find one to match your pup perfectly.

Female German Shepherd Names

If you’re looking for a name for your lady GSD, you might want something which reflects her strong personality, or maybe her beautiful feminine appearance.
We’ve listed plenty of names below, some of which reflect strong women, some of which reflect beauty and others are just plain great names!

Amy – French for dearly loved
Amelia – Short for Amelia Earhart
Angel – Greek for messenger
Annabelle – Meaning graceful or favor
Ashley – Meaning lives in the ash tree grove
Annie – Hebrew for Prayer
Amber – The name of a jewel
Autumn – Sounds better than fall
Blondie – Nickname for someone with blonde
hair
Bonnie – Scottish for pretty or attractive
Bella – Latin for beautiful
Brownie – Name for a chocolate colored dog
Candy – Latin for dazzling white
Caramel – Hebrew for garden
Chloe – Greek for fertility goddess
Chrissie – Follower of Christ
Cassie – Unheeded prophetess
Coco – Abbreviation for “Socorro” meaning help
Daisy – Derived from the flower
Diamond – Greek for invincible and untamed
Diana – Roman goddess
Dixie – French for ten
Dawn – First appearance of light, daybreak
Destiny – Fortune and fate
Dora – Greek origin meaning gift
Ella – Short for Eleanor Roosevelt
Eloise – Meaning healthy
Elsa – Meaning consecrated to God
Erika – Sole ruler or eternal ruler
Eve – Hebrew for living
Faith – Unquestioning belief
Fiona – Meaning fair
Flower – Delicate yet strong
Gabby – Women of God
Gloria – Feminine version of glory
Grace – Latin for God’s favor
Gretel – German for pearl
Heidi – Nobility or of noble birth
Hermione – Granger from Harry Potter

 

Honey – Meaning sweet
Isabelle – Spanish variant of Elisabeth
Jamie – Hebrew meaning supplanter
Jasmine – The name of a flower
Jewel – A precious stone
Julie – Latin for youthful and vivacious
June – Latin for young
Katniss – the lead character from the Hunger Games
Krissy – Derivative of Kristen
Laila – Arabic meaning dark beauty
Lady – Ladylike or head of the household
Lizzie – Derivative of the name Elizabeth
Lucy – Latin meaning of light
Lola – A derivative from a Spanish word
meaning sorrow
Maya – Meaning spring or brook
Maxi – Short for Maxine
Millie – Latin for free-born
Minnie – Hebrew for wished-for child
Missy – Greek for Bee
Meadow – Meaning mowed field
Mya – Derived from Egyptian meaning beloved
Nancy – Hebrew for grace
Nikita – Greek for people victory
Neena – Russian diminutive of Anne, meaning
gracious
Pearl – Latin for precious
Princess – A royal daughter
Queen – A female ruler
Rita – Spanish name meaning pearl
River – Literally meaning river
Rosie – Variant of Rose, meaning flower
Roxy – Persian name for dawn or bright
Sara – Hebrew meaning princess
Sandy – Greek for protector of mankind
Sheeba – Meaning style
Sky- A nature name
Trixie – Latin for “brings joy”
Ursula – Meaning little bear
Violet – As in the flower
Val – Meaning strong
Xena – Xena the Warrior Princess
Zelda – Meaning blessed or happy
Zola – Latin for Earth

Male German Shepherd Names

Your male German Shepherd will need a name which reflects his strength of character and his loyalty.
If you’re looking for a strong and courageous name to suit your dog, any of these names would be perfect for your GSD.

Ace – Someone who excels
Alpha – The top dog
Albert – As in Albert Einstein
Augustus – Latin for majestic
Apollo – Greek god of sunlight and prophecy
Alex – Greek meaning, protector of mankind
Ben – Good solid dog’s name
Beethoven – Popular large dog breed name
Blade – Unconventional yet macho
Boris – Russian for fighter
Branson – German word ‘brand’ means sword
Bruiser – Large and strong
Buddy – A good friend
Captain – The one who’s in charge
Caesar – As in Julius Caesar
Casanova – A seducer
Champ – Short for champion/winner
Charlie – From old English ‘ceorl’ meaning man
Dizzy – Stems from Latin word meaning desired
Duke – A prince or noble man
Ernie – Derived from Germanic ‘eornost’ meaning serious
Eric – Old Norse name “Eirikr” deriving the words “ever, always” and “ruler
Fletch – Or ‘fletcher’ meaning arrow maker
Freddy – Peaceful ruler
Frodo – Wise by experience
Goliath – The name of a giant from the Bible
Horatio – Timekeeper
Hudson – Heart, mind spirit
Hugo – German origin meaning mind
Hunter – Rugged yet cute name
Hercules – Latin for glorious gift
Jack – God is gracious
James – One who follows
Jango – Strong and amazing
Jason – Derived from a Greek word meaning to heal
Jeff – Peaceful pledge
Jerry – Courageous, honest and determined
Jim – Hebrew for supplanter
Kaiser – German for “emperor”
Keanu – Cool breeze over the mountains
King – Ruler or leader
Kobi – Form of the Hebrew name Jacob
Leo – Latin for lion
Lucas – Bright or shining
Max – The greatest
Mac – Scottish origin meaning son
Major – Latin meaning, greater
Milo –German origin, mild, peaceful and calm


Napoleon – Lion of Naples
Nero – Strong and energetic
Newton – intelligent, as in Isaac Newton
Oakley – Strong like an oak tree
Oscar – Also known as God’s spear
Otto – Wealth and fortune
Polo – Variant of Paolo
Pluto – God of the underworld
Popeye – As in the cartoon
Raga – Meaning harmonious
Romeo – Romantic lover from Romeo and Juliet
Rocky – Nickname for a tough person
Robin – Famed, bright and shining
Roger – German for famous spear
Rex – Latin for king
Sam – Referring to “God has heard”
Skipper – English origin for captain
Shadow – Shakespearean name
Sherlock – Lock of hair
Tarzan – Lord of the jungle
Thor – Norse God of strength
Toby – Referring to “Good is God”
Tyson – Derived from a French word meaning
firebrand (fiery temperament)
Victor – Conqueror in Latin
Wilson – German origin, meaning desire
Wolfie – Teutonic meaning wolf strife
Yoda – One who knows
Zeus – The name of a Greek God
Zeno – Derived from Zeus

Unisex German Shepherd Names

If you’re not really interested in having a feminine or a masculine name, you could choose a more fun name which reflects the personality of your German Shepherd. Try one of these:

Bounce
Cookie
Comet
Cosmo
Chocolate
Doughnut
Fluffy
Fudge
Flash
Furball
Gypsy
Happy
Miracle

Messy
Monkey
Nugget
Oreo
Power
Pup
Ruff
Sunny
Shiny
Smarty
Sting
Tango
Uno

Happy name choosing for your new arrival! May it reflect the wonderfully strong and courageous nature of German Shepherds.

Author bio:

John Woods is a dog lover, enthusiast and author at All Things Dogs. He has studied animal behaviour and welfare and is on a mission to educate 40M dog owners on how to care for dogs.

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What to Expect When Owning a Horse

Owning a horse can be a gratifying experience, and maybe we’re a little crazy for owning these 2,000-pound animals, but sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with.
Here are a few things to consider before buying your first horse:

Horses Cause Injury

Horses break pinky toes when they step on you, bruise our cheekbones when they headbutt you, sprain our ankles when they throw us off their backs, and yet we couldn’t live without these beloved animals.

Horses are Injury Prone

Chances are high that owning one horse is more like keeping the number of your vet on speed dial. They don’t get sick too often, but when they do, it turns out to be a big of a deal! Horses are huge animals but with fragile systems. So, even a simple illness like a stomach infection can prove to be life-threatening. Owning a horse definitely feels like owning a child that you have to take care of 24/7. Just like a child, always make sure you have enough free time to care for them properly or you can hire someone to take care of your horse.

Don’t Refer to Them as “Pets”

In some parts of the world, especially in some parts of the US, calling a horse your pet is a very derogatory comment. It is not the way in which anyone would like to address this animal. In some areas, horses are mainly termed as livestock. Horse ownership is quite a complex endeavor and very specific to the species in question. So, people must treat them as livestock and partners, but not a pet.

Transporting Your Horse

When transporting horses, don’t power through the trip. Give a rest stop each 3-4 hours, and plan ahead for medium-term breaks. Offer water and roughage amid these rest periods, and enable your horse to pick at grass in case you’re in an area that will let them do their business freely.
Enabling the steed to touch with its head down in the common brushing position will enable the horse to deplete their sinuses, diminishing the possibility of respiratory diseases. In the event that you are on a more extended adventure and unfit to empty the horse for a break, you should bring down their chestrail to enable the horse to drop its head every now and then.
Amid your journey, it is very typical for steeds to diminish their admission of feed. This isn’t an issue for trips of 3 hours or less. Be that as it may, going over 3 hours without eating can build the danger of colic, particularly when joined with lack of hydration. Therefore, it is imperative to attempt and urge them to eat and drink something en-route.

Part of the Team

Horses are crowd creatures. In the event that there are various horses in a field together, they’ll stay within the realms of the herd. It is typical for horses to nibble one another and kick sometimes; however, in the event that one horse is singling out the others excessively, he should be isolated.

Horses will for the most part travel around the field in a gathering. They will accept turns without a fight with others standing keeping watch.
On the off chance that the horses are eating grass in a field, they should all have the capacity to eat at the same time without an issue. On the off chance that you are sustaining roughage, it is a smart thought to spread it out or have a few feeders to guarantee that each horse is getting enough nourishment.
Horses don’t care aboutleaving their team so they’ll be hesitant to leave the field or horse shelter when you go riding.

Before Riding

Just because you have the horse, doesn’t mean they’re suitable to be ridden just yet.
Worm and inoculate your steed against equine flu and lockjaw routinely. You may likewise think about immunizing against equine herpes infection.
Figure out how to perceive weakness. On the off chance that your horse ends up weak it ought not to be ridden and consult your vet.

Assess their shoes every day, including the underside of the foot. Congested or uneven shoes can create great discomfort and harm the interior structure of the feet, legs, and back.

Horses as Part of the Family

Horses are beautiful creatures and look great, and serve as inspiration in many works of art. They can be utilized for a variety of reasons like pulling furrows, hustling for game, and transportation that is sans gas. Steed farmers ordinarily take great care of their creatures with uncommon sustenance and exercise.
Horses build a bond with their owners who treat them well, unlike any other “pet” you may have. Horses are known to be faithful to their proprietors regardless of whether now and again the proprietor can be unforgiving and pernicious to his steed. At times, regardless of whether the horse is exhausted, this flawless creature still remains with his owner. Steeds are known to be steadfast in light of the fact that in the wild they are basically defensive of the individuals from their group.

About the Author

Sujain Thomas is a freelance content writer. She has written unique, informative articles on various categories and currently associated as a blogger with https://www.tvg.com/promos/breeders-cup/

 

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The German Shepherd: Courageous, Faithful and Loyal

The German shepherd is a medium-sized dog with a standard height of around 60-65cms in males and 55-60cms in females. According to the American Kennel club, German shepherds have ranked 2 of 194 as the most popular purebred dogs in the United States. Their forehead is dome-shaped with a square-cut jaw and a small and black nose. They have large ears and medium-sized brown color eyes. They have a bushy tail and a long neck.
They have a very dense and close undercoat, covered with a light outer coat. The variant in coat defies the two different species of German shepherds: long and medium. As a recessive gene, the long hair coat species is very rare. Most commonly, the color of a German shepherd is either tan and black or black and red. And most of them have a black head and body with saddle pattern on their back.

German shepherds are specifically known for their cleverness and intelligence. They are able to understand and learn a task quickly and they are very obedient towards their owner. Their strength and intelligence make this breed suitable for police and military search & rescue teams because they pick things up quickly and obey every command. Their natural curiosity and willingness to learn makes this breed extremely appropriate for search and rescue.

In general, German shepherds are considered to be very self-assured. They are very protective of their family. They do not have friendly behavior towards strangers in the first meeting.

History of the German shepherd

In the 18th century, there was a continental shepherd who protected homes and herded ships in northwest Europe. All these dogs were similar in looks but in the year 1890, three different breeds of dogs were found, now better known as the German shepherd, Belgian shepherd, and Dutch shepherd.
In the year 1850, a number of attempts were done to standardize the breed of dogs. The main aim behind breeding was to maintain the traits of dogs in their particular work of protecting and herding. When this was practiced in Germany with locals, German shepherds and Bred dogs got selected. It was found that these types of dogs had all the required skills for herding livestock such as speed, strength, intelligence, and alertness. In 1891, because these two dog breeds were different in appearance and ability, a new society is formed with the aim to create a standardized development plan for all dog breeds in Germany.

However, due to some internal conflicts regarding the traits which society needed to promote, the society was dis-banned 3 years later. There were clashes between the members of society because some people were saying that the dogs should be categorized by skill-level and the others were saying that dogs should be categorized by appearance.

The German shepherd is named this because of their original purpose of helping shepherds in herding their sheep and protecting them. However, in World War I, due to anti-German sentiment in the era, it was believed that the word “German” would harm the breed popularity. Because of this, the UK Kennel Club officially renamed the name of this breed as “Alsatian Wolf Dog” and this name was adopted by the International Kennel Club too.

German shepherd: Working Dog

The German shepherd is the first choice for people for a working dog. Their ability to perform tasks easily and follow all commands make them the perfect breed for police work such as detections, search and rescue, criminal tracking and more. They are used as military dogs and trained as scout dogs.
During WWII, German Shepherds worked as messenger dogs, and due to their impressive performance, many soldiers took them to their own homes.
In Germany, people are still using German shepherds for herding sheep grazing in the crop fields.

The Health of German Shepherds
Just like humans have the potential to inherit diseases from their parents or forefathers. Similarly, dogs have the potential to create genetic health issues.

A German shepherd is easily prone to have a genetic disease called hip dysplasia. However, breeders are working to reduce the occurrence of this genetic malformation. If any dog is suffering from hip dysplasia, then the thigh bone of the dog does not fit properly into the hip socket. As time passes, the gap between the thigh bone and hip socket starts increasing which leads to having painful arthritis. However, severe hip dysplasia conditions can be cured with medicines or hips can be replaced through surgery. German shepherds may suffer from the most crucial disease known as Degenerative myelopathy. Degenerative myelopathy is a neurological disease and it is quite similar to sclerosis in humans. This neurological disease leads to paralysis in the dog and is untreatable. Watch your dog’s movement and be alert of any discomfort he may be feeling. German shepherds may also suffer from a variety of heart diseases like valve disease, murmurs, and an enlarged heart. Other health issues include vision problems, bleeding disorders, epilepsy, gastric disorder and more.

By keeping up to date with vet visits and watching out for any abnormalities in your dog’s behavior, these health problems can be caught early and preventative measures taken before its too late.

How to train a German shepherd

Puppies

Training can start as early as 8 weeks with puppies because that’s the age when dogs are most receptive to learn new tricks.
Start with some gentle handling with your puppy such as cleaning his ears, visit veterinary, nail trimming etc.

  • Practice basic commands like sit and stay
  • Always praise your puppy when he follows your command with treats!
  • Always address his food aggression by taking away his bowl
  • Keep to a feeding schedule to keep track of when they poop and pee
  • Never create fear in your puppy, and always encourage them.

Adults

  • Train your dog with some basic commands
  • Always praise your dog with treats as motivators
  • Do not take more than 20-minute training sessions without a break

Author Bio
Ashley Angus enjoys writing articles about German Shepherds and how to treat them.

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.

What Is A Dog Pool? (And Which One Works Best)

If you have a dog that loves water or if you live in a place with a hot climate, you may want to consider getting your dog his own pool. Here are some tips!

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.