So there is enough to choose from, you would think.
But if you look closely at, let us say, cat food meat, you will find that every brand has about four to five flavors. The problem is they all have the same flavors, so there is not that much choice really.
And most cats have one or two kinds they really won’t eat, which leaves only about three flavors.
That does not give the variety that cats want and need.
There is another big problem: almost every cat I know has kidney problems.
Some vets think they get it from the food. The food we buy as “very good for your pet”.
After about three, sometimes less, years, you find out that your cat has a kidney disease of malfunction. Then the vet tells you that from then on your cat can only have special diet food, especially made for these cats.
A few years back Anne and I purchased a couple of tennis balls for our dogs to fetch in the backyard. Within a couple of weeks both dogs were sick with the same symptoms. After nearly $250.00 in vet bills we discovered that they were having a reaction to the tennis balls we bought from one of the chain pet stores. Turns out that the tennis balls had toxic substances on them.
High levels of lead, arsenic and chromium to name a few have been found in both cat and dog toys. Phthalates and Bisphenol A are chemicals which are used to give plastic more elasticity. These two chemicals mimic female hormones and act as anti-androgens. Anti-Androgens block male hormones. Your pet’s saliva and chewing action releases the toxins into their blood system.
Toys made in the US are, for the most part free from at least the BPA’s. Toys made in China and some other foreign countries contain a shopping list of toxic substances. High levels of lead in particular are routinely found in toys manufactured in China.
Picking food for your cat can be a difficult thing to do if you want to make sure your cat gets high quality stuff. Wet food is generally better than dry food, so you are off to a good start. However, there are so many poor quality wet foods available that you really have to make sure what you are feeding your cat. Companies have perfected ways to cheaply make cat food, all while tricking you into thinking that the food is high quality.
The ingredients list is very important. The grain content in wet food is generally lower than in dry. However, lots of grains can still be present. It is important to ensure that the first couple of ingredients listed are from meat sources. The very first ingredient should be for sure. If it is not, move onto another brand. Ignore the word ‘by-product.’ It may have a meat source in front of it, for example chicken-by-product. This is actually a garbage ingredient that is unhealthy. If the first ingredient has this word, move onto another brand. You want to see words like ‘chicken’ or ‘turkey’ alone. That’s the quality stuff.
After that first ingredient, make sure that the following ingredients are not full of grain sources. Words like ‘corn meal,’ ‘gluten,’ or ‘wheat’ will tip you. It is very possible to have the first ingredient listed a meat source, yet the wet food is still mostly grain.
When it comes to buying cute dog clothes, it is important to consider a number of vital aspects. It is a fact that for many people, their dog is a lot more than “just a dog” for them. Dogs have become a vital part of families and most people consider them like their children. Therefore, we always want them to look their cutest. Dog clothing or pet supply is one of the best ways of enhancing the personality of your beloved pet. When people consider dog clothes, they mostly come up with idea of coats and sweaters. In other words, they only consider clothes to keep their pet warm and comfortable. However, dog clothing is a lot more than that. It is about making your beloved pet stand out from the rest and be able to reflect their personality. Given below are some high quality and unique cute dog clothes ideas that are highly fashionable as well as fully functional.
Dog T Shirts and Dog Tank Tops:
Not only are dog T shirts and dog tank tops cute, but they are also functional as well, as they provide sun protection for your beloved pet without being extra heavy. Another great option for pet supply during summer is to make the T shirt wet with cold water to keep your pooch cool in the hot weather. There are numerous options available in the market in terms of dog tank tops and T shirts. There are so many that you would find it hard to choose one that truly compliments your dog’s style and individuality. You will be able to find fancy dog shirts, plain shirts, shirts with funny quotes, etc.
Crate training is vital to the happiness and well being of both a dog his owner. These little homes are useful in many ways: they are the place your dog can safely stay when you are not able to supervise him, they can help train your dog to stop unwanted behavior, and, since most dogs will not go to the bathroom in the same place where they sleep, they help stop accidents in the home. Here are a few tips to get you well on your way to crate training your dog or puppy.
Find the Right Crates
There are so many different types of crates to choose from that you are sure to find one that both you and your dog like. You can go to your local pet store and pick up a large wire cage to be your dog’s crate or you can find elaborate and beautiful wooden dog crates from online specialty stores like DenHaus. If training is difficult for you and your pet, you may be more comfortable choosing among wooden dog crates over one that is more like a cage. Since your dog will be spending some time in his den, making it more of a home and less of a confinement area will make training easier for both of you. Although it may be tempting to choose a large size, try to stick to crate that is just large enough for your dog to be able to turn around in comfortably.