“Meet two friends and call me in the morning” may be good advice from your doctor. Medical researchers are learning more and more how strong social connections are linked to good health. Researchers call this social capital. When we think of capital, we usually think of money. Social capital is like money in the bank from having strong social supports. People who are involved in their communities, talk to their neighbors, and have a wide circle of friends have a lot of social capital. Social capital provides emotional support and also is a key factor for overall physical health. (more…)
You were away from home longer than usual. When you walk in your door, you’re hit with an overpowering odor… and you know just what it is. But why? You may jump to the conclusion that your cat sprayed or urinated outside the box as a passive-aggressive way to say, “Your absence is unacceptable! You’d better come home on time from now on.” (more…)
Some consider happiness to be the ultimate goal in life. The feeling of happiness has been studied and evaluated to find out why some people seem happy while others do not. Researchers set out to evaluate whether happiness is determined by genes, by life circumstances, or if it’s simply a choice that one makes. While many of these tests seem to fall short of actually answering why a person becomes happy, the conclusion that many of these tests did reach is that happy people do live longer–up to a decade longer than unhappy people. The immune system functions better, the central nervous system is healthier, there are lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and the heart beats at a lower rate in people who describe themselves as being happy. (more…)
Cats are good at self-maintenance. But even your fastidious feline can’t prevent some of these more common cat diseases and health issues. (more…)
Can’t imagine leaving your pooch behind while you go on holiday? With just a little planning, you can bring all members of your family along on your next getaway, including your beloved dog.
Not so long ago, you had little choice but to place your beloved animal in a kennel or arrange for a dog walker while you were away. While these are still valid choices, they are costly and simply not suitable for some owners or their pets.
Fortunately, more and more destinations are willing to accommodate people holidaying with their pets. So with just a little extra planning, you can enjoy taking your furry best friend on your next trip away. (more…)
What You Should Know About Ear Mites in Cats!
Ear mites are contagious. Ear mites are parasites that live on the skin’s surface, especially on the skin lining of the ear canal. They are transferred from cat to cat by direct contact. Ear mites and eggs can persist in the environment for several months. They can then return to re-infest your cat. (more…)
The step-up command begins with a bird that is comfortable around you. If this is not so, the first step would be to socialize with your bird.
- Talk to your bird: Spend some time talking to your bird. Your voice should be calm and soothing.
- Offer a treat to start the session on a positive note: Although treats are usually used as a reward, a small treat at the beginning of the training session will be an effective tool in gaining your bird’s cooperation.
Cats are my favorite pets. I’m almost charmed by the grace and beauty of these wonderful creatures. I am an owner of a former stray cat and I want to share my experience of bringing a stray cat into your life. You should be aware of various difficulties if you have an intention to take in a stray kitten. Before you decide to raise a stray animal, you need to consider the safety of yourself and your family. Moreover, you are to be patient enough to help the pet acclimatize to your home and life. Here are a few important tips for adopting a stray cat. (more…)
If you have just brought a new puppy home for the first time, it may be tempting to cuddle, spoil, and shower your adorable puppy with affection. But just as important as love and affection, is taking the time to train your puppy from a young age so that he can learn good behaviors that will stick with him for the rest of his life.
Early puppy training is one of the best ways to prevent long-term behavioral issues, like using the toilet indoors, barking, and chewing furniture. You can use the top puppy training tips below to help prepare yourself and your home ahead of time. (more…)
Cats make great companions. Not only do they look good, they also keep mice away and have built-in motors. That’s pretty cool.
But there’s more to owning a cat than having a cute, soft, purring companion. Before you get one, there are a few things you should think about, and a few things that are just plain good to know. (more…)