Every dog has his day is a trite saying but it is for dog owners who truly love their dogs to change it to every dog deserves each day to be special. One way is to lavish love and attention as well as the variety of foods. Another way is to dress up your pooch in the latest canine sartorial styles. It does more than giving the mutt a touch of class; it offers protection from the elements and from annoying flies to a certain degree.
Do dogs have feelings? They most certainly do. Would you like to take your dog out for a walk in the park dressed in nothing more than a leash when other dogs are preening in their smart outfits? You would not want to do that. A hat, a scarf, a coat or even a Trump business suit would boost his ego no end of that you can be sure. Clothing for the gentleman dog can be stylish and some owners can even go to the extremes of color coordinating apparel for themselves and their pets.
Variety is the name of the game when it comes to giving a dog airs he can carry off with aplomb. Dress up the pup in school boy sweater in red and his looks may appeal to certain female dogs when you take him out for a walk. A pizza slice pet costume is made to order to indulge his tastes (and yours). Lady dogs can take their pick from Cleopatra dog costumes and princes’ pup dog tutu dresses or a Mrs. Claus sequin dress for the lady to show off to the other females.
A pup may have flights of fancy similar to Snoopy and think of himself as the Red Baron in which case a cape is just what the couturier ordered. In short, dogs may have been meant to go around in the wild with nothing but their fur but when he is a family member, he deserves every bit to be dressed up in style. Buying these luxury dog accessories from the right source gets you choices in styles, endless variety.
Then there is the functional aspect. Dogs feel the heat and the cold. A leopard hoodie sweater is just the thing to keep him warm and comfortable during a romp in the park or when you go out on garden trails with the pup for company.
There are school boy sweaters for the cold weather and even a raincoat and hood to keep him dry should you decide to brave the rains and take him for the company. Warm weather brings its own worries and your dog may be carried by flies and pests in which case a light, net type apparel keeps him (or her) cool as well as protected against pests.
Dogs with a mission such as guide dogs need dog pampering and protection too. Boots to protect his paws are the least one can do. They keep his feet (paws) warm and also protect him against joint conditions.
Everyone deciding to bring home a cat or kitten needs to decide what cat food is best. What most people don’t realize is that cats have specific needs to be met just like humans. Let’s look at what your cat needs to stay healthy.
Cats are naturally carnivores. This means they are geared to consume mostly protein in their diet. When a cat hunts, it will get protein from the muscle meat of the animals it eats. This meat also provides them with taurine, an important nutrient needed to maintain good health.
A cat also needs to be well hydrated just like we do. They do not naturally drink lots of water. Outdoor cats usually get most of the moisture they need from the prey they consume. Inside cats need our help to make sure they get all the fluids they need. Always leave a fresh bowl of water out for them to drink from but remember this may not give them enough fluids through out the day. A good cat food will help with this.
A good combination of wet and dry foods is best. Canned cat food typically has a high moisture content, between 75% and 78%. This is a great way for them to get the moisture they need to stay well hydrated. Serving about 3/4th of their diet in canned food will help maintain their good health. Giving the additional 1/4th of their food as a dry food will help keep their teeth cleaned and in good shape.
Choosing the right food is very important. Not all canned foods have the nutrients needed to keep your kitty healthy. Check the label for the main ingredients. Chicken, beef or fish should be listed as the main ingredient. Check for a good concentration of the meal in the product. Many manufacturers use smaller amounts so read the label well to make sure the protein is the main ingredient. If the label lists “formula” or “dinner” it will usually have a lower concentration of the main ingredient. Likewise, reading the label on dry food is just as important. Many dry foods have high plant-based proteins. A cats digestive system is not designed to digest the cellulose found in plants. Look for the same main ingredients as in canned food for high quality dry foods.
Proteins should make up approximately 40% of your cats diet. Fats should be around 1/3rd of it. This is why it is so important to choose food with high protein and also the right amount of fat. It is also important to check the carbohydrate level and source. Look for the carbohydrate level to be less than 50%. The main source of carbs should come from vegetables and rice not corn meal. You also want the food to have good amounts of vitamins and minerals like omega-3, taurine and fiber. Look for foods that use natural preservatives rather than artificial ones. Vitamin C and vitamin E are good preservatives and are good for your cat’s health.
If your cat is used to eating dry food now, introducing wet food can be a challenge. Never make drastic changes to your pets diet. Introduce new foods gradually. There are several types of wet foods available such as pate, flakes and chunks. Texture is important to cats so finding one they like make be tricky. Experiment with the different varieties to find the one they like best. While adjusting to wet foods, try adding small amounts of water to their dry food to increase moisture consumed as well as reduce the crunch.
Just remember, the health of your cat is dependent on their diet. Providing a good combination of dry and wet food will help maintain your cats good health. This will give you many happy healthy years with your beloved furry friend.
Lovebirds are beautiful creatures and amazing pets. They add beauty and charm to your home. Just the sight of these pretty birds is a refreshing experience. If you tame a Lovebird then the joy they bring into your life have a doubling effect. Lovebirds of any age can be tamed and trained. However, if you have hand reared baby Lovebirds then they are much more easier to tame than adults.
Decide how many Lovebirds you want to tame and start with a single bird at a time. Taming a Lovebird requires its undivided attention. A pair of Lovebirds will socialize with each other and the process becomes more difficult for you. A single bird will consider a human as his companion and will learn the process much quickly and easily and the training becomes a fun experience for your bird.
Taming a Lovebird requires a lot of patience, time and practice for your bird. A tamed Lovebird is well worth the time you spend on taming. The best time to start training is as early as possible. The training should be divided into three to five sessions of no more than ten to fifteen minutes each. The training sessions should be conducted almost daily.
Take your Lovebird into a separate room where there is minimum distractions from external sources. Close all open windows and doors so that your bird may not fly away. Now take the Lovebird out of its cage and talk to him in a low voice. Words like “Good parrot” etc., etc. have a soothing effect on your bird and help to calm him down and get him prepared for training. Do not yell or shout at him.
Establish a trustworthy relationship with your bird. Fearful birds are difficult to tame. Once your bird is comfortable in your presence, put your hand inside his cage with a food item in your hand. Do not make sudden movements that may scare your bird. Do this several times until your Lovebird becomes familiar with your hand and starts eating food from your hand.
The next step is to teach him to step up on your finger. For this, bring your finger near the Lovebird and gently touch him on his chest. The bird will go out of balance and in order to balance himself he will step up and sit on your finger. Now bring him out of its cage and speak a few encouraging words and offer him a treat for complying with the required behavior. Repeat the process several times.
When your Lovebird has learned to sit on your finger, take him into his cage and teach him to step down on its perch. With repetition your bird will easily step up and step down as many times you want. Patience is required to teach these steps. Some birds learn very quickly while others learn a little later depending on the age of your bird. Practice this again and again until it becomes its second nature.
Now teach him to fly to your hand from a distance. Take the food item in your hand and utter the familiar word or whistle. When your Lovebird flies to your hand give him the treat and speak the encouraging words. Practice this step as many times until your bird learns this step fully and flies to your hand instantly. With practice and patience you will finally have a precious hand tamed Lovebird.