Six Benefits of Having a Pet for your Family

Always providing a listening ear and plenty of unconditional love, the animal in your life might be your best friend. Pets are great for snuggling on a rainy day or taking a walk in the sunshine. However, owning a pet can do more than just make you happy. Here are a few great reasons owning a pet can be a great option for your and your family:

Heart Health

There is nothing like a morning jog with the dog to get your blood pumping. Some breeds require a lot of exercise, keeping you active. But, what about cats? Petting an animal is a proven stress reliever, and cats demand plenty of it.

Making Friends

Pets are people magnets. Their presence seems to draw attention and spark conversation. Those who have difficulty making friends can benefit from taking a cat or dog to the park to assist with meeting new people.

Pest Control

Many cats are good mousers. Simply the presence of a cat is often enough to deter mice. Gophers and rabbits can be warded off by dogs who love to dig them up or chase them away. While they do a good job of keeping some pests away, they won't be able to treat an existing problem. Call a professional to get rid of the pests in your home before it becomes a hazard, suggest the experts at ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal. Then let your pets keep future intruders away.

Loving Companionship

Loneliness is something everyone faces at some point in life. Pets, like cats and dogs, provide people with a sense of purpose, companionship, and responsibility. They require you to get up and move to make sure your furry friend is fed, played with, and well loved. This is especially important for families with children. Having a pet can help teach them responsibility.

Allergy Prevention

Studies have shown that children who are around pets from birth, particularly dogs and cats, are less likely to develop pet allergies. Being exposed to them early on in life works like an immune system booster. It's important to note that children can still be allergic to pets, however, and to treat the problem.

Longer Life

Those walks with the dog, loving caresses, and laughing yourself silly can add years to your life. Possessing heroic skills, many dogs and cats have saved the lives of their owners by warning them of gas leaks, pulling them out of burning buildings, and protecting them from predators.

 

If you don't own a dog or cat, you might want to consider getting one. Other ways to be around pets include volunteering at shelters and veterinarians offices. With so many benefits of owning pets, it's no wonder that families everywhere have fallen in love with these furry friends. 

 

Anita GinsburgAnita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver and often writes about home, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.

 

 

 

By Natalie Hennessy 10 days ago at 2:00 pm 0 Comments

How Often and How Much Should You Feed Your Cat

Cats for all their lovely attributes have this awful reputation, that of being finicky eaters and it is not entirely unfounded. If you have a cat at home, you may have seen how it endlessly fusses over the food that you serve him. He will only eat food that tastes good, without regard for whether it is good for his health or not. A downside of this attitude is obesity, which is taking on gargantuan proportions and is one of the major diseases ailing most cats. But it is not as much the cat’s fault, as it is ours; we let them eat injudiciously thereby sowing seeds of bad eating habits in the cat.

For the cat to be healthy, you must feed it a balanced and nutritious diet. You must also take special care about how much and how often you feed it. We have a few important tips that you can refer to when feeding your extended family member:

Determining frequency

How often you need to feed your cat will depend on a number of factors like its age, the food you are feeding it, among others. If the cat is a kitten you may have to feed it more frequently, than say and an adult cat. This is because though kittens need more nutrients, almost twice that of an adult, for their growth and energy, their small tummies don’t allow them to gobble them all up in a single sitting. Consequently you have to space the feedings. As it grows, you can go on increasing the quantity while decreasing the frequency. While the kitten is growing up, make it a point to regularly take its weigh to ensure that it is not overweight. Here are a few guidelines that you can follow for feeding canned food like Whiskas, Royal Canin or Purina to cats of different ages:

At 6 weeks: Since the kitten can only take small helpings, space four or more feedings regularly throughout the day.

At 3 months: Gradually increase the serving but bring down the frequency to around three.

Around 6 months: By this time you can serve meals twice a day.

In case of adult cats: A cat gains adulthood at the age of one year, and you can continue to feed it twice daily. However being adults, they may from time to time also need supplementary dry foods.

Dry food for cats: If you are feeding your cat dry food, or even canned cat food, you may need to feed an adult cat twice daily, preferably at night and in the morning.

Determining how much to feed

The Animal Medical Center in New York states that an active healthy cat needs 30 calories per pound to see it through the day. Since a healthy cat weighs around 8 pounds, it comes to around 240 calories per day.

The recommendation of the Animal Medical Center aside, there are many other factors that determine how much you should feed your cat: metabolic rate, the level of physical activities it indulges in, and environmental conditions like temperature. And all these factors collude to make it extremely difficult to arrive at fit-for-all solution. To add to the confusion, the same amount of different food frequently has different caloric requirements, meaning that you cannot treat all food similarly. The best way to deal with such a tricky situation is to follow the feeding guide given here.

Weight

Volume/ day

5 pounds ( 2.3 kg)

¼ cup (30 gm) to 1/3 cup (40 gm)

10 pounds ( 4.5 kg)

3/8 cup (45 gm) to ½ cup (65 gm)

15 pounds ( 6.8 kg)

½ cup (65 gm) to ¾ cup (95 gm)

When buying cat food, match this list with the label printed on the cat food. Overfeeding is not a good thing and can make the cat obese and lazy, so a good idea to avoid overfeeding is to measure and separate the daily ration and stop feeding the cat once that ration runs out.

Luckily, the cat food market has evolved tremendously in recent times and there are many good options that you can choose from. But still before buying, do take some time to do the necessary research.

The body condition of the cat also has a say on the amount of food it needs to be fed. If it already has a normal body weight, give it a helping that is an average of the recommended ranges. If instead it is a little underweight, give it bigger helpings. Conversely, if it a little underweight, you have to feed it smaller helpings.

It is advisable that you record the weight of the cat every two weeks, because you have to alter its diet accordingly. Also, figure out the size of the helpings that help your friend maintain its enviable, ideal body condition. It will make your job that much easier.

 

LaurenLauren is a homemaker who loves pets. She owns 2 pets, a cat named “Macavity” and a dog named “Chilly”. She is currently living in NYC with her family. In her part time, she loves to share articles on pets and home improvement. You can get in touch with her on Google Plus.

By Natalie Hennessy 18 days ago at 11:00 am 0 Comments

6 Hidden Dangers Around Your Home for Pets

Animals can be great companions, but they require an extensive amount of care to keep them safe from household dangers. The best way to maintain their well-being is through constant attention. This list demonstrates six lurking threats that need to be kept away from dogs, cats and other friendly critters.

1. Toxic Plants

Unbeknownst to many pet owners, certain plants are deadly if ingested by pets. Poisonous interactions are determined by the precise genus of the plant. To avoid this problem, all indoor plants should be checked for animal safety. Similarly, outdoor foliage should be confirmed edible before allowing a pet to be near it. Since many pets will eat just about anything, it's important to make sure your household plants aren't toxic to animal.

2. Hidden Pests

Rodents are an annoying nuisance in general, and they are guaranteed to attract the attention of our pets. Cats are especially prone to hunting these infected intruders. Unfortunately, these invading mammals are often plagued with incurable diseases and afflictions. The bacteria will quickly make pets sick, and they can even transfer the illness to humans. What's even more dangerous is they are often evasive and aren't seen much, with little signs they are around the home. Have your home inspected by professionals and treated if a problem is found to keep everyone safe at home, including your pets, suggest the experts at ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal.

3. Prescription Medications

It is a bad idea for pet owners to leave their pharmaceuticals out in the open. Animals can absentmindedly ingest a whole bottle of medication. Sadly, even a lone pill can be fatal. To prevent this tragic accident, keep all prescriptions locked in the cabinet.

4. Cleaning Supplies

A lot of household cleaners are comprised of highly hazardous chemicals. The fumes alone can cause serious injuries to pets while only the strong scent might bother you. All cleaning supplies must be locked in a safe location that is far out of reach from any animals. The same rule applies for insect repellants, fumigation materials and painting essentials.

5. Poisonous Food

Human snacks are not always safe for animals. Our treats can be downright deadly for pets. For example, dogs are terribly sensitive to chocolate. They can be doomed if they consume just a tiny amount. Cheese is also not recommended. Some fruits and vegetables that are a healthy part of your diet can be poisonous to your pet. Overall, it is best to maintain a strict diet of pet food.

6. Small Toys

Playthings come with endless microscopic accessories these days, and kids are prone to leaving their toys out. This spells disaster for small pets. The little pieces can be confused for food when left on the ground, which creates a dangerous choking hazard.

 

Pets have a very limited sense of self-preservation, so their owners need to take extra precautions. This list is a good start for pet owners, but they also should always be ready for the unexpected.

 

Anita GinsburgAnita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver and often writes about home, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.

 

 

By Natalie Hennessy 23 days ago at 9:23 am 0 Comments