Ways For Keeping Your Cats Or Dogs Comfortable During Winter

When the cold weather really kicks in, we all worry that our outdoor pets will be okay. There are a few things you can do to make sure they make it through the winter happy and healthy. A heated bowl which is controlled by a thermostat will ensure that your dog’s water never freezes.

If our feet are cold in the house what do we do? Put on slippers or socks obviously, what can our poor dogs do though? Absolutely nothing, so we have to do it for them. A kennel raised above the ground is a good idea, alternatively give them something to sleep on that is elevated above the cold floor.

Dressing up a dog is a well debated issue between dog owners. Even those who look down on it appreciate that jackets, sweaters and the like are necessary items and not fashion statements.

Generally speaking, dog clothes come in 5 sizes, so it’s highly likely that there will be some to fit your dog. They are easy to care for too and can go in your washing machine.

Health supplements taken in conjunction with the winter clothes will keep their joints supple and warm. Drafts along floors and under doors can even affect your indoor dog. There are lighter fleeces and sweaters designed for this kind of use. Even in winter weather your dog needs its exercise, and you can even get dog goggles to protect their eyes from the elements.

Don’t forget about your cat in the winter months either. They have a lot less body fat than dogs and get cold very quickly. There are some great beds for cats that are like a cave which will keep them warm in all temperatures.

Carpets keep a room warm, but if you have laminate or wooden flooring your pet will feel the cold when they are lying down through the day. A rug will keep them warmer, or even better, a heated pet mat. Both dogs and cats will enjoy sleeping on these through the day, especially if they are used to lying beside your bed at night on a carpet. You Can Ensure That Your Beloved Dogs And Cats Can Maintain Their Warmth

The worst thing that you can possibly do is leave your pet outside so that it’s exposed to the elements. Frostbite is nasty at any time, but can be extremely painful for dogs. It’s attacks their tail, feet and ears so make sure they have good shelter.

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Toilet Training Cats Is Easy

Most of us take toilet training cats for granted: Most kittens seem to learn with very little help from their owners, particularly if you have the mother or another cat in the home to teach them. Even if you don’t, most felines seem to be magnetically drawn to the litter box with very little urging from you.

There are however some instances when a kitten won’t take to their litter box and instead may find a houseplant, or worse yet your carpet. Not catching problem behavior quickly might mean your cat will develop a habit of going wherever they please.

Creating a private environment – This is an important first step when toilet training cats. Many of us need privacy to do our business, yet don’t give our animals the same respect. Most dogs are quite happy urinating, or having a bowel movement with the whole town staring at them.

Cats are a little different in most cases and plenty of cat owners out there will tell you how their cat will make a quick exit from their litter box when someone enters the room. Put the litter box in a room where your kitten will have some privacy to sniff around their box and get comfortable (litter boxes with a top enclosure are also ideal).

Lock the door. This doesn’t mean permanently locking your kitten in a room and throwing away the key. Rather, if you can put your kitten alone in a small room with their litter box they will have much less opportunity to explore other areas to do their business. After they’re used to it and use the box frequently, you can move the box wherever you wish. Usually one or two days in a room with their box is all they need to become comfortable with their litter box.

Should You Get A Dog Door And An Electric Dog Fence

Dogs are happiest whenever they have the freedom to go indoors and outdoors as they please, however it can be dangerous to give your pet unfettered access to the outdoors. Your pet can escape, become lost, be hit by a car, or suffer injury. Read on to find out about the advantages of having a pet door and underground dog fence installed in your home.

Pet Doors

Letting your pet in and out of the house can be a never-ending chore. A pet door enables your animal to enter and exit the house without any help from you. A pet door is especially ideal if you cannot be home to take your animal out as often as he needs to go. Pet doors can be installed in any kind of door, from glass to wood.

Before you buy a door, make sure it is the right size for your animal. Most pet doors list the sizes and weights of animals that can fit through each size of door. Pay more attention to the width of the door than the height. A dog can crouch down to get through a door that is too short, but a door that is too narrow will not work. If you get a pet door when your dog is a puppy, be sure and get a door large enough for the largest size your puppy will be.

It is best to install the dog door in a door leading into a room where your animal can’t cause too much damage when left unattended.

Underground Fence

Fencing is the best way to keep your animal safe while still allowing him to exercise freely outdoors. Of all of fencing options available, invisible fencing is generally the least expensive. This type of fence consists of a buried wire around the yard’s perimeter and an electronic collar worn by the dog. When the dog approaches the wire, there is a warning beep or tingling that alerts the dog that he is getting too close to the fence. If he ignores the warning, he receives an electric zap.

Invisible fencing is the perfect option for dog owners who do not like the look of barrier fencing or live in an where barrier fencing isn’t allowed. Another benefit of an underground fence is that you can easily form a boundary around almost any part of your yard, such as your garden or swimming pool.

When you have finished installing the invisible fence, you should take a day or two to teach your dog that there will be a consequence when he crosses the boundary before turning him loose in the yard. The installation kit will include information on how to do this.

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Declaw No – Scratching Post Yes!

The issue of declawing has been a hot one for about 20 years now. The main reason for declawing is to stop a cat from scratching furniture, people and priceless rugs. There is no medical reason to declaw a cat, though, and the declawing removes the front of the toe which can affect a cat’s balance.

It’s simpler and more humane to teach your cat some claw manners instead. Set up scratching posts around the house, including the hanging kind which you can attach to the the couch. Use catnip to attract your cat. You can also teach your cat to leave the furniture alone and to keep her claws in when a person is holding her. It just takes a repetitive “No!” when the claws come out and treats when she obeys. A little time training is a much better alternative.

Indoor Cats Get Fleas Too!

You may think your cat will never become dinner for fleas but a surprising number of indoor-only cats have problems.

Since cats are fastidious groomers, the fleas may go unnoticed until you see your cat doing lots of scratching or you notice some hair loss due to bite allergies. If you have a dog who goes outside, even if he’s on flea prevention he stands of chance of being a flea carrier. You can also bring fleas in on your pants or socks. Another way they gain access is through the window screen, especially if your cat enjoys sitting by a first-floor window.

To do a flea check, place your cat on a white towel and brush. If you see black specks (flea debris) then it’s time to get some flea control.