World Cucumber Day – Cats vs Cucumber

The cucumber biologically speaking is a creeping vine that bears cylindrical fruits that are widely used as culinary vegetable. It’s just a fruit used as a veg so how come over a third of cats on the planet has an irrational fear of cucumbers?

The cucumber biologically speaking is a creeping vine that bears cylindrical fruits that are widely used as culinary vegetable. It’s just a fruit used as a veg so how come over a third of cats on the planet has an irrational fear of cucumbers? Hendrick's Gin enlisted the help of animal behaviourist Dr Roger Mugford to create a fool-proof cucumber exposure programme to help our feline friends cope with this irrational fear.Hendrick’s Gin enlisted the help of animal behaviourist Dr Roger Mugford to create a fool-proof cucumber exposure programme to help our feline friends cope with this irrational fear.

According to Dr Mugford, the suspicious nature of cats is what leads to the innate fear of the mighty cucumber – the oddness and unusual persona of the green fruit makes them feel uneasy.

Have you ever seen any of the “cats Vs cucumber” videos on YouTube? They are simply hilarious! I love my cats and I would never test them versus a cucumber but I have to admit that the reaction of some cats is simple unreal, have a look:

Funny isn’t it?

At this point you might ask why Hendrick’s Gin is spending its time trying to get to the bottom of a cats fear of cucumbers. Well:

“The cucumber is at the core of our gin, which is oddly infused with cucumber itself, the gin that is, not the cucumber – a cucumber is wholly made of cucumber”, says David Piper, Hendrick’s Global Brand Ambassador. “Cats have an illogical fear of cucumbers – so as inventors of the cucumber garnish, we have to act responsibly and ensure cats feel at ease as we enjoy our Hendrick’s libations garnished, of course, with a cucumber, on World Cucumber Day. Did I mention the importance of cucumbers?”

Hendrick’s Gin created their own cats versus cucumbers video which is full of tips on how to keep your cat calm and comfortable on this World Cucumber Day.

So when it comes to cucumbers, cat friendly tips include:

  1. Storing cats away from cucumbers
  2. Play some suitably serene music to help cats relax and forget about cucumbers
  3. Incremental exposure may acclimatise cats to cucumbers – limiting their fear
  4. Disguise a cucumber for feline use (for example put it into a paper bag and let them discover it themselves in their own time)
  5. Try not to appear frightened yourself when confronted by a cucumber – the more loyal cats out there may jump to your defence
  6. Rest assured that once the cucumber is submerged in a Hendrick’s and tonic, cats will not experience anxiety of any kind

I hope you will find these tips useful! After all we all love a good laugh but as responsible pet owners we do have to take the wellbeing of our cats into consideration too.

Have a wonderful World Cucumber Day!

Top Tips for Transporting your Pet

Traveling with your pet can be extremely stressful but sometimes they must be moved from place A to place B and we simply have no choice but to transport them… so we get into a car and drive… but what to do if for example you can’t drive? Well believe me or not, you can get a special “pet taxi” via Shiply.

The idea is rather simple, if you have to transport your pet and you can’t do it yourself, you book yourself a comfortable and licensed pet taxi service, which will be suitable to the type and size of your pet… mouse, rabbit, cat, dog, horse… they transport them all. Wish I knew about this service before we spent almost 2 full days in the car driving to and back from Scotland to pick Bunk up.

Traveling with your pet can be extremely stressful but sometimes they must be moved from place A to place B and we simply have no choice but to transport them… so we get into a car and drive… but what to do if for example you can’t drive? Well believe me or not, you can get a special “pet taxi” via Shiply.Traveling can put a lot of stress on your pet so make sure you follow the tips below which will help you minimise any discomfort a long travel session can cause to your pet.

Prepare a suitable carrier like a dog crate, cat box or a harness; ideally something your pet is familiar with and has used in the past.

Prepare your pet… walk them (if applicable) and make sure they did their business, also don’t feed them too close to the trip.

Prepare food and water, which might be needed in the case of a longer trip.

Make your pet comfortable by providing them with a favourite blanket or chew toy, anything goes so long as your pet loves it.

Remember about any meds, both travel sickness pills (if needed) and any regular medication your pet is taking.

Complete all documentation including passport or a vet booklet which will have records of vaccinations and your pet identity.

Stay calm! I am sure you are super stressed but passing your stress onto your pet isn’t going to help anyone, so stay very calm and project positive thoughts… your pet is going for a trip and it is going to be fine 🙂

And finally… Make sure there is someone on the other end to meet and collect your pet and make a fuss of them so they know they are still loved and cared for.

Have you ever had the need to use a pet taxi service?

What do you think about the idea of it?

* This is a collaborative post 

Home Renovation – Tips for Pet Owners

Home Renovation – Tips for Pet OwnersYesterday I had the pleasure to read about this dog that cost his owners almost 20 thousand pounds in home renovations. Rollie has such an insatiable appetite for food that he will even “body-bash the stair gate on the greenhouse to get at the tomatoes,” and so a massive amount of home renovations were necessary in order to keep him away from all edibles. Rollie’s owners are certainly an extreme example of people who have had challenges around renovations and pet ownership, but it got me thinking about home improvement issues.

Before you begin thinking about home renovations, you should consider your dog or cat and how they are going to react. Maybe the improvements you are making will directly benefit your beloved pet, but even if they are solely for your own interests (or the interest of your home’s value) you should be thinking about how your small creatures will handle the stress of the renovations. Here are some tips!

Check your credit score – Before you emBARK on the process of a home renovation with pets you should check your credit score – there is no sense getting everything in place to get started only to find out that there is a problem or past unpaid debt on your credit profile. It pays to learn more about your credit score, for your own wellbeing – and the wellbeing of your pets.

See the vet – Before any renovations commence, you should take your pet for a check-up. Many health problems can be masked or hidden and only make themselves known when stress occurs – the sudden onset of loud noises, strange smells and unfamiliar people could trigger an already underlying illness. A vet visit is a good idea both before and perhaps even after extensive renovations.

Remove them from your homeExperts on pet health agree, “if you are having a loud, extensive, and invasive renovation done, the best solution for your pets is to remove them from the home.” This may not be an option for you, or perhaps you feel that the renovation won’t be too invasive – use the other tips below.

Have your pets microchipped – No matter how many precautions you take for the safety and happiness of your pet, there is a chance that your dog or cat will get spooked and escape, fleeing down the street in a panic. In the case that a skittish pet gets loose, a microchip will ensure that they get back to you and do not end up in the pound.

Have familiar objects nearby – Make sure that your pet’s favourite blankets, toys and bed are nearby, and try to sequester them away from the heart of the chaos. If loud, constant drilling is present try playing some soothing music or leaving the television on so that it drowns out some of the unpleasant sounds.

These are only a few suggestions that you can implement if you are having home renovations with your pets present.

Do you have any further tips or comments to add?

* This is a collaborative post.

4 Tips on How to Feed a Dog with Diabetes

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

You might want to give your pet everything they want especially when it comes to food; but when your dog has diabetes, that may no longer be the case.

Although diabetes may not be treated completely, there are some things that you can do to manage the condition effectively, so that your pet dog can be healthy and enjoy a normal life.

Give Your Pet a Reduced Quantity of Food

While some diseases can be managed with complementary therapies, diabetes can be managed with the help of diet modification. Weight control is of utmost importance for diabetic dogs because obesity is one of the most common causes for complications.

The specific amount of calories to be taken by your dog is being determined by the veterinarian based on its size, weight and usual activity. Once the normal caloric intake is identified, you need to monitor what your dog eats based on what’s recommended for him. Veterinary nutritionists can also recommend prescription food and recipes specifically formulated for dogs with diabetes.

You can start giving your pet moderate amount of digestible proteins such as lamb, chicken meat, corn gluten, or soya bean meals alternately. If you used to feed your pet a lot for each meal, you may as well gradually decrease this in each meal served until the recommended serving is reached.

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

Feed Your Dog with a High Fibre and Low Fat Diet

Good choice for diabetic diet in dogs consists of moderate fat, high protein from meat, with carbohydrate restriction. Because fatty food can further worsen your dog’s current condition, always make it a point to remove visible fat from the food you serve.

A high fibre diet which includes vegetables (snap peas, carrots), and a small slice of fruit (banana or melon) is also advised because fibre has the ability to slow down the movement of sugar into the blood. Since fibre has the ability to take water from your pet’s body, it is also important to make your dog drink plenty of water daily.

Create a Scheduled Meal for Your Dog

It is also recommended to feed your dog following a schedule, or at specific times daily. At least two or three meals a day on a regular schedule is best, as this could effectively be the basis for timing insulin injections. Giving random treats may not be helpful as this may cause spikes in the blood sugar which may not be controlled by insulin.

Taking care of pets diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge. In this post, the Coops and Cages content curator, Jordan Walker, shares valuable information on pet care and diet modification for dogs with diabetes.

Modify Your Pet’s Diet Based on His Insulin Requirements

On regular days with regular activities, you can feed him consistent amount of food based on his caloric and insulin requirements, at consistent times.

If you plan to walk your dog and teach him some tricks, and you’re worried that your pet may not have enough energy from food after a day of planned activities, giving him some treats are fine as long as they are low in carbohydrates and sugar.

While it is true that taking care of a dog with diabetes can take a lot of work and may require patience, the entire experience can also be as rewarding knowing that you’re doing the right thing in order for your pet to stay healthy.

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Jordan WalkerAuthor: Jordan Walker
Jordan likes to write many pet related blogs, and is also the lead content curator for Coops and Cages. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. Catch him on Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.

Feline diet or “What your cat should and shouldn’t eat”

Feline diet or What your cat should and shouldn’t eat*Sponsored by Gourmet

Cats like every other creature on the planet have to eat. Wild cats will usually tend to fend for themselves, and survive on what they can find or kill but our house cats can be a little spoilt for choice when it comes to food.

Many pet owners tend to feed their pets with leftovers from the human table. Personally, I am totally against this. Just in case you missed it, cats are not human and in many cases feeding those scraps to your cat can end up doing more harm than good.

The list of foods which you should never feed to your cats:

Onions – they are a big no, no as they can lead to anaemia by breaking down your cat’s red blood cells.

Milk and dairy products – well the stereotypical image of cats drinking milk is wrong! Most cats simply can’t process dairy products and as a result they will end up having digestive problems.

Chocolate – even a small amount of chocolate, especially a dark one with a high content of cocoa can be extremely dangerous for cats.

Cooked bones – yes cats have sharp, strong little teeth but bones can splinter. You can give raw bones to your cat (if you know that the meat is safe and has no weird bacteria on it) so they can eat the leftover meat from it but never, ever feed cooked bones.

Human medicine – intentionally or not your cat should never have any human medicines. If they are poorly take them to the vet, never risk “self-medicating” your cat with your own pills and potions.

Alcohol, grapes, raisins, caffeine, candy, raw eggs – the list go on and on…

So what food should cats eat?

Well, cat food… to answer it shortly.

Cat food manufacturers know best what is good for our furry friends and we should really trust their expertise when it comes to feline food. Cat food is specially formulated to provide all the necessary ingredients, proteins and vitamins needed for our little fluffballs. Dry kibbles or wet food the choice is yours but please stick to the cat food.

Archie, the feline foodie knows best what is and what isn’t good for his fellow cat-kind.

Do you know what is and isn’t good for your cat?