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First-ever Wellness CATalog gives cat parents a digital resource to help decode their cat’s strangest behaviors and find the perfect palate-pleasing dinner

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Despite their cute faces and sometimes cuddly natures, cats can be confusing!

To help pet parents decode behaviors at mealtime, Wellness® Natural Pet Food created the Wellness CATalog – a digital resource for cat parents. Including expertise from Wellness veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal, the CATalog helps shed light on the personality traits that have puzzled cat parents for decades and helps cat parents find the perfect food pairings for their furry friends.

“Cats are not as easy to read as dogs and they often exhibit behaviors that we just can’t figure out,” said Bernal. “Many cat parents don’t realize that there are actually scientific explanations behind many of these quirks.”

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How many pet owners have tattoos of their pets? A new survey reveals the answer and more about our relationships with our furry friends

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LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) — In honor of National Dog Appreciation Day on August 26, Wag!, the on-demand mobile dog walking app, has revealed survey results exploring the depths of a pet parent’s love.

While it’s no surprise dogs are adored by their families, 38% of the 2,000 pet parents surveyed said the one they show the most love and attention to in their household is their dog, ranking higher than spouses or significant others (23%).

Pet parents also take “therapy dog” to a whole new level with 44% of respondents saying they are most likely to turn to their dog for comfort when they’re feeling sad or angry, compared to 34% instead turn to their spouse or significant other.

Pet parents also said they express their love by:

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How can you tell if your chickens are healthy?

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Sometimes something may seem off, or you might just want to do a weekly check to make sure your feathered friends are okay, especially since diseases that affect chickens can quickly spread to an entire flock. Here’s a quick list to ensure the health of your backyard chickens.:

What to do if your dog has bad breath

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A dog’s bad breath could be more than an odor problem; it might signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only the animal’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. Mike Topper says regular dental exams can help prevent more serious health problems.

“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets; it’s also entirely preventable,” said Dr. Topper.

Twice-a-year checkups, including an oral health checkup, are important to ensure your pet is not in pain and is not suffering from serious oral health problems. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys, which can be life threatening.

Guessing the sex of a peacock, i.e. peafowl

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Well, it’s official. As you may have read in earlier posts, we were hoping Sweet Pea was a peahen (female) but we posted “her” pics on a Facebook group last name and commenters unanimously identified Sweet Pea as a he. That’s going to take some getting used to as we have been referring to him as a her for the past six months.

And today we captured this video of him displaying his tail feathers for one of or possibly the first time.

Sexing a peafowl is difficult when they’re young, around a couple of weeks to two months old. There are some behavioral clues that aren’t a guarantee, like the males tend to be more active than the females. Also, males often have longer legs.

When does a peacock show its tail feathers for the first time?

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This video shows Trent, one of our young peacocks, showing his tail feathers for one of the first times. He just started yesterday. He’s about six months old at this point. As you can see, he doesn’t have a whole lot going on in far as a feathery train, but he’s really just a baby. Like, most peacocks, he won’t really start to grow out a fancy train with the famous “eye” feathers until age 2.

Can chickens and peacocks live together?

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These are our pet peacocks, Trent (we bought him from a woman who lived in a really rural area off of a Trent Road and the whole time we were like “where’s Trent Road? where’s Trent Road?” so we named him Trent) and Sweet Pea (she’s the white one). They are still pretty young. Trent actually just opened his tail up for the first time on the day this video was taken and it’s kind of amusing because he doesn’t have a train yet, so he’s just got one round back fan. We are actually hoping that Sweet Pea is a peahen (female), and she seems to be, but it’s hard to sex peachicks, which is what they were when we got them.

This video probably answers the question that a lot of people have, which is “Can chickens and peacocks live together?” Not only do these four live together in a pen, but Sweet Pea actually got so upset the first time we let the chickens out and not the peacocks (they were new to the pen but the chickens had been in there all along, so, when we first moved the peacocks in with them they all stayed in together for awhile before we let the chickens back out again) to roam, Sweat Pea and Trent got unbelievably upset. They kept pacing and honking until the chickens were rounded back up and safely brought back in to them.

Smart dog collar will find your dog and keep it safe

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The product: LINK AKC Smart Collar

What it does for dogs:

•Helps locate a lost dog with GPS tracking. Uses advanced GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular data to bring dog’s location to your smart phone. Receive a notification if they leave home unexpectedly and use app to quickly track them down with location updates on a map.