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How to Prepare for Every Pet Parent’s Worst Nightmare: A Missing Pet

How to Prepare for Every Pet Parent’s Worst Nightmare: A Missing Pet

Missing pets! One of the biggest fears of any pet parent is losing their beloved fur baby. It’s a big world out there, and sometimes, pets can, and do wander off to explore it. Rather than get caught off-guard, why not plan for a lost-pet scenario now so that if the fateful day ever comes, you’ll be better to equipped to deal with it. To help you stay calm, cool, and collected if the unthinkable happens, here are some handy tips on how to prepare for a missing pet.

Collars with pet ID tag

This may seem like a no-brainer, but ensuring your pet is wearing a secure collar with a name tag is one of the most popular and affordable ways for people to identify your lost pet. The ID tag should have current contact information. Also, make sure the information is readable. An illegible dog or cat tag is nothing more than pet bling.

Microchip

Thanks to today’s technology, keeping tabs on your pet has never been easier. About the size of a grain of rice, a tiny microchip is implanted in the loose skin between your pet’s shoulder blades, containing identifying information that can easily be scanned by veterinarians or shelters. If you are looking for a permanent solution to pet identification, microchipping your pet is a must.

Tattooing

Tattooing is another effective option to help identify a missing pet. Usually done on the inside of the thigh or right ear of your pet while they are under anesthetic when getting spayed or neutered or getting dental cleaning, tattooed ID codes are easily visible, providing permanent proof of ownership. In combination with ID tags, tattooing is a lasting option to trace your lost pet.

Pet finder websites

Pet finder websites are also a good place to start if you’ve searching for a lost pet. There are a variety of organizations dedicated to helping pet owners reunite with their missing cats or dogs, including Petlynx, The Center for Lost Pets, and your local SPCA. Websites like Craigslist can also be a handy resource when it comes to finding your lost cat or dog.

Current pet pictures

It’s always a good idea to have some up-to-date photos of your furry friend. To help make identification easier, snap some photos of your pet and store them on your computer or smartphone. If your pet goes missing, you’ll have a recent and easily accessible picture to post, print, and pass around, helping to speed up the retrieval process.

There are a host of options out there to help you find your missing pet. The key to remember is that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Using a combination of these methods will help ensure your furry pal is safe and sound.

Let us know what you think. Which option(s) do you think is the most effective at finding your pet?

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Kitty Conflict Communication – How NOT to get Shredded!

Picture it, you’re sitting on the floor and your cat comes over to you. She flops down on the floor in front of you, rolls onto her back and starts to purr; she clearly wants you to pet her. So you do, you’re happy and she’s happy. Then suddenly, without warning, you feel a stunningly sharp pain – kitty has had enough, so she bit you and took off. WTF?

This blog is about aggressive cat behaviour so you can avoid getting shredded in the future.

When do cats bite/scratch?

There are a number of reasons a cat might bite or scratch. Dr. Ron Hines lists several reasons a cat might act aggressively:

  • Aggressive play
  • Territory-based aggression
  • Fear
  • Illness, injury, or other medical problems
  • Petting-induced aggression
  • Dominance
  • Maternal aggression
  • Instinctive hunting behaviour

If you think your cat is acting aggressively due to injury or illness seek veterinary attention. For more information on any of these topics check out Dr. Hines’ article.

Know When to Leave Kitty Alone!

The most effective way to avoid getting shredded by kitty is to learn a little about cat body language. If you know what to look for you can avoid painful bites and scratches. Cat body language consists mainly of tail movements, body position, ear position, tone of voice, and eye contact.

Earlier this year we posted a blog about general cat communication. To read that blog click here.

Some of this stuff might be hard to visualize. The below table gives a comprehensive description of cat body language and includes pictures.

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Source: http://i0.wp.com/pawsintraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Reading-cats-body-language.png

When kitty starts to display behaviours in rows 3-6 it’s time to leave him alone. When you’re petting your cat and you notice that his eyes are following your hand movements it’s time to move on; kitty is thinking of biting you. If you’re playing with/petting kitty and you think he’s about to lash out at you calmly and slowly leave before kitty’s behaviour changes from anxious to aggressive.

Learning to correctly decipher cat body language will help you avoid becoming a scratching post.

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There’s so much information out there. Here’s where we got our information:

  • Hines’ article about cat aggression:

http://www.2ndchance.info/aggressivecat.htm

  • Table detailing cat body language:

http://i0.wp.com/pawsintraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Reading-cats-body-language.png

  • Article discussing Petting Induced Aggression:

http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/five-steps-for-correcting-petting-induced-aggression-in-cats/

  • Article about cat behaviour:

http://felineforever.com/cat-ear-positioning.html

Mutt versus Pure Bred

There is a long standing debate among dog lovers and breeders; who is better, the mutt or the pure bred?  (Pure bred dogs include designer dogs like Puggles and Labradoodles).  There hasn’t been much study on the subject – so really there’s no definitive answer. What we do know is that mutts tend to get the short end of the stick.  Mixed breed dogs make up the majority of shelter dogs and are euthanized far more often than their designer counter parts.  Mutts are great dogs and make amazing pets. There are some upsides to mutts – a more diverse genetic background generally means that the pup will not suffer from congenital diseases.  Also, mutts don’t suffer from breed-specific health problems.  Mutts are also able to perform any task a pure bred can including search and rescue. So how do we get the word out about our mixed breed friends?  The answer is National Mutt Day.

What is National Mutt Day?

National Mutt Day is a 2 day campaign to raise awareness about mixed breed dogs.  Did you know that mixed breed dogs are euthanized far more than pure bred dogs?  Due to the popularity and demand for designer and pure bred puppies mutts are neglected and often end up in shelters. National Mutt Day is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd.  The extra day helps increase awareness about mixed breed dogs that need and deserve a good home.

The Goal The ultimate goal of National Mutt Day to get 10,000 mutts adopted on July 31st and December 2nd.

How Can You Help?  Why adopt a mutt of course.  But if you can’t adopt a mutt there are other ways to help.  The following have been suggested by Mutt Day founder Colleen Paige:

  • Donate $5 to a local animal shelter
  • Donate other items needed by shelters (food, toys, beds, poop bags)
  • Volunteer at a shelter

To find out more about National Mutt Day check out their website and Facebook page: http://www.nationalmuttday.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/NationalMuttDay?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser Is your pup mixed breed?  Share a picture of your mutt with us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl

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