Wednesday, February 7, 2018

An Old Dog Can Transform Your Life (and Teach You New Tricks)!

We are often asked which dogs are the best ones to bring into a household. Which breed is the easiest? The smartest? The most obedient? Should I get a puppy, an adult, or a senior dog? Many times the answer depends on your lifestyle. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to extol the virtues of senior dogs. 

Although puppies are adorable, they require a lot of work. Puppies need constant training, playtime, and housebreaking. Conversely, older dogs are generally much easier. Too often they are abandoned in at the shelter . . . . not because they are bad dogs but because they are viewed as "too old" by their owners. We find this unacceptable and cruel. Yes, there are times when an owner may pass away or can no longer care for their pet, however, more often than not, someone is just dumping their senior dog. 

Here are some great reasons to adopt a senior dog:
~ They are less destructive. Many older pets are well past the digging and chewing everything in sight phase, therefore, your shoes should be safe!
~ They usually have basic obedience skills. Older dogs often settle into a new home easily since they have already learned what it takes to get along with others and be part of the "pack". And another big advantage? Most are housebroken!
~ Older dogs can absolutely learn new tricks and often may just need some touch-up training. They are generally more attentive and eager to please than their younger counterparts. If you are concerned that an older dog won't bond with you, don't be. Dogs are remarkably resilient and open-hearted. Some completely overcome their pasts in a matter of days; others may take a few weeks or months, and a few will carry a little baggage for even longer than that. With lots of love, a little patience, and some consistency on your part, your dog can overcome any issues they may have from their past.
~ You can adopt a purebred pet. Did you know that there are rescues for pretty much every breed out there? And, many shelters have a variety of breeds and older pets available for adoption.
~ Ideal for seniors. Many senior citizens benefit from the company of an older dog, because they are calmer, trained and need less exercise. They are content to move through life at a slower speed.
~ There's no guesswork involved. Adult dogs have reached their maximum size, shape, and personality so what you see is what you get! Though most adopted pets tend to flourish once they find a loving, forever home. A puppy's size and health can be unpredictable.
~ Your first pet. If this is your first dog, or if you cannot devote the time necessary to train, socialize, and exercise a puppy properly, an adult dog could be a much better option for you.
~ You will be their hero and the center of their Universe! Older pets seem to have an intrinsic sense that without you, they wouldn't have a home. They will show you their appreciation daily. 

Please open your heart to a hard-to-place pet and help save the life of a senior dog that is waiting for you at a local shelter! You will be so glad you did!!

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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki ( &, as well as her premium pet food business (

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Secrets of Carrot Seed

Identified by its warm and earthy, yet mildly sweet aroma, carrot seed essential oil has a long history of being used in ancient medicine, thanks to multiple healing properties. Together, its constituents provide users with an array of health and beauty benefits. This is particularly true of two of its main ingredients, carotol and camphene. Here are the top benefits associated with these two constituents.


Researchers have found that carrot seed oil has antifungal properties and is particularly effective against gram-positive bacteria. This is largely due to the carotol it contains. In one study, carotol inhibited the growth of fungus by 65%, though further research is needed to determine exactly how.

In a separate study, carrot seed oil demonstrated liver-protective benefits and was found to help improve jaundice and hepatitis. It is believed to help regulate the secretion of bile in the liver, making it easier to detoxify the body and allowing internal organs to function more effectively.


Camphene has been shown to have powerful pain relieving and antioxidative properties, as well as help fight cardiovascular disease. In particular, the combination of camphene and other constituents act as an emenagogue, meaning that it helps make periods less painful and more regular.

In a 2009 study, camphene, along with the vitamins A, C, and E found in carrot seed oil were shown to be powerful nutriceuticals, resulting in health and medical benefits that both heal and protect the body.

And, that's your daily dose of Oily Science!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Complexity of Canine Memory

by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

Have you ever sat staring deeply into your dog’s eyes, wondering “I wonder what you’re thinking?” Sure, they give us clues here and there, but as a whole, the workings of your dog’s mind remains a mystery.

But there’s mounting evidence that we may have underestimated their mental capacities. I know when I was going through school and we would use words describing the emotions the pets seemed to feeling - love, anxiety, fear - we were often shut down with a stern, “Don’t anthropomorphize!” It was assumed that only humans were capable of such human-like emotions.

As we’ve studied more the amazing bonds that exist between humans and dogs, we’ve gotten better insight into the inner workings of their doggie brains. And while it’s true that we can’t say with 100% certainty what a dog thinks and feels (because you’d actually need to be able to talk to a dog in order for him to tell you that), I can tell you that the more we learn about their inner workings, the gap between people and dogs is narrowing. Each new study offers amazing insight into how smart, individual, and yes – emotional – they really are.

One of the most common tropes we hear about dogs is, “They live in the moment,” which assumes they don’t spend too much time thinking about the past. But all of us who share our lives with dogs have seen them react to something in a way that indicates they sure do remember things, thank you very much! As a veterinarian, “white coat syndrome”, the fearful reaction of a dog to a veterinarian in a white lab coat, is so well-documented that many of us just stopped wearing the jackets entirely.

And now science is finally showing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that dogs remember much more than we previously thought possible.

A recent study of 17 dogs in Current Biology explored the idea of episodic memory in dogs. They began by training the dogs to “Do as I do”, i.e., to imitate their trainer’s behavior. In this case, the dogs were aware they were receiving a cue, a signal to say “pay attention to what I’m doing.”

Then the researchers repeated the experiment, but without giving the “Do as I do” cue beforehand. Regardless of what the person was doing, the dog was instructed to lie down. Afterwards, trainers gave the dogs the command to repeat what they had just observed. This forced the dogs to recall what they had observed using episodic memory. This form of memory centers around the ability to recall a specific event from the past, but you didn’t know you were supposed to remember it at the time it happened. Despite showing signs of surprise, the dogs were able to recall what they had seen and imitate the person’s actions.

By demonstrating this ability to mimic, the study designers showed that dogs are watching and storing what they see all around them. Like people, they appear to be dumping all of that input into a short term memory bank, and if the information isn’t needed, it gets tossed out. Much the same way I can tell you what I had for dinner last night but not last month, a dog’s brain is quite capable of assessing memories and storing those considered pertinent for survival. As a social species whose evolution is closely tied to ours, it makes sense that they actually think in many of the same ways.

So, the next time you do something embarrassing around your pup, don’t be so quick to think they won’t remember it. At least we know for certain they won’t be spilling our secrets via speech, right?

~ Dr. Jane

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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki ( &, as well as her premium pet food business (

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Does your fur kid have dental disease? If your dog or cat is over the age of two, then the answer is “highly likely”.

It’s February, which means it’s also National Pet Dental Health Month! If you’re wondering why the awareness campaign lasts for a whole month, it’s because periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in dogs and cats. Veterinary dentists will tell you, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of two have some form of periodontal disease.

That number may seem awfully high, but unfortunately, it’s also accurate. Plaque and tartar accumulate on our pet’s teeth just like it does on our own, but the vast majority of pet parents don’t brush their companion animal’s teeth twice a day. Or even once a day. (It’s OK to admit it, you’re in good company). By their second birthday, your furkid is basically fully grown. And far too many of these adults have never had their teeth brushed.

“But his teeth look fine!” you might protest. That very well may be true. However, plaque (the gummy film that forms on a pet’s teeth within hours of eating) isn’t obvious to the naked eye. Over the course of several days, it combines with minerals to harden into tartar. Over weeks and months, this tartar builds into a thick brown stain. Often referred to as “yuck mouth”, there are less familiar technical terms for it (such as Stage IV periodontal disease, the worst level). With routine care and attention, you should be able to prevent them from ever experiencing that stage.

Evaluating a pet kid’s teeth and gums begins with a visual inspection. Your vet may call it “flip the lip” because you really need to lift that lip up to view the back molars, which is where the really bad buildup occurs. During the visual exam, they check for tartar, any anomalies (like extra or missing teeth), and for gum inflammation. They also check for any unusual masses. If your pets have oral melanomas, they can be discovered during routine exams.

Even if you regularly brush their teeth, they will eventually need a full cleaning at the veterinarian. This dental cleaning will often include x-rays of the mouth, a vital component of an oral exam. Bone loss, where the root is diseased below the gum line is more common than many realize.

Cats suffer a unique condition that makes x-rays even more crucial. Three-quarters of cats over the age of five suffer from tooth resorption, a painful condition where the body reabsorbs the protective dentin covering on a tooth, leaving the root exposed. The cause is unknown, and it can affect just one or many teeth. The worst part is, the entire lesion may be below the gum line, resulting in a normal-looking crown but with a terribly painful root. The only treatment at that point is extraction of the affected tooth. As stoic as felines are, even the most observant pet parents won’t see any evidence of this problem. Scary, right?

The concept of “anesthesia-free dentistry” has become very popular over the years, but a good vet would caution you to know its limitations. Vets anesthetize your furkids because that is the only way we can be thorough in their examination, clean underneath the gum line where much of the bacteria and plaque reside and extract teeth if necessary. My vets have seen many dogs and cats at their clinics just weeks after an anesthesia-free cleaning who are still suffering from significant dental disease. If you do use this option, just know that while it may remove tartar and plaque from the visible surface of the tooth, it does not provide the health benefits that a full cleaning under anesthesia would. If you have a pet who is older or suffers from an illness, you may want to also discuss the risks of putting your furkid under anesthesia. 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, treat your companion animal to the gift of health! Many veterinary clinics offer special deals or packages during the month of February, so if you’ve been putting off that dental cleaning, there’s no time like the present to schedule an appointment. And be sure to check out the Life’s Abundance dental-health products for your furkids: Gourmet Dental Treats and Buffalo Bully Sticks!

By making just a couple of improvements to your care regimen, you could help to add years to your pet kid’s lifetime.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Debunking the Myths and Misinformation Regarding Essential Oils & Animals

Lately, I have received several inquiries regarding online posts and memes cautioning others to never use essential oils on your cats, dogs, and other animals. Sadly, there is a ton of misinformation out there along with fear-based myths regarding essential oils and animals. In a nutshell, the problem stems from using cheap, toxic oils that are chemically extracted or have synthetic oil created in the lab as an additive to stretch the oil (and profits for the companies who create these crappy oils). This would most likely never happen if pet parents and animal guardians were using 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils and had educated themselves on the proper usage of essential oils for their animals.  

Putting out these kinds of graphics and misinformation without elaborating on their reasoning is irresponsible at best. Can essential oils harm animals? Well, the short answer is yes and no. Please allow me to explain:

Generally speaking, it's not the core components of essential oils that are harmful to animals (especially cats who are at higher risk due to their inability to metabolize certain chemical compounds) . . . . it's the additional components that are found in POOR QUALITY oils (such as those bought at the health food store or Whole Foods or at certain online retailers). However, that being said, not all oils are created equal.

CHEAP, TOXIC, CHEMICAL-LADEN OILS are NOT therapeutic-grade! If they are used on and around cats (and other animals), they can indeed harm them or kill them. These oils can also harm people so JUST DON'T USE THEM! Anything you bring into your home that contains toxic chemicals (i.e. air fresheners, household cleaners, Febreze, carpet fresheners, toxic sooty candles, etc.) is harmful to your pets and to yourself. 

Most essential oils are extracted using solvents or chemicals and / or are stretched by adding synthetic oil created in a lab. 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils (such as Young Living) are extracted using steam distillation, absolute extraction, or cold pressing (for citrus oils). Young Living will never knowingly compromise by adding synthetics, contaminants, or cheap fillers, or by using unethical production practices. Young Living guides the process of sourcing products from carefully vetted corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers and testing them extensively. If our exhaustive tests show that a product doesn’t meet our standards, we don’t buy it, or we reject the batch.

Keep in mind that pure essential oils come from nature. We extract them from plants, flowers, trees (sap and bark), roots, etc. Animals eat plants, flowers, tree bark, roots, etc. to heal and nourish themselves. Nature gives us perfect remedies. Humans mess them up (most of the time). Essential oils are the original medicine and have been used for thousands of years in their purest form (not chemically altered by humans to make a profit). 

I have safely used Young Living essential oils on and around my cats (and other animals) for many years. However, you always want to err on the side of caution when using oils with ALL animals and should understand how to properly use high-quality essential oils. NEVER use cheap chemical-laden essential oils for ANY reason . . . . on yourself OR around your animals. As a certified holistic consultant and Reiki practitioner for animals (and people), I ONLY use Young Living essential oils. I have never, ever had an issue with any of my animals or any of my animal clients . . . . EVER! 

Young Living essential oils and oil-infused supplements have been put to the test by a plethora of highly trained and well-respected holistic veterinarians. These vets use YL in their daily practice with amazing results on a wide variety of animals . . . . everything from fish and birds to pocket pets, cats, and dogs to exotics and large animals. The compilation of information regarding these proven results is backed by years of research, science, and good old-fashioned common sense.

My experience with Young Living essential oils is that I am very careful with topical and oral administration. I am certified in essential oils for animals and always consult my reference guides prior to administering essential oils to my animals (including cats), as well as my animal clients. As for diffusing, the kitties will leave the room if they don't care for a particular oil in the diffuser but mostly the love being around when I am diffusing. Honestly, they rarely leave the room. They will also lick my hand if I have certain oils on my skin. I use essential oils daily and have never had any issues regarding my animals. 

A few common sense guidelines . . . . 

* When diffusing make sure your cat (or other pet) is able to leave the room if it's too much for them.

* Not all oils are unsafe for cats, however, watch for any odd behavior or lethargy. You can also err on the side of caution by avoiding the "hot" oils such as Oregano, Cinnamon, Thyme, Peppermint, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), et al. 

* 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils are safer for your cat to be around than artificial fragrances such as air fresheners, toxic cleaners, chemical-laden candles, etc.

If you want to rid your home of harmful toxins, chemicals, odors, etc., diffusing is a great way to clean the air but you need to educate yourselves first. I offer free consultations and online classes (as well as in-person classes) for anyone who wants to learn about proper usage of essential oils for animals (or themselves). You can find me on FB at Healing Oils for Animals or Holistic Pets & Peeps.  

Here is a blog article regarding this very subject if you care to have a quick read and learn more:

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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki ( &, as well as her premium pet food business (

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Pack a Go Bag for Your Pets!

It’s hard to view the news these days and not be worried about the safety of our family. As a prior resident of California, I always spoke about the "four seasons" . . . . earthquake, fire, flood, and mudslide. These are all terrifying situations regardless of where you live ~ something we have witnessed over and over again lately ~ the wrath of Mother Nature (and climate change). 

Whenever we start to worry, it can help if we make plans. Plans help us feel more secure in the moment, and should disaster strike, we’ll have the confidence of being prepared.

Many of you may never have to deal with anything more extreme than an extended power outage. But, as we see in the news, situations can arise at the drop of a hat that necessitates having to leave home in a hurry. Even if you believe it could never happen to you, it is still best to be prepared just in case. 

Few things can put your mind at ease like having a go bag. You’ve probably seen these in films and TV shows. It’s a pre-packed travel bag with a few days’ worth of supplies. You may already have one ready to go … but can you say the same for your companion animals? Or, if you also have larger animals, do you have a plan for getting them to safety?! 

Here’s a short list of items to pack in case you need to evacuate with your dog(s) or cat(s).

Simply print the image below for future reference. It’s always best to be prepared!

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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki (, as well as her premium pet food business (
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Debunking Myths and Misconceptions about Dogs

Remember the old party game “telephone” where a message is passed secretly through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group? If you’ve played the game, you’re well aware that the initial message gets drastically altered as it’s passed on from one person to the next. The same thing can happen with any information ~ including “facts” about pets. As a caring pet parent, it’s important to stay “in the know” regarding the furry companions who reside under your roof. The internet provides a wealth of resources at your fingertips, however, you are not only exposed to helpful tips and advice on how to best care for your companion animals, you’ll also see some misinformation. So let’s take a look at five of the most commonly shared myths about pets and discover why you can’t always trust everything you read when it comes to your four-legged friends.

Myth 1 “A dog is a carnivore. Look at his teeth!”

Truth: There is much confusion out there in the pet world about what is the best diet to feed a dog. Many dog lovers insist on feeding their canine friends a pure meat diet because they think their dog is designed to be a pure carnivore. A better understanding of the definitions associated with the dietary needs of animals is a great place to start in understanding how to best feed your pet and tackle this hotly debated myth.


CARNIVORE: An animal subsisting primarily on animal tissue.

HERBIVORE: An animal subsisting entirely on plant tissue.

OMNIVORE: An animal subsisting on both animal and plant tissue.

Cats and dogs are both members of the taxonomic order Carnivora. The confusing part is not all species of the Carnivora order are actually carnivores.

Cats are true carnivores because they have a higher protein requirement and higher dietary requirements for nutrients that aren’t available from plant sources, such as taurine, arginine, and methionine.

Some Carnivora species, including dogs, coyotes, and bears, are omnivores that thrive on a diet consisting of both plant and animal tissue.

One member of the Carnivora order, the panda, is primarily an herbivore - 99% of a panda’s diet consists of bamboo.

The truth to this myth is dogs belong to the taxonomic order Carnivora, but their behavior, anatomy, and feeding preferences reveal their ability to eat and be healthy on a diet consisting of both plant and animal foods, which classifies them as omnivores from a dietary perspective (Debraekeleer et al. 2010).

Myth 2: “My dog’s nose is dry and warm. He must have a fever.”

Truth: As with most ‘old wives’ tales’, there is some truth rooted in this myth. Back before vaccines, thickened, hard and crusty nose and footpads were sure signs of advanced Distemper virus in a canine. Thanks to widespread vaccination practices, while Distemper still exists, it is far less common today.

The truth is a dog’s nose fluctuates in temperature and moisture throughout the day depending on what he is doing. A dog’s nose is often warm and dry when he wakes up, is moist and cold if he is eating or sniffing, and dry and warm if he is sleeping - all in the same day. And all of these fluctuations are normal. A dog with a fever often displays other signs, such as lethargy, inappetence (which occurs when pets won’t eat or won’t eat as much as they need), coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea as well as a dry warm nose. However, a nose that is persistently dry and crusted is bleeding or turning a different color may be a sign of a health problem. If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian right away.

Myth 3: “Dogs are colorblind.”

Truth: Not so, say canine researchers. If, however, what you mean by colorblind is that dogs only see a portion of the visible spectrum compared to what people see, then yes, dogs could be called colorblind.

Dogs have two types of color receptors on the back of their eyes that recognize short and long wavelengths of light, corresponding to blue hues and red-yellow ones. In comparison, humans have three types of color receptors that make it possible for us to see a full range of colors. The colors dogs can see are almost identical to the ones a human who has red-green color blindness would see. Scientists determine this by shining beams of colored light into dogs eyes, analyzing the spectrum of light that is reflected back, and then comparing the spectrum with the pattern produced when the same lights are shined into human eyes. Scientists also study the way dogs respond to different colored lights, and have determined that dogs see in black, white, red-yellow, blue and many shades of gray.

It’s also interesting to note that dogs can see much better in low light than humans, can distinguish moving objects much better than stationary ones, and long-nosed breeds have very wide fields of vision, as much as 270 degrees.

Myth 4: “My dog’s happy. I can tell because his tail is wagging.”

While it is true that when a dog is happy, he will often wag his tail, but a wagging tail can also indicate agitation – such as an imminent attack - or even aggression. It all depends on two factors – the position of the tail and the frequency of the wag. A friendly, approachable, happy dog usually wags his tail – generally positioned in the middle of his body - slowly and loosely. If a dog is wagging his tail in a more rapid, twitch-like manner and is about 90 degrees high, it’s best to avoid the animal, as it could be indicating dominance and aggression. Conversely, if a dog’s tail is wagging low between the legs, it is considered a fearful, defensive stance.

Just like in humans, many factors come into play when interpreting a dog’s mood. Be sure to assess all of your pet’s body language, including the position of their ears and head as well as their expression and hackles before approaching him – this way, everyone’s happy.

Myth 5: “A dog ages 7 years for every human year.”

Although it is true that dogs age more rapidly than humans, which makes perfect sense since they are able to reproduce before they even reach one year of age, the rate that they age slows down as the dog ages. Stating that one human year equals seven dog years is an over-simplification of how dogs age. There’s simply no exact formula to determine a dog’s “human” age.

It’s important to note that the size and breed of the dog are the greatest indicators of the rate of aging. Many small breed dogs can live well into their 20s while larger breeds tend to live only 7-10 years ~ despite the fact that large breed puppies reach adulthood slower than their smaller counterparts.

Now that you know the truth, you’re on the path to becoming an even more well-informed pet parent! Share what you’ve learned with your animal-loving friends and help stop the spread of misinformation ~ your animal companions will thank you for it!

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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki (, as well as her premium pet food business (

For more information, please visit her Facebook page to PM her (, or email her at

Monday, January 22, 2018

Cat Vocalizations ~ Meow More Than Ever!

Purrs, chirps, hisses, and snarls . . . what exactly is your cat trying to tell you?

A stray tabby gives birth to a litter of three kittens under the lilac bush in a backyard. As she nurses them, she purrs; as they suckle, the kittens purr, too. When the queen shifts her weight to try to find a more comfortable nursing position, one of the kittens lets out a distress call, indicating he's trapped under his mother's weight. She readjusts herself, and the purring party continues.  

One morning, the mother cat decides to move her litter to a safer spot. She deposits the first one inside the garden shed, and goes to retrieve the next one. Detecting the absence of his mother via his sense of smell, the kitten in the shed lets out a loud distress call, distinctly meant to reunite mothers and wayward kittens. 

Mother Cat & Kittens

As the kittens mature, the queen spends more time away from the nest, hunting for prey to ensure enough milk for her growing crew. Each time she returns, she gives out a "brrrrp" to her kittens. 

When the kittens enter the weaning stage, the queen brings prey home to them, calling them over to it with a chirp. The kittens also begin to make chirping noises in anticipation for what they are about to receive. However, one night's dinner is interrupted when Mom lets out a long, low-pitched growl. The kittens scatter and retreat to safety inside the shed before the owl overhead can snatch one for his own evening meal.

As independent hunters, cats have limited need for an extensive vocal repertory. Cat-to-cat vocalizations are generally limited to communicating with one's kittens, one's sexual partners and one's potential enemies. There is also an array of vocalizations used by our furry friends when they attempt to communicate with us.  By changing volume, intensity and number of repetitions of the vocalizations and backing them up with expressive body language and olfactory signaling, cats ensure their messages are received and that their needs are met.

Purring 101

The purr is the most common sound issued by cats ~ and yet one of the least understood. Kittens just a few hours old begin purring as they knead their mother’s chest and nurse. The purr sound is made both on the inhale and the exhale, with an instantaneous break between breaths. Built-up pressure created by the opening and closing of the glottis results in a sudden separation of the vocal folds, creating the purr. While purring is often heard when the cat seems content, those familiar with handling cats in pain or near death know that they also purr when under duress, the reason for which is yet unknown.

The Meaning of Meow

The second most common vocalization is the meow. Rarely heard between cats, this vocalization seems tailor-made for communication between cats and humans. Early on, cats notice that meowing brings attention, contact, food and play from their human companions. Some behaviorists suggest that certain cats seem to alter their meows to suit different purposes and that some guardians can differentiate between, say, the “I’m Hungry!” meow” from the "Let Me Out!" meow.

Cat Meowing

The meow is the most often used of the vowel patterns ~ vocalizations produced with the mouth first open and then gradually closing. 

 ~ The sound cats make when highly aroused by the sight of prey is called chirping. 

 ~ When a cat is frustrated (such as when an indoor cat finds he is unable to get to the birds at the feeder), you may hear him chatter.

 ~ When a neonate kitten is cold, isolated from his mother or trapped, he issues a distress call ~ also sometimes called an anger wail. As the kitten matures, the distress call is used when play is too rough or the cat finds something else to protest.

A Hiss Is Just a Hiss?

All threat vocalizations are produced with the mouth held open. These sounds mirror the cat's intense emotional state. A hiss is uttered when a cat is surprised by an enemy. A high-pitched shriek or scream is expressed when the cat is in pain or fearful and aggressive. Snarling is often heard when two toms are in the midst of a fight over territory or female attention. And a long, low-pitched growl warns of danger.

And, there you have it . . . . you are up-to-date on cat vocalizations and their meanings!

Cat Hissing

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Raven is an engaging entrepreneur who encourages others to celebrate pets (and ALL animals) as part of the family, as well as keep them happy, healthy, and spoiled with her Holistic Healing, Animal Intuition, Aromatherapy, Animal Reiki (, as well as her premium pet food business (

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pet Parents ~ How Many More Recalls Will It Take?

Many pet parents usually don’t give a second thought about what they are feeding their pets . . . that is until we all hear about a recall in the news. We check to see if our pet food is on the list, and when it’s not, we breathe a sigh of relief. Don't you think it’s time that we stop burying our heads in the sand and hoping there isn’t something wrong with our pet food, and instead start ensuring that something is right with it?! 

Have you ever read the label on your pet's food or treats? Not just a glance . . . I mean REALLY read the label from start to finish?!  What are some of the ingredients?  Wheat or Wheat Gluten? Corn or Corn Gluten?  Bone or By-Product Meal? Artificial Colors and Flavors? BHA and / or BHT? Propylene Glycol? Do you even know what half of these ingredients are, or what harm they can cause to your pets?!  

Wheat and corn can contain aflatoxin, which is a fungal toxin that commonly contaminates maize and other types of crops during production, harvest, storage or processing. Wheat and corn are also highly indigestible for most pets and can cause great stress on their digestive systems, as well as their kidneys. These grains are also the cause of food allergies in many of our precious pets.

Bone meal and by-product meal tend to keep us guessing as to which animal they may come from. What if your pet has a beef allergy, yet the food or treat label is non-specific as to which animal these "meals" or "by-products" came from. Do you really want to take that chance?  

The same thing goes for artificial coloring, which has no nutritional value and is designed specifically as visual marketing to pet parents . . . not to the pets!  And, did you know that the dyes that are used have not been subject to testing for safety? The most common ones are Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #40, Blue #1 and Blue #2, which have been known to be contaminated with cancer-causing substances and may even cause death, as these additives are toxic to our pets. The discussion regarding their lack of nutritional value, as well as their potential hazards, has been swirling about for years yet no one has done anything about banning these substances from your pet's food, or from our own foods, for that matter.

BHT / BHA are NOT natural preservatives and can also cause health problems in your pets, as can Propylene Glycol, which is better known as the key component in newer automotive antifreeze. Why are using a known toxic substance to preserve moisture in our dog's food and treats? It has already been shown to cause anemia in cats and has been banned by the FDA for use in cat food and treats.  

Did you know that there have been more than 150 FDA recalls since 2007?  

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Keeping our fur kids safe begins with giving them the best food and treats possible ~ Healthy, Holistically-Formulated, NEVER RECALLED . . . Corn & Wheat-Free, No GMOs, Gluten-Free, NO Artificial Colors or Flavors . . . just real food with vital nutrients prepared under the highest standards.

If you're ready to stop taking chances with your pet's health (and possibly your pet's life), then shop our line of premium pet food, treats, nutritional supplements, and pet care products.  If you could feed your pets premium pet foods & treats that will provide them with abundant nutrition, and may help ensure longer, healthier lives for your precious furkids for about the same or less than you are currently spending on food & treats, why wouldn't you? Safety is our primary objective! When it comes to product safety and quality ingredients, we don't do shortcuts. In fact, we act as if your pet's life depends on us. 

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