How Picky Can Your Cat Really Be?

Written by Julia Imaeva

Most of pet owners know that their much loved four-legged members ofrepparttar family come with a lot of personality and unique, sometimes almost human-like behavior. For instance, my cat would act as a peacemaker when she smellsrepparttar 142064 human fight. If I become angry and start raising my voice duringrepparttar 142065 conversation with someone, she would just jump on my legs and slightly scratch me in an attempt to cool me off. I am sure that people can tell us plenty of such examples of interesting pet behavior. But do they realize that their pets can be very picky when it comes to choosing a new friend?

They do it using such criteria as smell, size, gender, age and even appearance. In fact, they can even discriminate other animals according torepparttar 142066 color ofrepparttar 142067 fur among other things, as I soon discovered about my new cat.

When I first brought home my jet black panther-looking cat Regina, I was so excited to have her in my house until I realized that she might feel lonely and need someone to play with her. So, I started to look around for a good match for her. I opened uprepparttar 142068 flier and foundrepparttar 142069 advertisement for “Very cute cat to good home” and responded to it. Naively assuming that all cats that are cute and mellow will get along just fine, I brought him home. Almost immediately upon bringing him home Regina jumped intorepparttar 142070 air with him screaming and hissing. I was surprised to findrepparttar 142071 ugly side of my otherwise calm and sweet cat’s nature and immediately knew this would not work out. Later there were more cats: a white one, gray one, even multicolored cats, different ages and genders – althoughrepparttar 142072 U.N. or Jesse Jackson would have been proud; it was alwaysrepparttar 142073 same story. Either they would fight or Regina would simply rejectrepparttar 142074 cat outright. I began to think that my unassuming cat was “racist” or maybe just a loner.

How to Crate Train Your Puppy

Written by Cass Hope

One ofrepparttar most difficult hurdles that any new puppy owner faces is housebreaking or as it is sometimes also referred to; potty training or doing business. Although there is no tactic that comes with a 100% guarantee, one ofrepparttar 141976 most successful methods is crate training. Crate training can drastically reducerepparttar 141977 amount of stress onrepparttar 141978 owner andrepparttar 141979 puppy that often comes with trainingrepparttar 141980 new four-legged member of your family. So what is a crate? It is a cage that is usually made of plastic or wire. Wire ones are collapsible andrepparttar 141981 puppy has a great view of his surroundings. The plastic crates are lightweight and easy to clean and tend to berepparttar 141982 most commonly used. Either can be purchased at a department or pet store. When purchasing a crate you must make sure there is enough room forrepparttar 141983 puppy to stretch right out and to stand erect. Make surerepparttar 141984 crate is not too big though or all your potty training efforts in vain becauserepparttar 141985 puppy will be able to do her business in one end and sleep inrepparttar 141986 other. Crates can also be used for a variety of other things than just potty training. It providesrepparttar 141987 “den” security that can be traced back to their ancestors. It provides a place that is safe and cozy forrepparttar 141988 puppy. Puttingrepparttar 141989 puppy inrepparttar 141990 crate when there is company or a lot of activity going on it saves her from allrepparttar 141991 reprimands from getting inrepparttar 141992 way. It is great for travelling. When you have to leaverepparttar 141993 puppy home putting her in her crate will save you from coming home to a disaster. It is also great for your puppy to sleep in throughrepparttar 141994 night withoutrepparttar 141995 owner having to worry about her roaming around and possibly injuring herself. Puppies however, should NEVER be left alone in their crate for extended periods of time. What makesrepparttar 141996 crate method of potty training so effective is because a puppy will not soil where it sleeps. However if you leaverepparttar 141997 puppy inrepparttar 141998 crate for too long it will have to do business and you will set your potty training efforts back torepparttar 141999 beginning. The most important things you need to remember about crate training are consistency and routine and lots and lots of rewards. A crate is used differently to potty train then if you have to go out and you are leaving her home alone. When you are leaving your puppy home you have to putrepparttar 142000 crate in a small area, for example a bathroom and leaverepparttar 142001 crate door open with newspapers down forrepparttar 142002 puppy to do her business. Oncerepparttar 142003 puppy

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