Why two instead of one

Our cats are our first pets, and when we first decided we wanted cats, there was no doubt that we were getting two. In fact, it was two, or none. Having two meant more cost and responsibilities, but it also doubled our love and joy. We put ourselves in the shoes of our pets, and we know that’s what we just have to do. Of course, before you decide to get two, you have to be sure that you can commit and afford for at least 15 years.

1) Companionship111

Every living being thrives on love and companionship. Even if we can be home to keep the cat company, we can’t speak their language, we can’t lie in the sun with them, we can’t lick & groom them, or play fight with them. You have to be a cat too, to do that. With two cats, we know that they’re never lonely when we leave home everyday for work.

2) Learning to be gentle with others326

Cats learn from play fighting. They learn how rough they can play to not hurt the other party, they learn what’s right and what’s not. And this learning will also be reflected on how they react to us when we handle them.When they first fought with each other, it didn’t end up that well. Sometimes they hissed at each other, other times they ended up with some bitten or clawed wounds. But as times went by, that never happened again. No matter how aggressive the fight might look, we were assured that they know what they are doing – it’s just pure play. Now that they have learnt how hard they can bite or claw to not hurt the other, they learnt that’s how they should treat us as well. It’s not something we, as humans, can teach them easily. And of course, it’s so funny to watch them fight – it’s lovely.

3) Less destructive

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In short, they love to scratch, they HAVE to, it’s their natural instinct. And they do that even more often when they’re bored and lonely. If you do not want your sofa and carpet to end up in shreds, give your cat scratch poles, give your cat a friend.

4) GroomingSAMSUNG CSC

Once again, it’s their instinct to groom to keep themselves clean. When they’re younger and more flexible, they could clean themselves at the most awkward places, but there are still spots, like the back of their head, that they will never be able to lick clean. Having two cats means they can groom each other at those difficult areas. And when they grow old, and get stiffer, having another cat around can keep each other kempt.

Having Toby & Pepper, we never look back ❤

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Why We Love Cats

There’s so many reasons why i love cats. Ever since we got them, we are totally smitten with them ; even after they got their paws into our tank and killed the fish , even after they jump up the table and sweep the glass cup to the floor. I can list hundreds of reasons why i love cats, but most importantly, we love them for who they are, because when one decides to commit to a pet, you’ve to love him/her wholeheartedly, because you’ve become their everything. So here’s just a few i can grab off my head now, and let me know if you agree with me too!

1) They look after themselves

Oh they are so good at that. Give them a bowl of food, water and litter tray, and they’re set. They eat enough, drink enough, and sleep the rest of the day. If they get dirty, they clean themselves!

2) They smell so gooooooood

You have no idea just how addictive their smell can be, even after not getting a bath for 2 years. We don’t bathe them that often, since they’re indoor cats, but they just smell marvellous. That’s always the first thing we’d do when we step into the house – pick them up, and smell them. Especially the back of their fluffy head. 🙂

3) They have soft paws

So tell me, which other animals have SOFT and SQUISHY PAWS? You will never put the paw of a dog on your face, never! but cats? anytime baby.

4) They are quiet

They don’t usually make any noise, maybe perhaps when they make that occasional meow, or when they’re covering up after a poo. For a family who loves peace and quiet when we get home, cats are PERFECT.

5) They are unpredictable, and so amusing

Everyday they are up to something. You can come home, and see them resting on a luggage bag – and you remembered you had so much stuff on the luggage bag, so how did they make space for a snooze? Well, they push everything off!

6) If they love you, they LOVE you

Cats, they don’t tend to like everyone they meet, sometimes they even hate some. So if a cat comes up to you with his tail held high as you enter your house, lay down on his back for a belly rub, purr like crazy when you hold him, or look you in the eye, and give you a slow blink, he must love you a lot ❤ ❤ ❤

Kittens, Kitty, Cat, Cats – How curiosity can kill the cat.

Hi, my name is Neal & I’m the loving partner of the wonderful lady who set up thepetloverbox (www.thepetloverstore.com). I also happen to be a veterinarian who works with many dogs, cats, mice, rabbits, birds, reptiles & the occasional wildlife. In this post I’m going to talk about common things in the household that could be deleterious for your cat.

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Pepper & Toby having a snooze.

So how does curiosity actually kills the cat? Let’s focus on a few areas in the house:

1. Over-the-counter drugs – Aspirin, Ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory drugs)

2. Kitchen – Chocolate, caffeine, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic.

3. Decor – Lily plant/flower

4. Living area –  Batteries; Lead & Zinc.

5. Garden – Pesticides (snail baits, rodenticides) & Herbicides

6. Garage – Anti-freeze (Ethylene glycol)

DRUGS –

Aspirin
Aspirin

Every household will have a stash of over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin or your non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen; just in case we needed a few tablets to get through the day. The tablets often come in a neat aluminium foil packaging which may appeal to the curious cat. These drugs are safe for use in humans but NOT in cats – they result in acute kidney failure and must be brought to veterinary attention ASAP.

KITCHEN –

chocolate

Cats love the smell of chocolate. In fact, chocolate contain theobromine which falls under the same category as caffeine – both of which are toxic to cats. Clinical signs occur one to four hours after ingestion include vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, hyperexcitibility, seizures or even death.

grapes

Grapes or raisins are toxic to the kidneys so avoid access to cats at all cost!

DECOR –

lily

Remember that bouquet of flowers you get for your birthday or even for some occasion that you might not even remember? Well, just remember that although Lilies are extremely pretty to look at, they are not so when you involve a cat. Every part of the Lily (yes including the stem & leaves) is toxic and will cause acute kidney failure; at the very least!

LIVING AREA –

Don’t even think about it. Let’s leave batteries out of the equation. We don’t eat batteries so keep them in drawers or cabinets where cats cannot have access to!

GARDEN –

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Secure all pesticides or herbicides in a designated locked up area. Dogs are the most common casualties of snail baits (because they taste good & dogs don’t always think before they act) but occasionally cats can be implicated too! Most snail baits or rodenticides are designed to cause a blood clotting disorder in rodents and therefore they will react in the same manner in cats & dogs. Beware of the dead rodent as the rodenticide can still be active for some time after.

Most common symptoms will include vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, incoordination, wobbly walking & abnormal neurological signs. Veterinary intervention is absolutely critical & time is of an essence here.

GARAGE –

Anti-freeze or Ethylene Glycol, commonly used for cars in the northern hemisphere during winter. Being a subsidiary of an alcohol, it is no doubt sweet tasting & animals loved it. Using anti-freeze? Put the cap back on after use or you’ll end up with a few thousand dollars of veterinary bills.

That’s all from me today & I hope you find this information useful.

Tips & Tricks for Caring Your Rabbit

As we are entering the month of cats, this will be my last post about rabbits for awhile. Here are some tips I’ve picked up while looking after the 6 veggie monsters, & it is up to you how you take this in.

1) What should rabbits be fed on?

Rabbits should generally be fed on hay, in fact 90% of their diet should just be hay. Commercially, there are those packets of  short hay mixed with pellets and seeds, i choose not to feed them those as the pellets and seeds contain too much sugar, it makes them fat and produce an excess of caecotrophs. Also, bunnies need to chew on long hay to keep their teeth in good state. The longer the hay, the longer it takes for them to chew. Of course, we can feed the pellets, and vegetables, but that should just be an occasional treat.

2) What kinds of vegetables are good for them?

Go for vegetables that are green and leafy. Those that contains a lot of water is not too good for them ( lettuce, cabbage). Capsicums are great. Give them the red ones. Just remember that everything to be given in moderation!

3) Should we bathe bunnies?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this. If you read anywhere online, bathing your bunnies is a NONO. the reason is because if water gets into the nose and the ears, the consequences aren’t good at all. Or if the bunny catches a cold, it leads to other problems as well. If you can make sure that no water gets into the nose and ears, and the water you bathe them in is lukewarm, you may be lucky. But don’t risk it, you never really know if your bunny is going to remain calm throughout the session.

4) What kind of health problems are rabbits prone to, and what are the signs and symptoms?

Bunnies are prone to gut stasis. To be honest, it has happened to me 3 times on 3 different bunnies. It is a scary experience. When they have gut stasis, it’s quite obvious – they STOP EATING. They will be sitting at a corner, showing no interest in anything, even their favourite treats. You will notice that they are just not themselves. It is very important that this be resolved immediately, because if you leave it alone, your bunny can go down in the next 2-4 hours. Bring your bunny to the vet straight away.

5) How to do a basic health check on your rabbit?

There are a few things you’ve to look out for when you are doing a health check on your bunny. You can always bring your bunny in to the vet for a yearly health check, but you should also check on your bunny frequently. Well, first and foremost, the eyes have to be bright-looking and dry. If your bunny is tearing all the time, something is not quite right. Your rabbit has to be hopping around fine, not limping. You can also check their nails, make sure that they are short and trimmed. Sometimes when it gets too long, the nail actually curls in and it actually hurts. You got to get those nails trimmed, you can either get a nail cutter if you’re confident to do so yourself, or send your bunny to a groomer.  Also make sure that their front teeth are straight and neat, if it’s too long, you have to bring him/her to the vet to get it fixed. Your bunny’s gut has to be churning all the time, it just means that it’s working! Bunny has to eat all the time to keep their gut moving. You just have to feel its stomach or listen, it is quite obvious. If it’s quiet in there, most of the time you can already tell that your bunny isn’t looking well just by observing his/her unusually restless behavior. It’s an emergency when that happens.

We all want to provide the best care for our bunnies. If you have any good caring tips, please share with me! i would really like to learn from you too! 🙂

Through the lens – The life of my 6 rabbits

Why i neutered my bunnies

When we got our first two bunnies, we were already sure that we wanted more. So we chose a boy and a girl. They were both pretty young when we first got them, and it wasn’t until when they were about 6 months old, that they gave us 4 furry balls. To look after 6 of them, it is hard work. It means 6 times of food, pee and poo. But we’ve got no complaints, we love them.

We sent all 6 of them to get sterilized, not just because to prevent any accidental births, but also because of a few other reasons. It definitely burnt a hole in our pockets, but hey, it’s worth it once you know the benefits to your babies. You just want the best for them, right?

1) Prevention of unwanted pregnancy

This is one reason strong enough to get them fixed. There are so many homeless bunnies out there because their birth was accidental. You love your bunnies, and you don’t want to be responsible for causing something like this. You can certainly get two girls, or two boys and such problem will never happen.

2) Prevention of Uterine Cancer and other reproductive diseases in female rabbits

Uterine cancer can spread rapidly to other organs of the body such as the liver, lungs and even the skin and it is not treatable once it reaches this point. Other reproductive diseases and breast cancer can occur too. Rabbits under two years of age rarely develop this disease so it is best to get your little one spayed before this age. Unfortunately today, we do not have pet insurance for bunnies. If anything ever happens to them and they need surgery, it may just be too expensive. Prevention is better than cure, that’s what we firmly believe in.

3) Reduce aggression in male rabbits

The testosterones in male bunnies drive them crazy. They become aggressive and territorial, and always have the need to mate. They pick fights with others, and sometimes injuring themselves. After sterilization, Our bunnies became more sociable and tame. They are calmer, more loving. It took a few months before we could see the difference in their behavior, but they ALWAYS change for the better. It definitely made bonding with other neutered rabbits way easier.

4) Easier to be litter trained

I think sterilization is the best investment we’ve ever made. They aren’t perfect in their litter training, but it’s definitely an improvement from before. We tried all ways to litter train them before they were fixed, but we failed miserably. Now they’re much more hygienic. It is a case by case basis, some bunnies are just great with their hygiene habits, some aren’t. Ours are terrible, and sterilizing them helps.

With sterilization, the lifespan of our bunnies will no longer be affected by reproductive health issues and aggressiveness. In fact, sterilized rabbits can live longer and happier!

The good age to bring them to the vet to get this surgery done is about 4-6 months old when they are becoming sexually mature and physically stronger & larger. At the mean time, we never know how soon they can get mature, so separate your males from the females as early as 3-4 months old!

Pets aren’t just small little furry things for you to play with, they also have a beating heart capable of loving and giving. They’re your family, give them the love they deserve. 🙂

How thepetloverbox.com came about

I was having a lighthearted conversation with a friend regarding, as you guess it, bunnies. She’s a vet in training, and was away at another state at a practice. She was getting so excited about this amazing store she’s been, where there’s so many merchandise with designs of bunnies on it, and then exclaiming that if only these are easily available from where we are.  Come to think of it, that’s absolutely true. I haven’t seen a store that sells daily used items with cute animal designs.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to be using something that not only you HAVE to use it, but it also makes you happy using it?

Why use a boring old notebook, when you can be using one with your favourite animal prints all over?Why tie your hair up with a plain elastic hair tie when you can put on some bunny ears?

At the same time, i know that there’s this interesting business idea of boxes of goodies packed for pets. In those boxes, it ranges from pet treats, to toys. The owners who purchase the box for their pets do not know what’s in it – there’s an element of surprise.

So i wondered. why are there boxes made for pets, but none for us? And for people who do not have pets, but love animals, they should be having fun with the boxes too. Here’s how thepetloverbox.com came about.

thepetloverbox.com creates boxes of awesomeness for everyone. It’s a different animal theme each month, so that different animal lovers get to buy their box too. There will be 10 items chosen for the month, which you’d get a sneak peek on our website at www.thepetloverbox.com. However, the box you received will contain 6-7 items out of the 10, and you don’t know which 6-7 items you will be getting. It is a surprise, people love surprises. Every single item in the box will be related to the #petofthemonth – it could be its design, its shape, or its use. Sometimes, there’d also be items for your pets too. The box is valued between USD$45-60, but you can get it at USD$27 with free shipping. At the moment, thepetloverbox is available in Australia & Singapore. Of course, if you’re some place else and would like to get a box too, just pop us an email at info@thepetloverbox.com and we will work something out!

Eventually, as we grow bigger, we hope that thepetloverbox will be able to contribute to the animal society in one way or another. So we need your support to keep growing!