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How to Keep Your Pets’ Safe and Happy on the 4th of July

While we pet owners love the 4th of July and usually partake in the festivities, it can be a very scary time for pets.  It is fair to say that most dogs and cats are afraid of the fireworks and/or just even the loud sounds that they might hear outside.  And if you decide to take your dog with you to an outdoor event, you need to keep an eye on your dogs at all times.  The 4th of July is also a time when a lot of pets try to escape and/or get lost so it is important for pet owners to remember their responsibilities. 

Below are some safety reminders for you and your pets for the 4th of July holiday:

  • Make sure all pets, even indoor cats, are wearing a collar with an identification tag that includes your name and telephone number. A microchip is also a good idea. Terrified animals may end up miles from home or deep under a neighbor’s porch. This simple precaution will save a lot of anguish, time, and energy if your cat or dog gets out of the house.

  • Walk your dogs in the early evening, right before fireworks begin to prevent stress from noises and to tire them out so they can sleep the night away.  The calmer and more tired they are during the night will help minimize their stress.

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  • During neighborhood firework displays, keep all cats and dogs safely inside. Dogs and cats who are scared of noises should be put into a bathroom or other room with a secure door no windows. A screen door will not keep a nervous dog inside. It is better not take a dog to watch a large commercial firework display as it only increases the chances of him or her becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.

  • It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor's party. Keep your pets inside your home and not in your yard. Your pets will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.

  • Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your dog or cat in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If your dog is crate trained put your dog in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.  Make sure all your pets shave a go-to spot where they can feel secure aka their safe haven.

  • Try to block the outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the noise of the fireworks.  Put the air conditioning or fan on to help drown out the noise.

  • If your dog or cat seems overly anxious, spend some time with your beloved, speaking soothingly to help your dog or cat to relax. There are also some natural calming solutions on the market that you can give to your pet (but no sedatives)!

  • Make sure to keep all the sparklers, candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach.  If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets and you will need to take your pet to the vet immediately.

  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.  Another reason to keep your pets inside.

As much as you want to be with your pet(s) on the fourth of July, remember crowded fireworks displays are no fun for cats or dogs, so it’s best not to take them along to your 4th of July festivities.  Keep your beloved cats and dogs safe at home in a quiet, sheltered area where your cat or dog can’t escape.  They will be fine if you just make sure they have a safe place to reside during the short-lived firework celebration and a place to hide where they feel comfortable.


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The Maine Coon – A Big Bundle of Love


A Maine Coon is a big, rugged cat with a smooth, shaggy coat who looks as if he could take out a mouse with a simple paw tap!  But, don’t be surprised if this big cat is loving, loyal, sweet and good naturel.  The Maine Coon has beautiful, thick fur which makes them a good candidate for living in a colder climate and most are not afraid of a rainy day.  While they aren’t the most vocal breed for a big cat, they let out an adorable chirp and have a winning personality.

The Maine Coon has large, wide ears

One of the most defining Maine Coon characteristics is his or her ears. They are large and wide, with long tufts coming out of them and lynx-like tufts on the tips. The ears of a young Maine Coon kitten that hasn't quite grown into them are nothing less than adorable.

The face of the Maine Coon cat has an intelligent expression. When you look right into their large and round green, gold or copper eyes, it seems as if they really connect with you.  They are frequently described as having a feral expression. This term, meaning wild or untamed, goes completely against their actual temperament, which is mild, sweet and loving.

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I’m big, beautiful and social!

 The Maine Coon is a big cat!

The most obvious and famous of a Maine Coon characteristics is his or her size. No doubt about it, they are certainly big cats. A male usually weighs in at thirteen to eighteen pounds and a female at nine to twelve pounds. There seem to be stories everywhere of cats weighing as much as twenty five pounds.  Those extra hefty cats are rare; any litter will have largerandsmaller than average kittens.

One of the largest domestic breeds, male Maine Coons weigh in at 12 to 18 pounds, while the females fall into a 'petite' 10 to 14 pound range. Slow to mature, the Maine Coon takes three to four years to fully develop. Although brown tabby is the most common color and pattern, Maine Coons come in a wide variety of colors.

The heavy all-weather coat, shorter on the shoulders and longer on the stomach and britches, makes the cat appear larger than he really is. The texture is smooth and silky rather than cottony, so the coat doesn't mat as easily as the coats of some long haired breeds. Breeders usually recommend a twice-weekly combing with a good steel comb.

The Maine Coon Personality

If you are just getting to know the Maine Coon cat, you will soon find out about his or her amazing personality. These friendly, affectionate, loving, goofy cats have a personality that is equal to their size. A big Maine Coon cat is large in size and personality.

The cool Maine Coon personality sets these cats apart from the crowd. It is the reason they have so many loyal fans.  Maine Coons usually enjoy a kittenish love of play well into adulthood. Males, especially, are prone to silly behavior. Females are more dignified, but they aren’t above a good game of chase. Not especially vocal, they make any requests in a soft chirp or trill.

The Maine Coon is a social cat

Maine Coon cats are very social.   A Maine Coon prefers to be in the company of his family, much like a dog.  You can count on your Coon to be there to greet you every morning and every time you get home. And yes, they come when called by their name.  And when your company arrives, he or she won’t run under the bed, but will be right next to you to greet the guests. They will be surprised to meet such a friendly cat.

The Maine Coon is great with children

The friendly, laidback Maine Coon is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect, and he doesn’t mind playing dress-up or going for a ride in a baby buggy.  The Maine Coon is an amiable guy.

Maine Coons also like dogs and usually get along very well with them. As always, introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.


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The Chihuahua – A Small Dog with a Huge Personality!

The Chihuahua is the world's smallest dog, but it makes a spirited pet for any size home. The Chihuahua is ready to go, graceful with a rounded skull and large, flaring ears. They have smooth coats that are soft and come in any color. Most Chihuahua weigh ranges from two to four pounds (smaller than a cat!). Grooming is easily managed and exercise a breeze.. a couple of brief daily walks or playtimes will keep this breed happy.

Chihuahuas live a long life despite their small size

Despite their diminutive size, Chihuahuas are hardy and surprisingly long-lived. Most Chihuahuas live from 14 to 18 year old.  The smooth coat needs some protection from the cold in winter if the dog is exercised outdoors. Chihuahuas are excellent watchdogs and are best suited to families with older children who can handle them appropriately.

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I’m a little guy with a BIG personality!

Chihuahahs need to be socialized to adapt to most families

With other pets as well as people, socialization is the answer for improving poor social skills. The more a Chihuahua is exposed to people and animals alike, the more comfortable and agreeable it becomes. Were you planning on acquiring a dog that would love all people and all other animals without any effort on your part? Then, a Chihuahua isn't for you.  But, with the right socialization they can become more affable.

Chihuahahs are great indoor pets

Chihuahuas are certainly not outdoor dogs. Some Chihuahuas enjoy a romp in the yard or the park, but they will be more than happy to come back inside and return to the comfort of a cozy couch cushion or, better yet, to snuggle beneath the quilts and pillows on your bed.  If you want a dog to take out to parks and along with you on hikes, then a Chihuahua isn't for you.  A companion on your daily errands?  Then, the Chihuahua is the dog to bring  along with you and even fits in your bag!

Notorious burrowers, Chihuahuas like nothing better than to wiggle their way under pillows, couch cushions, even your favorite sweatshirt-while you are wearing it. In fact, Chihuahuas like nothing better than to be with you, by you or on you at all times.  

Chihuahuas are healthy dogs but don’t let them jump!

Chihuahuas can sometimes have some genetic diseases that can cause problems. Like most toy breeds, the Chihuahua is susceptible to slipped stifles (a knee injury caused by joint weakness) and fractures and may suffer from jawbone disorders, eye problems, heart disease, and tooth and gum complaints. Chihuahuas should not be allowed to jump off high furniture or out of your arms as the impact on landing could fracture a leg. Children should not be allowed to carry a Chihuahua or to play roughly with one for the same reason.

The Chihuahuas’ tendency to shiver or tremble is not a health issue but takes place when the dog is excited or stressed. One explanation is that they have a higher metabolism and so dissipate body heat faster than larger dogs. Shivering helps to generate body heat – that’s why people shiver when we are cold. However, rapid dissipation of body heat is a distinct disadvantage in cool or cold climates, so Chihuahuas should always be protected when taken outdoors in these areas.  And, as we know, there are dozens of styles of protective sweaters available.

Chihuahuas are funny dogs with a big personality

Perhaps the most important characteristic of the a Chihuahua is their incredible sense of humor. Chihuahuas can be downright hilarious, and a good Chihuahua owner appreciates and even cherishes the antics of these tiny dogs.  If you aren’t up to a mischevious dog, then a Chihaua isn’t the best fit for you. Thy are the class clowns.

Chihauhuas are so little that be careful if you leave them outside

Like other small dogs, the Chihuahua faces a danger outdoors that does not threaten his canine cousins that weigh more than 15 pounds, he is just the right size for a meal for a bird of prey or a coyote. Large hawks, eagles, and owls have been known to swoop down on pets and carry them away, and coyotes are becoming a common danger in some city fringes and suburbs.

The indomitable spirit of the Chihuahua can also causes problems when the little dog spars with a large  dog especially one with a dominant personality or a high prey drive. It is best to always keep a Chihuahua on a leash or carried in your arms so it cannot challenge a big dog to a duel it will surely lose.  Your Chihuahua thinks he is bigger than he is.


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The Tokinese Cat – A Unique Combination of Siamese and Burmese!

The Tonkinese Cat is a human designed breed with the mixture of crossing a Siamese and Burmese breed.  This beautiful kitty is medium in size, solid, and very muscular, and usually weighs 6 to 8 pounds.  With a medium haired, fine silky coat, your Tonkinese won’t shed as much as some other cats and are great indoor cats.   The Tonkinese is chatty, loving and a great cat for kids.

The Tonkinese physical features

Because the Tonkinese started off as a “designer” breed, three coat patterns have become the most common: solid, like the Burmese; pointed (or pale with darker extremities), like the Siamese; and mink, a combination of the two.  The mink is the most popular pattern; the shading is subtle and not as pronounced as the pointed pattern. Mink is generally referred to as a dark coloring, but it also refers to the texture of the fur. The mink can also be in champagne or platinum, for example.  Tonkinese generally have a slim, muscular build.

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One of the best known features of the Tonkinese is the beautiful aqua colored eyes that make their breed stand out with the silky mink coat. The appearance of aqua coloring in the eyes is actually a very carefully selected combination of yellow to green, balanced with light reflection. With the reflection of light the eyes appear to be aqua, and will reflect differently depending on the available light, as well as the time of day, just as the blue of the sky appears to change color.

The Tonkinese is a very active cat

The Tonkinese is very active, but not hyperactive. She or he run through the house, making its own little stampede of sound, and flip around like a circus monkey. They make very amusing companions and love to entertain family and guests. But, they can also sit contentedly, affectionately kissing and cuddling with their objects of devotion. They make for wonderful lap cats.

The Tonkinese craves affection, expects it, demands it in her loving way as the Tonkinese is not aloof or snobby. These beautiful kitties are fun to be around, with a good temperament and sense of humor, and they love to carry on conversations. The Tonkinese is a talker and will speak and expects you to understand every word he or she is saying. The Tonkinese is a happy cat that will get along great with children and other pets and will be a constant source of joy, laughter and love.

The Tonkinese does not like to be alone for long and will get into mischief if it is bored too often. This is one of the most playful breeds of cats, it needs to play. If you must leave your cat alone it would be best to have a fellow cat to keep it company.  Why not adopt two Tonkinese!

The Tonkinese is a very healthy cat

One of the more fortunate aspects of being a cross breed is that the Tonkinese does not have any health issues. They are a healthy and vigorous breed with great temperaments and strong genes. This is one ‘designer’ breed that has taken time to really breed the mix and therefore it is a healthy cat.  The Tonkinese has been bred solely with other Tonkinese, and that is because of the conscientious selection process of the early breeders.

Tonkinese cats are mischievous and you need to be prepared

Since Tonkinese are rambunctious cats, it is always a good idea to cat proof your home.  The Tonkinese doesn’t mean to do any harm, but it loves to have fun, and it would be wise to place your breakable treasures in safe locations, where they cannot be knocked over. Its love of play can make it careless in other ways as well, and it is strongly recommended as an indoor only cat.  Look around your home for anything that might be construed as dangerous and make necessary adjustments. 

Tonkinese love to play with toys

The Tonkinese are very active cats and love to play with toys.  It is good to keep them around to make sure your kitty can keep himself busy when you aren’t around. A scratching post, toys to knock around and chase, and a generally safe environment are all that you need to feel that your Tonkinese is safe and busy!


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Heartworm Disease in Cats – Uncommon but Dangerous

Heartworm is a parasitic infestation transmitted to dogs and more rarely, cats, by bites from infected mosquitoes. Heartworm is a potentially fatal health threat and often requires aggressive, prolonged and painful treatment. Cats are more likely to have heartworms migrate to other areas of the body than are dogs, causing more problematic infections and symptoms.  Since cats rarely get heartworm, the disease can be misdiagnosed as a respiratory problem.

Common Heartworm Symptoms in Cats

Heartworm symptoms, which include coughing, lack of energy, loss of appetite and weight loss, are similar to that of dogs'. But also, cats can experience shock, fainting, diarrhea and sudden death at the severe end of the infection.

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Heartworm diagnosis also depends upon a test for the presence of female worm antigens. These antigens will only be indicated after minimally seven months of infection, so a cat could easily die before the test indicates positive for heartworms. An antibody test is also available, but cats will test positive up to several months after expelling all worms. X-ray and echocardiography tests are used by vets to detect adult worms in the heart.

Heartworm prevention in cats is highly problematic. Heartworm treatment, therefore, imperfectly consists of the use of a monthly heartworm drug and a short-term steroid which is produced in the adrenal cortex. Treatment for cats is spotty at best, right now.

Heartworm prevention is easier to manage than treatment

Heartworm disease is easier to prevent than it is to treat. The first line of defense in preventing your pet from any disease or infection is through taking care of your cat by giving your kitty a proper diet, a fair amount of exercise and play time, minimal stress, and keep your cats up to date with vet visits.

You can also strengthen your cat's resistance (immune system) with whole foods.  Cats are more likely to resist heartworms when they are given all-natural foods, which help keep the immune system strong.

Try to keep your cats away from mosquitoes

If you can keep your kitty away from areas that are a haven for mosquitos, that is the best prevention. Standing water sources are needed for mosquitoes to breed, so whenever possible it is best to eliminate these breeding grounds, which should reduce mosquito bites to both humans and pets. Products like Garlic Barrier will also help reduce the number of mosquitoes and other unwanted insects in your yard.

There are a number of holistic products to help prevent heartworm infection. Many of these are topical sprays featuring blends of various essential oils. Be very careful using these sprays if there are cats in your home, as they can be toxic to resident kitties. Additionally, there are a wide variety of herbs that are recommended (either topically or internally) for the prevention of mosquito bites and thus heartworm (examples include garlic, and black walnut).  And some cat owners have had success using a spray of organic apple cider vinegar.

Talk to your veterinarian about the heartworm preventatives which would be best for your kitty Depending on where you live, you may need to provide heartworm preventatives year round or only in the warmer months when mosquitoes thrive. Ask your veterinarian about seasonal risks and infection rates in your geographic region.

Heartworm treatment

At this time, there is no approved heartworm medicine in the local states or treating the disease in cats. It appears as though heartworms go away without treatment in some cats. For the unlucky cats whose heartworms don’t just go awa, frequent monitoring is a must, prednisone is sometimes advised, and in severe cases, surgery may be an option to remove significant worm loads.

Heartworm medications generally involve a two-step approach to addressing the parasite load. There will be medication for killing the adult worms as well as medications for eliminating the offspring.

Hospitalization will likely be required for some stages of treatment. Additionally, your veterinarian will likely recommend fairly limited physical exercise and possibly even crate rest for all or some of the treatment stages.

I truly hope your kitty never gets heartworm disease as it is very difficult to cure.  Keep your kitten indoors, if possible, and you won’t have to worry about such a disease.  However, if you do need to keep your cat outdoors, try to follow some of the above preventative measures, so your kitty does not get affected.


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