Night owls

Is your cat keeping you up at night? Changing up his nighttime routine can help both of you get the rest you need. Try playing games with your cat throughout the evening. Remember that cats sleep better after a large meal—feed them their main meal before bed. In addition, make sure your cat is active throughout the day.

Special handling

Injured pets should be handled with special care to ease any pain and calm their nerves. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an otherwise gentle pet can be affected by pain and fear, which can result in it possibly biting.

Follow these tips when caring for your pet:

  • Don’t attempt to hug an injured pet and keep your face away from its mouth.
  • Perform any examination slowly and gently. Stop if your pet becomes restless.
  • If possible, try to stabilize injuries as soon as possible by splinting or bandaging them.
  • Consult your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic before moving your pet.

Nutrition for the birds

A balanced diet is important for a pet birds digestive system. A report from the University of Florida lists six major categories in order of importance that have to be digested in order to release the building blocks from which they are made: water, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, minerals and vitamins.

Recommendations for properly feeding birds follow the four common food groups:

  • Grains, typically in the form of seeds and pellets
  • Fruits and vegetables including corn, carrots, potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, melons, apples, oranges, berries, bananas, pears and peaches
  • Protein sources such as beef, fish, chicken, pork, eggs, beans and peas
  • Dairy products like low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt

Breaking down barking

Barking is a common complaint for dog owners. According to the Veterinary Centers of America (VCA), getting your puppy familiar with stimuli is the first step to reducing anxiety-induced barking. When socialization and habituation don’t correct the problem, VCA recommends these anti-barking devices:

Owner-activated products that include ultrasonic and audible devices, water sprayers or even a soda can with a few coins or pebbles inside

Bark-activated products also featuring water sprayers or ultrasonic and audible devices, with the added advantage of immediate and accurate timing

Bark-activated collars that emit a spray of air or citronella, in addition to audible or ultrasonic training collars)