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6 Truths About Living With A Cat

posted by The Daily Fluff December 20, 2017 0 comments

Thinking about getting a cat? Owning one for the first time? Whatever your situation may be, you’re in for a treat! Cats are everything you would expect them to be: cute, furry and cuddly! However, if you’re new to the world of cats, then there are a few things about living with them that will surprise you. Don’t freak out. At the end of the day, you’ll never know how you lived without them!

Here are 6 truths about living with a cat:

  1. I Am The Greatest Star:

While they may be the apple of your eye, cats feel otherwise. As far as your kitty’s concerned, everything revolves around them. They are the sun, the stars and the moon. Unlike dogs, who will do anything to please you, cats see themselves as your master. Don’t feel bad for worshiping them, however. As a matter of fact, they get a kick out of it. But don’t be afraid to be firm with them from time to time. After all, it is you who is the true master of the house!

  1. Mine! All Mine!

Because they think they are the rulers of the world, cats will believe that everything in the house belongs to them, including you! Clothing, furniture, food (yes, your food) and more, cats will have no problem doing whatever they please with your stuff. They may sleep on your bed, hide in your wardrobe and steal your food off the counter. You might as well say goodbye to your favourite glass bowl if your kitty decides it’s their new toy. This is why you need to make sure your valuables are well protected from your cat’s little paws.

  1. I Can’t Be Tamed:

One of the big differences between cats and dogs is how they interact with their owners. Dogs can easily be trained to respond to commands from their owners. Cats, on the other hand, run by their own rules. As it goes, cats come to you when they feel like it, not when they’re told. While their independence should be applauded, it’s also something that needs to be controlled. Simply asking them to do something isn’t enough. You may have to take a little bit of action if you want your cat to do what you tell them.

  1. I Did Not See That Coming:

Something that will both surprise and scare you is how unpredictable cats can be. You two may be sitting on the couch one day and your cat may suddenly freak out and do a somersault off the cushion. Or you may come home from work one night and find your cat has staked its territory on your bed and will not move, no matter how many times they scratch you. But there’s nothing to be truly afraid of. Some things your kitty does may be your fondest memories of them. It could even be a YouTube sensation if you happen to record it!

  1. May I Offer This Complimentary Massage?

A quirk you will quickly love is your cat’s habit of kneading everything. While not all of them do it, many cats, young and old, tend to knead their paws on surfaces. From the carpet to your tummy, there are many theories as to why cats love to knead things. It may be to make a comfy spot for them to lie on, to mark their territory, or simply because they’re in a happy mood! If you’re lucky enough to receive one of their professional massages, don’t be nervous! Their claws shouldn’t hurt you. Just sit back and relax while your kitty purrs their kneading song!

  1. We’re Going To Be Best Friends:

No matter what quirks your cat may have and how strict you may be with them, you two will soon love each other with all your hearts! Like all best friends, you two may have things that you dislike about the other. You may quarrel and fight with each other when you’re both not getting your way. But there will also be times when you will rely on the other for comfort, laughs and a warm cuddle. The good days will certainly outweigh the bad, and you will treasure those days forever!

Living with a cat will be a rollercoaster ride that you will not want to get off of. So hold on tight, because you’re going to have the best ride of your life!

What are some things you’ve learnt from living with a cat? Comment below and let us know!

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Top 5 Tips For Having Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff December 7, 2017 0 comments

Thinking about allowing pets in the workplace? Wanting to bring your furry friend to work? It’s actually not a bad idea. Did you know that having pets in the workplace is beneficial for both owner and pet? Not only does it reduce stress levels amongst employees and increases happiness and morale, but it also allows pets to be happier too.

They’ll be with their best friend instead of waiting for them alone at home. But before you can consider bringing pets to work, there are a few things that need to be considered so that it’s a safe and happy environment.

Here are a few tips to know for having pets in the workplace:

  1. Is it legal?

While the boss may be okay with having pets in the workplace, it is important to know if they’re allowed in the building. Not only can they be considered to be a workplace hazard, but there also could be some legal troubles if anything serious were to happen. If they’re brought in when they’re not allowed, who knows how much trouble everyone will be in? That’s why before you even consider bringing them in, you need to check with building management first. It is also important for all employees who bring a pet to sign a waiver form so that it removes liability from the company. Once the forms are signed, print out a certificate to show which pets have approval.

  1. Get the Office Involved:

Having pets in the office should be beneficial for everyone, including those who don’t own them. Get the whole office together and make sure that everyone’s okay with little ones running about. If anyone has any allergies, the pets will need stay away from them and potentially be kept in their owner’s office. There also needs to be a limit as to how many pets are allowed each day. If everyone brought their pet, it would be chaos! Create a calendar so that everyone can schedule which days they bring their pet. Don’t worry: every little one will get a turn.

  1. Make Sure Pets Are Trained:

You can’t just have pets running around the office. Not only will they create a mess, but it could turn into disaster if they get in someone’s way. That’s why pets need to be trained before they are allowed at work. They not only need to respond to simple commands, but they also need to be well socialized so that they don’t be aggressive with other pets or employees. You also need to make sure they’re not shy and uncomfortable. They should be happy as well as you.

  1. Have a Safe Environment:

A safe workspace is important for having pets in it. It needs to be big enough so they have plenty of space to walk around in, and that they don’t get in the way of anyone else. It also needs to be clean so that pets don’t accidently eat something or step on something sharp. If you’re bringing a pet, be a good sport and clean up after yourselves. If you have computers or any other electronic device, make sure the floors and walls are clear of wires. This will ensure that cheeky ones don’t chew on them, and that they don’t trip over or become caught.

  1. Does Your Pet Need a Sickie?

Employees should stay home if they’re sick so they don’t spread germs at work. The same goes for pets. Before you can bring them in, take them to the Vet to make sure they’re healthy and sick free. They can’t be spreading germs to any other pets! Also, make sure they have the necessary vaccinations so they’re not likely to catch any illnesses. They may not like getting a shot, but the sooner it’s over and done with, the sooner they can come to work and make everybody happy!

Coming to work won’t be such a downer once you have cute little animals to keep you company. Who knows? Maybe your pet will be employee of the month!

What tips do you have for bringing pets to work? Comment below and let us know!

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3 Tips for a Healthy Dog Coat

posted by The Daily Fluff September 20, 2017 0 comments

Fur. Pretty much all dogs of different shapes, sizes, and colour have it, with some having long, some having short, some having straight and some having curly coats of fur. For all dogs though, having a nice shiny healthy coat helps in their overall health and wellbeing, plus really healthy fur is so beautiful and luxurious to pat.

Below we have 3 tips to help you and your dog achieve ultimate hair goals, or in this case fur goals.

Nutrition

Nutrition is a big factor in determining how healthy a dog’s coat will be. Essentially the more nutrient dense your dog’s diet is the healthier your dog will be and in turn, the shinier and healthier their coat will be as well. To accomplish this, find foods that are best for your dog’s breed, size, and age, which can be done by simply reading the labels and contents of your dog’s food. Foods that are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids are also great in keeping your dogs coat shiny and healthy. It’s important to note that it is best to talk to your vet about the best nutrition and food for your dog as each breed may have different nutritional needs.

Grooming

Grooming is an important step in giving your dog a nice shiny and healthy coat of fur. This can either be done through a professional groomer or even on your own. As a guide; long-haired breeds should be brushed twice a week, those with thick undercoats should be brushed once a week, and short-haired breeds need to be brushed frequently to get rid of loose fur.

Bathing

Obviously it’s important to wash and bathe your dog regularly to keep them happy and healthy, however, it is also important not to bathe them too frequently. Washing your dog about once a month is generally enough to help keep their skin and fur healthy. This is because constant bathing can strip your dog’s fur of the essential natural oils that they produce to keep their coats healthy, similar to the advice we are given as humans to not wash our hair too much for the same reason.

 

Did these tips help your pooch get a nice shiny coat? Have you got any other tips and tricks to help dogs maintain a healthy coat? Let us know in the comments!

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15 Fun Facts About Cats

posted by The Daily Fluff September 1, 2017 0 comments

Are you like us and love cats? How much do you actually know about the feline species? Well, we might just blow your mind!

Here are some fun cat facts to test your knowledge because you can never know too many facts, especially about our feline friends.

Read on below for 15 fun fact!

  1. A group of cats is called a clowder
  2. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans
  3. Despite the constant association between cats and milk, most cats are actually lactose intolerant. So maybe hold off giving your cats a lot of milk.
  4. If you’ve noticed your cat seems to always be sleeping don’t worry, it’s completely normal. The average cat can sleep 16-18 hours per day
  5. Cats have the ability to jump approximately 6 times its height
  6. If a cat falls from 5 storeys up they have about a 90% chance of surviving. They really live up to the idea that a cat always lands on its feet!
  7. Cats greet each other by touching their noses together, similar to how us humans handshake when we greet each other
  8. Cats are unable to taste sweet things
  9. Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt and were often considered sacred. Something cats seem to have not forgotten to this day
  10. Similar to how each human has a unique fingerprint, each cat has a unique print on their nose
  11. Most female cats are right pawed while most male cats are left pawed.
  12. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds. In comparison, dogs can only make 10 vocal sounds
  13. A female cat is called a ‘queen’ or a ‘molly’
  14. Cats spend a large portion of their waking hours cleaning themselves. According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine cats typically spend 30 to 50 per cent of their day cleaning and grooming themselves
  15. When a cat rubs against you it’s not just a sign of affection. They are actually leaving their scent on you as a way to mark their territory. Essentially letting other cats know that you belong to them.

Did you find any of these facts interesting? Any that took you by surprise? Let us know in the comments!

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Fun Treats to Make Your Dog

posted by The Daily Fluff August 28, 2017 0 comments

It’s no secret that dogs love food, I mean how many of us have gone somewhere in our house only to find our pooch has somehow obtained food from seemingly nowhere?

Although they can be cheeky at times every dog deserves to get spoilt once in a while, so why not make these delicious treats for your furry best friend to really spoil them?!

Try these recipes below:

Chicken dog treats:

This is a great and super simple recipe for your pooch if they absolutely love chicken (which we’re pretty sure is nearly every dog!) Don’t worry if you don’t have chicken you can substitute it for another meat your dog loves.

For these baked tasty goodies, you’ll need:

1 cup of cooked, finely diced chicken

½ a cup of rice, cooked & mashed

3 tablespoons of parsley

1 egg

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 175C
  2. Mix together all ingredients until combined.
  3. Spoon mixture onto tray (or into a mould if you have one)
  4. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until tops are golden brown
  5. Once baked, allow to cool before storing them or feeding them to your dog
  6. Enjoy!

(View the full recipe here.)

Peanut Butter and Strawberry frozen treats:

It seems that dogs absolutely LOVE peanut butter, so when the Melbourne weather starts to heat up (hopefully soob!) why not try this handy recipe to help cool your pup down and give them a delicious treat at the same time.

For this delicious and refreshing treat, you’ll need:

12 medium to large strawberries

About 3-4 spoonfuls of peanut butter

¼ cup of cold water

Ice cube tray

Method:

  1. Wash and cut tops of strawberries
  2. Put strawberries and water together until pureed
  3. Fill ice cube tray with the puree, only filling each slot ¾ full
  4. Place a dollop of peanut butter onto each filled slot in the ice cube tray
  5. Place in freezer and allow to freeze
  6. Once frozen you are ready to take some treats out and let your pup enjoy!

(View the full recipe here.)

Which treat are you going to make? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear how your dog likes them.

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5 Reasons Why Birds Make Good Pets

posted by The Daily Fluff August 22, 2017 0 comments

Have you thought about getting a pet but think a dog or cat might not be right for you? Or maybe you want a non-traditional pet that can bring you a world of joy.

We’ve got the best pet for you! Read on below for 5 reasons why birds make great pets.

  1. They are fairly low maintenance

Birds are a good option for those who want to enrich their lives with a pet but are either slightly time poor or don’t want the high-maintenance cats and dogs bring with the need for a lot of attention, exercise, and training. Birds on the other hand, require far less training, unless you want to teach them cool tricks! They are much easier to clean up after as they are self-grooming creatures and their mess tends to be isolated to their cage.

  1. They are highly intelligent

Birds are very smart and curious creatures. They have the capability to learn many new things, such as learning to mimic human speech and behaviours or using objects as tools. This makes them very intriguing and fun pets to watch and play with, especially with their human like antics!

  1. Birds are perfect for small places

If you live in a small house or an apartment a bird is the perfect pet for these spaces. Whereas cats and dogs require a lot of room to run around, birds are quite happy with only a few metres of space for their cage.

  1. They are very social

Birds are considered to be very social creatures as can be heard with their constant chirping and chattering. This makes them fun to interact and talk with, especially if you have trained your bird to speak or it has started mimicking human voices. Either way they are the perfect companion to talk to and get your thoughts off your chest without fear of judgment.

  1. Life long companion

Did you know that some species of birds can live up to 50 years? That truly makes some birds life long companions. However, although some birds can live up to 50 years many have a lifespan of up to 20 years, which is still quite a long time. So whatever breed you choose be prepared for a long and happy life together.

Don’t let us do all the talking! If you have a bird tell us how they have brightened up your life in the comments below.

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Top Tips For Moving Homes With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff August 3, 2017 0 comments

Moving houses can be an exciting and stressful time for us humans with the excitement of starting a new chapter in our lives, but also the stress of packing, unpacking and everything that goes with it! However, during moving day humans aren’t the only ones feeling stressed, our pets can also become very anxious during this time.

Make moving a little less stressful for you and your furry friend with our top tips below!

Stick to their routine:

During the whole moving process, it’s important to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible. This includes before and after the move. Continue to feed your animal at the same time you normally would and to make sure you take your dog for a walk every day. The more they stick to their usual routine, the easier the adjustment period will be!

Pet proof your new house:

When animals become anxious and stressed their instinct can tell them to flea or escape an uncomfortable or threatening situation. As they are unfamiliar with their new home and its surroundings some pets may try to escape, and even try to find their way back to their old home. This means it’s vital to check the house, yard and fencing to ensure that it is secure and that there are no areas your pet can squeeze through in order to escape. For people with cats, it’s best to keep them inside for a couple of days until they feel safe and secure in their new home.

Allow your pet to get comfortable with their new surroundings:

Once you have moved into your new place make sure you get your furry friend accustomed to your house and its surroundings. Let your pet to explore the area, including the yard and any surrounding areas under your supervision. For dog owners, it might be a good idea to take your dog for regular walks during the moving process to get them use to the sights, sounds, and smells of the new area, this is especially helpful in the event they do escape they have a better chance of finding their way back home again.

Do you have any great tips for moving homes with your pet? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Dog Café

posted by The Daily Fluff August 3, 2017 0 comments

Any foodie in Melbourne loves exploring to find the latest and greatest cafés. Every weekend is a new adventure to seek out all the smashed avo and coffee options. However, no adventure would be complete without a trusted animal sidekick to share all your discoveries with.

Luckily we have just the place for you and your pooch! Clear out your weekend plans and head down to The Dog Café!

Located in Boronia, The Dog Café is the newly opened cafe that is friendly for both pets and owners. It has everything for every dog lover including good food, coffee and company. With white tables and chairs sitting outside, The Dog Café is just begging for you to sit down and relax with your pup. The inside of The Dog Café is no different with its hanging lightbulbs from the ceiling that helps create that dreamy café aesthetic.

When you step out back and take notice of the mural of dogs wondering the Melbourne streets, you can see how much this café loves the cute four-legged creatures. With a turf covered ground, a sand pit, hay stacks and doggie pools, your fur baby will be unable to resist what the café has to offer. Let them play and meet new friends as you can sit down on the picnic tables and enjoy the sunshine without worrying about keeping your pet on a leash.

But of course, a café isn’t a café without mouth-watering food and drinks. For your satisfaction, The Dog Café has a large array of drinks for every café lover, including coffee, cappuccinos, long blacks, hot chocolates, ice coffee and milkshakes. Be prepared to leave plenty of room in your stomach for the wide selection of salads, cakes and slices. The Dog Café also has plenty of options for every dog that has been longing to enjoy the café lifestyle. There are puppacinos, dog food and dog rolls that will make your furry foodie so full they’ll just sprawl on the turf.

We know how we’ll be spending our weekend! Join us and visit this must-see destination.

Open hours are: Friday – Sunday from 9am till 4pm.

Address: 120 Boronia Road, Boronia.

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4 Tips To Curb Destructive Chewing

posted by The Daily Fluff June 16, 2017 0 comments

Chewing is an important activity for dogs of all ages as it helps maintain a strong jaw, clean teeth and help relieve teething pain in puppies while also combating boredom. However, excessive chewing can be a sign that your dog is experiencing anxiety and frustration or isn’t mentally or physically stimulated enough.

For those of you with a dog who loves to destructively chew, it’s best to minimise exposure to situations that may make your furry-friend feel nervous or upset, as well as ensuring they have plenty of fun games to play and regular exercise.

For more ideas on how to curb destructive chewing, we’ve rounded up our top 4 tips:

“Dog-proof” your house:

Be sure to keep your valuable objects out of your pup’s reach until you’re confident that they won’t be chewed on. We suggest keeping your shoes and clothes in a closet, dirty laundry in a hamper, and books on shelves.

Provide your pup with plenty of appropriate chew toys:

Be sure to take note of the toys that keep your pup chewing for long periods of time and try to limit their access to them. Rotating or introducing new toys every few days will help ensure your pup doesn’t get bored with the same toys which could make them look elsewhere for things to chew!

Don’t be afraid to offer edible things to chew such as pig ears, rawhide bones, or natural chews:

A very important tip to deter destructive chewing is to help your pup learn the difference between what they should and shouldn’t chew. Offer them a great selection of edible chew toys including pig ears or natural chews. However, it’s best to avoid cooked bones as they may splinter and become a choking hazard.

As a general rule, don’t resort to giving them unwanted or unused household items like old shoes. This will help your pup learn to distinguish what is and isn’t theirs.

Keep them mentally and physically stimulated!

Daily walks, off-leash play with other dogs, tug and fetch games is a great way to achieve this. If, however you have a high energy breed, you may require more stimulation so why not sign up for an agility course or alpha dog training to truly engage both you and your pet?

If you work long hours or need to leave your dog unattended for a long period of time, why not have a good high-energy play session before you leave them alone! That’s sure to tire them out!

Do you have any great tips to share with us? Comment below.

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Tips For Keeping Pets Warm Over The Cooler Months

posted by The Daily Fluff May 2, 2017 0 comments

When you’re rugging up for the cooler months, don’t forget about your fur babies, too!

We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep them warm this winter:

Provide them with shelter:

Generally wind and rain comes hand-in-hand with the cooler weather. Shelters are important for all animals—whether it be dogs, cats, horses, rabbits or birds—to protect them from all of the elements.

Blankets and Beds:

Blankets and beds are great things to have for your pets. Have animals in a hut? Throw in some material to mix in with the straw. Parrot feeling chilly? Invest in or make a cloth hut to hang from the cage ceiling. It’s also a great idea to air out, rotate or wash the bedding daily or whenever damp or dirty—especially for the dogs that love to spend their days jumping in puddles and playing in the rain!

Layer on the jackets!

Jackets can be your pet’s very own transportable shelter, which helps ensure they remain dry and warm. Make sure you pay attention to changes in the weather so your pet doesn’t overheat, and keep in mind their natural coats and breed-specific characteristics. Not all breeds of animals require jackets, and, for some, a top-half waterproof jacket would be sufficient just to keep them dry. For those of you who love a fashionable pet outfit, we’ve started spotting the most adorable animals socks and hats—eeeek!

Make sure the heating is on:

If your house gets cold in winter and you’re going out for the day, you could put the heater on low so your indoor cat can still snuggle up to the hot air. All animals have their preferences!

Keep them inside at night:

If your pet isn’t already in at night, bring them inside to sleep—if possible—as nighttime is when the temperature usually drops even more. A room with floorboards or tiles is generally easiest for you to keep them in, so if they do sneak out of their bed their muddy paw prints can easily be cleaned up.

Get active!

It’s important to keep your pets active in winter to keep their blood and body pumping. Play with them inside, or take them for shorter walks so they can still experience the outdoors. Don’t let the cold weather make you forget about keeping them hydrated on walks.

Give them plenty of love:

Do we really need to give you another reason to snuggle up with your pets? We thought not!

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