Turkey is a good protein for your pet(s) just be sure to remove any skin, fat, or bones. Stick with white meat. Do not give them anything with onions, garlic, leeks, scallions.
Do not give the pet(s) any mashed potatoes with cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies.
Plain green beans or fresh vegetables are great for your pet(s).
No alcohol for your pet(s). Even a small amount can be very toxic. Look out for fruitcake.
Grapes and raisins can be very toxic to your pet(s) and it can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Cranberry sauce is fine in a small amount, watch the sugar in it. Be very careful with any artificial sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to your dog and potentially deadly.
Make sure that your pet(s) does not ingest any chocolate, especially the baking kind
Cats are born to hunt and just because it is an indoor cat does not mean he/she stops wanting to hunt. Some cats become bored in the house by not be able to explore, hunt and exercise. They get frustrated and that could lead to behavioral issues. If you have a cat with a huge amount of energy having cat hunting toys will help the desire to chase, stalk, pounce. Motorized toys that move will help the cat's hunting instinct. There are toys that the cat has to work for a treat. Bring the feather and wands out for short play and then put them away it keeps your cat excited about the hunt.
Laser pointer helps the cat with the hunting instincts. Make sure you never shine the light on your cat's eyes it will seriously damage it. Make sure you put down toys that the cat can pick up like a mouse because the cats can get riled up and frustrated with a laser light and redirect that frustration by biting the owner, cat or a dog.
Coyotes eat whatever they can find, from seeds and fruit to small animals, both alive and dead. Coyotes threaten dogs and cats weighing less than 25 pounds. Two coyotes can take down a large animal.
How to protect the backyard against coyotes:
Use motion lighting
Trim landscaping to eliminate hiding places
Remove bird feeders, pick up fallen fruits and nuts from trees, and harvest gardens.
The food attracts the natural prey.
Keep the trash cans in the garage.
Always supervise your pet in the yard, especially at dawn and dusk.
Never leave your dog tied up in the yard.
Never allow your pet to interact with wildlife.
For maximum protection the collar must stretch from behind the animal's ear to the top of its shoulder.
Cats can help us lower anxiety, stress and cholesterol levels reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. They can also improve the physical and mental health. They don't need as much care is a dog.
It makes the women want to care for her cat by feeding, clean up after it and shopping for the cat. By doing all of those things it makes a person be on the move which intern will help increase their cardio.
When you pet an animal, your body releases a surge of prolactin, oxytocin, and dopamine. Those actions will improve our health and the pets lives.
The cat makes a good companionship and helps us live longer.
Pets have the capability of long term memories. Dogs who bury their bones in the backyard being able to dig them up months down the road show that they have long term memory. Cats and dogs getting lost and finding their way back home years later are all part of long term memories.
Dogs that are scared of a man, loud noises, fireworks, hats, etc, that dog can relate to a negative memory or event that has happened in the past. They remember particular episodes from long ago. It is based on what level of impact the incident that initially formed the memory had on the dog or cat.
Important information and memories with emotional content tend to be remembered for longer times. Cat and dogs do have long term memory, the precision and accuracy of these memories can decline over time, just as it does for humans.
Puppies and kittens form the most important memories in their early days.
The memories that are formed during this period influence how they behave for the rest of their lives. It is very important to expose them to the socialization and proper training. We can help our dog or cat turn a potential negative long term memory into a positive one.
The wrong type of mushrooms are toxic to cats and dogs.
The mushrooms that are safe for humans to eat can be toxic to pets.
It is best to remove mushrooms from your yard for the safety of your pet.
If you are able to get the suspected ingested mushroom bring it with you to the vet. Sometimes the vet will take a sample from the pet's stomach to identify the type of mushroom. The curious dog or cat can be attracted to mushrooms because of their odor. Make sure your pet doesn't ingest any type of mushroom.
If you think your pet has ingested a mushroom take the pet to the vet immediately bring the mushroom with you to the vet. Do not put it in a plastic bag because it will break the mushroom down. Wrap it in a moist paper towel.
Common signs to watch for:
Understanding why cat fights. Wild cats have a strong relationship with their family. But when the cat wanders off on its own the cat tends to be more solitary.
If another cat crosses into their territory the cat is usually stand offish. This can happen with outdoor and indoor cats protecting what they consider to be their area, toys or a human. One cat will leave the room when the other cat enters and the more submissive cat may hide to avoid confrontation. Sometimes personalities just don't mix. Cats have different personalities.
To stop cats from fighting. Use a large piece of cardboard between the cats this creates a gentle barrier between the two cats. If the cats are locked together, pick one up by the scruff, which will force the release of the other cat. It is hard to correct the relationship when the fights are long. Separate the cats and let them cool down.
How to help the cats like each other. Have lots of patience and be very consistent.
Have the cats share the scents, by feeding the cats at the same time on the opposite sides of the door. This allows them to associate the others smell with something pleasant like wet food and treats. Be sure you spend time with each cat in their areas. Continue to swap their scent by mixing their used litter together, take a wash cloth and wipe down one cat's paws and tail and other let cat smell it, switching the cat's space.
Now you can let them meet face to face by putting up a gate or screen between them. This setup allows them to see and smell each other and they are protected by the barrier between them. You can remove the barrier completely once they get to the point to where they can see each other without getting into a fight. Have someone help you with this step.
When you bring the cats into the same room give the lots of attention and praise.
Be sure that the cats have their own litter box, food and water bowl.
Some cats may never get along. Hopefully, they can get to the point where they will tolerate each other.
Spread your cat's or dog's dry or wet food evenly over a flat plate.
This can also keep the cat or the dog from throwing up when eating food too fast.
It can cause the cat to have regurgitation of undigested food several minutes after it eats when eating fast.
Eating grass is another way a cat or dog clears the stomach.
When the cat gobbles up the meals it can develop the habit of vomiting undigested food shortly after the cat eats.
It’s very important to determine the cause of vomiting if the vomiting is unrelated to eating fast see a vet.
You can buy a square dinner plate at the dollar store.
If you are out in the park, wilderness or hiking it’s important to do a tick check on self and your pets. If you find the ticks take them off immediately. Avoiding bushy areas or trails that are heavily wooded, since the ticks can quickly transfer from a leaf to a hiker. To remove a tick safely don’t just pull it out with your fingers. Instead, use tweezers to firmly grasp the insect and pull up quickly.
Tick bites on dogs or cats may be hard to detect. The signs may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after the tick bite.
Be sure you watch your dog or cat closely for behavior or appetite changes.
You can ask your vet about using tick preventives on your pets.
Tick bites can cause a painful wound and may become infected.
When bitten, a dog may become infected with a number of diseases.
Always wash your hands before and after handling neonates. Always use clean towels.
Use eye dropper or bottle with a nipple for puppy or kitten. Use a hypodermic needle to pierce the tip of a nipple. Too large of an opening could cause the kitten to aspirate formula into their lungs. Too small of an opening will prevent the animal from getting the nutrition it needs. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle to prevent air from getting into the bottle. Let the animal suck on its own pace, do not over feed. Feeding can take 20-30 minutes. Weight should double the first week. Do not use cow's milk.
Eyes open and ears start tuning in. If eyes are weepy or pus-filled, gently wipe with soft, warm wet cloth never pry open. Let them open naturally.
Crawling on all fours. After each meal place the kitten in the litter box and take the puppy outside on a leash.
Puppies and kittens begin playing with each other and start developing teeth. This is the time to transition to wet food every 4-6 hours in a bowl. Pets should be drinking water on their own. Litter box and house training begins. Never feed a newborn when they are cold they are prone to gut problems and won't be able to properly digest their food. Administer warm fluids until is warm enough to be fed. Neonates haven't developed the ability to keep themselves warm. Use a heating pad on a low setting in their crates or carriers and wrapped in a towel with another towel on top of it. Puppy or kitten should never make contact with the pad directly. Use only until the animal is four weeks old.
Make sure you check the pad constantly you don't want the pad to be too hot or too cold.
Introduce kibble. Each food change comes with diarrhea. This is the time the eyes may also begin to change. The true color doesn't set in until three months of age.
Time to start basic obedience. They also should respond to their names.
Kittens should be up to 2 lbs. They should have 26 baby teeth and they will begin to fall out around 12 weeks. The teeth will be replaced by 30 adult teeth by the age of six months. By 32 weeks most dogs are 30% of their adult weight.
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