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Cat Tents

Are you wondering what gift to offer a friend or relative who has a cat as their pet? Gift him a pet tent, it will make an ideal gift. These tents are versatile, lightweight and can be stored conveniently.

The prices of pet tents can vary a lot. You may procure a top quality expensive tent, or an inexpensive variety that is fine for indoor use or even in your backyard. You can certainly locate one that fits in your budget, while simultaneously fulfilling your requirements, as well as those of your friend.

Here are the benefits of cat tents:

  • Cats prefer sleeping in unseen spots. A pet tent works as a safe, quiet and private area for the pet to relax or go to sleep.
  • Condensed tents are excellent for trips. Certain tents are designed for use within the car, though you can also get pet tents intended for outdoor use. Generally, these may be used for cats as well as dogs.
  • You can get flexible, handy tents. You’ll find them helpful when traveling with your pet. These are easy to shift, clean and store.
  • If you are short of funds and unable to procure a cat house or can’t provide adequate space in the backyard, you can provide your cat with a tent to keep it protected from natural elements. You can hide it when not in use.

Cat tents are ideal for indoor use.

  • Most tents have a collapsible design, making it easy to fold and store them to save your space.
  • Pet tents can be assembled, packed and stored easily, particularly their pop-up variety.
  • Many tents include dangling toys, which the cat enjoys playing with.
  • Obviously, a pet tent can be considered as a piece of useful furniture.

Factors you should consider while procuring a cat tent:

  1. There can be many factors influencing your choice. However, design and cost are the most significant and should be kept in mind while selecting a tent.
  2. The next important factor is the size of tent. If your pet is large-sized, you have to procure a tent large enough for the animal to move easily inside it.
  3. You should also consider the material used for making the tent. If you plan using it outdoor, you should get a tent with a sturdier construction. Lighter variety is made for indoor use.
  4. If you like taking the pet along with you during your outdoor trips or camps, buy one designed appropriately for the purpose. You may know that most pets tend to get edgy while traveling.

Here are additional features you should seek while selecting the most suitable tent for your cat:

  • Easy installation and storage – it should be lightweight and convenient to carry, clean and install.
  • Great design – It should provide adequate ventilation to your pet.

The material used for its construction should be heavy-duty and durable.

Choosing the Perfect Dog, Cat or Pet Bed

All of us pet owners know that our cats and dogs have very distinct personalities! Some are outgoing, some are a little more introverted and some just like being close to their owners.

When choosing the perfect bed for your cat, dog or other pet, there are lots of factors to consider. Their personality traits are one factor but also consider their habits and their likes and dislikes as well.

Also keep in mind where their bed may be placed. If it’s a drafty or very warm area, your choice of bed may be affected and you may want to select a warmer type or cooler bed style.

Our calico cat, Peaches, is a little feisty. We have other words for her at times but I’ll leave that up to your imagination! She likes to bully ‘Princess’ Elsie who doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She’s super shy and needs a lot of security. A shy or somewhat insecure pet would likely do well with a bolstered bed to offer some security – or a completely enclosed pet bed or house that they can crawl into and get all cozy, away from the world. Of course some cats like to sit in the window and watch the world – and other cats – go by! So, a cozy and comfy window perch is a perfect choice.

When choosing a great bed for your favorite canine, there are lots of sizes available for your Chihuahua-sized dog to your Great Dane! There are comfy pet beds for them to snuggle into and beds with bolsters that offer that extra needed security. Your English Sheep Dog may not need or want that extra fluffiness since they already have a bunch of fluff. But for dogs without all that hair, a pet bed with extra cushioning might be the answer. There are also cooling and heating pads and beds for pets that need it in summer or winter. And there are self-warming beds made of material to specifically harness your pet’s body heat and reflect it back to them.

All in all, by taking the time to consider all factors, you help ensure that your pet will actually use the bed and find it a great source of comfort – their ‘go-to’ place! When you start paying closer attention to your pet’s behaviour and habits, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll know your pet!

Can Dogs and Cats Spread Bedbugs?

With the bedbug epidemic rising out of control, it’s important to consider what role pets play in attracting and distributing bedbugs. Can bedbugs bite your dog or cat? Can pets transport bedbugs from the yard? Are homes with pets more prone to bedbug infestations and more resistant to treatment?

The good news is that bedbugs aren’t interested in pet food or pet waste. They only want blood, and they strongly prefer to bite humans because it’s difficult for them to extract fluid through fur. The bad news is that ANY warm blooded animal living in your home can act as a magnet to lure bedbugs out of hiding and disperse them to areas they normally wouldn’t go.

The steps you take to protect your bedroom against infestation will almost certainly drive bedbugs to other areas of your home in search of food. Factors such as body heat and pheromones will guide bedbugs to areas where pets congregate and relax. That’s bad news for you and good news for your local pest control operator. The difference between treating one room and treating multiple rooms can equal thousands of dollars. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if a bedbug has trouble biting your dog or cat. The worst part is that it left your bedroom to find another host and could possibly lay eggs elsewhere.

Make no mistake. Bedbugs can and will feed upon animals if human counterparts are unreachable due to factors such as pesticides and bed protection measures. Pets who display scabs or bald spots from flea and mite irritations are all the more susceptible to bedbug bites. The most vulnerable place on a dog’s body is the belly because it’s not as furry as other body parts, and it often comes in contact with the ground. A bedbug can hitch a ride from the yard to your home using your dog’s exposed skin as a vehicle, but this is a very small concern because bedbugs only stay on their hosts long enough to feed. It’s far more likely for pets to transport bedbugs within the home.

Most pesticides designed to kill and repel bedbugs aren’t safe for use on or near animals. The grand exception is cedar oil. When applied to human or pet quarters, it kills bedbugs on contact and creates a lasting barrier that repels a wide variety of insects, including fleas, ticks, lice and mites. For these reasons, cedar oil is swiftly becoming the pesticide of choice for major hotels. Last year, one of the most prominent pest control companies in the United States ordered 5,000 gallons of the substance.

The following guide was developed to address the special needs of pet owners who wish to stop the cycle of attraction and disbursement. With proper attention to detail, it’s possible to save thousands of dollars in extermination costs.

Don’t stop following the rules just because you no longer see bugs or experience bites. A well fed bedbug can live up to six months, while a dormant bedbug can survive up to 18 months without a blood meal. A female bedbug can lay 5 eggs per day and 500 in her lifetime. An organized plan of action is critical for pet owners who wish to contain infestations before they magnify exponentially.

Some Dos and Don’ts for Eradicating Bedbugs in Homes with Pets:

1.) Don’t use pyrethrum or pyrethrin sprays on mattresses, pet beds or couches. According to an EPA survey of poison control centers, they cause more insecticide poisoning incidents than any other pesticides except for organophospates. Read labels carefully before choosing any do-it-yourself product.

2.) Do limit the areas where pets sleep. The presence of several unconscious bodies lounging around the house is a formula for attraction and disbursement. Crate pets at night, or set aside a well-protected area for animals to sleep. Spray pet beds with cedar oil and refresh the treatment every few weeks. Discard old pet beds that have become infested or wash them in the hottest water available.

3.) Don’t trust in traditional flea treatments to prevent bedbugs from latching onto animals. They aren’t effective against bedbugs, and they can be quite dangerous. According to a 2010 statement from the Environmental Protection Agency, products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas kill hundreds of pets each year. In a national ABC news report released in 2008, spot drop flea and tick medicines were found to cause more than 44,000 severe reactions, including seizures and 1,200 deaths.

4.) Do spray an even mist of cedar oil over the carpet underneath your bed. Refresh the treatment once a month to protect pets that enjoy relaxing under beds and stop the cycle of attraction to your sleeping quarters.

5.) Do play detective, especially near areas where pets and humans sleep. Lift carpet edges, remove moldings and study the seams where ceilings and walls meet. Ask yourself where you’d hide if you were a bedbug with the desire to live near your sleeping host. Would you slip behind a picture frame hanging above your host’s bed? Would you crawl inside a pet toy, scratching post or pet bed? Spray any object that seems overly suspicious, even if you don’t find bugs.

6.) Do spray BOTH sides of your mattress with cedar oil. Don’t forget to remove the fine mesh cobweb netting that covers the underside of most box spring units. Spray this area liberally to kill bugs hiding within the bed cavity.

7.) Do use zippered mattress and box spring covers to prevent future infestation. Choose a durable waterproof mattress encasement with a sturdy zipper. Apply duct tape over the tiny gaps where zippers open and close. Remember that bedbug nymphs are barely visible to the naked eye. They can easily penetrate zipper clasps.

8.) Do protect bed legs, bed frames and headboards. Since bedbugs can’t jump or fly, they are most likely to reach you by crawling up furniture. Spray bed legs with cedar oil or cover them with double sided tape. Refresh the tape when it appears dusty or no longer feels sticky. Consider exchanging your wooden headboard for a sleek metal design without cracks and crevices.

9.) Don’t allow pets into your newly protected bed. If your emotional attachment is too strong to consider sleeping alone, apply cedar oil to your pets before allowing them to sleep with you.

10.) Don’t begin sleeping in other areas of the house! Bedbugs will simply leave your bedroom in search of a warm body. The infestation will quickly spread to other rooms.

11.) Don’t forget to spray baseboards and curtain hems that touch the floor. This will prevent bedbugs from crawling up the wall and across the ceiling where they can parachute onto the mattress.

12.) Do vacuum thoroughly and discard the vacuum bag to prevent bedbugs from escaping.

13.) Do wash linens and bedclothes in the hottest water available. Store clean blankets and pajamas in giant Ziplock bags. Change into fresh clothing every time you get into bed. A bedbug can easily hitch a ride from your couch to your bed using your favorite robe as a vehicle.

14.) Do spray couches and easy chairs, paying special attention to crevices and cushion wells. If you’re certain that the living room is infested, remove the fine mesh cobweb netting on the underside of your couch to gain access to the spring area. Spray this area liberally to kill bedbugs hiding within the sofa cavity.

15.) Do purchase smaller blankets that won’t hang over the sides of your bed. Bedbugs are known to latch onto blanket corners that touch the floor.

16.) Do move your bed six inches away from the wall or nightstand. Any part of your bed that touches a piece of furniture becomes an open pathway for crawling bugs.

17.) Do spray inside drawers, especially those nearest your bed. Pay special attention to cracks, seams and beveled edges.

Are You Ready for A Pet Cat?

Cats are insanely beautiful companions; these little meow machines make your world all the prettier and meaningful with the things that they do.

On some days they make seem like a havoc machine in the house, knocking the cans down and jumping from one shore to the another, but if you own one you’ll understand the happiness they bring in your life. However, if you’re planning to pet one, you need to know a few things about them.

Ask yourself the following questions so you can be sure whether or not you’re ready to own a cat and keep it healthy and happy beside managing your routine jobs.

Why do I need a pet cat?

You can have a plenty of reasons to pet a cat, but it’s important to find the right reasons. The love and companionship of a cat will surely fill your life with a lot of happiness but at the same time, their mood swings might not be welcome. If you’re buying one because you’re looking for a companion to share your love with, then believe me you’re doing the perfect thing. But, if you’re petting one because your 6-year-old child wants it and you’re sure that you’ll not be willingly taking care of it then it’s a big ‘No.’ If the answer the question ‘Why cat’ is clear in your head and if you’re ready to take the responsibility, then go ahead and make friends with one; if not rethink.

Am I ready to live with a cat?

Remember owning a cat is a serious, long-term commitment and you just can’t get rid of the responsibility one fine day. Before you decide to bring one to your home, make sure you’re ready to share with them a huge part of your life. Pet cats expect you give them attention and spare enough playtime. Unlike many animals, cats can adjust their schedules day or night to fit yours, which makes it easier to give them attention even if you have a busy workday. From money to space in the house if you are comfortable sharing things with the cat, you’re ready to go.

Will I make a responsible owner?

Being a responsible cat owner means making sure that your cat is healthy and happy and is getting the love she deserves as a family member. You need to be responsible for the following things:

1. Regular vet check-ups and vaccinations
2. Protection from fleas, worms, and ticks
3. Getting it de-sexed
4. Ensuring the cat is living in a secure environment and does not pose a threat to native species
5. Obeying licensing laws for your area

Think as many times as you want, take advice from people who own a cat and also from the ones who know your habits and lifestyle. It is best to know what other people think of you as a pet owner. Doing this will give you a series of options and will help you make the right decision. It is sad but true that people readily accept the innocent kitten faces but leave the cat in shelters when it becomes unmanageable for them to take care of their young cat.

The beautiful companions deserve a lot more than just a place to stay; so if you’re sure you’ll be a good parent then buy them, else don’t take the risk.

Great Free Pets

You really can get free pets if you know where to look. But make sure you’re prepared before bringing a pet into your home.

You can find free pets being offered everyday in just about any newspaper and online at websites such as Craig’s List. Of course, dogs and cats are the most common animals being offered, but you’ll see other types of pets too. In my local paper I’ve seen dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, rabbits, snakes, parakeets, tropical and marine fish, hamsters, and even horses offered for free to a good home.

Why would anyone give their pet away? There are tons of reasons. They may be moving out of town and can’t take it with them. The pet may have grown too large for them to take care of. They may have a new baby or a new job that takes all of their time. Or they may simply be tired of taking care of a pet.

You’ll sometimes see relatively valuable animals offered for free to a good home — pure bred dogs and cats, pythons, ferrets, horses, etc. The owners may have tried to sell the animal, but found no takers. And if they’re really desperate, they may have to give the animal away for free or turn it in to an animal shelter.

Before bringing a free pet, or any type of pet home, make sure you’re prepared. All animals require a certain amount of time (some more than others) and certain basic supplies.

Proper food and feeding dishes are a universal need for almost all pets. Dogs and cats will need collars and leashes. Snakes, lizards, and most rodents will need some type of aquarium with a top. And of course a bird will require a cage. Just think and plan out exactly what you’ll need and have it set up and ready before bringing your new pet home. Trust me, it’s no fun having to scramble around in a panic, rounding up supplies, after you bring a new pet home.

When going out to look at a potential new pet, be sure that you choose a healthy animal. A healthy animal will have bright and alert eyes. They won’t have mucous (dried or wet) around their eyes, nose or ears. And they will have healthy looking fur and/or skin, with no visible sores. Use your common sense and stay away from any animal that looks sick, unless you’re prepared to pay potentially large veterinary bills. Where possible, be sure to ask the owner for a health history and any available veterinary records.

Free pets can be a wonderful thing, if you’re prepared to take your time and don’t be in a hurry. You might find yourself stuck with someone else’s problem.