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5 Ways to Reduce Your Cats Stress

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albuquerque catIt is funny to think of cats as being stressed out. Most of us look at cats, laying about, and think “what a life!”. But cat’s can easily get stressed out which can have big affects on their health.  Some of the ways cats show stress is by Yowling, hair loss, loss of appetite, angry behavior such as scratching and biting, inappropriate urination (aka urinating on things that are not the litter box). Some of these signs can also be signs of other issues, so always have your cat’s health checked out by your vet.

How to Reduce Your Cat’s Stress

  1. Alone time: Cat’s need a place they can escape to and be alone. Depending on your cat, yours might need more than others. They prefer somewhere off the ground where they can be out of reach of people and dogs.
  2. Food: Make sure your cat has easy access to food, water and a litter box. These things should be away from other people and pets so they can eat or go potty without being disturbed. Cat’s like their privacy too!
  3. Scratching Post: It is part of a cat’s natural instinct to scratch. No one wants them scratching up the furniture, but not having a place to scratch can be stressful. Give them a scratching post where they can satisfy the need to scratch.
  4. Toys: If your cat is an outdoor cat, then likely he gets a lot of chasing birds, butterflies, and bugs. Cat’s have a strong predatory instinct. They want to chase things. If your cat is an indoor cat, and your house isn’t riddled with mice for them to hunt, give them some things to play with. Not only will it make them happier but it is good exercise.
  5. Humans: Cats need their people. They want to have human interaction. Every cat is different, some like to be picked up, some want to sit on your lap or next to you, some want to be pet. But make sure to spend some quality time with your feline friend every day.

 

Friday The 13th- Keep Your Cats Safe

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albuquerque catIt is Friday the 13th, one of the spookiest dates of the year. On Friday the 13th, a lot of people get really superstitious. They won’t walk under ladders, are extra careful about not breaking mirrors, they throw salt over their shoulder, and they are paranoid about black cats.

Some people believe that it is bad luck for a black cat to cross your path. This is not true. I have had many black cats cross my path and it has always been wonderful when the do…because they are cats! But on days where superstition is high, people don’t always do things they would normally do. There is always a higher incidence of violence towards black cats on Friday the 13th and Halloween.

If you have a black cat, we suggest you keep him indoors today, just to be on the safe side.

Tools To Make Homemade Dog Food

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dog food new mexicoMaking your own dog food is a great idea. Not only is it super healthy for your dog but it is a lot easier than you might think. As with all things, it will be easier if you have the right tools. If you are interested in making your own dog food, here are some tools that we recommend that will make it easier.

  1. Food Scale: You want to make sure you are giving your dog the right portions. Getting a little food scale to weight out your portions will help ensure your recipe has the right amounts as well as you are feeding the right amounts.
  2. Rice Cooker: Rice is a main ingredient in a lot of homemade dog food. Using a rice cooker is often the easiest way to ensure that you have perfectly cooked rice every time. Plus they turn themselves off so you never have to worry about burning the rice.
  3. Egg Cooker: If you are adding eggs into your homemade dog food, you may want to get an egg cooker. It will give you perfectly cooked eggs every time.

There are a lot of other things you can get to make things easier, like a special set of measuring cups, a ziplock bag holder for holding open your zip lock bag when your are storing your extra dog food, pyrex containers for food storage. But most of this you will likely already have. If you have any questions about what kind of food you should be feeding your dog, talk to your Albuquerque vet to help establish a good meal plan. You can also view great dog food recipes on our site.

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