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Cat Social Skills: Cat About Town?

Many cats love staying home, and cat social skills depend on cat personality and kitten socialization. Confident cats not only feel less feline stress, they get sick less, recover more quickly, and handle trips to the vet (or to Grandma’s) better than shy Shrinking Violet cats. They enjoy life more, and engage with other people and pets.

I’ve been blessed to have two supremely confident kitties in my life. Seren-Kitty(rb) ruled the roost and bossed the dogs around. She enjoyed life on her terms. Although never a touchy-feely cat until her last few years (she nearly made it to 22!), Seren loved playing, indulging in long “conversations” with us, and watching the bird-and-bunny TV outside. She also enjoyed leash walks in the garden.

Even if cats don’t go outside, you can bring the outdoors inside for environmental enrichment. That helps enormously to expand kitty’s world, and builds confidence while reducing stress.

Karma-Kat: Merrily He Rolls Along!

Karma-Kat loves people, and his confidence means he wants to supervise strangers who come into the house for repairs or to visit. He’s never been a fan of leash walking. One time, he escaped his halter, and only came back when Magical-Dawg went after him and led Karma back to safety. But he’s fascinated by the great outdoors, and wants an up-close sniff (and look) at all the butterflies. So . . .I got Karma a pet stroller, his very own Karma Kart.

FCC noticeAt first, he wasn’t eager to get inside, despite stocking it with his favorite Greenies treats. But once we rolled out the door, and he caught a whiff of the Texas wildflowers–oh my KAT he was in kitty heaven! We rolled up and down the back fenced yard. Once back inside, I opened the canopy to let him out and… he didn’t want to get out (well, he discovered the treats and munched them for desert). Anyway, I reviewed his Karma Kart stroller in my Reader’s Digest piece here.

Can Your Cat Be More Social?

But what if your cat tends toward the shy side? How can you increase the chances for improving cat sociability? I cover kitten development in this blog, and socialization in my books. But here’s a fun infographic that offers some highlights.

So is your cat a social butterfly? Or a shrinking violet? How do you help kitty deal with … life? Do tell!

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Amazon Pet Day 24-Hour Sale!

FCC noticeFor the first time ever to kick off National Pet Month, our friends who offer anything-you-ever-wanted-for-pets have launched Amazon Pet Day 24-Hour Sale!

There are SOOOOO MANY deals, oh-my-doG! Some of these I already know and love, and others are new to me. Browse and enjoy, but don’t give your fur kids the credit card. Fair warning! Amazon Pet Day kicks off at amazon.com/pets-deals on May 2 at midnight PDT. The event is open to all Amazon shoppers in the U.S.

Celebrate your pet with 24 hours of incredible deals from top-rated and pet-approved brands in Amazon’s store, including Furbo camera treat dispenser, flea and tick treatments for dogs and cats from Frontline, and Bissell family of floor and carpet cleaners.

Bissell pet hair vaccuumFurbo Camera Pet Treat Dispenser

Are You A Pet Parent? Just in Time for Mommy’s Day!

PET-ASTIC DEALS ALL YEAR LONG!

Pet shoppers can create Amazon Pet Profiles and receive recommendations curated for their pet all year round. Whether you own a dog, bird, horse, reptile, or fish, Amazon Pet Profiles accommodates all sorts of breeds and species. Owners can set up a profile to receive personalized recommendations and coupons based on various factors such as breed, size, and preferences. From there, shopping is easy. Just visit amazon.com/yourpets to get started.

JUST FOR PRIME MEMBERS…

Prime members who shop on Amazon Pet Day will also have access to special offers to rent or buy iconic pet movies on Prime Video, and Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card holders will receive 10% cash back on pet products. Stay tuned on the blog for more details ahead of the event!

SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES

Customers can simultaneously shop and support a pet charity through AmazonSmile. Customers visiting smile.amazon.com find the exact same Amazon experience—amazing deals, wide selection, fast, free delivery options to ensure toys and treats arrive quickly—with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the eligible purchase price to the charity of the customer’s choice. Visit here to learn more about how to sign up and support a charity of your choice. Customers can donate too by shopping AmazonSmile Charity Lists for animal shelters. Visit our Adopt A Shelter page to learn more.

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Adopt A Shelter Pet Day: Tips for Cat Adoptions & Dog Adoptions

Will you adopt a new furry friend soon? With Adopt A Shelter Pet Day on April 30th, I wanted to share some sobering adoption facts. In the ASPCA alone, 6.3 million dogs and cats enter their shelters each year, and only about 52% get adopted. I wrote about my pets’ adoption days here, and they chose me more than I chose them. But you don’t need to wait for happy accidents to get your pet, and can adopt shelter pets anytime all year long.

Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

We want every cat and dog adoption to go into a forever home. Sadly, sometimes life gets in the way. I can’t tell you the number of messages I get from people needed to re-home a beloved companion due to moving, or the death of their human, or all kinds of things. How shocking and heartbreaking for the humans–and for the pets–ending up back in the shelter.

Keeping Pets Out of Shelters

I just discovered a new service that addresses this sad situation. Since launching in 2015, Get Your Pet–an online adoption community–has saved 15k pets from seeing the inside of shelters by comfortably transitioning pets from one good home to another. Get Your Pet is the simpler, smarter, and more humane way to help animals find new homes.

How Get Your Pet works

  1. Current owners who can’t keep their pets post pet profiles online
  2. Potential adopters browse profiles and select pets they would like to meet
  3. Current owners and potential adopters arrange a time/date/place to connect
  4. If both the current owner and potential adopter wish to move forward with adoption, we took the pet to a Get Your Pet veterinarian for an examination at no additional cost
  5. The adoption is finalized at the vet’s office and the pet gets a loving new home

Help for Adopting Your Shelter Pet

I know you don’t want to think about rehoming, so let’s talk about shelter adoption tips. I’ve posted about the topic on may occassions, and thought a roundup post could help.

Learn about the benefits of adopting senior pets. Here are 8 reasons for considering these golden oldies.

What about those less-than-perfect pets? Yes, they have just as much love to share whether they have three legs (Bravo-Dawg my tripod was a glorious boy!); or only one eye; or any other “perceived” problem. Check out this post on adopting other-abled pets.

Here’s a whole list on kitten adoption do’s and don’ts I hope you’ll use (or share) for those who need the help. Maybe not ready to adopt–but can you foster? You can check out all the glorious positives of fostering kittens in this post.

And if you want to adopt a puppy, review these tips for how to temperament test puppies to help choose your perfect pet match.

I hope you’ll never need to rehome one of your pets, and that National Adopt A Shelter Pet Month brings you the pet of your dreams.

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Earth Day for Pets: How to Celebrate Responsibly

FCC noticeIt’s Earth Day! Now, we have to be responsible because the Earth is the only place that has dogs and cats. Am I right? So how will you make Earth Day for pets a fun celebration? Shadow-Pup, Karma-Kat and I are encouraging everyone to do their part to help take care of this gorgeous planet we share.
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Dogs have very different ideas how to celebrate Earth Day for Pets. Have a hot-diggidy-dog? Build him a sandbox for legal excavation. Or let him help while you garden.

 🌏 🌲 🍃 Today, Shadow and I plan some gardening fun. And, I have a nifty new pet stroller so Karma-Kat will get to roll through the backyard to check out the sniffs. He’d like to become an adventure cat, so that’s a fun first paw-step.
I now receive an amazing amount of email “pitches” about every product you can imagine delighting your special cat and doggy buddy. While I simply don’t have time to write about them all, some stand out, so I wanted to share a few.

Earth Day for Dogs: Toys, Treats, and Fun

Squishy chewy puzzle toy!

I’ve loved the Planet Dog Orbee Tuff toys for years. These dog toys not only make dog tails wag with delight, they’re Earth Day friendly and use only recycled materials. Three of my dogs have played with the same Planet Dog toys–they last that long. I love this Snoop Treat puzzle toy–and it comes with free shipping from Chewy.

Be sure that your dog doesn’t over-do the exercise. The temps here in Texas get toasty. So for those extra hot days I plan to check out this new Petralyte Electrolyte beef flavored supplement for dogs. Think Gatorade but designed by veterinarians.

Shadow sez, “What about TREATS?” Have I got an Earth Day dog treat for y’all! Every hear of Jiminy Cricket? There’s now a dog treat company, called Jiminy’s, that uses an earth friendly protein source…crickets! Before you say “ew” and turn up your nose, remember the kinds of things your dog naturally munches. Heck, my cat loves crickets, too. The company has an entire line of cricket-protein dog treats, perfect for dogs with food sensitivities, and sustainable for the good of the earth. Learn more about Jiminy treats here.

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Even indoor cats enjoy celebrating Earth Day, just be sure the celebration stays safe!

Earth Day for Cats: Toys, Treats, and Fun

Karma sez, “What about the Kat?” Yes, it can be a challenge for indoor-only cats to enjoy the great outdoors. Enriching your cat’s indoor environment goes a long way toward keeping your cat emotionally healthy, and physically fit. You can find a bunch of enrichment suggestions on this post — something as simple as cracking open a window can get kitty’s purr going! Or, offer some window-perching ops like this kitty shelf from K&H Pet Products (currently on sale at Chewy.
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Give your cat a perch with a view for Earth Day.

Oh, and here’s another favorite for the cats in your life. I love the MAU brand because they use earth friendly materials cats love: sisal, real tree limbs, snuggly beds and cushions. And the luxury designs…oh meWOW! I’m saving up to get one of these for Karma-Kat.
MAU cat tree for earth day
My garden has started blooming, and my butterfly plants and hummingbird vines attract delightful creatures. I’m all for beneficial insects and critters but don’t particularly want them inside my house. I received information from Earthkind, a company that makes environmentally friendly and safe pest products. Always do your research before using such things. But I like the idea that Earthkind’s Stay Away repellents offer an earth first product. Learn more about them here.

Earth Day for People, Too!

Oh, and just an FYI, my husband and I got this nifty food composter several weeks ago (I was an early funder on their kickstarter). So we’re doing our part using Lomi, and feeding our garden better (while keeping the dog and cat table scraps to a minimum). Loving it so far–and they don’t have any sort of affiliate program, but did share this code 5J2O9IN2AC to get $48 off the unit (for one person only so swipe it quick!).

What can you commit to do to celebrate Earth Day for pets? Can you squeeze in an extra 15 minutes outside with your dog tossing the ball, or bring some leaves and buggy fun indoors for your cat’s enrichment? Set up bird feeders for viewing pleasure? Share in the comments your plans to celebrate #earthday.

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Pet First Aid Awareness Month: Pet First-Aid Audiobook Deal!

It’s national Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Those who follow this blog know I frequently post about the subject. One of my most popular books covers pet first aid in A-to-Z detail. To celebrate the book-birthday of the audiobook, I’ve discounted THE FIRST AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS from $16.75 to only $2.99 for this week only (4/17 –> 4/23), on these platforms:

I hope you NEVER need to use pet first aid on your furry wonders. But learning how to administer cat first aid or dog first aid literally means life and death for your pet.

Writing the Pet First Aid Book

Several years ago, I had the honor and privilege to interview more than 70 emergency veterinarians for my book THE FIRST-AID COMPANION FOR DOGS AND CATS. I’m humbled to have heard from many pet parents that the book’s information helped, and even saved cat and dog lives. Mee-WOW!

But pet first-aid and emergency care evolves, with improvements, new conditions identified, or even better techniques perfected. While the original print (and Ebook) texts continue to offer solid help to pet parents, I wanted to update the pet first-aid information with Fear Free Handling tips, and new information that has since come to light. While I pray you never need the information, this new audiobook format makes the pet first-aid veterinary advice available on-the-go, whenever and wherever you and your cats or dogs need it.

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WHAT’S IN THE BOOK

“Amy Shojai has created the definitive 911 emergency guide for pets. Long recommended by vets and pet parents alike, now she’s updated the content in an audiobook format to make helping your pet—and saving his life anytime and anywhere—easier than ever before. Every cat and dog lover should have their vet on speed-dial, and this audiobook on their phone. Highly recommended!” — Dr. Marty Becker, internationally known veterinary expert and founder of fearfreepets.com & fearfreehappyhomes.com

Is there an animal doctor in the house? Most likely, the answer is no. And when an accident or other emergency threatens your pet, every minute counts. Don’t be unprepared! Listen to The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats and learn:

  • Which over-the-counter human medications can help—or harm—your dog or cat
  • What to keep in your pet’s medicine chest in a downloadable PDF (many essential items are probably in your house already)
  • Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and updated CPR advice—step-by-step!
  • Fear free handling techniques to keep you safe and reduce your pet’s stress
  • How to quickly pinpoint what’s wrong with your pet, using the First-Aid Symptom Finder (Downloadable PDF)
  • Access the A-to-Z guide to more than 150 injuries and conditions, including: Abscesses, Bites from Animals, Car Accidents, Choking, Gunshot Wounds, Heatstroke, Hot Spots, Jellyfish Stings, Poisoning, and Snakebites

DOWNLOAD FIRST-AID ADVICE ON YOUR DEVICE!

Learn when to call the vet, which supplies or medications you’ll need, what immediate action you should take, and what you should do as follow-up care. The next time medical help is not quickly available, find lifesaving help with The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats on your audiobook device. It’s a pet owner’s second-best friend.

So — have you ever needed emergency and/or first-aid pet care? What happened and what did you do? Please share!

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I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers?  Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, and sign up for Pets Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give-aways and appearances related to my September Day pet-centric THRILLERS WITH BITE!

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