Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite During Play

Dec_2013_3Your adorable cat or kitten likes to play with her favorite toys… your hands and fingers. What do you do? You discourage rough play and offer substitute toys instead. Here’s how:

 

  • Have playtime with your cat every day. Instead of using your hands, encourage her to play with toys.
  • Offer her a variety of toys. Also experiment with different toys to see which she likes best. Try toys she can chase like those with feathers or danglers. Cats also enjoy toys they can bat at, like fake mice.
  • Help your cat avoid boredom and give her new items to investigate as well, like cardboard boxes, paper bags, etc. Continue reading

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

Dec_2014_1Here’s something you might not know about your dog: he can lose 50 percent of his muscle or body fat and survive, but losing just 10% of his water weight could be dangerous. Water is easy to overlook, but its importance can’t be understated. Read on for tips on how to keep your dog hydrated.

Signs of dehydration

Your dog may be dehydrated if he:

  • Is lethargic or sluggish
  • Has sunken eyes
  • Shows a loss of appetite
  • Has dry, sticky gums
  • Seems depressed Continue reading

Got Algae? These Fish Will Algae in Your Tank

Dec_2013_4Algae… it’s persistent, pervasive and can blanket an aquarium in green growth. While some algal growth is normal, it’s important to reach a healthy balance in your tank’s ecosystem. One way to reach this balance is with algae-eating fish.

These freshwater fish are good algae eaters:

Plecos – A type of suckermouth catfish, plecos are among the best algae eaters. While common plecos are popular, they’re best used in very large aquariums as they can grow up to two feet. For the home aquarium, better choices include the bushynose pleco and the bristlenose pleco, which eat all types of algae and reach a maximum of four to six inches.

Pygmy Suckermouth – The pygmy suckermouth or Otocinclus resembles the pleco, but is smaller (up to two inches). They do well in aquariums with plants as their size allows them to eat algae off small leaves. “Otos” are a schooling fish however and should be kept in groups of three or more.  Continue reading

Do You Know Your Cat’s Body Language?

Dec_2013_3Do you know what your kitty is saying? A cat uses her posture, tail, ears and expression to convey what she feels. Feline body language can be subtle, making it easy to misinterpret their signals. Read on for a guide to your cat’s body language.

Happy cat – Tail up, alert eyes, brisk movements.

Aggressive cat – Arched back, ears pointed up, movements are more forward and direct.

Playful cat – Fast and energetic movements, engages other cats or people in play.

Insecure cat – Avoids contact, grooms nervously, more common in smaller/younger cats. Continue reading

Training Your Dog in 5-Minute Sessions

Dec_2014_1You’re busy and don’t really have enough time to train your dog… or so you think. Did you know you can train your dog in sessions of 5 to 10 minutes?

Short training sessions are great for busy parents and they also help dogs. Learning in shorter chunks keeps them motivated and focused. Here’s how to get started…

Choose a time for training

Walk your dog every day? Include a short training activity in one of your daily walks. If you don’t walk your dog, set aside 5 to 10 minutes for a playtime session that will double as training. Daily sessions are best, but if you can’t fit them in, shoot for a few times a week.

One command at a time

Focus on one basic command—sit, stay, come, heel or down—until your dog has mastered it. For example, show your dog the command and what you expect, reward him when he does it correctly and keep reinforcing it. With practice, your dog will start following your commands consistently. Continue reading

Delectable Delights from Natural Balance

Sept_2012_2Indulge your pet’s taste buds with Delectable Delghts™ gourmet dog stews from Natural Balance. These stews are a great addition to a Natural Balance dry food diet and offer wholesome ingredients. The tasty options range from Bowl ‘O Barkgundy (beef, chicken liver & barley) and Chow-Down Chowder (chicken, peas & carrots) to Pawpaya Pilaf (whitefish, tuna, turkey & papaya) and others. They also come in convenient, re-sealable containers. Find Delectable Delights from Natural Balance at your nearest Pet Supermarket Store!

Dos & Don’ts of Rabbit Housing

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Bringing home a new rabbit? Every bunny needs a safe haven where he can eat, play and rest comfortably. Follow these tips and your bunny is sure to love his new home.

  • DO buy a cage or pen big enough for your rabbit.
    A bigger cage offers more freedom of movement.
  • DO line the litter area with rabbit-safe litter.
    Timothy hay, grass hay or pelleted newspaper are safe options for litter. Avoid pine/cedar shavings or clay cat litters as they can cause health problems.
  • DO use sturdy food or water bowls that can’t be tipped over.
  • DO get a home with a side opening.
    If your bunny is going to roam indoors occasionally, a side opening will allow him to get in and out on his own. Continue reading

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Indoor Cat

Dec_2013_3Once you bring your cute, new kitten or cat home, you might think you have plenty of time to have them spayed or neutered. But here are a few things you might not know:

 

  • Your female kitten can get pregnant as soon as she’s 6 months old.
  • Female cats can have up to 3 litters a year.
  • One cat can have 100 kittens in her lifetime.
  • Male cats can sire hundreds of kittens in their lifetimes.

These numbers make a compelling case for spaying or neutering. We list a few more reasons below.

Spaying or neutering your cat will: Continue reading

Top Tips for Tick Removal

Dec_2014_1Do you know how to remove a live tick from your dog’s skin? It’s a skill every pet owner should have. It’s especially important if you live near wooded areas or have a year-round pest season.

 

Here are our tips for tick removal…

Ditch the home remedies

You may have heard a few remedies for handling ticks, including using a lit match or petroleum jelly, among others. But these remedies don’t always work and may even make things worse. If the tick gets stimulated, it could release more (possibly infected) fluids into the bloodstream—the opposite of what you want to achieve. Continue reading

Zuke’s Lil’ Links: Healthy Sausage Links Made in the USA

Oct_2012_1Your dog won’t be able to resist Zuke’s Lil’ Links treats. In fact, he’ll be on his best behavior to earn one of these treats! They’re made with real meat, apples, potatoes, carrots and antioxidant-rich herbs. They’re also grain-free and made in the USA.

You won’t have to worry about mystery ingredients, byproducts or artificial flavors, just healthy goodness with real meat as the first ingredient. Get chicken pork or rabbit, seasoned with antioxidant-rich fruits, veggies, rosemary, turmeric and sage. Your dog will sit, stay and heel for this tasty treat!

Find Zuke’s Lil’ Links at your nearest Pet Supermarket Store!