Wet Food or Dry Food? What Should Your Cat Eat?

While researching another post I’m working on, I saw an article about how dry kibble is a better food alternative to wet cat food because it can easily be bought in bulk and makes less mess when cats eat it. I was fuming after reading that! It’s wildly irresponsible to make these claims, especially on the basis of ease for the owner and worse still, that it’s more natural.

Cat kibble was designed to be the cat version of dog kibble. There is nothing natural about it. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their bodies can only metabolize meat. From meat, their bodies are able to generate all the vital nutrients they need to thrive. Their teeth are designed for tearing flesh, not crunching on kibble. Interesting fact: Cats don’t naturally chew.

So why was I so mad? It wasn’t that his article was misguided, but that it was leading people away from a healthy cat food, to one that is less so. Not to say that feeding kibble is unhealthy! Just that not feeding wet food CAN be. The problem lies in cat ancestry.

Wild cats live in deserts and are able to conserve water well enough to have a low thirst drive, meaning that wild cats are able to spend their time hunting and sleeping, instead of wasting valuable energy on looking for scarce water sources. This low thirst drive was maintained in the domestic cat.

It’s why the veterinarian I worked for used to complain that most cats live their lives consistently dehydrated, which can lead to health issues like kidney disease. He advises clients to incorporate wet food to combat this.

If your cat is a picky eater and won’t warm up to wet food, there are a number of things you can try. Drastic change is usually not tolerated, so try mixing a small amount of wet food into their preferred kibble as a soft intro to wet food.

For my cat, Trout, texture matters! We have experimented with shreds, cuts, flakes, and patè. He kind of sucks, because on any given day his preference for texture will change. We keep a cabinet full of the various textures in preparation for these mood swings (smh). If even after experimenting with all the different textures (and flavors), you still don’t find one that strikes your cat’s fancy then it’s time to accept defeat.

So now would be a good time to look into moisture content. Different brands will have different levels of moisture in their kibble, but even the “wettest” dry food is still dry. Try adding small amounts of water to the kibble, but not too much!

Remember, it’s important not to adjust your cat’s food drastically because this can cause kitty to go on a hunger strike. Hunger strikes (especially in obese cats) can lead to fatty liver disease, which can be very serious.

Luckily, there are ways to encourage your cat to drink. A fountain style water bowl entices cats with sound and allows them to drink easily without getting noses and whiskers wet, which is super annoying for cats.

A similar strategy is to leave a faucet lightly running. If you aren’t looking to run to the store for an expensive water fountain or leave your tap running, you can try filling your cat’s water dish to the brim. This is another good way to help kitty keep his nose dry and his whiskers from hitting the sides of the bowl (yet another super annoying thing).

Before I go back to my research, I will say dry food has its place in your cat’s food dish. Wet food alone can cause a gunky build-up on your cat’s teeth, which leads to tooth decay and gingivitis. Crunchy dry food can help to reduce this build-up. Healthy teeth are a vital part of your cat’s overall health.

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How to Take Care of Your Cat Properly

Taking Care of Your Cat

Being a cat owner is a big responsibility, which should be shared by the whole family. The most important things that young individuals should learn about cat care are as follows:

Regular Visits to the Vet

A cat should visit the vet at least once yearly to undergo a physical check-up, which includes eyes, ears and heart, as well as get deworming/deflea treatments and booster vaccinations. If your cat’s heath or behavior is a concern, it is crucial to see the vet immediately.


Every cat should go through vaccinations for diseases such as feline leukemia virus or FeLV, cat flue and feline infectious enteritis or FIE. Such diseases can endanger a cat’s life when infected, so it is crucial to go for preventive measures.


In order to stay healthy, your cat needs a good diet. Feed it with quality dried or tinned cat food, and make sure that fresh water is always ready. Since cats are carnivorous, they cannot live on a diet with vegetables.


Neutering allows cats to be healthier and happier. When a male cat is neutered, he is less prone to wandering far from home and getting involved in fights. A neutered female will no longer have kittens, which is an advantage since there is enough space to accommodate lots of kittens in the UK. Kittens should be neutered from 4 to 6 months, upon the advice of your vet.

Playtime with your Cat

Cats, most especially kittens, should have playtime because this is where they learn the skills they need in life, and it teaches them more about their environment.

Also, play makes good use of a cat’s energy, letting it remain fit and healthy, as well as give an alert and active brain. The best games motivate them to chase, pounce, stalk and safely bat objects with their paw.

Best Tips for Playing


Even if cat toys are available from pet shops, you can save money and have more time making some by yourself.

Cats like interactive toys, so tie a string on a toy, then move it all around like it were alive.


There are cats that go crazy over the herb catnip. Buy toys filled with dried catnip, then hand one over to your cat to see its reaction.

Climbing and Hiding

Cats are fond of climbing and hiding, so it is a great idea to get a cat activity center, or as a cheaper option, just give cardboard boxes for your cat to play with.

Indoor Cats

Cats that stay indoors need more entertainment than those outdoors. So, try to make feeding more challenging by giving cat biscuits via a puzzle feeder or plastic bottle, which is cut in biscuit-size holes with the help of an adult.

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How to Introduce a Baby to Your Cat

My husband and I are so happy for our friends who just brought home their new baby! She’s beautiful and they’re crazy about her, as you can imagine. Their cat, Mr. Tiggs, is having a hard time finding the joy in their new bundle

Bringing home a newborn is stressful on everyone, especially our pets who didn’t exactly sign up for it. Cats particularly can have a hard time if sudden change is a stress trigger for them. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your cat, even if you’ve already brought home your little one.

Before bringing home baby

If your due date hasn’t arrived (and neither has baby) then you still have time to prepare your cat. You’ll first need to decide how the cat’s current day-to-day will be affected by the newborn newcomer.

If there are going to be off-limits rooms once the baby comes, you’ll need to start training your cat to be extra happy in places they can be. A cat tower, scratching posts, catnip toys, and other things your cat enjoys should be added to those rooms. Praise and rewards should be given when the cat is hanging out in them. Honestly, deterring a cat from a room or place in your house seems almost impossible without the cat turning on you or adding to their stress.

Noise is to be expected when bringing home a baby, so prepare your cat accordingly by recordings of baby sounds (not just crying). Be sure the volume isn’t so high that you give your kitty anxiety before the baby even arrives. During the recordings praise and reward your cat for staying calm. Noise will likely be one of the worst stressors, so this step is very important.

If your cat is particularly nosey, consider swaddling a doll (it’ll be good practice) to carry around and fuss with. After a while, your cat may decide to come check it out and get bored or just ignore you altogether. Either way, it will be nice to not have a cat climbing the curtains to see what you’re carrying.

If baby is already home

If your baby has already come home and your cat is reacting poorly there are some things you can do to help them come around to the situation.

First, you’ll want to keep all interactions between your baby and cat supervised. This will help in avoiding aggressive situations and keep the cat from cuddling a baby who can’t move her own head or roll over. This is also important for rewarding calm behavior around the baby.

Rewarding calm behavior around the baby is crucial. Give your cat opportunities for calm behavior by providing calming distractions, like a perch in a window or a tall cat tree. You should also stock up on treats your cat finds irresistible. Trout LOVES Greenies! Another calming reward your cat might enjoy is a good brushing. Many cats find this soothing and it’s a big part of how cats show affection within their social circles. You should also have super fun toys, shiny, crinkly, and jingly for your cat to enjoy when the baby is around. The other side of the praise and reward coin is to make sure those treats, toys, and catnip are entirely unavailable when the baby isn’t around. This is an important aspect of incentivizing calm behavior.

If your cat is still having a hard time consider a Feliway diffuser. They look like air freshener plugins, but they emit calming pheromones. They are relatively inexpensive and can help make any situation less stressful. As with any anxiety, talk to your vet to be sure that your course of action is the best one for your cat.

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Caring for Your Rabbit

With long ears, a twitchy nose, and a puff ball tail, rabbits have long been a popular pet. Caring for your pet rabbit can be time consuming, but, if done right, it will give you the affections of a beloved member of your family.

Choosing the right hutch: indoors or outdoors

In the past, rabbits were largely kept outdoors. Provided with a sturdy hutch, they can be kept safe and clean outdoors. They can also be given an enclosed area of grass for a run.

However, many now prefer to keep their rabbits indoors. Inside, they can be kept in a hutch or allowed to roam free as house rabbits. In either case, they should be given plenty of time to exercise.

Exercise for your rabbit

A rabbit’s main exercise will be running, or hopping around. The larger the area, the more they will be able to do, but any exercise area should give them enough space to do several fully stretched hops. It is also possible to train a rabbit to walk on a lead, but many rabbits do not enjoy having a harness or lead on.

Another way of giving your rabbit exercise is to make them search for their food. Rabbits will naturally graze on plants throughout the day, looking for hidden treats. Your pet rabbit should have plenty of good quality hay and free access to water throughout the day. Rabbit pellets and fresh fruit and vegetables can supplement the hay. Each rabbit will have its own preferred food, but there are some that can cause problems for any rabbit.

What to feed your rabbit and understanding them

Keeping your rabbit away from dangerous foods, such as the leaves and stems of tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and too many processed treats, can do a lot for their health. The biggest health concerns for rabbits are related to their digestion, including gut stasis and bloating.

It’s important to understand the signals your rabbit gives. In nature, they are a prey animal and much of the prey behaviours are present in pet rabbits. Most notably, they do not do anything to express their illness or pain. As a rabbit owner, you must be able to notice small changes in your pet’s behaviour or eating habits and be ready to get them medical treatment as soon as possible.

Are rabbits right for you and your children?

The need to carefully monitor rabbits is part of why they are often not suitable pets for children. While children can enjoy playing with a rabbit, they may not have the ability to give it the veterinary care needed. Depending on training and socialization, rabbits may also bite or not tolerate being handled, something many children simply don’t understand.

Like any pet, a rabbit is not a small commitment. Whether you opt for a smaller breed, such as a Netherland Dwarf, or a bigger breed, such as a Flemish Giant, your pet rabbit will require food, healthcare, and lots of attention. You may also need to prepare your home for a rabbit by ensuring that there are no exposed wires that they could chew through. However, a rabbit can also be an excellent pet, bringing a lot of love and joy to a family.

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Electric Blue Crayfish Care

If you are just getting into blue crayfish, then you might have some questions about electric blue crayfish care. I know that I did when I first got started. So below I’ll give you some tips that will hopefully make caring for your blue guy (or gal) a little easier.

Create a Comfortable Habitat

Crayfish are for the most part, one of the easiest aquatic pets to care for. They don’t need much, but you do want to make them comfortable and ensure they have a long, healthy and comfortable life.

To help keep your little critter safe and cozy, you will need to of course provide him with the right habitat. This obviously is an essential piece of electric blue crayfish care.

Some people will tell you he can just live in a jug with some water or something a little crazy like that. However, if you want to enjoy your blue crayfish and again, keep him healthy, I suggest buying at least a 10 gallon aquarium and creating a habitat that will be comfortable for your crayfish.

Just as a note, be sure to read up on setting up your tank before you put your crayfish (or fish) into the tank. This will include “conditioning” and “cycling” the water; which is the most crucial piece of setting up any fish tank.

Get a Hideout for Your Crayfish

Crayfish like to burrow and hideout. I often find mine picking up rocks and carrying them halfway across the tank to build their little hideout. However, make things a bit easier for them and buy them a hideout from any pet store and/or get some PVC pipe. Simply cut it into small pieces and add it to your aquarium. This will allow for your crayfish to hideout from any other crayfish or fish when they need to.

Additionally, crayfish do need a place to hide out when they moult. This is because they become very soft and vulnerable to other fish and crayfish who will attack them. So providing a hideout is another essential piece of electric blue crayfish care.

Choosing the Right Tank Mates

Okay, just go ahead and understand this, crayfish love to eat fish. So at some point they will catch and eat one or several of your fish. Because of this reason, you want to choose the right tank mates for your crayfish.

The perfect fish for your crayfish to live with will be fish that swim towards the top of the tank and/or fish that are fast. Fish that live or swim near the bottom of the tank or fish that are slow will definitely become crayfish dinner at some point. Having said that, I suggest red tail sharks, hatchet fish, tiger barbs, and danios as tank mates for your electric blue crayfish.

Other crayfish can also make good tank mates depending on the size of the tank. However, crayfish are cannibalistic and will sometimes attack and eat each other. Note, providing proper hideouts and keeping your crayfish fed can cut down on the chances of this happening.

Feeding Your Crayfish

Of course you will discover that your crayfish loves to eat. And eating is of course an extremely important part of electric blue crayfish care. Heck, who doesn’t like to eat.

You will want to feed your critter a sinking wafer everyday unless he eats a fish. If he eats a fish, he’s good… But you will probably want to run out and buy another fish.

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Healthy Diet for Your Parrot

Is your bird a seed only eater? Did you know in that wild seeds form only a small portion of the natural diet? While seeds are an important part of a pet parrot’s daily diet they should not comprise all of it.

Parrots are opportunistic omnivores, which in plain English means they eat whatever they encounter in their day (“opportunistic”) and, like us, eat from all the food groups – veggies & fruits, grain, and animal protein (“omnivores”).

The seed based diets that have traditionally been fed to pet birds are not representative of that parrots eat in the wild. Little is actually known about exactly what comprises their daily diet, but their natural diet does include a variety of things like seeds, nuts, fruits, shoots, buds, corms, and invertebrates (insects, worms, and larvae). Wild parrots have even been observed eating dead fish that wash up from lakes and streams. Because some of the plant material they eat also contains toxins, parrots in South America flock to natural mineral beds regularly to feed on the clay and minerals available in order to detoxify their systems.

We do know that a seed only diet generally cuts your pet’s potential lifespan in half, as well as leading to deficiencies in vitamins, especially vitamin A, minerals, especially calcium and protein. They also tend to be too high in fat.

While formulated diets (aka pellets) are now becoming widely used, they also do not comprise a complete diet and can lead to health problems if used exclusively, especially with the kidneys and liver. Formulated diets were originally based on research done in the poultry industry, where the focus is on rapid growth and maximum size, not longevity. While they’ve come a long way, and like seeds, form an important part of a complete diet, they can not do it alone. What’s important for your bird’s health and happiness is variety, balance, and moderation. Veggies, whole grains, and some fruit should form the basis of a well fed bird’s daily diet.

A parrot’s “job” in the wild is to spend the day searching for food, then working to access it. Nuts are a prime example, as getting to the nut meat involves removing not only the hard shell, but the fibrous outer husk as well. It’s important to give your pet a “job” and make her have to work a little for her goodies as well. Having to peel veggies and open nuts helps offset boredom. (Just be sure the veggies are organic and not contaminated with pesticides.)

Patience, creativity and common sense will work wonders in improving your parrot’s diet and overall health. The rewards are well worth the effort, resulting in a well feathered, bright-eyed, playful companion who can share your life for as long as possible.

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Birdie Body Language

Most parrot people are aware of some of the basic body language out companions use to communicate with us. But it’s usually the more negative ones! However, our buddies use a multitude of moves to express lots of emotions, both positive and negative. So, let’s look at a few:


Although most of these activities are associated with aggressive/defensive attitudes in our birds, they can also simply signify any excitement, good or bad – so you have to know your bird, and observe closely to differentiate between aggressive postures that mean “Stay away!” and those that simply mean “I’m over-excited!” even in a good way. (Of course, even with those you need to be careful, as an over-stimulated bird can still act out by biting.)

Eye pinning: The pupils dilate and constrict rapidly, back and forth, indicating excitement and interest. Definitely means you need to pay attention and look out.

Feather Puffing: The bird fluffs his feathers out all over, but especially the head and neck, and with Cockatoos, the crest is erect. In the wild, birds use this to appear larger, and thus be more intimidating to foes.

Tail Fanning: Especially in Amazons, the bird fans his whole tail out (like a mini-horizontal peacock), again, to appear large and “scary.”

Blushing: Bare-faced birds like Macaws, allow you to visually observe the facial redness that accompanies excitement. (Actually, ALL parrots so this – we just can’t see it through the feathers! Some birds blush a light pink, others (Like my Amber), go a deep red. I find babies blush more than adults, as they experience new things in the world.

Head Bowing: The bird, while puffed up, eye-pinning, tail fanning, and blushing, also lowers his head, stretching out his neck. Often accompanied by a “growling” sort of sound, or with African Greys and Cockatiels, it’s more of a “hissing” sound.

Stretching/Wing Spreading: The bird raises up on tip toes, feathers and crest erect, neck stretched, wings eagle – spread -again, he’s trying to look large and threatening. Often, a highly agitated bird will sway back and forth. “Flash” colors (Bright color accents under wings, crest or tail) are highly visible during this type of posturing – it’s hard to miss, as this type of display is QUITE obvious!

Although aggression behaviors and excitement behaviors are similar, the good observer with a trained eye can readily tell the difference. Work on developing your observation skills, so you’ll know how to best proceed. Of course, a bird coming at you, head-lowered, with an open beak, is hard for ANYONE to misinterpret!


These include all the more passive ways a parrot asks for attention. If we ignore these, they can lead to more outright demands, such as screaming, or neurotic behaviors that become obsessive, almost ritualistic, habits such as constant flipping or circling in the cage, or toe-tapping, beak wiping, and odd looking head movements. The basic solicitous behaviors include the following:

Food Begging: Recently weaned babies often cry and “baby bob” repeatedly. They sit low on the perch, heads turned up, slightly quivering their wings, with heads bobbing rapidly. This needs to be addressed! Often, newly weaned babies revert after moving to their new home. It’s a good idea to continue regular body weight checks, as anything over a 10% loss is cause for concern. I don’t believe in time-table weaning, and do not feel it is inappropriate to continue, or re-start, hand feeding of young birds. Ask for guidance on how to best handle it.

Wing Quivering: The bird sits low with wings gently quivering, head out, and stretched and softly chirps to you. Some may “bob,” even as adults. This is more common in females. It simply means “Pick me up! Love me!” I find it quite endearing and nothing to be alarmed about.

Leaning Forward/Looking up at you with Big Eyes: This is also a very sweet way birdies ask for some loving. They simply lean toward you and give you big, soft, goo-goo eyes! Pretty fool-proof for most birds!

Feather Puffing: Nothing like the feather puffing of aggression/over-excitement, which is stiff and rigid, this is a “soft” raising of the feathers, again, especially on the head and neck and means “Please scratch me and preen my pin feathers!” They need out help to reach those difficult spots, and it’s a glorious way to strengthen your bond by preening his “pins” for him!


These are my favorites! They are also the most subtle and most often missed signals that our parrots give us. Learn to recognize them and you’ll enjoy a whole new level of richness in your communications.

Tail Wagging: Often in one on one interactions, you’ll see your bird give his tail a quick “fan” and a vigorous side-to-side shake. This means “I’m content, I’m enjoying myself and feeling quite relaxed!” It’s always a happy sight!

Happy-Wing Tai Chi: You walk in the room, or up to your parrot, he spreads out one wing, in a big stretch, often accompanied by a full extension to the back of the leg on the same side (very graceful, martial-arts-looking). I love this one! Often, they do it at the most inopportune time, like when you’re in a big hurry to put him up and get out for the day. But, this is the parrot equivalent of a big hug! It means “I’m so happy to see you! How ‘ya doing?!” Don’t ever rush him when he’s being sooo courteous and pleasant!

“Happy Beak”: It’s late, he’s eaten, he’s played, he’s cuddled, he’s almost ready for bed – and you hear a funny grinding rasping sound coming from your bird. This is a total contentment, relaxed, happy behavior. I actually met someone once who professed to “hate” that sound! To me, it’s music to my ears – it means my kids have had a great day and are ready to go night-night for sweet dreams!

Regurgitation: You’re loving on your buddy when all of a sudden, he starts to bob, then deposits a warm gob of partially digested food onto you! Well, you’ve just been paid the highest compliment your parrot can pay you!! This is how parrots say “I love you madly, for ever and ever – you’re mine!!” Please, don’t act grossed out, or make faces, or laugh, or run away. Simply say “I love you, too!” and give him a rub!

There’s lots more behaviors an postures our companion birds use to express their moods, needs, and feelings to us. When you start to pay attention to your friend’s many ways in which he communicates with you, you’ll surely discover some special and unique ones that will go a log way in enabling the two of you to get along better, strengthen your bond, and provide insight into his own unique personality!

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Essential Fatty Acids for Parrots

You may be hearing more talk these days about “Essential Fatty Acids” (E.F.A.s) and our birds need for them in the diet. (That word “essential” is the giveaway, right?”) So, what are they and how to we supply them?

We all hear a lot about “good” fat and “bad” fat – basically, the bad stuff comes from animal sources, is saturated, and hard on arteries and cholesterol levels, while the good stuff comes from plant sources, is unsaturated, actually GOOD for cardiovascular health and lowers cholesterol. Well, Essential Fatty Acids are the best of the good!

So, let’s get technical for a minute – fats (chemically known as lipids) are the most concentrated source of energy found in the diet. I won’t go into the classification of fats here, but only cover the Essential Fatty Acids that wd are concerned with our parrots at the moment.

Basically, fatty acids differ in saturation and chain length. “Essential” fatty acids are those not synthesized by the body, so must be supplied, therefore, by the diet. There are three – Linoleic, Linolenic, and Arachidonic (are you board yet?).

Because these must be fed, they are “Essential” – for growth, for the health of nerves, arteries, blood, for visual function, and suppleness of the skin and healthy feathers. The “Queen” of these are the Omega 3 Fatty Acids (linolenic) abundant in flax seed oil and fish. Omega 6 acids (linoleic) are important for transportation and processing cholesterol and are found in corn, safflower, and soybeans. Both Omega 3 and 6 should be supplied, of which the best combined source is canola oil. Mixtures of flax seed oil with the other oils helps keep a balance of the Omegas for good health. Arachidonic acid is synthesized by linoleic acid when fed in the diet.

African Greys have been found to have a higher need for E.F.A.s than other species and I always recommend supplementing their diet with flax seed oil 3 or 4 times a week. Molting and feather plucking also increase the need, as does breeding and raising babies. Macaws also have a higher need for fat and I recommend mixed nuts 3 to 4 a day which are high in unsaturated fats and actually lower the saturated fat in the body. Vitamin E is needed for E.F.A.s to be absorbed and nuts provide the proper balance. Additional sources of E.F.A.s are many seeds and legumes (including peanuts).

It is worth noting that oils can become rancid very quickly when exposed to air, heat and light. All oils should be refrigerated after opening. Freezing or refrigerating before opening will also help extend the shelf life.

Always check nuts and seeds for freshness, and examine peanuts for aflatoxins (toss any that look moldy or otherwise suspicious).

Watch the fat intake for Amazons, Budgies, Cockatiels or any overweight birds, but be sure to include some E.F.A.s regularly for ALL birds – just use moderation if need be. Better feathering, immunity, and overall health and vitality will be the payoff for including these vital nutrients in the daily diet.

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Tips For Traveling With Your Pet

Labor Day week-end and the holidays are fast approaching and most holidays involve travel. Good preparation is key for a safe and hassle free trip especially if your travel plans include taking your pet.

First, realistically assess your pet and your destination: Are they compatible? Is your pet healthy enough to travel? If you have any doubts about either answer then it’s better to leave your pet at home. Your best course of action is to hire a pet sitter or board your animal at a kennel.

Make sure your pet is current on all their vaccinations especially if you and your pet are traveling by air. Not all airlines require a health certificate for pets traveling in the cabin with you so it is best to do your homework as part of your preparation. You will be asked by the ticketing agent to provide the necessary document(s).

All domestic airlines require current health certificates for checked pets, current meaning issued within 30 days of your flight. The 30 day window must cover your return flight as well. The usual recommendation is to get the certificates 10 days prior to departure.

Remember each state has their own rules for pets entering and traveling in their particular state. When traveling by car it might seem unnecessary to obtain the health certificate. With the expense to receive a health certificate at approximately $30 it is a wise investment and it could save you a lot of hassle later on.

Another concern is that many pets get separated from their human companions while traveling. If your pet has not been already microchipped consider having it done. Microchipping is safe, quick, inexpensive and invaluable in the event that your pet ever gets lost. Microchips can be read at animal shelters, kennels, and animal hospitals nationwide thereby increasing the chances of a safe return.

Use a secure carrier for your pet to travel in. It needs to be large enough so that your pet can stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. It is also important to secure the carrier in the vehicle and not allow your pet to roam freely. Airplanes vary and so do the pet carrier specifications for under the seat space. When traveling by air confirm that your pet carrier meets the size constraints.

On your trip bring along a recent photograph and a written description of your pet that includes name, sex, breed and any tattoo and microchip numbers. This will increase your chances of your pet’s safe return should the unthinkable happen.

Print your pet’s name and your name and address and phone number on the outside of the carrier; don’t forget to include both your home and your destination address. It is important to make sure that your pet is comfortable being in a carrier before you start the trip.

There are a few items that you can bring that will make trip easier on everyone. An old blanket works well to put down under the carrier and two old sheets can be used to cover furniture and bedding at your destination. It doesn’t hurt to bring carpet cleaner, old towels and trash bags for accidents and a lint roller can be your best friend. These items make clean up easier and your host will greatly, greatly appreciate it.

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How to Keep Your Pets Happy With Toys and Treats

There are many benefits of having pets at home, as they can have a very beneficial impression on our lives. No doubt, having pets requires double the amount of regular cleaning, spending, and extra appointments with the doctors and vets. However, caring for pets make you responsible, organized, loving and tender. It also allows you to connect emotionally, not only with the pet, but also with fellow humans. If pets can offer us so much happiness, we ought to please them with thoughtful chosen pet gifts. Generally, there are wide varieties of gifts, such as pet toys, treats, leashes and collars, bath products, beds, pet clothing, first aid kits and grooming items. Here are some more gift ideas for pets.

Birds: Birds are precious little creatures, whose chirping fills our silences. Although they make great pets, negligence often leads to their sad, untimely death. Right diet and cages, thus, are extremely important necessities, which every bird needs. Supply them with fresh water every now and then, provide them with toys and accessories to play with. If possible, keep them in a big, spacious cage equipped with swings, perches and other modes of entertainment. Instead of leaving bits and pieces of human food, present the best quality bird food to them. They are power packed with nutritional values crucial for their health, appetite and body growth. If you find keeping birds in cages cruel, install birdbaths and feeders in your backyards, gardens and balconies to attract and please beautiful birds. They are easy to clean, refill and maintain.

Cats: Intelligent, royal and adorably nasty, cats pull at the strings of one’s heart, besides pulling at yarn strings. A variety of product, to please your cat all day long, is available to buy online these days. Pamper them with cat-care products and accessorize them with colourful collars, harnesses and leashes. Provide them with quality cat food, which is nothing like home cooked food for people and thus, highly healthy, nutritious and enjoyable. Let them have toys to play with and entertain and give them delicious treats every time they behave themselves. Beds, furniture, health supplies, litter boxes, grooming accessories are some of the other pet pleasing gifts you should give your cuddly cat. Make sure you give them their most favourite pass-time ever, a ball of yarn.

Dogs: Specialized dog care products are important to make the canines healthy and happy. Other than that, daily food and treats should be such that they make mealtime an enjoyable time. The market is full of a variety of dog treats and food choices that will suit every dog. Since they are beneficial as an instant meal, it will save you a lot of time and provide the dog with the right nutrition. Grooming products, such as dog shampoo, conditioner and deodorant would certainly please the dog. They exterminate ticks and fleas, thus freeing the dogs from unnecessary itchiness. Another gift, which will make a happy dog out of your dog, is a canine carrier. This way, your dog would be able to accompany you whenever, wherever you go out for a vacation.

Fish: Fish make wonderful pets as nothing gives one more pleasure than to watch them swim. The fact that you can keep a fish tank in the office, homes, hotel lobbies, reception areas, etc. makes them more desirable. Categorically, there are mainly three types of aquarium fish – cold water, warm-blooded fish, marine & tropical and fresh water and each of these need different care and treatment. Maintaining the fish tank on a regular basis keeps them healthy and happy. How you choose the right fish tank is also important; the size of the aquarium should comply with the size of the fish. Selecting the right fish food is also important for it to stay alive and active.

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