5 Benefits of a Raw Diet

To fed your dog a raw diet it should consist of RAW meat, bones, organs, eggs, vegetables, and fruit… sounds simple enough but is it good for our pets?

Well, just like with everything else there are some who are pro and some who are against. The best answer I can give: read, research and make your own mind about the raw diet… I can only speak for myself and share my own experience about it.

For years we struggled with Bunk’s allergies, we have spent literally 1000s of pounds on the best dog foods we could find, only to find out that a few month later his skin rashes have returned. Gluten free, grain free, hypoallergenic, holistic… we tried them all with no real success stories. I’ve considered starting a raw diet some time ago but I was a bit sceptic so we kind of took a half measure – raw mixed with kibbles… well, this didn’t really change anything as Bunk was still suffering from his allergies, that is until now… because for the last 6 months both Bunk and Lilly have been on a pure raw diet and they are golden!

I am not trying to convince you to go raw, all I want is to share with you my own observations after this diet change. So what did we observe?

Healthy teeth

Bunk didn’t really have any problems with his teeth but Lilly did. Maybe due to her age or maybe due to an earlier diet but her teeth were full of plague and tart and we were planning a professional teeth cleaning session for her but it’s no longer needed. Her teeth got better! The plague and tart build-up are gone and her breath has finally stopped being so unpleasant.

Good weight

You will know if you are a regular reader of my blog that Lilly has always had a weight problem. For years her weight was like a roller-coaster – up and down and up again… we tried different diets, more exercise and it all worked… until it didn’t… Now, she is lean, her weight doesn’t go up and down and finally, we could put the dog obesity problem to rest.

More energy

Both Lilly and Bunk have much more energy. They are alert, playful and seem happier. I don’t know if this is purely due to the new diet, but I am convinced it had to have a lot to do with it.

Smaller poops

One would think that this one is beneficial to dog owners only as they have to clean up less but actually it has a great benefit for the dogs too – healthy anal glands. No more vet visits with Bunk to empty the glands.

No more allergies

This one is super important especially for us! I am super glad as I no longer have to look after open sores, washing them on an hourly basis, buying and applying antibiotics but most of all Bunk doesn’t suffer. Most shop-bought pet food contains additives, preservatives, grain or other ingredients which cause allergies… a raw diet doesn’t!

So what do we feed our dogs these days?

Well, they get a mixture of raw meat on the bone, fine grated vegetables and fruit with an addition of fish oil, coconut oil and homemade turmeric paste. Once a week they will have fish or organs and some raw eggs. In reality, it looks like this… I pop to my local shop and buy 20+kg of raw dog meat on the bone, some organs and a pile of fresh veggies and fruit (whatever is in season). Meat goes to the freezer and fresh produce goes to the pantry. Every three days I take a pile of carrots, beetroots, leeks, celery or broccoli (or whatever I could buy at the farmers market) and shred it in my food processor, then move it into a large plastic tub and pop into the fridge. In the morning I defrost some meat, so it’s ready come dinner time. The meaty bones get mixed with the shredded veggies, some chopped apples and bananas will be added into the bowl, then oils and turmeric and it’s done! Dinner time! Another highlight for us is the fact that the dogs take their time eating, no more wolfing it down in under a minute, now they can take 10-15 minutes to eat their food making it more of an event for them and they are still licking the floor and bowls half an hour later looking for every last scrap.

Have you ever considered feeding your pets a raw diet?

 

For more information please read: “Top 50 Most Frequently Asked BARF Questions Newcomers Ask”. Hopefully, this will answer all the questions you might have about a raw diet.

 

To fed your dog a raw diet it should consist of RAW meat, bones, organs, eggs, vegetables and fruit… sounds simple enough but is it good for our pets?

Cats Versus Dogs – Which Do You Prefer?

Many people think that you’re either a cat or a dog lover and there seems to be a somewhat unfounded sense of competition between our furry friends. However, there are still many of us who love both and wouldn’t want to decide which one they would prefer. While dogs may be more dependable and give us plenty of unconditional love, cats are more independent but still offer us sufficient cuddles and affection that makes them an important part of the family.

Money-saving experts Voucherbox recently discovered in a survey how much pets are costing us throughout their lifetime. They also revealed that an incredible 51% of households in the UK own a pet and 25% of those have dogs, which is only 1% more than cats at 24%. This confirms that cats and dogs are probably the most popular pets in the UK – there were 9.4 million dogs and 11 million cats in households throughout the country in 2016.

Why We Love Dogs

Dogs are man’s best friend. They are always loyal, loving and fun to be with. They’re always pleased to see us and often shadow us around the house wherever we go. Our dogs are forever loving and faithful friends that adore and respect us. Dogs are dependable and they rely on us to walk them daily, feed them, groom them and let them in and out of the garden to do their business. They need us to be an essential provider for their happiness and comfort, to care for them and look after them, much like a human.

Why We Love Cats

Cats are popular pets because they are perhaps easier than dogs being so independent. They can get exercise by going through the cat flap and wandering wherever they want; they can feed themselves whenever they’re hungry (so long as there’s food in their bowls) and they don’t usually need a human to let them in and out of the garden to do their business. Cats will cuddle up with us on the sofa and can be quite needy in terms of a human company, but they will also want time alone. Cats seem to do everything on their terms and have a funny stubbornness which makes them amusing at times.

Co-habiting Friends

The myth of cats and dogs not getting on in the household is not so much true. Although their characters and needs can be quite different, they can also be very good friends. You will often see cats and dogs cuddle up or playing together nicely and they can sometimes have a sibling type of love/hate relationship. However, it seems cats may not have as much patience as dogs and look like they find a happy pooch sniffing them irritating at times, they are perhaps a little warier and less tolerant, very much showing that any kind of human or pet contact is always on their terms.

Cats and dogs are part of the family, faithful additions to the household that like to curl up close to their human pack. While cats are more independent and can be quite self-sufficient, dogs can be reliant but forever by our side. There should be no competition between our furry friends because regardless, they provide us with unconditional love, happiness and affectionate cuddles at the end of the day.

Are you a cat or a dog person or, like us, you simply love both?

Introducing a Dog To Your Cat

Pets are wonderful, they bring untold joy to your life. Once you have had one pet, the chances are you will want more. If you already have a cat and want to introduce a dog to your home this article is for you.

Pets are wonderful, they bring untold joy to your life. Once you have had one pet, the chances are you will want more. If you already have a cat, and want to introduce a dog to your home this article is for you.

Cats usually like dogs

The first thing to realise is that most cats actually like dogs. They enjoy having company while you are out. Over time, most cats become very attached to their doggy friend.

However, some cats are genuinely scared of dogs. Often, this is simply because they were not exposed to dogs as a kitten. Fortunately, you can usually teach your cat not to be afraid of dogs. This article explains how to go about doing this.

Start slowly

Regardless of how confident your cat is around dogs, you need to introduce them to each other in a controlled fashion. If you are getting a puppy, ask the breeder if you can take home something with the dog scent on it. Cats have sensitive noses, so will pick up the scent and grow used to it before you bring the dog home. He or she will soon realise that the owner of the scent does not represent a threat to them.

When you bring the dog home, give it time to calm down before introducing it to the cat. The calmer the dog is the better that first interaction will go.

Try to engineer the situation so that your cat is not on the floor when the dog enters the room. But, do not stress your cat by trying to make it go somewhere it does not want to go. Rather wait until the cat has settled on the sofa, but is not asleep, then bring the dog into the room on a short leash.

Let the cat react to the dog. If he or she runs off or reacts badly, just leave it for a few hours, and try again.

Supervise contact in the early days

At first, you need to be with the dog and cat while they get used to each other. You should only leave them alone together in the same room when you are 100% sure that they are comfortable with each other. This can take a few weeks, so be prepared for that.

Provide your cat with plenty of private space

It is important for your cat to have access to places where he or she can rest without the dog touching them. This will help them to feel secure, and help them to accept the new member of the family.

Finding a dog

If you are looking for puppies for sale Lancashire is a good place to start. There are plenty of good breeding kennels located in that part of the UK, so it is easy to find the breed of dog you really want. Usually, if you tell them that you already own a cat, or other pets, they will offer you more in-depth advice than I have been able to share with you here.

* This is a collaborative post.

Pet Wearables – Tabcat & Whistle

Pet Wearables – Tabcat & WhistleThese days wearable tech isn’t only for us humans, pets have their share of the market too. GPS or activity trackers are actually super useful and can make our everyday life so much easier! Easier for us and more secure for our beloved pets. To date we have tried two different types of pet tech, Tabcat for cats and Whistle for dogs, they both work in a different ways and serve a different purpose.

Tabcat RRP: £69.99

Tabcat is a tracking device which works on RF technology for accurate, energy efficient tracking (one battery will last up to 12 months). It comes as a standalone unit; one transceiver plus two homing tags with plastic protectors, which you can attach to just about anything you want, your cat included 🙂 There is an option to purchase additional tags as the device can track up to four subjects on one unit. The homing tags are super lightweight (only 6 grams) so your cat shouldn’t even notice it.

Pet Wearables – TabcatIn general I really like the idea of Tabcat but its 122 meter distance isn’t far enough for us. I know cats are territorial creatures but as it ended up ours wonder much further so I am still losing track of them. I think Tabcat would be ideal if you cats like to hide and you struggle with finding them around the house or nearby garden.

Whistle RRP: $79.95

Whistle offers two options, GPS tracker or an activity monitor. We tested the activity monitor version and I have to admit, I totally love it.

Whistle’s Activity Monitor is a health tracker for your dog. It attaches to any collar and measures your dog’s activities, giving you a new perspective on the day-to-day behaviour and long-term trends.

Pet Wearables – WhistleThe device is app based and it can be highly personalised. In addition to tracking the activities or sleep duration of your dog, you can also track food or medication; all the data comes in the form of graphs so it’s super easy to track the progress and if you want there is a Whistle community you can join too.

The Whistle itself is a round disk 1.5” in diameter, it might be a bit big for very small dogs but for Bunk is just perfect. It comes with a collar attachment and a USB charger. The battery last around 7 days, which isn’t bad. It takes about 1 hour to fully recharge it and the device provides a clear green light indicator when it is fully charged.

I am not able to fault it in any way. Even in the UK climate with all its tons of rain it still works well and is still performing as intended so its waterproof feature is spot on. If you fancy a kind of Fitbit for your pet, I think Whistle might just be just the way to go.

Have you ever used any wearable tech for your pet?

Can you recommend something new we haven’t tried so far?

How to disappear your neighbour… well their cat anyways

Hi, I am Ode, so called Evil Cat. Frankly I have no idea why I got this nickname but who cares, right?

Today I want to tell you a story, my big plan for getting rid of a rival.

How to disappear your neighbour… well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESYes, you are reading it right, I was planning to get rid of a rival cat, I was planning an assassination, I even hired (kind of) two assassins… or so I thought but let’s go back to the beginning!

So, I while back my neighbours brought home a grey ball of fluff, super cute British Blue, they called him Harry (how stupid is that by the way). The little fellow was growing up fast and before I knew it he was outside checking out my digs in the bushes, by the fence, up in the trees… wherever I went, I could smell the little… wonder.

It was definitely time to get rid of him.

How to disappear your neighbour…. well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESI’ve tried sneaking into his house and scaring him, I’ve chased him any chance I could but this has had very little effect… well no effect at all, let’s be honest… Finally it was time for a different plan!

I know that my human pals have been known to react badly to uninvited creatures posing as guests in the house, especially when they are my guest… last time I brought a girl home for a lovely dinner they were less than impressed with the entire situation, reactions noted for future plan. So as they say, keep your friends close but your enemies closer and as times were hard so I really had no other option…. I became Harrys’ friend….

He was adorable, our friendship would be adorable (for adorable read Yuck! obviously)

Really there was no other option! Trust me…

You see in addition to me and Mr. Ginger who truly doesn’t give a **** about anything, especially adorable Harry, there are two potential cat killers in the house, aka Bunk and Lilly! Every time they spot Harry outside the house, they chase him like he just stole their bags, also noted for my plan. So the cunning plan was simple… make friends, get the adorable grey ball of fluff into the house and then just let the silly and amazingly gullible dogs do the rest and all whilst I was fast asleep with one eye open just enough to see my masterly plan come to fruition (insert maniacal laugh here)… clever hey?

How to disappear your neighbour….. well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESWell, not really 🙁

My dog pals are just plain stupid!

I befriended Harry for days, I show him how to get into the house (super sneaky entrance in the humans basket-room which also just happens to be where we get our food… they are hardly ever upstairs during the day so it was kind of easy), I shared dinner with my nemesis (so he is full up and easier to catch), then I may have accidently poked a window latch a little so the attached window became shut…. Ooops.

After a short nap on my humans’ basket, Harry arose and went for a wonder… this was it, the moment of truth when victory was within my reach. I sat there unable to breath with anticipation. And I sat there still waiting for the symphony of barks, meows and screams but…. nothing, nothing happened!

Told you… silly, stupid dogs! They just let him wonder around the house, watched some telly with him and I even caught one of them licking him, I know gross right! So where was the teeth and claws when you need them, where was the “chasing him around the house” action scene I was expected to see? Oh no not today, today they are treating him like their best friend forever!

How to disappear your neighbour...… well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESI hate dogs! My plan failed. Harry simply walked out the front door after humans decided that it is time for him to go home, another epic fail, salt in the wound, a finger in the eye. Where was the shoo shoo shooing, the rolled up newspaper or even the slipper when you need them. That’s right… oh no not today, today Harry is perfect. I wonder if it’s because he only has 4 paws…

And so in conclusion to my tale of tragedy I am still stuck with this super handsome, soft and shiny super cat next door! What’s my pet peeve I hear you ask… don’t get me started….grrrr.

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This post is our contribution into #PETPEEVES campaign run by the RSPCA as I truly, truly hate when my cats bring a friend home and then lets them sleep on MY bed after stuffing their belly full of our cats’ food.

Yes, all pets have their quirks, weird likes or dislikes but at the end of the day, they are OUR pets, they are members of OUR family and they should be treated as such, no matter what their wacky personalities entail.

From this story Ode might sound like a mean killer but in reality he wouldn’t hurt a fly (well, actually this might not be the case, bad example maybe but you get the point…) Pets can be cunning, thoughtful and resourceful but it is our responsibilities to take care of them, so never forget that it is up to us to provide the right pet protection.