September 25, 2012

Cat Behaviors and What They Mean

Filed under: Cat Behavior — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 4:10 pm

Cat BehaviorDespite the popularity of dogs among pet lovers, cats still hold a special place. Some people still choose cats over dogs for a pet.

And why not?

Cats have a special demeanor that is unique to their kind. They possess a personality and behavior that only they have. And this is what makes them special.

Most cat owners try their best at understanding cat behavior to be able to care for their pets better. Like dogs, there is definitely something behind a cat’s actions. It is always best for humans to understand cat behaviors and what they mean to help them build a better owner-pet relationship and respond to the cat’s needs more appropriately.

Below are a few common cat behavior meanings to help pet owners with dealing more effectively with their cats:

Cat Behavior 1: An arched back with all fur sticking out

Most cat owners have seen this behavior in their cat. This means that the feline wants to be left alone because there is something spooking them out. This defensive action coupled with eye contact and a stiff body also means they sense that something isn’t right. So it’s best just to let them be.

Cat Behavior 2: Ears pointed up

This only means the cat is carefully focusing on something that caught their attention—could be a sound, an object, or another cat. This is also a sign that the cat is relaxed.

Cat Behavior 3: Purring

A cat purr may be a sign that they are totally secure with the surroundings and the people.

Cat Behavior 4: Exposing the tummy

Cats who confidently expose their tummy by lying on their back is a sign of complete trust to their owner or the people surrounding them. This is a good sign that your cat trusts and respects you because cats normally protect their stomach.

Cat Behavior 5: Kneading

This is one of the most common cat behavior that they carry on since their kitten years. This is a sign of contentment and affection. Cats often purr while kneading.

Cat Behavior 6: Scratching

Cats scratch to clean their claws. They also do this as a way of marking their territory with scratch marks or leaving their scent in the area of their territory.

Cat Behavior 7: Tail between the legs

This is a sign of fear; it means something has just scared your cat. You will often observe this together with the ears flattened and a growling sound. Don’t make the mistake of carrying them and trying to comfort them, cats juts want to be left alone until they get it over it themselves.

September 13, 2012

9 Big Hypoallergenic Dogs To Keep in Mind

Filed under: Hypoallergenic Dog — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:40 pm

Have dog allergies? There’s no need to kiss your dream of having a dog goodbye. Here are 10 big hypoallergenic dogs you can read up on to find the right dog for you and your family.

Big hypoallergenic dogs are types of dogs that are considered to cause less undesirable reactions to people who have increased allergen sensitivity. They can either be purebred or mixed.

9 Big Hypoallergenic Dogs

#1 – Afghan hounds

These dogs have long, thick, glossy hair and weigh anywhere from 58lbs to 64lbs. Their elegant appearance and posture make them appealing to some prospective owners. They’re also frequently used as a show breed. These dogs are perfect for individuals who enjoy happy and playful dogs.

#2 – Briards

These large non shedding dogs are admired for their high intelligence. They are non-threatening and love human companionship—that is why they are considered excellent house dogs. These dogs require frequent intellectual stimulation, so this breed might require you to be a more active dog owner.

#3 – Greyhounds

Greyhounds shed very little and are odorless. These large hypoallergenic dogs are ideal companions because of their sweet, gentle, loving, and quiet nature. So, if you want a large non shedding dog that you can tolerate, greyhounds are good candidates.

#4 – Old English Sheepdogs

Surprisingly, these dogs shed minimally. They draw lesser allergic reactions if you groom them regularly, so brush them often. These are great for people who want a playful and peace-loving large dog.

#5 – Neapolitan Mastiffs

Do not let the mammoth size and facial features scare you. They are actually quiet and calm (as adults). If you are a strong-willed and confident owner, this breed is right for you.

#6 – Sloughis

Sloughis are for keeps!—they are very loyal. This ancient dog breed is loving, sweet, and easy to manage. You do not want these large hypoallergenic dogs if you don’t have time because Sloughis need lots of exercise time.

#7 – German Shorthaired Pointers

These dogs require minimal grooming and are good family dogs. German Shorthaired Pointers have a lean and athletic body build. They require patient and strong-willed owners to control their outgoing personality.

#8 – Weimaraners

Weimaraners love to be always near their owners. Shedding and drooling are minimal—they are messy water drinkers, though. These dogs need an owner who is energetic, tough, and determined.

#9 – Anatolian Shepherd Dogs

Unlike other breeds of big dogs, Anatolian Shepherd dogs do not drool. They tend to hold a long lifespan, for a big dog, and shed in small quantities. They are hardworking, affectionate, and calm.  They require leader-type owners.

Do not forget to practice good pet grooming and home cleaning to maximize the benefits of big hypoallergenic dogs. Remember—choose large hypoallergenic dogs that drool and shed minimally. Be sure to cautiously search your options because the appropriate types of big dogs for people with allergies greatly vary.

September 7, 2012

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? To Throw Up?

Filed under: Dog Digestive System — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 9:05 am

why do dogs eat grassThere’s really no definitive answer to that question. In fact, this seemingly odd behavior of dogs is the subject of many debates.

Do All Dogs Eat Grass?

Some reports say that gender, breed, and diet don’t really determine the probability of dogs eating grass. The age of a dog, however, influences this behavior. Some say that younger dogs have higher tendencies to eat grass and plants frequently.

Do Dogs Throw Up After Eating Grass?

First of all, not all dogs throw up after eating grass. In fact, only 22% were reported to vomit afterwards.

According to some dog owners and reports, dogs may eat grass to throw up because of an upset stomach. Some might disagree because they believe dogs are not smart enough to know that throwing up could provide relief.

Another reason could be boredom. Most dogs, depending on the breed, require constant physical activities to keep their energy levels low and manageable. If this is the case, it would be a great idea to regularly walk your dog, exercise him or her, and just generally get out more with your dog.

Fiber deficiency is also a possible reason. Dog constipation is a growing problem among dog owners. Eating grass could be one way for your dog to solve this problem.

Constipation among dogs is really not a cause of alarm. However, if you have an older dog, it is best to bring him or her to a veterinarian to check for underlying metabolic illnesses.

How Does Grass Affect My Dog’s Health?

There are really no recognized serious effects of eating grass on a dog’s health. Grass is really not a toxic material. But, problems may come up if your lawn is treated with fertilizer and other toxic substances.

Garden products are actually the top 9 reasons for pet poisoning in 2009. That is according to ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Toxic plants are the top 4 on the list.

Should I Worry?

If you are talking about the behavior, it’s totally normal. Most dogs go through this phase. Most dogs are in good health—or appear to be in good health—before eating

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.