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Pet First Aid Kits

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First aid kits aren’t just for people. Cats and dogs need them too. April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month, which makes this the perfect time to make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit ready for your furry pal in case of a medical emergency. The good news is that you don’t have to buy tons of special or expensive pet supplies to be prepared. Much of what you need can also be found in a regular first aid kit. You can even buy two of the same first aid kits for both your family and your pets, and designate one for each. Just remember to store them in separate areas too so you don’t accidentally mix them up. What exactly should your pet first aid kit consist of? Check out this helpful AVMA article from the American Veterinary Medical Association to find out exactly what you should keep in your dog or cat’s first aid kit.

Pet First Aid Awareness

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Ever wonder what you would do if your pet had a medical emergency and you can’t get him to a vet immediately? It’s something that every responsible pet owner should think of just in case. In honor of April being Pet First Aid Awareness Month, check out this article on what to do for your pet in case of a medical emergency. It offers simple and helpful information on what to do if your dog or cat is choking, has stopped breathing or is injured.

Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month!

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and we at properpet want to celebrate your furry pal’s dental health by offering a variety of quality and affordable dental products for dogs. We carry everything from pet-friendly toothpaste and brushes to breath freshener and chew bones. Every item in our selection is designed to improve the dental health of your pet. Plus, with our wide selection to choose from, you’re bound to find at least one dental product your little pal will love. So make your pet’s dental healthy a priority starting this month. Browse our selection of pet dental products to find exactly what he needs.

An Easy Way to Calm your Cat

As a cat lover, I’ve come across more than my fair share of crazy felines. You know, those cats that constantly freak out, run around or scurry away every time someone who isn’t their owner nears them.

My boyfriend’s cat Athena happens to be like that. She’s a lovable and ridiculously soft little furball, but she becomes pretty agitated when someone she isn’t familiar with tries to approach her. It actually took her a few months to even get used to being around me.

Luckily there’s an easy way to calm an anxious kitty: grab it by the scruff of the neck. Yes, it sounds harsh, but it’s not. Cats are grabbed there as kittens by their mothers, so they are used to the feeling. I tried it the other day on Athena while she was running around panicked and it worked. I approached her slowly, then knelt down and grabbed her firmly (but not roughly) by her scruff. She immediately seemed more at ease and relaxed. She didn’t try to claw her way out of my arms, unlike the previous times I tried to grab her while she was nervous. She was fine as long as I held her gently in one arm and used my other hand to grip her scruff.

So the next time you notice your cat flipping out, try this technique. Be careful though. Stay calm and be as gentle as possible when you approach. Walk up to them slowly and gently to calm them. That’s what I did with Athena, and it was much more effective than those times when I chased after her as she ran away. Extend your arm toward them and immediately grab the scruff. Hold it firmly, but don’t squeeze incredibly hard, just enough to get a solid grip. Most cats will then calm down and remain that way for as long as you hold them. Also, be prepared for the cat to jump away from you the moment you let go.

Here’s a quick youtube video of a variation of this technique. A veterinarian discovered that applying a large office clip to the scruff of a cat’s neck eases agitated cats.

How to Stop your Cat from Destroying your Christmas Setup

With the holiday season in full swing, you probably have your Christmas tree set up, presents wrapped and your home decorated. And if you’re a cat owner, you’re likely familiar with the havoc your feline friend can wreak on your festive decor. With all the shiny, flashy adornments all over the place, it’s impossible to keep him from swiping, swatting and jumping on your Christmas display. So what are some holiday items that your cat may get into, and what can you do to deter your kitty?

1. Low-hanging Christmas tree ornaments. It’s a guarantee that if your cat is drawn to shiny, flashy objects, he will knock  low-hanging ornaments off the tree and possibly break them. Keep ornaments toward the top of the tree, especially delicate ones. The higher they are, the less likely it is your cat will reach them.

2. Dangling decorations. The Christmas tree isn’t the only thing vulnerable to your cat’s pouncing and swiping tendencies. Any decorations that hang or dangle are a prime target for your kitty to bite, swipe or jump at. If you do want to hang items like stockings, wreaths, beads, ribbons, etc., make sure you put them in a high place that your cat can’t reach or climb to.

3. Christmas tree. A lot of cats love to climb and some are daring enough to try this on a Christmas tree, which can be disastrous if your pet manages to knock it down. Put a pet gate around your tree so your cat isn’t able to get near it.

4. Gifts. Your kitty’s claws can do a number on presents under the tree. Not only does it ruin the surprise if your cat shreds already-wrapped gifts, but it could damage the actual presents too. Use the aforementioned pet gate to help in this instance too. Just make sure that all gifts are inside the gate tucked under the tree, out of your cat’s reach.

10 Gifts of Christmas

Including today, there are 8 days lefts in properpet.com’s 10 Gifts of Christmas. It is not to late to kick off your holiday season with the 10 Gifts of Christmas, where we are offering you and your pet great deals on gifts. To receive these exclusive deals you can sign up for Properpet’s e-newsletter.

10 Days of Christmas

Kick off the Holiday season with properpet’s 10 Days of Christmas. Sign up on our properpet e-mail list and for the next 10 days, we will offer great deals and savings on all sorts of fun products for your pets and yourself!  You can catch these exclusive deals here, Facebook or Twitter for the next 10 days.

The First Day of Christmas Proper Pet brings to you:

Ceramic City Pets Bowls and Treat Jars from Petrageous are idea gifts for your dog or cat this season. Made from hand-crafted 100% stoneware that meet FDA standards for the health of your pet. Each bowl and treat jar features an elegant design for a classy look in your home.

Finding the Right Pet for your Child

We’ve all likely asked for a dog or cat at some point when we were children. I remember I wanted a dog when I was six and my parents said I was too young to handle the responsibility. At the time I didn’t understand, but choosing the right pet for your child is an important step in making sure both your child and your pet are happy and safe. The ASPCA recently published an article that offers some suggestions on how to pick the right pet for your child.

The article broke down each age group.

  • Pets for Infants: Infants are unable to grasp the concept of pet responsibility. If you already have a pet when your infant is born, be sure to properly introduce your child and your pet to each other. Supervision is key. As your child and pet get to know each other, generally increase the time the two spend together.
  • Pets for Toddlers: The ASPCA suggests pet owners look for pets that can be handled in a way conducive to a toddler’s way of learning. Toddlers grasp and tug to learn about their surroundings. A pet that is sensitive to having its fur pulled may not make the best pet for a toddler. Always be alert and supervise your toddler and your pet when they are together. The ASPCA also reminds parents to watch your pet’s food and water bowls, litter boxes and other items (such as cords, tanks, etc.) since toddlers can move quickly and are curious about new things.
  • Pets for Ages 3-5 Years: Since children at this age are learning about contact and empathy, it’s best to choose a pet that likes to be held and touched. The ASPCA recommends a pet like a guinea pig since they enjoy being held and are not standoffish. This avoids any uncomfortable confrontation between your pet and child.
  • Pets for Ages 5-10 Years: Children in this age group tend to have short term attention spans. Animals such as fish or gerbils are the ideal animal. These types of animals are perfect for educating your child on the importance of proper hygiene when handling pets. It’s also a good age range to teach responsibility when it comes to caring for a pet.
  • Pets for Ages 10-13 Years: This age group tends to have a greater interest in animals and ability to grasp the responsibilities of owning a pet. Preteens are usually old enough to handle larger pets like dogs, cats or rabbits. They are also able to take on added involvement with a pet such as cleaning, feeding and exercise.
  • Pets for Ages 14-17 Years: Since teenagers tend to be quite busy, a pet that requires frequent attention and time is not necessarily ideal for either the teen or the pet. Animals like birds or fish are easier to care for with a busy schedule and don’t always require constant care.

Sometimes it’s more than just choosing the right pet for your child. Making sure both your child and pet are happy and safe is key. Before you introduce a pet to your child, it’s always wise to keep these suggestions in mind.