Dogs Versus Cats – Which Makes the Best Pet?

For years a sometimes fierce – but mostly fun – and vocal debate between dog and cat lovers has ensued over which pet is best. Of course, many pet lovers have both animals in their household or at times have owned one or the other, but like many stereotypes there is an element of truth to determining the difference between a ‘cat’ person and a ‘dog’ person.

Dog lovers will say that dogs are interactive and fun whereas cats are passive at best and totally indifferent at worst. ‘What is the fun in stroking a cat that purrs and dribbles on your knee?’ say dog lovers, ‘when you could be out in the great outdoors having fun with your pet.’ ‘You can’t train a cat,’ says the canine lover, ‘so therefore it must possess less intelligence than my clever pooch.’ ‘Felines also don’t love mankind in that way that the loyal and grateful hound does’ is another argument of the ardent dog lovers.

However, those devoted to cats will say that canines are high-maintenance creatures whereas felines are highly independent and therefore require little owner care and attention. A cat will take a cursory glance out of the window when the weather is atrocious and decide to curl up into a ball until it is more pleasant for an outing. No such luck for dog lovers as their faithful hound will always demand a walk, whatever the conditions outside! Additionally, dogs are only loyal and obedient because they know their place in the pack and that love would be easily transferred to another owner or leader of the pack, according to the cat devotee.

The debate rages on and many points could be considered moot by both sides. Most are made only in jest and the most important consideration as to which pet is best would actually be determined by the personality and lifestyle of the owner. People who are rarely at home would have problems keeping a dog happy, whereas they could easily care for cats. On the other hand those at home alone may love to have a dog to keep them company and also be in a position to be able to adequately look after their pet.

However, one thing on which responsible dog and cat lovers both agree is that they are passionate about the care of pets. Many will obtain a pet insurance quote when taking a puppy or kitten into their household and subsequently take out a pet protection policy. They know that their ‘little baby’ will immediately become one of the family and therefore want the same access to healthcare for their pet as they would expect for their children.

The cat versus dog debate will continue forever, but not open to debate is to treat a pet with care and love, whether they are moggie or pooch!

Pet Names – Cool Names For Your Dog, Cat, Hamster Or Other Pet

So you’ve adopted or purchased a new pet — a dog, cat, hamster, fish, snake, parakeet or maybe a hermit crab. What’s next? Of course you’ll need to provide a good home — cage, aquarium, etc., and all the necessary supplies. But there’s still something missing — your pet will need a good name.

Maybe you’re drawing a blank when it comes to naming ideas. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible names. Hopefully this article will give you some ideas if you’re stuck, and give you a little direction if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

What color or colors is your pet? Many people like to name their pet based on coloring.

Names for a black pet — Midnight, Blackie, Jet, Inky, Shadow, Ebony, Pepper, Charcoal or Char

Is your pet white? Here are some possibilities — Snowy, Snowflake, Snowball, Frosty, Ice, Sugar, Winter, Ivory

Is your pet brown? Here are some suggestions — Brownie, Eartha, Clay, Coffee, Java, Sienna, Bear, Cub

Is your pet multi–colored? Try these — Patches, Freckles, Autumn, Calico or Callie, Confetti

Another factor to consider when trying to come up with a name is your pet’s personality or behavior. Here are some suggestions:

The pet that likes to jump — Cricket, Grasshopper, Hopper, Kanga or Roo

The aggressive or Alpha animal — Bandit, Bandito, Sergeant, Chief, Cleopatra or Cleo, Blanche, Queen or Queenie, King, Prince, Princess

Dog names taken from the entertainment field:

Benji — the title character of a series of movies.

Lassie — the title character of a television series and movies.

Astro — the family dog in the television show – the Jetsons.

Tramp — the lead male dog character in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” movie.

Lady — the lead female dog character in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” movie.

Snoopy — the dog character in the “Peanuts” comics and movies.

Pluto — famous “Walt Disney” dog.

Goofy — famous “Walt Disney” dog.

Dynomutt — a cartoon superhero dog.

Bruno — the dog character in the Disney movie – “Cinderella.”

Cat names taken from the entertainment field:

Felix — the title character of comic strips and films.

Garfield — the title character of comic strips, television and movies.

Simba — the main lion character in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.

Mufasa — Simba’s Father in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.

Sarabi — Simba’s Mother in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.

Scar — the villainous lion in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.

Tom — The cat in the “Tom and Jerry” cartoons and comics.

Sylvester — The cat in the “Sylvester and Tweety” cartoons.

Tigger — The tiger character in the “Winnie the Pooh” books and movies.

Rodent, Hamster or Mouse names taken from the entertainment field:

Fievel — the lead mouse character in Disney’s “American Tail” movies.

Bernard — A major mouse character in Disney’s “The Rescuers.”

Mickey — Disney’s comic and movie star male mouse.

Minnie — Disney’s comic and movie star female mouse.

Jerry — The mouse character in the “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.

Mighty Mouse — A mouse superhero in comics and film.

Remy — the lead mouse character in Disney’s “Ratatouille.”

Emile — Remy’s brother from the Disney “Ratatouille” movie.

Django — Remy’s Father from the Disney “Ratatouille” movie

Roddy — the lead mouse character in the movie “Flushed Away.”

Sid — the sewer rat character in the movie “Flushed Away. “

Rita — the scavenger rat in the movie “Flushed Away. “

I know that I haven’t covered all types of pets that people have, but hopefully I’ve given you at least a little inspiration in your journey for the perfect pet name.

How to Treat and Remove Matted Fur Clumps From Your Cat or Dog

Matted fur – it happens to most dogs or cats occasionally. When you notice matted fur on your dog or cat, it’s very important to remove the matted fur as soon as possible. Not only is it ugly, but it can become very uncomfortable for your pet causing him to pinch and pull at it. Of course, this can just make matters worse.

So, what causes matts and how do you treat matted fur?

There are several things which can cause matting, but the most common cause is lack of grooming. If you haven’t brushed your cat or dong for a while, shame on you. Your pet can’t do it himself. He’s totally dependent on you to take care of him. If you can’t do it regularly, please take your pet to a groomer regularly.

Fleas can also cause matting. They can create a tangled mess in your pets fur. Check and treat your pet for fleas regularly.

Some cats and dogs have 2 coats of fur which shed and need to be brushed out. This is a natural process and it is important to brush out the undercoat when your pet is shedding.

So how do you de-matt your pet’s fur? Well, let’s get this one out of the way first. You can always have your pet shaved and let him start all over. Sometimes it’s the best thing. In the right weather, a fresh shave feels great to your pet. It might scare you at first glance, but it always grows back. However, many people are shocked at the thought of shaving their little beauty, so here’s how you can take care of matted hair on your own.

The most important thing to remember when de-matting your pet is this: be patient. Bathing your pet before trying to remove the matts can often make the matts worse. Removing matts from your cat or dog is usually not a quick process, so be patient. My youngest yorkie matted up over the course of 2 weeks one time because I slacked on grooming, and it took me 3 weeks to remove the matts.

Here are the tools you’ll need to remove matts from your dog or cat:

* A steel comb

* A slicker brush

* A matt splitter

First, let your pet get into a comfortable position… on your lap, on the floor, on the sofa, or wherever he can get comfortable. You don’t want to wrestle your pet during this. If your pet is matted in several places, start de-matting in the places where your pet is most comfortable lying down. In other words, let your pet get comfortable, then work with the places which have easiest access. Also, do your best to control the cat or dog’s head. Control the head… control the pet.

Next begin to work on the matts with the steel comb. Be sure to brush with the grain of the fur. Don’t pull so hard that it hurts your dog. Just for an experiment, grab a small piece of hair on the back of your own head. Pull down, then pull up. Which one hurt more? Up, right? Keep that in mind when you’re brushing your pet. Use the steel comb to slowly break up the clumps.

Try to pull the matted clumps apart into small sections with your hands. The matts are easier to remove if they are smaller, and this will cut down on the amount of fur your pet loses. You may need to carefully cut into the matt with scissors to divide it up. Obviously, don’t get too close to the skin. A cut pet is an unhappy pet. An unhappy pet is more difficult to groom.

As the matts begin to break up, use the slicker brush to remove the tangles. Start at the end of the fur and work your way closer to the skin as the matts loosen up. If you try to start at the base of the fur, next to the skin, you’ll just end up compressing the matts even tighter.

If your pet is going to require numerous grooming sessions to remove the matts, that’s ok. The end results will be rewarding for both you and your pet. Take your time. Be patient. help your dog or cat to remain calm and comfortable. If you’re sitting down to watch TV or a movie, that would be a great time to work on the matts.

After all the matts are removed, plan on regular grooming times for your cat or dog. Keep the comb or brush in a noticeable spot to remind you about maintaining your pet’s fur. It much easier to brush your pet a few minutes each day than it is to spend hours fighting to remove matted fur.

Good luck!

Pet Insurance for Dogs and Cats

Pet Insurance for Dogs and Cats

Is it Worth the Money?

Trying to decide if you should invest in a pet insurance policy for your “friend”? Here are some commonly asked questions and statistics, which will hopefully help you, make up your mind.

Why should I get Pet Insurance?

Vet fees are steadily increasing every year due to the increased cost of running a clinic. If your “friend” gets sick, vets can now offer treatments that were not even considered just a few years ago, such as radiation therapy to kidney transplants, etc., but at very high prices. Costs even for common illnesses can be quite steep. See approximate costs below:

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $4900
  • Ingestion of foreign body $4300
  • Cancer treatments $3600
  • Bladder infection $2750
  • Hip dysplasia $2400
  • Fractured leg $2500
  • Pneumonia $1900
  • Diabetes $1750

Pet insurance could help mitigate a lot of these fees, and it usually only costsabout $1 a day.

Why do I need Pet Insurance if I have an indoor pet?

Indoor pets don’t always stay indoors, and when they do get outside, they are more at risk to get injured since they are not use to this environment. Indoor pets are also just as likely to ingest objects and get infections or cancer.

The decision to get Pet Insurance basically boils down to determining if you will have the money set aside to cure your pet, if your “friend” does get seriously hurt or ill. Everyone has great intentions to set $x away each month in case of an emergency, but if I had to guess, only about 5% actually succeed. It would be absolutely awful, to have to say goodbye to your “friend” just because you didn’t have the money set aside to cover the vet fees.

Questions to ask, when researching a Pet Insurance program:

If you decide Pet Insurance may be an option, consider these questions when researching your options:

  • Does your Vet have to be part of the network?
  • Are there deductibles?
  • Discounts available for multiple pets?
  • Are hereditary conditions covered?
  • What is Covered under the Policy (ie: Illnesses, Accidents, Routine Care, etc)?
  • Are there lifetime limits?
  • How to submit a claim?

Research all of your options. Click around on various websites that offer Pet Insurance, and at a minimum ask the questions above. Unfortunately all of the plans are structured differently, and have different options available. Take your time to ensure you are getting the best plan for you and your “friend.”

Dogs, Cats and Asthma – Do Pets Cause or Trigger Asthma?

It is firstly important to be aware of the difference between a cause and a trigger. You may have heard that dogs and cats can cause asthma. But this is not really correct. Pets are not the CAUSE of asthma, but they are certainly a common TRIGGER.

Unfortunately for all animal lovers with asthma, pets can and do trigger asthmatic symptoms. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the animal or pet hair that is the trigger, rather animal dander or dead flaking skin. Animal dander is easily airborne and being microscopic in size, it is impossible to see. It sticks to everything so if you have animals, your carpets, rugs, curtains, even your bedding and sofas are probably full of animal dander.

However this doesn’t mean its curtains for Benji or Felix. There are a number of things that you can do in order to prevent animal dander triggering your asthma or somebody you love. Regularly cleaning is paramount to reduce the amount of dander present within your home. That includes vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum, steam cleaning and washing of all fibrous type materials which harbors animal dander. Use an air filter to filter airborne contaminants. Wash your pets regularly too, to keep dander levels at a minimum. Also, it’s probably not a good idea for the asthma sufferer to sleep with pets whilst ever symptoms are present.

Living with pets doesn’t automatically mean bad respiratory health for asthmatics. It is important to know the facts and know what can be done to reduce or eliminate the possible asthma attack triggers.

Dogs and Cats – Friends or Enemies

There is a running misconception about dogs and cats as being mortal enemies to each other. This has become a very popular notion especially because nowadays you can watch on television cartoons where a cat is always being chased by a dog.

What people probably do not know is that dogs and cats share similar characteristic traits where both of them are considered among the predator group of animals. This means that they are preying animals or looking to catch an inferior animal for food. By nature a dog or a cat get very much excited once they sense strange or sudden movements around them. This is the reason why some cats are wont to leap at any moving object, for instance a moving curtain that is being blown by the wind. They get excited by flying objects and swift moving tiny animals like rats which have become their favorite target for food.

Dogs, on the other hand have the preying instinct to catch animals that are smaller in size than themselves, also termed as the prey drive. So then people should always watch out and be careful even if their pet dogs are considered tame because their prey drive is just dormant.

In the meantime, kittens get their training in catching prey when they play around with moving objects, even chase their very own tail. When they grow older, their animal instinct takes over.

Meanwhile dogs are motivated to start a chase when cats disturb the dog’s peace. It would be very wise for the owners to protect these animals from hurting each other by practically putting them away from one another like separate areas in the house.

Nevertheless if you plan to have both the pet dog and pet cat together inside the house and at the same time expect them to coexist peacefully then you better do some good dog training for your pet. There are many ways to train a dog and perhaps the first thing that it has to learn is to get acquainted with a future friend in the house which is the cat.

You shouldn’t forget though that the animal instinct in the dog or the cat may come to play when any of these pets detect each others presence. A fight will of course ensue and expectedly a chase between the two pets will surely follow. There will be chaos all over the house because of this and the peace that you long for is abruptly shattered.

Therefore you better start the training of your pet dog before any untoward disaster occurs in your house. The next step in training the pet dog is to make it familiarize itself with the presence of another predator inside the house. You should be able to show appreciation for the dog’s behavior as it get used to having the cat around. You may give the dog a pat or a treat whenever it is able to ignore the taunting of the cat.

A single cat should never be mingled or brought together in the company of two or more dogs. Remember that there is always the danger that any of the dogs might want to play catch a prey with the cat. Distancing the dog and cat from one another should be brought to mind particularly during feeding time. Their animal instinct is for survival so they really get harsh when their food is being eyed by another animal.

The leave it command should be obeyed by the dog at all times especially when its preying instinct is triggered. You should treat both animals equally with kindness and reward them with their good behavior.

On the part of the owner, patience is required because of the limited means of communication with the pets. Instruction is usually made through body language and done over and over until the dog learns. The prize is worth your while anyways because you will attain a peaceful and harmonious coexistence with your pet dog and cat.

History of Domestic Pets

Pets have been around since the beginning of time. Cats are among the first to be domesticated. They were thought to be domesticated from the African wild cat. The cat is a predator and very intelligent. They supposedly hunt over 1,000 species. Cats have been domestic pets since Ancient Egypt times. They were around in circa 4000 b.c. and their job was keeping mice and rats away. Although this was what they were initially kept for, cats are trainable and obey simple commands, so after a while they became a companion.

The dog was domesticated from Wolves as recent as 15,000 years ago or possibly as early as 100,000 years ago. Domestication is the way we as humans biologically altered a mammal to live in our company. The dog was thought to have been from East Asia. The early settlers brought domestic dogs over to North America with them. The first were the Chow, Shar Pei, Akita Inu, Shiba Inu and the Basenji. These breeds are associated with China, which seems to be behind the theory of domestic dogs originating in East Asia. Dogs are very social animals, which is probably why we brought them into our households. They are trainable, playful and lovable. Most dogs are “pack” oriented. They treat the human owner as one of their pack or as their pack leader as they would another dog. Dogs were initially used for work and protection and then in time became more like a part of the family.

There is really only a small number of animals we would actually consider pets. The first were dogs, cats and birds. Pets have over the years been known for several things. Even though we do not know the exact original origin of domesticated animals, we do know the reasons for humans need for them. The reasons people have these domestic animals are far and wide. Health is huge one. Studies say that people live longer healthier lives when they have a pet as a companion. Loneliness is another one. Pets are affectionate loving creatures that cure loneliness for many people. Dogs especially have taken an amazing role in leading the blind. Dogs are trained to protect and lead a blind person in everyday life.

Regardless of your reason for owning a pet, it is clear that pets serve a distinct function in human day-to-day life. It is also clear that pets are here to stay whether you are a dog lover, a cat lover or use pets for other recreational events such as equestrian activities or hunting we know that you love and care for your pets.

Why Do People Feel Compelled to Get Pets?

Why do people feel compelled to get pets? Is it for affection? Or, protection? Or, even just for a devoted friend? These all are good questions and the answer is all of the above. Let me explain.

Why do people feel compelled to get pets? Pets give us a sense of taking care of something. Animals that we have today are mostly dogs, cats, birds and fish.

Let’s start with the most loyal and caring. The good ol’ dog. Is there any other animal on the face of this earth that is more loyal and loves as unconditionally as a dog? I’m going to go out on a limb and say “NO”. Dogs are pretty much where it all started. The companionship of the ordinary dog is unsurpassed. When you get home from work, who’s right there at the door waiting for you wagging their tail and jumping around like child at play. A dog makes us feel like we’re not alone. As well as any other pet but, a dog sleeps with you, sits on the couch with you, watches tv with you and maybe even laugh with you. In its own way, of course. We talk to them like a baby because we know that without us, they could never survive on there own or get the love and attention that we give them. Therefore, we love and take care of them and keep them from harm.

Now, the cat. A lot of people don’t like cats. Whether it be allergies or the fact that they shed. Whatever the case may be, they’re not quite as popular as the dog but, still offer the same companionship and love. When it comes to cleanliness and affection, a cat will do just fine. A cat can be very independent and can make it on its own very nicely. But, why would we want to do that and give up that companionship? That’s just it, we wouldn’t. They say there is nothing like the calming sound of a cat purring which, I completely agree. Lying on the couch with a cat laying on your chest purring is a very calming and wonderful way to wind down at the end of your day. Cats are a natural stress reliever. If you don’t get one that attacks you out of the blue. Which they will do, we all know that. Cats are their own person and pretty much do what they want to do until it comes time for dinner. But, we still love cats for the companionship and love.

All other animals are for the same reasons. Just like the cat, fish can be very calming and soothing watching them swim around with their beautiful colors and wide variety. Who doesn’t love to watch fish swimming and enjoy feeding them. Whether it be in a tank or in a fish pond. People have Beta fish on there desks at work, why? Yes, they are stress relievers and just swim around in their bowl. We all have different reasons for wanting different animals but, the truth is, we mostly do it for companionship and a feeling of not being alone.

Why do people feel so compelled to get pets? Now I think we have a better understanding of why. That’s why we buy them beds, toys, special collars and leashes because we care for them and it makes us feel good about ourselves and our pets. We treat them like our own children because we love them almost or just as much. We all know that animals don’t live as long as we would like but, why rob yourself of that love and companionship in the years that they are alive. We believe in animals and how they make our lives just that much happier when we’ve had a bad day. We love our animals and always will.

Desktop Pet – Good Alternatives For a Dog Or Cat

Pets are fun and they have been proven to reduce stress. Some people, due to their living situation, are unable to own pets like dogs and cats. However, there are some pets that will fit on a table to even your desk at work.

Desktop pets are a great idea to add scenery to your desk or your small apartment. Believe it or not, there are many pets that fit in a small tank or habitat. These pets typically require little care, and are fun to watch.

Before you consider a pet at work, make sure it is allowed. Some places may have rules in place preventing any pets. Also, make sure that your co-workers will not be nervous having your chosen pet around. You do not want to cause tension at work. Your goal is to make a positive impact with your tiny pet.

As you might have guessed, a fish is one of the most popular desktop pets. Some fish can fit in a tiny vase or glass. Ask someone at the pet store how much space the fish needs to swim around. You want to make sure that your fish will be happy and safe in the environment you provide. Beta fish or goldfish are both colorful and easy to care for. They are not pricey and typically do well in smaller fish tanks or other containers.

Another fun option is a frog. Many companies sell baby frogs, or tadpoles, that will change into a frog. The tadpole often comes with its own habitat and food. You may be able to find these at pet stores, too.

Hermit crabs are a fun way to bring the beach to your desktop! These pets are cute, cheap, and easy to care for. You can purchase a fun, painted shell for your crab and change it out as they grow. They live in a fairly small box that will take up a small amount of space.

If you are feeling adventurous, a tarantula is another example of desktop pets. You may scare off some friends and family with this choice, however. Before you bring home such an eccentric pet, do your research. Make sure your furry guy is in a container that will stay closed and that you know how to care for him.

Hamsters, mice, and rats are great small pets, although if you plan to keep several of them, you will need a larger space. Again, make sure that you have a good, secure habitat for them, as rodents can be escape artists!

As you can see, no matter what your space limitations, you can have a pet. Desktop pets are a great choice for those who live in apartments or who want a pet at work. Just make sure that you know how to take care of them and that you are ready for the commitment.

So Many Pets, How Do I Choose?

Almost from the beginning of mankind people have had the urge to have animals for companionship. There is just something about pets that brings a sense of joy and even stability into our daily lives. Almost everyone has had a pet at some point in their lives. While most people have conventional pets such as dogs, cats, birds and fish other people enjoy more unconventional pets, such as flying squirrels, hedge hogs and even tarantulas. With so many different pets available for adoption many people wonder how to go about choosing the right pet for them. Here are some tips that may help you choose the best pet for you and your lifestyle.

How Much Time Do You Have To Devote To A Pet?

The first thing you need to decide is how much time you have available to devote to a pet. Some pets require a lot of time and human interaction while other pets such as fish, really need no human interaction at all. The amount of time you have and are willing to devote to a pet makes a huge difference in the type of pet you decide to adopt.

When Do I Have Time To Devote To A Pet?

Some pets are strictly nocturnal. Meaning that in order to get the full benefit of their companionship you have to be up and active all through the night. Nocturnal pets are great for people who usually work an afternoon job and then are used to staying up into the wee hours of the morning. If you a person who works a morning job, gets home at 5 and is in bed by 11 then a nocturnal pet is not the best bet for you. Choosing an animal that is more active during the day will make you a better companion.

Where You Live Will Make A Difference

Where you live will also make a difference in the kind of pet that will be right for you. If you live in a small apartment, even one that allows pets, then you aren’t going to want an animal that takes up too much space or needs a large yard to play in several times a day.people that live in apartments often find that animals who make their home in cage such as a bird, a guinea pig or a hamster is a better pet than the more traditional dog or cat. While both dogs and cats can do well in apartments, you will need to take extra precautions and especially when it comes to dogs, you need to know more about it’s size and exercise requirements.

Do Some Research

The best way to determine which pet is right for you is to spend some time learning about the types of pets you are interested in. Know what they eat, what their grooming requirements are and how much of your time they need to be healthy and happy. Choosing a pet that fits into your lifestyle will make you and your pet both happier.