Dog Hopping – What Does it mean when your dog is hopping on 3 legs?

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Is your dog hopping? Or lame on one leg?
It is likely that they are in pain, or something is not functioning properly.
The best thing to do if your dog is consistently hopping on 3 legs is to have your vet assess them first.
However I have written some ideas and tips to prepare you for considered outcomes.

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What Does it mean if your dog is hopping on a hind leg?

It depends on whether the hopping is intermittent or continuous.

Continuous Hopping or lameness – This is when the animal is non weight bearing on a limb. Its normally cause by an acute Injury or accident. This will need to be examined by a vet to confirm what is causing the non-weight bearing on the affected limb.

Intermittent Hopping or lameness – This is when an animal occasionally displays a lameness or hops off of a limb.
Again a veterinary examination of the limb is needed to confirm a correct diagnosis.
However likely examples of causes are luxating patella, Cruciate ligament tear or weakness, and osteoarthritis.

What should you do about your pets hopping?

As stated above Veterinary diagnosis of the exact cause is essential.
However you can look into physio and home management or even prevention options.

Even if your animal is diagnosed with one of the conditions stated about Physio rehabilitation therapy can drastically improve and sometimes even prevent surgical interventions.

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Resources to help you start some rehabilitation therapies at home.

How to give your dog a massage

Ways to help an Arthritic pet

Hip Dysplasia in dogs and ways to help them.

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Are Ginger Cats Always Male?

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Are ginger cats always male? No, although ginger cats are more likely to be male there are some female ginger cats.

Are Ginger Cats Always Male? No! Why Does It Seem We Only See Male Gingers?

The ginger colour gene is attached to an X chromosome, because of this ginger males are more common. They only require one copy of the X gene containing the ginger strain. This makes it easier for male cats to be ginger.

Females require two x chromosome genes and therefore need two copies of the X / Ginger Chromosome, statistically, this is less likely. making ginger females less common than males.

There are predominantly more ginger male cats than female.

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So it’s easy to see where this theory started. Male ginger cats are more common and the majority of ginger cats will be male.

Having a female ginger cat is almost rare… that’s pretty cool and makes having a female ginger cat something unique.

A combination of an epic name and a female ginger cat would be something to brag about to fellow cat lovers.

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Are ginger cats always male is a common question in the vet clinic and one I wasn’t sure of the answer too which is why I decided to research and then write this post.

Mystery solved. No ginger cats are not always male but more interestingly is how unlikely they are to be female.

Makes me want to celebrate the next female ginger cat I find! You can be sure I will snap a cute photo and post her ginger beauty on our fakebook page.

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Bedside Table Dog Beds

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I personally adore this idea! What a great way to have your dog in your bedroom but not actually on your bed.

Giving them a special place near you and also the practicality of it being bedroom furniture at the same time genius.

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BedSide Table Dog Bed

Bedside Woodend Dog Bed

With A Comfy Dog Mattress Inside This is the perfect piece to go next to your bed or anywhere. It can even be set up with a nice decorative plant on top.

The enclosed roofed in structure makes your dog feel private and secure while he sleeps.

Click here to have a look and get one of your own: Bedside Table Wooden Dog Bed

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Prefer One in Black? Check It out Here – Black Bedside Dog Bed

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Comfy Dog Mattress Options

A non slip memory foam mattress to fit inside your new bedside table dog bed.

Memory foam orthopedic mattress

Ortho bed dog

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Want your dog to also have a comfy head rest this mattress has it all. See it Here

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Best Dog For You Based On Your Star Sign

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Click Here To See Which Breed Best Suits Your Star Sign

Best Dog Breeds – The Most Popular

The most popular dog breeds of 2020 Include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Beagles.

Labradors have held the top spot for best dog for nearly 30 years!

What makes these breeds so popular? Click here and check my more extensive post on these breeds and why they are so loved.

What Breed Is Truly The Best Dog?

Labradors might be the most popular dog overall but does that make them the best dog for you?

The true answer is different for everybody. People get and need dogs for different reasons so there is no one dog that’s the ‘best dog’ of all of them.

However, everyone has the best dog breed to suit them and their personality which is why I created the Best dog for every star signpost. To help owners find a dog to match their personality.

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Best Dog Names

Finding the best dog name can be hard, it’s a big decision. whether you looking for something main-stream or more unique. Male dog or female dog I have written a list of both popular and uniques names to help you find the best dog name for your fur baby.

So what are some of the best dog names for you soon to be new puppy or adopted fur friend?

Well, you can check out my many lists of dog names here: Best dog names find the perfect name for your pooch.

More Dog related Content

Check out Fur Fun With Dogs, I created this page specifically for dog owners to find it easier to navigate this website and find what they are looking for.

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My Dog Has Upset Stomach Episodes Why? What Should I Do?

If your dog has upset stomach issues regularly, It could be food allergies. Regular upset stomach episodes are a common symptom of food allergies in dogs.

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My Dog Has Upset Stomach Episodes – What Are Food Allergies?

A Food allergy Is an immune system reaction, usually occurring after a dog eats certain types of food.
Common allergies include protein sources from meat. Grain allergies do exist but are uncommon in dogs.

Allergies are formed early in a dog’s life, as they are growing, and exploring different foods and meat sources.

What Are The Signs Of Food Allergy, Other Than My Dog Having An Upset Stomach?

Upset tummy or gastro symptoms are a sign of food allergies, but they are not the only one.

Also common is skin issues and flares. These include ear infections. Ear problems are indeed skin problems.

A common misunderstanding is that ears are separate from skin problems. Ears are in fact bone and cartilage covered by “Skin”.

Constant anal gland problems can indeed be caused by food allergies also.

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What Can I Do When My Dog Has Upset Stomach Episodes?

The best thing you can do during an episode is to move your dog to a plain simple diet. Something that doesn’t have multiple protein sources in it.

Often recommended is boiled chicken and rice. However, your vet has many diets available and designed to aid a dogs upset tummy. The best option is to talk to your vet and have your dog examined.

Also, make sure your dog has good access to water. Gastro episodes can be dehydrating on a dog’s body. Access to plenty of fresh water is essential if your dog has upset stomach symptoms.

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How Can I Find Out If My Dog’s Stomach Problems Are Food Allergies?

The best way to determine if your dog has a food allergy or multiple is to perform a food elimination diet trial.

I have written an in-depth post about how to complete a diet trail which you can take a look at here: Performing a true food elimination trial on your dog.

Be wary of trying grain free or raw diets to try and determine or help a food allergy. Not only are they expensive but they aren’t likely to help.

Grain allergies are uncommon in dogs and your dog is most likely going to be allergic to a meat protein source. Therefore moving to raw diets that contain multiple minced meat options will not help either.

Even moving to a single protein source won’t help. Often meats are cross-contaminated through manufacturing and preparations with other meat sources.

Luckily your vet will have diet options for you to perform a true food elimination trial on your dog correctly. These diets are created specifically and are balanced so your dog does not miss out on any key nutrients that they need.

Cat Years To Human Years – A Guide To 8 Different Life Stages.

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Wondering how old your cat is? Cat years to human years is possible to covert. See my 8 different life stages and how they convert into human years.

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Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 4 Months Old

Baby Stage – 0-4 In Human years.

This has got to be the cutest stage, at this age cats are just adorable little fluffballs. Generally weighing in at just 2kg or 4.5 pounds. Kittens at this age gain about 500g/ a pound a month.

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

Vaccinations need to be completed through your registered Veterinarian during this life stage.


Regular worming and flea treatments are also Important.
A well-balanced diet is crucial for your kitten’s growth. What you feed them now lays the foundations down for their future.
Talk to your kittens vet about a well-balanced growth diet.

Consider pet insurance why your kitten is young, if they develop any health conditions that require treatment for the rest of their life having insurance is very helpful.

Also any accidents or injury cover is useful.
Read policies and plans carefully, having hereditary conditions covered is a good plan, and especially in their early year/s.

Ideas To Keep Your Kitten Stimulated:

Puzzle games, moving toys, scratching posts and a comfy bed to sleep in are all your kitten needs to keep themselves busy and well rested.

You can check out my post here for ideas:
Cat love bed toys and furniture ideas for cats

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Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 6 Months Old

Child / Kid Life stage – 5-11 In Human Years

This is the ‘fun stage’ your kitten will love to explore and play during this life stage. Now weighing in at 3-4kg+/ 4-5 pounds depending on breed.

Now fully vaccinated your cat can start to explore outside and play with some bigger toys like a cat tree.

Hopefully you have them covered with good pet insurance. Although young and not prone to illnesses the same as in their later years. If your kitten was to develop a lifelong health condition or injure themselves. You will be thanking yourself for being organized with insurance.

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

Flea and worm treatments are still important to keep on top of.
DE sexing your male or female cat is recommended to prevent unwanted litters.
Microchipping your cat is also a priority, this way if they get lost and are found a vet has a way to find and contact you as the owner.

Now exploring outside consider a bell collar for your juvenile cat to protect wildlife and birds.
Although we want our fur babies to explore and enjoy nature, this way we can prevent them from harming it at the same time.

If you plan to keep your cat inside for longer or permanently, then check out these great cat tree options to help keep them stimulated and busy while inside.
Cat tree options for any cat.

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Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 1 Year Old

Teenager – 12-19 in human years

Now an Adult, your cat is well and truly involved in its world. They are finished growing but will still fill out more and continue to gain muscle. You may notice a change in fur color or density changes at this age.

By now you will know what your cat likes and doesn’t like when it comes to food and toys. Whether inside or out toys, scratching posts, comfy beds, and cat trees are great options to keep them busy.

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

Keep up with vaccinations when due, flea and worm prevention is a must, your cat may require regular grooming if they have a medium or long coat.

Keep your cat on a balanced veterinary recommended diet. Now fully grown they can swap to an adult life stage diet, talk to your vet about which diet is right for their breed and size.
Good nutrition can prevent health problems down the line so it is an investment in their future.

If not already done de-sexing is a must unless you are planning to breed. Preventing unwanted litters and also stopping a male cat from creating them is essential. Talk to your vet about getting your cat de-sexed.

Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 2 Years Old

Twenties – 20-29 in human years.

Adult cats require less work than kittens, they now know their way around and are settled into their environment. Fully grown and weighing an average of 4-5kg.

You and your cat now have memories and a bond, unlike when they where little and you where creating them. See some resources below to help you learn about your adult cat:

Do Cats Remember Family Members Long Term

Why Is My Cat Staring At Me

Why Cats Are The Best Pets

Tips To Moving House With Your Cat

All Cat Related Posts I’ve Written On One Page To Make It Easy

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

Keep up with vaccinations when due, flea and worm prevention is a must, your cat may require regular grooming if they have a medium or long coat.

A yearly health check with your vet to go over, diet, teeth, body condition, and having their heart checked via stethoscope is always a great idea. Make sure to book your adult cat in for an annual check over. This is also a perfect opportunity to stock up on flea and worm products.

Keep your cat on a balanced veterinary recommended diet.
At this life stage, a veterinary recommended Adult food is needed.
Good nutrition can prevent health problems down the line so it is an investment in their future.

Keep in mind now your cat is de-sexed they are more prone to weight gain. If keeping the pounds at bay is proving to be a struggle talk to your vet about neutered diets, these diets are lower in calories and designed for de-sexed cats.

Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 5 Years Old

Thirties – Forties – 30 – 49 In Human Years.

A 5-year-old cat is still in the “Adult” life stage. They are accustomed to you and their environment. Have their routines, likes, and dislikes. To which you are well aware of. Still weighing an average of 4-5kg your active cat is well and truly part of the family.

A middle-aged cat should be fit as a fiddle. If you have been following this guide from the beggining the your kitten de-sexed on time, kept on good nutrition from the start, and has had regular flea and worm control.
You have organised vaccinations when due and an annual check-up with the vet to look over you kitty.


Give yourself a pat on the back your an amazing fur baby Mumma/Dadda that is one lucky cat.

Feel like spoiling your adult cat further? Then take a look at these luxury cat gifts

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

Keep up the good work, schedule needed vet visits. Don’t forget to protect your cat from flea and worms, and remember prevention is cheaper than dealing with an infestation in your home.

Continue with good nutrition, it is an investment in their health. We are what we eat and that goes for your cat too.

During this life stage your cat will start to enter the geriatric life stage, aww I know that’s probably hard to read. Don’t we all wish they could stay 6 months old forever?

Nutrition wise their needs might change if they become less active then moving to a senior diet is a good idea. Also a yearly blood test with your vet is a great idea. This helps keep an eye on their basic liver, and kidney functions.

Detecting any health concerns or issues early makes a big difference in both treatment or management so don’t skip an annual check-up with your vet.

If you need any of my other cat-related resources you can find all cat posts on this page here:
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Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 10 Years Old

Fifties – Seventies 50 – 79 In Human Years.

Now officially a senior fur baby, you may have noticed your cat start to slow down in their daily adventures. Generally senior cats are just quieter versions of themselves.

Congratulations on taking care or your cat for 10 years!

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

Annual checkups and blood tests are a must. Older cats are prone to renal failure, diabetes, and more. Catching them early can help with treatment and management options tremendously.

A senior based diet is often lower in calories and proteins. Higher in omegas for joint health and mobility. If not already consider switching your senior fluff ball to a more suitable diet.

As always keep up with flea and worm treatments. Don’t miss vaccinations when due.
Joint supplements aren’t necessary if your cat is on the right diet. So always check with your vet before adding something new and potentially expensive.

Some useful resources for this life stage:

Luxury Cat Gifts For A Senior Cat

A guide on quality of life and when to let your senior pet go

Cat Years To Human Years – Cats At 15+ Years Old

Eighties – Centurion 80+ In Human Years

Wow well-done fur baby owner, you have cared and nursed your cat into the centurion life stage.

Now sadly in their final life stage its all about great TLC from here. Which to get this far you are an expert in. Lucky cat.

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Important things for owners to do and look for during this life stage:

TLC, vet checkups, and blood tests are a must. Older cats are prone to renal failure, diabetes, and more. Make sure to keep an eye on food and water intake. Activity levels will decrease so monitoring mobility and assessing your cat regularly is necessary.

A senior based diet is often lower in calories and proteins. Higher in omegas for joint health and mobility. If not already consider switching your senior cat to a more suitable diet.

As always keep up with flea and worm treatments. Don’t miss vaccinations when due.
Joint supplements aren’t necessary if your cat is on the right diet. So always check with your vet before adding something new and potentially expensive.

Some useful resources for this life stage:

Luxury Cat Gifts For A Senior Cat

A guide on quality of life and when to let your senior pet go

All cat related posts here

Cat years to human years

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  1. How old is a 7 year old cat in human years?

    They are in their Adult Life stage and in their 40-50 in human years.

  2. What is the average lifespan of a house cat?

    2-16 Years Old

  3. How old is a 5 year old cat in human years?

    They are in their adult life stage and considered 30-40 years old in human years.

  4. How old is a 2 year old cat in human years?

    They are in their adult life stage and considered to be in their 20's in human years.

  5. How old is a 1 year old cat in human years?

    They are considered a teenager at this age and around 12-19 years old in Human years.

  6. How old is a 15 year old cat in human years?

    They are a Centurion and are 80+ In Human Years

  7. How old is a 10 year old cat in human years?

    A senior cat at 10-15 years old is 50 – 79 In Human Years.

Month 6 Blogging Update

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Hay everyone, this one a little later than normal. Life has been full-on.
If this is your first time here check out my other months here: Blogging News Updates

To the blogging update. Month 6 has been strange. It started off swimmingly and then Pinterest threw another wobbly at me and now I’m in this weird, my accounts not flagged but somethings not right with it phase.

Im suspecting an algorithm update did not go my way. Unlike Pinterest jail, my traffic didn’t completely disappear just dramatically fell over the course of a few days. Gradually decreasing by about 70-80% sigh.

After joining some Pinterest groups I can see there are a lot of people just as frustrated as me and dealing with the same. So fingers crossed Pinterest gets it sorted and all will be well again.

Anyway trying to stay positive and I’m continuing to use the platform and try some new techniques.

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Seo has improved and continues to yay! I worked hard on AMP and updating my content and keywords. It’s slowly paying off which I’m pleased about.

I’ve signed up for amazon affiliate and giving it a go, at last, I’m nervous about their minimum sales needed within 128 days but I’m going to give it a crack. It has so many options for my niche and I love the products available.

I disliked being limited to products I hadn’t used myself or not having the options or styles I would recommend. It feels good to be able to promote stuff I would want or already have myself.

However currently I have not made a sale, perhaps affiliate marketing isn’t for me. But I’m happy to persevere for a bit longer and see what happens.

Im doing more research into it and building my knowledge as I fumble along.

Do Cats Remember people.

Omg, the spam comments people!! Crazy im getting like 10-20 a day! sooo frustrating. If your a spammer searching throughout this post you can just click the bright red x and leave. I will just delete you.

Ok rant done haha

Goals for this next month blogging.

Work on my email list.

Run a giveaway on Facebook to help boost my reach.

Create some giveaway content to help owners with skin problem pets. I have written a lot of great content on pet skin issues. I am proud of it so I would love for it to be getting more traction.

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That’s it from me, ill do another update in a month. Fingers crossed for success and fun.
As always, thanks for reading.

How to Include Your Dog At A Wedding.

I love the idea of pets being a part of a couple’s special day. They’re family after all and deserve to be there. I personally had my dog at our wedding and I cherish the photos and memories. Check out my tips, based on experience, for how to include your dog at a wedding.

How To Include A Dog At A Wedding

Tip #1 Including your dog at a wedding.

Make them the ring bearer!!

This is what I had my dog do at our wedding. The best man cut the rings off my dog’s collar and then handed them to our celebrant.

Family members love jobs, especially on a special occasion like a wedding. In my experience, I have found there aren’t enough jobs to go around.
So this is an opportunity for another job. Someone needs to be in charge of the fur baby.

It needs to be someone the dog is familiar with, so a family member or close friend is essential.

We purchased a special collar – This helped “Zack” our Australian shepherd, hold the rings. It was easy for my husband’s best man to cut the ribbon, release the rings, and keep the ceremony flowing seamlessly.

Dog Wedding Collar
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Since our wedding in 2017, there are many more options available. My favorites are as follows:

My Fur Baby was a boy but here’s a Cute Collar For Female Dog

Wedding Collar

Or this adorably neutral pillow to suit any dog!!

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Tip #2 Including A Dog At A Wedding

Have them come up the aisle. Whether it be before, during, or after, your dog can come running up the aisle with a cute outfit, flowers, a sign, or best of all just them beautiful selves.

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Having the distraction of watching your adorable fur baby trot or gallop up the aisle will break the ice before, add fun in between or be a beautiful finale to the ceremony.

There’s no loss in my opinion, even if they break loose and give everyone slobbery kisses, and cause a ruckus. Who cares? It is all fun and games? I mean why is anyone who doesn’t like dog kisses at your wedding anyway?

Check out these adorable options for outfits and accessories your dog can wear whilst they run up the aisle.

Dog Of Honor Bandana

Dog Of Honour

A Doggie Tuxedo

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I Do Too Bandana

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Floral Head Set For You Fur-Maid

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Tip # 3 – Including Your Dog At A Wedding

Just Having Them There.

If you don’t need them to have a moment in the spotlight, or your dog would prefer to just watch. Just have them there.

Designate someone they know well, to be there care for the day.

Having them there in something cute gives opportunities for photos and memories.

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Tip #4 – Including A Dog At A Wedding.

Have a photoshoot with the dog. If you have a shy or anxious dog that won’t cope with a ceremony environment. Arrange to have some time and photos with them.

Whether it be before or after the ceremony. With the bridal party or without. It is your specials day and if having your dog involved in some way, is what you want then do it.

I do not regret having photos with my dog on our special day. I cherish them and have them all over my walls at home now.

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Whatever you decide to do I wish you the happiest of days! Furbaby hopefully involved and dressed to impress, alongside their owners.

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Cat Tree’s – 10 Gift Ideas For Your Cat Or A Cat Lover You Know!

Cat Trees
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Are you looking for an epic cat tree for your cat? Or perhaps a gift for someone who loves their cats?

Well, I have searched and found a range from standard to amazing fun for any cat. Better yet they are all available on amazon how easy is that.

See my selections below to find the puuurrrfect cat tree for your cat!

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Standard Simple Cat Trees

If your budgets restricted or you have an older cat then these ranges are for you.
Not only are they affordable but they don’t have too many levels so are ideal for an older possible arthritic cat.

Also if space is tight and ideally you are looking for something that will tuck nicely into a corner.

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This next one is a bit more pricey but I love the style and I can Imagine an older cat-loving snuggling up in the big basket = )

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Fun Cat Trees For Busy Cats

Do you or your friend have an energetic young cat? Or is your cat an indoor cat and you want a fun entertaining cat tree to keep them stimulated and busy.

Do you work long hours and like knowing your cat has something fun to play with while you are out? Then take a look at these cat adventure trees.

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Insanely Outrageous and Cool Cat Trees

Looking for more of a epic cat playground than a tree? Then take a look at these more pricey options, but you get what you pay for!

Your adventurous cat or cats will enjoy exploring all the different levels and toy options available on these trees.

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How Giving A Raw Diet A Go Nearly Killed Our Boxer.

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Raw Diet Feeding Your Dog.

In my early days of veterinary nursing, I was quite impressionable, I had a great rapport with clients and still do to this day.

It is in those earlier years that one of my favorite clients managed to convince me to give raw feeding a go. They recommended a raw food supplier and advised me to purchase a mix of meat, carcasses, bones, and tripe.

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Now if you have read my other posts on this blog you’ll know I am no advocate for raw feeding, I don’t like to say I’m ‘anti raw feeding’ because everyone has their opinion and choices. Some people manage raw feeding their dogs just fine.

I am however very aware of the risks of raw feeding with no research or experience. It is a hot topic and its users are quick to defend it. Often quite aggressively. I’m sure I will get judgement and criticism in the comments for this post.

Raw feeding owners do not want to accept that science does not support raw feeding our fur babies. Sorry but until proven otherwise it is what it is.

I learned first hand by my own ignorance, and now every time I look at our precious Sasha I am reminded of my mistakes.

This post is my way of being honest and raw with potential owners. Especially if your thinking of giving a home-made or a raw doggie diet a go. I want to educate and encourage owners to do research and look at the science before starting a raw diet.

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It’s a hard one to swallow, to admit that I made a massive mistake. I pride myself on trying to give everyone, friends and family included only the best advice possible when it comes to their fur babies.

Yet every time I look at the discharge pouring out of our Sasha’s nose. I am reminded, of how I failed her when I decided to give raw feeding a go without looking at the facts.

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What Feeding A Raw Diet Without looking At The Facts Did To Sasha

Not only did Sasha lose a huge amount of condition/weight on a raw diet, but she also looked so unhealthy, and that’s because it was not a balanced diet for her.

 Dogs need the right balance of nutrients to support their individual needs. There are 6 major nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

These nutrients are essential to supporting their life and health. They provide them with energy and the building blocks for repair and growth.

Sasha also ended up developing a megaesophagus because of the raw feeding. Sadly this was not the only repercussion.

Sasha absolutely loved the raw diet, there is no doubt that dogs love raw meats. They are often highly palatable. However, humans love burgers, fried chicken, and Donuts. It doesn’t mean that they are good for them.

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Sasha’s megaesophagus was caused by eating large chunks of the raw diet. She loved it so much and was always sooo hungry at mealtimes. Every meal she was ravenous no matter how much we gave her. It was costing us a fortune trying to keep up.

She would scoff the raw diet food down as fast as possible forming huge lumps within her mouth and then try to swallow them. They would get stuck and she would regurgitate/vomit them back up causing damage to her esophagus over-time. This resulted in a megaesophagus.

We made attempts to slow her eating down cutting everything into small sizes and raising her food bowl up. We purchased a maze/slow feeding bowl and smush the meat chunks within it.

Even so once in her stomach it would still come up again even hours later meaning she still ended up vomiting. She would then attempt to re-eat and regurgitate the now large lump. It was a hot mess.

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We stopped the raw feeding not long after we had started. All up I think it was about 2 months maximum. However, the damage was done and secondary to the megaesophagus Sasha developed what’s called a Plasmasitic Rhinitis.

In English, that means that the stomach acid that would come up every time she regurgitated or vomited ended up damaging her sinuses. Causing her body/immune system to send a constant stream of mucus/fluid to flood her sinuses. In her bodies attempt to flush it out.

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Sasha is a boxer so a  brachiocephalic breed. Breathing is already made more difficult because of this. So constantly have a blocked nose filled with fluid is not ideal.

Because of this she also suffers thirdly from occasional aspiration pneumonia. This is caused by breathing the discharge down into her lungs and filling them up. We have nearly lost her twice to aspiration pneumonia.

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We are constantly managing Sasha and always assessing her quality of life. If we felt she no longer wanted to be on this earth we would end any suffering. However, despite these issues, she still gets up and enjoys every day. The minute she stops enjoying life we know what we have to do.

I will live with the guilt of the decision to give raw feeding a go without researching and seeking/listening to veterinary science. I was within the industry myself. Young, naïve and thought it would be fun to give it a go.

I know that some owners successfully raw feed for years. What I hope this post will do is prevent people from just giving it a go without thought or research as I did. I want people to think of the consequences and potential risks before diving in.