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Cat Clothing? Scarves and Collars Made of Bread? Have We Lost Our Minds?

Why do we put clothing on cats? Is there a new occupation – cat tailor? We have fabric collars and those made of bread for cats. You can purchase cat sweaters, dresses, scarves and coats. Okay, now how did these people manage to get these cats to wear those clothes? Were the cat’s claws removed? So now you declaw the cat so that it can use a wardrobe of specially made clothing? We used to declaw cats so that they would make better pets. Or do you think the cat was trained to wear clothes? I am an advocate for training, but training to wear clothes?
There is a theory that humans will try to make animals take on human characteristics. So our pets must wear clothes, and we do their laundry because they are members of the family. If we consider ourselves to be of upper crust our cats must wear clothing that fits their station in life. So of course there must be couture names for the clothing. The market has responded. The names are cute. You can find Meowfits, Feline Fashions, and the most interesting Cat-toure. This last place has cats who are fashionistas and wear rock star clothing. This ready to wear line includes robes, hoodies and tank tops.
Of course our pets have to fully experience the good life. The ideal cat will have a closet full of clothes, eat off of crystal stemware, and sleep in a special bed. There is such an appeal for it that an advertising campaign features a high class white kitty who does just that. The highlight of the commercial is when he eats from a crystal stemware.
I suggest a different course for responsible pet ownership. Cats are noble animals, and the operative word is animal. Whatever happened to letting a cat be a cat? For centuries cats have been our animal companions. The Egyptians were so fond of their cats that they mummified them so that they would continue to be pets in the afterlife. Cats have been deified by man, shared their trials and endured their tribulations. Researchers have decided that the Black Death was a scourge in Europe because cats were annihilated. The cats did not kill the vermin, the vermin had fleas, and the fleas infected the people. People love their cats, and the cats love their owners. Now don’t they deserve at least a better fate than being forced to wear clothes and bread? Some may think that the cat looks very cute in these clothes, but I suggest that they take a look at the cat’s face and their demeanor. I have yet to see a cat look contented in clothing; they look disgusted, and perhaps just a little bit angry. Let’s treat them with respect, let the cat go naked. Mother Nature knows best and fur is the perfect covering.…

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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Happy And Healthy

While owning a dog is a fun and amazing endeavor, it brings with it a great deal of responsibility. Thankfully, this article was written by other owners to ensure you can learn from their own follies in the past. The advice here will make you the best down owner you can be, so read on.

Keep on top of fleas. Not only can fleas cause infection in your dog, if one is swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms as well. Speak to your veterinarian about the best prevention method, but remember that this is not a one shot deal. You will have to continue your efforts over the life of your pet.

You should only try to teach your dog one new command during each training session. Even if you think your dog is good at picking up on things and will have no issues with that, it is much less confusing for you and him if you focus on just one thing at a time.

It is important for you to take your dog in to see the vet on a fairly regular basis. Just like humans, dogs can develop health problems like toothaches, arthritis and weight gain. Do not wait until you think your dog is sick before taking him in to be seen.

When preparing to groom your pet, start the session off on the right foot by helping your dog relax. Spend a few minutes simply petting him, starting with the head and then rubbing the back, paws, belly and even tail. Once you feel your dog is happy and content, begin grooming him.

Don’t ever give your dog bones. Real bones can splinter and can get caught in your dog’s mouth or digestive tract. Rawhide has been proven to be healthy for your dog. It is excellent for its teeth too, so do not give in to the temptation to give your dog a real bone no matter how hard it begs.

Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. This is vital to the care of a happy dog. Many people don’t bother to exercise their dog, thinking that walks are enough. Dogs are active creatures and need to play. Talk to your veterinarian about how much activity your dog needs, and make sure he gets it.

It’s very important for your dog to get the correct amount of exercise. Your dog has to be worked out to stay happy and healthy. Your dog will get the exercise it needs (and you’ll be a little more active yourself!) from virtually any kind of outdoor activity you share with it. Exercise is a great way to bond with your pet.

Keep your dog in comfortable housing. They should be able to rest off the floor and away from drafts. A training crate is a good choice or any covered shelter outside. Try placing a dog bed inside that has a warm blanket or a pillow inside. Wash the dog’s bedding frequently.

All of the expert advice contained above should have you ready to really take good care of your dog. That said, focus on love and everything else will fall into place. As long as you continue to adore your four-legged friend, and mistakes you make will be forgotten quickly and won’t be so harmful.…

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Essential Cat Care Tips and Tricks

There is a lot that goes into taking care of a cat. If you’re a first time cat owner, or even if you’ve had a cat for a while, this article can help you out. Read over it carefully and you should have no problem taking better care of your cats.

Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.

Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don’t move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.

Get a pet water fountain. Cats can be prone to dehydration, and running water entices them to drink. It is an evolutionary habit that developed because in the wild, running water is less likely to be contaminated than a stagnant pool. Your pet will enjoy the water more, and will drink more often.

Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.

If your cat takes all the ornaments off the Christmas tree, don’t fight it. Begin collecting attractive cat toys and unbreakable ornaments to decorate the tree next year. Be sure not to decorate with potentially dangerous items like tinsel and garlands. Tinsel is a choking hazard for cats and garlands can cause strangulation.

Let your cat exercise their hunting instinct. Cats are natural born hunters; however, this does not mean you need to allow mice to invade your home. Hide treats and toys throughout your home, and your cat will have a blast hunting down their treats. You can also find feather and laser toys that your cat can chase and pounce on.

Animal Control

Keep track of your feline friend by having the animal microchipped. This small device is implanted beneath the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades. Microchip implantation may sting for a few seconds, but the implant is otherwise unnoticeable and will not cause your pet any discomfort. This chip makes it easier for animal control to locate your cat if it goes missing.

Now you can probably see that there is quite a bit that goes into working with cats. It isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. Take everything you’ve gone over here and things won’t be all that difficult for you. Good luck and enjoy taking care of your pet!…