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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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The Tabby Cat is Not a Breed but a Pattern!

 

A lot of cat owners, including myself, will call the average domestic cat a tabby.  If you have adopted a furry feline and don’t know the breed, the tabby is sometimes used as the default name, sort of like calling a dog, a mutt.  However a Tabby is not a cat breed.  It is the pattern of a kitty's coat. And it happens to be the most common of all the feline coat patterns.

Therefore, no matter what color or markings you see on your cat, all felines possess the tabby gene. Other colors or patterns may hide those tabby markings, but they're always present.

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This is Sammy, my favorite “tabby” cat!

Sometimes you can see those faint tabby markings on a solid-colored cat who is sitting in the bright sun. And have you ever seen a solid red or orange or cream cat without the familiar tabby markings? You won't, because the gene that makes a cat red or cream also makes the tabby markings visible.

All Tabby Cats have the common “M” on their foreheads

All tabbies have thin pencil lines on their faces, expressive markings around the eyes, and a distinct letter "M" on their foreheads. Some believe the "M" is for Mau, the word for "cat" in ancient Egypt. Others think the "M" stands for Mohammed, who loved tabbies. Still others believe it is the blessing of the Virgin Mary.  I think it stays for merriment – aren’t tabbies happy cats?

There are four distinct tabby patterns:

Although there are many variations of each, the tabby pattern falls into four basic types. A fifth includes tabby as part of another basic color pattern such as the patched tabby, which may be a calico or tortoiseshell cat with tabby patches (which is called a torbie.) Some breeds also have tabby points within their color standards. That’s why our tabbies seem omnipresent and always ready to adopt! In fact, the gene for tabby pattern can be found in all domestic cats. Look at a jet black kitty basking in the sun and you will most likely see some hidden tabby markings.

Types of Tabby Patterns

Mackerel (striped)

The Mackerel tabby pattern has vertical, gently curving stripes on the side of the body. The stripes are narrow and may be continuous or broken into bars and spots on the flanks and stomach. An "M" shape appears on the forehead along with dark lines across the cat's cheeks to the corners of its eyes. Mackerels are also called 'Fishbone tabbies' probably because they are named after the mackerel fish. Mackerel is the most common tabby pattern. Their legs and tail have dark bars as do the cat's cheeks.

Spotted

The Spotted tabby is a modifier that breaks up the Mackerel tabby pattern so that the stripes appear as spots. Similarly, the stripes of the Classic tabby pattern may be broken into larger spots. Both large spot and small spot patterns can be seen in the Australian Mist, Bengal, Egyptian Mau, Maine Coon, and Ocicat breeds.

Agouti (Ticked)

Most tabby cats will have agouti hairs as part of their pattern. If you look closely, you'll see different bands of color down the length of the cat's individual hairs. Cats with an all-ticked pattern almost shimmer in the sunlight, because of the color variation.

The Classic Tabby

This pattern usually has whorls ending in a target on the side of the cat. Many American Shorthair cats demonstrate this pattern.    The Classic (also known as "Blotched" or "Marbled") tabby tends to have a pattern of dark browns, but also occurs in grey. Classic tabbies have the "M" pattern on their foreheads but the body markings have a whirled or swirled pattern (often called a "bullseye") on the cat's sides. There is also a light colored "butterfly" pattern on the shoulders and three thin stripes (the center stripe is dark) running along its spine. Like the Mackerel tabby, Classic tabbies have dark bars on the legs, tail, and cheeks.

Now that you know the type of ‘tabby’ cat pattern that your cat might have, you will probably be interested to learn about their behavior in the following article:

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Feline Leukemia Virus – Contagious, Dangerous and Needs to be Tested!

Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV) is a horrible disease for our kittens that can severely inhibit a cat’s immune system. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes of disease and death in domestic cats, second to trauma.The virus commonly causes anemia or lymphoma, but because it suppresses the immune system, it can also predispose cats to deadly infections.  Therefore, it is very important to have your kitty or cat tested for FLV before you bring your cat home.  Most shelters and/or rescue groups will test for FLV before you bring your kitty home.

How Do Cats Get FLV?

The FLV virus is shed in many bodily fluids, including saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces and blood. FLV is most commonly transmitted through direct contact, mutual grooming and through sharing litter boxes, food and water bowls. It can also be passed in utero or through mother’s milk. Outdoor cats who get into fights with other cats can transmit the disease through bites and scratches.  However, healthy cats over three months old and vaccinated for FLV are highly unlikely to contract the virus from another cat.

How Feline Leukemia Virus Is Transmitted

Feline leukemia is a disease that only affects cats; it cannot be transmitted to people, dogs, or other animals. FLV is passed from one cat to another through saliva, blood, and to some extent, urine and feces. The virus does not live long outside the cat’s body. Grooming and fighting (since it involves interaction) seem to be the most common way for infection to spread. Kittens can contract the disease in through an infected mother’s milk. The disease is often spread by apparently healthy cats, so even if a cat appears healthy, he or she might be infected and able to transmit the virus.

Your Cat’s Risk Factors

Exposure to infected cats raises your cat’s risk of contracting FLV, especially for kittens and young adult cats. Older cats are less likely to contract the infection, because resistance seems to increase with age. For indoor-only cats, the risk of contracting FLV is very low. Cats in multi-cat households or in catteries are more at risk, especially if they share water and food dishes and litter boxes.

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We hate FLV!

Only about 3% of cats in single-cat households have the virus, but for cats that spend time outdoors, the rate is much higher. Still, the prevalence of FLV has decreased over the last 25 years because of vaccines and reliable tests.

The below are the symptoms of FLV:

Loss of appetite and weight loss, pale or inflamed gums, poor coat condition, fever, upper respiratory infections, diarrhea and vomiting, seizures, behavioral changes, vision problems, swollen lymph nodes, reproductive issues in female cats, jaundice, respiratory issues, and lethargy.

How is FLV Diagnosed?

There are several types of tests available to diagnose FLV. Most veterinarians and shelters use the ELISA enzyme-linked test, which detects antigen to the FELV virus in the bloodstream.

How can you help your cat with FLV?

Feed your cat a nutritionally balanced diet, one free of raw meat, eggs and unpasteurized dairy products, which can harbor bacteria and parasites and lead to infection.  It is also recommended to make a quiet place for your cat to rest indoors and away from other cats who could promote disease.  You should also bring your cat to the vet every six months for a checkup and blood tests.

Is FLV contagious?

FLV is contagious to other cats, but not to humans or other species. Other cats in the house can acquire the virus from an infected cat. Though the virus doesn’t live long outside of the body, and is easily inactivated with common disinfectants, it can be passed through shared food and water as well as common litter boxes.

Is there a treatment for FLV?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for FLV, and it is estimated that less than twenty percent of clinically infected cats survive more than three years of active infection. In the case of those cats who develop cancer, chemotherapy can help prolong life, but treatment often focuses on providing the best quality of life.

Can you prevent FLV from occurring?

There is a vaccine available for cats who are at risk of contracting FLV. Like all vaccines, there are risks involved in vaccination, and the vaccine is not a 100-percent guarantee against infection. Your veterinarian can best evaluate whether this vaccine is right for your cat.

As with any infectious disease, the best prevention is eliminating sources of exposure. Routine FLV testing and keeping your cat indoors and away from cats whose FLV status is the best way to prevent your cat from becoming infected. 

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