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YOUR CATS’ ZODIAC SIGN

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
incredibly empathetic, can be a good service cat

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
high energy and playful

Taurus (Apr 21 – May 20)
enjoy being petted and like their routine

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
chatty and charming

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
sweet and love to live in a quiet environment

Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
expressive and always reminding you of their regal presence

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
never skips a day of grooming and judgemental

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
fair and kind,an easy-going cat

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 22)
fiercely loyal and moody

Sagittarius (Nov 23 – Dec 22)
dreaming of travel and love to stay outside

Capricon (Dec 23 – Jan 22)
serious, calm and well-behaved

WHY DO MY DOG FLATTEN EARS AGAINST ITS HEAD?

It’s Happy
– Ears are flat
– Wagging tail
– Making a play bow

It’s Scared
– Ears are flat
– Tail tugged between legs
– No eye contact

It’s Relaxed
– Ears are flat
– Tail hanging down
– Laying flat on the floor

WHY IS MY DOGGIE PEEING EVERYWHERE?

Sickness
Doggies urinating uncontrollably can be the sign of diseases. It may be a urinary tract infection or gastrointestinal problem, or even diabetes. Bring your doggie to the vet for a check-up.

Medication
Dog medication may increase their water intake, and some medicine may even cause gastrointestinal discomfort, resulting in your doggies urinating uncontrollably. Remember to understand the side effects of your doggies’ medicine.

Stress
Dogs relieve stress through urinating. You may check if there are any changes in the home environment recently, or if your dog has recently encountered unpleasant experiences or noises when going out? These may all cause them stress!

Loneliness
Have you been too busy to accompany your dog and been spending less time at home? Sometimes your dog has simply waited at home for too long and can’t hold it anymore. Or your dog is whining and complaining through peeing!

HOW TO WALK YOUR DOG

Walk at your side
Keep your dog walking by your side with a slightly loose leash.

Stop from pulling the leash
Stop moving forward when the dog pulls. Try holding on to your leash until it comes back to your side.

Reward with treats
Reward your dog with treats when he walks by your side and stops pulling on the leash.

 

CAT PAW CARE TIPS

Functions of the Paws
The cats’ important little “fur-feet”

  • Get rid of excess heat
  • Prevent slipping
  •  Shock absorbers
  • Sound absorption
  • Sensors

Moisturizing
If your kitty’s paw pads become irritated or cracked, help your cats drink more and also try moisturizing them with olive, coconut or another food-quality oil that will be safe for them to lick.

Maintain Hygiene
Keeping your cat’s paws healthy by wiping their paws every day. Check between their paws for litter or other debris that may be stuck. Trim your cat’s nails and the hair on the paws to prevent bacteria infection.

Massage
Cats’ paws contain large concentrations of nerve receptors. If you can give a massage to your cat’s paws, it will promote better blood circulation and improve their health.

WHAT IS YOUR DOG THINKING

Eyes
Looking straight = Bold & confident
Sleepy eyes = Soft & relaxed
Look away = Obedient
Pupils dilated = Frightened

Ears
Slightly out to sides = Calm
Erected & move forward = Alerted
Erected & move backward = Exciting
Lower the ears = Nervous

Mouth
Panting = Excited
Lip licking = Stressed
No mouth tension = Calm
Keep closed = Confused

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAT: BODY LANGUAGE

Look Straight
It is happy to see you, and it comes closer to you while you reach out your hand. It welcomes you.

Look Upward
If your cat is sitting up straight and looking upward, it is listening to you. Or something out there gets its attention.

Eyes Wide Opened
Cats open their eyes wide when they are alert or nervous.

Arching Back & Tail-down
Cat is defensive and adopts a self-protective posture

Turning its Back to You
A cat turns his back on you because he knows that you are not going to hurt him. It’s one of the ultimate signs of love.

Rolling Around on the Floor
This is your cat’s way of saying, “I trust you.”

TIPS FOR PET OWNERS IN WINTER

Skin & Coat Care
Take good care of their natural coats. For long-haired dogs, you need to brush them every day; for short-haired breeds, it’s recommended to brush them 2-3 times a week. Cats will groom themselves, but you can brush them twice a week or more.

Cleaning
Be careful not to bathe your dog too often during winter, because overwashing your dog’s skin can cause irritation.

Keeping Warm
Keep your pets safe and make sure their beds are away from your household heaters, preventing our furry friends from overheating or burning their fur and skin. Overprotecting your pet from the cold may weaken their immune system.

Feeding
Your pets’ gastrointestinal function may be weakened during cold weather. Pay attention to their diet and control the excess fat accumulation. You may provide them with some nutritious food as supplements, e.g. eggs, fish, and vegetables, so to maintain their nutritional balance.

8 BENEFITS OF KEEPING A PET

Helping with loneliness
A report indicated that an elderly owning a pet can have an astounding effect on feelings of loneliness comparing to those who don’t keep one. The positive influence is more obvious in solitary elderly as pets can help increasing social interaction.

Stress relief
A Swedish study found that when a female simply pets a dog for 15-30 minutes, it lowers the stress hormone cortisol. And when a dog owner pets their dog for 1-5 minutes, oxytocin increases in the brain, bringing a calm state.

Lower risk of heart disease
《Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology》, after a 20-year case study research, announces that keeping a cat can lower the risk of heart disease. Some thought that maybe cats can help the owners to relax and unwind, thus maintaining normal blood pressure.

Keeping your mind sharp
An American aging medical journal realised that seniors living with pets will increase self-care, including concentration, better memory recall and reactions.

Getting more exercises
Owning a dog leads to more exercises and it benefits humans’ health. Michigan State University’s study showed that the dog owners exercise 30 minutes more than people who don’t own a dog.

Soothing physical pain
Being with a pet can help to distract one from pain. Research shows that animal therapy reduces the need for pain medication after taking joint replacement surgery.

Lower risk of allergies
Some studies found that having a pet early in life protects one from developing allergies towards pets later on. But it has to be very early in life, like when one is still a baby!

Help diagnosing diseases
Studies indicated that dogs can detect serious intestinal diseases at an early stage. They can be trained to sniff out a variety of cancer types as well.

WHO CAN SMELL BETTER? DOG VS CAT

Dogs and cats have poor eyesight, so they rely on smell to learn the surroundings and communicate with others. The sense of smell is crutial to their survival.

Who do you think have better sense of smell? Dogs or cats?

Dogs have 300 million scent receptors, which is at least 10,000 times more than humans. They can smell as far as 20km, some breeds can even reach 30kmCats have 100 million less receptors than dogs, so they can only smell within 20km radius. However, it does not mean that cats have worse sense of smell than dogs!

One of the secnt receptors is called V1R, which is responsible for distinguishing odors. Humans have 2 V1R receptors, while dogs have 9, and cats have 30! Although the distance that cats perceive scent is shorter than dogs, they can distinguish similar scent better.

Then why are there police dogs but not cats?

Because cats are born to be masters for you to serve them!

SIGNS THAT YOU ARE YOUR CATS’ SLAVE!

Cats’ cute appearance and cattitude personality attract many people to become their slaves. Let’s take a look at how many cats’ slave signs have you got!

Scoring Table

  • Your clothes are covered with cat hairs: You no longer wear black shirts, and you carry lint rollers around to remove cat hairs
  • Your phone is full of cat photos: you want to record everything about your cat
  • Splurge on cat toys and supplies, want to give the best to the cats (although they don’t appreciate it most of the time)
  • Full of love scars: sometimes the cats are too excited during play time and scratched you accidentally
  • Meow talk: When your cat meows at you, you respond by meowing without a second thought
  • Remodel the house for your cat: transform the furniture into a cat house, hang a cat walkway on the wall
  • Become a poop-picker: When your cat goes to the toilet, you observe the size and shape of the poop to ensure your cat is healthy
  • All your conversations are about cats: exchange cat care tips and tricks with other cat owners
  • Become a home person: worry that your cat will be lonely and hungry at home, so you’d rush back home at night
  • Cat huffing addiction: You feel uncomfortable if you don’t huff your cat once a day

0-3 = Quasi-cat slave; seems you just got a cat not long ago

4-6 = Barely qualified cat slave; it is your honour to serve the master, come on!

7-9 = A competent cat slave, although you still have room to improve in your cats’ minds.

10 = You are truly a cat slave! Your cats mean everything to you!

 

How to get rid of bad dog breath?

Dogs are passionate and can get over excited easily. They will jump up and shower people with kisses. But sometimes, they have bad breath and makes you want to avoid their kisses… What to do?

Bad breath is mostly caused by food residues. They’d lead to bacterial growth and smelly odor. If not treated properly, they may build up calculus, or even worsen to oral diseases such as gum inflammation and periodontal disease.

  1. Drink more water – It is important to drink water after eating. It helps to rinse out food residues while keeping the body hydrated, so urge your dog to drink more water.
  2. Brush teeth daily – Like humans, dogs need to brush their teeth daily to remove dirt. If you want to ensure your dog’s oral health and fresh breath, you can’t be lazy!
  3. Dental chew treats/toys – Dental chew treats or toys are tough and durable in texture, which can help to clean and massage the teeth and gums. It can also help the dogs to relieve stress. Remember to stop your dogs after 20-30 minutes of chewing, and let their teeth and gums rest.
  4. Regular dental check up – It is recommended to take your dogs to the vet every year to check their teeth to maintain oral health, and ensure that bad breath, if any, is not caused by other diseases.