January 22, 2014

Dog and Cat Ear Infection: Home Remedies

PDog ear infections and cat ear infections are quite common, and often time reoccur. If your pet suffers from recurring ear infections, you may want to consider a new approach to how the ear infections are treated – a natural approach with home remedies.

Natural treatments for ear infections go a long way. Instead of treating the symptoms of a problem, like prescription medications do, a natural treatment and home remedy will get to the root of the problem, preventing the recurrence of such infections. A natural approach will take longer, but in the long run it is more beneficial.

Dog and Cat Ear Infection Home Remedies

1. Mixing olive oil, tea tree oil, and vitamin E will mildly disinfect the ears.

2. A solution of vinegar and water can be used as a mild disinfectant.

3. Mix Almond Oil and Vitamin E. This can be used every other day for internal ear improvement.

4. Diluted oregano oil. Oregano oil is an antibacterial and antifungal. But it must be diluted because of how strong it is.

5. Apply apple cider vinegar to a piece of paper towel or cloth. Rub this inside of your furry friend’s ear. Apple cider vinegar is also an antibacterial and antiviral.

Final Thoughts

Of course, before using any natural remedy, ensure that your pet does not have any allergies and always consult with your naturopathic veterinarian. See a difference from any of these home remedies? Be sure to leave a comment below. Dr. Loridawn Gordon

October 24, 2012

What is a Ragdoll Cat’s Personality Like?

Filed under: Cat Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:30 pm

Ragdoll CatFor many, dogs have become the pet of choice. They readily opt for a dog mostly because they are looking for the affection of a dog; they want a pet that will be a loyal companion to them or a dog they can play fetch with.

But did you know that there is a cat breed that is like half-dog-half-cat in nature? The Ragdoll breed of cats have many traits and behaviors that are much like a dog—and this is what makes these cats so much more fun and adorable!

Ragdolls are not your usual cat. They are grow bigger than most cats and are covered in thick white fur especially around their neck and arms. Their big, bulky bodies look somewhat muscular with their hind legs larger than most cats. Their bright, round, blue eyes and big, rounded ears make them absolutely endearing.

Ragdoll Personality Traits

Like other cats, Ragdolls enjoy scratching on carpets and the furniture, they also like hiding in enclosed places and sleeping a lot of the time.

But this feline also possess a lot of dog-like behavior like playing catch with their owner and running after little items with so much energy.

Ragdolls love being around plenty of people and showing off their bubbly side!

Ragdoll kittens like going around chasing after their own tail and running after insects.

The Ragdoll cat personality can be one of the most relaxed and loving cats you’ll ever see. Their breed name ‘Ragdoll’ was coined after the relaxed, limp position they take every time they are carried by people—all their muscles seem relaxed so they almost look like a ragdoll.

Owners especially love these cats for their calm, sweet behavior coupled with energy and affection for their owners.

Ragdolls are mostly indoor cats perfect for people who are looking for a companion. These cats love being with people and following their owner, just like a dog.

Unlike other cat breeds they like playing around the house, showing deep affection and exhibit a lot of energy. Clearly, Ragdolls are for people who like the energy and gentleness in a cat.

A Ragdoll’s cat behavior is highly influenced with the breeder, so make sure you choose a good, reputable breeder before purchasing the cat. The initial 12 weeks in a Ragdoll’s life are molding weeks and are essential moments in the cat’s behavioral development.

July 30, 2012

8 Popular Domestic House Cat Breeds

Filed under: Cat Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 10:30 am

house catsLuckily for the prospective cat owner, there are plenty of domestic house cat breeds out there. So, you won’t have to settle for a breed that does not suit your taste and lifestyle.

Your lifestyle should always be considered when choosing the right cat for your home.

Types of Domestic House Cats

Maine Coon cat

The Maine Coon is a large domestic cat breed that’s admired for its friendly personality. They are perfect for families with children. Maine Coon cats are ideal for owners who are looking for low maintenance and teachable pets.

Persian cat

The Persian cat is probably one of the most popular breeds of domestic cats today. This long-haired feline is loyal, affectionate, and not to mention adorable. This breed is best suited for individuals who are patient and have lots of free time to groom it.

Abyssinian cat

This ancient domestic house cat breed is best recognized for its M-shaped mark just above its eyes. It also has an eye-catching coat: smooth, thick, and medium in length. This is not for people who want a “lap cat.”—Abyssinians are too playful and active to stay in one place.

Javanese cat

If you are a senior, this cat is great choice for you! The Javanese cat needs lots of attention to ensure its happiness, but it can still be left alone for short times. The good thing about Javanese cat is that it requires minimal grooming because it lacks a fluffy undercoat.

Ragdoll cat

The Ragdoll cat has blue eyes and a light-colored coat with darker spots on the face, ears, tails, and legs. Ragdoll cats are harmless (which makes them vulnerable when they’re outdoors), gentle, and loving. Compared to others, the Ragdoll cat doesn’t hate dogs.

British Shorthair cat

The British Shorthair cat actually took a starring role in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery. Don’t be scared, though. In real life, British Shorthair cats love people. In fact, they’re considered “lap cats.” They also get along well with other animals.

Savannah cat

The Savannah cat is the feline counterpart of dogs when it comes to their extreme loyalty. You can even train it to fetch. It loves people, animals, and even water! If you want an intelligent feline friend, choose a Savannah cat.

Manx cat

This breed of hunter domestic cat is the ideal partner of farmers. Its hunting skills are the perfect solutions for any rodent dilemmas. You can easily identify a Manx cat by its lack of a pronounced tail.

There are many other types of domestic house cats out there. Be sure to carefully explore your options, and find just the right cat for you.

February 16, 2011

Living In An Apartment, Wanting A Pet?

Filed under: Cat Breed,Dog Breed — Tags: , , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:31 pm

Pet Living in ApartmentFinding the perfect pet takes a lot more than just looking for the cutest one. It takes a lot of time and consideration as you want to find the one that will suit your lifestyle. For those of you who live in an apartment and would love the company of a pet, here are a few tips in picking “the one”. These tips can help you find a pet that makes you happy, your landlord calm, and gives your neighbors peace.

Living in an apartment with a pet requires special considerations for both the pet and owner. For example, some landlords have a specific guideline to pet ownership. Some landlords do not allow their tenants to have pets in their suites, whereas others require a security deposit also known as a pet rent. So make sure you know what your landlord expects if he or she allow pets.

It is also crucial that your new pet matches your lifestyle and living environment. Sometimes, having a dog that is still potty training alone in the apartment is not the best idea. And it probably won’t make the landlord very happy either. Some pets require more attention than others.You need a pet that suits your lifestyle which means if you work long hours, you need to find a pet that does not require much attention. Regarding the living environment, some landlords allow their tenants to have a pet, but a certain size.  So selecting a certain pet is extremely crucial as you can tell. You must find the pet that suits your life style, and also meets the requirements your landlord put in place for pets.

If you have an animal, you most likely know that it requires a lot of space. Small dogs like terriers or beagles have high energy, which means they like to move around a lot. So a good amount of space is necessary for a happy pet. Make sure that if you do live in an apartment, you get a dog that does not hate to be isolated. Also note that once you find the perfect pet, keep notice of any changes in your pets behavior. Sometimes if you notice your pet is isolating their self from you, something completely new, they could be suffering from a condition, or pet depression. Also note that once you find the perfect pet, keep notice of any changes in your pets behavior. This change you notice in your pet could be linked to a condition your pet is suffering with. There are many pet medication options for your companion to treat pet depression or any other pet medical conditions.

Caring for a pet is a lot of responsibility as you have to meet their needs, and care for them to survive. Pets need space and room to grow, which is why it is necessary to find the proper accommodations. So for those of you who live in an apartment and want a pet, follow the guidelines listed above, and I’m sure you will enjoy having the company of a pet.

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.