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Celebrity Cats – Alien Cat Matilda

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Celebrity Cats – Alien Cat Matilda

Meet Matilda. A cat with eyes that seem to show you the universe. No, these eyes have not been altered using Photoshop, they are 100% natural. Matilda has a condition that has caused her eyes to become extremely enlarged and glossy.

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Photo Source: Alien Cat Matilda

Matilda was found by an animal rescue society in a small town hoarder’s house. At only 12 weeks old she found her forever home with ‘The Bearded Man, The Lady, and Dog’. For about a year her eyes seemed to be normal.Picture2

Photo Source: Alien Cat Matilda

Shortly after Matilda’s first birthday she began to experience an issue with her right eye in which one pupil would dilate to nearly the size of her eye. The veterinarians diagnosed her with spontaneous lens luxation and soon after her left eye became affected as well.

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Eventually, Matilda’s eyes began to grow. They are unsure as to why her eyes are growing, but they believe it might have something to do with a collagen deficiency. Matilda’s eyes, though large, were not causing pressure or pain, meaning Matilda could live a happy alien cat life, even without the use of her vision.

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Photo Source: Alien Cat Matilda

In March of 2016 Matilda had to undergo a surgery to remove her eyes. One of them had started increasing in size and causing her a lot of pain. There are updated pictures of this inspiring cat on their Instagram and blog, so be sure to check them out!

 

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Top 20 Most Common Dog Names

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Choosing the perfect name for your new dog can be a difficult and daunting task. What you decide to call your dog becomes a part of their personality! We put together a list of 20 most commonly used dog names; we hope we can help you determine the perfect name for little Fido. (Surprisingly, that name isn’t on the list!)

 

Male:

1.     Max 11.  Oliver
2.     Charlie 12.  Jake
3.     Buddy 13.  Bentley
4.     Cooper 14.  Teddy
5.     Jack 15.  Riley
6.     Rocky 16.  Milo
7.     Toby 17.  Bailey
8.     Duke 18.  Buster
9.     Bear 19.  Dexter
10.  Tucker 20.  Leo

 

Female:

1.     Bella 11.   Luna
2.     Lucy 12.   Lily
3.     Daisy 13.   Roxy
4.     Molly 14.   Zoey
5.     Lola 15.   Stella
6.     Sadie 16.   Penny
7.     Maggie 17.   Coco
8.     Sophie 18.   Gracie
9.     Chloe 19.   Zoe
10.  Bailey 20.   Abbie

 

Did your dog’s name make it on the list? If so, let us know in the comments!

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7 Facts About Your Cat’s Tail

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1. Your cat’s tail helps them to balance. The tail helps to serve as a counterbalance when cats walk on narrow spaces such as fences or shelves. The tail also aids in balance when a cat is running after or jumping on prey.

2. Tail injuries can cause permanent damage. The tail houses nerves that can affect the tails muscles as well as their control of urination and defecation and pulling on the tail can cause nerve damage. Nerve damage may heal over time, but can often be permanent.

3. Cats can live without tails. Even though cats use their tails for balance, if a cat’s tail needs to be amputated due to an injury, the cat will soon learn to compensate for the loss of their tail. In fact, Manx cats are born without tails and are not any less agile than their tailed friends.

4. The tailless gene is dominant but needs a recessive tail gene. When breeding a Manx cat, breeders will breed a tailless cat with a tailed cat. Having two copies of the tailless gene is semi-lethal and if a tailless cat is bred with another tailless cat, the fetus’ are often spontaneously aborted. In fact, many Manx cats will still have a medical conditioned coined “Manx Syndrome”. Symptoms of which include spina bifida, fused vertebrae, and bowel or bladder problems.

5. Cats use their tails to communicate. As with most animals, cats communicate mostly through body language. The tail is a great indicator of your cat’s mood.

6. When cats put their tail in the air around other cats, it can be seen as an invite for the other cat to smell them.

7. The Domestic cat is the only feline that can hold its tail in a vertical position while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs.

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How to Make (Doggy) Friends at the Dog Park

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It can be great fun to bring your dog to an off-leash dog park so that they can meet and play with all of the other pups. Playing at the dog park can help to burn up some of that excess energy as well as socialize them with other dogs and humans.
Before bringing your pup to the dog park for the first time, it’s important to work on some basic training, especially if they don’t have a lot of prior socialization with dogs.
Here are some tips to help prepare your pup for their first trip to the dog park;

1. Work on your dog’s recall

Recall is a must in any off-leash situation. There are many situations in which recall becomes key; if your dog looks like it’s about to get into a fight, if they’re going somewhere they don’t belong, or if you simply want to leave the park are all great examples of when mastery of this skill becomes important.
Work on ‘come’ inside of the home first. Once they have it down inside, move training outside to a low distraction setting and practice the command. Slowly increase the amount of noise and distractions that are around your dog as you work on the command. Once they can come with no problem in any setting, you can feel confident when bringing them to an off-leash park.

2. Introduce your dogs to other dogs on leash.

Introduce you dog to many dogs while both are on a leash. Don’t introduce your dog to a dog that is off-leash while yours remains on, as this can cause stress to your dog and make them uncomfortable. You want their experiences with other dogs to be as stress free as possible.

3. Exercise your dog beforehand.

This may seem a bit counterintuitive. The reason you’re bringing your dog to the park is so that they can use up some of that excess energy, why would you want to tire them out first?
When first introducing your dog to the other dogs at the park, you don’t want them to be too excited. If they’re barking, jumping, and bowling into the other dogs, they will have a hard time making any new friends. You don’t want your dog to be known as the ‘park bully’. If your dog is too energetic in the park and bowling over all of the other dogs, many other pet parents won’t be pleased.
Additionally, an excited and energetic dog is less likely to follow that ‘come’ command you worked so hard on.

4. Bring treats and continue training at the park

Work on some of your basic training at the park. Come, sit, stay, down, etc. are great commands to reinforce at the park where there are so many distractions.

While making friends is reliant on the dogs being compatible, a lot of it has to do with how well you’ve trained your dog to act in the park. Your pup is more likely to find some puppy playmates if they are well behaved.

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What is a Proper Transition Period into Zignature Dog Food?

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If you’re planning on switching your dog’s food to Zignature from another brand, you may want to consider a transitory stage between foods.

 

A sudden change in diet could lead to some unpleasant bowl movements. When your pup’s stomach gets used to a food, switching it out suddenly can cause an upset in their GI tract.

 

To be safe, it’s best to switch out your dog food slowly. This is especially true if your dog has a sensitive stomach. We recommend a gradual transition from your pet’s current food to a Zignature brand food lasting anywhere from five days up to two weeks.

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Who is a Gradual Transition Most Important To?

 

  • Dogs that have previously been on a high grain, corn, wheat, or soy diet.
  • Dogs that have sensitive stomachs.
  • Dogs with food allergies

 

When transitioning your dog to Zignature start by introducing a small amount of Zignature mixed in with their old dog food. As the days progress, slowly start adding more Zignature and decreasing their previous food by the same amount.

 

A gradual transition makes it easier for your pets stomach to acclimate and can help avoid any stomach upset. If you’re switching between different Zignature recipes, this transitory stage is likely unnecessary.

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Transitioning to Fussie Cat

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Are you ready to make the change to Fussie Cat? If you are, that’s great! Not only is Fussie Cat a healthy option for your pet, but your pet is sure to love it!

However, even if you’re ready to make the change to Fussie Cat, they may not be.

Why You Should Gradually Transition Your Cat

Many cat owners can admit to trying to switch cat foods abruptly. However, not only is it likely your cat will refuse the new food, it can also make them uncomfortable. A sudden change in your cat’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset which in turn can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if They Are NOT Picky Eaters

Make sure you have enough of their current food to last at least a week so that you can slowly transition them from their current food to Fussie Cat.

The measurements will change based on how much your cat needs to eat daily, but for example;

If you feed your cat 1 cup of dry food every day, you will want to add 1/8 cup of Fussie Cat to 7/8 cup of their normal food. Then each day up the amount of Fussie Cat by 1/8 cup. In 8 days you will have completely transitioned your cat to their new food.

How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if they ARE Picky Eaters

It would be great if cats weren’t such picky eaters, but many are. Many cats will become so accustomed to their diet that they will refuse to eat any new food. Almost all cats can become convinced to eat new food, but it will take some time and patience on your part.

The first step is to start your cat on a feeding schedule, rather than allowing them to free eat. You should plan on feeding your cat 2-3 times each day. Once you put the food out, give them 20-30 minutes to finish it, and if they haven’t finished it you should take it away.

Once your cat has gotten used to eating their meals on a scheduled basis you can start transitioning in the new food. You can try to follow the guidelines above for non-picky eaters, but if they don’t accept this new mixture you many need to take the amount of new food down a notch and consider lengthening the transition phase to a couple of weeks instead of one.

How well the transition goes is ultimately up to your cat. Some may take a week, while others may take much longer. Never try to starve your cat into eating new food as malnourished cats can develop hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) which could become life threatening.

How picky of an eater is your cat? How long does it take to switch out their food? Let us know in the comments below.

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Weight Control and Your Dog

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How to tell if your pet is overweight.

It’s easy to tell if your pet is obese, but whether or not your pet is big boned or actually overweight may be harder to determine.

You should be able to feel, but not see your dog’s ribs when you run your fingers along their rib cage. You should also be able to see a distinctive waist when you look at them from above.

We see our pup’s day in day out and it can be hard to notice the minuscule weight changes until it’s too late. The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is by scheduling semi-regular vet visits so that your veterinarian can help you determine if your dog is of a healthy weight for their breed.

What causes weight gain?

Factors that can contribute to weight gain in dogs can include;

  • Overfeeding and overeating
  • Inactivity
  • Breed
  • Age
  • Reproductive Status (Neutered/Spayed or Intact)
  • Pre-existing Conditions

How to control your dog’s weight.

We all know that weight gain is when too many calories are coming in and too few are going out, but there can be more to helping your dog lose weight than simply feeding them less.

  • Know exactly how much you are feeding them and how many calories they are getting each day.
  • Choose the right formula of Zignature Dog Food.
  • Be aware of any additional treats you give them, and the calorie content.
  • Don’t give your pup scraps or other people food.
  • Make sure they are getting adequate exercise.

Have you ever had to put your pup on a diet? Let us know your experience in the comments below!

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The World’s Longest Domestic Cat

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Meet Ludo the Main Coon.

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Ludo the Maine Coon comes from Wakefield, a city in West Yorkshire England, and measures in at an astounding 3’ 10.59” long from the tip of his nose, to the end of his last tailbone.

The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat, so it’s no surprise that this breed holds the world record for longest domestic cat.

Ludo has brought the record for longest cat back to the UK after a period of 6 years in which the record for longest cat was held on and off by a couple of cats living in the United States. The previous record holder was a Maine Coon named Stewie who measured an astounding 48.5 inches long! Stewie passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

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Ludo’s owner Kelsey describes him as being just like any other cat; he enjoys playing with his toys, laying around, and cuddling with his humans. The only thing that sets him apart is his giant size and the slight clumsiness that comes with it.

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Creating a Lost Dog Kit

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It can happen in an instant. One moment your dog is in the back yard basking in the sun, and the next they’ve realized someone has left the gate open and bound off of your property. If you have ever lost a pet before, you already know the anxiety, dread, and panic that quickly sets in the moment you realize your dog is gone.

 

In this situation it’s important not to waste any time. The best way to save time when searching for your dog is to have a kit ready. That way, if and when the time comes, you’re not wasting a second stressing out at the nearest printing service trying to print some missing fliers.

 

Below is a list of items you should include in your lost dog kit;

 

Lost Dog Posters

 

Making dog posters when you’re calm will ensure your poster will be effective. If done in a rush, you could end up using a photo that makes it hard to positively identify your pup. By doing it in advance you can even have fun with it by turning it into a photo shoot!

 

Phone Numbers of Local Animal Shelters

 

Gather a list of phone numbers to all of the places you’d call if your dog went missing. This includes all of the local animal shelters within a 100 mile radius. Having this list handy will save you a lot of time when your dog goes missing.

 

Have a Pet Finder App Already Downloaded to your Phone

 

Finding Rover is a great app that uses facial recognition to help you find your dog. If you already have this downloaded to your phone you’ll save some time.

 

There are also local Facebook groups you can join to alert the community that you’ve lost your pup.

 

Have you ever lost your dog before? What steps did you take to make sure they came home? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in the Bed

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Some dog owners love to have their canine companion sleep in the bed with them, while others would never even consider it. There are plenty of reasons you may not want to have your dog in the bed with you;

  • They are restless sleepers and wakes you up.
  • They take up too much room.
  • You’re a restless sleeper and might roll on top of them.
  • Your dog snores.
  • Your dog has nighttime flatulence.
  • You’ll likely need to wash your sheets more often.
  • Your dog gets out of bed and into trouble.

And more! However, saying no to those puppy dog eyes can sometimes be too much to handle. And luckily there are some benefits to letting your dog sleep with you;

  • They are warm.
  • They help us relax.
  • They make us feel safe.
  • Cuddling is good for the brain.
  • Makes you happy.
  • Makes the dog happy.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but be sure to take the following things into consideration;

  1. If your dog is not fully housebroken, you should not let them out of their crate at night.
  2. If they get out of bed and chew on things they should not be let out of the crate at night.
  3. If they have any form of resource guarding you should not let them sleep with you.

What’s your take on the matter? Do you let your pup sleep with you at night? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.