Birthday Celebration Ideas For Your Cat
Mar 17
Birthday Celebration Ideas For Your Cat

As a beloved member of your family, your kitty deserves some snazzy gifts and a celebration in her honor to commemorate her birthday. Your furry friend will relish the attention she gets, gobble up her kitty cake and enjoy playing with the fun things she receives as gifts.

Arrange to have a small birthday celebration for your kitty with some cat-loving close friends and family. Our feline friends can become stressed out by the presence of lots of strangers, so it's best to keep kitty birthday celebrations low key and limit the guest list to those she's already familiar with. If any of your friends own felines who your little one has previously met and gets along with, feel free to invite them, too. It's best to keep the four-legged guest list to pets she knows, as new faces may spook her.

Decorate your home for your kitty's party with cat-themed items, like pictures of cats, hanging cut-outs of animated kitties and a large "happy birthday" sign to commemorate your furry buddy's birthday. Provide your guests with some birthday hats decorated with cats. You can find most of these items in party supply stores or make them yourself with construction paper.

Make a cake for your furry buddy by shaping some canned cat food into an interesting form on a decorative plate. Create a shape like a heart or the silhouette of a cat. Choose her favorite flavor or brand of food so she's sure to enjoy it. Sprinkle some fish flakes on top and use some cat treats to decorate the cake. Create some kitty "frosting" for the cake by pulverizing some canned tuna in a food processor. Snip the corner of a quart-sized resealable plastic bag to make a makeshift pastry bag. Use the bag to pipe the "frosting" onto the cake.

Purchase some cat treats and toys for your furry friend to give him as gifts or encourage your guests to do so. Catnip-filled toys will tempt your feisty feline into batting them around your home in delight. Cat treats made from dried salmon or chicken will satisfy his cravings for something yummy. These treats also make excellent training aids to reward desirable behavior. As a plus, if you have a multi-cat household, both treats and cat toys can be shared to encourage harmony among your four-legged residents.

Give your kitty a larger item as her main gift that you can splurge on. Choose something like a fancy cat bed, modern-art inspired scratching post, cozy heated cat cushion or an automatic litter box to electronically keep her "bathroom" clean and neat.

Article by Susan Paretts 

5 Party Ideas For Your Dog
Mar 17
5 Party Ideas For Your Dog

Celebrating your furry family member's big day is fun for both you and your pup. Here are some tips on throwing a paw-some birthday bash.

To us dog lovers, our pup is no less important than our other family members — and we certainly wouldn't skip celebrating our spouse's or child's birthday, would we? Of course not! Every dog has his day, so commemorate your pup’s big day with special activities you'll both enjoy. Here are five fun ways to celebrate:

1. Plan a dog playdate

Plan a time when family and friends can bring their pups to play. Gather in a fenced-in yard or dog park, or meet inside for indoor pets. Plan games and be a responsible playdate host by ensuring that water and disposable bags are readily available, that guests bring their own treats, and that all pet owners are aware of each other's pet's health issues.

2. Throw a party

Who says birthday parties are just for humans? Celebrate your dog's birthday by throwing him a party with food and games (for all manner of guests), decorations, and (of course) pet-safe party hats. You'll want to provide supervision at all times.

Take photos of your pup with his party guests, and remember to reward the birthday boy with presents, like a brand new collar or toy. For a fun twist on a birthday card, have party guests — both human and animal — stamp their 'paws' on a piece of poster board.

3. Go on a special trip

Whether it's to a local pet-friendly supply store, a park, a beach, Grandma's house, or maybe just a drive in the country, take your dog on a birthday outing or picnic to make his day memorable. Document your outing with plenty of pictures of you with the birthday boy.

4. Pamper your pet

A pampering session doesn’t even require leaving home. Give your pup a fresh, warm blanket from the dryer to curl up with during cooler months, or set up a sprinkler for your dog to romp through when it’s warm out. An extra long walk, a new ball to play with, or a good, long snuggle session will make most any dog’s day!

5. Get your dog's birthday portrait taken

It's common to get professional pictures taken for our kids' birthdays — why not start this tradition with your pet! Find a local pet photographer in your area and make an appointment for a special birthday portrait session. Naturally, you’ll want to plaster your dog's adorable face on t-shirts, mouse pads, mugs, note cards, and more. Create a photo memory book for your dog, including each year's birthday photos, as a future keepsake.

Celebrating your dog's birthday isn't just an excuse to throw a party or go somewhere special — it's a fun way to thank your best friend for all his love and loyalty. So don't just let this year's big day go by unnoticed. Show your pup how important he is in your family.

Article by The Petcentric Team


Are House Cats Nocturnal
Mar 11
Are House Cats Nocturnal

Does your cat sleep all day? Does he keep you up half the night? If so, it’s natural to wonder are house cats nocturnal? In this article we’ll find out!

 We all know that cats enjoy their beauty sleep, especially during the daytime hours. Who hasn’t found their cat curled in a ball on a windowsill, blissfully asleep under the warmth of the sun

If you’re like many cat owners, then all of that snoozing during the day means that your beloved feline friend scratches at your bedroom door, races around the house, jumps on you (if they’re still allowed in your bedroom), or makes lots of noise in the middle of the night or at the crack of dawn.

While you may not particularly enjoy these habits, there is a reason why your kitty seems to make keeping you awake at night her primary objective.

Are cats nocturnal animals? What makes them so active at night?

In this article, we’ll discuss what being nocturnal or diurnal means, which category that house cats fall into, and how to get your pet kitty to sleep at night.

What does “nocturnal” mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of “nocturnal” is “of, relating to, or occurring in the night” or “active at night”.

What does “diurnal” mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of “diurnal” when referring to biology is “of, relating to, or occurring in the daytime” or “active chiefly in the daytime”.

Are cats nocturnal or diurnal?

Cats are nocturnal, primarily, but they may also display crepuscular behavior (active during dawn and dusk hours).

So the answer to the question are house cats nocturnal is yes! But, its not as straight forward as it may seem.

Some house cats do not exhibit nocturnal or crepuscular behaviors.

Why are cats nocturnal?

Are house cats nocturnal? Yes! But why are they?

As we mentioned earlier, there is a reason why cats are active at night or during the wee hours of the morning.

Nocturnal cats called African Wildcats are believed to be the first domesticated cats and thus are considered to be the ancestors of today’s domestic cats. Like many other wild cats, such as lions, tigers, panthers, cheetahs, and leopards, the African wildcats hunt for their prey under the cover of night.

Nature equipped both wild and domestic cats for navigating through the dark.

Have you ever noticed your cat’s eyes seeming to glow when light hits them at night? Nocturnal cat eyes, according to the VCA Animal Hospital, are the result of an extra layer of tissue under the retina that reflects light. This is commonly found in nocturnal animals.

Although domesticated cats do not have to hunt for their food, they may still act on their nightly instincts.

Do cats sleep at night?

Although domestic cats typically sleep anywhere from 16 to 20 hours per day, their nighttime sleep is generally not continuous. This means that they may spend alternating periods of time sleeping and being active overnight.

However, this nighttime schedule isn’t set in stone for all house cats.

For example, cats will often come to bed with their fur parent around 10:30pm and will stay in the same spot on the bed until roughly 4 or 5am.

It’s a common scenario for cat owners. Cat sleeps all day, then seems to tap into some extra energy storage in the evening, when they proceed to race across your furniture, up and down the hallway, or even across your legs while you’re in bed!

How to make cat sleep at night is something that many a cat owner would be interested in knowing, as a kitty bouncing off the walls for hours, then meowing for attention or food at 2 a.m. is not the way that most of us would like to spend our sleepy time hours!

Tips For Getting More Sleep

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to encourage house cats to sleep more at night.

Do not let your cat into your bedroom

I know, this is the opposite of what many pet owners want to hear.

However, if you are not one of the lucky few with a kitty that sleeps pretty well throughout the night, then leaving your bedroom door open is basically an invitation for your cat to pounce on your feet or race across your legs when he’s bored!

Leave the curtains or blinds open in a room where your cat can see outside

Doing so will give kitty something to keep her busy that doesn’t involve waking you up.

If your cat meows for food at night, do not give in and feed him

Feeding your cat when he begs for food will just encourage him to wake you for food at night.

Instead, feed your cat his dinner (make it a good-sized serving) right before you go to bed.

If he’s anything like my cat, he will eat a few bites here and there before coming back to finish it at some point in the early morning.

However, if he’s like other cats that eat their dinner all at once, then a full belly may encourage him to sleep.

If you’re cat doesn’t gain weight too easily, you could also provide free-choice food.

When your cat wants attention at night, ignore him

Another answer that you probably didn’t want to hear (who doesn’t like cuddling a purring kitty at all hours?), but necessary if you’ve got an obnoxious night owl for a cat.

Close your bedroom door so that the cat cannot get in, and if he paws or meows at the door to be let in, ignore him.

He’ll hopefully tire of being ignored and will find something else to entertain himself with.

However, if you have a diligent kitty, then you may need to resort to a humane tool that will deter him from a bad behavior, such as a squirt bottle filled with water or a light puff of air to the face.

Play with your kitty during the day

Just like people, cats will sleep better at night if they’re tired from exercise and play during the day.

If you are away during the day, be sure to leave toys and other forms of entertainment (the open curtain or blinds applies here) for your cat to amuse himself with.

When you can, play with your cat for a good half hour in the evening, before you give him his dinner.

The exercise combined with the chow should have your cat thinking about a nap in no time!

Are house cats nocturnal and how can you get more sleep at night?

Due to their wild ancestry, house cats may display nocturnal behaviors. Meaning they sleep during the day and become active at night. They may also display crepuscular behaviors, where they are primarily active at dawn and dusk.

You can, however, take measures to make a nocturnal kitty more sleepy at night.

Some examples of ways to make a cat sleep at night include feeding the cat a large meal just before your bedtime. Making sure they get plenty of exercise during the day, and ignoring the cat who demands attention or food when you’re trying to sleep.

Article by Caitlin Riffee


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