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From 2001 to 2005, the average homeowner saw the value of his or her house jump by more than 50 percent.
Birds love cats….Cats don’t feel the same way. Don’t worry, kitties. I’m not a fan of birds either
I love cat and dogs equally. I have both, and I’ve always had both. I love the energy and enthusiastic, unconditional love you get from dogs, and I love the quiet companionship you get with cats (also, they are more low maintenance). Personality wise, I’d say I’m more of a “cat person”. I’m more laid back, introverted, and, yes, lazy. People that are NOT “cat people” usually claim it’s because cats don’t love you as much as dogs do. Some even claim that cats are evil, and only stick around for the free food. To that, I say BAH. Cats do love you. They just prefer to show it in ways that don’t include jumping on you and drooling all over your face. Check out this post by Danish Azizi at The Dog Breed to find out how your cat says “I Love You”:
-Scratching- it’s annoying, but cats only use scratching posts (or furniture to scratch on) if they are happy with where they live.
-Purring- the main way that cats proclaim love and affection.
-Sleeping- it’s a huge sign of trust and love if a cat sleeps in your lap, or on your bed.
-Licking- kitty kisses are considered rare, but it’s basically a cat trying to “groom” you. If a cat is licking you, she views you as part of her family.
The winter months can be brutal- particularly on animals- and even more so on outdoor animals. Before I go further, I need to say this: if you have outdoor animals, PLEASE bring them in if the weather is below freezing. Fur can only do so much. Set up a warm space for them in your garage, or other area where they will be out of the way but safe. For tips on how to keep your dogs warm and healthy in the cold, read this post by Jason Carr at the Pet Health Network:
-Talk to your vet about cold weather protection against certain health conditions
-Know your dog’s cold tolerance- certain dog breeds are better equipped to deal with the cold. Huskies are going to flourish much better in the cold than a tiny chihuahua.
-Take shorter walks, always check the bottoms of paws for cracks.
-Beware of poison- antifreeze is absolutely deadly- keep it out of your dog’s reach! Beware of road salt and rat poison as well.
PS- LOOK at those puppies! Have you ever seen anything cuter?!
Just say no.
Ask anyone, and they will tell you that the worst part about owning a car is the litter box. It’s a double edged sword: sure, you don’t have to let your cat out six times a day (like you do with dogs), and that’s great for lazy people like me. But, they can stink up your house very, very, quickly. And, let’s be honest, having a box of clay pellets and cat poop in your home is just not attractive. However, this post by Tess Wilson at Apartment Therapy has that last part covered! It’s a nice slideshow of several, clever ways to disguise an icky litter box:
-Cabinet underneath an end table
-Wine crate into litter box
-Use curtains to hide the box and block the smell
-Potted plant with litter box underneath
Naming a pet can be almost as difficult as naming a child. When I first got my cat at age 10, we debated on her name for over a year. She went from “Precious,” to “Princess,” to “Stormy,” to “Phoebe.” Phoebe is her official name (I guess?) but my mom was the only one who ever called her that, and not for very long. Nothing really seemed to stick. Now, she is just “Kitty”. Creative, I know. My Pomeranian-Chihuahua went from Queso to Nacho to Cookie to Cocoa (she was destined to have a food name). I’m also a huge fan of giving animals “people” names- like Jessica, Kevin, Samantha, Charles. I think it’s really cute. But, despite the struggles of naming anything, there are just some things that you don’t call a pet. No one would ever name their fur baby “Lucifer” or “Voldemort”- would they? Well, you’d be surprised! If you have an evil kitty (or puppy), you may want to check out this post by Danielle Sullivan at Babble for the scariest pet names that have been recorded:
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