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Why Cats Love Catnip

Why Cats Love Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herb from which a type of volatile oil can be extracted. The oil has a strong scent that diffuses into the surroundings when the leaves are crumpled or chewed. A cat’s extremely sensitive sense of smell can detect catnip oil even in saturation as low as 1 ppb (part per billion).

Catnip oil contains a chemical that can influence the cat’s brain. It has also been shown to exert a sedative-like effect, thus it has been used a natural therapy to calm people and pets.

When a cat inhales the scent of catnip oil, special olfactory organs send messages to the hypothalamus, where one of its important functions is to interpret taste and scent, resulting in manifestation of specific behaviors.


Care Tips For Pregnant Cats

Care Tips For Pregnant CatsSome cat parents are often clueless on what to do when they notice their cat is pregnant. Understanding the changes that your pet kitty is undergoing should be made so you will be able to meet its needs adequately.

Pregnant cats need to be healthy and comfortable throughout its pregnancy.  Usually, a pregnant cat becomes more vocal, always meowing for attention. Divide your cat’s daily ration into several small meals given throughout the day. You will find that she is hungry most of the time, but avoid overfeeding because she can easily pile on the pounds. Excess weight may create pregnancy complications later on.

Cats that are about to give birth become listless and noisy. The nipples may also be swollen, in preparation for lactation. For more information contact your local pet care.

Defining the Line Between Punishment and Correction in Dogs

A person shaking a finger at a Basset Hound dog with a guilty expression

When training a dog, punishment should never be an option. A better way to address an undesirable behavior displayed by a dog is by correction. It involves issuing a command of disapproval while an undesirable behavior is being done, about to be done or right after it is done. Pet owners should always keep in mind that there is a very thin line that divides punishment and correction. It’s very thin, but it’s there, and should be clearly defined.

Punishing your pet dog for a potty accident committed while you were not around will only confuse him and eventually fray the bond between you and your pet. Even if you see him committing an undesirable behavior, punishment is not an option and should never be practiced. Punishment can set back a dog that is under training a few weeks back, and this is surely a waste of time and effort. For more details click here-

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Cats have gained the reputation of being finicky eaters. Even though they are naturally inclined to regulate their food intake, being able to consume just the right amount of calories for weight maintenance, some cats become overweight or obese when they are fed an inappropriate ration. However, if your furball seems to be losing weight for no particular reason, this may be an important sign that something is amiss. If your pet’s weight loss is not a result of a change in his activity level or any other factor that you can identify, you should work with your veterinarian in getting to the root of the problem, and be addressing it before it can become serious and more complicated.

Some important reasons cats lose weight include the following:

  • They don’t like the food placed in their food dish
  • They hate the smell of their food bowls, especially when these are made of plastic. The material can easily absorb and retain scents.
  • A heavy load of intestinal parasites
  • Stress – cats are very sensitive to specific stressors in their environment.
  • Old age – physical and mental decline associated with aging can cause cats to lose weight and be more picky about their intake.
  • Health problems – specific health problems such as diabetes can lead to drastic weight loss and host of other distinct symptoms.

Best, and Worst, Small Animals for Apartments

Sharing your life with an animal can bring you a lot of joy, no matter where you live. But, some pets are better for some homes compared to others.

Cats and dogs can be an option for people living in an apartment, as long as you’re thinking about the particular breed you choose. But, if you’re looking for a smaller companion, it’s just as important to consider which one would be best for you.

Here are a few of the best, and worst, small animals for apartments.

The best animals for an apartment

When considering which animal is best for your small apartment, you want to consider a few things. According to a professional veterinarian, noise is a very important consideration. You don’t want your new pet to be the reason why you don’t get along with your neighbors.

You also have to consider size. Animals that require a large cage are a bad idea for the same reason why large dog breeds can be a challenge in a small space.

In general, rodents often make good companion animals for people who live in an apartment. If you’re looking for a more independent pet, choose a hamster. They don’t mind being left alone in the cage if life gets a little busy. If you’re looking for a more social, trainable, and friendly critter, go with a gerbil or a rat.

Rabbits can be a good choice too! You just have to make sure you choose a relatively small bunny so your new furry friend’s cage doesn’t take over your apartment.

The worst small animals in an apartment

As mentioned above, any animal that’s noisy isn’t a good idea for an apartment. Some parrot species are especially bad for apartment life because their screaming and cawing can easily penetrate the walls. That can make your life miserable, but it’s sure to make your neighbors hate you as well.

Steer clear of animals that require a lot of space. Iguanas are one example. They may be cute and cuddly when you see them at the store, but they can grow up to be six feet in length. A pet like that needs a huge cage!

Need help figuring out what animal would be best for your family? Call your local veterinarian and they can provide you with professional advice.

Ferrets Can Get Heartworms


Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is not exclusive to dogs and cats; ferrets are also viable hosts of heartworms. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your pet ferret from heartworms.

Mosquitoes are important transmitters of heartworms. A ferret can get the heartworm microfilariae from the bite of an infected mosquito during a blood meal. Cases of heartworm in pet ferrets are highest during summer. So it is a good idea to minimize your pet’s time outside the house and install screens on your windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting in.

Adult heartworms are found in the heart of an infected ferret; when there is a heavy infestation, the worms impede the ability of the heart to pump blood. As the number of heartworms increases, the heart’s function and integrity are compromised. The cardiac overload will cause the heart to expand, exerting pressure in the chest, eventually giving rise to breathing problems. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.

Feeding Kittens


Some experts say that it is fine to “free-feed” young kittens, meaning leaving food out all day long so they can eat anytime they want. However, they should gradually be transitioned to eating at specific times during the day by the time they are 4-6 months old. Free feeding also helps reduce the distention of the kitten’s stomach which can be a consequence of rapid meal eating. It is also a good way to encourage underweight or slow-growing kittens to eat. However, it should not be practiced in overweight or obese kittens. These kittens should be should be given measured portions so you can keep an eye on their caloric intake. You can check the suggested feeding guide on your pet’s food package. Overfeeding can become a big problem even among highly energetic kittens. Thus, portion control is very important around the time of spaying and neutering, where cats are more prone to piling on the pounds. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.