When a mother cat picks up a kitten by the scruff of the neck, the kitten goes limp. It’s an instinct that keeps the kitten from wiggling or trying to get away, when the mother has to make an important move. As it turns out, the instinct lives on in adult cats. You can utilize this when you want your cat to cooperate with you in some way. All you do is grab the loose skin at the back of the cat’s neck and lift up slightly. You don’t have to pick the cat up entirely by the back of the neck. In fact this might hurt an adult cat. By lifting slightly, you put the non-wiggle instinct into effect, then you can put your other hand under the cat to carry the cat or reposition the cat.
I am not sure yet – I haven’t experimented with my own cat enough – but I think there is another component to this instinct. I think it makes the cat more loving or accepting. On the few times I have tried it with my own kitty, he has become quite mellow, and purred louder as if knowing he is being especially cared for.
Interestingly, you can pull up on a cat’s neck when you want it to sit down. Just pull up for a moment then let the cat down – the cat’s feet will almost crumple and the cat will lower all the way down.
Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. If they eat as little as four ounces, their heart can beat so fast that they may suffer a fatal heart attack.
Dogs & cats don’t eat cereal in the wild. Many veterinarians believe that feeding them commercial pet food causes arthritis, urinary tract infections and many other common pet complications in old age. It may cause them to age more quickly also. They suggest feeding your pets as close to a natural diet as possible.
Pit Bulls, the breed of dogs which are mostly lovey, even-tempered pets, are sometimes bred to be vicious, and may be outlawed in England, meaning all of them in that country could be sentenced to death. There are 5,256,000 pitbulls in the United States, and approximately 9 million in England.
Some advantages of owning a dog for elderly people:
1. The well-trained large dog gives a sense of security or safety.
2. They have a good reason for regular exercise, walking the dog.
3. Touching your pet reduces tension and blood pressure.
4. The companionship of a pet alleviates loneliness and depression.
5. The feeding and caring of a pet provides an outside focus.
6. A pet also helps an elderly person feel useful and needed,
7. A pet gives a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Experiments have suggested that a dog’s sense of smell may be one million times more sensitive or accurate than a human’s.
Americans spend four times more money on dog food than on baby food.
If dogs were criminals, you could keep track of them by taking their nose-prints, which are as unique as human fingerprints.