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Is Your Cat Going Green?

Kitty cats are really amazing creatures.  They are cuddly, lovable, and often can be our best friends. They are amazing a play a major role in our lives. However, those cute kitties have some strange habits and rituals that leaves us scratching our heads. Has one of your cats ever ran outside simply to eat grass? Have you ever witnessed a cat who kneads on a blanket or soft surface? You may be curious why do cats knead on soft surfaces. These are just a couple of the odd habits I am talking about. Even though it seems weird to us, there are logical reasons behind these unusual tendencies. Let’s take a minute to discuss why felines have these peculiar habits.

There are cats who like to catch a bite of grass when they can. It might seem abnormal to you but they have a reason for doing it. So there are reasons why cats eat grass. Many times cats will nibble on some grass when they have an upset stomach or have are having trouble digesting certain kinds of foods. Eating grass also helps your cat rid itself of any hairballs that they are having trouble getting rid of. It also provides added nutrients to your cat that they might not be getting from their cat food. It is very rare, but a cat might consume as a method of oral fixation. Some cats with behavioral issues have a tendency to chew on unusual objects and grass is one of these. While grass is not completely dangerous to your cat you should discourage the behavior. Some people put pesticides or other types of chemicals onto their lawns and this could make your cat extremely ill.

If you have ever seen a cat push its paws back and forth on a blanket or soft surface this is called kneading. There are several reasons why a cat might do this.  One reason they do this is to create a comforting place to sleep. The most common reason a cat kneads is to show their happiness and appreciation as well as feeling of content. Similar to what dogs do when they urinate on objects, cats may also be marking their territories, meaning, stay away from my blanket! Kittens tend to knead against their mother when they were being fed so some also believe that they are trying to generate some form of nourishment. This could mean that your cat may have been taken away from their mother too soon and are simply trying to recreate that feeling of nourishment.

Cats are unique creatures but there is a reason behind all of the silly little things they do. They tend to love us no matter what so I am sure we can manage to do that for them.


Fruit as Food For Dogs

Feeding your pets the best food possible is the key to keeping them strong and happy. Dogs especially need special nutrients and vitamins to keep their hearts and bodies strong and healthy. Very few people know that feeding whole grains to their dogs can really benefit their long term health. There are also a number of benefits to feeding your dogs certain dairy products. Sometimes human food is simply forbidden to dogs while others can really lengthening their lives and keeping them healthy and strong. Along with plenty of exercise this is a great way to protect your pet and repay him/her for all of the love that he/she gives you daily.

There are some things that dogs do and are allowed to do. While there are some human foods that dogs simply cannot eat due to them being toxic to your pet, there are some foods that are very good for your dog. Some fruits have the potential to be very nutritional to your pet. If you have ever been snacking on strawberries and your dog comes up to beg for one and wonder, can dogs eat strawberries? The answer is yes they can, they are actually very good for your dog. They provide a lot of vitamins such as C, B1 and B6.

Vitamin B1 can has the ability to convert your pet’s glucose levels into energy keeping your dog happy and healthy. Vitamin C has the ability to keep your dog’s immune system healthy, just as it does for humans. Potassium is found in strawberries and potassium promotes a healthy heart in dogs. Some fruits your dog can eat and some they can. Never let your dog eat grapes, but blueberries and strawberries are both okay in moderate portions.  Never let them overeat any fruit. Too much human food is not always the healthiest solution for your pet.

One food that is healthy for people is also healthy for dogs and that is oatmeal. Oatmeal has a number of benefits for your loving pet. Oatmeal is packed with fiber which will keep your dog’s tummy functions healthy and under control while also keeping their cholesterol levels low. Feeding your dog whole grains can reduces your pet’s chance of becoming obese, developing diabetes or kidney disease, and even heart disease. They will also keep your dog’s immune system working properly so that can easily fight off any illnesses that may come their way.

The best possible thing you can do for your dog is give him lots of love and keep him filled with nutritious foods. Before you feed your dog anything unusual make sure that you talk to your veterinarian to make sure it is safe.


Are Dogs Safe Around Humans?

The dog is a man’s best friend. This is a phrase thrown out a lot because people believe that man and dog were meant to co-exist together. While this is true in so many cases – dogs are truly wonderful animals, pets, and friends – there are a very unfortunate cases that might disprove this. Most of the time it isn’t the dog that betrays this trust between man and animal, but it’s the dog owner. I can not stress how important it is that you take good care of your dog, and be a responsible dog owner. Some people like to think that dogs can be vicious creatures, but the harsh reality is that humans can be even worse.

Feeding your dog foods that he/she is meant to eat is way too popular of a scenario. Dogs are known to be table feeders – being able to eat pretty much anything that you have left on your plate. However, there are lots of foods that dogs can not eat and can either get very sick from, or perhaps even have a fatal reaction to. Chocolate is the biggest one that most dog owners know to keep away from dogs. Chocolate can cause seizures, organ failure, and a whole bunch of other problems that will either result in a very sick dog, or unfortunately a deceased dog. In order to keep your dog safe, always make sure that chocolate is out of reach, or better yet, out of the house.

One food that a lot of dog owners don’t realize is actually toxic to dogs is grapes. Feeding fruit to dogs is becoming a pretty popular thing because more and more owners are realizing that dogs love fruit. However, you have to be careful when it comes to certain kinds. Grapes and raisins should never be allowed anywhere near a dog. In fact, the whole grape family in general should be avoided at all costs. Any sort of berry (besides blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries) or fruit that grows in a vine could very toxic to dogs. Instead, bananas, watermelon, and pineapple are safer alternatives.


Choking The Arctic

There are many animals who simply do not go running south for the winter. These arctic tundra loving animals like it where it is cold and snowy. These animals know how to defend themselves in the cold and have simply adapted to that particular way of life. There are a few animals that do tend to run south when the going gets cold, but most of these animals are perfectly content with the cold temperatures of the arctic tundra. Unfortunately, there are some issues such as pollution and other serious issues that cause problems for the creatures who make their homes in the tundra.  I am going to talk about some of those animals to inhabit the tundra and some issues that could damage their homes.

Lemmings are small and mousey and love their lives in the arctic tundra. During the warm summer months their fur is brown but in the winter they turn white which allows them to hide from predators such as the snowy owl. Lemmings create burrows in the summer which makes it tough for people to walk around because of all of the holes! They eat plants and berries and simply move around if they need to find food.

The arctic hare is also an animal that lives in the tundra. This is not your typical bunny rabbit as it has the ability to change colors throughout the seasons. Their back feet are large and are just like snowshoes which keep them from sinking in the snow. The arctic hare can endure extremely harsh winters and try to stay away from marshes where it is dry. They also like to stay in groups.

Musk oxen have lived in the tundra for thousands of years and do not seem to mind the cold. They use their hooves to dig through the deep snow for roots and mosses to eat and eat arctic flowers and grasses in the summertime. Their shaggy long hair helps to keep them warm in the frigid climate. The have outer hairs that fall out when it gets warmer outside.

Many oils and natural gases are found in the tundra. People tend to drill for them and it can cause a threat to the wildlife in the tundra. Threats such as global warming have the ability to shrink the tundra and gives animals a smaller place to inhabit which means less animals can live there. Air pollution causes global warming and many laws are being passed to stop these pollutions from destroying the tundra.

These creatures make the tundra their home and it is our job to make it safe for them to inhabit. Keeping our homes eco-friendly and keeping ourselves educated on global warming and other environmental issues will help to save their homes.

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Good Things Come In Small Sizes

For all of your dog lovers out there I am sure you have your preference of dog. Some people like big dogs, others like tiny dogs, and others just want a sweet, smart, and active puppy to play with. Whatever your preference is there are so many dogs for you to choose from so you will never have to settle. Maybe you can find a smaller dog that is also super smart and active. Or maybe it is that big watch dog that is the smartest out of the bunch. Whatever it is the options or limitless for all of you dog lovers out there!

The Beagle is one of the most popular small dogs in the country. They typically are about 20-35 pounds and 13 inches tall. They are kind and gentle and are also great with children. The Beagle likes to stay active and require a lot of exercise so keep them active as much as you can! They sometimes can be difficult to train because they are so independent and determined.

The Bichon Frise is another good choice for people looking for a small pet and they are one of the smallest dogs you can choose from. They are typically about 10-15 pounds and are very small-framed dogs. They are very happy and friendly dogs but can be difficult to house break because they are so stubborn. They require daily exercise so keep them active and outdoors as often as you can. The Bichon Frise tends to get attached to their owners so they may sleep with you at night and my whine and cry when you are not at home.

The Dachshund is a very small dog with a lot of love to give. It is an extremely popular dog breed with very short legs. This dog is also known to be a very intelligent dog. They are very loyal to their owners and want to follow them wherever they go. The smaller they are, the more playful they are. So make sure you keep them active. Even though the Dachshund is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the country, they are not the only one!

The basset hound is not only allergy free and do not require a lot of additional work from the owner. They do not shed a lot so they do not cause a lot of allergy issues for their owners. This is one of the many medium dog breeds to choose from. Another dog that will not cause individuals with dog allergies any issues is the Maltese. These dogs are very small and have hair instead of fur which eliminates most issues with allergies because there is significantly less shedding involved. They require a lot of grooming but they are extremely kind and playful and easy to get along with.

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Is Ameda Really The Best?

Is Ameda Really The Best?

If you’re scoping the market out for a super efficient breast pump, you have probably stumbled across the brand Ameda. A lot of breast pump users find themselves torn between Ameda and another brand in terms of who makes the best product. Even though every brand has their fair share of strengths and weaknesses, I will attest that Ameda makes some really nice stuff, especially considering their affordability. But are they necessarily the best?

One of the things that really makes Ameda stand out is their versatility. They’re known to have one of the best manual breast pumps in their one-hand breast pump. Lots of mothers like it because, as it is in the name – it can be used with one hand. This allows you to read a book with the other, or do pretty much anything else. It’s about as easy to use as you can get with a breast pump. It’s also very easy to clean because of its simplistic design, not to mention its portability. You can take this anywhere you go; just throw it in a backpack or your luggage and you’re good to go. The only major downside of this one-handed breast pump is the physical demand that comes with it. Constantly pumping and pumping can get very tiring – although some mothers look at this as a way to exercise!

Their one-handed pump is definitely one of their best products, even though it’s one of their cheapest. But when you look at some of their higher end gear, you might start to question whether your Ameda loyalty is valid or not. A lot of Ameda’s best breast pumps get knocked for being too heavy and bulky. You can take a look at their most expensive model, the Platinum, and see that as a glaring weakness. Meanwhile, the Purely Yours and the Elite models both have very breakable parts. No one wants to pay a hundred dollars on a “high end” breast pump if they have to go out and get another one anyways because of the parts broke off and it is unusable. This is why I highly encourage you to go out there, read reviews, experiment, and find the best product for you – whether it’s Ameda or not.

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Why Choose Medela?

Why Choose Medela?

When it comes down to breast pumps, there are really only two brands that you are going to consider: that is Medela, and Ameda. Depending on who you talk to, they’re going to say different things. A lot of breast pump enthusiasts believe that Medela’s complexity and high-tech designs triumph over Ameda’s more basic, but cheaper products, and vice-versa. Ultimately it’s going to come down to your own personal preference, but if you ask me, I would prefer going with the snazzier, but slightly pricier Medela products.

Why? Because at the end of the day you’re not going to care how much you spent on your breast pump, you’re going to care about how easily you were able to yield the right amount of milk. Everything that Medela stands for has to do with speed, comfort, and efficiency. Some of the best features available on Medela products are their Let-Down Button, which vastly helps the initial flow of milk, their cooling bags, which can hold up to four bottles of milk and help keep them cool and avoid spoiling, and their extreme versatility in their different pumps. Medela products can allow you to pump both breasts at the same time, again, showcasing their speed and efficiency. No matter what Medela you use, you are going to feel comfortable, and very proud after you yield more milk with a Medela product than you have previously with any other.

But of course every brand has their flaws – it’s just the nature of the game. Even some of the best Medela breast pumps out there will not always be the perfect machine that you want them to be. Nevertheless, I have to say that the flaws are few and far between. For one, they can be difficult to keep clean. If you’re an experienced parent, then cleaning things shouldn’t really be an issue. I’ll put it this way – cleaning a breast pump will only be the beginning. Some products are known to get a little noisy. Definitely wouldn’t advise using the breast pump outside of your home, or at night because of the noise. One feature that does seem to be missing out of many of their products, especially in their advanced Medela Pump in Style, is a timer function. Some mothers really like their pumps to be set on times, but personally it’s just another thing to maintain.

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Breast Pumps & Baby Monitors

Breast Pumps & Baby Monitors

Who knew being a parent would revolve around so many tools and gadgets? In this time and day, parenting is becoming more and more technological – sometimes more than we might like. But I guess it’s a good thing considering the many wonderful inventions and innovations that have sprouted about. When you think of what it was like to care for a child hundreds of years ago, many of us would not be up to the task. Nevertheless, the world we live in now is chalked full of many resources for parenting. If you take a look at breast pumps for instance you’ll notice an ever-increasing amount of types and models; each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but also purposes too.

When you’re shopping for a breast pump, one of the first things to consider is whether you want a manual or electric pump. Both of their respective upsides, and I’m sure if you ask a large majority of mothers they’ll probably tell you different opinions. In reality, it’s going to come down to you and your personal preference. Generally you can expect that electric pumps are going to cost quite a bit more than manual pumps because there’s more put into the design and making of them. In turn, they are going to yield you more milk than manual pumps will. However, because of their intrinsic designs, they are not always the most reliable. Sometimes parts will break and have to be replaced. This is why I always recommend that if you’re going to buy an electric pump, never skimp out and get a cheap one – look to invest in one of the best breast pumps on the market.

On the other end, manual pumps have their upsides as well. Mothers like them because of their simple design and their easy-to-use nature. Also, manual pumps are generally a bit easier to clean. You don’t have any wires and you also don’t have to change the batteries several times a month. Manual pumps are definitely for the mother who has time to use them though. They take longer, and can also be physically demanding. Some mothers have expressed dislike for the amount of physical effort it takes to yield large amounts milk.

Baby monitors are another gadget used in the modern era that has become a huge thing. Now, because of the wonders of technology, it’s possible to listen to your baby and check up on him/her no matter where you are. They have baby monitors that can be synced up to your smart phones, and even some of the best baby monitors have video, night-vision, and even 360-degree mobility!

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What You Need To Know When Buying A Crib

What You Need To Know When Buying A Crib

There are a lot of preparations to be made when becoming a parent. Whether it’s your first time raising a child, or if you’re an experienced parent already, there are still tons of things to learn that can make your job a heck of a lot easier. One of the most frustrating parents about caring for a child is all of the things you’ll need to buy. The list of things needed for successfully raising a baby can grow into a laundry list of expensive items – especially baby cribs. Cribs don’t seem to be getting any cheaper and, if anything, parents are finding themselves investing in more expensive cribs because of all the convertible cribs that are out there. So what should you be thinking about when you’re out crib shopping?

The first thing, and definitely the most important, is safety. You’ll be surprised at how many cribs are out there that just seem extremely unsafe. Either they have toys attached to them that could be broken off and choked on, or maybe they have loose fabrics that can also pose as hazardous. The safest cribs are often times the plainest. Take a look at some of the safest cribs of 2014 if you want to make your decision entirely based upon a cribs safety.

But the reality is is that pretty much any crib you buy is going to be safe. A lot of safety relies on your job as a parent, so if you’re confident that you can watch out for your toddler and make sure he’s not going to have any problems with a crib, then you can expand your horizon and take a look at some of the more crafty cribs out there – like the 4-in-1 convertible cribs that can really make your job easier.

Portable cribs are another thing that a lot of parents stress out about because they don’t know what to look for. When it comes to portable cribs, comfort is a huge aspect; comfort for not only the baby, but you as well. More times than not you’re going to have carrying your baby around and that is not the most comforting thing in the world. It’s important to find a portable crib that is easy to carry, with a sturdy handle, but enough support on the inside for the tot as well. Check out some of the best portable cribs on the market.

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Having A Travel Happy Baby!

Having A Travel Happy Baby!

Taking a toddler on the road can always prove difficult for families. Some avoid trips all together just to spare themselves the hassle of taking care of their young one. However, I must say that I have witnessed a lot of parents that simply make the task too difficult on themselves. I’ll be the first to say that traveling with a toddler is no walk in the park, but there certain tips and tricks you can do to ensure as stress-free of a trip as possible.

The first thing you must consider is how you’re going to get your baby into the car without disturbing her. It doesn’t matter if you have one of the best cribs in the world, or if you even have one of the best convertible cribs in the world, your baby will know when she is taken out of the crib and placed in the car seat; this is why it is crucial that you make this transition when she is in a deep sleep. You probably know your baby’s sleeping patterns and know when she is going to be out for long periods of time – this is when you must make your get away. As carefully and comfortably as possible you must place your toddler in the car seat, fasten her up, and leave before you start having any doubts.

When on the road, there are a lot of variables that come into play as to whether or not you’ll have a successful trip. One of which is the crying. Some babies just hate it with they’re in the car because it’s an unfamiliar environment and most of the time no one is giving them the attention that they want. This is why I always advise that someone sits next to the baby at all times. Not only will this make the baby feel like she is being given attention, but it’s also the best for safety. Even if you have her buckled into her seat and have the seat buckled as well, things can always come undone. If you have to slam on the breaks then it’s really good to have someone in the back who can hold the seat back from toppling over.

All in all the key to traveling with a baby is distraction and attention. Avoid panicking, yelling, or appearing stressed because your toddler can sense that. Keep enough toys to keep her occupied long enough before she coaxes back to sleep.

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