The Importance of Pets

Pets are very important to all that own them. Those that own pets live longer more satisfied lives. They have been known to lower our blood pressure and give us a reason for each day. I have owned both dogs and cats and they all left their paw prints on my heart. Each individual pet has their own personality and their relationship with you is built on love and trust.

Some dogs are hunting companions. They enjoy retrieving game with their owners and enjoy their outings together. These dogs make great family pets also. I had an Irish setter that went hunting for birds with my husband. She was all business in the woods but when home was the sweetest dog. This dog also was taken to Obedience trials and won ribbons in dog shows. She helped make cherished memories for our family.

I have seen guide dogs as they allow their owner to participate in activities they could not without their presence. There used to be a man guided into our church every Sunday to sit in the first row by his guide dog. The priest went out of his way to bring him the communion host. The dog was obedient and a blessing to this man and it was beautiful to watch the dog as he worked. No one was allowed to pet the dog while he was doing his job. He was a beautiful German shepherd.

There are other dogs that are just family pets. I had two other dogs that I used to walk daily. I miss them and their times with me as they have now passed over the rainbow bridge. The second dog was an English setter and the third dog was a Gordon setter. There are so many fun memories that are in my mind.

Of course we had cats with these dogs. It is a myth that dogs and cats do not get along. If they are brought up together they tolerate each other and sometimes even learn to love each other. It is best to bring them in as either puppies or kittens and then they will have a bond for each other and even may play together.

I just can not imagine a day without my pets in my lives. If I am sick, I have one of my cats that will meow constantly and pace beside me telling me that I am in need of asthma medications. This cat, Joshua I speak of as my angel kitty. Tinkerbelle my newest member of our household has not learned yet to anticipate such events with me. I know that my pets help me throughout each day showing me their love and attention. They are worth more to me than any diamond ring.

I know my own life would not be fulfilled without the presence of a pet. They give me a reason to live as each day with them is a treasure to behold in the pages of my own life’s book.

I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on pets in our lives.

Source by Christina R. Jussaume

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.

Source by Gary Pearson

How to Cure Constipation in Cats

Most cats get constipated and it’s usually not serious, but it can be if not treated. It is caused from the commercial dry pet food and hairballs. If your cat’s diet is a totally dry food diet, then she will experience constipation quite frequently. 25% of vet visits from cat owners are due to severe constipation. Once you learn how to cure constipation in cats with natural remedies, your cat will look and feel much better.

Symptoms of a severely constipated cat are vomiting, dry dull coat, straining in the litter box, and lethargy. A constipated cat that is left untreated develops a “Megacolon”. The colon stretches like a rubber band and the feces gets stuck and can not pass through the small intestine. The colon actually quits working. It soaks up the water in your kitty like a sponge and she gets very dehydrated, quits eating and experiences pain trying to pass a stool.

If this is happening to your kitty, visit your vet so he can manually clean her out and give her IV’s to replenish her moisture. Once he does that, she needs to be on a high fiber diet. In the last stages of a megacolon, the vet will need to remove it, but your cat will live her life with frequent diarrhea.

If you suspect your cat is constipated, there are some simple remedies to give her. First, go to PetSmart and purchase the GNC Natural Hairball Treatment and give it to her as instructed. Add pumpkin to her diet and fish or salmon oil capsules. Poke a hole in the capsule and pour it on her wet food, or just put it in her mouth with your finger once daily.

George’s Aloe Vera is a great detox and wonderful for cats because there is no taste to it. You can add it to her water. It is available at your local health food store. Sodium Ascorbate Crystals is an antioxidant that all cats should be on. It is Vitamin C and helps boosts the immune system as well as keeping the kitty cleaned out. It is also available at your health food store.

I’ve had good luck with Olive Oil. Some cats like it and some don’t. It works for constipated cats and gives them a shiny healthy coat. Brushing your cat once daily helps remove loose hair. Cats spend a big part of their life grooming and they ingest fur and it gets stuck in the colon turning into a ball and if they don’t vomit it up it can cause a problem as more hairballs accumulate making it difficult to pass any feces. So keep your kitty on a maintenance dose of GNC Natural Hairball Treatment.

Most commercial pet foods do not have enough fiber in them. They are loaded with corn, wheat, fillers, artificial flavoring and coloring. Some have BHT and BHA which are chemical pesticides used as a preservative. A home-made cat food diet is the best, but you need to balance the vitamins, minerals and taurine. The next best is nutrient dense all natural canned food.

Animal protein should be the first ingredient. There are some good natural pet foods on the market. Three of the top foods are by Wellness, Wilderness by Blue Buffalo and Nature’s Variety. These pet foods are all natural with most of the food containing human grade animal protein.

By learning how to cure constipation in cats with these natural remedies, your cat will look and feel great and she will thank you for it.

Source by Katty Dicus