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Caring For Your Cats
by Andrei Smith

All cats, like humans, also need proper attention and nurture. In fact, these domesticated animals can play an important role in our everyday life. Cats are highly known for their intelligence and loyalty that's why it is also important for us to properly train and take good care of them.
Cats are also considered as great companions and friends and can provide us with lots of love and entertainment. But even though most pet owners know the importance of their cats; only few people know how to properly train and care for them. And this is where the importance of responsible pet ownership enters.

If you want to own a cat, you must be responsible in adopting them. You must realize that developing your pet's bad habit may not bring happiness to you and the people around you.

In order to be a responsible pet owner, you have to properly nurture your pet. Let's say you own a cat, make sure that you know how to feed him with quality cat food, provide him a good shelter and give him the best protection just like the state-of-the-art patio cat doors that we offer. This will give them freedom to go in and out of the house without having to scratch your doors.

Similarly, when you have cats at home, you can just give them a clean litter box, a comfortable home, a bit of your affection and they will be very satisfied. Pets are like small children who also need to be treated fairly. So just treat them right while providing their designated boundaries.

Installing window cat doors would help you train and discipline them on how to properly go in and out of your house appropriately. With these wall mount cat doors, you can just leave them at home and just go back from work without worrying if they have ruined all your home accessories.

A cat's proper behavior will also depend on his or her owner. When they think their owner takes good care of them and knows how to properly discipline them, they will execute a proper behavior. They don't want to be abused nor beaten and they always wanted to be rewarded and praised. Executing the proper disciplinary action will make them realize the difference between right and wrong behavior.

Hitting or kicking them while training is ineffective and not a good way to treat them and may even cause them to attack somebody. So in order for your pet to respect and obey you or listen to your commands, you must perform the most proper training. Try it and you will be amazed how your pet reacts to your proper disciplinary actions.

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Cat Behavior - Does Your Cat Give Itself Jobs?
By Jeanette Barron

My oldest cat has a very definite sense of herself. She has rules of behavior - for herself and for me when dealing with her. She takes herself quite seriously.

When she was about 2 years old, just getting totally past the kitten stage, she started assigning herself duties.

At the time, I was working a midnight to 7 am shift. I got up at 10 pm. After a while I noticed that if I wasn't up within 10 minutes of my alarm going off, Luna would be there working at waking me up. She started nicely, licking my eyelids and if that didn't work she progressed up the pain ladder - a few slaps across the face - up to the one that always worked - a claw inserted into my nostril and pressed down.

When I left that job and started working 2 part-time day jobs - with different starting times, within a week she had my schedule down pat.

She knew what time I usually went to bed and if I didn't make any moves, she would start patting me on the leg, meowing and trying to lead me to the bedroom.

She knew what times I got up on different days, and once again I got 10 minutes leeway from the time the alarm went off to get up. After a while I didn't need an alarm, she knew the time and got me up. I was never late for work.

The only unfortunate part of this is that cats don't know about statutory holidays, and I was always woken up even when I could legitimately sleep in.

I never get sick - have never had the flu, can't remember the last time I had a cold, so this came as a surprise to me. One evening I ate something that was off - spent most of the night with my head in the toilet. During the whole sorry episode Luna was with me. When I was hanging over the toilet, she was there. When I staggered back to bed between episodes she stretched out on the bed beside me. And when I was running to the bathroom, she was running with me. She never slept or left my side the whole time. It was very sweet and totally unexpected.

My other cat is still too young to feel the need to do anything but eat and play, but I'm wondering if eventually he too will decide to give himself a job, or whether Luna is unique in this way.

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What Are The Common Types of Dog Allergies
by Alan Low

Dog allergies may be the result of seasonal conditions, environmental factors or symptoms of food allergies. Many dog owners are surprised to learn that food allergies are not always related to a new food or diet.
There are four ordinary dog allergies which comprise inhalant allergy, flea allergy, skin allergy and food allergies. Up to 40% of dogs that have been tested have proven positive for flea allergy. Inhalant allergies, also known as atopy, include pollen, mold, mildew, and dust mites. Dogs suffer from food allergies on a annual basis other than a seasonal basis like atopy. Skin allergies include ringworm and mange which are fungal diseases. Three of the more ordinary dogs that possess these health maladies are golden retrievers, poodles, and bull dogs.

Inhalant allergies, also known as airborne allergies or atopy, often do not appear until after the dog is two years old. Any dog can have inhalant allergies, but some breeds are more susceptible to it than others, the Japanese chin is not prone to this allergy. Canine inhalant allergies are caused by the same thing human inhalant allergies are tree, grass and weed pollens, dust mites, mold, and chemicals. The reaction however is different. Humans develop respiratory problems, while dogs will constantly lick, chew and bite. You will notice the armpits, feet and groin are the places your pet scratches the most. You may also notice hot spots from the excessive scratching which can lead to infections. Inhalant allergies are often the cause of chronic ear infections.

Flea allergies are also very common when it comes to dog allergies, and one of the biggest mistakes on the part of owners here is that they think that the flea itself causes the allergy. This is actually not true and instead, it is the flea's saliva that causes problems. As most people are already aware, one of the most common symptoms of fleas is scratching, so if you ever notice that your dog is scratching or experiencing hair loss, you may want to have them checked for fleas.

Dog food allergies are more common than most people realize, and true allergies (as opposed to sensitivities/intolerances) generally produce skin irritations and problems rather than digestive upsets. Symptoms of food allergies in dogs can appear within a short time of eating a particular food, or take weeks, months or even years to develop. Contrary to popular belief, most dog food allergies occur as a reaction to a familiar food that your pooch has been eating quite happily for years, rather than to a new food that you've just introduced him to. In fact around 70% of dog food allergies are caused by a food that's been well tolerated for more than two years. An allergic reaction to a food almost never happens on first exposure, but on second or subsequent ones.

If your pet is constantly scratching or sneezing whenever they come in from outside, or you notice a rash on their skin, whether they are inside or outside, your pet may have dog skin allergies. Dog skin allergies cause your pet to break out in rashes or, in worse cases, lose their fur in certain spots, due to an allergic reaction to something they are coming in contact with. Depending on the severity of the dog skin allergy, you should take your pet into the vet at the first sign of an allergic reaction to determine what is causing your dog's skin allergy.

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I have studied the topic of dog allergies for about 10 years. My goal is to help the dog owners to have better understanding of types of dog allergies and what are the treatment options are available in treating dog allergies.

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