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How to Ensure your Pets Safety

How to Ensure your Pets Safety

Just as you would put some safety measures to safeguard your little ones, pets too need care. For instance, cats are often curious, and they portray signs of mischievousness, which means that some items must be kept away from to prevent hazards. Unlike other animals, which are able to handle toxins, once they are in their bodies, cats lack the liver enzymes, responsible for detoxification. How do you keep your feline friend from danger? To begin with, read the instructions on the pet products, before you buy. Some are meant for dogs or other related pets and should not be applied on cats. A good example is the line of products used in fighting ticks and fleas in dogs, since they contain permethrin, which is fatal to cats.


Keep away all the automotive products as well as the windshield washer. These products contain ethylene glycol, characterized by an inviting scent and a sweet taste both to children and pets. However, automotive products are known to cause deaths of nearly 10000 pets every year, after ingestion. In addition, gather all the human medicines and keep them locked in the medicine cabinet. Keep all other medicines safely intact. This way, the curious cat, will not reach them. Especially the human drugs, which are defined by sweet taste and scent, will easily lure the cat to ingesting them. The choice of houseplants you have, can also pose health threats to your lovely pet. Plants such as the Oliander, Yew and Azalea, can lead to an immediate death, if pets ingest them. Others can cause terminal damage, to the liver, kidney and even result to persistent respiratory problems. If you are not sure of the toxicity of the plants, consult a local environmental agency.


You should also keep rodenticides away from the cat. These baits contain lethal compounds, which can cause internal bleeding in the pet, if accidentally ingested. The chemicals also contain organophosphates, which can wreck the nervous system of your cat. Close the laundry rooms, linen closets and the like. These areas may be where you store cleaning agencies, some of which may contain toxic compound including those containing Ajax, Drano, and pine oil. Keep also garden products away from pets. While these chemicals eliminate pests in your garden, they are also poisonous to pets. Make sure there are no lying objects, around the house such as nails and screws, which the cat can swallow. If swallowed, they can lead to death, when they are trapped in the esophagus. You can ensure your cat's safety by, employing the above strategies. Cats are quite playful and have unmatched curiosity, if you do not take care, they will access the chemicals, which can lead to their loss. It is your responsibility to keep your home safe for pets, as you would apply gates at the top of a high stairwell, to protect your toddler.

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How to Clean the Pet’s Litter Box

How to Clean the Pet’s Litter Box

Most people are fond of cats, be it adults or kids. They are calm, loving, and playful, just what you need after a rough day at work or when you want to engage your little ones, as you go about the house chores. However, this fondness is conditional and in particular, when it concerns taking care of the litter box. Even the diehard pet lovers, find it hard to take care of the litter box. Scooping the pet’s waste from the box, cannot be anybody’s cup of tea. Unlike all the other pets, you got in the house, cats are naturally intelligent and they know the basics of using the litter box. It is hard to find them peeing in any corner of the house as long as there is a noticeable box. All the same, once they are done with their usual release, somebody must help in cleaning the box. It can be labeled as the most fun activity; it is dirty and smelly. In most instances, the litter box is neglected, to attend to be other demanding house chores.

Nevertheless, a messy waste box can ruin the peace in the house. It will awaken everyone’s sense of smell, regardless of where the people are based in the house. Even if it only takes a few minutes to make this a success, most would prefer not to do it all. For the best results, ensure to scoop the litter box on daily basis and once per week, remove the bag and replace it with a new one. At least once per month, it is essential to clean and sanitize the litter box.  Start by removing the feces and place them in a garbage can. Make sure that there are no traces left on the sides of the box. Rinse the box with water and fill it with a half to an inch of undiluted white vinegar. Allow the solution to settle for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water. By doing this, you will have rendered the litter box healthy for the pet and prevent bugs from harboring in the box.

For the litter, which may escape from the box, when you are scooping out, be sure to sweep any residue and vacuum. Do note that the broom you use for the pet waste should not be used in the bedroom, kitchen, or dining room. This is because, pets’ litter carries with germs- carrying microorganisms. After you have swept all the particles of litter, use a handheld vacuum, to ensure the place around the box is kept clean. The floor around the box should be washed thoroughly once per week.  Use undiluted white vinegar for this task. Owing to its high acidity level, it helps to disinfect and kill germs, just as bleach and other commercial cleaning agents, will do. The beauty with vinegar is that is natural and will not cause any harm to the cat. As you can see, cleaning the litter box is not difficult and it is a necessity. Use the above tips to keep your pet’s litter box, healthy.

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Caring for a pet rock

Caring for a pet rock

If you have decided to take a rock as your pet, know that you will need to care for it just like any other pet. The question that arises is how you care for a stony-faced silent pet while you do not know when it is playful, tired, mad or hungry. You may be wondering how to clean, play with or feed the pet. Below are tips of how to care for a pet rock.

Feeding

Considering that the pet does not have a mouth and cannot feed on physical objects, give it food for its senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight. Get the rock something that smells nice for it to smell. You can also allow it to smell your food. You can make for it a potpourri so that it can smell, by adding orange or lemon peel to cloves. Also include lavender, rose petals or mint to the mixture.

Allow it to see you working on the snacks and you can still print or paint a nice picture for it to see. Entice its sense of smell by playing for it music such as classical or pop music. Let it feel the texture board that you have made by rubbing it on the board.

Bathing

Your rock pet needs bathing for it to remain clean. Put water in a small cup and add liquid soap. Dip a cloth or a sponge into the mixture and use it scrub the pet for about three minutes. You may also use your hands to scrub it.

Dry it with a clean cloth and allow it to rest.

Shelter

Make a house for the rock pet using a shoebox. Cut a window on the side of the box. Place a matchbox in a corner inside the box and fill it using materials such as cloth, cotton or newspapers.

Glue small felt material at the box bottom to act as a rug. You can make a couch using a beanbag or filling a purse using cotton and place it on one side. For a table, take sturdy material and place it over pebbles.

The house would not be complete without a dining room, in which you can place a potpourri in a corner. Paint the house color depending on the breed of the pet and it should the same color on the carpet. Remember to play some music to give the house the right mood.


Taking the pet with you

You can take the pet on nature walks, on vacation and to school. Make a house for it such as a small box or a purse. Put it in your backpack so that you do not lose it. If you are going to foreign and dirty places, take care so that the rock does not get sick from lichen, moss or fungi.

Remember to involve your rock pet in your social life. Have sleepovers and go with it. You can sleep with it in your sleeping bag. Give it a spa treatment by bathing it in hot water mixed in flower petals and bubble mix. Massage it with Vaseline by rubbing its nooks.

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Taking care of a dog

Taking care of a dog

A dog pet needs to be taken care of in areas such as feeding, grooming and giving it the required shots and vaccinations. Below are some of the things you need to do while taking care of the dog.

Vaccinations

Ensure the dog is vaccinated and shots as needed. This will prevent it from succumbing to or transmitting illness. You should also have the vet install a microchip on the dog with your phone number and address information.

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Moving with your pets

Moving with your pets

Moving is as traumatic for pets as it is for humans. It is therefore important to ensure that your move is pet friendly. Below are the steps you can take in order to have a smooth move.

Prepare for the move

Start by making a plan of the move. This should answer the questions of how you will move the and when.

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