Today is National Pet Day! Thanks to the Internet, animal lovers everywhere are able to share in some of the funniest and cutest pet moments captured in video or GIF form. You don't have to be a pet owner to laugh out loud at some of these dog, cat, and other pet GIFs, but if you are one you can probably relate to a few of them. Sneaky cats, sleepy dogs, and cuddling bunnies are just a few of the stars in these scenes. Check 'em out now!
If you haven't already fallen in love with Lil Bub, a sweet kitten that was born without teeth and a few extra digits, be prepared. The following collection of pictures of this adorable cat is sure to cause heart palpitations of the super-cute kind. And Lil Bub is on the verge of mega-stardom, with her first feature-length movie set to debut at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival this April. Click through to learn more about Lil Bub and some seriously adorable pics.
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Yes, that's a cat on a toilet. And yes, he does look pretty pissed about it. The whole Internet has just discovered the Litter Kwitter, a potty training system for cats that was—up until this point—known only to a rare breed of ambitious cat owners.
Created by a woman who toilet-trained her own cat, the Litter Kwitter works like this: You put a color-coded litter-filled ring with a very small hole on your toilet bowl. As your cat learns to jump on the porcelain throne every time he needs to relieve himself, you switch to a ring with a larger hole. This goes on until your animal suddenly realizes he's standing on a toilet bowl, praying he doesn't fall in.
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It's great idea, but according to the people who write reviews on Amazon about cat toilet training, it's not that easy.
Many children would love a cuddly cat or dog to play with. But should you give into your child's puppy-dog eyes when he asks for a furry, feathered or scaly friend? "I want to hear what others do or think," says Circle of Moms member Veronica K. "I love animals, don’t get me wrong, but I have my limitations on what I would allow in my home.”
Another mom, Wendy, is seeking input on what kind of animal would make for a good pet for her four-year-old daughter and seven and a half-year-old son, and she has many questions. "My husband and I have been talking about getting our children a pet, but we live in a small apartment so we don’t have much room," she says. "We don’t know what kind of pet our children would love or could handle. How did you introduce your child’s pet into the family?"
Here, Circle of Moms members offer four questions to consider before agreeing to parent a pet.
1. Is Your Child Ready for the Responsibility?
Many Circle of Moms members tout the benefits of pet ownership, saying it teaches kids responsibility in addition to providing another family member to love. "I think growing up with pets is so important [for kids]. It teaches them how to respect other living creatures, responsibility, and they always have a playmate," says one Circle of Moms member (screenname: Little Miss can’t Be Wrong).
But if your child isn't ready to help feed the animal or touch the pet in a safe way, then it might be worth waiting until he is physically and emotionally ready be more responsible, moms suggest. For example, Michelle says she only gave her daughter some fish after her third birthday and understood that her job would be to feed them each day. Michelle helps her daughter measure out the correct portion and teachers her one-year-old son to put the fish food container away.
Ashley and Sarah H. agree that the younger children probably should just be put in charge of feeding the pet, and even that activity should be supervised to make sure it’s actually done. Sarah started getting her 15-month-old to help feed their dog, but admits that she has to remind him not to play with the food, and also "sometimes stop him because he likes to feed the dog all the time."
Older children can be taught more complex tasks such as how to bathe a dog. Ashley adds.
2. What are Your Time and Budget Constraints?
When determining pet ownership, it’s important to consider your time and budget constraints, Circle of Moms members say. This is because it’s the parent’s responsibility to educate the child and teach them to respect the animal, Martine S. explains. "The child has to learn that no hair pulling, tail pulling, or hitting is allowed. Your animal has to know that you are also there for him. I am always baffled when people expect an animal to be 100 percent perfectly behaved," she says.
A member named Janeta agrees, relaying that she had to gradually introduce her daughter to their cat and dog: how to be gentle, and also teach the animals that their daughter is “just a baby.” Their cat knows not to bite or try to claw her, she says. "You have to have patience with the animals and with the child(ren) as well."
"Pets are awesome when you have kids — if you have the time/energy to take care of kids and [the] pets," Denikka G. says. Parents also have to consider the costs of food, housing and vet care, too. That’s why although she loves dogs, she's decided now is not the right time to get one. Her son is two-and-a-half years old, but when he gets older and can be responsible for a pet, she will let him own just about any animal he passionately wants.
The time and money necessary to care for a pet can be considerable, according to several moms. Iysha J., for example says she regrets having to vacuum every day to keep her house free of fur. "Pets are a pain, and it takes a lot of patience for someone to have a pet … It's harder to keep up with than a baby, really," she cautions.
For those reasons, Nikkole S. says she is not ready for the responsibility of a pet. "My son will be three this month and he keeps asking for a puppy, but I’m not getting one ’till both my kids are potty trained."
Pet owners Lise B. and Katherine B. say they, too, aren’t getting any more pets once their current ones pass away, because pet ownership takes too much time. "We have two dogs and a two-year-old, and I can't wait to not have pets," Lise says. "It's just that we really don't have the time to appropriately play with the dogs."
"[We] prefer spending our time with our child(ren) and not cleaning up cat puke, running to the vets, etc." Katherine B. seconds.
3. Does the Pet Fit Your Space?
Once you're ready for the responsibility of owning a pet, Circle of Moms members suggest you find one that fits in with the family — and your living space. For apartment-dwellers, Erica suggests a cat or less-active dog breed. "We have a Whippet, and he really only needed walking once a day, if that, when he was younger," she says. On the other hand, she says smaller dogs don’t tend to mix well with small children.
For a first pet, and for younger children, Kylie suggests starting with something small: "Fish, little birds, mice/rats, hamsters, or a rabbit." Smaller pets are easy to contain, their cages can be cleaned out easily, and feeding them is easy, too, she adds. And Kate cautions that bunnies need a lot of space and a garden.
Both Amanda P. and a mom named Eric urge research on species and breeds. "Research is crucial when choosing an animal to bring into a home with children, based on the temperament of the animal, and the lifespan and health issues the animal may have,” says Amanda, and Erica suggests talking to a local vet: "They will have great insight and may know of an animal that needs re-homing that would be perfect for your situation."
4. Will You Be Around to Supervise?
Even when you've found the best breed to co-exist with your children, experienced pet owners caution that you should always supervise your child around your pet. Anna R. says her pets are "exceptionally patient" with her son, letting him crawl all over them, pull on them, and put his fingers into their mouths. "[But], I don't ever leave the baby alone with them; they're still animals with instincts, and my son's still a baby with unpredictable impulses," she notes.
Even the friendliest dog could accidentally knock down a baby, adds Michelle S. "I love and trust our dog," she says of her Rottweiller X Mastiff. "But I will still be cautious with the children." That being said, experienced pet owners say with the right precautions, pet ownership is invaluable. "Pets bring such joy to the family and teaches children so much," exclaims Michelle S.
"Whether it's a dog, cat or a fish, it's not only fun but does teach them tremendous amounts of responsibility, respect and compassion," Lyssa B. concludes.
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Here at Sugar, we love our four-legged friends — maybe even more than we love celebrities. So PetSugar is taking a break from ogling Boo and Grumpy Cat to fawn over our own pets. Besides, we have our own Boo lookalike and plenty of adorably grumpy felines who deserve celebrity status. Click through and get to know 76 of our very own Sugar employees' pets.
There's nothing cuter than animals playing their hearts out in the snow. The Winter setting may give you the chills, but the sheer joy on these animals' faces will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. From puppies rolling around in the frost to wild horses running across a frozen meadow, we've culled the happiest animals playing in the Winter wonderland. Curl up by the fire and click on!
The Winter can be a risky time for animals, but with a few tips and precautions, you can winterize your pet to keep him safe and warm in the most frigid temperatures. Keeping your pet indoors may be the easiest solution, but your dog still needs his exercise, and your outdoor cat will want to keep her normal routine. Weathering Winter elements like snow, ice, and salt takes more than picking the trendiest pet parka; read on for a few simple and important safety tips for winterizing your pet.
If your pet must be kept outside:
- If your dog has an outdoor house, then make sure it's elevated and dry and preferably insulated so that drafts don't creep in. And, of course, furnish it with warm, comfortable bedding.
- Add a pet door to your garage so that he can have access to extra shelter, and provide him with a nice doggie bed in a clean, dry area. Also, make sure to keep poisonous chemicals like antifreeze and rodenticide out of his reach.
- Check periodically to make sure that your pet's water is not frozen, and use plastic bowls instead of metal ones, as your pet's tongue could freeze and stick to metal, à la Ralphie in A Christmas Story.
- This may sound crazy, but check under the hood of your car before you start the engine. Cats are known to seek shelter in car engines when temps are low. Usually banging the hood or honking the horn is enough to startle them out of their hiding places.
- Outdoor pets will require more calories in the Winter to produce body heat, so make sure to keep his food bowl more stocked than in the Summer.
For more tips on how to keep your pet safe in frigid temperatures, just keep reading.
We can't stop following cute cats on Instagram, but perhaps the most photogenic are the smush-faced breeds. (And by photogenic, we mean adorably grumpy-looking.) Brachycephalic cats, including Exotic Shorthairs and Himalayans, are becoming increasingly popular Internet stars as photo-sharing owners proudly show off their furry companions. Maybe it's because they look like walking, meowing stuffed animals with their cartoonish features, but for whatever reason, the newest face of Instagram is smushed. Click on to ogle our favorites!
It's t-minus 13 days until Halloween . . . has your pet decided on a costume yet? As you scramble to put together your own, don't forget that your furry (or feathered) friend may want to join in on the festivities! But before you drop your precious dough on a costume that's hare today, gone tomorrow, consider saving some by unearthing your glue gun for some down-home DIY fun. We turned to Etsy for 13 creative pet costume ideas that — with just a smidge of elbow grease and artistic flair — you can make at home on the cheap!
Source: Etsy seller KOCouture
One sad side effect of the nation's economic struggles is the increase in pets showing up at animal shelters, turned in by families who can no longer afford their upkeep. But while most of you said that you'd never give up your fuzzy buddy, even if you faced bankruptcy, it can sometimes feel as though our pets are eating us out of house and home. If you seem to be spending more on pet food than you are on your own food, consider these seven tips to keep your furry friend from ingesting your monthly budget!