How to Stop a Cat from Destroying your Furniture (If you’ve Already Tried Everything Else)

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Many cat owners know the drill. They get the cat scratching post, clip their cat’s nails, spray the “Cat Go Away!” sprays and short of mangling their cat’s paws through declawing they try everything. Yet- the cats still destroy the corners of couches, of chairs, the ottomans become deflated with their innards strewn about the house, the table legs, and every corner and bit of carpet that holds a scratch is destroyed. Cats are wonderful pets to keep in the {Read More}

Cats are Heroes, too

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All around the world right now, a special cat named Tara has been making headlines for literally stopping a vicious and unprovoked dog attack, saving a little boy’s life. While this made international headlines as a miraculous and rare feat, we seem to forget that this isn’t exactly new, or even that rare. Heroic cats exist in great numbers all around us, and they do a fantastic job of warding off danger and keeping it away. Their stealthy, surprise bursts {Read More}

Is There a Problem? When to Report Dog Abuse or Suggest Someone Rehome their Pet

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In a time where it’s socially encouraged to “mind your own business”, seeing a problem and wondering what to do about it becomes an issue. You might see something going on with a pet in someone’s home or in passing that has you wondering if you should speak up- either to authorities, or to the pet owner themselves. How do you know what problems are worth the risk of speaking up to the owner or contacting authorities?

How to Keep your Dog Cool

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Living an active life with your dog in a warm climate can be a challenge when it comes to overheating, especially for larger breeds. This is especially true for larger breeds that have flatter faces such as bullmastiffs, or large breeds with a lot of fat padding and hair. Overheating for a dog can be very dangerous, even life threatening if the dog gets too hot. Here are some things you can do to help keep your hot pooch cool {Read More}

The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Pet Ideas for Kids

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Most kids around the ages of 6 and 7 start begging for a pet of their own, even if you live in a home full of animals like on a farm or a hobby homestead. Kids start to feel competent and independent, and want to care for something on their own, not help mom and dad care for the animals in their lives. Kids usually begin begging for a pet like a dog or a cat. Some enterprising children have {Read More}

Best Chicken Breeds for City Backyards

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City by city, more metro areas are implementing a friendlier stance on keeping backyard poultry within city limits, usually with fairly extensive regulations but permitting them nonetheless. This stems from an influx of immigrants from countries where keeping chickens, even in the middle of the city, is standard practice. Relying on their backyard flock for eggs, meat, and garden cleanup is an everyday and basic necessity of home life. Another factor for the change has to do with people, even {Read More}

How to Care for Orphaned Kittens

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With spring on our doorstep, cats both domestic and feral will begin to breed, and that means lots of litters of kittens- many of which become abandoned or orphaned. This is especially true for kittens born to feral mothers. Many people come across abandoned litters of kittens in the spring and are usually at a loss as to what to do with them. Leaving a pile of abandoned kittens to fend for themselves means certain death for the kittens, so {Read More}

What to do when Encountering Loose Dogs

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With the economic downturn and many people having difficulty affording food and shelter for the humans in their families alone, many dogs have become casualties of this problem and are left to fend for their own needs. Dogs in general are not good at taking care of themselves. They may be able to sniff out a rotten meal in a garbage can and find refuge under a rotten porch, but they’re really bad at eating a balanced diet, keeping the {Read More}

How to take Great Photos of Black Pets

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If you have a black dog or cat, you may have noticed that it’s particularly difficult to take clear photos of them. They seem to turn into flat shadows of themselves in photos; with eyes glaring in laser gold’s and greens from the reflective corneas they have. This has created some fairly hilarious internet memes, but usually pet owners with black pets simply just want a good photo of their dog or cat. It does take some special consideration and {Read More}

Giving Easter Pets is a Bad Idea

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Many grown people might remember getting that special Easter baby bunny along with their chocolates and eggs on the Easter holiday. Some might have gotten a duckling or two. While there was a time when these gifts were readily accepted parts of the Easter holiday and people were willing to care for them, times have changed. Before you consider getting your little ones a tiny and cute live Easter duckling or bunny, please consider these realities.