Cut Down on Cat Urine Odors

If you are a doting cat parent then you love your kitty, but you do not love the odors that a litter box may emit. Cats need the litter boxes and even when they use it consistently, occasionally it might start to smell.

Here are a few tips to help you get rid of cat urine odor smells for good. To really help combat those odors, you should clean the litter box every time your cat uses it. If you can do this, then you will not have any odors in your home because they won’t have time to sit long in the litter box.

So what if you cannot do this? After all, you probably have a full time job that keeps you away most of the day.

A great solution to this problem is an automatic litter box like the Littermaid LM 900 Mega.

These boxes will help you tremendously to clean out your cat’s litter box as soon as she uses it! Think of it as your personal butler. It does the job that no one else wants to do.

Another way to cut down on odors is to keep your cat’s litter box at least three inches deep. This is the suggestion on most of the cat litter packages. The rationale behind this is to prevent your cat’s urine or feces from touching the box.

If your cat urinates where there is no litter, it will get stuck and pool there where the litter cannot absorb it. This can result in unpleasant odors which will only get worse if it sits there all day without being cleaned.

The best time to ensure it is properly filled is to check it each time you scoop! If it looks low then add some more.
You and your cat will be much happier once you have the odor under complete control, after all; your cat hates odors just like you do!

Two reasons why I don’t use Puppy training pads

Yes, that’s right, I don’t use puppy training pads, nor is it likely that I ever will. The first reason is that training pads for puppies are not available in South Africa where I live. Irrespective of which term I use at pet supply stores in my area – puppy house training pads, puppy potty training pads, training pads for puppies or puppy toilet training pads – my request gets met by a blank stare. When I then explain what they are used for, I generally get a shake of the head and the question ‘why would you want to use those?’ Even if cheap puppy training pads were to become available in South Africa (we do eventually catch up with the rest of the world), it is still doubtful whether I will ever avail myself of this product, the reason for which is described in the next paragraph.

The second reason why I don’t use puppy training pads is because I accept that puppy housebreaking is and will always be messy. Can you imagine not having to change nappies on a baby because they immediately know how to go to the toilet? The same applies to puppies, and unless you keep them outside from the word go, you have to accept that they will not be able to control their bladder or bowel movements for extended periods of time, and will have to go to the toilet pretty regularly. Whilst someone is in attendance, this is not a problem as the puppy can immediate by taken outside when nature calls and it is noticed. Unless you are willing to get up every hour or two during the night, messes are going to happen.

Simple measures such as limiting their water and food intake relatively early in the evening, taking them outside as late as possible in the evening before you go to sleep and again first thing in the morning will limit the amount of mess however. In my case, I always have ceramic tile floors that are easy to clean in the area where I initially keep my puppies at night, and newspaper on the floor has always served me well. Later, when the puppies are a bit older, can control their bladder and bowel movements and have learnt to indicate when they need to go, they move to the carpeted bedroom.
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Finding the Perfect Fish Tank for Tropical Fish

Setting up a tropical fish tank can be easy and a lot of fun if you follow a few simple instructions. Tropical fish look exotic and add a rich look to your aquarium. Proper care and maintenance is required to keep these fish in good condition. Here a list of points to be kept in mind while buying one:

In case of tropical fish, buying a bigger fish tank is always a better idea. Larger fish tanks have to be cleaned less frequently when compared to small fish tanks and are also easy to maintain. Having said this, it is always advisable to buy a fish tank according to the space available. Do not go in for large ones if you do not have the much needed space. Select appropriately.

Place the fish tank on a sturdy base which can hold the entire weight of the tank.

Decorate the fish tank with extra accessories like gravel, stones, marbles, sea plants, corals, etc. These not only provide a beautiful look to your tank but also imitate a natural environment for the fishes, making them feel secure in between the crevices of stones. These extra accessories give your fishes a sense of security making the feel at home.

Proper lighting is required for tropical fish tanks.

Place the fish tank in such a way that the outside fluctuations in temperature do not affect the water temperature of the fish tank. Buying a heater is advisable. A heater helps to maintain the water temperature at an optimum level required for the fishes.

You will find fish tanks for sale in a range of different sizes and styles. They are price differently according to the material form which they are made. Tropical fish tanks require periodic cleaning. If maintained properly, they can look absolutely stunning.

Rabbits as Pets for Your Kids

Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the world and many people have fond memories of the furry critters from their own childhoods. Rabbits are usually well behaved and many people love the fact that they don’t make a lot of noise. However, you should not expect owning a rabbit to be a stress-free experience at all times. Rabbits have been known to cause their fair share of mischief and some people end up being surprised by their rabbit’s behaviour. So if you are thinking of getting a rabbit for your child, make sure to do some research to learn what rabbits are really like. In general they will be a welcome addition to your household, but even more so if you are prepared for proper rabbit care.

You should know that rabbits have different personalities and are therefore prone to different types of reactions to being held. Rabbits are generally social animals, but they certainly prefer the company of other rabbits than humans. So if your rabbit happens to like resting in its cage and being left alone, you should always teach your child to respect its privacy. And if your rabbit is clearly anti-social towards people then you might want to consider getting a second rabbit for the two to play together. There’s nothing worse than a lonely rabbit and a socially engaged bunny will ultimately make a much better pet for your child.

Indoor rabbit cages come in all shapes and sizes, but all of them need to be cleaned on a daily basis. Hopefully your child will be old enough to help with this task and if not, you should be prepared for everything involved. It can certainly get messy inside a rabbit cage, but that’s where planning and getting into a good routine come into play. And if your child is able to help, then it is the perfect chance to teach them that rabbit care isn’t always all about having fun. You should also involve your children in feeding, and make sure they help when their rabbit is getting a bath. All in all rabbits that are well cared for will return the love by being happy pets who appreciate your efforts. So use teachable moments wisely with your children and they will come away with a great pet and a respect for animals in general.

The Most Common Cat Health Issues

Although it may come as a big surprise to some cat owners, cats develop just as many health issues as humans. Some of these problems can be treated and others are simply handed down from mother to kitten. Most of these are considered elderly cat health problems because they begin to show themselves as your cat grows older. Below you will find a list of the more common cat health problems.

Diabetes, yes your cat can get it too. Causes for this disease in cats are very similar to humans. If your cat is older and overweight, they are much more likely to develop this troublesome problem. Although your pets age and overall fitness are big contributors it is genetic. Thankfully diabetes can be treated with a healthy diet, exercise and medications.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when a cat’s thyroid gland can no longer proper distribute hormones. This means that your cat’s metabolism will fluctuate greatly. Some signs that you cat may be suffering from this problem are: Weight loss combined with an abnormally increased appetite, or on the other side of the coin, weight gain combined with a depressed appetite. The good news is that this disease can be diagnosed with a few blood tests and can be kept under control with meds.

Cat kidney failure is another common senior cat health problem. This occurs when your cat begins to develop renal(kidney) disease. Since the kidneys are in charge of helping the body dispose of waste, kidney problems can lead to sepsis. Although there is no cure for kidney disease it can be controlled with certain medications.

Certain types of health issues are unavoidable in cats. This is just a fact of life, as you get older, your body begins to develop problems. The best way to ensure that your cat lives a long and healthy life and avoids senior cat health problems is to make sure they eat properly, get plenty of exercise and see their veterinarian regularly.

How To Make Cockapoo Puppies Your New Pets

Do you just love the way Cockapoo puppies look and act and want to have them as pets? There are a few different ways that you can go about finding them so that you will be able to bring them into your home. Dogs make great pets for families, especially if there are children in the home. Puppies are a great way to start teaching kids responsibility, and it gives them something to care for and love. If you remember the feeling of having your first pet when you were a kid then you know how your children are likely to feel when you bring a new puppy home for them to play with. Here are a few different ways that you will be able to make one or two of these puppies your new family pet.

One thing that you will want to do if you do not of anyone who has any of this type of puppy that they are giving away is find Cockapoo puppies for sale. There are a lot of different places that you can begin your search that you might have some luck. Knowing where to look will help you to find the puppies that you want to bring into your home a lot faster and will ensure that you and your children will have great family pets.

1/365 -- ShelbyOne place that you might check for these puppies is at the pet store. You might see if they are having a Cockapoo puppies sale that you can take advantage of to be able to get the Cockapoo puppies that you want for a discount. Another places that you might want to check is the Classified section of your local newspaper. You will be able to find several listings for people who are giving away or selling all sorts of different animals, so you might have some luck and find a listing for a Cockapoo.

If you want to have the best luck when you are trying to find a Cockapoo puppy then you will want to look online. There are a lot of classified directories that you can search in online for people all around your home who are trying to give away or sell their puppies. Some places that you go will allow you to be able to type the name of the puppy that you are looking for directly into a search box so that you get faster results.

One other way that you will be able to get the puppies that you want is by checking on Cockapoo puppies adoption. For this one you will have to check with your local animal shelter to see if they have any of these puppies. If so, you will be able to start the adoption process and get the puppies ready to bring into your home.

There are several different ways that you can make Cockapoo puppies your next family pet. Make sure that you take a look at the places mentioned above to see if you can either: buy one, get one for free, or adopt one when you are ready to bring them home. Puppies are lovable animals that you and your family are absolutely going to love.

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