One of the reasons many cat guardians are so reluctant to take their pet to the vet, or anywhere, is because most kitties fight tooth-and-nail to avoid being placed in a carrier. The reason for crate hate is usually because the cat only sees the evil device once or twice a year, and it represents confinement, a scary ride in a car, and a visit to a place (the veterinary clinic) that feels very threatening. The drama increases your stress levels and in turn increases kitty’s stress levels over and above what they are at the time. Read the rest of this entry
Next in my series of Missing Pet posts, is how to design your own missing pet poster.
It may seem silly, but a lot of posters circulating make common mistakes, having the correct info and sharing it wisely can help you in the search of your missing pet Read the rest of this entry
Many dogs, even dogs that normally are not fearful at home, become terrified when they become lost. While some dogs will ultimately calm down and then approach people, other dogs will continue to run from everyone, including their guardians!
One of the worst things that you can do is call a stray, loose, or stressed dog. That’s because if too many people have already tried to capture the dog, calling him becomes a “trigger” that can cause him to automatically take off in fear when anyone, including his guardian, calls him.
Instead, try to calm the dogs fear and attract him to come to you by remaining calm and possibly some food or a treat. I always suggest to guardians to take a few deep breaths, to try and calm their own anxiety before trying to approach their dogs. Visualising them coming to you or with you is great too. Read the rest of this entry
The following information is specifically for cats, and what to do if they are missing.
If your pet has gone missing please follow the following steps:
I am asked time and again to communicate to an animal to do something. For them to stop misbehaving, to eat their food, to not eat so much food and the list goes on.
I’ve even received correspondence where guardians tell me that they requested the assistance of a communicator, who said that they told a pet to stop a behaviour; that it hasn’t stopped; and that they are at their witts end and ready to rehome their pet.
This nonsense grates me. Instead of ranting I’m rather going to explain to you how communication works.
An animal communicator delivers a message. Yes we are the email delivery service between humans and animals.
A communicator cannot simply tell an animal to do something. Read the rest of this entry
Westville mom, Di Kendall, bared her heart and soul in her first book and built upon its success by launching another two books to help others find healing with their pets.
The 41 year old first put pen to paper in 2008, deciding it was time to find her own sense of healing from a traumatic past.
A good few years back, an author friend of mine encouraged me to write my story for her blog. She was highlighting the healing power of journaling or blogging about experiences with domestic violence.
I wrote an edited version of my experiences and circulated it since then.
In the back of my mind though, I never felt like it was enough, I felt as if I needed to receive justice for myself as well as the animals who graced my life with their presence.
When a furry family member crosses over the bridge, it’s hard on everyone, including surviving pets. Dealing with your own grief, and the grief of your human children, is difficult enough without also worrying about a remaining pet that may have stopped eating or is showing other signs of depression.
When two fur children are closely bonded and one of them dies, the surviving pet may have what experts refer to as a “distress reaction” that is similar in many ways to human grief. Some of the signs include:
Its not quite back to school yet…
This article has ideas for you to implement now, while you are on holiday.
As kids go back to school , pets may feel left behind.
When preparing for the day that kids go back to school remember to put your furkids on your prep list.
When your human kids go off to school, your pets have to begin a new routine, after having their family home and available twenty four, seven.
This is a time when they can become bored and could start chewing things that they shouldn’t. To prevent behaviours that you would rather not deal with, prep ahead….
To help ease the transition, try incorporating some of these ideas into your new school routine:
- Prep for School
The best time to start is about 2 weeks before school opens.
Plan some activities away from home, and increase the time you spend away every day.
There is no need to spend too much money, a long walk, or hike is a great example.
What is awesome about this idea is that it not only helps your pets adjust, it helps you bust your children’s “end of holiday” boredom.
- The Same Old Routine
Pets just like children, thrive on routine, a sudden change can be stressful and disorienting.
Think about the parts of your pet’s current routine – meals, walks, and training – that can stay the same, and try to stick to the established schedule.
Once again, incorporate your children into this routine, especially the littlies, and they will find it easier to adjust to being back at school too.
- New and Improved
For any routines that must be altered, replace them with new ones. For example, if you can no longer walk the dog in the morning because you’re driving your child to school…why not just take your pup along for the ride?
- Boredom Busters
Imagine being all alone without anything to do all day long.
You can’t even get yourself a snack even though the fridge is right there!
After a few days or weeks of this, you might come up with some…ahem…creative ways to entertain yourself.
Head boredom off at the pass by leaving your pet with interactive toys that engage his mind and body.
Get your children to make toys during the holiday and introduce the toys as you prepare for back to school day. This will increase their bond with your furry family members, bust their boredom, and your pets will have some new and exciting toys.
- After School Special
Talk to your children about how much your pets miss them when they’re at school. Encourage them to spend some quality one-on-one time with their special buddy when they get home. This might mean playing together in the back yard, talking to them about what they learned, or curling up on the couch and doing homework or reading out loud with the pet by their side.
Pets like to hear your voice so encourage your kids to read to them. Once again this little tip benefits both pets and kids!
- New Year, New Responsibilities
Including kids in pet-related chores is a great way to teach compassion and commitment. So with each new school year, give your child a little more responsibility when it comes to your pet. Make sure tasks are age-appropriate so that both kid and critter are set up for success!
- Weight Watchers
With school in session, chances are he’s not as active as he was during the holiday. Even just one or two extra pounds can have a detrimental effect on your pet’s health. So take a second look at his diet and adjust meals and treats as necessary.
Take this tip into consideration when deciding on boredom busters…
- Class Act
Yes, you can teach an old (or young) dog new tricks!
And why should kids have all the back-to-school fun, anyway?
New Year is the perfect time to sign your pooch up for a new training class.
Depending on where you live, you might find options that range from obedience to agility to canine choreography!
Involve your kids to keep the holiday bond going, or make use of this idea to have a supportive and encouraging buddy at your side for those New Year’s resolutions.
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