How to Choose a Pet For Your Family

choosing petResearch is the key to acquiring a pet for your family. Do not just choose the cutest pet in the bunch. It is important to acquire a pet that will fit your family’s personalities for a relationship to form properly and to blossom. Some key questions should be asked before deciding on what pet to get.

Some of the questions include how much time can you or your family spend on the pet? Or what energy level do you want your dog or cat to have? Or what level of exercise can I provide to the pet? And how “independent” should the cat or dog be?

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Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

pet adoptionSometimes it can be quite frustrating in adopting a pet cat or dog but the idea of acquiring one is a great thing to do, as explained by Sam Kabbel, an author from Ahwatukee Foothills News.

First of all, interested pet owners should ask themselves what are they looking for in a pet? People should adopt a pet that would fit their lifestyle. It is always a good idea to consider the lifespan of the pet.

Also during the first meeting of the soon-to-be pet, people should think about what the pet needs before going an impulse of adopting the animal just because of an emotional impulse. Lastly, never adopt a pet that does not match a lifestyle as the relationship between pet and pet owner will never work out.

Source: 5 things to consider before adopting a pet

Measuring Animal Intelligence

animal intelligenceSometimes, although it does not seem that it would happen, cats and dogs seem smarter than humans. Thomas Zenthall, a psychologist from the University of Texas, that the concept of episodic memory (or the ability to recall past experiences) is not limited to the brain of humans but can also be found in our pet animals.

The human race may be underestimating the power of an animal brain especially when it comes to mental time travel. The idea of animals being able to plan their every move is both interesting and quite uncomfortable.

The minds of animals are still a mystery but therein lies a frontier that is yet to be explored by science and technology.

Source: Animal Intelligence: Is Your Dog Or Cat Smarter Than You?

5 Training Tips for Your Pets

training petsPrevention is still better than cure and this does not only apply to us humans but also to our pets. Pet owners should know how to prevent behavioural issues with their pats from starting. These issues can break the bond between pet and pet owner if left unattended.

Pet owners can take preventive measures to ensure that these issues do not go out of proportion. For instance, puppies and kittens are sensitive to human environment; therefore communicating with them appropriately is key for a healthy relationship. Also making clear where dogs and cats should go to their “bathroom” is appropriate for a healthy pet and pet owner relationship.

Source: Top 5 pet training tips from the MSPCA

Cats and Dogs Have Vision as a Superpower

cat and dogScientists point out that the secret for cats and dogs to see things that human eyes cannot is due to ultraviolet light detection. They can see just about every minute detail from an object that may range from psychedelic stripes on flowers to the flashy patterns on birds. These may be oblivious to humans, but to cats and dogs it’s another story.

Ultraviolet light is usually invisible to humans but cats, dogs, and other animals can see it as stated in a new paper that is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Examples of things that reflect UV that cats and dogs have no problem seeing are patterns on flowers where nectar is and urine trails that lead to prey.

Other animals that are able to detect substantial levels of UV are rodents, hedgehogs, bats, ferrets, and okapis.

Source: Superpower vision lets cats and dogs see in ultraviolet

Animals That Can Keep a Beat are Rare

animal musicMany animals like to play on instruments and somehow keep a rhythm going, but the question is, can animals keep a beat? Patricia Gray, a researcher, was startled when a bonobo named Kanzi was copying her while she was absent-mindedly tapping on the glass. The animal continued to copy the researcher even as the pace of the tapping went faster.

After this finding, there are have been other creatures that have the ability to synchronize their movements to a beat. However, most of the time they are not really synchronizing to a beat of a rhythm as told by the researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This ability is still unclear as to whether animals can learn this ability or it is already innate.

Source: Bopping to the beat is a rare feat in animals

Indoor Play Time With Pets

petsValerie Money, a Petco Dog Trainer, came into the ABC 7 Eyewitness studio along with her dog, Beauty, to show the public how to play with your pets while indoors.

Puzzles are one example to keep your pets busy and happy at the same time. It will challenge them while letting them have fun. Another example is playing hide-and-seek or red light, green light with your pets.

Blowing bubbles are a great way to keep pets happy, especially for cats. Musical chairs is also a great way to keep pets happy while letting them socialize with their friends.

Letting pets have fun will keep them mentally alert while still allowing them to enjoy themselves.

Introducing Your Pet to Your New Baby

stressed petWhen a new baby is brought home to meet the family pet, the animal may not be too happy about sharing attention with the new addition. So it’s understandable that they may experience something akin to sibling rivalry when they are introduced to a new human baby into your household.

This feeling can be minimized by working with your pet before bringing home a new baby. Drastically decreasing attention and frequently scolding, ignoring, or isolating your pet after the baby comes home will likely make your pet feel stressed. If your pet is particularly attached to the mother-to-be, another family member should develop a closer relationship with the animal. That way, the pet can still feel loved and provided for while mom is busy with the baby.

Source: TAKING BABY STEPS: HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR PET & NEW BABY

Calming your Stressed Pet

stress petPets get stressed out just like humans do. Whether the pet suffers from separation anxiety, from fear of going to the vet, or from general stress as a result of a hectic home environment, calming them is an important part of maintaining their health.

There are many natural ways to calm pets as Lisa Selvaggio, an author from allpetnews.com, explains. Our furry friends like playing calming music, massaging them, and giving them aromatherapy. You may also take them out to somewhere they can have fresh air.

Like humans, pets also need pampering and relaxing moments especially when they feel stressed.

Source: Natural Ways to Calm Your Pet’s Stress

The Benefits of Owning a Pet

pet ownerPet animals are a human’s best friend but it takes a lot of responsibility in taking care of one. However, being pet owners does have its benefits especially when it comes to health as discussed by Jennifer Angel of the New York Daily News.

For instance, it gives people a deep sense of responsibility as there are some similar aspects between taking care of pets and taking care of children. It also gives pet and pet owners the feeling of companionship and a great deal of exercise.

Apart from all the psychological and physiological benefits, the greatest advantage will be the love and enjoyment being shared by pet and pet owner.

Source: More than a companion: Health benefits of owning a pet!