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Fussie Cat Winter Tips

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Winter!

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For many of us (at least those who aren’t with us in California) that means snow! While many of our feline friends have adapted to snowfall, they still face a greater risk when it’s on the ground, so we wanted to share a few helpful tips so that your kitty can stay safe during the Winter.

  1. If you have any outside sheds or outbuildings, either ensure that they’re shut all the way or that they’re wedged open so no kitty looking for a warm place for a few minutes gets trapped.
  2. Check your car before starting it, including the engine! Even if your kitty is an indoor one, you never know who may climb up there for some warmth.
  3. Provide outdoor shelter, it’s important for a cat to have access to a warm place just in case, providing a warm shelter for them is essential. You may find a feral mom moves her kittens in as well!
  4. If your cat is older, or has arthritis, the cold can severely affect inflamed joints and make it hard for them to reach some of their favorite sleeping areas. Provide some extra warmth lower to the ground as well as see if you can’t make it easier for them to reach their favorite sleeping area if possible.
  5. Confirm any outside water source isn’t frozen each day.
  6. Make sure your kitty is inside before the sun goes down. The night not only lowers temperatures, but significantly increases the chances of a vehicle incident.
  7. Whenever your kitty comes back inside from the snow, wipe off any grit and check for signs of frostbite.
  8. If your kitties are indoor only, do a quick check to make sure all entrances, exits (including windows!) are secure. Indoor kitties may escape through something as innocent as a loose screen, and the combination of the cold and being outside may frighten them and they could get lost.
  9. Make sure your heat is good and dependable! We know how much kitties appreciate being warm, so make sure your heater is working not only for yourself but for them. When leaving during the day, make sure there’s enough heat on inside.
  10. Stock up on food! You never know when some extreme weather may come up, so having an extra case or bag of Fussie Cat will ensure you have plenty of food for your feline friends just in case any blizzards make road conditions too dangerous. Plan ahead and save yourself from the worry!

 

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These are just a few Winter tips to ensure that your kitten has a safe (and warm!) holiday season!

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National Search Dog Foundation

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Hello Zignature Fans!

This month we wanted to dedicate this post to one of our partners, the National Search Dog Rescue Foundation! The National Search Dog Foundation (or SDF) is on a mission to recruit dogs from across the United States that can be trained in search and rescue techniques to aid in the rescue of injured and/or trapped persons during a disaster. The eight to ten-month training program teaches the dogs how to navigate difficult terrain, pick up on the faintest of scents and locate people no matter the circumstance. At the end of the training the dogs will be partnered with a handler from a Search and Rescue team for a quick two week introductory period. This is to confirm they work well together before going off to their new home to perform what they’ve been trained for. Due to the professional training these fur balls receive the time it takes for them to attain FEMA Advanced Certification is greatly reduced. These canines are the real deal and save countless lives whenever disaster strikes!

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One of the most amazing things about this organization is how they recruit their dogs. SDF recruits primarily from shelters, rescuing pups, some less than a day from scheduled euthanasia, train them up and give them a second chance at life. Any dog that is unable to complete the rigorous training is trained as a service dog to help people with disabilities or fostered into a loving home, ensuring that they never have to see a shelter again. SDF keeps tabs on every dog that has gone through their training, pass or fail, to ensure that they are well taken care of. If anything changes they will take the dog back so they do not have to re-enter a shelter.

Zignature is so proud to provide these hard-working pups with a nutritionally balanced diet to help power them through their busy days. Please feel free to go take a look at their page for more information!

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With that said, unfortunately SDF has taken a hard blow from the Thomas fire in Ventura county. Much of their training courses were lost to the flames, but thankfully everyone, including all the canines, were able to get to safety without any harm. If you are interested in supporting this wonderful organization as we do, please see the link below about ways you can help out!

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In the future we’ll be featuring SDF by getting some training tips for you to use at home, showing a little about how these dogs are trained and much more! Stay tuned for much more!

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A Fussie Cat Feast!

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It’s the month of the turkey and what better way to celebrate than to eat a lot of delicious food! As we gather around the table to enjoy some grub, family, and maybe a little football, it’s a great opportunity to relax and think about everything that you are thankful for. Before you take that post meal nap, don’t forget that with a little Fussie Cat Chicken and Turkey, you can give your kitty their own little Thanksgiving dinner. Packed with lots of fresh meat, Fussie Cat Chicken and Turkey recipe is a healthy and tasty meal for your feline friend so that they have plenty of energy to help with the holiday rush… or nap with you on the chair.

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Holiday Thanks

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks to everything we hold dear, and everyone here at Pets Global would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy and safe holiday for everyone in our Fussie Cat family. Of course, not everyone gets to go home for the holidays, as thousands of men and woman serving in our military will be working both home and overseas. Pets Global is proud to give back to our veterans and those who have given so much to us, which is why we were thrilled to participate in the Veterans Gala on November 10th, 2017!

 

Veterans Gala

Partnering with The Mission Continues, the Veterans Gala raised money to support programs for Veteran Housing, Healthcare, Education, PTSD Counseling, Employment & Entrepreneurship. The Mission Continues is an important organization that empowers veterans as they face the challenge of adjusting to life back home. Founded by a former Navy SEAL who returned from Iraq and discovered that many wounded veterans in military hospitals wanted to know how they could continue to serve their country outside of the military, Eric Greitens formed The Mission Continues to organize events to help those in communities who need it the most.. The veterans work alongside children, teaching them various skills and life lessons as well as creating strong bonds that set great examples for the youth. As the veterans who work for Pets Global can attest to, it can be extremely difficult learning how to live as a civilian once again. Volunteer work presents a wonderful opportunity to give back while maintaining that sense of comradery that is only found in service. We highly encourage anyone who may be fortunate enough to donate to consider The Mission Continues.

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From left to right: LT Vargas (Navy), COL Michael Corrado (Marines), SFC Peele (Army).

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A Zignature Feast!

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Mouthwatering Turkey

It’s the month of the turkey and what better way to celebrate then to eat lots of delicious food! Puppies everywhere understand what’s happening to an extent, meaning they smell that oh so juicy turkey on the table. One way to quell their appetite is to go out and get them their own version of a turkey dinner, Zignature Turkey Formula! Packed full of the nutrients your pup needs to stay healthy and palatable beyond compare to boot this would be a great dinner for the pooch. Our Turkey formula is sure to power your pup through any hectic Thanksgiving, or through any post meal nap!

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Holiday Thanks

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks to everything we hold dear, and everyone here at Pets Global would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy and safe holiday for everyone in our Zignature family. Of course, not everyone gets to go home for the holidays, as thousands of men and woman serving in our military will be working both home and overseas. Pets Global is proud to give back to our veterans and those who have given so much to us, which is why we were thrilled to participate in the Veterans Gala on November 10th, 2017!

Veterans Gala

Partnering with The Mission Continues, the Veterans Gala raised money to support programs for Veteran Housing, Healthcare, Education, PTSD Counseling, Employment & Entrepreneurship. The Mission Continues is an important organization that empowers veterans as they face the challenge of adjusting to life back home. Founded by a former Navy SEAL who returned from Iraq and discovered that many wounded veterans in military hospitals wanted to know how they could continue to serve their country outside of the military, Eric Greitens formed The Mission Continues to organize events to help those in communities who need it the most. The veterans work alongside children, teaching them various skills and life lessons as well as creating strong bonds that set great examples for the youth. As the veterans who work for Pets Global can attest to, it can be extremely difficult learning how to live as a civilian once again. Volunteer work presents a wonderful opportunity to give back while maintaining that sense of comradery that is only found in service. We highly encourage anyone who may be fortunate enough to donate to consider The Mission Continues.

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From left to right: LT Vargas (Navy), COL Michael Corrado (Marines), SFC Peele (Army).

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Scaretober: Kitten Edition

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It’s the puuurfect time to discuss some weird hooman superstitions, after all it’s Halloween and what better way to get in the spooky spirit then to talk about the darker colored kittens of the night?

 


 

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Superstition

Black cats have been scrutinized for centuries from Medieval Europe to the Pilgrims of Plymouth. Fear inducing, hair tingling, beasts they’d have you think! Only they’re not beasts, Bombay’s are one of the most loving breeds of cats you could get.

 

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Medieval Europe had numerous superstitions such as receiving bad luck if one crosses your path from left to right or their presence means you’ll be cursed! Wow, now that’s some scary stuff! If only the people back then realized what loving, adorable, and overall wonderful pets these kitties were… nay are!

 

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On the other hand, the Pilgrims in Plymouth distrusted these cats due to associating them with witchcraft. They truly believed that black cats were minions of these so called “witches”. This cemented their position in popular legend right alongside witches, leading to decorators using them as a popular Halloween symbol of fright!

 

 


 

Modern day still parades these cats as symbols of spook during the October weeks. These lasting superstitions have had lasting effects such as adoption rates for black kitties plummeting during this frightful holiday. Consider adopting one of these fur babies and giving them a loving home, where otherwise they may not find one.

 

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Feline Companionship

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Feline companionship might just be one of the best things you can do for your health. Studies show that cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or any other cardiovascular disease in comparison to people who’ve never owned a pet cat in their life. A study with almost 4,500 men and woman, all free of cardiovascular disease, was started in the 1970s. This study was to determine the effects of pet ownership regarding heart conditions, being aged between 30 and 75, 55% of them reported having a pet cat at some point in their life.

The people who have never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die from a heart attack, in comparison with cat owners, over the 20-year study period. These same people were also 30% more liekly to die of any other cardiovascular disease, including; stroke, heart failure and chronic heart disease. These results still held up when taking into consideration several other risk factors for developing heart disease such as, age, gender, race, blood, pressure and smoking.

Reasearchers were unable to find the same link for owners of dogs. A researcher, Farhan Siddiq, MD, of the University of Minnesota, explains that pet lovers most liely share a personality characteristic such as low stress and anxiety levels that help protect them against heart diseases. People with dogs most likely share these characteristics, however, the data does not reveal that.

Cats and dogs make people feel loved and at ease and it has been shown that a general feeling of well-being is linked to overall health.

With all of this said, feline companionship might be more important than most people might believe. ZenByCat for one, does agree that a cat’s companionship is very important. They believe that the mutual relationship between cats and human is extremely beneficial on both sides of the spectrum. Fussie Cat has teamed up with ZenByCat to help raise awareness and money to find a cure for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease that kills 1 in 100 to 1 and 300 cats between the ages 3-5.

If you would like to learn more about FIP or ZenByCat and even donate to the cause you can click ZenByCat’s logo!

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Help us save the lives of our feline friends, you never know when they might save ours.

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Dogs Really Are “Man’s Best Friend”

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Observation is a key component as to why people believe dogs can sense how they’re feeling. Dogs are very acute at picking up subtle changes in our body language or facial expressions. Body language is one of the main communication methods between dogs, so it only makes sense that they would pick up on our body language as well from living alongside humans for so long. A fun test to try with your pup is to show them different emotions such as smiling deeply at them while relaxing your body or looking directly into their eyes sternly while posturing. You should get two different and distinct reactions from your dog. Another thing to consider is your tone of voice. Canine reactions show that they can tell the difference between happiness, sadness, and anger just by reading our inflection.

 

Dogs, like humans, are all about family. This is shown by how they live in the wild within packs to survive. In a pack, there is always a hierarchy. The same as we have parents, elders and so on. The pack leaders provide for the pack and in return are respected. This leads many to believe that pack mentality contributes to the connection between humans and dogs’ due to us being considered part of the pack by our furry friends.

 

All of this coupled with their sense of smell makes for a fantastic companion. Studies have shown that dogs can smell 1 million times better than any human. This has some implications, such as the possibility that they experience their environment as a smell “image” as complex as sight. For example. when humans are anxious they perspire lightly. A dog’s keen sense of smell can detect this, hence how they know our mood has changed.

 

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With all of this said, dogs might just be “man’s best friend”!

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Why “Meat First” is Important

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A Physiologically Tuned™, nutritionally correct diet for your canine companion means meat first, limited ingredient recipes. Meat first provides canines the animal protein they need to thrive, while our limited ingredient philosophy eliminates troublesome staples such as Chicken, Corn, Wheat, Soy, and Potatoes. The result is optimal hypo-allergenic, low glycemic nutrition. We build on this natural foundation by adding vital supplements such as antioxidants, essential fatty acids and a complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals for holistic pet food that goes beyond nature to become your pet’s signature food for life.

 

While we all consider our pets to be members of the family, their dietary needs are different than ours. As carnivores, they require a diet rich in animal protein. That’s why the first ingredient in any Zignature® product will always be quality meat or fish, backed by meat or fish meal as the second ingredient. This isn’t just what your pet craves, it’s what they need to build a soft, silky coat, healthy muscles, and strong bones!

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Okay, maybe your pup won’t look like this. But we are confident a Physiologically Tuned™ diet should have your furry friend looking and feeling their best!

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Why do Persian Cats Have Short Faces?

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The ‘Doll Face’ of a Persian cat gives this breed their iconic sweet expression. However, the flat faces of these cats is not a result of natural selection, rather it’s a result of artificial selection – or selective breeding. At some point, cat fanciers found that Persian cats generally had slightly shorter snouts and decided that that trait was striking and desirable.

They then took cats with the desired traits and selectively bred them until the traits became more and more exaggerated.

Over time, Persians have been bred to have a round head, short face, snub nose, chubby cheeks, an a shorter body.

Adverse Health Effects Due To Their Flat Faces

Because of their flat faces, Persian cats can have problems with eye drainage, as well as nasal stuffiness. Additionally, the flatter the face of the Persian cat, the more likely they are to experience allergies and colds.

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