Seeing as this is my favorite cat breed, I thought I’d have some fun and write a little blog about them. These amazing cats are set for snowy weather like we’ve been having this February!
Maine Coon ancestors arrived on ships with the vikings. They developed into large, long haired cats over generations that were faced with harsh winter conditions. The survivors were the largest, hairiest cats which makes this breed very hearty in cold climates. They are extremely good natured and that’s a plus due to their large size.
Does your dog or cat struggle with an upset stomach? Do he/she vomit or have diarrhea regularly? If so, don’t ignore it! There could be some serious consequences if you do. An unhealthy digestive tract could lead to immunological problems, organ disease and other issues. Sometimes, we become complacent and just resign ourselves to thinking it’s just normal for our pet. It’s not!
An incredibly valuable protein source that pet owners often miss is fish. Did you know that fish is packed with omega 3 fatty acids? It's a low fat, high protein food with a great polyunsaturated fat profile (the good fats). Most animals, including humans, are not getting enough omega 3 in their diet.
The two most commonly known and important omega 3’s are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahaexenoic acid (DHA). For starters, DHA makes up approximately 25% of the mammalian brain. So if your pet isn't getting enough, it could affect behaviour, nervous system function and array of other systems including the digestive, reproductive and endocrine systems.
Understanding your dog’s precursors to his or her “fight or flight” reaction, is crucial to building a trusting relationship between you two. As simple as this sounds, if you don’t understand these “precursors,” often dogs will appoint themselves with the task of assigning behavioural actions they deem best. Ultimately, they want to be assured that you know what is best for them and will keep them safe.
We all know that a healthy pet means fewer vet bills and the easiest way to promote well-being in your dog is through a nutritious diet, but is that the only component necessary? What about exercise, playtime, proper shelter, etc? All of these contribute to the well-being of your dog too. So, is he happy? How would you know if he/she is? And for those who don’t have a dog, yes, dogs have emotions too!
So we know nutritious foods are only one aspect, particularly 3P Naturals (shameless plug!) but there are many signals that your dog may be showing you that will help you determine whether or not he/she is happy.