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.

5 Top House Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Being a dog owner has many, many benefits but it always comes with one unavoidable nightmare – dog hairs, which can and do spread like wildfire and get almost everywhere! Having two large dogs paired with two long haired cats I know something about this nightmare. So today I want to share with you my main house cleaning tips which hopefully will help you minimise the hairy mess our pets can make.

Being a dog owner has many, many benefits but it always comes with one unavoidable nightmare – dog hairs, which can and do spread like wildfire and get almost everywhere! Having two large dogs paired with two long haired cats I know something about this nightmare. So today I want to share with you my main house cleaning tips which hopefully will help you minimise the hairy mess our pets can make.Generally to keep your house clean as a dog owner you have to remember that cleaning the house itself is only one part of the solution… keeping your dog in perfect health is another…

Good diet

Some of you might think at this point what the hell does their diet have to do with keeping a clean house… well, a proper diet for your dog will help you with unnecessary shedding. Healthy, well-fed dogs, which have a well-balanced diet will shed less, which as a result means less hair to clean up in general, which means less cleaning!

Daily grooming

No this isn’t a joke. A daily 5 minutes dog grooming session will go a long way. It will remove all the dead hairs from your pooch and significantly cut down on the amount of loose hair floating around the house. Grooming during their daily walk is the best way to go. We normally do it near the end of the walk when the dogs are tired and less distracted.

Buy a good vacuum

Invest in the best vacuum you can afford.  Read the recommendations and make your choice wisely as this will be your main cleaning tool. I personally use a Bosh Athlet ProAnimal for my mid-week daily cleaning and a Dyson Animal for a proper weekend cleaning session. And yes, you really need a vacuum designed for picking up dog hairs… it makes things so much easier!

Create a dirty dog zone

If possible, designate a dirty dog zone somewhere outside (or inside your house) where you can clean the pooch after muddy walks. In our last home we used the conservatory for this purpose, now we use a half enclosed porch. This space should be used for cleaning your dog before they are allowed into the rest of the house. If you can’t find the space for a doggy zone, you can simply lay a big dog towel (also known as that old towel you don’t want anymore) by the main door and train your dog to sit on it after entering the house. This will give you time to clean your dog’s paws before they get mud all over your floors.

Clean as dirt comes

I know we are all busy and a daily cleaning routine isn’t always on top of anyone’s fun list but if you clean every day the little mess your pooch left behind, you will greatly reduce the spread of the hair all over your house, you will get rid of pet odours and you will be able to enjoy fairly clean pet friendly home (I said fairly because as much as you might want and try you will never have The perfect home with pets around, but you know what… that’s ok… they are worth it).

Those are my basic cleaning tips for keeping our house in order whilst enjoying the company of some very hairy friends.

What would you add into my list?

Have you found some secret top tip for aiding us in keeping our houses clean?

On the lookout for UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner

UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner Competition from Frontline

Show us just how much you love and care for your pet to be crowned the winner of our nationwide competition.

Is your pet your everything?

Do you spend more time pampering your pooch than yourself?

Perhaps you’re more concerned about your pet’s healthy balanced diet than your family’s!

If this sounds like you or anyone you know, then FRONTLINE Spot On, the leading tick and flea preventative, wants to hear about it! FRONTLINE wants to reward animal lovers who don’t just love their pet, but go out of their way to give them the best care possible.

To be crowned the UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner, simply follow these steps:
1. Like FRONTLINE’s new facebook page
2. Upload a special photo of you and your pet that shows just how much you love your furry friend, along with a short description on why you deserve to win this coveted title
3. Share your entries with your friends and family and encourage them to enter too!

Entries will then be judged by a panel of vet experts, including celebrity vet Joe Inglis, and the winner will not only receive a sparkling trophy, but also a UK-based, pet-friendly staycation for the whole family… including your furry best friend, and a pet hamper full of goodies! Five runners up will also receive hampers and a special photo shoot for their family and pet.

Joe Inglis comments, “This is a brilliant competition to reward those pet owners that go above and beyond. FRONTLINE has pets’ best interests at heart and wants to make sure they always get the best care possible, after all, they are one of the family! So calling all dedicated pet owners, make sure you enter this competition, you have to be in it to win it!”

The UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner competition coincides with the peak in flea activity that occurs throughout the summer. Monthly treatment with FRONTLINE Spot On will help protect pets from fleas (and ticks), allowing them to enjoy the outdoors, explore or simply lounge around, while owners can be reassured that any nasties they pick up will be killed quickly. FRONTLINE Spot On will also help keep fleas out of the home when used throughout the year.

The competition closes on 10th September 2014, so you still have plenty of time to work on your entry and please do not forget to forget to treat your pet against fleas and ticks.

UK’s Most Dedicated Pet Owner Competition from Frontline.

 

The 7 Types of Pet Owner – Which Are You?

Some people happily treat their pets as a part of the family, while others think of their pets more as part of the furniture. What type of pet owner are you? Do you fall into one of these categories or are you a mix of two or more?

The Goldfish Owner

You leave other people to worry about whether dogs are better than cats safe in the knowledge that the humble goldfish trump them all – they’re low maintenance, cheap, and there’s little chance of you becoming too attached to them.

A-Goldfish-In-A-Bowl

The Animal Adopter

You love animals so much that just the thought of one in distress causes you to tear up. Consequently your home has begun to resemble a makeshift animal shelter, with cats, dogs, bunnies, gerbils and anything else that you can look after being offered a warm welcome. Recently you’ve been thinking about relocating somewhere bigger, simply in order to make room for more animals in need.

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The Not-got-a-pet-yet Pet Owner

You fawn over other people’s pets and jump at the opportunity to do a spot of pet-sitting if given the chance, but you aren’t quite ready for one of your own just yet due to your hectic work schedule and manic social life. Until you have a pet of your own you’ll find yourself daydreaming about what breed of dog would suit you best or what name you’d give your cat.

waving-dog

The part of the family owner

You celebrate your pet’s birthday by showering them with treats and make sure that they get to enjoy Sunday Roast like the rest of the family. You wouldn’t dream of shutting them outside in the cold – in fact they’re much more likely to curl up at the end of your bed. Of course, just like with any other family member you have your falling outs, but you could never stay angry with your pet and there’s nothing better than making up.

Birthday boy

The Pet Pam perer

More than just a friend, or even a family member, your pet is a first class fashion accessory and a regular at your local dog grooming business. You spoil it with the finest quality organic pet food to ensure its coat stays glossy and you’ve made sure that its colour complements your skin tone after a spray tan. It probably has a slightly ridiculous name and yes, of course it fits in your handbag.

dog-bag

The replacer

Nobody could ever accuse you of mistreating your pets – you follow vet’s instructions precisely and have read up extensively on the best way of caring for them -it’s just that you’ve been terribly unlucky, and after the loss of a gerbil, hamster and rabbit all within a few months of each other, you’re beginning to wonder if you’re jinxed.

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The Reluctant Owner

There’s an animal that lives in your house, but you don’t really consider it yours – you bought it because the kids wouldn’t stop pestering you, or your partner thought it would be such a great idea to have a pet they went ahead and got one without asking you. Even though you never wanted the pet, you find that you’re the one usually feeding it or cleaning up after it. While you imagine you’re immune to your pet’s charms you’ve caught yourself overwhelmed by cuteness on more than one occasion.

Sleeping-dog

This article was written by David Lewzey of helpucover.

helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offer a range of cover including Income Protection, Pet Insurance, GAP insurance and Gadget Insurance.