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Frequencies of 20 to 50 Hertz are helpful in speeding the healing process of bone injuries. Cat’s purr vibrations which range from 20 – 140 Hertz, can help heal soft tissue injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles.
A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times – yes, 14 times! – more sensitive and stronger than humans.
Cats can run at 30 mph or 48 kph which is faster than gold-winning 100 meter world record champion Usain Bolt.
On average, cats spend around 2/3 of their days sleeping. To give you an idea, a nine-year old cat has been awake for three years of its life.
Cats can make over 100 different sounds, whereas dogs make around 10.
Felines lack a sweet tooth, as it is believed that there is a mutation in a key taste receptor that prevents cats from tasting sugar.
No one likes to be under stress and pets are certainly no different. Recently we published a post about recognizing the signs of stress in felines, which are also similar to those found in dogs. Here we’ll look at ways to prevent and treat stress for our four-legged best friends.
Commonly when we think about stress, we may be imagining something like separation anxiety, which estimates place at around 30% of all companion animals who suffer from this to some degree. In addition to the signs as noted in our previous article, dogs can also become destructive, chewing or digging during our absence. They may also groom, chew or scratch their bodies to the point of causing injury to themselves.
Usually positive training techniques are effective when dealing with this type of disorder, but you might want to try some distraction techniques, like leaving on a television or radio when you need to leave them home alone. Other ways to ease this type of suffering is by providing them with interactive toys or treats while you’re away.
Event Related Stress
Many dogs suffer from stress associated with a specific event, like fireworks or during loud thunderstorms. Especially when we have advanced warning of when these may be occurring, there are some natural remedies available that will calm or soothe a distressed dog without the use of drugs.
The makers of one of these options, Bach’s Rescue Remedy, lists over a dozen herbs and other all natural ingredients on their website that can help dogs with everything from lethargy to being high strung. For example, crab apple is said to help dogs who are excessive “stress” groomers and experience rashes or other problems as a result.
Reducing Overall Stress
Keeping a dog on a regular schedule is best for them overall, but it also helps to reduce stress since the occurrence of everyday events are less unexpected. Other ways to ensure they’ll stay calm and be less anxious are:
- Playing With Them: Regular exercise, especially for younger and adult dogs who need to burn off some steam.
- Staying With Them: If your dog is fearful of thunderstorms, stay with them during this event since your presence can be very calming.
- Giving Them A Massage: Who doesn’t love a nice, soothing massage to ease our everyday stress and dogs can reap the same type of calming rewards from a nice rubdown.
- Giving Them Space: Yet another reason for crate training a dog, giving them their own space, even if it’s a cozy bed, is very reassuring for them.
- Giving Them Better Food: Similar to humans, dogs can also suffer from added stress due to a poor diet so be sure they have quality food that’s properly balanced for their specific dietary needs and life stage.
Always see your vet first before changing your dog’s exercise or diet regime. If your pet continues to experience stress for some unknown reason, please take them to see their veterinarian. They could be suffering from some sort of medical issue that’s causing them anxiety. If training, love, attention, affection or a visit to the doggie doctor all don’t work, you may want to consult an animal behavioural specialist for answers.
Author: Amber Kingsley - Freelance Pet Writer
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