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Could Grumpy Cat Be A Secret Party Animal?

Posted by Jennifer on March 18th, 2014

Grumpy-Cat-Party-AnimalHere’s something fun… The Purina® Friskies® “1 Million Frowns Challenge” Sweepstakes! Upload a picture of your cat’s grumpiest frown for a chance to win a trip to Grumpy Cat’s “Super Terrible 2″ birthday party on Saturday April 29th in NEW YORK CITY! One (1) Grand Prize: A trip for winner and one guest to New York City to attend Grumpy Cat’s Birthday Party, scheduled for April 29, 2014. There are also dozens of smaller prizes like Grumpy Cat plush toys and Friskies® Party Mix Crunch too. Want to get you and your cat in the mood? Watch the Trailer for the Grumpy Cat Birthday Video! Read More

Cat Jobs – Seat Warmer!

Posted by Jennifer on March 13th, 2014

Understanding your Cat’s Body Language

Posted by Jennifer on March 11th, 2014

content-tux-kittyCat’s haven’t figured out to talk human (yet!) but through vocalizations, body language, and demeanor your cat is a skilled communicator. Ears are one of the easiest indicators to read, especially if you’re not that familiar with cats. If a cat has tensely flattened his ears back or down and to the side, take those as two warning flags to back off! That’s usually a sign a cat is angry or fearful or both. A happy and relaxed cat’s ears may be attentive pointed straight up, and one or both may swivel to the side when listening to sounds to the side or behind them. Another big visual flag is a cat’s tail, but it should be “read” with the rest of the cat’s body posture. A kitten may lash his tail back and forth before pouncing on a toy, while an adult cat may lash his tail back and forth before attacking a perceived threat. Unlike dogs, a cat wagging his tail is not generally a happy greeting! Some cats when really happy will stick their tail straight up and vibrate it, we like to think of that as a sort of royal wave, usually greeting someone they like and know. Cats also communicate with their eyes. You can see the content half-closed eyes on the tuxedo kitty in our photo — you can’t hear him happily purring, but he was when we took his photo! Here’s some more tips how to read the non-verbal messages your cat is communicating. Read More

Party Animals: How to Party with Your Pets!

Posted by Jennifer on March 6th, 2014

party-poodleOur friends over at Petcentric are ready to party with their pets! They say, “Love to party but want to get your fun-loving “party animals” involved, too? From novel ideas to pet safety, we’ve got the lowdown! Parties aren’t just for humans. From birthdays to parades, pets enjoy dressing for special events, and we enjoy seeing them dressed up. Are your pets party animals? Read More

The Healing Power of Pets Dr. Marty Becker

Posted by Jennifer on March 4th, 2014

dog-nurse-hatBonding with a pet may be more beneficial than you think. Here are just some of the amazing ways pets make our lives better! Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you spend time with pets? At Purina’s  Better with Pets Summit in New York City, Dr. Marty Becker, who you may know from Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, spoke about the ways in which companion dogs and cats can have a positive impact on our health — both physically and emotionally.”From our hearts to our heads, from cradle to grave, pets are helping us live happier, healthier, and fuller lives,” said Becker. Here are just some of the ways that our companion dogs and cats help us each day. Read More

The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Posted by Dana on February 27th, 2014

Does having a pet make you healthier? It sounds like that could be the case. We recently surveyed members of our pet adoption community about how they perceive their health and the impact their pets have on it. Well, the results are in and guess what? By and large, most of the pet-owning respondents think they are in good health and all of the respondents say having a pet has had a positive impact on their overall health – yep, that’s 100% of the people who answered the survey! Check out the infographic below that our friends at ZocDoc whipped up and join in the discussion on Facebook.  Tell us, how does your pet contribute to your good health? Read More

button - blueWe’re pleased to announce a new program that makes supporting Adopt-a-Pet.com super easy. All you have to do is stock up on cool stuff for your pet at Pet360.com and they’ll donate $20 to Adopt-a-Pet.com for your first order! Pretty cool, right? So, head over to Pet360.com right now to find all of your pets’ favorites and to discover what’s new. Your pets will love their new goodies and you’ll feel good knowing your purchase is helping homeless pets and your pets. Read More

Exercise for You and Your Dog

Posted by Guest Author on February 24th, 2014

dog-exerciseThere’s nothing your dog likes more than spending time with you. Pair that with your dog’s need for exercise, since our pets can be overweight just like humans, and playtime is a great way to bond as well as keep you and your dog in shape. I enjoy taking long walks or jogging around the block or park with my hyper Boxer mix, but sometimes we like to switch things up and do something a little more creative. Here are a few options of different exercises you can do with your pet to stay in shape, and burn your pup’s energy. Read More

Litter Box Basics

Posted by Jennifer on February 21st, 2014

litter-box-training-saves-cats-livesWhat is a litter box? Do you need to train a cat to use one? What is the best kind of litter box? First-time cat owners usually have a lot of litterbox questions like these! Sometimes us cat experts forget that what to us is a simple innate-feeling understanding of cats and litter boxes is not always readily apparent to new cat adopters. I remember helping a friend adopt his first cat, he was so excited! He was a very smart person and had done lots of research about all aspects of cat care. About a week after he’d adopted his first cat, he was going to be away all day and asked me to check on his cat midday as he hadn’t left him that long before. When I went to be a good friend and do a “courtesy scoop” of his litterbox, which looked well-kept, I was surprised when the litter scoop only went into the litter about 1 inch… turns out, my well-meaning friend had somehow understood to only scooped the poop, and left the rest until the whole box was solid and then would dump it! Not exactly the healthiest or recommended litter cleaning method. So, with that in mind, here are the very basic litter box basics for all you first-time cat owners out there! Read More

4 Hypo-Allergenic Dog Breeds that Won’t Make You Sneeze

Posted by Jennifer on February 20th, 2014

hypo-allergenic-dogDo pets make you sneeze? Eyes water? Wheeze? Our friends over at Petcentric have compiled information about four awesome hypo-allergenic dog breeds that can make great pets for pet-allergic households. So even if you “Achoo!” after you pet most adorable pooches, you may not have to give up your dreams of owning a pet because of your allergies. While there’s no such thing as a fully non-allergenic dog, certain breeds produce less dander and shed less than other dogs — which will lessen the sneezes and watery eyes. Before you make the lifetime commitment to adopting any dog, you’ll want to make sure to spend plenty of time with the individual pet, as the amount of dander and shedding even within a specific breed can vary, as can your reaction to them. Some rescues can arrange for extended play dates or even overnight stays in your home, to see how you do with longer exposure to the pet you’re interested in adopting. You can find adoptable hypo-allergenic dogs by searching on Adopt-a-Pet.com, click “find a pet” up at the top. don’t forget, mixes of these breeds can have the less-allergenic quality too! Now on to the four breeds! Read More

 
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