Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
AS pet lovers we always try to do the best we can for our pets, but there's always room for improvement. A fresh year gives everyone a 12-month clean slate to do better in the pet parenting department, and keeping a list of pet-oriented New Year's resolutions might help.
Below is a list of recommended New Year's resolutions, some of which, if not all, should make sense to every responsible pet parent out there. See which of these applies to you.
PET-CENTRIC NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
* I will not leave my pet alone for grooming. If possible, grooming will be done at home.
* I'll have someone trustworthy to care for my pet, preferably at home, if I'll be away for long.
* My house will be pet-proofed to avoid accidents and damages.
* Before leaving for work or some errands, I'll ensure my pet has enough safe distractions till I return home.
* I will not leave my pet with other people or take it to places where it will become anxious and scared.
* I will look for new walking or jogging routes for me and my dog to explore.
* I will try to teach my pet a useful command, routine or trick this year.
* I will make oral hygiene part of my pet's regular upkeep.
* I will set aside some money as insurance for my pet's sudden medical needs.
* I will respect the personal choices of others who are not into pets.
* I will not spoil my pet rotten so it doesn't become clingy, obese or lazy.
* I will regularly give my pet a massage to feel its body for any potential health issue.
* I will play and bond with my pet more.
* I will consider having my pet microchipped for safety reasons.
* I will read up more about my pet's breed to understand and provide for its needs better.
* I will monitor my pet's health closely and follow its vaccination schedules.
* I will keep photos, videos and diary of my pet to remember everything when my pet is gone.
* I will not abandon my pet at all costs.
* I will shelter my pet from the heat and the rain.
* I will come to the aid of an animal in need, even if it's not my pet.
* I will only cage my pet when absolutely necessary or for medical reason, and only for a short time.
* I will keep my dog on leash when in public places, but at home they should be free.
* I will keep handy the number of at least two good veterinarians or clinics.
* I will not force my pet to reproduce for personal gains.
* I will have my pet fixed if I don't want it to breed.
Finally, remember that pets will be pets. They don't have enough capacity to always understand and do what would please us, so be more patient and reciprocate their unconditional love with more affection. Happy New Year!!
THE arrival of new kittens bring joy to my heart. Although I know it eventually means more mouths to feed, more trips to the vet, more cat fights to break, more things around the house pissed at and scratched and more things to clean, I just could not for the life of me not be happy at the sight of cute kitties.
For me, kittens are the cutest things in the world and I have a whole army of Internet users that I know would agree.
I've watched kittens being delivered to this world countless of times since I was a small girl. I even documented some on film. In an hour or two, those tiny wonders would be cleaned and dried by their mother and then my desire to hold them would begin.
One should refrain from picking up very young kittens as it may upset their mother. This has never been a problem with me – the moms are my cats so they trust me. But it's true that one must not handle days old kitten unless the mother cat knows them and they could be perfectly gentle and careful with the baby cats.
Years of experience have taught me how to handle and cradle kittens and I'm gladly sharing some tips below to assist those who couldn't help get their hands on newborn kitties.
Early socialization by means of touch will help kittens be familiar with people. But not all kittens are the same. Some simply hate to be petted no matter how gentle and friendly you are. Home-grown kittens are usually okay with human's display of affection, but strays and rescues that have gone through some harrowing experience might resist your friendly advances. Of course, there are exceptions as some strays actually crave affection that they didn't get growing up.
One last tip: try to ascertain a kitten or cat's mood before you hold or carry it. Watch those tails and ears! They'll pretty much clue you in if they want physical contact or not. – AJB