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Dogs Vs Cats As Pets

A Pet Dog or Cat, Which Is For Me? Learn The Positives and Negatives.

Pet dogs or pet cats, both of these animals are popular pet choices available for us to choose from, but which pet is right for you? Cats and dogs are pretty much polar opposites of each other, from the personalities they carry, to the mannerisms they outwardly display, and if you want to identify what pet is right for you, then we need to learn more information about these amazing animals.

I’ve lived with dogs and cats for a long time, helping to raise them from a young age and eventually into full grown adults, so I understand the pros and cons each one of them holds. For your benefit, I’m going to list those positives and negatives from my personal experience, which will hopefully allow you to answer the question: “Is a dog or cat the right pet for me?”

Behavior – How Loving Are These Two?

Pros for Dogs: Dogs always appear to be happy, no matter what the circumstance. As long as you bought a puppy at a young age and gave them plenty of love as they grew up, then the dog’s attitude should be a fun and loving one, and that’s exactly what owners want. Dogs are loving, loyal, and are simply entertaining to just be around. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible for dogs to feel another emotion besides joy! Well, they also feel guilt when they do something wrong, but besides that, dogs are constantly brimming with positivity and it is absolutely infectious at times. Imagine a tiresome day at work, coming home and plopping down on the couch, and then being greeted by your happy animal companion who wants nothing more than to cheer you up. Aw, how nice of them!

Cons for Dogs: However, dogs sometimes can get too needy for your attention. Maybe after that long day of work, you instead want to go home and rest without any interruption, but a dog may still attempt to smother you for a pat on the back. Dogs also have the tendency to get jealous over other pets who are being given any form of attention, and may exact revenge if you don’t provide the same amount of love towards them. I had a Poodle that would pee in undesirable locations knowing it was bad, but did it anyways because she got angry or jealous. That was one bad dog. Not all dogs have such an obnoxious characteristic, however.

Pros for Cats: Unlike dogs, cats have more than one emotion! They are also far more independent and conservative. Cats will always have a fondness for their owners, but they choose to show it only when they are in the mood. A cat might wake up after a brief rest, and spontaneously think: “Well, I feel like getting some attention now,” and they’ll walk over to you and start rubbing up against your legs while purring. That’s when you know the cat is in a good mood, when they sound like miniature car motors.

Then there are other times when you will try to pet them, and the cat will just be like: “Yeah, whatever, thanks I guess.” Or the cat is in an extremely lazy mood and will refuse to respond to anything you do. Nobody ever knows how a cat will react, their behavior is random. You kinda have to “earn” their respect and attention, but hey, nothings wrong with that. Plus, cats won’t always be a bother when you’re busy.

Cons for Cats: The problem with a cat’s attitude is that it’s inconsistent, or arbitrary. There are occasions when you just want a friendly pet to come lay down on top of your lap or next to you, and cats will certainly do that, just not whenever you want. What I’m trying to articulate here is cats are not as loyal or willing to comply as easily as dogs.

Here’s an example: Once a dog learns his name, he’ll respond without hesitation when you call him. A cat, however, even when he hears you calling, will choose to either listen or completely ignore you. The cat will even raise it’s head towards you, acknowledging that he’s heard your call, and then close his eyes and go right back to sleep. How rude! Cats will listen every now and then; it’s just if they are in the mood.

Conclusion: The personality is a preference thing. People like loyal and loving pets, but they also enjoy pets who show can show some restraint.

Messiness – How Clean Or Messy Are Dogs and Cats?

Pros for Dogs: Uh, well, you know, um… Okay dogs are not really the cleanest animals around. The good thing is you can potty train them, and training them to go to the bathroom outside is both convenient and a whole lot less smelly for your home. That’s really all I have to say for the positive side. Dogs will take care of themselves most often, but you will probably need to give a bath from time to time to help keep them clean.

Cons for Dogs: First off, if you haven’t potty trained your dog yet, you should! Otherwise, the dog will pee or poop wherever they please, and that’s just gross. On top of that immense problem, dogs are known to chew on wires, shoes, or anything else accessible on the ground. Wires that have been chewed through will render whatever appliance it was powering to be fully useless. Depending on what the appliance was, it may need to be replaced, and means spending money. The same goes for the shoes.

To remedy this problem, you can buy cord covers to cover any vulnerable cords laying around. Make sure the covers are hard enough to prevent any chewing. As for the shoes, put them away in a closet somewhere. Also, consider having a few chew toys available for your dog to satisfy their chomping urges; it’ll save you money in the end.

Pros for Cats: Cats, to match their independent behavior, clean themselves many times. It’s part of a cat’s daily routine. They even have tongues that have a sandpaper like texture to help clean and groom their hair. Due to a cat’s frequent cleaning, they rarely need to be bathed, which is great. I mean, have you tried bathing a cat before? It’s a nightmarish experience for sure.

Most cats are already potty trained, all you have to do is have a few litter boxes scattered throughout the house, the rest can be left up to them. How convenient is that? You can even let a cat outside and they’ll take care of business, even burying it after they’ve finished. Cats are very clean animals.

Cons for Cats: Until they throw up a nasty hairball, that is. A major downside for cats is the perpetual vomiting. Some cats do it more often than others, but at some point, the cat is going to get a hairball from their constant cleaning, and you will have to clean it up! It’s kinda gross, but you’ll get used to it eventually.

Additionally, it’s important to spay or neuter a cat as soon as possible. It’ll prevent them from spraying your home with urine. Seriously, the earlier the better. You don’t want a cat to develop a spraying habit, it’s the worst.

And of course, cats have the tendency to claw furniture! There are scratching posts one can buy to discourage this type of behavior. Placing the posts next to the piece of furniture is most effective.

Conclusion: Cats are cleaner than dogs, but have the potential to be messier, especially if they are not spayed at the right time. But self-cleaning and instinctive potty training are two very convenient hygienic qualities to have in a pet.

Fun – Are Dogs or Cats More Fun To Play With?

Pros For Dogs: Because of a dog’s willingness to listen, to put it simply: it allows you to do more fun activities with them, and that can be way more fun for certain people. You can teach a dog new tricks, like sitting, rolling over and playing dead; all of which are entertaining for you and your family to see. Dogs also love to go for walks in the parks for some healthy exercise, or play an exciting game of fetch. Undoubtedly, dogs are very amusing animals and most of the fun comes from the owner interacting with their pet, unlike cats. I’ll explain below.

Cons For Dogs: Fun stems from an energetic and friendly attitude, which is precisely where dogs excel. If you are looking for a fun pet then, dogs will rarely disappoint. No real cons come to mind in this department.

Pros for Cats: Cats, despite their supposed sophisticated demeanor, are captivated by the simplest of things. If you’ve raised a kitten before, the first thing that stands out is their ability to entertain themselves with absolutely anything. It’s a cat’s self-entertainment that is so enthralling and fun to watch.

My cats will attack innocent rugs, rolling themselves up inside and clawing at the furry mat as if it were alive. They’ll also chase their own tails around in circles until they get dizzy, in which case they’ll stop for a few seconds, and do it all over again! Cats will stalk bugs in the house, hiding behind cover and methodically pacing themselves towards the unsuspecting insect, then they crouch down, shake their behinds back and forth until finally ending with a vicious pounce. It’s hilarious to see, and you would be surprised at how effective cats are at eliminating bugs.

If you want to participate in on the fun and interact with a cat, you can. All you need is a single piece of string. Seriously, cats cannot resist the opportunity to play with a piece of string. Even if you were to wake a cat up in the middle of the night, and they see a string wiggling vigorously in front of them, they’ll instantly become wide awake and start playing around with it.

Cons for Cats: While cats will amuse themselves with simple things, you’ll have a hard time getting them to learn any tricks. Or going for walks. Or playing with things that are not strings or string equivalents. Oh well!

Conclusion: Two different styles of fun are at work here. Dogs are more willing to learn and play with their owner, and that’s fun. Cats on the other-hand, are more willing to amuse themselves, which is fun for the owner to watch.

Cost – How Much Will These Pet Dogs and Cats Cost Me?

Dogs: The average cost of a dog varies and is usually dependent on their size. Bigger dogs such as German Shepherds will require more food to eat, while smaller puppies like a Maltipoo need much less. The more food you buy, the costlier it becomes. Other dog expenses might include flea medications, chewing toys, cord covers to protect electrical wiring, and a new shiny pair of shoes if they get chewed up! If your dog is not potty trained for the outdoors, pee pads can cost money as well.

Cats: Cat expenses include dry food, flea medications, litter boxes plus litter (unless you let the cat outside all the time), and possibly hairball medication if they struggle getting a hairball up. Cats most often than not don’t have trouble with hairballs because dry foods have a specific ingredient to help lubricate the hair. Also, don’t forget scratching posts for the cats to scratch, the posts cost substantially less than the furniture!

Everlasting Pets Of The Pharaohs

Animals have been part of the Egyptian household and when they died, they looked after their pets as well. Instead of dumping them in a ditch, they also believed the pets would experience the after life. For this, they needed their bodies just like the Pharaoh. They were mummified and laid to rest with the Queen or King.

Mummified Cats

Animal mummies discovered in Egypt hold intriguing clues to life and death in ancient Egypt. Then in 1888 and Egyptian farmer discovered a mass grave. It was soon apparent that there were not humans in the grave but mummified cats. Near the Village of Istabl Antar, mummified cats were discovered in staggering numbers. Thousand of them.

Pets

These mummies of the cats were mostly turned into fertilizer, a few were sold to tourists and the remainder of the treasure found its way to the Cairo museum. Today this animal collection is one of the most popular exhibits in the treasure-filled museum. The fact that we know the Pharaohs had pets make them human while scientist can study these animals, x-ray them and take precise measurement.

Other animals

In the Cairo museum, you can see more than cats. You can see shrews in boxes of carved limestone, rams in beaded casings, gazelles, crocodiles, hawks and fish.

The scarab beetles with some dung tell us more about these creatures than books could have told us. Most of the animals were buried with a prayer.

The Nile itself starts in mid – Africa and all along the river; sites are discovered with mummified animals. Some of these places were associated with gods and we find symbolic animals such as bulls, dogs, horses, monkeys and cats mummified. The Ibis mummies obviously represented the god Thoth while Falcons represented the god hours. Dogs had ties to the god Anubis. In the city of Memphis they discovered what is referred to as an embalming house. Here the Apis bulls lay in natron on a massive stone bed where the sun could help disinfect the animal. These stone structures can still be seen near the village of Mit Rahina.

As a pet for a Pharaoh, a dog or cat would have been spoiled rotten. This earthly life would not end but the Pharaoh would take his pets with him. When the Pharaoh or the pet died, the pet was interred in a specially prepared tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

While many of these mummies were destroyed or pulped as fertilizer, a collection of mummified animals can still be seen in the Cairo museum today.

The Cat Mate Pet Fountain

The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is one pet fountain that offers a lot of options for your cat. There are multiple levels of water for your cat to choose from, as well as a ramp with flowing water, which gives your cat the movement he craves. The isolated pump is ultra quiet, and the water is filtered with a replaceable carbon-polymer filter. No other cat fountain offers this variety of multi level options for drinking.

The constantly moving water ensures a high level of oxygenation, helping your cat stay healthy with an always available supply of cool, moving water. The ramp not only gives another look to the water your cat sees, but it also reduces splashing as the water travels from one level to another. The bowls are dishwasher safe and the capacity of the Cat Mate is 2 litres, or 70 ounces.

The base of this unit is 10″ long and 8″ wide. The top bowl is at a height of 6 3/4″, the middle bowl is at 5 1/2″, and the lower bowl is 2 1/2″ off the floor.

The people who have actually purchased this fountain report in at an unusually high level of satisfaction, with almost no negative reviews. That speaks for itself. Users reported some of their favorite features are the large capacity and the unique, three tiered design of the fountain. Debris will inevitably find its way into the bowl and users report it tends to settle in the bottom bowl, leaving the top two bowls with clean, flowing water. This is a great feature if you are not home during the day and want to ensure your cats have clean water.

Other users report the very quiet operation and lack of splashing noise common with other pet fountains. Most people report they clean their cat fountain weekly, or every other week. There are no known reports of a need to clean any more often than that. The filter is usually changed every 2 weeks, but you can experiment to see how long it takes your filter to get dirty. Be sure to order replacement filters so you have them on hand when you need them.

Shopping Tips For Cat’s Pet

Pet Doors For Cats Shopping Tips

There are several important points that you need to take note while shopping for a pet cat door for your beloved cat. This is to ensure that the door purchased is suitable for your cat and your home.

The Pet Door Size

The size of the animal door has to be a suitable size for your cat. If your kitten is still young, you have to check the size of your full grown pet cat. This is to allow your pet cat to move freely without any blockage in the future when it is an adult cat.

If you plan to have additional pets in the future and you have a desired breed in mind, check the body size and ensure that they are able to pass through the door too.

Installation Costs

The installation for your new pet doors for cat should be easy and straightforward. And if possible, ensure that it is easy to install to avoid incurring additional costs.

And checked that as easy it is to install the door, make sure that removing the door is as easy as well. You do not want to remove one chunk of your door just to remove the cat’s door.

Durability of Pet Doors for Cats

Check the material of the door. You want a door for your beloved cats that can withstand the scratching of it paws. As well as withstanding the wet autumn rain and the humidity of summer.

Door’s Design

The design of the to-be installed door should match your house. You do not wish to have your pet’s door that has a different look with the your home’s design and ruin the 50k that you spent on renovation.

The design of the pet doors for cats should have smooth edges to ensure that your beloved kitten is not injured while passing through the door flap. Your cat should not have to exert a lot of pressure to push itself through the door. Check that you are able to adjust the pressure to push through the door.

There are various design for cat’s pet doors. The common ones will include simple swinging flaps with locks, wall mount cat door and tunnel-ling pet cat door.

Great Shopping Tips for Pet doors for cats

Check out the brand of the door before you pay for you purchase. Go to eBay or amazon to check for the product’s review. The buyers will usually leave comments on the item they purchased and from the comments left, you will be able to know if the pet fencing you are going to buy is a great buy!

Yes, Cats Adore Pet Grooming

Pet grooming is something that at vast number of pet owners feel is not all that worthwhile. However, if you have a longhaired cat, doing it for them would be like you spending a day at a Health Spa. So, it is worthwhile for cats, especially long-haired cats who love to have their skin massaged underneath all that fur so think about pampering them occasionally.

In some ways as you sit there with your cat on your lap and you stroke it you are providing them with a mild form of pet grooming and there is nothing like hearing a contented cat purring away. Cats are always grooming themselves but there is one spot on them they cannot reach and that is right on the neck, so any pampering and help you can give them on that spot is very much appreciated. If you have more than one cat at home, even if they do not get on with one another 100% of the time, you will on occasions see them grooming one another especially at that particular spot.

A tip for when you do groom a longhaired cat is to use Talcum powder as that helps to stop their long fur being matted. Cats can be very finicky creatures and they have their likes and dislikes especially when it comes to pet grooming so as you introduce your cat to it watch what they like and dislike. Some cats prefer to have their face massaged and others like to feel your fingertips run down the length of their spine but whatever your cat’s fancy or choice is there is nothing like being able to do the grooming of your pet in your own time and at your own pace.

There are a whole gaggle of Pet Grooming services on the Internet and it is always advisable to do some research concerning this. Often you will find that word of mouth is a good way to go, as some services will travel to your home to groom your cat. This is especially good if your cat is an Indoor cat because if the groomer can build a good rapport with your cat and vice versa then your cat will get to know when and what to expect when you call on that service. Books on Pet Grooming are also available and well worth looking into as they should help you to make a decisive choice but remember one thing: these books are written by an individual so you would still be best in widening your perspective on the topic.

A groomed cat makes for a happy cat and if you try and put yourself in their ‘shoes’ so to speak would it not be something you would like to have done to you – albeit a day of pampering at a local spa or whatever. So choose wisely because your cat is another member of the family and for that reason, make sure that it is well taken care of no matter what route you go.

Why Cats As Pets Are Wonderful

Cats as pets need to be trained regardless of how independent as they may seem. You do not want to find urine on your sofa or your furniture scratched up. Dogs are exactly the same because if you do not instruct how to behave they can cause so much havoc in the home. It is a simple fact that felines need fewer instructions than other animals because they act in accordance to their instinct. This fact means that you do not really teach them to use their litterbox but you make their litter box more appealing to them and they will use it naturally. This also goes for them scratching furniture and the reason why they do this is because it is strong and sturdy and they need to sharpen their claws as part of their exercise.

If you were to get a dedicated post for them which is sturdy then the chances they will use it is high. Also if you were to spray a smell which they find unpleasant such as lemon freshener they will avoid this area. In other words your furry friend is already pre-programmed to do certain things therefore if you understand more about cats as pets you will find it easy to own one. This is not the same for canine as they are completely dependent on you and therefore requires more attention, time and teaching. Finally people believe that bonding with a little tiger is harder however if you play with them in the correct way, you can create a very strong lasting bond with them.

Installing a Cat Flap Pet Door

If you have a pet cat you may decide that you want them to be able to come and go outside as they please. There are a few reasons owners decide to do this, mainly to give the cat the chance to get some air and enjoy the outside but also because they can go to the bathroom outside and then the owner does not have to worry about cleaning a kitty litter box.

No matter what the reason if you have decided you want your cat to be an outdoor cat it will be much to your benefit to install a cat flap pet door. A cat flap will ensure that your cat can come and go as they please without you having to worry about constantly having to open the door for them. A lot of owners just wonder how they can install a cat flap in their own home.

Installation

You do not have to call a professional to install the cat flap if you would rather save yourself some money and just do it on your own. Of course first you will want to take some measurements to have an idea of how large the pet door needs to be. All cats are different sizes and you certainly do not want your cat to end up stuck on their way out the door.

Then you want to get your tools and supplies together. This can vary depending on what sort of details you are looking to have on the cat flap but the basic supplies include a saw, sandpaper, cat flap fixings and some safety goggles to protect your eyes. You can use a pencil to draw a light template around the area you want to have the pet door cut out.

Then you can use the saw to cut through the door and always stick to making it smaller and then slowly work to make it larger, rather than the other way around. The sandpaper will work well to smooth things out and ensure there are no rough edges that will hurt kitty as they make their way through. You want to have the pet door be a bit larger than the actual cat so there is more than enough room for them to make it through.

The cat flap fixings should include the actual flap as well as screws to screw it onto the door with. Once you are finished the flap should be easy to go back and forth through and there should not be any cracks or openings when the flap is closed.

the Proper Cat and Pet Healthcare

Cat and pet healthcare is an important responsibility for all pet and cat owners. Whether you own a fish or a horse, you should always make sure that your pet is getting the care that is deserves. There are many ways that you can get your pet the care that it needs.

Take Your Cat to the Vet

As with any animal, it is always important that you take your cat or pet to the vet for regular check ups. The vet will make sure that your cat or pet is healthy, and if they are sick chances are that your vet will know what kind of treatment your cat needs. All animals need to visit the vet for regular check ups. If you are not able to provide these vet visits for your pet or cat, then you may need to look for then a new home that can.

Your Local Library Has Books on Cat and Pet Healthcare

You can always go to your local public library to check out books on giving your cat or pet the proper care that it needs. The library is usually stocked with many different books to choose from. However, you should be aware that your cat or pet healthcare will still need to be followed up by vet visits.

Finding a Cat Bed Pet Owners

Finding cat bed pet owners like is often difficult, as they have to decide between comfort, convenience, and style. There are as many styles to choose from as there are purchasing locations. When looking for a beds, pet owners can search and purchase online or in their local pet stores. Even these you can divide into two options: high end pet furniture stores and discount pet warehouses.

When searching for a place where your cat can sleep, pet owners need to first examine a few obstacles. For example, does your cat prefer to sleep on the furniture or do they like a safe enclosed space. You also need to decide if this product will be used away from home as well. Yet another factor with bed pet owners have to face is the style and décor of the bed. You have to find a bed that your cat will enjoy sleeping in but doesn’t create an eye sore in your home. You and your pet will both have to live with the choices you make.

Instead of opting for the traditional ones, pet owners sometimes choice a throw for their furniture. If your cat likes to sleep on the couch, but you don’t like the pet hair, this may be a solution. With a throw you can both have your way. There are many options to choose from including material, size, fabric, and durability. You can buy a plain throw at your local department store, but most pet specialty outlets offer fabrics tested on cats to ensure you are getting a great product. With a cat specialty line, you can choose from quilted micro fiber throws, chenille throws, or even a heated cat blanket. With a heated options, pet owners may find this is valuable for colder climate homes.

There also varieties of specialty ones owners can choose to match their household style. You can choose a hanging one that attaches to any door or even a window bed, so your cat can enjoy the view as they nod off. For many cat bed pet owners, they are choosing wooden or basket style beds. The baskets can offer a crawl-in type enclosure. This can be great for the cat that needs quite and darkness to sleep. On the other hand, the basket styles can go with many room decors.

There also lines of specialty cat furniture available. With some designs for a cat bed, pet owners can choose to use as furniture. For example, you can purchase a living room cabinet that blends with your furniture. However unknown to visitors there is an entry way for your furry feline to crawl inside and enjoy a nap at their leisure. These pieces of custom furniture can be ordered in many different styles or wood grains. With this style, pet owners and their animals can both enjoy one piece of furniture. So whether you are shopping for a traditional cat bed or you want a modern piece of furniture you and your pet will love for years to come, rest assured there are many to choose from.

Cats With Grooming, Food and Natural Herbal Supplements

If you own a cat and have walked bleary-eyed into a dark room to step in a squishy cold mess with your bare or socked feet, you are familiar with the problem of furballs (hairballs). Well, if it’s that bad for you, imagine what it’s like spitting one of those things back up!

A cat’s hair is indigestible, but that won’t stop your pretty kitty from grooming daily as she does, swallowing large amounts of her own fur. There are a few things we can do to help kitty to not endure such humiliation, however, starting with good grooming habits – not hers, yours. To decrease the amount of fur your kitty is consuming, give her a good daily brushing! Some cats are not keen on being brushed with hard objects, and you may fare better to just get in there with your hands to pull loose hairs off while you prepare her for the BRUSH. If you’d like to treat your kitty to a healthy groom when she doesn’t favor your new tools, you have to give her time to get used to and accept them. Leave them near her favorite places so she can explore them at her leisure. Never just grab your cat and start brushing! Always let her smell the brush first, and when she leans in to rub her jowls on it, you’re ready to start brushing, slowly. Just a few brushes once or twice a day will make a world of difference (wait until you see just how much hair comes out of that coat!).

Next, we move on to diet. You’ll find many cat food products out there that claim to reduce furballs, and some of them work, and some of them don’t. And just like humans, each cat has her own tastes, and no one is more finicky than a cat, right? So, the best way to test a hairball remedy for your cat is to start giving it to her to see if she’ll even eat it. If so, continue to feed the same brand and flavor for at least 3 weeks, and take note of how often hairballs are discharged, any changes in stool texture (sometimes the food tastes good, but it doesn’t sit well through the digestive process), and overall coat health. If all checks out, then you may have found another partial solution!

There are also different supplements you can give kitty to reduce the accumulation of hair in her belly. Aloe, cat grass (barley, wheat and rye grasses) and bulk fiber, such as psyllium husk, work to lubricate the digestive tract and move the hair along its path. Of course, you always have the option of commercial hairball lubricants, petroleum jelly, or you could just tempt kitty with a little melted butter (1/4-1/2 teaspoon once a day for a couple of days, until the yakking subsides – not more than a week, however) – most cats enjoy dairy and will happily snack on some buttery lubrication.

And believe it or not, exercise also helps. Movement always assists digestion. So, grab your kitty’s favorite toy and give it a whirl, or just chase her around the house or yard whenever you have the chance. Her digestive health and your bare feet will thank you for it!