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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

essential cat items

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


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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!


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.

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What Breed Of Dog Matches Your MBTI Personality?

Every dog is unique just as every human is! But the fun lies in discovering the similarities that are there beyond the fur and the species, of course! So our pet-crazy team started a fun project that resulted in this Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for dogs! This infographic is just a fun way to see what characteristics certain breeds may have in common with our personality types! So let’s answer the question which breed would best match your personality type. 

If you have no idea about the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator then check out the 16 personality types* at: before you embark on knowing your dog-selves. 

*Each type described consists of – Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). The 16 types are listed below:



So if you are ready, get started!


About the Author: Nick Pullano runs a Pet doors business and is from San Luis Obispo, California. He is the CEO of and is a dog lover. 

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7 Things My Dog Taught Me About Making New Friends

We’ve all been there. We all know how difficult making new friends can be, especially when you’re not a social butterfly like some people. And everyone has to face this situation at some point. Maybe you move to a new area and have to break into the local scene. Maybe you start a new job and have to connect with new co-workers. Or maybe you just feel like your friends have drifted away, and you feel like you could use some new ones. I’ve never been a social butterfly, and I’ve always had trouble making new friends. But some time ago, an unlikely master of social skills came into my life and showed me the way: my dog, Temperance. She taught me more than any human could.
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Dogs, like us, are social creatures because they’re descended from wolves who live in packs. They rely on each other for food, for protection, and even for raising their young ones. In the wild, a lone wolf is often a dead wolf.

My partner and I raised Temperance as a puppy, intending her as a service dog. But while she flunked out of service-dog school, she became so much more to us. She taught us about friendship. And those lessons are universal.

1) Friendship Takes Practice

Most of the time, friendship is not immediate. Many friendships have evolved over years. Often, the first time we met even our closest friends, we might not have had the best impression of them. My dog seems to know this intuitively. She repeatedly approaches dogs and people who have rejected her in the past.

She almost universally wins them over eventually because she has no ulterior motives. She is there to make friends, to have fun, and to share and interact in an honest and straightforward way. She gains nothing other than the chance to give and possibly receive some affection.

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2) Not Every Friend Has to Be Your BFF

My dog doesn’t play with the same group she knew as a puppy. Some of her playmates lost interest in her as they got older; others moved out of the area or no longer visit the same park we go to. However, those friendships still have value; they were there for her at a time when she was developing her personality and her ability to socialize correctly. And she’s made new friends as a more mature dog =E2=80=94 new friends that = respect her limitations and accept her as she is.

Humans are the same way; we evolve and grow. We have friends that are meant to help us during challenging times and those that are there to help us celebrate good times. Some friends are meant for forever, and others for just right now. None of them are more or less valuable, as long as they are all authentic and caring in their own way.
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3) You Can Make Friends, Even if You Are Different

Temperance has bad hips, and she is not as fast or as strong as the other dogs. The enamel on her teeth did not form correctly, so some of them are covered with aluminum. Because of her limitations, she can’t keep up with all the other dogs, and she cries more often when on the receiving end of rough play.

Despite that, she tries hard. She does not shy away from “introducing” herself to new dogs and initiating play. Many dogs, more than you might suspect, reciprocate with friendly chases
and wrestling matches. Dogs much faster than her make allowances by running closer to her speed.

Much like humans, they value making new friends and don’t care about differences or even disabilities. As someone who uses a motorized wheelchair, I’ve experienced this firsthand with both dog and human. Yes, sometimes people and dogs don’t know what to do with a wheelchair, but if given the chance, they can be warmly receptive.

Don’t think that you can’t make friends just because you are different. We are all the same in that we just want to be accepted, and few people would say they weren’t interested in making friends with someone new.

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4) Give People a Second Chance to be Your Friend

Temperance has made friends with some of the grumpiest dogs I have ever seen. They have ignored her, growled at her, and even snapped at her. But she gives them second, third, and even fourth chances. I’ve seen her turn a growler into a playful wrestler or even a snuggler.

A dog named Isaac was often rough, and we were concerned it might hurt our dog’s bad hip. But we gave him a second chance, and they have become the best of friends.

Almost intuitively understanding her limits, he plays more softly with her and runs at a pace she can keep up with. Sometimes they just lay together in the grass, enjoying each other’s company. A friendship that would have never bloomed had we not given it a chance.

Sometimes people are just having a rough day. Or maybe they have the wrong idea about your intentions.

If you persist, and you are coming from a loving place, even the grumpiest person will eventually see your offer of friendship or just kindness forwhat it is.

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5) Routines Build Relationships

I’ve seen my dog introduce herself to all the same people every time we go for a walk around our neighborhood. And if those people aren’t outside, she will try to go to their doors. It’s her habit. We are new to the neighborhood, so her habit has not only made her friends but also has helped me and my partner introduce ourselves and get to know our neighbors as well.

At the park, she seeks out old playmates as well as new ones, but she always gives time to keep those old relationships engaged and fresh. Because of this, she’s very popular at the park and in my neighborhood. She knows people I don’t even know.

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6) Ego is The Enemy of Friendship

Temperance has no ego, as far as I can tell. Even after being turned away repeatedly, she will try to be friends. She can be growled at, snapped at, or even intentionally ignored. She does not give up.

I’m not saying to put yourself in harm’s way, nor am I saying to humiliate yourself. But something’s to be said for setting the ego aside. Something’s to be said for ignoring minor snubs for the sake of greater friendship.

Without a bit of risk, there is no reward. Without some authentic vulnerability, acquaintances will not move forward. Friendships will not grow.


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7) Start Off With One Friendly Face and Build From There

Sometimes when moving into a new neighborhood or breaking into a new social circle, you may feel intimidated. But even for this, my dog seems to have an instinctive understanding. She just finds that first friendly face and heads right on over.
At the dog park, the first friendly face might be a playful puppy or an affectionate human. Whoever it is, she gravitates to it immediately.

Others see this; they see that she has been accepted. Or maybe they think she already has friends here. Often, this friendly face has friends with them, and those friends also come over.

The effect multiplies because friends have friends who have friends. Friends of friends want to be friends of their friends. The line immediately blurs, and before you know it, you are part of the group.

Start Making New Friends Tomorrow

Feeling lonely can be a terrible burden. This is especially true when you don’t know how to fix the situation. The truth, though, is that a few basic tweaks to the way we approach social
situations can have an enormous impact. Envision your social circle slowly growing, with more friends added with every encounter. See yourself as part of a large, connected community of people who care for one another. Wake up tomorrow excited to chat with friends and interact with coworkers.

Making new friends doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to give it a real, honest try. If Temperance can do it, so can you!

About the Author:

Jonathan Hinek will encourage you to live and love life no matter its obstacles. If you want to implement real, lasting changes toward a happier you, download his free report Happier Now: 21 Proven Techniques to Improve Your Outlook Instantly.

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These are the Top Dog Names of 2016

For many people, dogs aren’t just pets – they’re members of the family. Because of this, pup parents today put great care into finding the perfect name for their furbaby, and it shows.

As 2016 comes to a close, My Dog’s Name, an interactive resource for finding the right dog name for your pup, took a look back at which names were popular this year and found some pretty interesting trends.

The results, captured in this infographic, are based on the selections of the 3.2 million people who used the site this year.


Top 10 Female Dog Names

To be honest, not a lot has changed for the top female dog names. Bella has been in the number one spots since the site started in 2013.

Will it remain a top pick in 2017? It certainly doesn’t seem to be waning in popularity, that’s for sure.

Daisy, Luna, Zoey and Abby/Abigail have also been top selections for the past few years.


  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Abby
  4. Luna
  5. A.J.
  6. Hazel
  7. Bailey
  8. Nala
  9. Addie
  10. Zoey

Top 10 Male Dog Names
My Dog’s Name ranks high for tough dog names, and you can tell by looking at these results. Bold and brawny names like Axel, Diesel and Jax topped the list.

Even so, modern favorites like Buddy, Max, Duke and Bear stayed strong and remained in the top 10.

  1. Bear
  2. Axel
  3. Diesel
  4. Jax
  5. Duke
  6. Biscuit
  7. Bandit
  8. Tiger
  9. Buddy
  10. Max

Other Popular Dog Names

My Dog’s Name allows users to filter by preferred style and interests to find a name they like. Currently the most popular category for females and second most popular for males is “Cute.”

More than ever, people consider dogs a member of the family, which could explain why many of the top cute dog names are also on the list of popular baby names in 2016. (Well, excluding Oreo.)

Top 5 Cute Female Dog Names

  1. Zoey
  2. Cocoa
  3. Roxy
  4. Ava
  5. Lola

Top 5 Cute Male Dog Names

  1. Milo
  2. A.J.
  3. Caesar
  4. Oreo
  5. Charlie

In the spirit of the 2016 Olympics, My Dog’s name also featured the top sporty dog names of the year in the report.  The most popular picks:  

Top 5 Female Sports Dog Names

  1. Piper
  2. Ali
  3. Dottie
  4. Scout
  5. Babe

Top 5 Male Sports Dog Names

  1. Tiger
  2. Archer
  3. Bolt
  4. Boomer
  5. Gunner

2017 Predictions

What dog names will top the list in 2017? Well, if the current trend of dog names following baby name trends, we foresee Sophia, Mia and Charlotte rising in the ranks for female dog names, and Noah, Jake and Liam becoming popular for male dogs.

Will we be right? Only time will tell.


About the Author: Jessi Larson is the co-founder of My Dog’s Name and Find Cat Names. She is the proud dog mom to Toby, a 110-lb yellow lab who thinks he’s a lap dog.

What Do You Know About The Greyhound?

Greyhounds are one of the gentlest breed of dogs. They are a loving, unobtrusive and low shed breed. Over the past number of decades the popularity of greyhound racing has led to many misconceptions about these docile dogs. For example, did you know that greyhounds are actually very low energy? They are often affectionately known as ‘’coach potatoes’’. This makes the greyhound breed the perfect companion for those living in small dwellings.

On the whole, greyhounds get along very well with other animals as well as children. Want to learn more about this pooches? Luckily for us, GAP NSW have created the infographic below that features some of the most fascinating and noteworthy facts about these lovely creatures. So if you’re interested in adopting one of these pups or simply want to learn more about this ancient breed, keep reading!  

Which greyhound fact surprised you the most? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!



About the Author: Tom Clarke is Marketing Manager at a not for profit organisation called Greyhounds As Pets, which focuses on the adoption and fostering of retired greyhounds into loving homes. He is an animal lover and loves to create content about all animals but writes about greyhounds most often. 


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8 Ways to Keep Your Pet Entertained During Holiday Parties

Holiday time is here and if you are like many pet parents, entertaining is part and parcel of the season. Being a pet owner, the challenge must surely arise as to how to keep your animal companion entertained when the festivities are in full swing.

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If you are planning the perfect party and pets will be present, strategy is needed for how to keep these important members of the family on their best behavior and not interfering with your hosting duties. Read on for 8 ways to keep it calm on the home front when pets are on the holiday gathering guest list.

  1. Spare Pets the Greeting Process

Whether your pet of choice is feathered or furred, keeping him out of the welcoming process is most likely best for all involved. Not having to deal with the stress of constant new arrivals is key to comfort when it comes to pets. Greeting guests at the door is often not the favorite part of the evening entertainment for our animal family members; allow them quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of arrivals.

  1. Provide a Quiet Refuge

Not only will dogs, cats, and other creatures appreciate avoiding the welcoming of party guests, they may also be thankful for a quiet place to hang out away from the revelry. A gated room, with music or television in the background just might be what your pet prefers as entertainment. Less activity, a more serene environment, and a space where they feel safe and secure could be the answer for a peaceful evening for both you and your animal family member.

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  1. Try a Pheromone Plug In

If you are not certain that your pet will want to be confined to a space yet you feel it is best for all involved, consider a pheromone plug-in for the room. These nifty devices are diffusers that emit nontoxic and odorless pheromone-like compounds that have been said to help many an anxious pet. It’s best to give this a try for a few weeks, to allow your pet the pleasure of the experience before the big night. Not all pet owners have seen a difference in the behavior of their pets, but many say a pheromone plug-in serves it’s purpose well, which is calming and soothing a dog or cat who may need a little down time.  

  1. Exercise Your Pet Before the Party

Providing a stimulating, fun filled day (or even few days) before the big event has been proven to keep a pet happy and in need of less entertainment during a holiday party. Activities with the family pet, such as a walk incorporating many instances of sitting, staying, and heeling will work your canine’s brain and therefore, help to make him ready for a quiet evening when the celebrations commence. When speaking of cats or ferrets, for example, games that allow exercise such as chasing a laser beam on the wall before the party will permit peacefulness later when guests arrive.

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  1. Hire a Pet Sitter

Many pet parents work outside the home during the day and because of this, preparing food and decorations for a party after working hours may not leave much opportunity for spending one on one time with the furry family member in anticipation of the fete. A pet sitter, either before the party or during the event, can prove invaluable when keeping your beloved animal entertained. A pet sitter can make sure the pre-party exercise takes place, or can walk the dog for you during the window of guest arrivals and beyond, leaving you free to entertain your guests, as opposed to your pet.

  1. Provide an Outlet

If you do not have access to a sitter you can look to other forms of entertainment for your dog, cat, ferret or feathered friend. A new toy which provides an invitation to keep busy elsewhere is always an idea to try. Freeze a dog safe rubber chew toy such as a Kong filled with dog biscuits and canned food, providing hours of happy stimulation for a dog. Cats may enjoy a new scratching post or carpet sprinkled with catnip.

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  1. Let Your Pet Join the Party

There is nothing wrong with letting a pet join the party, providing that you make guests aware of the possibility. Pet owners must remember that not all members of the human race enjoy the company of canines, felines, or rodents so the courteous host or hostess will always warn guests of potential extra party members. Doing so will permit your guest to decline (though we’d hope not), or at the very least relay to you their discomfort or uncertainty about sharing the celebration space with a member of the animal species. Remember, there are allergies to keep in mind as well.

  1. Train Beforehand

If the decision has been made to let your dog or cat join the affair, act wisely and be fair to both your pets and your guests by practising some party etiquette beforehand. If your dog has had training in the sit and stay commands, or your cat knows and obeys the fact that the table is off limits, the food, a main component of holiday gatherings, will be out of bounds for pets. Training of your guests is key, as well, to keeping animal friends safe and healthy; let your guests know that no matter how cute your canine companion is, or how friendly your feline may be no treating is permitted at the party. With a little thought and preparation, allowing your furry family member to be part of the holiday festivities is entirely possible.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Feline Comfortable This Holiday Season

With the Holiday season creeping up everyone is gearing up for the next few weeks. Presents, decorations, and preparations are definitely part of the to-do list. However, if you have a feline at home, you need to do more than just to do advanced shopping and wrapping presents because you need to consider the fact that your cats might need special arrangements.

Not all cats are sociable and when your cat interacts with other people for the first time, it can be disastrous. Of course, you can always teach those fur balls to be nice to people but not all cats are social and it isn’t in their nature to be. So, what do you need to do with your pets when you have numerous events planned this holiday?

Here are 6 tips on how to make sure that your cats won’t feel left out while you are enjoying the holiday cheer.


Leave Cats With a Sitter

Are you planning to go out of town for the holidays? It’s not unusual to be asked by family or friends to spend holidays outside of your home. If you have been itching to accept an invitation but you are concerned that no one will be there for your cats, then you can look for a facility that will take your feline in for the holidays.

Unless you are comfortable with traveling with a cat and your feline feels the same, it’s possible to take it with you. However, for matters of convenience and safety especially during the holidays when people seem to be traveling somewhere, it’s easier to leave cats at home and focus on yourself.

Leaving your pet with someone can solve many problems. For one, you wouldn’t have to worry that kitty messed up the cat water fountain again and no one is there to fix it.


Ask Someone to Stay With the Kitty at Home

If your cat hates being outside the house and anxiety makes it sick and you need to leave, asking someone to house sit and watching out for your cat is an option. This way, your cat is in the comforts of your home. However, the person who is watching your cat needs to be in good terms with your pet or else they may not get along.

Even if someone is with your feline, they might still feel lonely especially if your guest is not much of a cat person. Nevertheless, this is better than leaving cats to fend off for themselves especially when you need to be away for a week or so. By having someone around, you won’t be anxious that no one can replenish food on the automatic cat feeder or your cat won’t be taken to the vet if it gets sick.


Have a Safe Room

Some cats are social, others are not. Whether your cat loves saying hello to guests or not, they need to have a place where they can take a breather. Hence, you need to design a room in your house that is exclusively for these animals.

Make sure that the room has everything that your cat needs. Move their cat tree in that room as well as their feeder and water fountain. This way, you will not worry constantly that the animals feel neglected over not getting the same attention that they get on normal days.

Also, make sure that the room is secured or else cats can go out. Despite how cautious cats are, they can still be involved in accidents.


Educate Your Guests

When there are many people at home, you tend to focus more on them than in your cats. Hence, having runaways could happen. If you don’t want to get stressed about this all throughout the holidays, you need to let your house guests know the basic rules when it comes to cats.

It’s important that you tell them what to do to avoid putting your cats in jeopardy. This is not just about keeping doors closed. It should also involve the rule on giving table scraps.


Avoid Decorating with Items That Are Not Cat-Friendly

Holidays mean decorating. Unfortunately, some items that bring holiday cheer are not cat-friendly including poinsettias and lilies. These flowers are poisonous to cats and you want to stay away from them as much as you possibly can.

Other harmful items include tinsel and other shiny objects that cats want to play with. Hence, you need to mind your décor if you want kitty to be comfortable and safe.


Set Aside Some Cat Time

This one is something that many people forget. Keeping your cats comfortable is not just about making sure they don’t go out. It should also include giving them some of your time.

Cats tend to get lonely and being left out of the celebrations is sad for these creatures. If some guests love cats, you can use your cat time to bond with your guests and your cats at the same time.

These are just six things that you can do this holiday to ensure kitty’s comfort. Do you have other suggestions on keeping your feline comfortable? Tell us all about it in the comments section and hit share if this article was helpful for you.

About the Author: Diana Hutchinson is the founder of She is a pet lover, especially dogs and cats. “A home without a pet is just a house”.