Saturday, 27 May 2017

Calculate Your Cat's Stress Levels With This Free Online Tool!


Many owners will know that cats can be easily stressed and external factors such as moving house, change of diet and routine etc. can have a dramatic effect on our feline friends.

Recently I read an article that linked stress to Feline Idiopathic Cystitis  (that's the technical name for a lower urinary tract disorder) which in itself highlights the need to ensure our feline friends maintain a calm equilibrium.

I have written previously about how we can help our cats, by offering a regular routine and giving them the resources to fulfil their daily needs but even with these practical needs met a stressful environment will undo these measures.

Cats that are stressed are likely to withdraw, reduce their food intake and are known to be more likely to run away.

I recently came across a nifty FREE resource that may help owners ascertain whether their cats may be feeling stressed and invite you to try out the Feline Stress Calculator here

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Some Interesting Cat And Dog Related Phrases And Words That You May Not Know


My regular readers will know that I am always on the lookout for strange and interesting cat and dog related 'stuff' to share and this weeks offering is a collection of a few of the more interesting words and phrases that I have stumbled across over the years relating to our canine and feline friends.

Cats

Cumlin

A cumlin is a word derived from comeling and is used to describe cats that comfortably and suddenly attach themselves to new owners, commonly to secure a sneaky second feed supply or when they consider a better deal is available!

Cuttycrumbing

This term is an old Scottish term that is used to describe the sound of a purring cat.

Granons

This is a word used by some in the 17th century and means the whiskers of a cat..

Tabby 

Although most cat lovers are familiar with the term "tabby" to describe a domestic cat with a striped or mottled coat, what many may not know is that the term was coined by European traders in relation to the silks created by weavers in Baghdad, Iraq that were inspired by the varied colours and markings of cats.

To get one's back up

Whenever someone gets your 'back up', that phrase used to describe when we are angered or annoyed by someone or something you may be surprised to learn that the phrase relates to cats. When our feline friends make themselves big by arching their backs they are literally getting their backs up in relation to a threat or confrontation and this is how the term originally came about.


Dogs

Haingle

This is another old Scottish word that was used as a nickname in the early 19th century to describe a dog that was greedy or lazy.

Grumble

A grumble is a collective name used to describe a group of pugs.

Dog eat dog

This term was originally derived from an old latin proverb Canin caninam non est which actually translates as dog will not eat dog. The term evolved in the 1930's to reflect a more selfish society in which a dog is now capable and more prone to eat another dog.

Hair of the dog

Now often described in relation to having another drink as an antidote to the aftermath of a heavy nights drinking, it may surprise you to know that the original phrase is actually dog-related.

It was considered at one time that it would aid recovery in the case of a rabid dog bite if you placed the hair of the dog that bit you upon the wound or drank a potion containing it!

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Although this is a commonly used term to describe a situation where things should be left alone what you may not know is that the origin of the term can be traced back to the Bible, Book of Proverbs (26:17).

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Dog Breeds That Bark The Most...And The Least

I was asked recently my opinion on which dog breeds bark the most and gave the answer that, in my experience, smaller breeds were the most likely to bark randomly.

It set me thinking that maybe my own experiences as a dog walker, trainer and behaviourist were just that...my own experiences and studies maybe showed that in the big canine picture most dogs were given to bark randomly at around the same level.

My research lead me to a book by Benjamin and Lynette Hart The Perfect Puppy: How To Choose Your Dog By It's Behaviour in which the authors had listed the dogs that were most and least likely to bark randomly without justification.

According to the book...

The least likely breeds to bark randomly were...
  • Akita
  • Bloodhound
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Newfoundland
  • Rottweiler
And the most likely breed to bark randomly...
  • Beagle
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Fox Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
I also noted that many of the bigger breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes and Malamutes ranked highly as least likely to bark randomly whilst the smaller breeds such as Chihuahua, Pekinese and small Poodle breeds were rated more likely to be 'random barkers'.

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Five Cat-Related Things That You May Not Know....

Curious about cats? Below is a short list of less well-known feline-related trivia....
  • Many cats love olives - this is because olives contain isoprenoids which are very similar to the active chemical in catnip that drives many cats wild. Although consuming olives doesn't tend to have a detrimental effect on our feline friends it should be noted that frequent consumption can cause stomach upset in some cats.
  • A small study has shown that female cats tend to be right-pawed and male cats tend to be left-pawed.
  • Think cats lack loyalty? In Montagnana, Italy, a cat by the name of Toldo visited his owner's grave every day for 12 months after he passed away!
  • Want to gauge your cat's mood? Check out the whiskers...if they're pulled back then it's likely that your cat is feeling irritated or annoyed and if they're pushed forward and relaxed your cat is likely to be feeling happy and content.
  • You may have known that the ancient Egyptians revered cats so highly that it was considered a capital offence to kill a cat, what is less known is that according to the historian Herodotus the Persians actually released cats onto a battlefield leading the Egyptians to surrender rather than risk killing a cat whilst in battle!
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Cat And Dog Owners Are THIS Inventive...

One of the best things about working on social media is that just when I think I've seen it all someone will post something that makes me smile or even laugh out loud.

Very often a meme or a picture of someone's cat or dog will bring a smile to my face but just lately there has been a new trend that has surfaced that by it's sheer inventiveness has left me almost applauding the creativity behind it.

Wacky Pet Names!

Gone are the days when owning a cat or dog meant naming it something conventional such as Smokey or Lassie. Many pets now have their own social media accounts and owners are pulling out the stops when it comes to cool and creative monikers for their pets.

In no particular order I thought I would share with you some of my favourite finds and If there was an award for sheer ingenuity then I think a few of these owners would be up for it!

Cats
  • Katy Purry
  • Isaac Mewton
  • Obi Wan Catnobi
  • Winston Purrchill
  • The Great Catsby
Dogs
  • Kanye Westie
  • Winnie The Poodle
  • Chew Barka
  • Jimmy Chew
  • Droolius Caesar
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