Why Build Cat Fencing
Like dogs, cats need time outside to get fresh air. There are many health benefits for building cat fence in the yard for cats.
Exercise: According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. By giving your cat a combination of healthy cat foods, and strength training exercises, your cat will look better and feel better. Being a house cat will not keep them lean and active!
Security: With an outdoor catio, cats can roam the backyard without fear of running away. Often times, cat owners deal with cats running up trees and not being able to get down. Or, cats may be harmed by wildlife. With a cat fence, cats will be securely behind a fence that will protect them from harm.
Socialization: Dogs aren't the only animals that need play dates. With an outdoor cat enclosure, cats can play with other cats; or cats and dogs can play together! Socialization is key to improving animal wellness and keeping pets happy.
Be Free: Think about how you feel after being inside all day. "Cabin fever" comes to mind. This is how your cat feels; and without a lot of movement, cats become lethargic and bored. They will have weakened muscles and joints and they won't want to play. This is why it's important to let cats run freely in the yard. Cats need a chance to stretch their legs and burn-off pint up energy.
This Responsible Pet Ownership Month, consider installing outdoor cat enclosures.
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Pet Owners Get Involved
In lieu of Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we encourage pet owners to participate in this month's pet actions by doing the following for dogs and cats:
1. Take your animal to the vet: Get your animal up-to-date with shots and vaccines and ask if you are feeding your pet all-natural healthy dog and cat foods.
2. Feed your pets nutritious foods: Read the labels and prepare healthy food options. (Remember: Do not overfeed dogs or risk weight gain or obesity.)
3. Train Dogs: You really can teach an old dog new tricks. Give it a try. Training a dog a new skill will strengthen hind legs and arms.
4. Exercise with dogs: Very important as dogs age. Dogs that don't get at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity become lethargic and risk health complications as they age including arthritis.
5. ID your animals: For pet owners who have not ID'ed dogs or cats, now's a good time to do it. Register dog micro-chips if able.
6. Play with animals: Take your dogs for walks or to the dog park to play with other animals. Socialization is a must for animals!
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Responsible Pet Owners
February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month, a time for pet owners to learn how to be a responsible pet owner. Here are things to consider when talking about dog and cat ownership:
ID Pets - When you take dogs and cats home from the humane society or animal shelter, ID them. Or, register dog micro-chips. If pets get lost, the ID will easily track where they are around town.
Nutrition - Give dogs and cats healthy food full of proteins and vitamins to ensure they grow into strong, healthy animals. Read labels!
Bond With Pets - Whether you take pets to a dog park to play, or throw a ball in your fenced-in yard, play with your animals. The more time they spend with owners, the happier they will become as the years progress.
Exercise - Strength training dog exercises are important as dogs age. Practice jumps and squats so the dog will continue to use hind legs and arms.
Doggie Play Dates - Take your dog to a dog park; or have dogs come over to your house; and watch them all play from inside the dog fence.
Bringing Home Fido
So, you are ready to welcome a new dog into your home - good for you! This is a big step for you; and it will require lots of time, patience, and love. Remember, bringing a puppy into homes is quite similar to that of a newborn baby. Like babies, puppies will need to learn their new surroundings and be potty-trained. They will make mistakes along the way; and you, as the new pet parent, will need to stay calm. Are we okay so far? If yes, then continue reading what you should do the first few weeks of pet ownership:
The ideal time to bring home a new puppy is when the house is quiet. Discourage friends from stopping by and don't allow overnight guests. You will also need to develop a routine and do the following:
Before bringing him in the house, take him to the designated potty area in your yard and spend a few minutes there. You will need to have a collar and leash ready for his/her arrival. This will help when training your dog and when your pup is exploring the backyard. This is a good time to invest in a dog fence so you can train your dog basic commands and allow pets to play safely in an enclosed area.
You will need to bring home healthy dog foods and read the labels prior to giving him/her a feast. Do not overfeed Fido. Pet obesity is real and can lead to serious animal health complications such as diabetes, heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases.
Give your dog plenty of fresh water. In the summertime, water for dogs is vital to avoid heat stroke; and it is equally important in the cooler months. Just because they aren't visibly sweating doesn't mean that they aren't dehydrated.
Your dog will need toys. If you do not want to spend lots of money on pet toys, consider making your own DIY dog toys. My dog loves crunching on empty water bottles. Or, you can give your dog ice cubes to play with on the floor (helpful tip: avoid tile floors).
With these steps in play, you are ready to take on dog ownership.
Celebrate Pet Month
Pet Awareness Month is a May pet observance for pet owners that promotes responsible pet ownership and makes people aware of the benefits of adopting a pet dog or cat.
Being a responsible pet owner means that pet owners must supply their domestic dogs and cats with the basics: Food, water, shelter, socialization and heath care in order to maintain overall animal wellness. Let's break it down:
1) Similar to humans, your dog or cat will need healthy pet foods that are high in nutrition. The right foods will allow for healthier coats in dogs.
2) Your animals will need fresh water, daily. If it's hot outside, place a few ice cubes in the water dish for the dog to cool down.
3) Your dogs and cats need protection from storms and will need a roof over their heads - at all times. They will need a warm, dry place to escape snow, rain, ice and heat. Give them plenty of warm blankets during wintertime.
4) Dogs and cats both need a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity to stay fit. Like us, interacting with other animals will make them happier and will give them a chance to play outside with a friend.
5) The right food, plenty of water and exercise is a winning combination to achieving complete animal health. Domestic breeds will require more time exercising as they get older; and starting off young will ensure that animals get the care they deserve.
This National Pets Month, consider adopting a kitten, puppy or senior dog or cat. Finding them a forever home will give them a brighter future; and will brighten your years, as well.