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10 Free or Cheap Cat Gifts for the Holidays

Dec 11, 2014 - 0 comments
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Get 10 holiday gift ideas for your cats that don’t require a mall trip.

By Anastasia Thrift | Posted: December 8, 2014, 11 a.m. EDT

Cat Gifts
Your to-do list is long and your cash is short. But it’s the holidays and you want to gift everyone in your family, including the furry members. We put together a list of top gifts for cats that don’t require much scratch.

1.    Add cat treats to your holiday grocery list. Fight the urge to feed your cat scraps from holiday meals. They can be too rich or bony for kitty. Instead, find a cat treat formulated for felines. Look for protein as a leading ingredient.

2.    Give a grooming session. Some cats love the brushing and attention that comes with grooming. Others need a better intro to get them into the spirit. Start with a short session and work your way up to a healthy, interactive routine of brushing, combing, bathing and nail clipping.

3.    Hold an interactive play session. Buy your cat a new toy, or be creative with a flashlight or string. Put away hazardous toys and strings after you’re done.

4.    Make your own cat toys. Simple household items can be repurposed into cat toys. Hide cat kibble inside of empty bathroom tissue rolls and place crumpled paper on either side. And speaking of crumpled paper, start a party with a balled up piece of paper. Cats go nuts for it and your can feel good knowing you recycle.

5.    Build a labyrinth. Well, maybe just a tunnel. Remember building forts as a kid, from couch cushions and draped blankets? Remember how awesome they were to hang out in? Your cat will feel that same way when you set up a tunnel system in your living room for her to walk through and stalk from.

6.    Hang ornaments especially for cats. Do you have a holiday ornament you can spare and can you hang it from a relatively safe peak? Let your cat have at it. Pick one without small parts, that’s unbreakable, and place it where you know your cat will bat at it.

7.    Download a free cat app. Let your cat have at your smartphone or tablet with an interactive electronic cat game. Find them at Google Play or the iTunes store.

8.    Get crafty. Have some sewing (even gluing) skills? Whip up a catnip star or leaf dangler toy with our DIY guides. You’re only a few felt squares away from cat happiness.

9.    Stay on the grass. Place a pot of catnip or cat grass indoors for you cat to enjoy. You can pick up a grown plant at a nursery or sow seeds now for a holiday treat to reap in the new year.

10.     Grab blankets and towels you can give away. This is a gift for the kitties that still need homes. Gather some warm wrappables for your local shelter and deliver them to cats in need. Dog and cat shelters are always accepting these items and you will spread a lot of holiday cheer to some appreciative pets.
What will you do for your cat this season? What would you cat like best?

thanksgiving 2015 - 2

Nov 27, 2014 - 1 comments

6 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your Pet
By: Virginia Wells


Thanksgiving will soon be here – a time for family, food and football and the day set aside to give thanks for our blessings. Although world events may try to interfere with our feelings of thankfulness, it's necessary that we focus on all things good, and as always, what your pets add to your lives is good. Here are six reasons why you should be thankful for your pet:

Love. If there's one thing you know, it's that your pet loves you. And if you love your pet, that love comes back to you tenfold. Almost all pets show happiness when you arrive home. Your dog's most enthusiastic face-licking moment of the day is when you walk through the front door – even if you've just been to the mailbox. Your cat's enthusiasm may be more subtle, but even the fact that he is in the same room with you for a change really says something. Your bird chirps, your ferret comes alive and your fish swim to your side of the aquarium. All because they love you.

Companionship. Your pet keeps you company, and that company helps you to feel less lonely and isolated, especially if you live alone. Coming home to your pet gives you something to look forward to. As an added benefit, if you leash up your dog or cat and stroll through the neighborhood, more than likely someone will talk to you. Studies have shown that people walking with a dog talk to new people far more often than if the dog wasn't with them.

Physical contact. When your purring cat sits cuddled in your lap, all is right with the world. This goes for your pet bird perching on your shoulder, your puppy licking your face and your horse nuzzling you as you stroke his mane. Studies prove that cuddling and stroking your pet is good for you; it makes you calmer and can even lower your heart rate and your blood pressure.

Someone to talk to. Talking things out relieves a lot of internal pressure. But having someone to talk to makes a difference, too. It makes you feel less lonely. Talk about anything – your pet will listen. Even better, he won't disagree, interrupt or tell anyone your secrets. And maybe by talking things out, you may come up with your own solutions.

Motivation to exercise. Most pets need exercise every day. Whether it's walking your dog, riding your horse or playing with your cat, you'll be getting some exercise, too. Physical exercise helps you to deal with stress and sometimes gives you the opportunity to get outside and breathe some fresh air.

Security. Some pets promote a feeling of safety. Your dog barks when he hears or smells something out of the ordinary, and your cat wakes you if there is smoke in the house. But sometimes just having your pet nearby is enough to make you feel less anxious and more secure.

This Thanksgiving as we gather together to give thanks for our blessings, lets not forget our pets, those faithful companions that are such an important part of our lives.


Thanksgiving day 2015

Nov 27, 2014 - 0 comments

Some stuff I just read.Enjoy it :-)

" Were Cats and Dogs on the Mayflower?"

So, this Thanksgiving Day and every day, please give thanks for the cats and dogs that came to America and helped the settlers survive. They served an important purpose back then and today they help us thrive by significantly adding to the quality of our lives.


Were Cats and Dogs on the Mayflower?
By: PetPlace Staff

We know that turkeys were part of the first Thanksgiving in America – or fowl that the Pilgrims called turkeys – but cats and dogs were probably there as well. They may even have sailed to Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower with the pilgrims. When the Mayflower reached America on December 21, 1620, the passengers numbered 102: 52 men, 18 women, 32 children – and probably several cats and dogs.


Mayflower Cats

Cats were welcome aboard sailing ships in the 16th century because they helped control the rodent population and protected finite food supplies. They were so well known as sea-going voyagers that National Geographic once reported that "cats, like people, found freedom from persecution in America. It is believed that they first came over on the Mayflower, although it may have been earlier – with the Spaniards in the 16th century. In any event, once here, they thrived."

Carolyn Travers, research manager at www.plimoth.org in Plymouth, Mass., a non-profit, educational institution that bills itself as the living history museum of 17th century Plymouth, confirmed that cats were common on ships, so common in fact that they didn't warrant mentioning.

"What they talked about was what interested people. Cat were too common to talk about," Travers said. "Dogs were mentioned on the Mayflower because they tackled wolves, but cats weren't mentioned."

The first written mention that Travers said she found of cats dates back to 1634, some 14 years after the Mayflower anchored in what today is Provincetown harbor. William Wood wrote in "New England's Prospect" how cats saved the colony's crops from squirrels and probably what we know today as chipmunks.

The First Thanksgiving

We don't know if Goodman's dogs or any cats were present at the first Thanksgiving feast, although they probably were. The cats had worked hard to keep the colony vermin-free, and the dogs had been involved in planting the corn. In fact, they had been too involved – they kept trying to dig up the fish planted with the corn, and the settlers had to tie their forepaws together to keep them from doing so.

So, this Thanksgiving Day, and everyday, give thanks for the fact that cats and dogs came to America to help the settlers survive. Today, they help us thrive by significantly adding to the quality of our lives.

Virginia Wells and Susan Bard Hall contributed to this story.

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Pets EMERGENGY - CHOKING ( details about how to open a cat's mouth)

Nov 05, 2014 - 0 comments
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                   Choking Pet?...Do This
SIGNS
The signs of choking are much the same as a person. Your dog or
cat is struggling to breathe, with their mouth open. They may
be pawing at their mouth. They may be attempting to vomit.
You may hear an unusual sound as they attempt to breathe and
pull air through a foreign object lodged in their throat.

CAUSES
The causes of choking are with anything that can lodge in the
throat. This is fairly exclusive to dogs – cats are usually
more particular. An example would be a dog fetching a ball,
and having it lodge in their throat. A variety of food objects
can lodge in your pet’s airway.

SOLUTIONS

CALL YOUR VET IF NEEDED. Dogs are notorious for trying to
swallow things that are a little too big. The result can be choking where an object lodges in the airway.

REMOVE THE OBJECT. When time is of the essence, you must
act quickly.

Open your pet’s mouth:

For a dog

    * Open your pet’s mouth

    * Grasp the upper jaw with one hand over the muzzle.

    * Press the lips over the upper teeth with your fingers
      on one side and the thumb on the other so that the dog’s
      lips are between its teeth. Firm pressure may be required.

      The dog then can’t close its mouth without biting itself
      and is less able to bite you. Pull his tongue out of the way.

    * Reach deeply in to the back of your pet’s throat and try to
      grasp the object. If it is a ball, and you are unable to move
      it, try using some type of instrument; tweezers, pliers or even
      a spoon shaped tong.

For a cat

    * Grasp the cat’s head so that your palm is over the cat’s eyes
      and ears, and your thumb and index finger are behind the canine
      (eye or fang) teeth.

    * Tilt the cat’s nose upwards. In most cases this causes the cat to
      automatically relax the jaw muscles so that you can open the mouth easily

    * You can then use the index finger of the opposite hand to gently
      open the mouth. Place the fingertip on the lower incisors (the small
      teeth between the canines) and gently push the lower jaw down.

    * An alternative is to push your thumb and index finger of the hand
      holding the cat’s head towards each other. Some cats resent this more
      and it is easier to get bitten but it does hold the mouth open while
      the opposite hand is now completely free to hold tools etc.

    * Examine the mouth and if you can see the object it may be possible to
      remove it with your fingers, tweezers or small pliers immediately. Do
      not attempt to remove a needle embedded in the roof of the mouth but
      take your cat to your veterinarian.

    * It may be possible to gently pull the tongue forward to gain better
      access, but some cats will not allow this.

If this method does not work for extracting the object from your pet’s throat,
try this technique.

Lay your pet on its side. For small pets, place your palms
behind the last rib on both sides of your pet’s abdomen and press your palms together quickly 2 – 3 times.

Repeat if necessary.

For larger dogs, place both hands behind the last rib and push down and slightly forward sharply.

Repeat rapidly until the object is dislodged

If you still can’t remove the object and if your pet can breathe, transport
him to your veterinarian. However, if your pet can’t breathe you must continue to try to dislodge the object either by compression or by using the Heimlich,as your pet is unlikely to survive the delay in reaching veterinary aid.

COMPRESSIONS. Gentle compressions on both sides of the widest point of the chest may help dislodge a ball or other object. Place both hands at the back of your pet over the widest point of the chest while he is standing,
and give 5 firm compressions to dislodge the ball.

HEIMLICH. If after trying to manually remove the object, and after gentle
compressions it won’t move, and your pet is still not breathing, then
proceed with the Heimlich.

TURN your pet upside down, with his back against your chest.

WITH both arms, give sharp thrusts to the abdomen.

AFTER 5 thrusts, stop and check to see if the object is visible
in the airway. If so remove it and give 2 mouth-to-nose rescue
breaths. If the breaths do not go in, repeat HEIMLICH.

In some cases, your dog is too large to pick up. You can lay him
on his side, and make a fist. Put your fist into the hollow
beneath the rib cage, then push firmly inward and upward. Repeat
5 times, and then check to see if the object has been dislodged.

If after a few attempts it is still lodged, but you can still
hear wheezing and some noise when your pet is breathing, then
you have time to rush to your vet.

CPR. If your pet completely stops breathing, then you will have
to know the CPR steps.

After the airway has been opened, you may need to give artificial
respiration.

CLOSE your pet’s mouth and breathe directly into his nose until
his chest expands. If the chest doesn’t expand then go back to

STEP 2 – AIRWAY.

VENTILATE at 15 breaths per minute. One BREATH every 4 seconds.

PROCEED to STEP 4 – CIRCULATION

HOME CARE

In some cases of choking, your pet’s mouth has been injured.
This means feeding a soft food for 7-14 days while the wounds heal