Keep an eye on your cat’s health with the Ultra Monthly Monitor! It may help your cat avoid a urinary tract infection.
Their spectacular display of color and style make bettas (or Siamese fighting fish) a favorite of fish keepers. Being a hardy fish, they’re also good for beginners. But whether you want to get a betta or already have one, here are a few tips to keep in mind…
- Tanks: Although they’re often seen in fish bowls, bettas do best when they’re kept in heated aquariums with filtration, tight-fitting covers (to prevent jumping) and little surface disruption (from filter discharges near the surface).
- Filters: You may periodically see a betta (Betta splendens) gulp air from the surface. This species has a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe air and live in low-oxygenated water. But this doesn’t mean they don’t need a filter—a common misconception. Get a filter that doesn’t produce too much current, which makes it harder for them to swim.
- Water: They’re tolerant of varied water conditions, but prefer warmer temperatures. Remember, their natural habitat is in the waters of Malaysia and Thailand, with temps ranging from 75 to 85 degrees. Keep water at a consistent temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Continue reading
- Hairballs are made up of loose hair swallowed during daily grooming. They’re matted bits of hair, usually in a tubular shape. Although they can pass through into the cat’s stool, they’re often expelled by vomiting.
- Brush your cat to help cut down the loose hair she can ingest. If your cat has long hair, she should be brushed daily. A Furminator Deshedding tool or a cat grooming brush can help tame her fur. Continue reading
While we now have many pet-friendly options available, attention to a few details will ensure happy tails on your happy trails.
On the road:
- Make sure you have a sturdy pet crate or carrier for safety in the car, hotel or both. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, lie down and turn around.
- Feed Fido a light meal 3 or 4 hours before hitting the road.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows open!
- Does your dog have a travel kit? Create one with his food/water bowls, leash, bags for waste, Continue reading
If your dog loves to play with socks, he’ll love Kyjen® Invincible® Flappy Friends™! Modeled after socks, these plush buddies can provide serious playtime with rip-resistant material and fun squeakers.
Your dog’s new Flappy Friends offer …
- A nubby texture and tough material
- Two squeakers that squeak even when punctured
- Simple construction and embroidered facial features that can’t be chewed off
- The flap-ability dogs love with the durability you will love
- Designed for supervised play only, not for aggressive chewers
Does Polly need a new home? You know she needs a new bird cage when…
There’s not as much room as you thought
Anyone can make a mistake. Not getting a large enough cage is a serious one as it can affect your bird’s comfort, movement, safety and even behavior. For these reasons, it’s best to buy the largest cage you can afford.
The cage door is broken or has been “fixed”
Did the door hinge break? It happens and you may be tempted to fix it with twist ties, binders or clips. But consider how this compromises the cage’s safety. Your bird may see the item as her new chew toy or may get her wing or foot caught in the extra space that’s now available.
The debris guard is cracked or missing
If the plastic tray at the bottom of the cage gets chipped or cracked, we advise against taping it or using a sheet of cardboard. Your bird’s curiosity or love of chewing (or both) will drive her to investigate this new material, which can be harmful if ingested. Any sharp edges that get exposed through the tape can also be a hazard. Continue reading
If you’re the parent of a fearful kitty, you’re used to seeing her scoot away and hide at the first sign of a house guest. Want some tips to help her feel more comfortable around visitors? Focus on encouraging and rewarding her while you try these steps:
- It’s best to let your cat approach guests. Visitors, especially children, who try to follow your cat to pet her may only frighten her more. Ask guests to let her approach instead.
- Movement, noise and size count. Ask a friend to squat down or sit still while avoiding eye contact with your cat. This will seem less intimidating and may get her to approach.
- With your guest on the far side of the room, offer your cat a treat or encourage her to play at a distance. Continue reading
Does your pooch love to swim? Whether he jumps in the water with glee or dips his toe in nervously, there are things you can do to ensure he’s safe.
Follow these safety precautions while at the pool, beach or lake this summer:
- Never let your dog swim without supervision – Always keep a watchful eye on Fido, especially as he’s entering or leaving the water. He’s most vulnerable at these moments.
- Buy your dog a life jacket – Just as humans can get exhausted, be overwhelmed by waves or get muscle cramps, so can dogs. A life jacket such as the Fido Float will help him stay afloat. Continue reading
Although they’re appearing more often in movies and TV, ferrets are still misunderstood. They’re playful, intelligent creatures and can be a lot of fun to watch. We’ve listed a few reasons why they make good pets.
Although they’re independent, Ferrets often seek attention and enjoy being with their human family.
Ferrets never lose their curiosity and enthusiasm for play, which makes them fun to watch. If you keep two ferrets, they will have you laughing with their antics as they play together. Continue reading
Your cat’s healthy paws allow her to be the feline acrobat she is. To maintain those paws (and avoid cat prints on your favorite furniture), it’s important to clean and check them often. Here are some tips:
Wipe them clean
Indoor cats can get dirt or cleaning chemicals on their paws. Check her feet daily and wipe them with a damp cloth while you look between her toes for dirt or foreign objects.
Tweeze it out
If you do find a splinter or object between her toes, use tweezers to remove it. Then wash the area and use an antiseptic on any small cuts. Any wounds with blood, pus or unusual odors should be checked for infection by a vet. Continue reading