Breeds

  • Here, we have provided information on some of the best pets breeds of the world, especially those who are popular as household companions.
  • It present a brief look at each breed's history, characteristics and personality.

Some Facts

More households have dogs than any other pet in America — 43.5 million households, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturer’s Association. But dogs also are the pets that take the most work, time, care, and expense. Dogs need plenty of attention, regular vet care, good food, chew toys, training and socialization, and exercise. Being pack animals, dogs must feel like they’re a part of the family, or they won’t thrive. Even if they know they’re the lowest family member on the totem pole, dogs want to know their place so they can feel secure. Dogs also need basic daily maintenance.more households may have dogs than cats, but pet cats outnumber dogs in America — 90.5 million pet cats far exceed the paltry 73.5 million pet dogs! Cats are notorious for being more independent, less needy, and more selfsufficient than dogs, making them many pet owners’ pet of choice. However, not all cats are independent.

Cats antics

Q Why does my cat sometimes pace up and down along the same path for hours on end?

 

A This behaviour, often exhibited by caged big cats in zoos, is usually due to boredom. If your cat is kept indoors, try getting some toys for it to play with as these will help to stimulate, exercise and alleviate boredom. Alternatively, if your cat is confined to a small area for long periods of time it would be worth considering fitting a cat flap so your pet can come and go freely.

Q What's the best way to stop my cat from digging up the neighbour's flower-beds?

A Any freshly dug soil will make an inviting toilet area for you cat! Before spending money on a shop bought cat repellent, try placing orange or grapefruit peel round the affected area as cats dislike the citric smell. A generous sprinkling of pepper may also provide a deterrent, and many owners swear by a harmless squirt of water from a well-aimed hose or water pistol.

Q How can I stop my cat from spraying in the house?

A This behaviour may be caused by a number of factors. Your cat may start scent-marking the furniture if there is a new addition to the household which may be either another pet, a new baby or an unfamiliar adult. Make sure your cat is not being neglected by giving it plenty of attention, and be patient whilst it adjusts to the newcomer. If the problem is hormone related then neutering is usually an effective solution, especially with troublesome toms! Try placing aluminium foil round the area as cats have an aversion to the sound it makes, and usually won't walk on it. Always clean the affected area(s) with a biological detergent, as ammonia based cleaners leave a smell which cats recognise as urine, inciting them to spray again in the same spot to mask the smell of the mystery imposter. Q Why has my cat stopped using its litter tray?

A Make sure you haven't changed the type of litter you use or picked up a scented bag as many cats don't like the smell. Ensure it's kept clean as many cats refuse to use a dirty tray. It's important to put the tray in a good location where your cat won't be overlooked, and if you live in a busy household it might be worth investing in a litter tray with a hood to give your cat a bit more privacy. If you bought a small litter tray for a kitten, check that your cat hasn't outgrown it, as cats sometimes stop using their tray if it's not large enough for them. If your house-trained cat does start to have 'accidents' round the house, and none of these tips work, then seek veterinary advice as it could be symptomatic of another problem. Q Why might my otherwise apparently healthy cat lose its appetite?

A Any change of routine may cause your cat to go off its food. Simply moving the feeding bowl, washing it with a different detergent or placing it too near the litter tray can upset your cat's feeding habits. It's always a possibility that your cat is being fed elsewhere! Ask the neighbours, or try getting a disc to attach to their collar asking people not to feed it. Keep a close eye on the situation, as a loss of appetite could be a symptom of something more serious, but before seeking veterinary advice try tempting your cat with its favourite dish and if that doesn't do the trick it's advisable to take a precautionary visit to the vet.

Q How can I stop my cat from scratching the furniture?

A It's natural for your cat to sharpen its claws, so try to provide an alternative to the furniture from the very beginning. Scratching posts, whether shop bought or home made from a piece of wood covered in hessian, need to be positioned correctly to be effective. Ideally the post needs to be screwed to a wall at an appropriate height just before the cat reaches his or her favourite sofa or table leg. Polishing wooden furniture with citric smelling or perfumed wax polish also helps to deter them, and double sided sticky tape on the arm of the sofa provides a good deterrent.