WHEN YOU AND YOUR PET MOVE TO A NEW HOME

Tips to help families move to a new home with their pets
Moving to a new home is stressful for humans and traumatic for pets

Moving to a new home is a stressful experience for humans and their companion animals. It requires a lot of advance planning and preparation to help make the transition as smooth as possible. 

Sometimes pet parents are so wrapped up in dealing with their own needs (new job, new school, and everything else) that they completely forget to consider what is going through the mind of an animal. They are often insensitive to the fact that an animal instinctively knows something is up and will feel confused and apprehensive and insecure.

HOW PLANNING AND AFFECTION HELP PETS AND PET PARENTS PACK AND UNPACK

The Packing Stage

1. While you pack furniture and personal belongings, leave your pet’s items till last.

2. As far as possible, maintain your pet’s daily routine for waking, feeding, exercise, human interaction and rest.

3. Reassure them with love, petting and play. Do not exclude them from your life just because you are busier than normal.

4. Make a check list of all pet items needed for the journey. Identify and load packed pet items last so they are unpacked first when you reach your destination.

5. On moving day, keep your pets contained in a safe place so they do not run out of the home and go missing.

Getting Settled

1. When you arrive at your new home, contain your pets in a safe place with their most essential items while you start to unpack and organize.

2. Do not let them roam around freely. Instead, confine them to a small area and gradually allow them to explore the rest of the home so they can adjust slowly and not become overwhelmed.

3. Aim to reestablish your pet’s daily routine and be attentive to any signs of anxiety.

4. Interact with your pet as much as possible to reassure him he is still loved.

5. Slowly introduce your dog to the neighborhood as you establish an atmosphere of normalcy.

Your New Home, Sweet Home

Being cautious and thoughtful will help make any moving experience as stress-free as possible for the entire family. And, for pets, take it slow. They will adapt and cope much better and enjoy their new home environment much quicker.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

CATS AND THE UNFRIENDLY OUTDOORS

Cats that spend time outdoors are affected by climate, disease, injury and prey
Outdoor cats face many dangers that shorten their lives
Photo credit: Jonatan Svensson Glad

Apart from any Ordinance that may apply to domesticated cats in your vicinity, you need to know, or be reminded, why the big outdoors can be an unfriendly place and actually a big threat to the safety of your feline companion.

Statistics show that cats roaming part of the time as well as those living all the time outdoors have a shorter life span than ones that are kept entirely inside the home.

On average, indoor cats live between 12 and 15 years.

If Fluffy is an indoor/outdoor pet, her life expectancy is around 3-5 years less than if she spent her entire life indoors.

When a cat lives outdoors by herself, she may live only two or three years.

Community cats (feral cats) typically live for five years. Why? Because…

  • they are subject to harsh and extreme weather conditions
  • they are prone to disease
  • they are exposed to poisons and animal traps
  • they are prey for birds such as hawks and owls as well as larger mammals like coyotes
  • they can get into fights with other outdoor cats, especially feral felines, and even domesticated dogs
  • they are often injured or killed by vehicles

No truly responsible and caring pet parent should allow their companion feline to experience any of these scenarios. Please take note. Think twice. A long, protected lifespan is what all domesticated animals deserve, wouldn’t you agree?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

THE FEEDING BOWL, NOT JUST ANY BOWL

Feeding bowls made from stainless steel, the preferred material for dogs
Metal food and water bowls on a stand for a rather long-legged dog
Feeding bowls made from stainless steel, the preferred material for cats
Cat enjoys drinking and feeding out of metal bowls raised off the ground

Have you ever thought that the material a food bowl is made of can make a difference? “What kind of difference?” you might ask. Well, let’s find out!

Plastic

This may come as a surprise but plastic is certainly not the best. Some pets are allergic to it and anything made from that material can cause a health episode. 

However, allergic or not, plastic is likely to break down over time causing harmful chemicals—Bisphenal A (BPA) and Phthalates— to seep into the food or water in a plastic bowl. Even traces of lead have been found by some researchers.

GETTING PERSONAL 

I once cared for a family of four cats and one of the white ones suffered from skin allergies caused by anything made from plastic. Yes, anything. Plastic bags, plastic containers, you name it, needed to be kept out of reach. I had to be extremely careful what it could come into contact with and never bring anything into the home myself that could be potentially harmful. 

Glass

This material is stable and can be sterilized but there is always the possibility that it could break. If you do choose glass, avoid products made in developing countries that often contain lead.

 Ceramic

Generally this is a reliable material. Just make sure the label says “lead-free.” The reason being that the colors used in glazed items produced in some countries could contain lead and cadmium.

Stainless Steel

This is definitely the preferred material of choice since it doesn’t react to foods and liquids, is strong, and can be sterilized. Nevertheless, if the bowl were to become severely scratched or damaged, metals could seep out over a long period of time.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

CANCER IN DOGS AND CATS: FREE, MUST-SEE DOCU-SERIES. SIGN UP NOW!

Sign up to view a free, seven-episode docs-series entitled The Truth About Pet Cancer

Cancer is frightening.
Cancer can kill.
Cancer can be prevented.

This breaking news is so significant that I have postponed the blog I was planning to publish this week so my readers can take action.

In 2018, it is estimated that 1 in 1.65 dogs and 1 in 3 cats will die from cancer. These statistics are devastating yet, unfortunately, not exactly surprising. While, in recent decades, cancer research has focused on how it affects the human species, little has been done to highlight how this insidious disease is impacting pets and pet parents. And, the number of diagnoses and the mortality rate has been steadily rising to alarming levels without the attention it warrants.

Effective cures for the different types of cancers that affect canines and felines is one thing. But, taking steps to help prevent cancer cells from forming in the first place, makes perfect sense.

THE TRUTH ABOUT pet CANCER
For this reason, an exhaustive study and findings have been assembled in the form of seven (7) documentaries that can be viewed over the next seven days starting on Wednesday April 4th.

The docu-series entitled The Truth About PET Cancer was created by Ty Bollinger, Co-Founder of The Truth About Cancer, whose mission is to eradicate cancer from the face of the planet—in humans AND animals. Those who participated in its making include over 30 world-renowned veterinary oncologists, holistic veterinarians and animal health specialists.

The Schedule
Episode 1: Understanding Pet Cancer & the Current “Medical Toolkit” (Wednesday, April 4th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 2: The Pet Food Industry, Healthy Diets, Ketosis & Nutrigenomics
(Thursday, April 5th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 3: Pet Vaccines – “Do’s & Don’ts”
(Friday, April 6th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 4: Pet Cancer Causes, Silent Killers & Recurrent Epigenetic Triggers
(Saturday, April 7th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 5: Cancer Roots and Remedies, Hidden Hazards, Healing Tones & Detox
(Sunday, April 8th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 6: Treatments & Preventions: Part 1 – Healing Herbs, Homeopathy & Other Proven Protocols
(Monday, April 9th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Episode 7: Treatments & Preventions: Part 2 – Eastern Medicine, Supplementation, Surviving & Thriving
(Tuesday, April 10th 9:00PM Eastern US time)

Do Not Worry 
If you are unable to watch the docu scheduled for release on the day and at the exact time specified, do not worry. You have a 23-hour window to do so before the next docu is made available.

How To Sign Up And View
It’s quick and easy. Just click on this link to view the video trailer and sign up to receive every episode http://thetruthaboutpetcancer.com 

Cancer is frightening.
Cancer can kill.
Cancer can be prevented.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!