5 Things To Keep You & Your Pets Busy At Home:

With so many people working from home and staying home, we understand that while work may keep you pretty darn busy most of the time, boredom will probably hit at some point. Here are 5 relateable (and maybe a tad hysterical) things to do with your pets when you’re stuck at home.

Abigail Brown

1. Movie Nights!

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Once you have gotten all of your work for the day done, there is nothing quite like sitting back and cuddling your pet while watching a great movie. While we may not recommend letting your pup pick what you watch… if you’re into 3-hour loops of squirrels running around, go for it!

 

2. The classic “Butt Nudge”

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This is a particularly fun one! For those who work from home, most necessary items should be at your immediate disposal.

Here’s what you need…

Step 1.

Get to work on your computer. Type your heart out and get into your work groove.

Step 2.

You will need a feline in the house. The sound of you working diligently will beckon your cat closer, and closer until they are eventually sitting right near your face–nudging you for attention.

Step 3.

For the next stage, you simply refuse to give them the total attention they desire. Then soon enough “PLOP” there will be a big furry friend walking across your keyboard, or sitting upon it!

Step 4.

Last but certainly not least… To fully execute the butt nudge, you then push their rear off of your electronic device in horror as you realize how many buttons they managed to push. Bonus Points if it starts a chase around the house, exercise!

3. Playing fetch

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Although this may seem fairly simple, it can be extremely beneficial for a pup who normally goes for frequent walks or may be feeling a little cooped up. If you have a backyard suitable for doing so, consider giving them extra playtime. Animals can go a bit stir crazy like us, so giving them ways to get their energy out goes a long way in keeping them happy and healthy.

 

4. In-depth talks

Get to know your pets a little better. There are so many questions to ask!

Such as:

“Do you like your new food?”

“What do you think of the bows I bought you?”

“Have you ever had a breakup that left a lasting impression on you, Queen FluffyKins?”

“What is your least favorite color?”

You may be surprised by how much you never knew about your furry friend!

(Talking pets not guaranteed) 

 

5.Self-care days

Take some time for you and your pet. It is normal to feel stressed or worried. Giving yourself, and they too, some extra tender love and care– can help ease the weight on your shoulders. Bath them and groom their hair, they’ll be feeling like their best self. In turn, do things that make you happy! Be it watching movies, reading a book, calling a friend or so many other things– take some time to care for yourself. We’re sure your furry friends will be there every step of the way with their love and support ready to be shared.

 

 

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Healthy DIY Cat Treats That’ll Make Your Cat Meow with Joy:

Our feline friends bring us so much joy and love. Here’s a little something we can do to show them we care, in an extra special way. In this blog are 3 healthy, DIY cat treats that are super easy to make at home! Whether you’re in the market for a healthier alternative to kitty treats you can buy in-store, or are looking to show how much you love your cat; these recipes are for you!

By Abigail Brown

 

CRUNCHY TUNA CAT TREATS

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To start off our list we have an awesome 6 ingredient tuna cat treat recipe from adventures-in-making.com. It’s a quick and easy recipe; taking only half an hour to prep, bake, and let your feline enjoy!

You will need:

  • 1 (5 oz) can tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup oat flour*
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon catnip

And last but certainly not least, you’ll need a little bit of you time to dedicate to fun in the kitchen

 

 

CHEESY HOMEMADE CAT TREATS

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This inventive treat is for all of the dairy loving kitties out there. It is a 6 ingredient recipe, that makes approximately 55 treats. Thank you CowboyWay.com for such an interesting twist on cat treats!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, or sour cream Note: We used vanilla yogurt.
  • 3/4 cup flour Note: We used white whole wheat
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup water, more or less

 

3 INGREDIENT SALMON CAT TREATS

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We’re excited about this recipe! They are so simple, yet cats find them so yummy. This recipe requires only 3 ingredients, and with the help of cute cookie cutters… they can be made into endless adorable shapes!

You will need:

  • Salmon
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • And nothing more!

These are super simple. Roll the dough out 1/4 of an inch thick, and your cookie cutting paw-ibilities are endless!

 

 

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5 Heartwarming and Hilarious Pet Stories to Get You Through the Week:

Life is hectic, and a little comic relief is good for everyone! We are quite lucky to have animals in our lives, gifting us all love and laughter. Here are some of our favorite pet-related related stories pet owners have shared online, that will both make you both feel all warm & and fuzzy and give you a good chuckle!

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The Prettiest Smile Around

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This pupper knows how to turn on the charm.

“My dog smiles whenever he wants something. He started showing his teeth when he got excited to see us after long periods of time (i.e. vacations) and we would say “What a pretty smile!” He made the connection to the word and now will do it on command and pretty much whenever he wants our food. Kind of like a “hey look I’m smiling, I’m pretty!” Some people probably think it’s bad that he does it because he’s technically showing his teeth, but you can tell it’s not aggressive or in a bad way. I think it’s hilarious.”

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It’s All For One And One for…Themselves?

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Animals are just like humans, and the ways they bicker with their siblings– are very similar.

“My biggest female cat (nine to 10 pounds) likes to sit on the side of the full bathtub inside the shower curtain,”

“My littlest tiny female cat (four pounds) runs from across the house, slides around the corner into the bathroom, shoves the big female into the tub through the shower curtain and takes off like a shot back to the other side of the house. She never knew what hit her.”

Via Reddit user loner_in_az.

 

The Pup Who Probably Won’t Be A Professional Swimmer

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Here is a story about one goofy furball, who takes a swim for the first time.

“I had a dog that liked to lick the built-up ice in the freezer every time we opened the door,”

“Got his tongue stuck regularly. Always went back for more.”

“The first time we took him to a lake, he got so excited that he just ran in without knowing what it was. ‘Oh, water!’ Okay, not phased. Keeps running toward the middle. We thought he’d start to swim. Or at least float. Still, I don’t understand how he didn’t. But he ran along the bottom of that lake and just disappeared under the water. … My dad had to go in and carry him out.”

Via Reddit user loner_in_az.

 

Singing While You Work, You Should Try It

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If you’re considering hiring a maid, this feline may be the perfect fit for you!

“I have a giant Maine-coon Siamese mix tomcat. His thing is to bring up laundry from the basement during the night. The weird thing is that he’s pretty good at taking clothes into the right rooms. I don’t know if he does it by smell or what – but it’s pretty normal for me to wake up to a pile of my socks, my daughters some of theirs, etc. He also chirps and meows the entire time he’s making his deliveries – which is pretty funny in and of itself.”

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Some Kitties Never Learn

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Now that’s what we call falling…with style.

“I had a farm cat when I was a teenager that loved to climb up and sit on the roof. Problem was, he had the habit of rolling over for a tummy rub whenever he saw a person. So it was a distressingly common occurrence to walk near the house and have him roll right off the roof. You’d think after the first three times he’d have learned, but no. He lived a long life despite himself.”

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Amendment 13: What this Means for the Future of all Greyhounds Involved

 

Florida recently passed amendment 13, banning Greyhound racing. But what happens to the pups removed from these racing grounds? Below, we discuss the importance of amendment 13, and what comes next for all the Greyhounds involved.

Abigail Brown

What exactly is Amendment 13, and what does this amendment impact?

For many years Florida was home to the remaining, legal, Greyhound racing grounds. This amendment bans any Greyhound racing tacks from operating in Florida. Successfully eliminating 11 out of 17 dog tracks in America by 2020’s end. The treatment and conditions these dogs dealt with for many years, is what recently went under the microscope in Florida. While not all kennels that house these animals have been found to be cruel, a large fraction does not meet the standard of care considered healthy for their dogs. (The Negative Effects Of Greyhound Racing.) 

Greyhound like dogs has been depicted since Roman, Greek, and Egyptian times. They originate from Great Britain and are known for their long legs, arched back, and ability to sprint with high intensity. Something that often sets Greyhounds apart from other dog breeds, is their temperament. In general, this breed of hound dog is laid back, intelligent, quiet, and well mannered. In other words, Greyhounds are absolute sweethearts; the perfect addition to so many families’ homes!

Within these improperly run dog racing facilities, dogs who are unfit to race any longer are at times “phased” out. This often means they are put to sleep after their racing value has diminished, or they become too injured to continue racing. The companies who race and mistreat these dogs, then bring in more pups who live their lives in cramped, small cages with shredded paper or pieces of carpet as bedding. Caring organizations are in the process of figuring out the best method to rehome these dogs, and keep them from simply being moved to other states where dog racing is still legal or ending up in the hands of a poorly run racing company. In addition to the poor conditions some kennels house these dogs in, dog racing is no longer a sport that has the level of interest it once did. Now proving costly for those who operate them. “We lost $3 million a year to keep open greyhound racing,” Said Manager Danny Adkins in his interview with First Coast News.

 

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Who is working to help these dogs?

The answer to this question lies with caring organizations who are working tirelessly to better the lives of these Greyhounds. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Gay Latimer, the adoption representative for Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. She has worked there for 25 years! They are a non-profit organization in Southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and Northeastern North Carolina, which works to find loving homes for Greyhounds in need. I was able to ask Gay a series of questions at this time.

Upon asking her favorite part of working with an organization such as Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, her response was “Rewarding to know I can place these beautiful creatures in a great home and giving them a new lease on life!”

Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption gives these pups a second chance at the happy lives they deserve. In case you are considering adopting a greyhound from Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, here is how Gay Latimer says you’ll know if a Greyhound is a fit for your home.

“If you want a loving companion. A quiet laid back dog that just wants love…. then a greyhound is for you.”

 

What can I do to help?

No action is too big, nor too small. There are many organizations accepting donations, volunteer applications, etc.  Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption has even partnered with Bonilla Pet Studio!

Because of the ban on dog racing, nearly 8,000 Greyhounds will need new homes. Bonilla Pet Studio is offering a $99 Portrait Session to raise money to help these amazing doggos find new homes. For every portrait session booked, $50 will be donated to the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. $200 has been raised for them already!

 

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To visit the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption website,

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To read more about this amendment and the lives of Greyhound race dogs– take a look at the resources below,

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Visit  wbr.org/onlyagame for a glimpse into the word of properly managed Greyhound racing, and the reasoning behind why some individuals highly encourage it.

 

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5 Super Cool Facts about Maine Coons:

Felines are amazing companions. Sassy, sweet, and they often offer endless cuddles to their loving owners.  On top of all of their perks as pets, they can be exceptionally fun to learn more about. Cat’s come in all shapes and sizes, some of which are extremely large. One of our personal favorites is the oh so gorgeous…Maine Coon!

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1. Origin

This large breed comes from Maine, as their name suggests. They are the largest domestic cat breed, and some even speculate they are descendants of Marie Antoinette’s long-haired cats! Check out this link to read more about this theory.

2. Size

These are particularly large cats. An older coon often weighing between 14-20 pounds and being nearly 30-40 inches long. That’s one large, fluffy kitty!

3. Health

Due to their breeding, Coons require their teeth to be regularly brushed to lessen the risk of developing periodontal disease. They have also been known to have hip-related issues, that present themselves as they grow older. Click Here to learn more.

4. Personality

Despite a few extra steps to care for them, Maine Coons make for lovely and fairly easily cared for pets. They, while not typically being lap cats, love to be near their owner! It is not uncommon for them to trail behind their caregiver and want to be with them through every step of their day. Additionally, a cat’s breeding has a surprisingly large effect on their personality and health. Click this link to learn how and why.

5. Intelligence

These kitties are very smart, and can even be taught tricks! From high-fives to spinning in circles, Maine Coons are intelligent enough to learn it all. Click me to learn more about how!

 

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5 Ridiculously Funny Pet-Related Buys:

 

    Online shopping is a spectacular way to both kill time, and drain your checking account. Offering a world of goods at your fingertips, some of which being eyebrow-raising to say the least. Here are our top 5 silly pet-related finds, that pet lovers may absolutely love

by Abigail Brown 

Umbrella Leash To Keep Your Pup Dry

Now, in theory, this could work very well. But whether or not your pup stays dry heavily depends on you holding the leash straight up, how windy it is, and if your pet is prone to walking through puddles

 

A set of 6 adorable cat butt magnets

Some people may not be too crazy about these, and those who are– just might be self-proclaimed crazy cat lovers. There is no shame in that, who wouldn’t be driven a little kooky by adorable furballs?

 

A day-to-day calendar full of naughty dogs who were caught in the act

Nothing is chicken soup for the soul quite like a guilty pup holding up a sign that calls them out for exactly what they did wrong. If photos up that alley give you a chuckle, this is the calendar for you!

Chicken diapers for your sassy bird friends

A particularly interesting find is yes… diapers for your chickens. Brightly colored, ruffled, and soft. These nappies, while sure to give you a chuckle, make it possible for you to bring chickens into your house and avoid any mess that comes with them. 

Keep your kitty close to your heart with this cat carrying hoodie

Available in sizes S-4XL, just about everyone can tote their feline friend around all day long. Now getting them in there…we’ll leave that up to you. 

 

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3 Key Ways Children Benefit From Having Pets Growing up:

Animals not only offer companionship and unconditional love, but they also help nurture the body and mind. Having pets of any kind can have tremendous mental, physical, and emotional benefits for both you and your children.

By Abigail Brown

1. Physical health

Whether it be in stressful or stress-free situations, pet owners showed significantly lower blood pressure levels than those who do not own pets. If you’ve got an energetic pup who is a runner, you and your kiddos will be endlessly active!

2. Emotional Health

Pets are developmentally beneficial for your children. Helping them nurture their sense of responsibility through caring for them, and thus strengthening their self-esteem. A job well done, makes anyone feel all warm and fuzzy! Not to mention how helpful having a pet is to ease a child’s anxiety, the action of simply playing with an animal can dramatically raise your dopamine and serotonin levels– these chemicals helping you to be more calm, relaxed, and happy. Click me for additional resources.

3. Social Skills

If your kiddo has any trouble connecting to those around them, having a pet in their life can help them to get out of their shell. Research has shown that kids with pets in their homes tend to have more advanced social skills, be more communicative, and better at handling new or unplanned situations. Every child is very different, so it may not be a dog or cat that they click with. Have a conversation with your kiddo about what they would possibly like, and visit your local pet shelter or pet store. The more time your child has to get to know the animal before bringing them home, the better. Click me to read about 10 life lessons having a pet can teach your child.

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5 Things Most People Don’t Know About Their Favorite Household Pets:

 Animals can be pretty darn quirky when it comes to nearly everything they do. There are so many facts about them that just about everyone has down pat and a couple that may surprise you.

By Abigail Brown

 

1. The Cute Way Cats Pull a Mary Poppin’

    It’s a well-known fact that cats land on their feet, but the mind-boggling part is how. Cats have the ability to tuck their body into an almost umbrella-like shape, in order to be positioned correctly and land on their feet. This ability is called the Cat Righting Reflex. Click this link to read more about it. 

2. If I Own 6, Will I Become A Mathematician?  

  Oddly enough, it is a scientifically proven fact that individuals who own dogs score higher during mathematics-based tests on average than individuals who don’t. Owning dogs can also help decrease anxiety, and aid you in strengthening your work ethic

3. Talk About Fish Lips

   A fact that some people know, some people don’t, and most people wish they didn’t– is that a vast majority of lipstick brands have fish scales in their products. This is often listed as pearlescence” on your lipsticks ingredients label. 

4. How Mr. Purrington Was Caught For His Crime

   Humans have fingerprints that help us to tell one another apart, this being incredibly helpful in all manner of police investigations. Our feline friends have their own way to do this, with their noses. Every cat’s nose has a different print, and this was, unfortunately, the reason Mr. Purrington was convicted of grand theft catnip… Click me for more interesting facts about cat noses.

5. Are Your Fish Really All That Silent?

  Although we find them fairly quiet, many breeds of fish grind their teeth and or make noise with their swimming bladder in order to communicate with one another. Angelfish are extra fun, by communicating their social standing within the tank with the chemicals in their urine. To read a little bit more about how this works, Click me!

 

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So Your Cat Confuses Your Favorite Rug For a Litter Box:

Cats are smart, temperamental animals. So understanding them is not always an easy feat. Today we’ll get into the possible reasons as to why your cat persistently pees on your rugs/personal items. 

By Abigail Brown

Unbreakable Litter Box Rules: 

  • One large litter box, per cat. And maybe a spare for good measure
  • Place them sporadically through the home, where they will always have access to one or more
  • Never put food or water near the litter box
  • Scoop at least once daily
  • Entirely replace litter, every 5-6 days

The Unspoken Risk Of Rubber Back Rugs: 

Now we all love a beautiful rug that won’t double as an unintentional slip-n-slide, however, their non-slip backing can be the surprising cause of your cat’s naughtiness. Rubber back rugs give off an odor that cats are often not fond of, this being a beacon to your cat. Inspiring them to replace that unlikeable smell, with one they favor much more. 

Consider A Possible Health-Based Reason:

When you’re having a hard time determining why your cat is peeing where they shouldn’t, a trip to the vet can be incredibly helpful. This being a time to rule out any possible health problems your feline is having, to make a plan for necessary treatment methods, or to conclude whether or not they may need a stern talking to about an attitude adjustment. 

The ‘Tude That Ruins The Mood:

Take into account the amount of time your cat has been peeing where they shouldn’t. If the problem is not a litter box in need of a scoop, a new rug, a health condition, or a lack of access to their throne– the root could be within your cat’s emotions. If your household has gone through any recent changes, or something has happened that your feline may not be too happy about…this could be your cats way of showing you how they feel. If you would like more information Click Me for a look into the role your cat’s emotions play into their behaviors. 

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Picking The Best Buddy For You When Visiting A Shelter:

By Abigail Brown

Picking the best pet for you is an important process. So how do you know you’re getting a pet that pairs well with you and your family? Today I’ll list some tips and tricks, to help make this process easier. 

 

Before you visit the shelter: 

  • Be sure that everyone in your household is keen on the idea of adding a new furry family member.
  • Think about the needs of a new pet, and where you can carve out the time to care for them.
  • Be aware of any allergies in the house, so you can look for a pet that is the best fit for everyone’s needs.
  • Plan where you will put your supplies for them within the home.
  • Consider going into this process open-minded. No harm in knowing what you want– just keep in mind that if you go into your search with a limited range of options in mind, you may overlook some very sweet furry friends.
  • Take a peek online at what documentation your local shelter requires for pet adoptions.

At the shelter: 

  • Take a minute to look at the animals in their kennels before walking up to them, if they don’t yet notice you this could be a great time to get a glimpse of their temperament.
  • If the animal walks over to where you are and seems excited, feel free to kneel down and get on their level.
  • If you visit a few furry guys and one seems to stand out above all the rest, ask a member of the staff if you can meet with the dog/cat one-on-one in a private room.
  • Remember to not overlook the shy buddies, sitting down outside the kennel calmly can help lessen any hesitance they’re experiencing. And help their personality show through more with every minute you spend together. 

Integrating them into your home:

  • Don’t worry if your new friend is nervous right off the bat, it may take them some time to warm up.
  • Initially giving them a space separate from other pets in your home can be very helpful, they’ll adventure out when they’re ready. Start off with the door closed for a few hours/the majority of the day, and gradually open it for longer amounts of time– when they’re ready to explore, they will. 
  • Feed new pets in an area separate from the normal eating space of your current pets, so no competition arises.
  • Show equal love, and make playtime fun for everyone

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