Fussy Eater? Finding The Right Food For Your Dog

If you haven't been to one of the new pet supermarkets yet, you're really missing out. Just one look at the premium pet food section should have you convinced that the whole coddling-your-pets thing has perhaps gone out of hand. Premium pet food is often stuff that's prepared with far more attention to taste, nutrition, special needs and presentation than most people get to enjoy at dinnertime. They even have special low-fat, gluten-free and anti-allergy pet food. There are foods that are designed for pets with sensitive stomachs, for pets that are really young or really old – you have a whole galaxy of choices when it comes to high-class pet food.

Of course, our pets are important and well-loved members of our families. They give us much-valued companionship, joy and emotional support. We certainly want to make sure that they are fed well and that they have all they need. But when you go buy special premium pet food that claims to be made with four vegetables, three kinds of meat, cottage cheese, sprouts and brown rice for your puppy, and it doesn't seem to agree with the puppy’s tummy, how do you even know they’ve used any of it? When you trust business houses to do the right thing with no way of checking, almost all the time, they try to get away with something. For instance, you read reports about how expensive major brand multivitamins from the likes of Wyeth and Glaxo often don’t have the vitamins claimed on the label. How difficult is it to judge if your pets are really getting what they should and if they feel good for it? We all want to ensure our dogs are getting the right food, for a great range of choices check out this website.

Not to mention, our pets are really too coddled with food. Veterinary authorities in America have estimated that one out of two pet dogs or cats in this country are as overweight as Garfield (not their exact words) and at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Do we even know that premium pet food is even a little better than ordinary pet food? In the above study on multivitamins, they found that generic brands were far more truthful on their labels than the big companies. In the case of sunscreen, no-name brands regularly beat out expensive brands like Neutrogena for instance, in tests by consumer groups. How can you trust businesses to do the right thing by your pet that can't talk back?

In a new book called Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat, the author says that premium pet food is always made out of the byproducts of human food production processes. And that's a fact even if the label claims anything to the contrary. There is no government authority or anything that looks out for your pets and what they get fed by the big companies. The only authoritative nutritional guidelines you have in all of this are the ones published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If your dog food doesn't claim to be follow the guidelines offered by this group, you shouldn't buy that product

Cat Expert’s View on How to Stop Cats from Spraying

Being a cat expert, one of the questions that I get asked most by the people is how to get their cat to stop spraying. Just like with every other thing in life, the solution to this problem of how to stop cats from spraying does not come in one-size fits all remedy. What is causing your cat to spray may not be what’s causing another cat to spray.

In all my professional and personal experiences with cats, I have, however, noticed some common stuff which I think causes cats to spray. One of the most common ones would be the litter box itself. A lot of people complain that their cat just does not use the litter box and so spraying is just what she is going to do to relieve itself.

So let me break it down for you. There are many reasons your cat is not using the litter box. You might not have placed it in the right place. If you put it in an unfamiliar place around the house, it would feel uncomfortable going there and rather spray. You might not be cleaning the box out and it stinks which means the cat would not go anywhere near it. Also, people who own more than one cat should know that you don’t just give each cat a separate box. Rather, you put an extra one out there as well. Why that works is beyond me. If your cat used to pee in the box and you’ve noticed that it does not anymore, the spraying may not be due to social factors at all. It is very much possible that your cat is facing health problems.