Cat and Dog Harnesses vs Cat and Dog Collars
Safe Proof Your Pet
If there is one issue I have with individuals is the unsafe practice of fastening a leash to a collar, and every time I see this, I cringe.
I have always been a strong advocate of using a harness on a dog or cat, it is better on the animal not to be pulled by the neck.
When I see someone doing this, I wonder how they would like being pulled by their neck.
A harness fits around the body and is a safer mode to use and more comfortable for the animal. It gives one more control and one is able to pull back hard on a pet to save them from a high risk situation; like another dog getting too close.
And, having this controls over one's pet will be more of a protection against an aggressive dog coming near and saving your animal from a fight, possibly their life.
Safety Proof Your Cat
This is also important for your cat---never attach a leash to a cat's collar.
If you do not have a harness, please purchase one for the sake of your pet. Felines are so fragile and they trust us to care for them so please do this for your cat.
When taking your cat(s) to the veterinarian please use a cat carrier for its safety.
Things can happen anywhere, as I tried to teach my nephews---think ahead and prepare for all the possibilities.
Harnesses are safer going to places like Pet stores where they groom and wash your pet. They can hook the pet by the harness to groom its feet and cut its nails keeping him safe on the table.
Someone's pet was hanged because the groomer left the dog on a table alone. Pets become scared left alone in a strange place. And, he tried to jump down to find his owner, and hanged himself by his chained collar. I had nightmares after I read about this happening just a few years ago.
Our pets give us unconditional love and we owe them unconditional love back by insuring their safety and well-being. And, please before you leave your pet to be groomed and washed check the proficiency and attitude of the workers and watch how they handle pets.
Speak Up For The Ones That Cannot Speak!
I was checking out of a well know pet store over a year ago, and I was standing there waiting for my items to be checked out---and I heard this little puppy just crying so pitifully and I look to see where it was coming from--- and I found it and felt my temper rising.
This groomer was combing out his hair and it was thick and knotted which did not stop her---as she kept jerking on the little dog. Well, I told the cashier to get me the manager and I said to him---I know you can hear that little dog crying and can see that woman jerking that comb through his hair.
If you do not stop her---I will and with that he walked in where she was and stopped her and gave the dog to a young guy that hugged and petted him. The manager then walked to the back of the store with groomer. Probably to talk with her about her treatment of the dog---who knows---because I would have fired her with the greatest of pleasure.
I walked to the door and said, to the young man-- it is easy to use a fur comb to get the knots out in very small pulls, which will not hurt if you do it slowing in small sections and---hold the hair between your fingers away from his body. However, I could tell he knew what he was doing. And, he said: "Yes, Lady I will." and the little dog was happy with him and that made me happy.
Learning Grooming from Books and You Tube
I groom my Sweetie Angel; however, I learned from books and also watched Youtube Videos. I found them very informative and the groomer was very patient with the animals and a great instructor.
When it comes to children and pets I do not overlook or look the other way, I will be in the middle of it if they are mistreated in any way.
When I witness something like what happened in the pet store--- I cannot help myself ---I have to speak out. My sister Paula always says---it only happens to Bobbi and especially when I am with her. But I do not care---because we have to watch over the ones who cannot take care of themselves, and that includes the elderly.
So please protect your cat and dog by using a harness on them, do not attach a lease to a collar. I hope everyone will think about cat and dog harnesses vs. cat and dog collars for their pets.
Emergency Planning for Pets
Have plans for your pet's care and safety before any emergency evacuations happens. Make sure you have a/or carrier(s), Auto Safety harnesses, leaches, food, water and any medications they are taking or might need. Make sure you take their favorite toys and their blanket(s). I use a plastic dish for the water and take paper plates for the food.
Locate the hotels ahead of time---which allows pets to stay in the owner's room with them. I am sure you will probably have to pay extra for your pet, but it is worth it knowing they are safe with you.
When traveling in any vehicle secured your pet in a safe harness that is buckled to the seatbelt. Or in a cage on the back seat that is attached to the seatbelt.
Give a pet extra attention during any relocation because they---as well as children---are not friendly with change. They want their own home, so made it as homey as possible for the good of all who shares the motel room.
I hope this is never necessary for anyone reading this to do. However, you can use the same plans for your pet for vacation or weekends away from home.
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