About Your Hamster’s Cheek Pouches

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Have you seen a hamster with bulging cheeks? They love to hoard food in their cheek pouches and might even use them to carry nesting material. Keep reading for some more interesting facts.

Did you know?

  • Hamsters stuff their cheeks to hoard food for later or to carry material from one area to another.
  • Since a hamster’s cheek pouches don’t have salivary glands, they can keep food dry and fresh.
  • The pouches have rough-textured skin lining the inside. This helps keep food from moving or falling out. Continue reading

Why Your Cat Sleeps So Much

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Lazy days and cat naps are natural for your cat. In fact, she may spend 12 to 16 hours sleeping or dozing each day. Older cats and kittens can sleep even longer.

But even when she naps, your cat is alert and ready to respond to sudden sounds or movements.

Here are some facts about why your cat naps:

  • As a predator, your cat is wired to hunt, mainly at night. Although your house cat doesn’t live the life of a wild cat, she still has the primal instinct to hunt and rest between meals to conserve energy.
  • Cats need more protein than dogs and this protein-rich diet requires more rest to help with digestion. Continue reading

House Guests with Less Pet Stress

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Does Fido accept house guests easily? Holiday events and house guests will be here before you know it, so it’s a good time to prepare.

Here are a few tips to help Fido accept guests with less stress:

  • Provide a safe area: Your dog should have a quiet area he can escape to if he’s overwhelmed by noise and foot traffic. In a separate room, set up an area with his food, water bowl, toys and cozy dog bed.
  • Stick to the schedule: Holidays can be hectic, but your dog will be less stressed if you stick to his regular schedule for feeding, playtime, etc.
  • Offer guests dog treats: We’re not suggesting you add dog treats to the holiday menu, but a few extra treats for Fido wouldn’t hurt. Let a few guests offer him treats (under your supervision). It won’t lead to instant friendship, but may break the ice.
  • Mind those door manners: Does your dog follow “sit” and “stay” commands? Treat him when he sits and stays calmly at the door before you open it to visitors.
  • Pay attention to the little ones: If child visitors want to pet and play with Fido, show them how your dog likes to be pet and which toys or treats to use. Also, make sure they’re supervised at all times. Continue reading

New Product Focus: Burt’s Bees Grooming Products

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You may know Burt’s Bees® for its natural health and beauty care products. Its Natural Pet Care line now brings nature’s solutions to our beloved pets as well.

These products are made in the USA with no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or sulfates. They use natural ingredients instead, like buttermilk, chamomile, lavender, and honey. Look for these natural, earth-friendly items:

  • Puppy Shampoo with buttermilk
  • Tearless 2-in-1 Shampoo with buttermilk and linseed oil
  • Oatmeal Shampoo with oatmeal and honey
  • Deodorizing Shampoo with apple and eucalyptus extracts
  • Itch-Soothing Shampoo with honeysuckle
  • Hot Spot Shampoo with apple cider vinegar and aloe vera

Betta Myths That Could Harm Your Fish

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The beautiful betta or Siamese fighting fish is one of the most misunderstood fish. While their beauty and hardy natures have made them popular, there is some confusion about betta care, especially among beginners. Read on for a list of the top myths.Myth: Bettas were born in small puddles and prefer small spaces.

Fact: Originally from Asia, bettas live in rice paddies, ponds and streams, not puddles. Like any fish, bettas need room to swim and move freely, especially with their long fins. We recommend at least 1 gallon per fish, with a 5-gallon tank as a minimum.

Myth: Bettas eat plant roots and can live in plant vases filled with water.

Fact: Bettas are carnivores and need protein to survive. They also need to occasionally breathe from the surface—something they can’t do if the surface is covered by a plant. Also, contrary to popular belief, the plant roots don’t create enough oxygen or keep the water clean. Continue reading

Double the Fun: Why You Should Adopt Kittens in Pairs

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Who doesn’t love kittens and their playful antics? They’re funny to watch, especially when there are two. In fact, if you’re adopting kittens, it’s usually best to adopt two. Why? Read on for answers.

You’ll have socially-adjusted kitties
Kittens develop better socially when kept with a littermate or kitty friend. As they grow older, you’ll have healthier, happier cats.

Playtime (almost) never ends
You know the feeling… your kitten is revved up to play just as you’re planning to take it easy. With another kitten, she’ll have a constant playmate to tumble with and might also stay away from dangerous items (like electrical cords) that other cats explore out of boredom.

A good night’s sleep… uninterrupted
Your sleep is less likely to be interrupted by kitty’s nightly “hunting.” The two hunting buddies can play and keep each other busy. Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Age Gracefully

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Just as people slow down with age, so do dogs. If your dog is entering his senior years, there are a few things you can do to maintain his quality of life. Here are some tips…

Provide the nutrition he needs
Most senior dogs will need fewer calories to avoid weight gain as they slow down. For this reason, most premium dog foods for seniors offer less calories, less fat and more fiber.

Keep him fit and fabulous
He may move more slowly, but that’s no reason to skip the exercise. Extra weight puts more stress on your dog’s joints and body, so take him for frequent walks, but make them shorter and less strenuous. Continue reading

Tropiclean Fresh Breath +Plus

Dec_2013_5Does Fido have fresh breath?  He will after using Fresh Breath +Plus water additive. It’s designed to clean teeth, freshen breath and promote pet wellness. Aiding your dog’s oral hygiene can be as easy as adding a few drops of this supplement to his water bowl. It’s also available in 3 formulas with ingredients to support your dog’s health: Hip & Joint, Endurance and Skin & Coat.

Use Fresh Breath +Plus for 12 hours of fresh breath and support your pet’s health!

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