Thursday, 31 March 2016

How Smart Is The Average Dog?

Ever wondered just how much information the average dog can interpret?
You may have heard that dogs, on average, have the mental capacity and intelligence of an 18 month to 2-year-old child.

Research has shown that the average dog can:
  • Understand up to 250 words and gestures
  • Count up to 5
  • Perform very simple mathematical calculation
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Monday, 28 March 2016

Did You Know This About A Cat's Memory?

Ever wonder what your cat remembers?
Research has shown that cats possess both long and short term memory and has also shown that cats have the ability to remember things that happened up to 16 hours before.

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Don't Approach A Dog That Is Doing This!

Here is a tip that you may or may not be aware of and could stand you in good stead should you ever find yourself in this situation....
Be wary if a dog is standing rigid and giving you a fixed stare and exhibiting any of the following behaviours
  • Snarling
  • Growling
  • Silent
The above behaviours are indicative of a dog that you shouldn't touch!

What is actually happening when a dog exhibits these behaviours is that they are showing you that they are potentially in a state of aggression and any further movements that you make could be a signal for the dog to go into attack mode.

What you should do is try to remain as calm as possible, look slightly away and maintain complete stillness which will both reduce your visual impact on the dog whilst giving you time for the dog's owner to retrieve the dog or the perceived threat to the dog potentially diminish.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Poorly Cat That Won't Eat? Try This...

Got a poorly cat that won't eat? Cats often won't eat if they cannot smell their food. A good tip is to heat up a portion of cat food (give canned meat as opposed to dry food as it has more of an aroma) in the microwave as this releases additional smells that may entice your cat to eat.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A Handy Interactive Chocolate Toxicity Tool For Dog Owners

Many of you may have heard about chocolate being toxic for dogs. Much advice has been written about how much chocolate can be safely given to our canine friends and the consensus appears to be that with chocolate (or more accurately the theobromine in chocolate) intake and toxicity has to take into consideration the following factors...
  • The amount of chocolate given.
  • The type of chocolate (some chocolate contains higher amounts of theobromine than others)
  • The size and weight of the dog
  • Potentially, the medical history of the dog.
I recently came across an interactive tool that I feel will be of interest to you in relation to the above information.

Dog Chocolate Toxicity Meter

It's very interesting, very informative and can be checked out here...Dog Chocolate Toxicity Meter

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Your Cat's Brain Is Faster Than An iPad!



I came across some very interesting information about the brain capacity of cats recently and it may surprise you!

Did you know that a cat's brain is faster than an iPad? According to research here a cat's brain has a storage capacity for data equal to a thousand times that of an iPad and the ability to process that data a million times more quickly!

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Did You Know This About Your Cat's Claws?

Ever noticed how a cat's claws are sharper on their front paws than on their rear ones?

This is because a cat has the ability to retract the claws on their front paws and not their rear ones and this leads to their rear claws becoming more worn than their front claws.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

How Well Can A Dog Hear? 5 Amazing Facts

Ever sat at home and your dog's ears have sprung to attention?

Most dog owners know that our canine friends have a great sense of hearing but did you know the 5 pieces of dog hearing related trivia below?
  •  A dog's ability to move their ears in different directions, and independently of one another,  means that they can very often locate the exact source of a sound.
  • Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 1/600th of a second.
  • Dogs can hear sounds at around four times the distance that a human can.
  • Dogs cannot hear high-pitched sounds as well as cats can.
  • Dogs have the ability to filter out certain sounds. This may well explain why your dog can sleep whilst the TV or radio is on in the background but is on full alert when their food bowl is filled in another room or you've opened the cupboard to take out the lead for a walk!
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

"Woof Woof" Translated Into 12 Different Languages!

As many of my regular readers will know, aside from posting health tips and facts for cat and dog owners and pet professionals, I am always on the lookout to bring an unusual twist or two to keep you all engaged, and in keeping with this, I am today going for the cosmopolitan angle ;-)

I was thinking recently about the term 'woof woof' and, as I do, thought to myself "How do dogs say that in different languages?"

Below is the doggie phrase "woof woof" translated for you into 12 different languages.
  1. Dutch:Blaf  blaf
  2. French: Ouah ouah
  3. German: Wuff wuff
  4. Greek: Ghav ghav
  5. Hindi: Bow bow
  6. Icelandic: Voff voff
  7. Italian: Bau bau
  8. Japanese: Wan wan
  9. Korean: Meong meong
  10. Mandarin: Wang wang
  11. Russian: Gav gav
  12. Spanish: Guau guau
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

This Dog Tale Should Move You.....Please Share

A friend shared this on Facebook today and I thought I would share it with you..

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
"How much?" asked the little boy...
"No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."
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5 Brilliant Cat Quotes That May Make A Cat Lover Smile...

As a voracious researcher of the canine and feline world, now and again I stumble across a quote
that makes me smile at its ingenuity or comedic value.

Below are 5 quotes that I felt were very worthy of a share as I believe they fall into the above category.....

"A cat can purr its way out of anything" Donna McCrohan (Author)

"The real measure of a day's heat is the length of a sleeping cat" Charles J.Brady

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments - but I never heard of one that suffered from insomnia" Joseph Wood Krutch 

"Cats are smarter than dogs, you cannot get eight cats to pull a sled through the snow" Jeff Valdez

"Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place" Paul Gray

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Why Not Try This Dog Intelligence Test?

Here's an interesting little test that I discovered on my internet travels. It's an IQ test for dogs and I thought it was worthy of a share to my dog-owning readers.

If you do decide to get your canine friend to take the test, please remember that many factors come into play with dogs taking tests like these, such as:
  • Tiredness
  • Hunger
  • Food motivation
  • Age/experience
That said, if you're looking for an interesting test that looks fun to try, and are curious to see what your dog can score, then please click here.....Dog IQ Test

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

5 Proverbs That Capture The Character Of Cats!

There is much written about cats and their ways, feline fans may well recognise a characteristic or two in the proverbs below....

"When rats infest the palace, a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse" Chinese proverb

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats" English proverb

"Cats are at home everywhere where one feeds them" German proverb

"An old cat will not learn how to dance" Moroccan proverb

"After dark, all cats are leopards" Native American proverb

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Friday, 4 March 2016

This Could Save Your Pet's Life! Please Read And Share...

Imagine yourself in an emergency situation and your dog is left at home when you nip out. I'm not given to being pessimistic or morbid but I felt it important to raise this issue to avoid potential drama or heartbreak for my dog (or cat) owning readers.

Today I want to talk about a simple but effective way to avoid a potentially dangerous situation for a pet that is left at home and relying on your return.

PET CARE EMERGENCY CARDS




If you are ever involved in an accident or get sick or injured and are unable to return home to care for your pet, carrying one of these cards that fit neatly in your purse or wallet (size of a credit card) and costs less than the cost of a cup of coffee could potentially prove to be the be a lifesaver for any pets that are reliant on you.

The top image shows the front of the card which highlights that you have pets at home and to call the person named on the reverse of the card.

The lower image shows the reverse side with your nominated contact's details.

A good suggestion is for both partners in a couple, or each family member to carry a card and always have it on their person.

If the nominated contact is not an immediate family member with a key or knowledge of your pets, a good suggestion would be to allow this access and information before listing them as a contact.

I am currently offering these excellent cards at a very low price, and the postage of just 0.99 remains the same for quantities of up to 3 cards.

If you are interested in this low-cost way of helping to safeguard your pet should the unexpected occur then please find the Buy Now button below and it would be very much appreciated if you would SHARE this post on your social networks.

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

5 Weird Dog Websites That You Know You Want To Visit!

Following on from my '5 Weird Cat Websites' post I thought it may be fair to level the score with my dog readership.

If, like me, you love our canine friends and you don't mind spending a little time that 'you'll never get back' and are curious to know how weird us dog people can really get then feel free to visit the sites in my list below.....
  • Dog Screen Cleaner This kind of site has always 'got me', totally pointless, totally addictive and if you're as dog crazy (or plain crazy) as me....you may just like it!
  • Pet The Dog Talking of pointless....this site has to be seen to be believed! Think retro Space Invaders but without the agenda of actually reaching a goal and you'll be about there. I didn't 'get it' at all but have been back to this site a few times...maybe it's not just the site that's crazy!
  • Rainbow Dog The fact that this website has a timer on the bottom right that reads 'You have endured 0:(add time as you endure) of 'utter hell' should be enough to tell you how utterly nuts this site is! One of my favourites when it comes to crazy pet sites....turn the sound up, watch Rainbow Dog and expect to be considered a complete fruitcake if caught on this page....
  • Omfgdogs.Com If you thought Rainbow Dog was pointless and life-stealing....get yourself over to this site. Animated technicolour dogs running across the screen to the sound of a retro 8-bit cheesy tune will send the craziest dog lover straight to procrastinator's heaven.
  • DoesTheDogDie.Com I don't know whether to give this site kudos for checking out the content of nearly three and a half thousand movies to let you know the fate of our four-legged friends...or award it the title of a crazy website. Check it out, it's not something that you may have expected a human to dedicate so much of their time to, but it is a bit different and well worth a visit.
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Don't Overlook THIS With A Cat That Is Pregnant..

We all love kittens and I know that it is tempting to want to be involved with a cat that is pregnant. To be a part of the birth of a cat's cute bundles of fun, it's natural right?

Actually no, it's not and here's why....

Cats have been giving birth to kittens for thousands of years before domestication.

It is tempting and perhaps natural to many, to want to keep an eye on the mother cat but the truth is that the mother feline doesn't want or need us at the birth of her kittens.Too much intrusion into her privacy can disturb her to the point that, post-birth, she moves her kittens to a more private location and in a few sad cases there are reports of mother cats being so disturbed by unwanted attention at this critical bonding time that they have eaten their kittens.

You may have noticed that mother cat has chosen somewhere quiet and out of the way to birth and this is pretty normal.

Kittens are so very cute and it is easy to fall into the trap that you are just 'paying homage' to mother cat by 'keeping an eye on her'. She needs a little less fuss than you think and to know this is to give mum and kittens exactly what they need. Privacy, access to food and water, toilet facilities and an occasional quick overview are sufficient to meet a new mother cat's needs for the first few days. Then you can gently increase interaction whilst checking for signs of the mother cat's acceptance of your increased activity.

Please be aware of your cats need for privacy at this critical time and enjoy your new furry friends!

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