Have you ever wondered where your favorite pearl earrings are? Or your phone charger? If you are living with a fur baby, chances are, he/she ate it all!
Being an experienced pet owner, we’ve had our fair share of experience regarding pets eating the darndest things.
Number one in our list is the ribbon. This was perhaps the most tragic accident that ever happened in our household. Our 1 yr old cat ingested more than a yard of ribbon (while we were sleeping!). It wasn’t like it was out in the open. The ribbon was neatly folded and wrapped up in plastic. Never underestimate your cat. They are very observant and smart.
Curiosity got the better of her and she shredded the plastic cover with her claws and started playing with it. She accidentally ingested the whole thing and next thing you know she was having rectal bleeding. Surgery didn’t go well and she passed away. Ribbons are now banned at home and I don’t think I’ll ever look at ribbons the same way. RIP dear Catherine.
Keep your moolas away from your pets if you don’t want it to be his/her dinner! Everyone likes money. Including your pets. Our Poodle prefers $100 over $1. Who knew Poodles can count?
Looking for your precious pearls? Ask Fido what he had for lunch. This is one of the most common stuff that dogs swallow in a household. If you are trying on your jewelries, make sure your dogs are not around in case you drop it. It will be in their mouth before you can even pick it up!
There’s something about dogs and their love for dirty socks on the floor. Heck even our cat loves to chew on dirty socks or shoes. You think they just love to play with it? Wrong. They would eat it in a heartbeat. Don’t ask us why coz we have no idea at all. So if you love your pets (and your wallet), try not to leave your socks all over the floor where they can reach it.
5. Phone charger
I can’t count the times I have bought a new charger cord because my Poodle chewed it to bits. Luckily for her, she can never swallow the whole thing. But I’ve heard of bigger dogs ingesting a phone charger.
Prevent Your Pets from Eating the Darndest Things
There’s really no surefire way to prevent your fur babies from eating everything in sight. But making sure they are eating a healthy diet can help. There’s a medical issue on dogs called Pica. It is a condition where your dog craves for non-food items.
You should get your pets checked out by your local veterinarian. There are several causes such as malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, diabetes, or thyroid disease. However, it can also be non-medical like boredom, not getting enough exercise, wanting attention, and many more.
Since you can’t monitor your pet’s activities 24/7, you should consider keeping your pets in a crate when you are not around to see what they are up to.
The flickering flame from a candle is a magnet to most pets. Dogs and cats are both attracted to the mystery of this bright, moving light. Unattended candles knocked over by pets have been the cause of many house fires. The best way to protect your pet from harm in a fire is to do what you can to prevent one from happening.
Candles may not be the best thing to light a romantic setting if you own pets. There are flameless candles that produce light with a tiny light bulb instead of a wick and they are best for use in a pet owner’s home.
Prevention is the best approach and that can be done through the purchase of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. A monitored smoke alarm system is useful if you are away from your home all day or for periods of time and must leave pets behind. If your pets are tall enough to knock things over with a wag of the tail, you’ll want to spend some time pet proofing your home to ensure halogen lights and space heaters are not going to be tipped over causing a fire.
Emergency stickers are available that you post on windows and doors to indicate to firefighters how many and what kind of pets are in the home. If you are not at home and firefighters respond to a fire those stickers could save the lives of your pets. It is always wise to make sure your pets all wear collars with proper identification because if one goes missing in the frenzied activity surrounding a fire, you stand a much better chance of a reunion with your beloved pet once the turmoil settles.
In the event you are home and a fire starts, there is a very good chance you have already drawn up an evacuation plan. It’s a simple outline of what exits will be used and the location of a gathering place outside to meet other family members. The evacuation plan should include your pets. In addition, leashes, pet carriers and treats should be kept near an exit so you can safely evacuate your pet.
Putting these plans in place now and practicing a fire drill frequently will make the job easier should you have to do it for real.
Apartment living with pets can be a challenge. The smaller space with little or no access to the outside can make things difficult at times but there are many ways to successfully share an apartment with a pet.
Assuming your pet has met all the requirements set out by your pet-friendly apartment management, you will need to do some extra work to keep your pet from getting bored and causing trouble for you or your neighbors.
Most apartments that permit pets will allow small dogs, cats and certain kinds of birds. If you have had pets in the past in a house with a yard, apartment living with a pet, particularly if your apartment is a very small one-bedroom design, may not work out. If the pet does fit your small apartment lifestyle, you will need to provide some extras to keep your pet from creating problems that can affect your new home.
For cats, this may mean becoming an indoor cat exclusively. This is not bad for cats especially if your pet has not been outside before or has limited access to the outdoors because of where your apartment is located in the building you live. You will need to provide plenty of exercise opportunities which mean a lot of climbing toys to allow it to use natural instincts such as stalking and pouncing.
For dogs it will be different. You will still need to provide exercise opportunities and that means going for a lot of walks during the day. If there is a dog park near your apartment make use of it and if you are away all day and can’t be back home midday, use a dog walker service if there is one where you live. If you live on the ground floor, letting your dog out for bathroom breaks or quick walks will be much easier.
If you have a balcony as part of your apartment be sure to either harness or leash your pet to prevent injury from a fall or don’t let them out on the balcony at all.
Birds are probably best left in large cages in apartments so they can still get exercise.
Bringing a pet into your apartment is not impossible, but does require some work in order to make it work.
Tip: Invest in a good vacuum cleaner to keep loose furs away!
Are you living in an apartment with your pet? Tell us how it goes! 🙂
Cats Love Murder
Is Fluffy the Cat a stone-cold serial killer?
They can do no wrong! They are our super cuddly bundle of joy. Their soft meows and therapeutic purring makes us so happy and content. But what if your precious cat turns out to be a stone-cold serial killer when she/he is outside?
According to a new study published by The Journal Nature Communication, domestic cats slaughter billions of birds and small mammals in the US each year. That little ball of fur that we love so much is a natural born killer. Hard to imagine right? But yes, fluffy has a secret life outdoors. They are the “Dexter” of fluffy kingdom.
There is a huge price that we are paying for every single day that we let our cats outside and it can have a huge negative impact in our environment in the long run. The only way to prevent them from killing other animals is to keep them entertained indoors.
Most pet owners are worried about keeping their cats happy when kept indoors. While hunting prey outside is fun, it is a myth that it is a requirement for your feline’s happiness. By providing a screened porch for your cat to hang out and observe the little critters passing by, you are giving your cat an outdoor experience without the risk. You can also provide your cat several cat furnitures and toys to keep them entertained indoors. You can also try training your cat to walk on a leash. It will take time and patience but walking your cat can be a rewarding experience.