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Cats and Whisker Stress (yes it's a real thing) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00

Believe it or not, whisker stress is a real problem amongst cats of the world. It primarily occurs when your cat’s whiskers touch the sides of a bowl while eating. You may say to yourself, “Whisker stress?! As if I don’t have enough worries, now I need to be concerned about my cat having whisker stress…”

Signs that your cat suffers from Whisker Stress

  • Your cat prefers to eat from the floor, pulling out each piece of kibble one at a time.
  • Your cat refuses to eat from a bowl, scooping the food onto the floor with a paw to eat.
  • Your cat paces angrily in front of a half-full bowl, meowing piteously as he wonders what he did to anger you.

Not to worry - there is a simple cure to this common ailment. But in order to discuss how to fix the problem, we must first look at the causes.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:20
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Creating the Ultimate Cat Enclosure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:04

Cat patios (catios) are all the rage this year, and with good reason. Cats need to be able to get outdoors and explore. It’s in their nature. They must be able to feel a breeze on their whiskers, sniff the newest scents surrounding their territory, climb tall trees, explore new surroundings and in essence; give them the opportunity to be a cat.

Joe and Shelley Delrocco, the founders of PetTreeHouses.com understand the true nature of cats and they have developed a tree house that dwarfs all others. Standing at nearly 20 feet tall, this tree now resides in the Oregonian home of Amber Stockdale.

Two stories tall, the enclosure is wrapped in a beautiful rod-iron fencing, leaving plenty of opportunity for the cats to experience the feeling of being outside, but not escape. We can't imagine they would want to escape. With twenty feet of tree to explore and the protection of a home, this outdoor area allows them to see and experience the great outdoors without having to put their life at risk.


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Holiday Health Hazards To Avoid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

The holidays are a hazardous time for our pets. There are holiday lights, holiday visitors, and a virtual smorgasbord lying on the counter at any given time. Here are a few things you should do to ensure make sure your pet has a happy holiday season!

Decorations: Holiday decorations, particularly tinsel and glass ornaments, can result in a trip to the emergency clinic. The rule of paw is to avoid decorating with anything your pet is going to find appealing. That includes stringing popcorn and cranberries, hanging tinsel, using glass decorations, placing angel's hair int he manger, leaving candy lying about in bowls, placing poinsettias near your door or mistletoe over your door (see this list of toxic plants from the ASPCA), and decorating with pretty much anything that is long and stringy, small and tasty, or extra shiny.

Kids: Everyone is a little extra excitable during the crazy season. You can avoid any potential "misunderstandings" by keeping pets cordoned off in a quiet room this holiday season. We know - it's your pets home before it's a visitor's home - but if you have people over, you have a responsibility to keep your pets AND your visitors safe. If you do let them interact, be sure visiting children know the rules of the roost. Here is a downloadable PDF you can hang on your door this holiday season to train kids in interacting with pets.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 18:37
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Why Balanced Nutrition is so Important for Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 06:29
This is a sponsored post; we have been compensated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Hill’s Pet Nutrition is not responsible for the content of this article.

When it comes to balanced nutrition for pets, we hear a lot of conflicting things.  While it’s important to understand that high-quality ingredients and sourcing of ingredients is of key importance, ensuring that your pet’s diet is balanced is also as critical. An excess of one nutrient can lead to serious health problems in pets. A deficiency in any of the nutrients, and the results may be just as severe as a surplus.

Just like in humans, our pets need balance in their diet. They need the right combination of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Too much, and you create a health problem. Too little, and you can create a health problem. Today we’ll take a look at the common components of pet food to demonstrate what happens when your pets are receiving the correct balance of nutrients in their food, as well as a brief look at what happens when they don’t...


Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 16:02
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A Look at the Samsung Pet Cam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

One of the biggest anxieties I have about leaving the house is how my pets are doing at home. Are they sleeping? Getting into the garbage? Eating through a wall? (Yes, it's happened). Are my cats getting along okay in the enclosure? Is Fedex going to deliver a package and cause an uproar?

While these may not be problems for the “average” pet owner, I know that many of my readers experience this same type of anxiety. It impacts travel arrangements, work schedules, visiting friends and relatives, and even just leaving pets with a sitter.

Samsung has addressed that problem with the Samsung Pet Cam Wifi Video Pet Monitor. Read on to learn more about the pet cam - just in time for the stressful holidays when you have to leave your pets home alone once in awhile.

The Samsung PetCam WiFi Video Pet Monitor has really thought of everything in this new wireless camera. The claim they make is "anytime, anywhere viewing" and they hold true to this claim. The camera is simple to set up, easy to use with the apps, and has phenomenal picture and night vision!

Here's a look at the many features of the Samsung Pet Cam and a few videos we captured of our cats...


Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 20:48
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