Tips for Grooming Your Cat at Home

Cats are known for being low maintenance and pretty self-sufficient in a lot of ways – grooming included! A lot of feline owners love the fact that they don’t usually have to groom cats as often as dogs. But, that doesn’t mean that every now and again you won’t have to give your cat a little extra TLC, especially if they’re of the long-haired variety. Just like dogs, making sure her coat is cared for keeps her fur and skin nice and healthy. Grooming also helps reduce hairballs and overall shedding around your house. Here are a few tips for keeping your cat looking and feeling like a million bucks.

It’s always a good idea to start as early as you can. If you have a kitten, it’s the perfect time to begin getting him or her accustomed to being brushed regularly. But even if you adopt your kitty as an adult, it’s still okay to work with them to get them used to being brushed. Start off slow, and don’t rush. Give them a little brush every now and then and soon they’ll start getting used to the sensation. Hopefully, it’ll become a bonding experience between you!

The type of brush you’ll need depends on how long kitty’s fur is. A short haired cat could use just about any pet brush or a rubber grooming mitt. Brushing can be done 1-2 times per week. Not only does it help remove dirt and debris from her fur, but it also helps stimulate blood flow to the skin, encourages a healthy coat, and minimizes shedding. If your cat has a longer coat, multiple brushings per week may be necessary to keep their fur free from tangles and debris that gets stuck in it. Find a wide tooth comb that’s made for long cat hair. The longer you wait between brushings, the more tangled, dirty, and matted their fur is likely to be, so try to do it regularly.

Nails and paws are also an important part of the grooming process. This step might be a little more tricky as most cats do not enjoy getting their nails clipped, but with most cats, it is possible to do this at home. A good way to get started is to get your cat used to having his feet touched. Gently play with your kitty’s toes as much as possible during times when the two of you are just hanging out together. If he’s taking a nap on your lap, touch his feet. Get him used to that so that he doesn’t automatically associate it with something unpleasant. When you’re ready to try clipping his nails, try holding him on your lap, keeping your arm wrapped around his middle, and be confident and sure in your movements to make him feel more at ease. If your cat is just not having it, try wrapping a big towel around him with only his head sticking out, keeping only one paw at a time exposed during the clipping process. This will not only restrict his movements but will also help with anxiety by keeping him more secure. Of course, there are some cats that just simply will not allow their owners to clip their nails. If you feel this is your cat, you can always take them to a professional groomer or your vet to have them do it for you.

Finally, don’t forget the ears! Every time you groom your cat, take a few extra minutes to examine their ears to make sure they look healthy and free of redness or excess wax build up. Regularly grooming your cat will not only help keep his skin and coat healthy but will also reinforce the bond between the two of you!

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Focus on Your Feline During National Cat Health Month

February is National Cat Health Month, it’s also known as a month to celebrate love. One way to show your love is to schedule a visit to the vet for an annual check-up. The vet will check for periodontal disease, obesity and more. Be sure to write down any questions or concerns you have before you go.

Did you know . . .

  • Cats purr at a frequency of vibration that aids bone and tissue growth and repair.
  • Cats also produce a “silent” meow which is thought to be a request for attention or a show of genuine affection from cat to owner. It is pitched too high for the human ear to hear.
  • Most cats eyes glow silvery green when light is shone into them at night, but Siamese cats eyes glow red.
  • Cats eyes function in about 1/6th the light needed for human vision but cannot function in complete darkness.
  • Cats memory can last up to 16 hours in contrast to a dog’s memory that lasts about 5 minutes.
  • A cat can jump from a standing start to over 5 times its body height.
  • One female cat averages 6 kitten per year, 75% of which die before reproductive age.
  • One female cat and her offspring will produce 100 cats in 7 years.
  • 38% of US households own a cat.

Ways to keep your kitty content:

  • Rotate toys every few weeks to keep your cat’s interest and banish boredom.
  • Cats are huggable when they are asleep, but they do need 16 hours of sleep each day.cat playing with feather toy
  • Put the litter box in a quiet area of your home, give them privacy.
  • Do Not Declaw – it only solves a symptom. Buy a scratching post or kitty condo.
  • Cats know when they are being sung to and often meow, so serenade your sweetie.
  • Cats don’t like harsh noises, but they love the sound of soft whispers.
  • Buy fresh catnip to stuff it into an old sock.
  • Clean their potty often, cats hate dirty litter boxes.
  • Play TV shows or videos for cats or tune into a nature channel.
  • Get toys that involve both you and your pet.
  • Lavish your cat with attention.

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – When You Have a Hale Pet Door!

 

doginfountainThere are so many fun summer activities you can do with your dog. But when you have to leave your dog home – it’s nice to know he’ll be comfortably getting out to ‘take care of business’ whenever you are gone having summer fun.

Energy Efficient Hale Pet Doors Can Help You Save on Utility Bills

Instead of letting your dog or cat out by opening your full size entry door, the double flaps of the Hale Pet Door open just enough to let your pet through and immediately close – keeping your conditioned air in while the hot summer air and insects stay out.

 

4 Pet Door Frame Colors to Enhance Your Home

Unlike other brands that offer only 1 pet door color, Hale Pet Door gives you 4 frame color choices: white, brushed aluminum, Arizona beige (tan) and dark bronze (black) to make sure your new doggy door coordinates with your windows or trim. You can even order different interior and exterior frame colors on most models at no extra charge.

5 Year Warranty Even Covers the Flaps

Dog door flaps are the moving parts of the pet door, so are most susceptible to wear and tear. Hale Pet Door warranties all parts of the pet door: 100% for the first year. The flaps are then covered at 50% for the second year, 40% for the third year, 30% for the fourth year and 20% for the fifth and final year of the warranty.

You can be sure that your Hale Pet Door will give your pet years of good service because all products are backed by the warranty.

Keeping Pet Owners’ Homes Safe Since 1985

Because Security has been Hale Pet Door’s middle name, you can rest assured that when you insert the security cover and lock it that your home is secure. The security covers are made of HDPE polymer that is used in the marine industry because it’s strong and won’t rot.

These Made in the USA dog doors have frames made of heavy extruded aluminum that stand up to years of use by all sizes and temperaments of dogs.

The Best Pet Door for the Perfect Place in Your Home

Hale Pet Door makes pet doors for walls, doors, screens, window and patio slider panel inserts and even right in-glass so you’re sure to get a dog door that’s best for your pet and fits your lifestyle.

Be Sure to Enjoy Summer with the Freedom Your New Hale Pet Door will Give You and Your Pet

Check out all our Hale Pet Door products or give us a call at 800-646-4773 Monday through Friday 7 am to 4 pm Mountain Time.

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Pet on the Path to Wellness in 2017

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A healthy dog is a happy dog

Just as in humans, health is the first step to happiness for your pets. Good pet health requires many of the same things for your pets as it does for you.

Your pet’s health is dependent on genetics and lifestyle. Lifestyle is under your control, and you can make the best of your pet’s genetic strengths and weaknesses by providing an optimal lifestyle for your particular pet.

Overall health encompasses physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Your Pet’s Health Depends on:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Absence of disease
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Mental health

Finding the Perfect Diet for Your Pet

A good diet is the wellspring for good health. If your dog has itchy skin, a change in diet can lessen or eliminate that condition. Some dogs don’t tolerate grains, while others seem to thrive on foods with grains. Quality is important, but it can take some time to find the right commercial, homemade or combination of foods that are best for your pet. A pet nutritionist or veterinarian can help you create the best diet for your particular pet.

Getting Appropriate Pet Exercise

Exercise is an essential building block of good health. It helps to keep your pet at a healthy, fit weight which in turn lessens the likelihood of excess weight induced lameness or disease. Whether your dog needs to run miles or your cat just needs 20 minutes of intense play depends on age, fitness level, temperament and ability.

Regular Professional Health Care Can Prevent Diseases in Your Pet

Whether you choose a traditional or holistic veterinarian, it’s important for your pet to have regular check-ups to catch any irregularities in your pet’s health early.

Ongoing pet healthcare can include massages, chiropractic, acupressure and energy balancing. Some veterinarians provide these modalities in their clinics, or you can use an independent practitioner.

Keep Your Pet’s Emotions Healthy by Eliminating Stress

Stress elimination can take many forms depending on your particular pets. Some pets need more exercise and play, while others need more quiet time. If your dog is stressed while going for walks because of dogs barking behind fences or loose dogs in your neighborhood, your pet may get more out of ‘nosework’ –sniffing out treats that you’ve hidden in your home or yard, or learning tricks through positive reinforcement in the safe environment of your home or yard.

Proper socialization of puppies can help dogs to understand dog language and not become reactive around strange dogs and people. However it’s very important to introduce your pup to balanced dogs and humans, so that they aren’t frightened by aggressive or reactive dogs – which can create an aggressive fear response in your pup. If you’re not sure how to socialize your pup, find a positive reinforcement trainer who may have puppy classes to give your pup a good start at becoming a balanced, emotionally healthy dog.

Dogs and Cats Need Mental Stimulation to Keep from Becoming Bored and Destructive

Cats and dogs are hunters by nature. They naturally like to rip and chew particularly when they are young and teething, so giving them appropriate, safe toys and objects to gnaw and shred can save your furniture and provide the chewing stimulation they need.

If your pets are ‘thinkers’ you’ll want to provide puzzles for them to solve. This can involve ‘nosework’ as described above, puzzle toys with treats as motivations, and treat dispensing toys which can keep them busy licking and thinking about how to get the treat hidden inside the puzzle.

Providing adequate mental stimulation will keep your pet emotionally and physically healthy.

Give Your Pets a Hale Pet Door for Their Health and Happiness

When your dogs can get outside regularly, they’ll stay healthy in all 3 areas of their lives because they’ll be getting all the physical, emotional and mental exercise that they need.

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Don’t Forget Your Pets in Your Back to School Plans

LaptopDogSummer will soon be over, and you’ll be focusing on getting the kids—and maybe yourself—back to school. Every change in routine can be stressful, so be sure to plan for those hours alone that your pets will have to endure.

Start Planning Now for a Smooth Transition

Just as you prepare the kids and yourself for a new routine, get the fur-kids ready by starting with one change at a time. Perhaps they’ll have to eat their morning meal earlier than on your summertime schedule, so start feeding them at the school schedule time about 2 weeks in advance. This will ensure that your dog’s elimination will be on schedule when there’s no one home to let her out.

Providing your dog with a high quality Hale Pet Door can save you from discovering unexpected accidents to clean up because your dog will be able to get outside to your safe fenced yard, so he can answer ‘nature’s call.’

Provide Plenty of Toys for the Long Day Home Alone

If your pet will be on its own for many hours, it’s a good idea to offer some new toys that will keep him busy while you and your family are away. When you offer new toys on a rotation in addition to favorites, your pup will be more interested in them than other things she may find around the house to chew.

When dogs can get outside — to run, explore the scents in the air and play with toys they’ll be happier to come into the house to nap instead of finding things to chew and destroy.

Plan for Potty and Exercise Breaks

If your dog is crate trained and you leave her in the crate while you’re gone, remember that during the day 5 hours is the maximum time you can safely leave an adult dog confined. They need to get out to eliminate and stretch their legs, so if you’re gone more than 5 hours, be sure to arrange for a friend, neighbor or dog walker to come and let your dog out.

Puppies need to get out more often depending on their age and bladder/bowel maturity.

When you have a high quality pet door, your dog can get out and ‘take care of business’ whenever necessary, and you can save money on dog walking fees.

Plan Ahead for Success

Your dog is part of your family, and you want him to enjoy the peace and quiet of staying home alone. When you consider your dog’s needs and plan for them, you’ll all have a successful school year.

Check out all the Hale Pet Door models here

Planning Your Vacation? Plan for Your Pet’s Staycation

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Make plans for your pets’ enjoyable staycation while you’re away

It’s great to get away – a vacation can be an experience or just time to relax without the day to day stresses and responsibilities of work and homeownership.

If you’re going someplace that won’t be fun for your pet or the travelling is too stressful, planning a safe and stress-free staycation for your pet is just as important as the destination you pick for yourself.

Options for Your Best Friend While You’re Away

  • Kennel Your Dog
  • Home Boarding
  • Ask Friends, Neighbors or Family to Care for Your Pets
  • Hire a House Sitter: Full or Part Time

Kennel Your Dog

If you just have a dog or dogs to care for, a professional kennel may be the option for you. Be sure to check the facility and staff out in person to make sure that your dogs will have consistency of care while you’re gone.

If you have more than one dog, will they be able to stay together for company? Will the routine be similar to yours at home with plenty of human interaction and potty breaks? Is the kennel clean and climate controlled?

Your dog’s emotional health affects her physical well-being, so visit the kennel with your dog to see if she’ll be happy at the kennel while you’re gone.

Home Boarding is a new option in some areas. Dogs are boarded in a home and live with the family and other pets. Ask dog trainers, your veterinarian or check pet message boards to see if this is an option for you.

Always ask for references and visit with your dog if you’re considering the home boarding option.

Staying with Friends and Family

If your dog feels at home with friends or family, this could be your best option. Just be sure to let your friends know if Fido regularly has to go out at midnight if he’s fed after 5 pm or any other special behaviors that are triggered by any change in schedule.

When your dog can keep his regular schedule, even in a different environment, there will be less emotional and digestive upsets.

Let Your Pets Enjoy a Staycation

If you have other pets in addition to your dog, a house/pet sitter may be the best option for you because you need to have someone care for your cat, bird, lizard, fish, etc.

This could be an extended family member, friend or professional pet/house sitter. When you have a dog door, the caregiver can keep their work schedule while your dog can get out to answer ‘nature’s call’ whenever necessary.

The familiar environment is the least stressful for dogs, and this arrangement can give you the best peace of mind while you’re on your well-deserved vacation.

Check out the many pet door options available at Hale Pet Door Products

 

How to Really Love Your Pet

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February is the month of love, and you know how much love your pets add to your life. You want to return that love to let them know how precious they are to you. But have you thought of what your pet needs to be truly loved?

Give Your Pets What They Need

It’s only natural for people to give their pets the things that they would appreciate receiving, but pets are different species, so they have different needs and desires.

Dogs are pack animals, so your presence is the best present you can give your dog. Exercise and playing with you simulates hunting with the pack—a necessity for your dog’s mental, emotional and physical health.

Cats are usually more solitary types, but they appreciate play that simulates hunting. Short bursts of intense physical activity followed by a snack and a nap is the cat’s meow.

Give Your Pets What They Want

There is one constant between humans and pets. The desire to be near and to interact with loved ones. Give your pets your time. You may not have large blocks of time to spare, but there is truth to “quality time” even if it’s a few minutes at a time.

A peaceful environment where pets feel safe is another gift you can give your pet. Take time for training, so your pet knows what acceptable behavior is. Pets don’t understand punishment, so catch them doing the right thing and praise that behavior. Instead of yelling, “No!” which raises your blood pressure and confuses the animal, give him something to do – go lie down in his bed or safe spot with a small treat or favorite toy.

Be consistent with your expectations for your pet. If you like your dog to jump up to greet you when you have your sweats on, remember that she will also jump on you when you’re wearing your good clothes too. You can have it both ways by teaching your dog a cue to give you a hug when appropriate and a different cue for staying down.

High quality food, a comfortable place to rest and good company are the ways to show love to your pet. Don’t forget to get a Hale Pet Door  so your pet can go outside when necessary and come back into the house again.

Keep Your Pets Cool During the Hot Summer Weather

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Dogs enjoy summer, but it’s up to us to keep them safe

As you’re having fun in the sun, be sure to keep in mind your dog’s health and welfare. Dogs, just like people, can suffer from too much sun and heat.

Here are some of the dangers that summer heat can create and steps you can take to prevent them.

  • NEVER leave your dog in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures can rise quickly causing your beloved pet to suffer heatstroke or even death. What you think may be a quick errand can turn into a 20 minute delay that could endanger your best friend’s life. On a 95 degree day, your car can turn into a 130 degree oven in only 30 minutes. Don’t take a chance – leave your pet home while you run to the store.
  • Hot pavement can burn paws. If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on the sidewalk, street or parking lot, your pet’s paws can be burned on those surfaces as well.
  • Because dogs and cats don’t sweat but pant to regulate body temperature, keep in mind that breathing hot air will slow the cooling process. In extreme heat, keep your pets in the same temperatures where you are comfortable – whether that’s outside in the shade or indoors in a temperature controlled environment.
  • Remember that your pet’s coat protects her from the sun. Don’t shave your pet thinking she’ll be cooler. She may be susceptible to sunburn without her fur coat protection, and her coat helps regulate her temperature.
  • If your dog has a thin light colored coat, consider using a pet approved sunscreen on the bridge of his nose and ear tips when you’re going to be out in the sun for an extended period.
  • Provide plenty of cool clean water all of the time as hydration is crucial to keeping your pet’s temperature normal.
  • Exercise and walks are important to your dog’s physical and emotional health, so walk early in the morning before the heat of the day or in the evening when the temperatures have cooled down.
  • Get an energy efficient Hale Pet Door, so your pets can access the outdoors to relieve themselves and return to the cool indoor environment.

Tips for Safely Leaving Your Pets at Home while You’re on Vacation

You’re looking forward to change of scene, a change of pace. Whether you’re doing day trips to the sights and attractions near home or traveling abroad, it’s important to know that your pets are safe and healthy while you’re out having fun.

Here are some tips to guarantee that your pets enjoy vacation time as much as you do.

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    Make sure your dog enjoys your vacation as much as you will

    Help your pet acclimate to the change in schedule. If your pet is accustomed to being home alone all day, this won’t require much adjustment. But if your pet is used to being with you all day, be sure to gradually, over a period of at least 2 weeks, leave your pet home alone for longer and longer time frames. If you’re usually home every evening and your pet will be home alone while you’re gone, go out for a few hours several evenings in a row before your trip. Your pet won’t stress out if she’s used to being alone.

  • Introduce your pet or house sitter before the stress of the trip begins. When you’re excited about your trip, your pet feels your anticipation, so be sure to have your sitter come for a low stress visit – perhaps for a meal, a walk or other low stress occasion.
  • Have a back-up sitter in case of emergency. A professional sitter should have back-up in place. If you’re relying on a trusted friend, neighbor or family member, be sure they know who can care for your pet if something happens in their life.
  • Write it down. You may feel that feeding your pet is simple, but others aren’t as comfortable in your routine, so write down what, when, how much is your pet is fed. This is especially important if your pet is on any medication. Include treats in your feeding plan. If you have a walk or exercise schedule, be sure to include that in your care plan.
  • Prepare portions. Correct food portions are crucial, especially when your pet is on a special diet or requires medication. Self-closing baggies are easily labeled so there will be no misunderstanding, and your pet will get the proper amount of food every day that you’re gone.
  • Post your veterinarian’s name, number and location in a prominent place. Ask your vet if they would like to be notified of your absence in case the pet sitter has to bring your pet in, so they’ll know you’ll be responsible for payment.
  • Make sure your pet door is in good working order or get a new Hale Pet Door today! Check out our doggie doors for every location

Planning and preparation will make your vacation a restful and rejuvenating experience for you. Your pet will be overjoyed at your reunion and will benefit from a relaxed owner. Have a great trip!