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How You Can Turn Your Feline Friend Into a Lap Cat

CatHeredity plays a big role in your kitten’s personality. A friendly mother or father usually results in friendly kittens, but you are also a big part in developing your kitten’s personality. Kitten’s between 3 and 7 weeks old who get handled with love and care from humans usually develop a friendly, loving personality. However, if you weren’t a part of your cat’s early life and would like to turn your new feline friend into a lap cat, here are some tips to help you!

  1. Stay calm when you are around your cat. Sudden or aggressive movements around your cat may make him feel threatened or scare him. Move around slowly to help him stay calm and get used to you.

  2. Don’t stare at your cat. Cats usually don’t like it when you stare at them and won’t want to interact with you if you do. Instead, you can slowly blink your eyes at your cat and he will probably do the same, slow blink back. Think of it as a kiss to your cat, but with your eyes!

  3. Pet and rub your cat right away when you get them. Most cats love to be scratched and pet. Spots between the ears or underneath the chin are usually spots where they will love to be scratched. They also love to be pet along their spine. Try to stay away from the belly and the base of your cat’s tail. Touching your cat’s belly may make him feel threatened and cat’s don’t like it when you pick up their odor from their tail glands.

  4. Groom your cat. Cats always like to groom themselves and even others, so why not do it for them! Your cat may love to be brushed slowly and gently, but make sure you watch to see if he is enjoying it before you keep going.

  5. Reward your cat with treats. Give your cat a nice treat any time he comes to snuggle with you on your lap or comes to you for attention. This is sure to bribe him!

Make sure your cat likes the attention that you are giving him. A recent study found that cats can be stressed if you pet them when they don’t want to be pet. Easy signs that your cat wants some attention can be jumping on your lap or rolling over in front of you and showing you an area he wants to have pet or scratched. Be patient and follow these tips and surely your feline friend will turn into a loving lap cat!

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Are Rivers, Lakes, or Oceans Safe for Your Dog to Drink From?

DogOutdoor water sources, especially stagnant water, have the chance of containing chemicals and organisms that could potentially harm your dog. Some of the chemicals and organisms in the water could even put your personal health at risk too. Here are just a few things that could be in outdoor water sources:

  • Bacteria can be in water sources that are contaminated by animal or human waste. Stagnant water that is accompanied by wildlife is often an easy place to find this bacteria. Mild infection in your dog can lead to diarrhea, while more serious cases can be much more severe. This bacteria can also be spread through the feces and urine of your dog, which could potentially lead to infection in humans if not handled correctly.

  • Blue-green algae is another type of bacteria often found on the surface of water. This bacteria may form colonies of blooms that rest on top of the water, which may then be swallowed by your dog while swimming or ingested when your dog is cleaning himself after. Vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures are often signs that you will see soon after your dog ingests this bacteria.

  • Parasites and chemicals from runoff or boaters can often be in bodies of water as well. Diarrhea is often a sign if your dog has been infected by these.

  • Salt could potentially harm your dogs health as well. A small amount of ocean water most likely will not harm your dog, but too much ocean water could lead to electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, or diarrhea.

If you want to be safe and keep your dog healthy, bring a water bowl and fresh water for your dog to drink from when you go outdoors, instead of letting them drink from lakes or rivers. Stay away from dirty, smelly stagnant water if you think it may be risky for your dog to drink. If your dog isn’t his same, playful self after a day outdoors and you think he may have drank dirty water, be sure to take him to your veterinarian right away. It never hurts to safe. A good rule of thumb to go by to keep your dog safe and healthy is to not let your dog drink any water that you know you wouldn’t drink!

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Fireworks and Pets

Fireworks and PetsSummer is a time of celebration. With Independence Day right around the corner, there are going to be many loud noises and bright lights from fireworks. Fireworks may be amusing for humans, but your cats and dogs may react differently to them. Some won’t be upset or disturbed by fireworks at all, while others may get hurt by panicking and trying to escape from the fireworks they are hearing and seeing.

Some signs of anxiety in your pets can involve bolting, attention-seeking, pacing, hiding, and trying to escape outside. Your pets may also drink more water when they are faced with the anxiety of fireworks, so make sure you keep a larger amount of water out for them than usual. To prevent your pet from running away or being lost, you should also bring all outside pets inside during the fireworks and make sure that all pets have an ID tag on them so that in the event they do run away they can be returned safely to you.

There are many ways you can help your pets cope with the anxiety they may get from fireworks. Some of the simplest ways would be to keep your pet in a room they feel comfortable in with the door closed or giving your pet something positive, like a treat, during fireworks so that it will associate fireworks with a reward. If that isn’t enough for your pets, you could get items such as pressure wraps, ear muffs, or calming caps to help calm them. There are even treatments such as synthetic pheromone sprays, herbal relaxants, and sedatives available at your local pet store to help keep the anxiety away from your pets. If nothing else seems to work, you can always talk to your local veterinarian about the best solution to your pet’s anxiety so that they can enjoy the holidays too!


  • Temperance

    My wife and I have been taking our dog to Countryside Vets for about three years now. We had an unfortunate encounter with our previous veterinarian but switching to Countryside Vets years ago has been the best decision! She has always been treated well at Countryside and Dr. Popp has always been more than friendly! Thank you!
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