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Fun Feline Facts

Cats have been kept as companions for thousands of years. They were revered by the ancient Egyptians and today, there are more than 500 million domestic cats worldwide. Consider the following fun facts about your feline friend!

There are more than 33 cat breeds; the smallest is the Singapore Cat, with males weighing around 3 kilograms and females weighing around 2 kilograms.

Cats can make more than 100 different vocalizations; that’s ten times more than the dog.

The skin patterns on the cat’s nose are completely unique and individual – as unique as the human fingerprint.

Even today, cats are employed by grain farms, museums and storehouses across the globe to protect these locations from mice and rats. According to some estimates, a single cat can kill enough mice to save more than 20,000 pounds of grains from getting eaten by the rodents!

The cat’s skeleton has more than 230 bones, whereas humans have just over 200. A cat can jump up a distance that’s more than seven times its height and it can sprint at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour!



Are you having a difficult time coming up with a name for your pet?

Are you having a difficult time coming up with a name for your pet? Consider the following tips for naming your pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or exotic!

First, consider the pet’s personality. It can help to get to know the pet for a few days before coming up with a name. Often, as you get to know the pet, personality traits will become apparent; these personality traits often bring a specific name to mind.

You may also want to consider the pet’s appearance; this can often serve as naming inspiration.

Also, consider nicknames. Many people prefer names with lots of great nickname potential.

If you’re still stuck for a name, there are tons of wonderful pet name websites and books available. One great site is www.bowwow.com.au. If you’re deciding between two or three names, try out each name for a day or two. Often, you’ll find that the “right” name becomes apparent!

When naming a dog or cat, select a name that’s two or three syllables long. One-syllable words are traditionally used as commands, so differentiating your pet’s name from those commands can make it easier for the pet to learn both commands and his name.



Fun Facts About Your Dog

Dogs are our companions, our best friends, our furry children. But your dog is a fascinating creature! Consider the following fun facts about your dog!

There are more than 350 dog breeds in existence.

Dogs can make more than a hundred different facial expressions.

Some dogs literally show their teeth in a smile. It’s a behavior that many experts believe is an attempt to mimic the human smile. The reason? Only domesticated dogs smile and they only ever smile at humans; never to other dogs (when they smile at other dogs, it’s considered showing teeth.) Smiling is typically done as an act of submission.

Dogs cannot sweat through their skin, even hairless Chinese Crested dogs who are rumored to sweat like humans (they don’t.) The one exception? Their paws! Dogs do have a few sweat glands on their paws, but that’s not enough to keep them cool. That’s why dogs pant.

Dogs can get pimples and blackheads, just like humans! The most common locations are on the chin, elbows and stomach.

Your dog can get a sunburn, just like you! Generally, most dogs are protected by their fur, but hairless dogs and dogs with a really short, fine coat are prone to getting sunburned.

The average dog can run at top speeds of approximately 18 miles per hour.



Can your dog be a “therapy dog”

Is your dog super friendly and absolutely wonderful with people? Do you love people too? If so, you may want to consider training to become a therapy dog handler!

Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and homes for disabled adults are always in need of volunteers who bring in therapy dogs to visit with the patients or residents. Hospitalization or living in nursing/care home can be stressful and many miss the companionship that pets provide. Therapy pets can brighten a patient’s day just by cuddling and accepting some love and attention. More highly-trained therapy dogs can be used in physical therapy and rehabilitation too!

To be a therapy dog, your pet must be well-trained and extremely well-socialized. Pets typically need to undergo a screening and training process. For instance, in the U.S., therapy dogs must obtain a good citizenship certificate; in some areas, they must have a therapy dog certificate.

If you’re interested in becoming a therapy dog handler with your pet, contact your local hospital to inquire about which local organisation oversees the therapy dog program. You can also call local humane organization or a local training centers to determine what certification is required. There are even volunteer organizations that coordinate local therapy dog programs; some hospitals may only work with one particular organization, so it’s good to inquire at the location where you wish to volunteer.

It’s a great way to share your wonderful pet with the world!



The benefits of having a pet

We all know that dogs can help humans in lots of ways – they lead the blind, they assist the disabled, they work alongside police and military personnel, they bring joy to patients in hospitals and nursing homes and their powerful noses can even be used to sniff out everything ranging from drugs to cancer!

But your pet doesn’t need specialised training in order to help you live a happier, healthier life! Studies show that pet owners enjoy lots of benefits, both mental and physical.  Consider some of these interesting factoids!

1. Pet owners have lower blood pressure, even during times of stress. Animal owners have also been found to enjoy lower rates of heart disease, as they have lower cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels.

2. Individuals who have suffered a heart attack have been found to live longer if they own a pet.

3. Spending time with your cat or dog serves to boost the release of neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which result in feelings of contentedness, calmness and relaxation.

4. Pet owners are significantly less likely to experience depression.

5. In a survey of retirees age 65 and older, pet owners visited their doctor’s office about thirty percent less frequently compared to non-pet owners.

It’s not just cat and dog owners who enjoy these perks; even more “ornamental” pets like fish can bring benefits!

 



An attractive way to stop your pet’s nails from damaging your furniture

Are you looking for an attractive way to keep your cat’s or dog’s nails from damaging your furniture and floors? Have you tried to wrangle your dog in an attempt to paint her nails with pet nail polish? Or are you sick of wrestling with your cat in an attempt to clip his nails? Well, nail caps offer a great alternative to both nail polish, cat nail trimming, even controversial cat de-clawing!

Pet nail caps come in a wide range of colors and sizes, so you can purchase them for your cats and your dogs.

For dogs, the nail caps are a great way to protect your floors from scratches, while keeping your pet’s nails looking fabulous! For cats, the nail caps are a humane and effective alternative to de-clawing and nail trimming for kitties who have a tendency to claw up furniture, door moldings or even walls.

Pet nail caps are colorful, plastic shells that are glued onto your pet’s nails. They’re dull and rubbery, so they prevent damage from scratches. Applying the nail caps is not a painful or uncomfortable process, so most pets tolerate the application process quite well.

Nail caps remain in place indefinitely. On cats, they’ll last for several weeks, until the outermost layer of the nail is shed. Cat nails are a bit like an onion and the outermost layer sheds periodically, taking the nail cap with it.

On dogs, they’ll remain in place for several weeks. They typically fall off as the pet’s nail grows out.

Nail caps are a great alternative for keeping your home, furniture and skin scratch free, while keeping your pet’s nails looking fabulous!



Wondering why your dog “smiles?”

In case you’re among the dog lovers who’s never had the pleasure of owning a smiling dog, some canines actually “smile!” It’s a bit like showing teeth, except the pet’s body language is very relaxed and submissive.

Dog smiling is actually reserved exclusively for humans; it’s not a behavior that’s ever exhibited to other dogs. This fact has led many behavior experts to believe that it’s literally a dog’s attempt to mimic a human’s smile!

Dogs who smile do so as an act of submission. The canine smile is often paired with “bowing” the front portion of the body, rolling over and showing the belly, along with averting the eyes/looking at you out of the corner of their eyes  – very different from the intense stare, tenseness and stillness that’s associated with truly “showing teeth.”

Dog smiling is an act of submission, designed to elicit a friendly or loving response from you, the human. Some dogs smile as an attempt to “soften” you when they feel like they’re in trouble or when they suspect that you’re tense or upset. The most submissive dogs will smile simply because they want your attention!

So next time you see your dog smiling, you’ll know exactly what this behavior means!



Do you have a dog with long hair that’s constantly getting tangled and matted?

Are you looking for a solution that will keep your pet’s long hair sleek and free of tangles (short of buzzing your dog’s hair off?)

There are lots of conditioners, including spray-in conditioners, that are specially-formulated for dogs. But these products aren’t always well-tolerated and sometimes, they can actually exacerbate tangling and matting by leaving a residue that makes the hair “sticky” and more apt to tangle.

But there’s an easy, well-tolerated solution that may already be in your kitchen cabinet! It’s apple cider vinegar! It can be applied in place of conditioner during your pet’s bath. Simply apply to your pet’s coat, work it through and leave it on for a couple minutes. Then, rinse thoroughly for a sleek, tangle-free coat.

Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed 50-50 with water in a spray bottle. Then, apply on occasion as a light grooming spray to keep the pet’s hair sleek and free of tangles.

Like anything that you apply to your pet’s fur, spot-test a small area and wait 24 hours to ensure it’s well tolerated. Apple cider vinegar is typically well-tolerated, but there are always exceptions to the rule and some individuals are more sensitive than others.

This same method is also suitable for your own mane!

Another tip? If your pet has tangles and mattes, it’s always advisable to brush them out while your pet’s hair is dry; wetting the mattes and tangles can cause them to “lock up” even tighter. Wet hair is also more prone to breakage.



Does your dog or cat suffer from chronic dehydration?

Does your dog or cat suffer from chronic dehydration? Kidney problems? Or are they simply obsessed with running water? Even drinking from the toilet?

There’s a clever water bowl that can help! A pet water fountain is a water bowl that features a simple pump that results in a constant flow of water. Most include a filter mechanism to ensure your pet’s water remains fresh and clean.

Pets are naturally attracted to running water. It’s an instinctually-driven attraction, as running water tends to be healthier and cleaner than bacteria-ridden and often-foul stagnant water. That’s why your cats and dogs are so attracted to the faucet, the hose and the toilet!

A pet water fountain is the perfect way to ensure your dog or cat gets enough fluids – ideal for dogs and cats who suffer from chronic dehydration or kidney problems. Cats who suffer from bladder crystals and urinary obstructions can also benefit, as the extra fluids serve to flush their system. Pets who drink from the faucet or toilet are also less inclined to take part in these activities when they have their very own pet water fountain!

Many cats will bat at and play with the water, but the filter serves to keep the water fresh! A pet water fountain is a fun and clever pet item that will promote better health and keep your pet amused!



Are you the type of pet owner who’s constantly taking photos?

Not sure what to do with all those fabulous images of your beloved furry? Well, if you’re a crafty or creative type, consider making a pet scrapbook!

Of course, there is the traditional old-school method of scrapbooking. There are many papers, stickers, cutting patterns and other scrapbooking supplies available specifically for pets. It makes the perfect keepsake for pet lovers; it’s also a wonderful gift idea.

There’s also digital scrapbooking, which is an increasingly popular option among creative but not-so-crafty pet owners. This option is ideal for those who are adept at “Photoshopping.” And the web is home to tons of digital scrapbooking supplies.

Another idea? Consider making a coffee table book of pet memes. A meme is a photograph with a funny or clever text overlay. Make a series of pet memes with your favourite or funny photos and compile them into a coffee table book – available from a wide array of photography websites like ShutterFly and SnapFish.

A pet scrapbook or coffee table book makes a fabulous keepsake or a very unique gift idea! Plus, these projects serve as a perfect way to use and display all those wonderful pet photos that are living on your phone or laptop!