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The Siamese Cat – Beautiful, Chatty and Intelligent

The Siamese cat is a beautiful, distinctive looking and an incredibly intelligent breed.  The Siamese can be trained to perform commands and tricks and have proven to be extremely agile.  They can leap across your living room and into your lap and hearts.  And if you like chatty cats, the Siamese is perfect for you!

Siamese Personality

Do not get a Siamese if living with a chatty busybody would drive you insane. On the other hand, if you enjoy having someone to talk to throughout the day, the Siamese can be your best friend. Just be sure you have time to spend with this demanding and social cat. Siamese do not like being left alone for long periods, and if you work during the day it can be smart to get two of them so they can keep each other company.

The Siamese is highly intelligent, agile, athletic, and loves to play. Keep his busy brain active with puzzle toys and his body exercised with teaser toys he can chase and a big cat tree he can climb. Never leave him without any form of entertainment, or you will likely come home to find that he has reprogrammed your DVR to record only nature shows or at the very least decided your toilet paper rolls and tissue boxes look better empty.

The Siamese Cat

Choose a Siamese if you look forward to spending time with and interacting with your cat. This is a loyal and loving feline who will pout and pine if given little or no attention. In the right home, however, he thrives for years.

Siamese behavior

Siamese cats tend to be curious, affectionate and athletic. They love to be around their favorite people and tend to share your pillow at bedtime.

They are know to be ‘tricksters’ and playful – batting water bottle caps around the house, amusing themselves at all times.  They tend to follow their owners around and are very sociable.  Pet owners with Siamese cats tell stories of how loveable these cats are and even win the hearts of non-cat lovers (as do most cool cats)!

The Siamese cat can be very demanding as they become totally involved in their owner’s life.  The Siamese are typically active and playful, even as adults. Siamese do not like to be ignored and want to be thecenterof attention. They regard themselves as people instead of cats. In fact, due to their intelligence and curiosity, it might be important to cat proof your home.   They are known to open up cabinets and doors! 

A little Siamese history

This breed began showing up in Europe and the United States by the late 1800s. The first known Siamese to reach American shores was a gift to First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes from the American consul in Bangkok in 1884. Siamese also enjoyed time in the White House during the Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter presidencies.   Today, the Siamese ranks fifth in popularity among all breeds.

 

The Siamese features

The Siamese have deep blue, almond-shaped eyes, a chiseled, wedge-shaped head, sleek, tubular body and large pointed ears. The body is muscular but delicate. The Siamese coat contains a mutated enzyme in its pigment that produces its cream colored torso offset by darker points at the ears, face, and toes.


Most female Siamese cats weight between five and six pounds and males average between six and seven pounds.  As they are slighter cats, they don’t need as much food and tend to eat less.  However, the Siamese can be genetically predisposed to problems with gingivitis and a liver-destroying disease called amyloidosis.  But, not to worry, just make sure you take your Siamese to the Vet for his regular visits.

The Siamese have unusually large ears that are wide at the base, pointed at the tip, giving them the same triangular shape as the head. Medium-size almond-shaped eyes are always a deep vivid blue. The body is often described as tubular and is supported by long, slim legs, with the hind legs higher than the front legs. The Siamese walks on small, dainty, oval paws and swishes a long, thin tail that tapers to a fine point.

Caring for your Siamese cat

The short, fine coat of the Siamese is easily cared for with weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.

It’s a good idea to keep a Siamese as an indoor-only cat to protect him from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car. Siamese who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such a beautiful cat without paying for it.

The Siamese cat gets along great with other pets and children

The active and social Siamese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. The Siamese will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect.

We love all cats and the Siamese are a special breed of their own.

 

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The Russian Blue Cat – Well Behaved, Serene and Routine

There are so many different breeds and types of cats that it is sometimes hard to decipher their specific traits and/or characteristics.  The Russian Blue is a little more predictable in its nature and behavioral patterns.  When adopting a cat, you never know if you are bringing home a Russian Blue and it’s a pure-breed or a mix of a few (unless you have their direct lineage).  However, there are some overall common characteristics of the Russian Blue.

Russian Blues are gentle, happy cats

Russian Blues are gentle cats and are usually reserved, or absent, when strangers are around. When they're with their own beloved humans, however, they are affectionate and playful. Russian Blues are active but not annoyingly so. They like nothing better than to spend time retrieving a favorite toy or chasing sunbeams. They willingly entertain themselves, but prefer that their favorite humans join in the fun. When you're home, they follow you around, unobtrusive but ever-present companions. The slight upturn to the corners of the mouth makes most Russian Blues appear to be forever smiling.

Russian Blues like their routine

Russian Blues like their usual routine and dislike environmental changes more than the average cat. They particularly dislike changes to their dinner or any feeding times. They are also are very picky about their litter boxes being clean and will complain if they're not spic and span!

Russian Blue

The Russian Blues are polite, quiet, and well-behaved. It is easy to train them to stay off counters and out of off-limit areas with a simple '”no”, but Russian Blues seem to think politeness should go both ways and take offense at being made to look silly. You can trust them to know when you're laughing at them and they won't soon forget it either.

The Russia Blue breed does not like change, preferring for things to be uniform and predictable. It can be thrown off when dinnertime is altered, and is nit-picky about hygiene. It will not even enter its litter box if it is dirty. In the early years, this breed developed a reputation at shows for being difficult to work with because of traits like these.

Russian Blues Breed Traits

This Russian Blues most distinctive feature, its beautiful double coat, is silky, plush, and so dense it stands out from the body. Their coat's guard hairs bear silver tipping that reflects light, giving the coat a silver sheen. Combined with the vivid green eyes, the Russian Blue is a strikingly beautiful breed. Even though it's short, the dense double coat does require some grooming to keep the coat looking its best.

One of the features of the short, silky, dense coat is the plush feel and the lack of constant shedding. The coat color is an even, bright blue, and each guard hair appears as if dipped in silver – giving the Russian a silvery sheen and lustrous appearance. Russian Blues are registered in only one color – blue – and one coat length – short. In contrast to the blue coat, the Russian Blue has large, rounded, wide-set eyes that are vivid green. The head shape is a broad, medium wedge with a flat top and straight nose in profile. Large ears are wide at the base and set rakishly toward the side of the head. The Russian Blue is a medium-sized cat, fine-boned, long, and firmly muscled.

The many years of selective breeding and careful registration of ancestry via pedigrees allowing only blue shorthaired cats has resulted in a breed with a distinctive appearance and a unique personality that sets it apart from other cats...making the Russian Blue an entertaining and affectionate companion to its family and friends.  This is also why they tend to be grayish-blue in color.

Russian Blues are a healthy breed

There are no specific health problems related to the Russian Blue. Russians are a genetically sound breed, mainly due to it being a naturally occurring breed. Brushing the coat is not essential, but is a nice addition to the weekly routine of other grooming, such as brushing the teeth. This breed has a particular fondness for human company and will sit quite happily while being combed or brushed, since it is spending time with you and helps you continue to bond with your cat.

Russian Blues tend to be overweight if you aren’t careful with their diet

It is important to be aware that the Russian Blues (like Orange Tabbies) love their food. Russian Blues will eat beyond their need and ask for seconds, making them a potential candidate for weight related conditions if allowed to eat as much as they want. The best prevention is measuring your kitty’s food and giving him or her a specific amount at assigned times of the day (we know how they like their routine).  And, making sure that everyone in the house knows that they cannot give your cat too many treats or table scraps.

Russian Blues are beautiful, easily groomed cats that like their routine and are very serene.

 

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“Petworking” Pays Off With Petpav.com, Your Pet’s Best Social Network

Think of it as Facebook for the furry. Social media, a communications mainstay for humans, has now found a way to welcome the four-footed companions that are so integral to our lives, thanks to Petpav.com (short for Pet Pavilion).  It was only a matter of time that pets started networking too or rather, make that “petworking.”

On Petpav.com, pets aren’t just welcome, they’re the main attraction.  And there’s no danger of their profile being taken down by Facebook’s pet police. Founder Lisa Fimberg launched the site because she wanted to create a social network where people and pets could connect with one another. “Petpav is all about our pets,” Fimberg explains. “It’s a safe and friendly place to talk about your pet(s) and the pet owners love and embrace it.”

Petpav came into existence because Fimberg found that other sites didn’t provide the mix of information and coziness that she was looking for in her Internet quest. Fimberg was visiting websites to get advice on what to do about her cat’s unruly night-time habits. She found sites that answered her questions, but realized that people who love their pets don’t just want information, they want a “petwork”…one that is fun, user friendly and pet-centric. And that’s how Petpav.com started.

After signing onto petpav.com and filling out your pets’ profile, Sammy the site administrator, who also happens to be Fimberg’s cat, will welcome you. Sammy is an orange tabby with a bit of a sassy nature, but what else can you expect from the feline genius who’s responsible for the creation of petpav.com? You’ll navigate to the petworking wall and introduce your pet and meet other pets and the people they own. The site is populated by pet lovers who are passionate about their animals. No naysayers here!

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You know that your pet is the smartest thing on four paws. Now you have a place where you can brag to others, and listen in return as they praise their pets and everyone gets it. The site also provides articles that give advice on pet health issues, local pet events, and news on pets. The pet forum answers questions on subjects as varied as feline leukemia, keeping pets healthy during the winter season, what you need to know before you adopt a guinea pig or a rabbit, and many other topics of interest.  They also have a resident veterinarian who can answer general questions.

Pet businesses can also become members, where they have the opportunity to become Pet Business of the Week. This includes being featured in PetPav.com’s weekly newsletter, as well as being promoted on social media sites Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  Pet businesses can check out Petpav for the advertising it provides with the opportunity to directly target pet owners. 

A special feature of Petpav is the contests that run throughout the year where you can win prizes. There’s the friendliest pet contest, the most social pet contest, favorite pet celebrities, and other fun ways to share your pet’s star quality and win valuable items for your pet. The first contest of this year is the Petpav Popularity Contest. Pets that make the most friends and share the contest on social media will be eligible to win prizes. The contest runs from February 3rd thru March 3rd .

You know how much you love your pet. Isn’t it time you connected with other pet owners who feel the same way? 

About Petpav
Petpav founder Lisa Fimberg established petpav.com so that pet lovers can have a social media site specifically designed for what she calls “petworking.” Members set up profiles for their pets, share news and information, and take part in contests and forums. The site also welcomes pet businesses who benefit from the direct connection to pet lovers. Learn more at www.petpav.com

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Does Your Cat Love You? Let Me Count The (12) Ways!

While our feline friends and fur-babies aren’t as expressive as dogs, they do show their love in so many ways.   Some of our cats are outwardly affectionate and there is no doubt that they are sending their love, while other cats show their love in other, not-so-obvious ways.  Each of our cats is different and will show you in his or her way just how much your kitty loves you.

Below are twelve different ways that your cat demonstrates his or her love:

1. The infamous head butt

If a person were to head butt you, you wouldn’t be very pleased about the situation, but, but with a cat it’s a whole different message. To be on the receiving end of what is actually known in the cat world as “head bunting” is a very special privilege. When a cat head butts you, he or she is releasing facial pheromones that represent their feelings of trust and safety they have with you.

2. The luxurious purring sound

Cats purr for all sorts of reasons, but there is one unique full bodied rumble that your kitty saves exclusively for their true love. Purring also lowers your kitty’s heart rate and helps them to relax and exhibit feelings of contentment.

Cats Show Love

I’m ‘showing’ you my love!

3. Grooming you 

Mother cats groom their kittens from the moment they're born, so being licked was one of your kitty's very first feelings of being loved and cared for. Sibling kitties who are raised together often groom each other throughout their lives. So if your kitty is licking you, she's showing her love for you.

4. Love bites or nibbles

If your cat is a chronic nibbler, then your cat is professing his love for you. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between a love bite and a regular cat bite, one hurts and the other tickles! Nibbling isn’t a common sign of love, but when a cat does nibble, it is their way of saying they love you.

5. The tail twitch

You can tell a lot by looking at a cat’s tail position.  When a cat’s tail puffs, it means they are scared or annoyed, but when his or her tail twitches at the very tip, it means they are happy. If you notice this action when your cat approaches you, then you can be sure that they are sending you their love.

6. Rolling around right by you

When your cat throws him or herself right on the floor in front of you and starts rolling around, they are trying to get your attention. Cats only show their tummies voluntarily to those they can trust. Feeling safe means a lot to a cat, so when they sprawl out in front of you, this is a sign that they feel loved and protected.

7.  Licking your ears

It’s not often that humans are deemed worthy of these very special licks, but if your cat has chosen to lick your eat, it is just another sign that your kitty is professing his love.

8. Kneading

Kittens knead against their mothers to stimulate milk production, which is why kneading behavior in cats is nostalgic of kitten-hood and acts as a way of reliving the happy moments they experienced as little ones. So next time your kitty starts moving its paws up and down on you, remember that they are not just trying to soften you up before taking a nap, but that they’re expressing their adoration for you.

9. Slow blinking

It is said that cats kiss with their eyes, so don’t expect to share this sign of affection with any old cat. Cats save eye contact for people they know and trust. If that eye contact is coupled with slow blinking then you’ve just received a kitty kiss. Return the love by mimicking the behavior.

10.  Nap time

Kitties crave warm safe places to sleep, so if your kitty decides to snuggle down beside you, then you should feel especially honored. Cats are most vulnerable when they are sleeping, and there is no greater compliment than when they choose you as their snooze spot.

11.  Gifting or the ‘presentation’

It isn’t very fun when your kitty brings you a small dead something (like a rat or bird), but a kitty that presents you with this bounty deserves to be praised. Despite our domestication, cats still have the inner hunter and sharing their prizes with you is a sign of true friendship (and showing off a bit).

12.  Sitting on Your Lap

Your kitty plopping down on your lap for a rub down or even on your favorite t-shirt is showing you his or her love.  It suggests that your cat loves your scent directly or indirectly and wants to be ‘all over you”.

Once you really get to know your cat or cats, you will find that each one expresses their love in different ways.  They might not pant all over you, but they do show their affection in their own way.  We love our felines and their demonstrative attributes!

 

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Exercising Your Dog is Vital for His Physical and Mental Health

We all know the importance of exercise for our own health as well as our dogs.  However, daily exercise is not only necessary for your dog’s physical attributes, but it has significant day-to-day effects on a dog's behavior. Dogs have an abundance of energy and if they don't get the chance to burn it off, they will become destructive. If you're frustrated by the holes your dog has dug or his incessant barking, your dog's probably not getting enough exercise.

Some pet parents make the mistake of assuming that if a dog has access to a yard, he or she’s getting enough exercise. But your dog doesn’t run laps by herself in your yard or do much of anything besides waiting for you to come outside or let her back inside (and feed him or her)! It’s the interaction with you that counts and it needs to be physical.

Exercise can help curb destructive behavior

Dogs can be like children. If you don’t give them something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll find something to do on their own and most of it isn’t something you will like! Some of the most common behavior problems seen in dogs who don’t get enough exercise and play are: destructive chewing, digging or scratching, investigative behaviors, like garbage raiding, hyperactivity, excitability and night-time activity, and attention-getting behaviors like barking and whining.

 

Exercise keeps me fit and well behaved!

 

Exercise provides so many great benefits

The good news is that keeping your dog healthy, happy and out of trouble with daily exercise is a lot of fun and provides many benefits, including:

  • Reduces or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity

 

  • Keeps dogs healthy, agile and limber

 

  • Reduces digestive problems

 

  • Builds confidence and trust for fearful or timid dogs

 

  • Dogs sleep better at night

 

  • Aids weight control in our pups

How much exercise does your dog need?

The amount of exercise that your dog needs depends on your dog's age, breed, and health. A 10-month old puppy is going to need more than a five-year old schnauzer.  A leashed walk around the block isn't going to cut it. Most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Your canine pal needs enough that he's slowed down and tired by the time you stop.

Some general guidelines are the following:

Active breeds need a minimum of 30 minutes of hard aerobic exercise most days of the week, preferably daily.

Not all toy or small breeds get enough exercise inside the house. Pugs, for example, are prone to obesity and need much more exercise than they usually get.

It's not safe to go out in extremely hot or cold weather. During such periods, stay inside and teach tricks to engage your dog's mind, throw toys, or run up and down the stairs together.

Good exercise uses both mental and physical muscles. Exploring a new hiking trail, for example, engages your dog's mind as well as his body.  If the exercise and/or scenery is boring, your dog will be bored and unstimulated.

Where to get exercise for your pups

Like people, most dogs like both familiarity and a little variety in their exercise routines.  Many dogs get to know the neighborhood during walks and enjoy checking on their favorite spots.  

Dog parks are great places for off-leash exercise and running with other dogs, which is exactly what most dogs’ need. However, not all dogs can play nicely with others. If your dog doesn't like other dogs, the dog park is definitely not the place for him.

Doggie day care can also exercise both his mind and body. Dogs should come home from day care worn out and satisfied.

Check with your veterinarian if you are starting a new exercise program

Check with your veterinarian before starting an exercise program. He or she can check your dog for any health issues that may be aggravated by exercise and recommend safe activities. Exercise is great for energetic young dogs, but sustained jogging or running is not recommended for young dogs (under 18 months) whose bones haven’t finished growing.

Further, once a dog reaches his or her golden years, osteoarthritis can cause pain and lameness after strenuous exercise. It’s much better to discover that your once-sprightly dog’s joints can no longer handle long hikes, for example, before you hit the trail.  And larger dogs can sometimes have shoulder and limb problems, so it’s always best to check with your vet.

The benefits of exercising your dog are abundant. As in humans, we get the mind/body fulfillment as well as the health benefits.  It’s the New Year. Start exercising your dog today and you will both reap the benefits!

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