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Stinky Problems

From time to time your pet may experience problems with relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t. Sometimes it can be a medical problem, sometimes a behavioral problem.  So how do you know?

Our friends at Fetch Magazine shared some content with us and we are passing it along.

Litter issues for Cats

Medical causes could be…

Walk this way:  A cat with arthritis could be in too much pain to step over the wall of the litter box, while a cat with a neurologic condition may be too weak or wobbly to walk to it.

Eye See:  Illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension or3infection can cause blindness, making it difficult for the cat to find the box.

Bladder Matters:  Urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation or a blockage (which is a veterinary emergency!) can also lead to accidents in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Clean House:  Cats generally like to be clean, so if the litter box isn’t, they’ll find another location to relieve themselves – perhaps the laundry basket, tub or even your bed.

Lousy Litter:  Some cats may not use the box if they dislike the scent, texture or amount of litter being used.

Location, Location, Location:  Litter boxes placed next to a noisy washing machine, crammed under a bathroom vanity or found only on the third floor of the house likely don’t offer the peace, privacy and accessibility that cats need to do their business.

Afraid So:  In multi-cat households, an inadequate number of boxes or previous litter box squabbles with other housemates could make a feline friend fearful of using the box.

cat litter box

Cat’s are purrsnickety, so be sure to try some of these suggestions so you both are happy.

 

 

Potty Problems for the Pooch

Medical causes could be…

Hold It:  A wide range of conditions – including diabetes, Cushing’s disease and illnesses of the kidneys, liver or brain – can all cause dogs to make more urine than normal (polyuria), or make them incapable of holding urine.

Gotta Go:  Urinary tract infections cause a sense of urgency to run to the bathroom, while urinary incontinence causes bed wetting or dribbling urine while standing.

Senior Moment:  Aging or senile dogs may not be able to make it outside in time or may be unaware that they’re urinating in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Pup-Pee:  Puppies who are having urine accidents may need some additional house-training reinforcement, or they could be intentionally having “accidents” to seek attention. (Hey, it works!  Even if it is negative attention.)

Nature Calls:  Naturally submissive or excitable dogs can have frequent accidents, while separation anxiety or territoriality could also lead to unwanted puddles in the house and can happen to dogs of any age.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues look for the signs and consult your veterinary professional for assistance.  Don’t lose hope.  Remember, there may be reasons for your pet’s behavior and finding the right answer will keep you both happy.

Consider Pet Insurance to help offset the cost of veterinary care when your pet is sick.
Obtain your no obligation quote today. http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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13

04 2017

New Year – Here’s to Your Health

Top Health Benefits of Pets

Not only are pets good companions, but they’re good for our health! Here are a few ways that dogs and cats help our minds and bodies.

 

  1. Stress Relievers

There’s nothing like a warm, cozy cuddle session to melt away stress after a long day. Calming cuddles with your pet can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety levels.

 

  1. Heart Helpers

Pets can have a positive effect on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

 

  1. Mental Boosters

Our furry friends can help combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients. Pets also reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.

 

 

Return the favor by taking great care of your pet’s health for a long and happy life.  www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure
ASPCA Pet Insurance plan can help you manage the costs of your pet’s health care.  Click the link above for your no obligation quote.

Information provided by our friends at ASPCA Pet Insurance.

 

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27

01 2017

Holiday Feasting

puppyWith the holiday’s fast approaching, we want to remind you that sharing the holiday favorites with your pets is not the healthiest for your pet.  During the Thanksgiving weekend, vet cost spike 148% according to Fetch Magazine.  History has shown 78% increase in pancreatitis claims and a 27% jump in gastroenteritis claims.

Protect your pet by cutting the fat with buttery rich foods like turkey skin and graving.

Only share small servings of plain turkey, sweet potatoes or carrots.

Keep an eye on the trash.  All those good smelling table scraps attract curious pets trying to score a tasty tid bit.

If you’re looking for a special treat for your dog, here’s a recipe that it is good for them.

Fall Pumpkin Balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, betacarotene, potassium, & iron.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 4 tbsp molasses
• 4 tbsp water
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil & water together in a bowl
3. Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder & cinnamon
4. Stir until dough softens
5. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough & roll into balls
6. Set balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet & flatten with a fork
7. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened

dog-treat

 

Always be prepared for the unexpected with vet bills.
Obtain your no obligation quote at www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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21

11 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball……No, Wait….Take Me Out For a Walk

loki-walkYour four-legged tail waggin’ friends need at least 30 minutes of walking every day! Why?
Because regular walks can help combat pet obesity and go paw in hand with good nutrition. Obesity can lead to other conditions plaguing your pet with illnesses like arthritis and diabetes.

Daily walks also add to healthy bonding with your pet. Spend quality time with your furry family strengthens your bond and gets both of you moving and that is a good thing. Dog parents sweat more than people without pets and this lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer too! So if you’re looking for encouragement to get up off the couch, get a dog and both of you get movin’ and put one paw in front of the other for a healthy lifestyle.

They say a tired dog is a good dog! Having 6 dogs at home, I assure you, this is a very true statement! Walking quiets the mind, quenches curiosity and helps to get all the energy out of their system. Energy that may be destructive. So a good dog walkin’ is constructive and pawsitive!!
tosh-sleepy

 

 

 

 

Lookin’ to have insurance for your paw prancing buddy? Check out www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for your no obligation quote.

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14

10 2016

What is Your Cat Saying to You?

 

MEOW…..

As described by Wikipedia, a meow is a sound used by cats to signal a request to their mother or to a human.  This request might be much like a child – I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m bored, I want attention, I don’t feel well, I want to play…….Pay attention to me PLEASE!!!

PURRING…

Is a sound made by most feline species, this is a tonal buzzing that can characterize differently between cats. Domestic cants purr in a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second.  Purring is often understood as a signal of happiness, however, cats sometimes purr when they are ill, tense, traumatized or in pain.

There is no unique anatomical feature that is responsible for the purring sound a feline makes.

GROWLING or HISSING…

Distinctive sounds when a feline is angry or feels cornered or threatened.  This serves as a warning to the offending party to “BACK OFF”.  If the warning is not headed, a more serious attack may follow.  Felines may engage in behavior such as batting with their paws, claws or they may lash out and pounce.  Cats sometimes make chirping or chattering noises when they are observing prey.

Cats are more likely to communicate through their body language.  For example, a cat laying on its back with stomach and chest exposed conveys trust and comfort; arching their backs is a sign of fear or aggression; flattened ears mean that a cat feels threatened and may attack; mouth open and no teeth exposed suggest he wants to play.

CAT TAILS…

A cat’s tail is used as a signal quite often.  A tail held high is much like us standing tall and straight, it conveys happiness and confidence and means of greeting especially to their humans.  A half raised tail shows less pleasure and when they are unhappy it is indicated with a tail held low.  A cat’s tail may wag or move rapidly to express a state of conflict.  When a tail is held high and twitches, he is excited and this is often mistaken for anger. However, cats will twitch the tips of their tails when hunting or when irritated while larger twitching indicates total displeasure.  A puffed up tail indicates that your cat has recently been surprised or scared and the hair on their back may stand straight up.  A cat will then turn its body sideways to a threat in order to increase the appearance of their size.  What about the tailless variety you ask? Well Tailless cats, such as the Manx, which possess only a small stub of a tail as the result of breeding genetics, move the stub around as if they possess a full tail.

NOSEY NOSEY…

A friendly greeting from a cat is touching noses.  Some cats will rub their face along their humans cheek, hands, ankles, etc as a friendly greeting or a sign of affection.  Sometimes people refer to this as “marking their territory”.  Through rubbing, cats leave a scent from the scent glands located in the cat’s cheeks.  More commonly, a cat will do a “head bonk” by bumping someone with the front part of its head to express affection.  If your cat is anything like mine, this is powerful affection and a cat can create quite a bit of force to show his love for you…. I have the black and blue marks to prove it.

LICKING…  

Most people associate licking as being a “dog thing”.  Yes they see cats clean themselves and sometimes other felines, but what they don’t realize is cats will lick their owners too.

Cats lick each other for grooming purposes. Cats that are very close to one another will groom each other.  Since cats see their human companions as just big cats, they will lick their humans as well as a means of grooming them in addition to showing care and affection.
Your cats tongue has numerous knobs called papillae on the surface which are located at the tongues center.  The papillae form backward-facing hooks containing large amounts of keratin – the same material found in human fingernails.  These hooks provide the abrasiveness a cat needs for self grooming.  The strength of these hooks also assist in helping a cat hold food and/or struggle with prey.

Although the cats tongue assists with cleaning itself and untangling hair, it is important for us to groom them regularly by brushing, cleaning and removing loose and dead hair.  Otherwise your feline friend ingests hair, hairballs form and cause vomiting which can impact their gastrointestinal tract.  So to avoid stepping on that wet hairball in the morning with your bare feet on the way to the bathroom, groom your cat regularly.  This will help both of you to be happy.

KNEADING MOTION…

Just like your mom making bread dough and working the dough with her hands, a cat will do the same type of kneading motion.  Cats will use this action and purr at the same time to show contentment and affection for their companions.  This is also a method of comforting itself.  This is an instinctive motion that begins when they are young to stimulate the mother cat’s release of milk during nursing.

There are scent glands on the underside of a cats paws which release a small amount of scent onto the person or object they paw which is then marked as being “theirs” the same way as urinating may mark their territory for other animals to observe and respect.

Now if I could just train my cat to massage my shoulders after work every day….life would be good.

Hopefully the information provided here will provide you with a little bit of insight into your cat’s behavior.  Shower them with love and affection, care for them and you will have a long time companion.

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and take care of your furry friend today.

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20

08 2015

Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Companion

If anyone has lost a pet, you know how hard it is to say goodbye to your companion, your friend and to some – family.  For me, one of the most difficult things to do is having to make the choice to have a pet put down.  It’s hard enough losing an animal but to have to make the decision for them is heart wrenching.

Animals can’t tell you when they are sick or when they hurt.  You need to deduce their illness based on behavior.  Some animals, like cats, will go great lengths to show that they are not ill.  This is a survival instinct.  Change in appetite, change in sleep patterns, in exercise, urination or defecation, lack of play…these are all signs that something isn’t right with your pet.   When this happens, seek veterinary assistance immediately.  The sooner an animal is treated, the better they will feel and you will too.

Today I find myself in one of those very difficult situations where I have done all I can for one of my animals.  For several months we have tried various things to help him yet his weight is down another pound and he is now half the cat he used to be.  After discussing matters with the vet, weighing what the illness possibilities are verses his age and the amount of testing he would have to go through, as a family we decided to not allow him to suffer through all that.  We allowed him to go peacefully and with dignity.

This was such a difficult decision since I had rescued him from my neighborhood where he was starving just about 9 years ago.  He was about the same weight when he died as he was when I found him.  Previous owners had declawed all four of his paws and he had no means of defending himself or of catching any prey for his supper.  For three months I religiously brought fresh food and water out to him.  He would never let me get close to him.  Then one October day when the temperatures dropped so low, this poor cat couldn’t take being cold one more day.  As I went outside to bring him food and water, he crawled into my lap without coaxing.  I picked him up and he wrapped his paws around my neck and waist and held on tightly much the same as a two year old child would.  I took him in, gave him a blanket to snuggle in, took him to the vet to be checked out because I had other cats, and we found that he was very ill from eating something in the wild.  He had an intestinal infection of sorts and one of the worse cases of ear mites the vet had ever seen; so bad in fact that they were completely swollen shut.

 

Within a few months he began improving, eating better, allowing us to touch him once in a while and he took a liking to my other male cat.  They were good friends and played well together.

I was able to give him 9 additional years to his life that he would not have had if he remained out doors.  Still, it is painful to say goodbye but in my mind, I see him watching birds and chasing butterflies somewhere in a field we have yet to experience.

Goodbye dear friend, Lunar.  

 

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and find out all the advantages of having a plan for your furry companion.

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22

02 2012

Cats……What Does That Mean?

MEOW…..

As described by Wikipedia, a meow is a sound used by cats to signal a request to their mother or to a human.  This request might be much like a child – I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m bored, I want attention, I don’t feel well, I want to play…….Pay attention to me PLEASE!!!

PURRING…

Is a sound made by most feline species, this is a tonal buzzing that can characterize differently between cats. Domestic cants purr in a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second.  Purring is often understood as a signal of happiness, however, cats sometimes purr when they are ill, tense, traumatized or in pain.

There is no unique anatomical feature that is responsible for the purring sound a feline makes.

GROWLING or HISSING…

Distinctive sounds when a feline is angry or feels cornered or threatened.  This serves as a warning to the offending party to “BACK OFF”.  If the warning is not headed, a more serious attack may follow.  Felines may engage in behavior such as batting with their paws, claws or they may lash out and pounce.  Cats sometimes make chirping or chattering noises when they are observing prey.

Cats are more likely to communicate through their body language.  For example, a cat laying on its back with stomach and chest exposed conveys trust and comfort; arching their backs is a sign of fear or aggression; flattened ears mean that a cat feels threatened and may attack; mouth open and no teeth exposed suggest he wants to play.

CAT TAILS…

A cat’s tail is used as a signal quite often.  A tail held high is much like us standing tall and straight, it conveys happiness and confidence and means of greeting especially to their humans.  A half raised tail shows less pleasure and when they are unhappy it is indicated with a tail held low.  A cat’s tail may wag or move rapidly to express a state of conflict.  When a tail is held high and twitches, he is excited and this is often mistaken for anger. However, cats will twitch the tips of their tails when hunting or when irritated while larger twitching indicates total displeasure.  A puffed up tail indicates that your cat has recently been surprised or scared and the hair on their back may stand straight up.  A cat will then turn its body sideways to a threat in order to increase the appearance of their size.  What about the tailless variety you ask? Well Tailless cats, such as the Manx, which possess only a small stub of a tail as the result of breeding genetics, move the stub around as if they possess a full tail.

NOSEY NOSEY…

A friendly greeting from a cat is touching noses.  Some cats will rub their face along their humans cheek, hands, ankles, etc as a friendly greeting or a sign of affection.  Sometimes people refer to this as “marking their territory”.  Through rubbing, cats leave a scent from the scent glands located in the cat’s cheeks.  More commonly, a cat will do a “head bonk” by bumping someone with the front part of its head to express affection.  If your cat is anything like mine, this is powerful affection and a cat can create quite a bit of force to show his love for you…. I have the black and blue marks to prove it.

LICKING…  

Most people associate licking as being a “dog thing”.  Yes they see cats clean themselves and sometimes other felines, but what they don’t realize is cats will lick their owners too.

Cats lick each other for grooming purposes. Cats that are very close to one another will groom each other.  Since cats see their human companions as just big cats, they will lick their humans as well as a means of grooming them in addition to showing care and affection.
Your cats tongue has numerous knobs called papillae on the surface which are located at the tongues center.  The papillae form backward-facing hooks containing large amounts of keratin – the same material found in human fingernails.  These hooks provide the abrasiveness a cat needs for self grooming.  The strength of these hooks also assist in helping a cat hold food and/or struggle with prey.

Although the cats tongue assists with cleaning itself and untangling hair, it is important for us to groom them regularly by brushing, cleaning and removing loose and dead hair.  Otherwise your feline friend ingests hair, hairballs form and cause vomiting which can impact their gastrointestinal tract.  So to avoid stepping on that wet hairball in the morning with your bare feet on the way to the bathroom, groom your cat regularly.  This will help both of you to be happy.

KNEADING MOTION…

Just like your mom making bread dough and working the dough with her hands, a cat will do the same type of kneading motion.  Cats will use this action and purr at the same time to show contentment and affection for their companions.  This is also a method of comforting itself.  This is an instinctive motion that begins when they are young to stimulate the mother cat’s release of milk during nursing.

There are scent glands on the underside of a cats paws which release a small amount of scent onto the person or object they paw which is then marked as being “theirs” the same way as urinating may mark their territory for other animals to observe and respect.

Now if I could just train my cat to massage my shoulders after work every day….life would be good.

Hopefully the information provided here will provide you with a little bit of insight into your cat’s behavior.  Shower them with love and affection, care for them and you will have a long time companion. 

 

 
Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and find out all the advantages of having a plan for your furry companion.

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12 2011


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