Top 10 Reasons to Own a Cat

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  1. Soft Kitty, warm kitty

Cats are very nice to snuggle.  Nothing is better than petting a soft, warm kitty.  Some studies even report a soft, warm kitty can help you sleep better.

  1. They purr

Did you know the cat purr occurs at a frequency that promotes healing?  Not only is a purring cat relaxing, but it may even help you maintain physical health.

  1. They are independent

Do you have a busy life?  Cats are fairly independent so if you work long hours, they can still be a suitable pet.

  1. They are funny

Cats can provide hours of entertainment with their silly antics.  What is more fun than watching a cat trying to catch the red dot of a laser pointer?  Or watching a cat play with a jingling ball?

  1. They are litter trained

If you are not into a yard of poop, a cat can be a good option as most of them are litter trained.  You can even invest in a self cleaning litter box.

  1. They are small

Cats are small so they can be great apartment pets.  You don’t have to have a lot of space to own a cat.

  1. Relatively low maintenance

Cats don’t require a daily walk or two…or hours of fetch like some dogs.  However, they do still require daily attention, food, water, and shelter.  They also still require veterinary care.  While they are relatively low maintenance pets, the do require love and attention!

  1. They are quiet

Most cats are quiet creatures – at least much quieter than a dog!  Most cats won’t cause noise violations in an apartment.

  1. They bathe themselves

Not into wrestling a pet into the bath tub because they stink?  Well, you rarely have to give a cat a bath.  They are usually quite fastidious.

  1. You will be saving a life!

Every year, there are usually somewhere around a million cats euthanized in shelters each year!  If you adopt a cat from a shelter, you will be directly saving a cat’s life.  You may also be freeing room for the shelter to take in another cat.  That’s 2 lives!

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How to Avoid the Easter Bunny Blues

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Easter is a fun holiday with all the egg hunts, chocolate, flowers, and bright colors.   However, it won’t be so much fun if your pet ends up getting sick! So here are some quick tips for avoiding the Easter Bunny Blues:

  • Keep chocolate out of reach. Chocolate is toxic for many animals. So be sure it’s beyond their reach!
  • Watch out for xylitol.   Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy, vitamins, and sometimes baked goods.   It’s also toxic to animals!
  • Avoid the dangerous décor.   Baskets lined with that colorful plastic grass may be pretty but is dangerous if ingested!   Shredded paper based products are safer for your pets. If you hide candy in plastic eggs, your dog may find them and eat them (plastic egg and candy).
  • Flowers – This may be a surprise, but Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. If you have a cat, be sure she cannot get to the flowers. Even the water in a vase containing Easter lilies is toxic!
  • Live animals do not make good gifts. Live chicks and bunnies may start out very cute, but caring for a living creature is a big responsibility. Consider a stuffed animals or chocolate bunnies, but remember to keep both out of reach from your pets!  When you bring a rabbit into your home, you are making a 10 year commitment to the care of that creature! Please consider carefully if a live animal is right for your family before bringing one home! Additionally, if you would like to give your family a rabbit, consider rescuing an older rabbit from a rabbit rescue or the humane society.
  • Here’s an article by the House Rabbit Society on Rabbits and Easter:  http://rabbit.org/easter-and-rabbits-do-not-mix/

Happy Easter!   We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!

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