WHY ARE THEY SO CUTE?!
Where I live, the weather hasn’t decided what season it is yet. During the day, it still gets up to around 90 degrees, while nights are usually in the 60s. It can be pretty frustrating, especially when picking out outfits or setting the thermostat. While the nights are cooler, the days are still fairly warm, which means that outdoor doggies still need to get relief from the heat! It’s important to keep an eye on your pup to make sure it’s at a comfortable temperature. For how to make sure your dog doesn’t get overheated, check out this post by Fairfield Residential:
-Make sure dog has access to water and shade at all time
-No heavy activity like running or jogging on hot days
-Allow them to swim/ pour cool water on them during hot days
-NEVER leave your dog in the car, never leave them muzzled.
Let’s face it- cats are weird animals. But they’re fluffy and cute, so we love them! But still, they do a lot of weird things. What’s the deal with purring? Why does catnip intoxicate them? Why do they sometimes make such silly facial expressions? Luckily, this post by catington post at the eBay Blog is here to explain:
-Why do cats open their mouths after smelling something?
When he makes that funny face, he’s using what’s known as the Flehmen response to draw an interesting scent – usually the pheromones of another cat – into the Jacobson’s organ to get a better whiff.
-Why do cats get so silly when chewing catnip?
The chemical in catnip called nepetalactone is what’s responsible for giving cats that familiar “buzz.” Catnip isn’t harmful to cats – they can’t overdose on it.
Ticks (and all other arachnids, really) give me the heebie-jeebies. That’s right- ticks are technically spiders that suck your blood and also may give you Lyme Disease. Yay! It’s important to protect yourself from ticks when outdoors by wearing long pants and close-toed shoes, but what about your pets? Yes, you can use some sort of anti-flea/tick medication on them once a month, but there’s a way to also make your entire yard more pet-friendly (and less tick-friendly). Check out this post by Dogington Post at the Ebay Blog for tips on ridding your yard of ticks:
-Mow your yard regularly- ticks love tall grasses. Rake leaves often in the fall.
-Keep playground equipment, lawn furniture, etc. in a sunny location
-Keep yard free of debris, wood piles, old furniture, etc. that gives ticks places to live
-Plant tick-repelling plants like lavender and peppermint.
-Gravel and rock can create borders (against wooded areas) that ticks will not cross.
Cats are pretty notorious for chewing on houseplants; that’s why many cat owners skip them altogether. That, and the fact that cats are jerks and like knocking over vases and pots. However, if you like cats but also like plants, it’s important to make sure that your plants won’t kill your cats. Check out this post by Ally Hirschlag at She Knows for a list of plants that are extremely poisonous (even deadly) to cats: