Sunday, 31 January 2016

Cats Can Hear This But Dogs And Humans Can't.....

Cats have the ability to hear ultrasonic sounds.

As a matter of favourable coincidence for our feline friends....rodents communicate at an ultrasonic frequency!

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Did You Know This About Dogs And Watching Television?

Dogs nowadays have never had it so good when it comes to watching TV.

The new modern high definition televisions, that many of us enjoy, allow dogs to see the images on the screen pretty much as clearly as we do. The old CRT TVs (Cathode ray tube) delivered a blurry image to our canine friends because they displayed at 60 fps (frames per second). Us humans can see at around 55 fps but dogs can only discern flickers on the screen at around 75 fps.

Remember that clip in "101 Dalmations" when all the pups were gathered around cheering on the action on the old TV?...or maybe it was just a cartoon :-)
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Does The Term "Cat Nap" Have Anything To Do With Cats?

The term "cat nap" relates to the short periods that a cat sleeps in the daytime. When napping, a cat will generally sleep for several minutes before waking up. These naps make up around 70% of a cat's sleep time and their muscles are not fully relaxed during a nap. The remaining 30% of a cat's sleep is made up of the deep sleep that we know as REM sleep (rapid eye movement), during this deeper period of sleep a cat's closed eyes will move in rapid short bursts.

Extra cat sleep facts that may be of interest to you.          
  • Cats will usually sleep more when they are on their own than they will if they have company.
  • The reason cats like to sleep in the sun is because their body temperature drops during this time.
  • Some cats actually snore!
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Monday, 25 January 2016

How Would Having Artificial Lawn Laid Affect My Dog?

One of the considerations dog owners may  have when contemplating whether to replace their lawn with an artificial one is how the decision may affect their dog. Below are some points that I have gathered together after much research that may be of benefit to owners considering making the switch to artificial grass.
  •  Dogs find artificial grass soft and enjoy running around on it much the same as normal grass.
  • Artificial grass means that owners can be free of the 'wear and tear' of a dog running around that may be experienced on normal grass, especially digging.
  • Artificial grass is permeable so your dog's urine will drain through the artificial fibres of the turf surface and any faeces on top can be picked up and the area can then be easily cleaned.
  • The artificial grass will not suffer staining from your dog's waste elimination and allow you to have a nice looking lawn all year round.
  • Because you don't have to apply fertilisers or weedkiller to the artificial lawn, your dog can enjoy a safer environment.
  • Many boarding kennels have installed artificial lawn now and it is routinely considered a benefit.
  • No muddy paws to deal with!
  • You don't have to cut it!
I got the idea to research artificial lawns after noticing that more and more people were installing artificial lawns and one or two people had asked me my opinion on the suitability regarding their pets.

Recently, on a trip to Spain I noticed that a branch of McDonalds had installed an incredibly realistic looking lawn and it was enough to get me researching the subject so that I could report back to you that not only do I think it's visually pleasing on the eye, research also leads me to give it the 'thumbs up' as a viable alternative to natural grass for dog owners.

If it fits in with your budget and you are seriously considering an artificial lawn then please make sure that you deal with a reputable company, check that they can meet the product criteria mentioned in the bullet points above. maybe ask if they have installed for kennels or dog related establishments and ask to see testimonials from previous customers.

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

5 Litter Tray Tips That May Help Avoid Stressing Your Cat

Does it matter where you put your cat's litter tray? Yes it does. Below I have listed 5 tips that may help overcome elimination problems and reduce stress for your cat when using their litter tray.
  • Try to avoid placing your cat's litter tray near to their food and water bowls. Cats prefer not to eat or drink in the vicinity of where they 'do their business'.
  • Ensure that the litter tray is placed in a lighted area. An area that is dark and full of clutter will trigger a cat's defence mechanism and can lead them to feel vulnerable and afraid of being attacked.Ensure that when positioning the tray that your cat is able to have a clear view of any potential approaches.
  • Cats, not unlike ourselves, prefer a little privacy when using the toilet. Try to place the litter tray somewhere that is quiet and away from the noisier or busier aspects of your household.
  •  In multi-cat households it is important that there is more than one tray. Cats aren't crazy about sharing resources and having a good ratio of trays will enable your cats to have an alternative and avoid any accidents. 
  • If you live in a multi-level property that has more than two floors it is always a good idea to have an available box on each floor so that your cat doesn't have far to travel to use a tray.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Pet Business Facebook Page Owner? Forget This And Lose Fans!

If you operate a fan page on facebook then you may or may not know that facebook limits the reach of your page.
Simply put, if you don't ask your fans to tick the Get Notifications option after liking your page then they may not see your updates and this will mean all of your hard work updating your page could be in vain.

Why not 'right click'  this notice save image as and upload it periodically to remind your fans to get notifications and see your latest updates?





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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Pet Business Facebook Page? Great Marketing Tip

Do you run a pet business and have a facebook fan page?

Here is a great system for increasing local or national exposure and collecting relevant page followers.

If you are a local business then find and like as many businesses in the vicinity that you operate that have a facebook page. Make sure not to forget very relevant businesses such as veterinary establishments, local newspapers and any businesses that have either animal lovers using their services or have pages that are of great interest to the local community.

First you should like the above local facebook pages and then, on a regular basis, click home on your facebook fan page and make a daily schedule to like and comment on the comments of the posts on local business page feeds. This action will send a notification to the poster and your business name will appear in their notifications which will both serve as an instant ad (they get to know you exist) and will remain on the local business fan page enabling visitors to see your name on there.

If you are looking for national customers, say for example you run a pet products facebook page, then find pages such as large national rescues, kennel clubs, kennels, catteries etc...anywhere where pet owners congregate and be sure to like their comments.

The above system works best in situations like this....a rescue has successfully rehomed an animal and the rescue supporters are posting congratulatory comments under the rescue post and these posts have none or few likes. By liking the post you are sending a notification of your business name to someone who is generally an owner of a pet (many identify this in their posts) and getting them to like your page will potentially see them as a future customer.

The above system is preferable to asking family and random friends to provide the bulk of your facebook 'fans' as you are building a base of more qualified customers as they have chosen to like' your page without being asked.

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Is There Another Term To Describe A Cat Lover?

Yes, people that love cats are officially known as Ailurophiles

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

An Overlooked Tip When Calling Your Dog Back

Did you know that from long distances dogs see moving objects far more easily than static objects?

When calling your dog back from a distance it is a good idea to wave your arm or move around so that your dog may more easily detect you.

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Cats Have The Ability To Do This With Their Ears...

Cats can rotate their ears independently of each other and this enables them to hear noises coming from two different directions at the same time.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Did You Know This About Cats Eyes?

Here's a fact that may have you taking a quick glance at your feline friend...if you have one.

Most cats have no eyelashes...bet you take a look next chance you get!

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Interesting Fact About Labrador Retriever Litters

Did you know that, regardless of the colour of the parent dogs, a labrador litter may include black, golden and chocolate brown puppies?

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Is There A Mating Season For Cats?

Yes, cats do have a mating season. Female cats (queens) that live in the northern hemisphere go in and out of heat several times between March and September.

Queens that inhabit the southern hemisphere are in heat several times between October and March.

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Which Dog Breed Holds The World Record For The Loudest Bark?

The Guinness World Record for the loudest bark belongs to Charlie, a Golden Retriever from Australia. Charlie's bark was measured at 113.1 decibels which is actually 3.1 decibels louder than a chainsaw!
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Friday, 1 January 2016

Do Cats Have A Sweet Tooth?

No, they don't! Cats cannot taste sweet things as they lack the taste receptors that allow them to taste sweetness.

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