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In the Dog House: How to Prepare Your Home For A New Pooch

In the Dog House: How to Prepare Your Home For A New Pooch

*This post may contain affiliate links* There is no doubt that after watching hundreds of cute videos on YouTube, getting a dog of your own can seem like the best idea in the world. They are loyal, adorable and will do all kinds of funny […]

Boost Your Body Confidence

Boost Your Body Confidence

*This post may contain affiliate links* You sure know a confident woman when you see one, don’t you? She may carry herself in a particular way and just looks incredibly comfortable in her own skin. Almost sure of herself and her ability. Of course, this […]

Can Cats Love?

Can Cats Love?

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The stereotype is one so cemented in our thoughts that it sparks multiple internet memes. The two most popular household pets are split into the following category:

Dog: thinks you’re amazing, relentlessly seeks your approval and deeply loves you. When you go out, your dog will wait high with anticipation and be delighted when they see you again – even if you only left for five minutes.

Cats: don’t really think about you at all, unless they’re hungry or want something. Cats don’t care about much. Their only response when you return from a six-month holiday is a bemused “did you leave?” and then miaowing for food.

So that’s the split: dogs love you, cats don’t really care. Is it accurate?

Yes and no.

It depends on how you define love. When they are afraid or upset, dogs will look to their owners for reassurance. Cats won’t. Studies have been done that link this need for comfort to the idea of love, but it’s not the best way of judging things.

Cats can love humans; can become very attached to them outside of seeing them as heat and food providers. Cats can get separation anxiety if separated from their human, as many vets and cattery owners will have witnessed during overnight stays.

Of course, cats can love. No, it’s not the exuberant, jumping-all-over-you love that a dog exhibits – but it is love.

If you’re still not feeling it, then there’s reassurance in the way that your cat behaves towards you. If they do any of the following, you’re okay by their standards, and they see you as someone to be trusted. If that’s not a definition of love, then what is?

1. Approaching You With Their Tail Held High

Cat body language is hugely focused around the tail. It can show if they are being defensive, aggressive – or just plain pleased to see you. If your kitten or cat walks towards you with their tail held high and vertical, then that’s their way of saying: “what are you doing? Can I join in?”

2. Nipping You

Note there is a big difference between an affection nip of teeth and a bite. A nip won’t hurt; it’s usually done when you are grooming your kitty, a mutual sign of affection. It more tickles than hurts and should be greeted with warmth.

3. Nuzzling You

Cats have a huge amount of scent glands on their face, and when they nuzzle something, they are marking it as their territory. If they nuzzle you, they’re saying that you’re included in their gang.

4. Dozing On You

If a cat lays down on you and dozes, then they have a massive amount of trust in you. Cats are most vulnerable when they are dozing or sleeping, and if they are willing to do that while occupying a space with you, it’s an intense sign of love.

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Bringing Your Kitten Home: Are You Ready?

Bringing Your Kitten Home: Are You Ready?

*This post may contain affiliate links* Cats are among the most popular pets in the world, and it’s no surprise. These curious creatures are affectionate and playful, and they can quickly become your best friend. If you’re waiting to bring a kitten home, it’s essential […]

Heading East: Some Essential Tips for Exploring Asia

Heading East: Some Essential Tips for Exploring Asia

*This post may contain affiliate links* If you are thinking of taking a trip to Asia, you should be aware of some essential tips. This is so that you can get the most out of your visit and come back with good memories. Asia is […]

Tips and Tricks For a Healthy, Happy Hound

Tips and Tricks For a Healthy, Happy Hound

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When you get a dog, you make a commitment to love and care for it for its entire life. Dogs are hardy creatures and in most cases don’t suffer from too many issues during their lifetimes, however, sometimes things can go wrong. Preventing what you can and getting the right treatment is crucial for a happy pooch. Here are just three of the ways you can ensure good health for your dog.

Socialize Them Well as a Puppy
Puppies that are well socialized grow up to be happy, balanced dogs. They’re not fearful or aggressive and don’t display unwanted behaviors such as chewing or destruction. Get your pup used to the bath, the vacuum cleaner, the door being knocked. Take them on public transport and in the car. Let them meet children, adults, dogs, cats and other animals. When they’re puppies, they are very adaptable and will grow up without fear or aggression over these things as they will be so used to them. If you already have a dog who has problems, then it’s too late to take advantage of this, but do what you can. Introduce them to new situations gradually and allow them to feel safe and relaxed. If your dog is showing signs of phobias or isn’t responding well, get the advice of a professional dog trainer.

Feed Them Good Quality Food and Treats
Many dog foods contain grains, which dogs don’t get along with. It can cause itchy skin, infected ears and general discomfort, this is because grain and wheat can lead to yeast overgrowths. The benefits of a raw diet have been well documented. However it can be time-consuming to get right and not to mention expensive. If you don’t have the time or inclination, opt for a good quality dog food. It should contain meats and vegetables, no cereals, ash or other fillers which bulk it up without adding any goodness to your dog’s diet. You can find advice on feeding and other aspects of pet care on sites like YourFamilyPets.com.

Look After Their Teeth
Dogs can suffer from dental problems just like us. They often occur in older dogs after years of accumulated plaque causes damage. You can reduce this from happening by brushing your dog’s teeth, it doesn’t have to be every night but on a regular basis will help to keep the bacteria down in their mouth (use a toothpaste designed for dogs- regular mint will taste very strong to them!). Getting your dog used to this as a puppy is ideal, some older dogs will completely refuse it, and so it might not be an option for everyone. Other ways you can ensure your dog’s teeth stay at their best is by making sure they don’t eat things containing sugar. Sugar is bad for dogs weight and can cause diabetes and other health issues as well as problems with teeth. Most human food contains some form of sugar so be wary when feeding table scraps. Giving them raw bones and dental treats to enjoy will also help to clean their teeth naturally without the stress of using a toothbrush. If you’re noticing very bad breath or them struggling to eat, they might need extractions and their teeth cleaning at the vet. This has to be done under anesthetic which can be risky in some cases, so trying to avoid getting to this stage is always best.

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Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves With DIY Beauty

Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves With DIY Beauty

*This post may contain affiliate links* Image source Visiting a beauty salon is a lovely treat that many of us enjoy regularly as a reward for all the stresses and strains we have to deal with every day. However, it’s not always possible to make […]

Ways To Bring Wildlife To Your Garden

Ways To Bring Wildlife To Your Garden

*This post may contain affiliate links* Image Source A garden is a private escape into nature. For animal lovers, it can be a chance to watch wildlife grow and flourish. However, fail to treat your garden properly and it may not attract any animals at […]

Planning Your German Holiday? Here’s Where To Go And What To Do!

Planning Your German Holiday? Here’s Where To Go And What To Do!

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As the beating heart of Europe’s economy and the center of World War II history, Germany may seem like an austere and serious place to visit. But once you’re there you’ll quickly realise that this somber aura is a total misconception. Germany is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture, romantic fairytale castles, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city nightlife.

Let’s explore some of the most ‘wunderbar’ highlights!

1. Berlin

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We’ll begin, obviously, with the country’s capital. Berlin has a dramatic and torrid World War II and Cold War history, which it has bravely made no effort to water down or hide from tourists. Portions of the infamous Berlin Wall are still there to see near Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie, the latter of which also has a charmingly tiny museum that is absolutely bursting with Cold War history. For World War II history, the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial are incredibly moving and humbling places to experience. The flipside to Berlin’s historical sites is its healthy club scene after the sun goes down, fostered by an eclectic and bohemian culture that started to emerge post-Cold War as the city became a hub for diversity and creativity. Make sure you visit www.etias.com to take advantage of visa waiving before travelling, too.
2. Neuschwanstein Castle

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In complete opposition to Berlin, Neuschwanstein Castle – one of the most photographed buildings in Germany – is a dreamy glimpse into the country’s romantic past. Sitting against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, it was built purely as a holiday-home for King Ludwig II of Bavaria (Germany’s previous name) rather than for military use like most castles, which is why it looks so picturesque. (Fun fact: it was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Magic Kingdom castle!)

3. Cologne

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Almost as popular as Berlin for urban culture, Cologne sits right on the Rhine River and is a haven for beautiful art, fun nightlife and a landscape populated by a mixture of buildings whose designs mesh the old and new together. It’s also particularly well-known for its gothic and medieval architecture, with its Twelve Romanesque churches and the striking Cologne Cathedral standing at its center, also serving as the city’s unofficial logo.

4. Rhine Gorge

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Between the cities of Bingen and Bonn, the Rhine passes through a stunning gorge. In late summer when the water is sky-blue, the trees are green and gold and the whitewashed buildings gleam in the sun, it’s really something magical to behold. Adding to this majesty are the forty (yes, forty) medieval castles, lush vineyards and quaint little towns that line its edges. The most famous attraction, however, is ‘Lorelei’ – a beautiful but deadly rock formation in the deepest part of the river. Hop on a boat to explore it properly…but watch out for Lorelei!

5. Rugen Island

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Rugen Island is the largest in Germany, connected to the rest of the country by the Rugen Causeway and Bridge from where it sits in the Balkan Sea. With its pretty beaches, lighthouses, Eastern European castle ruins, fishing, and National Park, it’s another stellar example of Germany at its most romantically scenic.   

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Considerations To Factor In Before You Decide To Get a Pet

Considerations To Factor In Before You Decide To Get a Pet

*This post may contain affiliate links* Alongside wedding days and children being born, a lot of people class bringing their pet home as one of those special days. It can be a pretty momentous occasion. Pets are wonderful to have and can really become part […]