Five Things Your Purring Kitty’s Telling You When They Knead

Happy World Cat Day! This honorary day not only brings awareness to cat adoptions, it also celebrates our kitties at home! We show our cats affection with treats, toys and cuddles, but how do they reciprocate the love? If you’ve seen your cat “making biscuits” that’s a good sign! Here are five things your purring kitty is telling when they knead:

#1. It’s their kitten instinct to nurse

When our cats were kittens and started to nurse, the kneading motion on their mama’s belly was a way to stimulate milk flow. This sweet interaction tells their moms they are receiving the nutrients they need.

#2. It’s getting cozy

Like people, cats have definite preferences for where they are most comfortable. As our kitties age, kneading becomes a way to show they are relaxed. There is a therapeutic, self-soothing element to the motion of kneading, even if it is on your arm, a blanket, or a pillow. Once you see those sweet eyes start to squint, and you hear that soft purr, its clear your kitty is comfortable and maybe ready for a cat-nap! When cats cuddle on your lap, it  offers 3 benefits: it’s elevated, and many cats like to roost up off the floor; laps are warm, cats are attracted to body heat (especially in the colder months); laps are a safe place, cats can cozy up and have a sense of security.

#3. Telling you they love you

Kittens not only knead on their mothers for milk flow, it’s also to show their love for their mom. Their instinct to knead is a sign they feel the same way about you! All of our kitties “love languages” are different but you can be sure if you see your purring fur baby start to knead, they are telling you they love you.

#4. They are happy!

We all know our kitties are in a good mood when they start purring or chirping at us. Just like with our pets, people can tell if someone is happy is through their body language. When our cats snuggle up and start making biscuits—you know they’re happy. It’s that cranky, swift wagging tale you have to worry about.

#5. Marking their territory

Did you know cats have scent glands in the pads of their feet? When they knead their little feet get warm and excrete their scent, essentially marking their territory. This is why you’ll notice your cat sleeping in the same spots. It’s a way for your kitties to make themselves feel at home, safe and secure.

In honor of World Cat Day treat your kitties to extra cuddles and don’t stop until they start purring and kneading! How are you going to celebrate with your cat? Comment below!

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N. California Evacuation Centers

See a list of evacuation centers below:

CHICO

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street (UPDATE: This center is now full)

A large animal shelter has been set up at Camelot Equestrian Park,1985 Clark Road

St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue (small animals accepted if leashed and crated)

Neighborhood Church at 2801 Notre Dame

PARADISE

Paradise Alliance Church at 6491 Clark Road (Small animals are accepted, RVs allowed in parking lot)

Elks Lodge at 1100 Elks Lane

ORLAND

Glenn County Fairgrounds at 221 E. Yolo Street

COLUSA

Colusa County Fairgrounds at 1303 10th Street

GRASS VALLEY

Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourney Road (Enter Gate 1)

PLACER COUNTY

Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Boulevard in Roseville

SUTTER

Sutter High School, 2665 Acacia Avenue

YOLO COUNTY

Yolo County Fairgrounds Home Arts Building at 1250 East Gum Avenue, Woodland

YUBA COUNTY

Alcouffe Center at 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House

Beale Air Force Base at 6000 C Street

Yolo County Fairgrounds at 1250 Gum Ave, Woodland

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Three Tips for Training Your Pet Using Positive Reinforcement

Whether your pet is a newborn puppy, an old timer, or a hyperactive fluffy tornado, a little obedience training goes a long way with pet behavior. Teaching your pup basic commands is a wonderful opportunity to not only bond with your pet, but also to train them to behave. Though teaching your pet commands is no walk in the park, pet obedience allows more opportunities for adventure in public places (yes, like the park) to socialize with other animals and people. How do you get there? The Precise team has the answer: a little positive reinforcement.

#1. Give them some love!

When you were a kid and accomplished something, a huge hug always let you know that you had done well. The same goes for our furry friends. When your pup masters a command, be sure to show them some love, and give them a great big petting.

#2. Use an uplifting tone

As you’re petting your pup, be sure to praise them! Use an uplifting, cheery tone to assure them that they have accomplished their task! On the flipside, if your pet is becoming frustrated, and is having trouble understanding your commands, continue to use an encouraging tone. Try not to become frustrated and exude that in your voice. This will discourage your pet, and eventually stop them from performing the command.

#3. Grab the Healthy Habits Treats

Reward you pet each time they follow through with a command correctly with a treat. This continuous reinforcement will communicate to your pet that they have accomplished the command. Once your pet becomes a master at the command, you may begin to add on a second step (sit…stay; down…roll). Over time, be sure to reduce the number of times you reward your pet with a treat, but always continue to praise them with an uplifting tone and a pet for when they have accomplished the command.

Be sure to start with the basics. Keep in mind that these commands are new territory for your pet, and it may take some time for certain commands to stick. Positive reinforcement is the correct way to encourage your pet to follow through with obedience training. Be patient and continue to practice; they will learn to master these commands before you know it!

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Five Reasons Why Our Pets Need to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

If we brush our teeth daily, why don’t our pets do the same? This is what we’ve been pondering in honor Pet Dental Health Month. Yes, we know, the idea of adding another task into our busy schedules sounds daunting, but as good pet parents, it is our responsibility to make sure our pet’s oral hygiene is up-to-par. Our pets rely on us for all of their basic needs, so we can’t forget about their pearly whites! Here are five reasons why we should make our pet’s teeth a priority:

#1. Their oral hygiene is just as important as ours!
For all the same reasons oral hygiene is important for humans, it is equally important for our animals. Regular dental checks and brushing can keep your pet healthier and prevent small dental problems from becoming bigger issues down the road.

#2. Healthy teeth = better breath
Regular brushing reduces the effects of bad breath. Think about it, animals use their mouths to clean themselves and to discover their surroundings…which can get a bit messy. As much as we love their kisses, we don’t want to catch a whiff of what they may have found in the trash!

#3. Reduces the risk of gum disease and keeps teeth strong and healthy
Animals can suffer from plaque buildup too, which can cause periodontal gum disease. Now, your pets may not like having their teeth brushed, so there are other options for reducing plaque and keeping their teeth healthy. Dental chews, PlaqueOff, and regular appointments with your veterinarian are all great ways to keep your pet’s teeth in check!

#4. Regular oral care can save you money
Regular brushing and dental appointments with your veterinarian can help to prevent serious dental issues, which as we all know can get expensive fast. These small investments in your pet’s well-being can save you from pricy, more serious visits down the road.

#5. Tooth aches can be painful
Our pets can’t speak to tell us when they’re hurting. Practicing regular oral care and dental checks with your pet reduces the risks of developing serious dental problems. By adding oral care into your pet’s daily routine, you can prevent them from losing teeth, or having dental problems go undetected.

So, in honor of Pet Dental Health Month, grab a tooth brush and get scrubbing! Your local pet store may have a toothpaste that your pet may like a little better than ours. Or, for easy fresh breath, throw your pup a Healthy Habits Treat, made with peppermint!

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Get Outside and Play with Your Pet Today

Did you know your pets crave vitamin D just as much as you do? It’s true. January and February are known for being the busiest months in the gym, so let’s take your workout outside with the ultimate partner, your pet. The Precise team has come up with a few reasons why giving your pet time outdoors can make a positive impact on their daily lifestyle:

Improves Mental Health

Exercise is proven to reduce stress and improve mental well-being in humans, and the same goes for our furry friends. Try bringing your pets with you to local greenways, lake trails, or state parks to explore and release some energy! Be sure to bring a leash along for the ride, as not all parks have leash-free zones. Also, don’t forget to bring a bowl and plenty of water so your companion stays hydrated during your excursion.

Reduces Risk of Illness

Did you know 75% of dogs don’t get enough vitamin D? Plenty of time outside paired with our Precise Naturals Chicken Meal and Rice Foundation Formula can help reduce the risks of calcium deficiency, heart conditions, and high blood pressure in our furry companions. Less visits to the vet sounds pretty great—and we’re sure Fido would agree.

Social Interaction

It’s no secret that a great way to bond with your pet is by dedicating time with them daily. The simple commitment to visit a dog park on the weekends, or to go for a 30-minute walk everyday are both great opportunities for your companion to interact with other pets and people.

Improvement in Behavioral Traits

Let’s face it, when you return home from a day jam-packed with classes, or another day at the office, your pet gets a little excited when you come home and may even show you through chewing, scratching, or jumping. The impact of taking your pet outside to release their built up energy will decrease the likelihood of destructive behaviors when you return home.

Now it’s up to us, as pet parents, to commit to spending more time outside with our fur babies. It’s pretty safe to say your pet will be thrilled to be included in your pact to be more active together. How do you plan to spend more time outside with your pet this year? Comment below!

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Five Signs that Indicate Your Pet is Under Stress

You’re not the only one who occasionally feels “under pressure;” our furry friends can too. Though they can’t tell us with words if they’re feeling distressed, their actions can. Sometimes, signs of stress may be an indication that your pet isn’t feeling well, and may need to go to the vet for further evaluation. As their owners, we need to make sure we are cautious of these five signs that indicate our pet is stressed:

#1. Unusual Aggressive Behavior

If your normally playful pet begins to scratch or growl out of character around people or other animals, this is a clear sign that something is wrong. Be sure to keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date, so when you consult your vet about your pet, they can quickly rule out any underlying medical issues.

#2. Decrease in Appetite

Is your pet’s favorite time of day feeding time? We’re familiar with that feeling. If you notice that your pet’s appetite dramatically decreases, or if they are having trouble keeping their food down, this is also a sign of stress and anxiety in our pets. When pets begin rejecting their meals, it’s important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

#3. Fatigue

If you notice that your animal is sleeping often during the day, keep an eye on their activity levels. Try to make time to encourage them to play inside and out to raise their energy. If you notice that their out of the ordinary sluggish behavior persists, they could be stressed or have a cold.

#4. Upset Tummy

This can be difficult to notice if your pet is mainly outdoors; however, if your housetrained pet has trouble getting to the litter box, or if they have trouble getting to the doggie door before they relieve themselves, anxiety could certainly be an indication. If these symptoms last longer than 24 hours, it could be a gastrointestinal issue that needs medical attention.

#5. Where’d you go?

If your clingy pet suddenly becomes MIA for long periods of time, this is also a sign that they are not feeling their best. Be sure to give them quiet time, and try not to pull them out of their hiding place; only remove them from their area if it could become dangerous for your pet to stay there.

Make sure that the environment that your pet is in is relaxed and not hectic. Try to avoid making loud noises, and be sure that your pet has a “safe,” comfortable area that they can escape to if they begin to feel overwhelmed. PetMD also identifies other tips for helping out an anxious pet in this article. Stress in our pets can be caused by a multitude of things. From health issues to environmental changes, if you notice that your pet’s behavior is out of the ordinary, be sure to contact your veterinarian for further consultation. Do you have any tips on how to relieve your stressed pet? Let us know in the comments below!

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Three Reasons to Spay and Neuter Your Pet

We’ve all had that thought: “My insert pet here would make the most adorable babies!” We get that feeling every time we look into those big sweet eyes of our lovable canine and feline friends; however, that feeling also greets us with a big reality check: the importance of spaying or neutering ours pets. Need us to explain? Read on:

Think of the Strays

This is the obvious one. Unfortunately, the surplus in the domestic pet population has resulted in overcrowding. Cats are 45 times more prolific than humans, and dogs are 15 times more prolific. Overcrowding, and an abundance of stray or feral animals leads to unnecessary euthanasia in pets.

Your Pet’s Life Expectancy Increases

Believe it or not, spaying/neutering your pet helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), breast tumors, and testicular cancer, promoting a long and healthy life for your pet.

If your pet is mainly outdoors, take comfort in knowing that this procedure will also reduce your pet’s interest in roaming; therefore, your pet will be less likely to run away, become injured in fights with other animals, or be involved in an auto accident.

Decreases Unruly Behavior

Whether your pet’s heat has them riled up, or they relieve themselves all over the house, neutering or spaying your pet can actually improve their behavior. Typically, your pet’s hormones will cause this territory-marking escapade; so once your pet’s hormones are balanced from the procedure, they will be less inclined to claim the space. This will also make your pet calmer if they tend to be a bit feisty.

Though the financial commitment of spaying/neutering your pet may make you shutter, many vets offer a wellness plan that allows you to make responsible decisions about your pet’s health, without breaking the bank (not to mention, having a litter of puppies or kittens is much more expensive). Once you bring your pet home after their appointment, be sure to take these tips into account to make your pet’s recovery time comfortable and relaxing.

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Four Simple DIY Dog Toys

Let us guess, the holidays are over, and Fido has already worn out his durable presents. We know the feeling. Not everyone has expendable cash at the start of the year, so we have a few tricks to keep your pup entertained in the meantime. Check out these four DIY dog toys that you can create by repurposing household items!

#1. Crackling Fetch Toy

Does your pup love toys that crackle? Grab an empty water bottle and a long sock to get crafting! Insert the bottle inside of the sock. Then, be sure to knot the sock, so the bottle is tucked away. It’s as simple as that! If you don’t have a sock lying around, an old-t-shirt will work just the same! Cut about ½ yard of fabric, and tuck the bottle in the inner-most part of the shirt, then, tie the shirt so the bottle is within the fabric.

#2. Homemade Treat Tumbler

If treats get your pet going, this toy will certainly keep them occupied. Grab your pet’s favorite treats and an old, deflated tennis ball. Cut a small hole in the tennis ball, and wedge the Healthy Habits treats inside. Shake the ball to get your pup’s attention, and let them have it! This treat puzzle is also wonderful because the rubber construction of the ball prevents immediate tearing!

#3. Braided Tug Toy

Do you have too many old t-shirts lying around? Let’s put them to good use. All you need for this toy are two old t-shirts and a pair of scissors. Lay out your shirts and cut vertical strips through the fabric, leaving the top inch of the fabric intact. After you make your cuts, begin intertwining the two fabrics together in a braid. Tie off the ends with a strip of the shirt fabric, and viola—you have a homemade braid tug toy! This may even keep your pet from rolling around in fresh laundry! This homemade toy already comes with your scent in tow.

#4. Toss Toys

For this toy, grab another old tennis ball or an old squeaky ball, a ribbon, scissors and another ½ yard of fabric. Cut your fabric into strips, fold them in half, and wrap the fabric around your centered ball. Tie off the ball with a ribbon, making sure that the ball is nice and tucked away inside the fabric. Then, get to tossing!

Not only will your pup love their new toys, you also get to save a bit of money and have fun crafting a one-of-a-kind trinket for your pet. Have any other DIY tricks you can share with us? Comment below!

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Ringing in 2017 with the Precise Pet Team

As 2017 greets us this weekend, the Precise Pet Team would like to thank you for another excellent year. We strive to innovate pet food formulas that take your animal’s unique dietary needs into account, while also developing your pet’s foundation for a long and happy life. Everything we do is with the health of your furry friend in mind, and we would not be successful without your continued feedback and support.

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Our 2016 year was filled with hallmark moments that we loved sharing with you. From tradeshow fun, to various philanthropic events, donating thousands of pounds of Precise kibble, disseminating hundreds of adoption kits, spending time with our 1,500 retailers, to sleeping in the cold to promote stray awareness; these memories will stay with us as we close this year’s chapter and look to our future in 2017.

Like you, we have a few resolutions of our own and cannot wait to share exciting new things with you in the future.

We sincerely thank you for your loyalty to the Precise Pet Products brand, and are eager to continue providing your pet with high-quality, wholesome nutrition in the new year!

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Happy HOWLidays from the Precise Pet Team

The time has nearly arrived to celebrate the joy in your heart for your family, friends, and furry loved ones. From the Precise Pet Products team, we would like to take this week’s blog post to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

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While you’re enjoying this extra time at home with your furry friends and holiday guests, please be sure to keep these Precise Holiday Safety Tips in mind. Also, we’d like to take a moment to remind you to bring your pets indoors if adverse weather greets you during the holiday. If your pet is mainly outdoors, and just can’t handle being inside when there’s snow on the ground, we’ve got a few simple tactics that can help them stay warm amidst the frigid conditions.

Oh, and if you and your pet plan to indulge in your favorite festive dishes, we have some holiday exercise suggestions that we plan on kick-starting just before the new year!

We hope you have a wonderful time creating holiday treats for your companion and dressing them up in their holiday best, or worst if you prefer the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ festivities!

Thank you for trusting us to provide your pet with the best nutrition for a long and healthy life. Happy HOWLidays from your favorite pet food company, Precise Pet Products.

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