Archive | August 2014

Should You Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet?

Tired of litter clean ups, gritty floors, and those nasty odors? Well we may have just the right solution for you! Inspired by the movie, Meet the Parents, many cat owners are now opting to toilet train their cats! The first thing to know is that it takes time and dedication to train your cat to use the toilet and can sometimes take a few weeks to even a few months! Lucky for you Jo Lapidge created the Litter Kwitter to help make your cat’s transition from the litter box to the toilet easier on you and your furry loved one! Watch the demonstration video below to see if the Litter Kwitter is right for you!

Aside from the Litter Kwitter there are other ways to toilet train your cat. Here is a step by step method on how to toilet train your cat with only the basics! If your cat has somehow found another room in the house to use as a “toilet” you will need to eliminate the smell of urine or the problem will only get worse! You can purchase special formulated items to remove the smell of urine from most pet stores! Remember before you begin to toilet train your cat that it takes a lot of patience and time! Don’t get discouraged when your kitty has an accident keep your head up and stay diligent with her training and you’re sure to see a positive outcome!

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Water Safety for Dogs 101

It’s really hot out there. Heading off to the beach, lake or just staying at home by the pool are great ways to beat the heat with your pet, but fun can quickly turn to disaster if you’re not careful.

Don’t leave your pets unsupervised around water. Not all dogs are good swimmers.

Heat from the sun is more intense around water than on shore. Watch your dog for signs of sunburn or heat stroke, and keep him off hot sand as it can blister his paws.

If possible go out and buy your dog a life jacket and use it. If you’re spending time by the water or in a boat, please consider purchasing a life jacket for your pup. It’s so easy to become distracted, and a life jacket can save her life. Just like with people, it’s easy for your pup to develop a cramp in her leg, become exhausted too far from shore, or, in rivers or oceans, get overwhelmed by tides.

Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt, as well as bacteria or dirt she might pick up from a pond or lake. Be sure to remove wet collars to prevent hot spots.

Try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that can easily cause a bellyache. Water from lakes, ponds and rivers should also be avoided as it often contains nasty parasites that cause vomiting, diarrhea and other health issues. Watch this video to learn more about water safety.

So take these tips and your dog(s) with you on your next swimming adventure and you’ll surely have a wonderful time!