Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Advantages of Frozen Fish Food

Dec_2013_4Just as you would feed premium pet food to your dog or cat, you can also feed premium food to your fish. Premium food is frozen and offers the best diet for your fish. Here’s why…

 

  • Ingredients such as brine shrimp are similar to the food fish eat in their natural habitats.
  • It uses algin, a natural product derived from algae, as a binder
  • Frozen food allows fish to feed at their natural feeding levels
  • This all-natural food, with no fillers or dyes, can entice even finicky eaters
  • It’s free of harmful parasites and unwanted bacteria Continue reading

How to Reduce Litter Box Odor

Dec_2013_3Is your kitty’s litter box overtaking your home with eau de litter? Use these tips to keep your home and kitty smelling fresh instead.

Change litter

If her litter has a strong odor, you may need to change cat litters. Test different varieties to see which your cat likes best, but consider clay-based clumping litters that contain odor blockers.

Litter deodorizer

If your litter doesn’t do the job, you could help it along by adding a cat litter deodorizer. These can often by sprayed or sprinkled onto litter to help fight odor.

Litter boxes that make a difference

Litter boxes today have new features to help control odor as well. A self-scooping litter box can scoop the box clean after every use. There are also boxes with Zeolite filters, which contain charcoal to absorb odors. Continue reading

Respiratory Relief Cat Litter

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Give your cat some respiratory relief with litter that’s low in dust and hypoallergenic. It has no plant proteins, perfumes or deodorants, just natural essences and low dust to reduce stress and help control Feline Respiratory Disease.

  • Clumping Clay
  • 99.9% Dust Free
  • Hypo-allergenic – No Plant Proteins
  • Works with shifting/mechanical litter boxes
  • Superior Odor Control

Visit Pet Supermarket for Precious Cat Respiratory Relief Cat Litter.

Water Tips for a Healthy Ferret

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While a nutritious diet is a top priority, clean water is also essential to your ferret’s health. Dehydration from a lack of clean water can cause serious issues, including heart and kidney damage. Here are some tips to keep your ferret hydrated and happy…

Tap or filtered?

In many cases, household tap water has fluoride, chlorine and other additives. Your ferret may be fine with it, but filtered water or spring water are the safest options in general.

Cleaning tips

Just like you would pour yourself a new glass of water each day, your ferret would appreciate a fresh bowl or bottle daily. Since bacteria or even algae aren’t always visible, it’s best to wash his bowl with soap and water each morning (bleach can leave residue) and rinse it thoroughly. Consider wide-necked water bottles for easier bottle cleaning. Continue reading

Teaching Your Pet Bird to Talk

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Do you talk to your pets? If you have a pet bird, don’t be surprised if he learns to talk back. To encourage these bird chats, train your pet with these steps…

Make it fun and interesting

Birds respond to enthusiasm, so make it sound like a game and speak loudly and enthusiastically – as if you’re speaking to a child. Repeat the word in different tones of voice several times a day. Continue reading

How Scent Affects Your Cat’s World

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Scent is an important form of communication for your cat. Read on for interesting facts on how scent affects her world.

Eau de Kitty Diva: Your cat uses scent glands on her paws, cheeks, her head and near her behind to mark her territory and leave “messages” (and pheromones) for other cats.

You’re a part of the family scent: Did you know cats can have a group scent? You may have seen the cats in your home rubbing or grooming each other. This provides comfort and creates a communal scent.  You’re marked with the group scent as well.

Pungent ID: She marks not only cats and humans, but also objects with her scent. This is why new furniture may get a lot of attention. (Tip: To “pre-scent” new furniture, cover it with a sheet or towel you’ve used or rub her cheeks with a sock to collect her scent and rub it over the item. Don’t rub more than one cat with a sock.) Continue reading

Safe Doggie Introductions

Mar_2014_1Dog introductions can get complicated.  Scent, body language and territorial natures all figure into how dogs react when meeting other dogs.

But whether your furry pal is social or aloof, it’s your job to read the signs and keep him as safe as possible. Use these tips when meeting other dogs at the park, at home or in the neighborhood.

  • Watch body language – Body language will let you know if either dog is ready to meet. If he’s relaxed, wags his tail or faces the other dog in a crouch with hind end in the air, your dog’s feeling friendly or ready to play.  If there are growls, bared teeth, a rigid stance or a fixed stare from either dog, it’s best to move on and avoid conflict.
  • Mind your own body language – If you’re hesitant or fearful, your dog might sense it and be more aggressive in his own behavior. Keep your tone calm and try not to tense up or jerk his leash. Continue reading

Sensitive Stomach? Use Ultra Gluten-Free & Grain-Free Formulas

Mar_2014_6Gluten-free diets can be helpful for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies. If your pet has itchiness, skin problems, poor appetite, gassiness or diarrhea, he may benefit from a gluten-free diet (check with your vet).

Ultra Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Formulas use a protein-rich blend with real meat or fish as the primary ingredient, followed by easy-to-digest carbohydrates that don’t contain wheat, barley, rye or related extracts. The result is a healthy diet that doesn’t aggravate food allergies or sensitive stomachs.

Do You Know Your Ferret Lingo?

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Whether you’re new to ferrets or have been a ferret parent for years, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the ‘lingo’ used in the ferret world.

Here are some terms to use when speaking “ferret”:

AFA – The American Ferret Association – a good source of information and advice about ferrets. The group’s website can be found at www.ferret.org.

Albino – As in other species, an albino is a ferret without pigment. Albino ferrets have white fur and red eyes.

Black Sable A specific coloration of ferret: a black/brown coat with dark eyes and a dark nose.

Blaze – The streak that appears down the middle of a ferret’s head. Continue reading

Why Play is Important for Cats

Mar_2014_2If you’re the loving parent of an indoor cat, it’s important to know how important play is to her quality of life.

Unlike her wild cousins, she doesn’t spend her time hunting or playing freely. It’s up to you to create these opportunities for her. This makes play time vital for her wellbeing.

Why kitty needs play time every day:

  • Activity will keep your cat fit, which helps stave off weight and health problems.
  • Play time will help you bond with your cat. Continue reading