The Lo-Down Starring Ailo The Cat

Hello there.

Welcome to the Lo-Down, a new P.L.A.Y. series developed specially with cat-lovers in mind.

My name is Ailo, (or Lolo, as my mom sometimes calls me) and I am the star of this show.

I just turned three, and I live in Norway with mom and dad, who adore me even though I am a 15.5lb ginger rascal. Ah, the things you couldn't tell just by looking at photos of me.

BTW, this is me nestled inside my dad's overnight bag. As much as I love attention, it's nice to disappear from the world once in a while. I was able to snooze for an entire 30 minutes before they found me.

Anyway, you'll be seeing more of me later. Like, literally -- maybe there'll even be a full body shot. But for now, I really need to go lie on the kitchen counter. Check back soon to follow me on my claw-some adventures.

Later.

prrrrrrrrrrrrt,

Ailo

By Natalie Gomez 13 days ago at 3:07 pm 0 Comments
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It's important to seek the best care for your pet and pay attention to how your pet is behaving. If you notice any warning signs such as increased thirst or urination, lack of appetite, diarrhea or vomiting, problems breathing, changes in sleeping habits or any unusual behavior, it could be a sign of sickness and you should contact your veterinarian. Whether you need to take your pet to the vet or are taking care of needs at home, it's important to seek high quality care.

Pets Are Family Too

Providing Nutritional Food

Pets have special nutritional needs like people do. It's important to choose the food for your dog or cat that best suits their needs. Good quality food can help to prevent health problems especially in cats that tend to get urinary tract infections more than dogs. Pets should not have table food. Many foods can be toxic or otherwise harmful to pets. Table food can also contain minerals or additives that don't agree with pets. It's much better for them to have food that's formulated for them.

Specialty Care

Dogs and cats should have regular visits to the veterinarian for checkups and shots. If there are any potential problems the vet can detect them with diagnostic tests before they become serious. One problem that is common in some cats and dogs is diabetes, which can only be treated by a veterinarian. Canine or feline diabetes can be controlled with insulin, diet, and exercise but a veterinarian has to prescribe the most effective treatment.

Flea and Tick Care

Regular baths with a good quality shampoo formulated for pets will keep your pet's coat clean and shiny. It will also prevent infestation of fleas and ticks. If you have cats, you may want to take them to a groomer for their bath. If you find ticks and can't remove them, be sure to take your pet to a veterinarian to get them proper treatment.

Keeping Claws Trimmed Prevent Accidents

Keeping your cat or dog's nails trimmed will prevent scratches and could keep the claws from tearing and requiring an emergency visit to your veterinarian. Scratching posts for cats prevent them from scratching at furniture. If you have an indoor dog, talking them for walks on the sidewalk and cement will help keep the nails trimmed. If they become too long, be sure to trim them yourself or have a vet help you to prevent further problems.

The Importance of Exercise

Make sure your pet gets regular exercise. If you have a cat, you can buy toys to get them to run around, but some cats like to amuse themselves. Regular walks with your dog are good exercise for both of you. It's also a great way to bond with your dog and have special time together.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering are procedures that can only be done by a veterinarian. If you aren't breeding your pet, it's important to have them spayed or neutered. Benefits of spaying and neutering include offsetting pet overpopulation, keeping pets healthier by preventing serious diseases,and ensuring better behavior in males.

By following some simple steps, you can ensure that your dog or cat is happy and healthy. Regular checkups are important, but one of the best things you can give your pet is plenty of love and attention.

Informational credit to Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic.

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 Gomez 14 days ago at 9:54 am 0 Comments
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Owning a pet can be one of life’s great pleasures. They relieve stress, help us get out and exercise more, and can be a great sounding board. They are always happy to see us and make great companions. But if you suffer from allergies or asthma, they can quickly go from best friend to worst enemy.

That is the case in my house. My wife and I love animals and have always had a pet of some sort around. But my wife suffers from allergies and pet dander can play havoc on her health. In order for us to keep pets we have to take extra steps to keep the pet dander and dust down in our house. Here are some of the things we do to keep our exposure to pet dander to a minimum.

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Keep floors clean. If someone in your house suffers from allergens then you have to step up your floor cleaning. Vacuuming floors regularly is an effective way to reduce the allergens that collect on bare floors, rugs, and carpets. However, vacuuming may kick up allergens into the air. If possible, vacuum when the person suffering from allergies is away. Also use a HEPA filter in your vacuum.   

Deep clean. If you have carpets, get them on a regular basis. This will help remove the allergens that regular vacuuming won’t remove. Also consider steam cleaning your furniture as well. Vacuum couches, chairs, drapes and other fabrics that may collect allergens. Periodically wash throw rugs, pillows, pet beds and blankets. Make sure not to forget cleaning ceiling fans and light fixtures.

Keep litter boxes clean. Litter boxes should be kept clean and moved out of living areas. We keep ours in the garage and the cats can access it through a pet door from the house. If you have cages for birds or rodents or crate your pets make sure to keep these clean. If possible, move these to areas of the house that the allergy sufferer doesn’t frequent. 

Bathe your pet regularly. Frequently washing your pet has been shown to reduce allergens, but this is more effective for dogs than it is for cats. Not only does bathing reduce dander but it also washes off any pollen your pet may have picked up from rolling in the grass or brush. Reduce allergens from your cat

A good diet means less dander. Many mistakenly believe that allergies come from an animal’s hair. However, most allergic reactions result from exposure to dander, which are the dead flaky skin cells on pets. A good well balanced diet will help cut down on dander. Also consider adding fish oil to your pet’s food to keep their skin and coat shiny and healthy.

Control air circulation. If you have allergies, consider and changing them more often than is typically required. Consider closing heat registers in rooms where the person with allergies spends much of their time. Be wary of turning on fans as this may stir up dander and other allergens.

Designate pet free areas. Keep pets off couches, upholstered furniture, and beds. Restricting pets from specific rooms, such as bedrooms, can also help the allergy sufferer. Consider keeping pets out of the vehicle, or at least allowing them only in the far back.

These are many of the steps we take to maintain a balance between our pets and my wife’s allergies. Although keeping up with cleaning this much can be a headache, it pays off in being able to have pets in our house.

 

Sean ArmstrongSean Armstrong is an advocate for clean air and healthy living. He tends to worry about too many things he can’t control, and has recently been following environmental issues and sharing what he learns with others.

 

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