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    May 6, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cat Paw = Teddy Bear!

    Photo from Distractify 

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    May 1, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Cats Are Still Jerks

    I especially enjoyed the epic pirate music.

    PS, as a bonus, here is my favorite “cat knocking thing over” video of all time:

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    April 20, 2015
    Common Pet Health Mistakes

    Owning a pet doesn’t sound like a difficult job on the surface. You keep them fed, pick up their poop, and maybe play with them/ help them get some exercise every once in a while. In return, they give you their unconditional love and affection. Or, if you have cats, they give you reproachful glares. Just kidding. I love cats. Anyway, being a pet owner can be much more complicated than feed, walk, play. What happens when the pet has behavioral issues, or health issues? How can you prevent them, and keep your pet happy and healthy? Check out this post by Orange Donkey for the most common mistakes that pet owners make:

    -Letting your dog walk you- obedience training is necessary and will help avoid injury for both you and your dog.

    -Not checking for ticks- carefully remove any you find with tweezers

    -Keeping the food bowl constantly full- this will cause your pet to overeat, which can lead to a host of other problems.

    -Forcing cats to be vegetarians- cats are meat eaters, plain and simple.

    -Providing too little exercise- be sure to walk with your dog for at least a half-hour each day.

    Photo Credit: Pete 

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    April 1, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Junk In The Trunk

    Photo from Dump a Day

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    March 13, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How I Feel About Birds

    Birds love cats….Cats don’t feel the same way. Don’t worry, kitties. I’m not a fan of birds either :P

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    March 3, 2015
    Does Your Cat Really Love You?

    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.

    Photo Credit: Jackie 

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    February 25, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Literal Cat Tree

    Photo from Ayuda Felina 

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    February 24, 2015
    Cold Weather Care

    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.

    Photo Credit: normanack 

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    February 6, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: The Chillest Cat In The World

    PS- LOOK at those puppies! Have you ever seen anything cuter?!

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    January 28, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Human, I Require Your Assistance

    Photo from Imgur

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