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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Deck the Halls

Our pick for Tickle Paw Tuesday is a sweet and funny tribute to those vocal pets we love so very much. Next time your dog starts howling, videotape him and put it to some music…a little different perspective and you might just find some beauty in that distinctive voice. Your neighbors on the other hand…. All our very best to one and all! – The 24Paws Pack

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: The Grinchy Ferret Who Stole Christmas

This short little video reminds us of our beloved ferrets, Marzo and Fergie. They were not tree bandits, but they sure did love to sink their little ferret teeth into potatoes and drag them under a dresser in the bedroom. They only wanted potatoes, and they always drug them to the dresser. They never tried to eat the potatoes, they just found comfort in having a hidden stockpile of them.

Happy Tuesday! We hope you find something shiny, or starchy, that will just make your day.

 

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Simon’s Cat Conquers the Christmas Tree

We know that the holiday tradition in this week’s installment of “Tickle Paw Tuesday” will be played out many times over as our favorite felines pounce upon your decorated trees and conquer them in only the way they do. Of course, after all that conquering and destruction, it will be time to  feed the cat.

Thankfully, we’ve never had a problem with Winni and holiday decorations. She does love to wrap herself up in some garland.

cat plays in garland

What about you? Has your cat decided the tree makes a nice nesting spot or play toy?

If your cat is enjoying the tree too much, a few good sprays of “Bitter Apple” on the trunk of the tree should help. Packaging tape wrapped around the trunk (with the sticky side out) is also a pretty good deterrent for the curious kitty. Got a tip that works for you?

Happy decorating!

 

Photo of cat with holiday garland.

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Tickle Paw Tuesday: Husky Dog Croons With Baby

Tuesday has to be the loneliest day of the week. Monday is hated, Wednesday is celebrated, and Thursday is undoubtedly the most productive day of the week as people prepare for  Friday. Friday, the most beloved, is the kick off to the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are the peaks of the weekend mountain we must slide down so that we may start the process all over again.

image of a calendar with mountains

For sad Tuesday, we will begin a new series – Tickle Paw Tuesday. Every Tuesday, we’ll feature an entertaining “Paw Tickler” video we’ve found on the web and share it with you. Take back Tuesday, and make it a day of smiles and share the love.

We’ll start this one off with a funny video featuring a dog and child duo. Our husky would have approved. This husky pup will not be outdone! A husky voice is a terrible thing to waste, especially when a cute baby is trying to steal the limelight, err, video camera time.

 

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Bath Time For Winni – Tips For Bathing Your Cat

Abandoned in a field near our home, Winni came to us covered in ringworm. She was subsisting on a diet of dirt, and was suffering from a respiratory infection. At an estimated four weeks of age, her young body was under attack by many forces. Our veterinarian gave a chuckle with a concerned warning that the odds were not in her favor, but he was convinced this sickly kitten had found the right home if she were to have a fighting chance at seeing her first birthday.

Among her treatments, Winni was given a medicated shampoo to bathe in every day. She became very accustomed to baths. Subsequently, as I contracted the worst case of adult ringworm seen by both our veterinarian and physician, I shared a similar protocol of care.

We’ve always handled baths in the same manner—with patience, understanding, and love.

Here are our tips for bathing your cat:

  1. Forget the clock – Bath time for your feline is no time to be hurried or desperate to meet an appointment on time. Give your cat your undivided attention and set aside a good thirty minutes for the bath. You may not need all of the allotted time, but at least you’ve started the job knowing that you have ample time to complete the task without experiencing or causing any unnecessary stress.
  2. Have It All At Hand – Mid-bath is not the time to start searching for bath time necessities. Prior to corralling your cat, gather everything you’ll need for the bath. All shampoos, towels, rinse cups, medications, etc… should be within an easy reach.
  3. A Little Privacy Please – Keep the door to the bathroom closed. Should you forget rule number two, you may not be able to avoid your cat jumping out of the tub, but you can certainly avoid her running down the hall or fleeing under the bed. The closed environment helps create a more quiet and calm setting for the bath.
  4. Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected – Your cat will look to you for visual and physiological cues as to how bath time is going for the two of you. The more calm you are, the more calm your cat will be during the bath. If you’ve had a bad bath experience in the past with her, you’ll just have to close your eyes, take a deep breath, push that memory to the outer edge of your mind, and believe that this bath, thanks to more time, understanding, and preparedness, will go smoothly.
  5. Avoid Ears and Face – Don’t get any soaps or water in the eyes or ears.
  6. Temperate Waters and Slow Movements – The water temperature should be nice and warm. Not too hot, and definitely not cold. Seeking a comfortable 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit is a good idea, as this will match your cat’s temperature and keep a chill at bay. When to fill the tub makes a difference too. If your cat isn’t frightened by the sound of running water you might be able to fill the tub or add water when she’s in the tub. Some cats will be intrigued by the falling and splashing water. First time bath? You may want to fill the tub first, and then go get your cat and bring her into the bathroom.
  7. Don’t Push – If you cat hates the sound a handheld sprayer makes, don’t use it. If your cat prefers a shallow bath, respect her limits. Bath time should be a simple time for you and your cat. There may be times where you can’t avoid a deeper water level (especially if the cat needs to soak), but for the most part, always take your cat’s desire to heart. You’ll note in the video we don’t force the cat to stay in the water or hold her down. She will try to get out. A calm reminder that escaping is not allowed, with a gentle lift underneath her paws while rotating her body back toward the bath to set her gently in the water is the best way to keep her in the tub.
  8. Praise and Reward – There can never be too much praise. Be generous with your kind words and bestow them upon your cat in abundance. Following up the bath with a favorite treat is sure to take the sting out of any unpleasant experience for your cat.
  9. Safety First – A full length safety mat placed in the bottom of your tub is a comfortable and safe surface for your cat to stand and walk on while in the bath.
  10. Gentle Touch – Be gentle during bath time. We like to have the tub filled with water before we place Winni into it. We always place her into the water with a soothing reassurance, never dropping or throwing her into the water. Set your cat down on all fours into the tub. No matter what items you may need to remove from their fur (dried feces, oily substances, etc…) use a gentle touch and never pull their fur.

Additionally, you’ll appreciate keeping your cat’s nails trimmed when an unexpected bath is needed.

We hope you enjoy the video of how we handle bath time for Winni. We’d love to hear how you handle bath time for your feline companion.

 

 

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Grandbury’s Nose – Day 3 of Snout Soothing

Check out Grandbury’s nose after just three days of using Snout Soother! Looking pretty good, eh?

Photo of Dog's Healing Nose

 

Let’s take a closer look at that nose

Dog nose after applying healing ointment

If you don’t remember where his poor nose started from, check out the previous post.

Even the neighbor horse stopped to take note of the progress.

Horse in pasture

 

We’ll keep you posted, but so far, so very good. This is the quickest we’ve seen results like this with any product we’ve tried on his old dog nose. We apply three times a day, morning, afternoon, and night. A little goes a long way.

Some points we really love about Snout Soother by Natural Dog Company.

  • Virtually odorless – Grandbury doesn’t have a care in the world when we apply it to his nose.
  • Non-toxic and all natural – Love the all natural ingredients!
  • Vegan – While we are vegan and Grandbury isn’t, we love the fact that this is a compassionate product and are grateful that no other animal has to suffer for its creation.
  • Portable – The tin the Snout Soother is packaged in means that we can pop it in a bag and take it with us on the go, and you know that Grandbury definitely goes!

Snout Soother Tin

We are definitely seeing some great results, and we will keep you posted.

 

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Noses and a Donkey

Okay, let’s start with the donkey…

Introducing Clark, our neighbor donkey. How handsome is this sweet boy? Clark shares a pasture with many horses and has a huge personality–a personality that is almost as big as those ears!

Photo of a donkey.

 

and on to the noses portion…

Grandbury’s poor nose has recently suffered through bouts of  being chapped, dry, and cracked. It isn’t serious or life threatening, but can be uncomfortable and a challenge to heal. Geriatric pups like Grandbury may frequently have issues with their noses. We’ve  tried everything over the past year with limited success. This or that ointment may help with the cracking, but it doesn’t address the peeling and dryness.

We’ve heard great things about Natural Dog Snout Soother so we are going to give it a try. We love the natural ingredients in the product and positive testimonials we are reading. Say goodbye to that dry, chapped, and flaky nose Grandbury! Stay tuned for updates.

dog nose with hyperkeratosis