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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

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When cats are kept indoors they live for a lot longer, so I can understand why you don’t want to let your angel outdoors. That doesn’t mean to say they have the same quality of life as a cat who is allowed to roam free. Do you think a cat is going to have more fun looking out of the window at birds flying around, or will they have more fun chasing them? How can you make your cat extremely happy if you choose to keep them in the house 100% of the time?

Happiness is the most important thing in the world and if your cat enjoys their life you will feel a lot better. They will also be a much better pet and they won’t cause as much trouble. What are you doing at the moment to bring some excitement into their life? You might be doing some wonderful things already, but let’s look at some other things you can do. Try each one of these and see if your cat enjoys any of them.

Teach them to do tricks

If you want to keep your cat amused you can teach them to do tricks. Can they shake your hand? Not only will you amuse yourself and your cat, but it will mean you get to spend quality time playing with them. If you’re out all day and they are all alone they might get a little bored. By teaching them tricks you are dedicating 100% of your time to them.

Give them prey toys

If your cat can’t get outside it won’t be able to hunt unless you hide the food. It won’t be able to chase anything and isn’t that what cats enjoy? Just because it’s not allowed to go outside doesn’t mean you can’t try and satisfy its natural instinct to run after things. Just make sure you buy some prey toys and it will be content chasing them around the living room.

Do they need a friend?

Have you ever thought about buying another cat? When you only have one they can get really lonely and that won’t happen if they have a friend to play with. Having two cats isn’t much different to having one, so it’s not like it will be too much work for you. Don’t run out and get a new one straight away, but it’s always something to think about.

Climb and perch

Cats need to climb up things and perch on the top of them. Instead of letting them jump all over your furniture you can try to build them a unit. If you’re not good with wood you can ask someone to help you out. The reason I say you should build your own cat stand is because you can make it as big as you want and it will work out a lot cheaper than getting one from the store.

A little freedom

If you let your cat outside there is a good chance it will get into trouble. Some cats don’t come back and some come back with scratches. If you build a run in the garden it means your cat can still go outside but they won’t be able to escape. They will be safe from predators, but they still get to bask outside in the sun when the weather is hot.

What will they like the most?

You know your cat better than anyone else. Do you think they will love any of these suggestions? What one do you think they will like the most? Try them out and you might find yourself with a much happier cat.


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Jim Downer is a retired veterinarian. In his free time he blogs about pet related topics. He recently wrote an article about how to prepare nutritious cat food at home.

Reiki: What Is It And Can It Help Dogs?

 

Dog ReikiReiki, pronounced “ray-key” and most often translated as “universal life energy,” is a holistic healing system from Japan that channels energy to heal the body. While usually practiced on humans, a growing number of pet owners are convinced that it works for dogs as well. Certainly this gentle and compassionate system of healing could be a nice complement to traditional veterinary medicine. If nothing else, it can help a pet relax, which may assist in the healing process.

Healing Benefits

Reiki is non-invasive and gentle, but its known to yield powerful results for the mind, body, and spirit. Many of its proponents believe that dogs are especially open to its healing effect because they are already in tune to the universal language of energy. Because of its gentleness, Reiki can be particularly effective in healing the emotional and psychological scars left by abuse. However, its proponents believe it can bring relief to an animal in any sort of emotional pain.

Animals, particularly dogs, tend to respond well to loving touch and can benefit from Reiki as a way to relax. If the owners are practitioners, it can also enhance the bond between pet and owner. For healthy animals of all ages, Reiki enhances relaxation, provides peace and contentment and helps to promote their well-being. When dogs are sick, Reiki can help the healing process by reducing stress and fear. Because it is non-invasive and relies solely on gently touch, it can work well with any other type of medical intervention an owner decides on for his or her dog. For dogs that are dying, Reiki can provide comfort, as well as relief from fear, pain, and anxiety, all of which can help ease the transition from life over to death.

If you believe that Reiki might be right for your pet, there are a few different treatment options:

  • Find a Reiki practitioner in your area.  Although anyone who practices Reiki can give it to your pet, there are some practitioners who specialize in applying Reiki to animals.
  • Many animal lovers who work in vet offices are taking Reiki training in their spare time so they can use it to give comfort and healing in their work. You may be able to find a vet in your area who has someone trained in Reiki working for them.
  • Some cities have Reiki clinics for pets. Of course your dog must be able to travel and behave around other animals.
  • You can learn to practice Reiki yourself and be able to help your own animals any time they need it.

While it should never be used instead of proper veterinary care, Reiki can provide your dog a comforting supplement to traditional treatments.


Susan Wright DMV is a vet, a wireless dog fence specialist and writer. Susan has written compelling articles that draw focus on how to care for pets, and how our pets sometimes care for us.

How Fat Is That Doggie in Your Window?

fat dogWe all translate our dogs age into people years so we can get a better idea of how old our dog really is…or at least in comparison to us.  But what about weight. We are so focused on fighting obesity in America but we are forgetting to look at obesity in our pets. Just like with people, an obese pet can have serious health complications.

Did you know that a 12 pound Yorkie is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds and a 14 pound cat is equivalent to a 237 pound man. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has created an online pet weight translator and tables of the most common breeds that compare those extra pounds on our pets in terms of love handles we can all relate to. 

Putting your pets weight into human terms will help you to understand whether or not your pet is overweight, and by how much. Just like with age, it is easier for us to understand when we relate the numbers to human terms.

Often times an obese pet is caused by poor nutrition and/or lack of exercise. Many people don’t know how much to geed their dog or what they should be feeding them. Simple changes in your dogs diet and lifestyle can have tremendous results in weight, health and happiness.  A dog that is lean and fit is much happier than one that is fat.

Some interesting weight conversions…just to give you an idea:

  • 90 pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186 pound 5’ 4” female or 217 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a female Lab is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 5’ 9” male
  • 15 pound average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on an average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to 14 to 15 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 17 pounds on a 5’ 9” male
  • 15 pound average DSH/DMH/DLH cat is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male
  • 105 pound male Golden retriever is equal to a 203 pound 5’ 4” female or 237 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a female Golden is equal to 4 to 5 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 5’ 9” male
  • 12 pound Pomeranian is equal to a 249 pound 5’ 4” female or 290 pound 5’ 9” male
  • Every excess pound on a Pomeranian is equal to 21 to 21 pounds on a 5’ 4” female or 24 to 25 pounds on a 5’ 9” male

Get your dogs weight translated.

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