When we lose our beloved companion pet it affects everybody including the surviving pets. If the two pets are closely bonded the surviving pet is grieving the loss.
Here are the signs:
Patterns of sleeping changes
Not interested in eating
Not interested in activities
Wants to be alone
Searching the house for their pet friend
Pay a lot of attention to the surviving pet(s)
It is very important to be consistent with the daily schedule. Pets like their routine because they know what to expect. If the pet does not have the appetite put it away and reintroduce it at the next feeding time continue to offer the food at feeding time. Do not give the pet a treat until the pet eats the food. See the vet if the dog doesn't eat by the fifth day. Cats only a couple of days.
Allow the pet companion to be present during the euthanasia. Also, allow the friend to see and smell the body after it is dead.
Let's be thoughtful to our family and our pets companion not to bring a new pet home until everybody in your family can agree. Because the same family members may still be grieving.
Christmas Trees can possibly harm your pets. It is best to use an enclosed tree stand or cover the opening. Secure the tree on the wall so that it will not fall and cause serious injuries to your pets. When no one is around to supervise the pets, unplug lights and electrical decorations you don't want the pets having any access to.
Keep those poisonous plants out of your pets reach like Christmas roses, poinsettia, mistletoe, holly, and hibiscus.
Xylitol and sugar substitutes can be deadly. It causes a dogs blood sugar to drop quickly, can cause liver failure if not treated properly.
When the dough is ingested it continues to rise causing an intestinal blockage in the pet.
Ingesting macadamia makes dogs experience severe weakness in their back legs, appearing paralyzed after they eat the macadamia nuts. The recovery from this condition is three days.
Felines can be allergic to grass, trees, dust, fabrics, cleaning products, perfumes, food and more. Cat litter may contain chemicals that can cause allergies.
Look for signs of behavioral or visual: like a runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and coughing when your cat has just used the litter box.
Behavioral signs: is when the cat's paws or tail makes contact the litter box and the cat can't stop scratching, biting, chewing or licking itself. If the cat stops using the litter box due to allergy's. The cause of the allergy could be dust or fragrance. Try to use unscented litter with minimal dust and sprinkle some baking soda this will neutralize the odor.
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.
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