10 FUN FACTS ABOUT CATS ANG DOGS

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10 FUN FACTS ABOUT CATS AND DOGS:

1)      Dogs have fur whereas cats have hair. Fur is coarser and much thicker in diameter than hair.

2)      It’s more important to clip a dog’s nails than a cat’s because cats have retractable claws. Since dogs do not have retractable claws, there is more risk of infection due to claw damage from overgrowth.

3)      Dogs have a component in their saliva that heals wounds. Their saliva contains proteins such as histatin, lysozsyme and thiocyanate which help to prevent infections. Dog saliva also contains a protein called Nerve Growth Factor which grows and maintains cells. The latter allows for skin re-growth around a wound to have a dramatic increase in healing time.

4)      Dogs can subsist on a vegetarian diet whereas cats cannot. Genetically, cats originated in the deserts of Africa where they maintained a diet of raw meat and blood. Even drinking water has become a learned practice by domesticated cats as in their origin of the desert, water was scarce.

5)      Cats do not meow to each other; they only meow to get their person’s attention or the attention of other humans. They may hiss and growl at each other but this is a warning mechanism as opposed to regular communication.

6)      Whereas dogs, horses and humans can digest grains, cats cannot. As opposed to the initial three on this list, cats lack a digestive enzyme called amylase that is responsible for the breakdown of grains in the body. Most dry cat food contains a high amount of grains in its ingredients. When cats eat grains on a regular basis, they cannot metabolize them appropriately and they get metabolized as sugar. This poor metabolic absorption will create insulin spikes due to the sugars that are unprocessed in the cat’s body. After prolonged exposure to these grain sugars and insulin spikes, feline diabetes is almost always to follow.

7)      Cats purr for an array of reasons; not just because they are happy of hungry. Their purr registers in the Hertz scale in a range that has been studied to facilitate bone and muscle tissue growth in both the cats themselves as well as humans.

8)      Petting a cat or dog has been shown to increase the levels of oxytocin (the love hormone) in the human brain. In turn, this activity has a notable healing effect on depression, PTSD and other mood disorders.

9)      Almost all Calico cats are female; almost all completely orange cats are male. Their markings are gender-specific; they exist on the y and x chromosomes respectively.

10)   When dogs walk, their front left leg moves forward with their back right and their right front leg moves forward with their left. In essence, their arms walk forward in tandem with their opposite leg. When cats walk forward, they walk same arm, same leg. Right front moves forward with right back, left front moves forward with left hind.

How many of these did you know about? Can you think of any others?

9 SIGNS THAT YOU’RE AN OLD SOUL

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9 SIGNS THAT YOU’RE AN OLD SOUL
As many of us believe, we have lived lives before this one. Some have lived a few and some have lived a great many previous lives. According to spiritualist philosophy, we continue to reincarnate until we have become fully in alignment with our Divine essences. Each time we reincarnate, we learn certain lessons. We carry with us, from life to life, that which we have already learned in order so that we need not repeat the same trials unless we are still to learn from them.
Your past lives may not have occurred on Earth, or as a human. You may have been terrestrial, animal or any other Universal being. You may even have already completed your spiritual journey and have chosen to be reincarnated to lead others to enlightenment! Feeling like you don’t belong here on Earth is a very common feeling among terrestrial souls and souls who chose to reincarnate for the greater good of humanity. The unwavering desire to be of service to animals, humans and nature is another common sign of having lived the majority if not all of your necessary lives on Earth.
Many old souls have experienced past lives full or trauma and turbulence. Occasionally there will have been unresolved issues. This will be evident in any current circumstances that seem familiar, or include a feeling of “heart-wrenching”, “longing” or any such intense feelings. We may be drawn to certain places and certain people in this lifetime to work out those unresolved issues.
Other old souls may remember lives of joy, celebration and wealth where they lived and loved. They, too may be drawn to certain people and places as a result of SOUL RECOGNITION- meeting someone for the first time and feeling like you’ve know them before but can’t quite place it.
It’s always interesting to wonder how old our souls are and where and when we may have lived before. Here are 9 ways to tell if your soul has been around throughout the ages:
1) You are drawn to items from a time period before the one you’re in. These items can be antiques, movies with plots about a specific time period, art, music etc.
2) You have an innate understanding of the nonphysical realm.
3) You are naturally empathic and/or telepathic
4) You have a strong desire to travel to a foreign country and once you get there it feels like home, regardless of whether you have previously been there,
5) You are drawn to learn a foreign language that has nothing to do with your day to day life.
6) You can channel spiritual, nonphysical beings
7) You have little to no focus on material objects, and place your focus on living free of attachment
8) You have an innate understanding that all beings are equal and have tremendous compassion for each and every being on the planet (and in the Universe)
9) You have dreams that you are in a different time in a different place.
If you’re not sure where or when you have lived before and would like to know, there are a few ways to begin to delve into that realm. You can begin a meditation practice, a dream journal or even undergo hypnotherapy. You can begin a Shamanic Journeying self-practice, become a Reiki Master or other energy work practitioner or simply ask Spirit to help you remember, as long as it’s in your highest and greatest good!

 

 

 

5 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS SURPRISINGLY TOXIC TO DOGS

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5 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT ARE SURPRISINGLY TOXIC TO DOGS:

1)      XYLITOL- There is always hype surrounding sugar-free products being healthier choices for us on our daily paths to wellness. While this can be true for humans, many sugar-free foods contain a chemical sweetener that is TOXIC to dogs. This chemical is found in sugar-free peanut butter, sugar-free chocolate, gum, candy and many other regular household items. The sugar-replacement is called XYLITOL and is highly toxic to dogs. It can cause blood sugar lows and induce seizures. Make sure that you read all of your sugar free food labels carefully and keep the toxic ingredients out of reach of your dogs!

2)      ACETAMINOPHEN- any pain-killers, blood thinners, or other medicines that contain ACETAMINOPHEN should always be stored out of the dog’s reach. Though most human medicines may cause damage to dogs, Acetaminophen is particularly toxic.

3)      ANTIFREEZE- Obvious to most dog owners, antifreeze is a poison. Lesser obvious to most dog owners is that the taste of antifreeze is appealing to dogs. This makes them unaware that it can harm them. Pay attention to where you leave your cans of antifreeze in your garage or basement to ensure your dog stays away.

4)      TEA TREE OIL (also known as Melaleuca oil) – tea tree oil is a highly useful oil to have on hand. It is great for cleaning household items while being environmentally conscious. Please be aware that this oil is highly toxic to dogs (and cats). They do not have to ingest it for it to cause harm. If it is rubbed on their skin or paws, it is likely to rapidly absorb into their bloodstream and cause illness. Keep it away from your animals and where your animals put their paws!

5)      GRAPES AND RAISINS- grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure in dogs. Experts say that even a small amount can cause harm to some dogs. They are sweet tasting, so if left out your dog might want to try to eat them. Make sure they are out of reach!

These are only five of many common household items that unknowingly may cause an accident with your dog. There are many, many more to take note of! Before adopting an animal into your home, its important to do as much research as we can to ensure a safe and happy environment for all!

BEWARE AND TAKE CARE!

ANIMAL PSYCHOLOGY 101: OVERCOMING FEAR

 

 

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ANIMAL PSYCHOLOGY 101: OVERCOMING FEAR

It is extremely common for our animal friends to develop fears and anxieties due to their highly sensitive nature. For many people, it can be trying to live with animals who become anxious and fearful. In addition to it creating anxiety within us, it can at times be heartbreaking to watch.

I have been asked more often than not, how to communicate with an animal to get them to stop their fearful behaviour. Whereas I would love to have an “off switch” that I can use in these situations, there is no such thing. In fact, in these situations, the most tested and true methods of fearful behaviour treatment lies within patience and consistency.

As we may all be aware, the animal brain operates differently than the human. Of course there are many similarities, however one difference is the strength of their fight or flight reflex. Their fight or flight reflex is stronger due to generations of adaptation to environment and survival mechanism.

Many of our animal friends develop fears from living with humans. When studying cat and dog behaviour, we can safely say that common fear origins are noise, objects at speed (i.e. when walking toward a cat or small dog, she may run away because all she sees is your legs as posts- not part of you, her caregiver) and most assuredly abandonment and abuse.

Though fear originates from these sources, what affects our animals afterward is a trigger. Triggers are experiences that remind our animals of past trauma. In the case of an abused dog, when the dog sees a broom, he may cower because in his last home he was hit with a broom as punishment.

The number of animal fear behaviours is limitless. The good news is that there is one method that is easily accessible to all, if they commit to it. This method requires time, patience and understanding.

When we are working through fear with animals, we must ALWAYS go at the animal’s pace. If we speed through the exercises, we could frighten them even more and always be starting from square one. In order to go at the animal’s pace, it’s important to understand your animal and how she operates. The main point of any behaviour training when it comes to cats and dogs is to go one small step at a time. As humans, we tend to be in a hurry. Remember that animals live in the moment, only according to the clock of their bodies. This means that different animals will learn at different speeds, on their own time. Keeping this in mind, we may now go ahead with re-training our animal’s behaviour.

Any time we are working with our animal friends to conquer fearful behaviour, we must always understand the importance of going one step at a time as mentioned earlier. As an example, I have recently worked with a client and her dog who is afraid of being brushed. The dog is a large breed and sheds a lot. My client has tried repeatedly to brush her dog’s feet and he simply will not have it. The question here was- is the dog afraid of being brushed or is the dog afraid of the brush itself? To answer this question, we must bring the brush to the dog and see if he flinches. If he does not flinch at the sight of the brush, we know it is not the brush itself. The next step was to get the dog to relax while being brushed. I advised my client to go step by step with her dog. In this example, she would bring the brush out, set it down and walk away. The next day she would bring the brush to his lower shoulder and walk away. And every day after that she would go one inch more toward his feet from his torso. By breaking this activity onto small steps, the dog will not likely be as anxious.

This behaviour modification technique can be used across the board with the understanding that some dogs and cats may take longer than others to supersede their fears. Whereas some dogs may be ok going inch by inch, day by day, others may relate better to inch by inch, week by week. This is where our patience is of foremost importance.

In addition to your own patience it is always of great import to ensure that the rest of the household members are on the same page. As with any behaviour training plans, consistency is key.

Creating a well-thought out plan and staying consistent and patient with it is the best way to tackle any fear-based behaviour in companion animals. By taking the time to do so, you are taking the first steps to ensuring a peaceful and harmonious home for the whole family.

 

TOP 5 COOLING FOODS FOR YOUR ANIMAL DURING A HEATWAVE:

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TOP 5 COOLING FOODS FOR YOUR ANIMAL DURING A HEATWAVE:

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, food has energy. Not only does food have energy, but it also has three different types of energetic classification. Different types of foods have warming, cooling or neutralizing effects on the body. Especially if your animal is sensitive to the extreme temperatures of summer, you may want to consider adding one or two of the following foods to his/her diet during a heat wave:

5) Millet- millet is a grain. Though there is much hype about living a grain-free life, a small amount of THOROUGHLY COOKED millet in your cat or dog’s diet can do a lot to cool down his system! Make sure the millet is boiled to almost a paste before feeding. This will ensure proper digestion. Please be aware that in some animals, excessive millet causes constipation. Use a very small amount, increasing as necessary.

4) Broccoli- Any green, leafy food, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a “cooling food”. You always want to be sure to thoroughly steam the veggies before feeding. Cats and dogs have very sensitive digestive systems. If not cooked, the veggies can cause uncomfortable gas and bloating, and often the raw veggies will pass through the GI tract without being digested.

3) Kidney Beans- By feeding your animal fully cooked kidney beans, you are not only accelerating his digestion but you are also providing his GI system with a food that will help keep his core temperature down during the heat of summer. DO NOT feed your dog or cat canned beans. ALWAYS opt for bulk (organic if possible) raw beans and then boil them yourself. It may also be helpful to mash up the cooked beans before feeding as this will assist in your animal friend’s digestion.

2) Celery- Celery is nice and cooling. Some animals will not eat celery as is. If you are feeding one of these sensitive animals, be sure to steam the celery, grind or chop very finely and then add to your animal’s wet food so as to disguise it.

1) Honey- According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, honey causes a moistening effect in the lower intestine when ingested. As a result of this moistening effect, the GI system becomes cooler and more comfortable for your animal friend. Other benefits of honey include: mood regulation, acceleration of wound healing, anti-inflammatory properties, tissue growth stimulation (aids with cell damage/repair).

Please note: When introducing any new foods to your animal’s diet, always do so slowly and methodically. Start with a very small amount and add more as needed. All of these food supplements should be added once per day to wet food, using about 1/8 tsp to start.

If your animal’s tummy is far too sensitive to eat these foods as whole foods, you may find it to be beneficial to add bits of the foods to water or bone broth and freeze it. By making food ice cubes, your dog and cat will love to cool down from both the frozen cube and the yummy treats inside!

 

HAPPY FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN!

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HAPPY FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN!

This is a very powerful moon! This weekend’s energy is all about transformation. There is a strong pull toward breaking free of the old to make room for the new and higher. Because Capricorn correlates to finances, family and relationships, this is a very intense time. This moon is an excellent time to meditate and heal in order to transcend your own challenging emotions and belief systems.

This weekend’s lunar influence persuades us to choose between feeling victimized by our own feelings of insecurity or superseding them to take charge of our personal freedom.

The contradictory energies of the full moon in Capricorn and the Cancer sun can leave us struggling to find our ground. Though both Cancer and Capricorn are family-oriented signs, they differ greatly in the realms of logic vs. emotion. Capricorn, a grounded earth sign will draw our attention to finances and power struggles. Cancer, the Divine Feminine watery sign of nurturing will draw out our emotions. If we choose to succumb to both of these forces, we may find ourselves confused and unable to focus.

Capricorn is the “getting things done” sign which will encourage us to take charge of our projects. This particular full moon has a heavy Plutonian influence as well. Pluto is the celestial body which correlates to karma. The combination between the Capricorn full moon and the Plutonian energy will create a strong desire to push through old patterns. Pluto’s involvement with this full moon will allow us to get to the bottom of our feelings of lack of self worth and inferiority; whether they come from this life or lives past. It will allow us to begin to see ourselves in a whole new light- if we are willing to do the work.

On the bright side, because of Pluto’s influence on this intense moon, any new connections we make are sure to be deep and long lasting!

This moon has the authority to be highly transformational. It is our choice whether or not to rise to the challenge. The energies of the moon’s sign act as frequencies and influence the areas of your mind that relate to them. Be bold, be brave. Accept the challenge of working through those energies that no longer serve your highest good. Because what lies on the other side of the hard work is a gift, most beautiful!

YOU MAY BE ENCOURAGING YOUR ANIMAL’S BAD BEHAVIOUR! HERE’S HOW:

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YOU MAY BE ENCOURAGING YOUR ANIMAL’S BAD BEHAVIOUR! HERE’S HOW:

Inviting a companion animal to be a part of your family is a joy and wonder for most. However, after a short while, it can be easy to get to comfortable and forget that animals need a consistent environment even when the novelty of their company wears off! It can be very easy to slip into habits that may not be beneficial to you, your family and your animals. Here are 8 of many ways that you may be unintentionally encouraging your animals’ bad behaviour:

1)      Tug of war-By playing tug of war with your dog, you are encouraging a dominance struggle. What’s more, if you let him win, he will believe that he is the boss of you!

2)      Coddling-Many animals are fearful of loud noises. It is natural for us, as compassionate beings, to run over to them, take them in our arms and sing them to sleep on a stormy night. In reality what we are doing is showing our animal friends that they will receive positive reinforcement for getting scared. This will encourage them to remain scared of loud noises instead of realizing that the loud noises can’t hurt them and there’s really nothing to fear at all!

3)      Chasing your animal during playtime, or having your animal chase you- More often seen in herding dogs, when playtime involves a lot of chasing and fun related to chasing, you are indirectly encouraging your dog to act on his prey and/or herding drive. This could cause a regression in any behaviour training you have done to have your dog stop pulling on the leash when she sees a squirrel.

4)      Ignoring your animal’s warning signs, especially around children- While children are still learning about boundaries with companion animals, it is imperative to take note of your animal’s warning signs. Despite their best efforts to warn you that your children’s behaviour s becoming too much for them, they can often get spooked and lash out at your children. Obviously this is a terrible situation for everyone in the home as well as visitors! By paying CLOSE attention to how your animals respond to the way children are treating them, you can easily prevent unwanted behaviour. Housing both animals and children can be a tenuous balance that often results in an animal needing to be re-homed. This is a traumatic experience for you, your children and your animals. It is completely preventable if you understand how your animal communicates that he has had enough play time with your children. Remember that animals are “people” too and are not toys, dolls, climbing structures or stuffed animals. They will respond negatively to being poked, prodded, climbed on, shoved, jumped on, etc… wouldn’t you? It is our responsibility as household leaders to encourage respect of boundaries between our children and our animal friends.

5)      Feeding animal from table- By sneaking your animal table scraps, you are encouraging your animal to beg. You are encouraging him to eat human food which can be highly detrimental to his health. You are also opening the door for you animal to want to jump on the dinner table and kitchen counters, as he will believe that he has been given permission to eat alongside you in the same places you do.

6)      Yelling at your animals when they are doing something unacceptable- Your animal will see this as getting your attention, especially if you only show attention when she is doing something “negative”. Therefore, the behaviour will have positive consequences in your animal’s mind. On the opposite end of the spectrum, your animal may quickly become frightened of you if you yell! To stop undesired behaviour correctly, we must show her, not tell her. If your cat jumps on the counter and you wish for her to stop, place a cookie tray with coins on it. The noise of the coins on the metal will allow her to become afraid of the countertop, NOT you!

7)      Not giving your dog enough exercise- When dogs are not adequately exercised they will almost definitely act out. This is because dogs have a lot of natural energy. It is ALWAYS imperative that if you plan to bring a dog- especially a larger breed- into your family, that you plan your schedule around the dog’s need to exercise. If this is not something that your family can adapt to, do not get a dog. Being the human companion of a dog who is not exercised properly becomes a serious problem for the dog and subsequently the whole family.

8)      You don’t enforce the rules around other people/Inconsistency in training and rules between members of the household- Your animal will not understand why it’s ok to jump on you when you get home and it’s not ok to jump on visitors. Your animal will not understand why it’s ok to bark at passers-by when you have no visitors over and it’s not ok to bark when you do. Bottom line? Consistency, consistency, consistency of training!

9)      Holding the leash improperly- Your dog is sensitive to how you and the other members of your family hold her leash. You always want to come to a point with your dog where you are holding the leash in a relaxed way. You want to avoid clenching the leash to your body, or not giving your dog enough slack on the leash. If you are holding the leash in the above two ways, your dog is interpreting this as you not feeling safe. Your dog will bark at other dogs and people on your walks as she will believe she needs to step up to alpha position. Your dog will feel that she needs to protect you, and will do so by lashing out at oncoming dogs and people. In order to avoid all of this undesirable behaviour, you will want to implement an obedience plan with the other human members of your family so that you can all walk confidently together. The plan will be consistent and will train you and your dog to walk in a healthy and enjoyable way!

Any way you look at it, companion animals are a blessing to call part of the family. They provide comfort, joy, loyalty and relentless love. However because human nature is secondary to them, they do need a little extra training, understanding and patience!

Before we get upset with our animals about their behaviour, it’s important to examine whether we are the underlying cause. What can we do to set our animals up to succeed?  Setting our animals up to succeed is a key component to a happy home for all involved!

IS ALKALINE WATER SAFE FOR CATS AND DOGS?

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IS ALKALINE WATER SAFE FOR CATS AND DOGS?

There is a lot of hype about the benefits of drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water is said to balance out the body’s acidity.

If we look back to high school science class, we may remember the PH scale of acids and bases. If you remember, acid, a corrosive is 1 and milk of magnesia, a base, is 14. It is proclaimed that the healthiest body systems maintain around a level 7 PH.

Many people believe that in today’s food market of fast foods and other poor health choices, our bodies contain a higher level of acid than they should, and that drinking alkaline water can help to balance out our PH levels. They even go on to say that consumption of alkaline water will boost our metabolisms and allow out bodies to absorb nutrients more easily.

ALKALINE WATER AND OUR ANIMALS

Most consumers are completely unaware that processed cat and dog food (even the best quality) contains a high amount of magnesium- the opposite of acid; acid being the reason companies are marketing alkaline water. In fact, many cat food brands especially have been under the microscope for adding too much magnesium to their wet foods. You may be wondering what little old magnesium could do to harm an animal? Simply put, magnesium increases the amount of ammonia in an animal’s system. If the ammonia level in an animal becomes too high for her or his body, painful results are likely. This is because ammonia is extremely high on the PH scale and puts the animal’s body systems in jeopardy. Painful urination, bladder crystals, UTI’s, bladder stones, even kidney stones and eventually kidney failure are possible. If these symptoms are caught early enough they are completely reversible by your holistic animal care practitioner. If you fail to notice the symptom building over time, this can be fatal.

Given that alkaline water is also high on the PH scale as we discussed earlier, combining the two- store bought processed food of ANY nature; from the lowest to highest quality and alkaline water, we can absolutely cause sudden and permanent damage to our animals if we are not careful. Cat food is much higher in magnesium, and they do retain it more than dogs and dog food. However, both cats and dogs are at risk here.

The next time you hear about alkaline water, even though your heart may be in the right place, keep it away from your animals!

TOP 5 “FIRST AID FOODS” FOR DOGS & CATS

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TOP 5 “FIRST AID FOODS” FOR ANIMALS

It’s summer! This means our animal friends are itching to go outside. And when they do, they could get themselves into trouble. Whether it’s an encounter with another animal, an encounter with sharp branches, or any other kind of cut and scrape, we can be sure that they more they play outside, the greater the risk.

To keep our animal friends indoors if they are used to being outside would be cruel. So what do we do when they come to us with cuts and scrapes? We could go to the vet, sure. But is that really necessary? Did you know that you probably already have several items already in your home that can treat minor cuts and scrapes? If you don’t already have them, by stocking your shelves with a few of these holistic remedies, you can avoid the unpleasant-for-your-animal trips to the vet and of course those costly vet bills.

Here are five common “first aid foods” that most have in our homes that can be helpful in a pinch:

1)      Coconut oil- Coconut oil is often considered a “miracle food”. This is because it has o many wonderful uses for healing (for animals and people) that it should be a staple in anyone’s kitchen. Coconut oil is full of Omega 3’s & 6’s which are essential to anyone’s diet. Especially in the summer heat when our dogs and cats can easily become dehydrated, coconut oil helps to retain moisture in the skin and coat. As well in the dryness of winter, coconut oil does the same. Did you know that water does not always hydrate our animal friends? By adding coconut oil to the diet a couple of times per week, you will be helping your animal to stay hydrated. It is very important to note here that coconut oil is high in fat. This means that only a very small amount of the oil is necessary to make a difference in health. This oil can also help to fight of harmful bacteria in the system, promoting longevity and healthy quality of life. Lastly not least, coconut oil acts as a sunscreen. Even though our furry friends have fur and hair coats, they also have exposed skin on their noses and other areas of their bodies; particularly lighter coloured animals. Applied topically, this oil is a safe and natural sunscreen!

2)      Manuka honey- Manuka honey (as opposed to other honey) is particularly helpful. This honey is made by New Zealand bees from Manuka plants. Manuka honey is a known antiseptic which means that applied topically to wounds, it treats against harmful bacteria. Manuka honey also repairs tissue damage due to trauma such as minor cuts and scrapes. Additionally, Manuka honey has anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it can reduce swelling of injury, and even reduce swelling of sore joints and muscle tissues if ingested. Though most honey has these qualities, Manuka honey is far more potent due to its elevated levels of hydrogen peroxide and methylgloxal (MG). These aspects are more potent in Manuka honey because of their high concentration in Manuka flowers.

3)      Plantain- Plantain looks like a small banana. Though it can be used for cooking, the leaves also have a myriad of medicinal qualities. They treat sunburns, stings, bites, and breakouts. Also, when applied topically, they have anti-inflammatory properties. To exemplify, they can reduce inflammation of swollen joints, muscles and sprains among others. Plantain leaves are high in tannins which are toxic for animals to ingest. This means that if applied to the skin, the leaves must be wrapped in cloth so that the animal does not accidentally ingest the leaves. To achieve the highest benefits of the plantain leaf, it is best applied beneath a warm or cold compress, depending on the nature of the injury.

4)      Turmeric- Turmeric is another wonder-food. It has many benefits when both applied topically and ingested. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. To benefit from this quality, it must be ingested over a period of time to take effect. This means that we must add a small bit to our animal’s diet every day as it has a cumulative effect. Some of the benefits of turmeric for animals include; arthritis, joint pain, stomach pain, heartburn, intestinal gas, diarrhea, bloating, jaundice , IBS and more. By adding turmeric to the diet of our animal friends, we can also reduce any chronic itching. However, to effectively reduce chronic itching, we must also add black pepper for efficacy. Turmeric is an excellent mouth cleanser for those with animals who have mouth infections or bad breath.

5)      White Vinegar- This vinegar is not just good for salads! It also has many household uses for you and your animal friends. By spraying the vinegar on your couch where the cat scratches, you will find a significant reduction in scratching activity! (Be sure to do a test area for staining first!). Also- if you are the fortunate companion of a horse or dog who always has flies around, spray the animal with white vinegar- avoiding the face- and the flies will fly away. Vinegar is an excellent antiseptic. This means that if your dog or cat has a skin rash, you may find the either in pill form or topically, vinegar is a natural way to alleviate the rash. As an aside, white vinegar spray and baking soda eliminate litter box odour, in home “accident” odours and even skunk spray odour!

These are just five of many household remedies that most of us have in our homes. Instead of rushing off to the vet and potentially causing anxiety for you and your animal friends, give one of these a try next time your dog or cat has a rash, cut or scrape. He or she will be glad you did!

WHY DO CATS PURR?

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WHY DO CATS PURR?

Anyone who is a companion to a feline knows the magical healing power of a cat’s purr. The calming soothing sound of our feline friend’s purring can bring us back from the farthest reaches of depression and anxiety. And to cat enthusiasts, the purr brings us so much joy!

But why do they purr?

Cats, contrary to popular belief, do not only purr when they’re happy. They purr when they’re hungry, they purr when they’re scared, and they even purr to heal themselves. Studies have shown that not only do cat purrs heal the cats themselves, but they also show that purring heals humans! Elizabeth Von Muggenthaler, a bio acoustics researcher, conducted studies which indicated that the frequency of their purr is conducive to bone growth, pain relief and wound healing. In her studies, there was also sufficient evidence that the frequency at which domesticated cats and some wild cats purr was also therapeutic to repair muscles and tendons, ease breathing and reduce pain and swelling.

Other studies have shown that the purr of a cat can reduce blood pressure and relieve stress. Due to the precise spectrum of noise of their purr, its healing effects are noted across the board.

Did you know that a mother cat purrs during labour? This is how the kittens learn to purr. This is a continually learned behaviour for kittens, as when they are feeding, they press and flex their paws to stimulate milk flow. This is where the kneading behaviour is born! Cats will knead you, your clothes and their toys while they purr because this is how they learned to feed. It is one of the very first activities they learned.

Some domesticated cats have adapted their purr to a frequency of a human baby’s. This serves the cat well when attempting to gain attention from her people. Usually, cats will purr for attention when they are hungry or want cuddles. They will also purr when they see that we are in emotional or physical pain because they are inclined to do what they can to help us feel better.

Are domesticated cats the only cats who purr? The answer is no! A variety of bog cats can purr such as lynx, cheetahs and cougars.

Listening to your feline purr is one of the greatest treasures of cat companionship. No matter what our moods, they are always there to heal. Remember that just as our kitty friends love to heal our hearts and souls free of asking for anything in return, so too is it our responsibility to care for them in the best way possible.

By ensuring that they have proper rest, a nurturing home in which to live and feeding them according to their individual needs, we are replenishing all of the energy they selflessly spend healing us!