How to Dog-Proof Your Yard

PET MONITORINGYou have your bedroom, your children have theirs, but what does the dog to have to call his own? Usually he has a crate and the backyard to be his “personal” space. Just as you would make sure that your child’s room is as safe and pleasant as possible for him, you want to do the same for your dog.

First take a hard look around your yard. Are there any plants that are potentially poisonous or dangerous to your pet? If you do not know the names of each and every single plant that grows in your back yard, remove them for safety’s sake. Is the yard fenced and if so, is the fence in good repair? Are there any holes that would allow a dog to escape or even worse get hung up on as he tries to escape?

Is Your Dog A Digger

If your dog is a digger, how will you prevent him from digging his way out from under? If there is not a fence already, will you install one or will you use an invisible fence to keep your dog from wandering off?

Next, make sure that there is an area that will provide adequate shade for you dog in the summer months and shelter during cold and rainy weather. Are there different textures for him to explore, or is it all grass or another material? If it is all concrete, will you provide an outdoor cushion for when he wants to lay down outside?

PET MONITORINGWill the dog have unlimited access to the backyard or will he need to be taken out there by a human friend? If he does not have to wait for assistance, will he be using a doggy door, or something else? (Don’t count on your dog accepting or liking a doggy door right off the bat, some of them will refuse point blank to use them. Kiwi the Wonder Pug thinks that doggy door is just plain old bad.)

However you pet will get out there, know that even with a fenced yard and vigilant planning, there might be dangers lurking out there, so it is imperative that you check on your dog frequently if you cannot be out there spending time with him. Make sure he has plenty of fresh, cool water at all times.

If your dog shares the back yard area with your non-furred children, make sure he has a place to call his own and remind the kids that they must stay out of the “dog zone”. This area should be out of the line of major activity and should provide the dog with the feeling that it is his refuge.

Of course, there is nothing better than getting out there to share time with your pet, so grab a good book, a glass of lemonade and get out there and enjoy time with your pet.


Ideas To Help Better Understand Your Cat

A cat can be hard to please. As soon as you obtain a cat, you discover that figuring them out is a life long process. Learn more about cats and how you can properly care for them using a pet monitoring camera to observe their behavior. However reading  the following tips will help you find out most everything there is to know about a cat.

pet_monitoring_cameraMove any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. Do not allow your cat to play with these. The cords may be looped and a cat may get them wound around their neck. This could kill them. It is highly recommended that you keep all drape cords pinned in such a way that the cat can’t see them so as to prevent any accidents.

Take your cat to the vet every year. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up. If there are obvious issues with your cat, it needs to see the vet immediately. Don’t wait!

pet_monitoring_cameraSpray electrical cords with some bitter apple to prevent cats from getting electrocuted. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can. The tube from a used-up roll of paper towels makes an excellent shield for loose cords. All thin cords should be put up when you’re not using them.

Most cats are nocturnal. The result is that they active while you’re sleeping. One way to deal with a kitten’s playful activity at night is just to shut your door. You won’t be able to hear their sounds as they walk around in the middle of the night.

pet_monitoring_cameraAvoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. These crystals can cause a lot of pain to your cat and could end up costing you a lot in medical expenses. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. The best way to find out is to read the label. Cat food with lots of fish tends to have more magnesium, while products with lots of poultry tend to have less.

Create a tablecloth just for your cat. Cats will sometimes pluck food from the bowl and enjoy it straight off the ground. This can really make a mess, and you might have to spend significant time cleaning around your cat’s food bowl. You can get a pet mat or use a piece of old fabric to put under it for easy cleanup.

pet_monitoring_cameraTry as hard as you can to understand the reason your cat meows at you. Over time, you will pick up on the reasons why your cat is making this gesture. Maybe she wants to go out, or maybe she wants to eat. When you understand what each type of behavior indicates, you can improve your relationship.

Is there a dog in your home, as well as a cat? Most dogs will not hesitate before munching on your cat’s food. Feed your pets in different areas of the house, and monitor them while they eat. This also has the effect of stopping fights over the water before they start.

The advice above will aid you in caring for your cat. Use these tips so your cat will be in better health and to ensure its needs are met adequately. Your cat just might start playing nice! Maybe!

Understanding Your Cat

Cats are very good at communicating. Taking time to understand exactly what your cat is saying will make your relationship stronger. A bristling tail held straight up, or one that thrashes back and forth are warnings. If a cat is feeling defensive, the tail is usually arched.


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