Bird Control Products – Bird Spikes – Pigeons Spikes

Bird Spikes: N model
Bird Spikes: the best solution for chasing away pigeons. Bird Spikes never become rusty.
The N model is made of a UV – rays stabilized polycarbonate base and two rows of stainless steel spikes. Keeps away pigeons and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: : 11 cm (4.3″)
Width: 6 cm(2.3″)
Length: 50 cm (19.6″ )
Each package contains 200 pieces, 100 meters(328 ft).

Bird Spikes: W MODEL
Bird Spikes: W model Stainless steel
Stainless steel Bird Spikes: the best solution for chasing away pigeons and birds of similar size. Stainless steel Bird Spikes never become rusty and keeps its shape for many years.
The W model is made of a UV – rays stabilized polycarbonate base and 4 rows of stainless steel spikes. Keeps away pigeons, crows , seagull, Canadian gees and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: 11 cm (4.3″)
Width: 15 cm(5.8″)
Length: 50 cm (19.6″ ).
Each package contains 100 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft.)

Bird Spikes: V model
Stainless steel Bird Spikes is available also in V model, in which the spikes are places on a narrow base in a V shape with an additional middle row of spikes. Keeps away pigeons and is efficient also against crows. It can be installed on narrow surfaces.
Sizes:
height: 10 cm (3.9″)
width: 11 cm(4.3″)
length: 100 cm (39.3″).
Each package contains 50 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft).

Bird Spikes: Z model
Stainless steel
Stainless steel Bird Spikes: the best solution for chasing away pigeons and birds of similar size. Stainless steel Bird Spikes never become rusty and keeps its shape for many years.
The Z model is made of a UV rays stabilized polycarbonate base and 3 rows of stainless steel spikes. Keeps away pigeons and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: 11 cm (3.9″)
Width: 6 cm (2.3)
Length: 50 cm (19.6 ).
Each package contains 100 pieces, 50 meters (164 ft.)

Bird Spikes: Y model
Stainless steel Bird Spikes is available also in Y model.
The Y model is made of a stainless steel base and 3 rows of spikes. It keeps away pigeons, crows seagulls and other big birds of similar size.
It can be installed on wide surfaces like the edges of gutters, and roofing tiles.
Sizes:
Height: 10 cm (3.9″)
Base width (wider than the V model): 3 cm (1.2″)
Length: 100 cm (39.3″).
Each package contains 50 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft).

Bird Spikes: U model
The U model is made of a stainless steel base and two parallel rows of spikes. It keeps away pigeons and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: 10 cm(3.9″)
Width: 5 cm(1.9″)
Length: 50 cm (19.6″ ).
Each package contains 100 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft).

Americans Love Their Pets!

Americans are more pet-crazy than ever. Nearly two out of every three U.S. households own a pet, with millions more adding pets every year. If you’re considering adding a pet to your family, how do you decide what kind of pet is best for you?

While cats and dogs immediately jump to mind, potential pet owners should consider four key areas-health issues, residential restrictions, your level of pet experience and the work required to care for the pet.

According to WebMD, about 15 percent of us are allergic to animals. In fact, 11 million Americans are allergic to cats alone. Allergies can develop at any age, and some pets can exacerbate diseases such as asthma. One easy way to avoid such problems is by choosing to own tropical fish: A beautiful aquarium poses no allergy or asthma problems.

Residential restrictions can also affect the choice of a pet. Many rented dwellings place limits on furry animals. And it’s often difficult to provide such animals with areas to run and play. But aquariums-for tropical fish, for goldfish, for turtles-can fit into any home, as there are dozens of sizes and shapes of tanks for your pets.

Before you add a pet to your family, consider how much care your new pet will require and how much experience you have with pets. Fortunately, the Internet offers a world of information and how-to guidance for the new pet owner. There are even Web sites that will walk you, step by step, through your new pet ownership experience.

Using TetraCare when setting up an aquarium is also an easy way to get children involved. Children can learn about the responsibility of keeping a pet by helping with feeding, water changes, and more, simply by following the easy steps outlined by TetraCare.

While the actual time spent maintaining an aquarium is determined by its size and complexity, aquarium ownership doesn’t have to be burdensome. The average home aquarium takes no more than 20 to 30 minutes of attention each week-a small price to pay for hours of pet-keeping pleasure.

How To Protect Your Small Pets From Foxes During Fox Cub Season

Its every cat owners dread: letting their kitten outside at night for the first time. Some cat owners prefer to keep cats indoors, in fact many studies have found that indoor cats are healthier and live longer. But some cats cannot be kept in, and many pet owners buckle under the cats cries to be set free. A friend of mine recently had a bit of a scare with her 9 month old kitten, who came back into the house with a nasty gash on his stomach and bite marks on the rest of his body.

The vets conclusion was that the poor black and white kitten had been attacked by a fox. Hes on the mend now, (taking antibiotics and painkillers, and sporting the dreaded plastic con), but a little shaken up thats for sure.

Fox Cub Season

The incident did bring to light an important message that around this time of year, March/April, foxes are rearing their newly born fox cubs.

Ordinarily, foxes will completely ignore cats and dogs. Foxes avoid dogs, and many foxes are even killed by dogs. Equally, cats and foxes are about the same size, making cats quite capable of defending themselves against foxes. Because of this, foxes generally give cats a wide berth and flee when threatened by a cat.

Protecting Small Pets

However, at this time of the year, if they feel their cubs are at threat an attack may occur. With hungry fox cub mouths to feed, foxes are also on an extra vigilant hunt for small animals to prey on: this means Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Chickens etc. are even more vulnerable around this time of year.

If you have a boisterous kitten who does not quite know his/her limits, you may want to consider keeping him indoors for these months until the fox cubs have grown up and moved on.

If you know you have a lot of foxes in your area, you may want to consider bringing your rabbit/guinea pig hutch indoors to be 100% sure. If this is not an option, it is advisable to invest in a good quality, secure hutch with firm locks. Foxes are quite adept at opening flimsy catches on less secure hutches.

Scoot Fox Repellent

In addition, to protect smaller pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, weve found Scoot Fox Repellent to be the most effective fox repellent on the market. Scoot is a spray that mimics fox scent marking odours to trick foxes into thinking another fox has claimed the area as their territory generally, foxes do not cross other foxes territories – so marking your garden with a fox-like scent can effectively drive foxes away.

Scoot is a patented non-toxic formula which is totally safe for use in gardens, on plants and edible crops and is humane, bio-degradable and very effective.

Keep foxes away, and keep your small pets safe.

How To Assemble A Tropical Fish Tank

Having a tropical fish tank at home provides an avenue of fun for the whole family as well as serve as an instrument to teach your children on how to handle pets. If it is your first time to put up a fish tank, it is advisable that you are aware of the proper way of setting up your aquarium starting at purchasing your equipments, deciding the location of the aquarium, loading your tank, putting the accessories in and placing the fish inside the aquarium, then you will have no trouble at all.

First, you must buy a good fish aquarium. A nice size for a tropical fish tank is one that has a capacity of at least 10 to 20 gallons of water. You are in luck if you find one that comes with a full pack which consists of a stand, heater, filter, gravel, and some other decorations. If you cant get a good package, you will have to get it one by one.

When you have the supplies ready, its time to pick an area in the house that you want your fish aquarium positioned. Bear in mind not to place your aquarium next to an open window as problems with algae can occur if your tank is exposed to direct sunlight.

As soon as you have your tropical fish tank in position, fill it up with water which is at room temperature. Fill the aquarium midway with water first then add the gravel before you fill it up fully and add the other decorations that you want to place in the tank.
Assemble your filter and heater. These two are very important in keeping the tank clean and providing your fish the correct water temperature to swim in. Before adding the fish, it is recommended that you allow your fish tank to stabilize with the right temperature first before adding your first fish.

The last step that you need to do is the most exciting part. It is placing the fish to your tropical fish tank. You can allow your children to do it, however you will have to closely oversee them so they wont harm the fishes in any way. To educate little kids to slowly assume responsibilities, it is best that you give them the responsibility of feeding the fishes inside the fish tank. Just make sure you teach them not to over feed the fishes. Your kids will definitely have fun but they also turn out to be responsible owners of the fish.

Domestic Short Hair – The facts every owner of this cat breed should know

Descended from ‘working cats’ that came to America on ships like the Mayflower to hunt rats, selective breeding resulted in today s Domestic Short Hair. The Domestic Short Hair cat was renamed the American Short Hair in 1966 to better reflect this breed s heritage. Today, the name ‘Domestic Short Hair’ is given to cats whose parentage is in question. Adult male Domestic Short Hairs will reach an average weight of 11 to 15 pounds, but females will only weigh 8 to 12 pounds. They are considered fully mature at 3 to 4 years of age and can live 15 to 20 years.

The American Short Hair coat can come in many colors in patterns. In fact, almost 80 different patterns of colors are recognized in this breed. It is an all weather coat that is dense but won t mat. It should be brushed regularly to remove the dead hairs if the cat will not groom itself.

There are also as many different personality characteristics in Domestic Short Hairs from the stereotypical aloofness to the surprisingly friendly and social. This is a fairly healthy breed (part of its working cat parentage), so it is a relatively low maintenance breed, requiring nothing more than routine health care. However, some Domestic Short Hairs are prone to overeating, so it is important to give them plenty of opportunity to exercise and play. Those that cannot (or will not) engage in exercise will need to have its diet monitored closely to avoid potential problems with obesity. There is a website that has great information on Domestic Short Hair and most other breeds of cats. It has details that pertain to a cat breeds health, grooming, living conditions, best food choices and more, the website is called: Dog And Cat Facts, and can be found at this url:

By Robert W. Benjamin

Copyright 2006

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Diy Cat Tree Plans – Could They Be Your Secret Weapon For Saving On Cat Furniture

Learning how to make a cat tree using a set of DIY cat tree plans can be an extremely rewarding experience. Owning a cat is very rewarding in and of itself, but creating your own cat furniture can not only provide your cat with a safe place to play, lounge, and scratch, but can also give you the satisfaction of a job well done.

Cats are independent creatures with some incredible traits, but they also have some pretty nasty habits. The most notorious is their reputation for destroying furniture with their claws or chewing up papers and cardboard (ask your cat and they’ll probably just call it artwork). I can’t help but laugh every time I watch episodes of “Simon’s Cat” on YouTube because every cat owner knows the comedic scenarios are all too real.

Cats need a place to scratch if you want to protect your furniture. They also love to climb, play, lounge, and dart in and out of things (a paper bag comes to mind). A good set of DIY cat tree plans can help you create a unique kitty funland which can provide your cat with everything she needs for much less than buying a tree or other cat furniture at your local pet store. The savings can be quite substantial.

Mixing and matching parts can allow you to create all kinds of interesting and elaborate designs. Just a few ideas you can incorporate include building a kitty theme park, a kitty jungle gym, a kitty circus, or anything else you can come up with. Just have fun with it and let your imagination run wild.

The great news is your kitty is going to love the cat tree you build no matter what it looks like. It doesn’t have to be a master piece. Cats don’t judge like people do. They love unconditionally and bring you years of laughter and joy that are priceless. Even if you don’t know the first thing about building things, your cat will love you for taking a step forward and diving right in on a new cat tree construction project.

If you learn to build your own cat trees, then you can place them throughout your house in all of your cat’s favorite locations. Remember, cat’s scratch mainly to mark territory, so having one simple scratching post probably won’t be enough. Accessorize your trees with favorite kitty toys, and match them to the theme and colors of the room so they blend right in.

Fish Grilling Tips- Keep Your Fish Smokey And Juicy When Grilling

Like to eat fish? Still hungry for more ways on how to cook your preferred tuna? Consider using your Weber Q 300 propane grill and love your delicacy much more. Its quick and easy, all that you should do is prepare the fish and your good to go. But wait, you will find things that you should be aware about when grilling your preferred fish.

The problem with fish grilling would be that the fish easily dries out of juice. Since the fishs meat isn’t tighter unlike the chicken or the pork, the juice inside it easily flows out and for that reason dries quickly. Since the grease or the juice coming out of the fish towards the grills fast, it can also overcook the fillets fast.

It might sound frustrating but when you follow these simple tips in fish grilling, you’ll certainly complete the job quicker than your fish drying on you. There are ample ways you can do to preserve that rich aroma and moisture of your grilled fish. So without further ado, the following are the things you can do on your own whenever your fish grilling in your own home.

Grilling Fish Tips

Tip 1

Coat both sides of your fish with essential olive oil or vegetable oil. Having a little bit of oil you are able to ensure that fillets are soft and juicy. The oil will even stop the fishs juice from dripping down to the grates. Instead it is smoked immediately and gives your tuna that unique aroma of smoked fish.

Tip 2

Do not leave the fish you are grilling unattended. It only takes a couple of minutes for your fillets to be grilled. You dont would like your fat tuna fish to become pure charcoal, do you? The moment you notice that they’re cooked halfway through, flit it to the other side. Once the whole fish is halfway cooked too take it out of the grills right away.

Tip 3

Wrapping the fish with aluminum foil and grill it. Wrapping it with foil is determined by how you wanted the recipe to become. But for people who desired to save all of the juice in rather than waste it around the catch pan, follow this tip. Remember, the fillets will stick to the aluminum foil so be sure you wrap the fish with parchment paper first before you decide to wrap it again with the foil. This paper will assure that your fillets stay in tacked the entire time its grilled.

If you want your fish dry although not so dry, or if you dont desire to use a foil, all that you should do is watch closely the meals your cooking. It will take about 10-15 minutes to prepare one for reds. Its up to you on how you are going to spend that 15 minutes waiting though.

hangover 2′ Monkey Is Now Addicted To Cigarettes

Director Todd Phillips has come under fire by animal rights groups for getting the monkey that stars in Hangover 2 addicted to cigarettes.

Todd Phillips has admitted that the monkey, which features in the forthcoming comedy, has become addicted to cigarettes following filming.

Statement from Todd Phillips:

This was a joke. I make comedies.

If you read the story, it doesn’t even make sense. “On the set of her new film, she won’t stop smoking cigarettes”. Umm. Really? Maybe just take them away from her. Or at least take her money away so she can’t buy them any longer.

When you are doing press for a film, it tends to get repetitive, lots of the same questions over and over. Sometimes I like to mix it up with the journalists. Obviously, the monkey in the film NEVER smoked a single cigarette. There are people on set whose sole job is to protect that monkey. Even if I wanted her to smoke it wouldn’t be allowed. By the way, she also appears to do cocaine in the movie, but I guarantee you that she didn’t do that either (I can’t, however, comment on Ken Jeong’s cocaine use in the film).

Sorry for the confusion, but it definitely is a funny headline “PETA pissed after Todd Phillips gets Hangover 2 monkey addicted to cigarettes.” Definitely one for the office wall.

The monkey plays a significant role in the movie. A trailer featuring the primate simulating a sex act was pulled from theaters by the Motion Pictures Association of America earlier this month. (It was re-edited before making a second debut ahead of Scream 4 Friday.)

This isn’t the first time The Hangover’s monkey has come under the spotlight.

The initial trailer for the film, which showed controversial scenes featuring the animal, was pulled by the Motion Picture Association of America after it attracted a host of complaints.

However the monkey has continued to feature heavily in promotional material and trailers for the film, which again stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms.

The movie takes place two years after the first film which was set in Las Vegas, and features the boys throwing a bachelor party for Stu.

Once again, things don’t go to plan and the trio wake up in a Bangkok hotel room with Ed’s character Stu waking up with a tattoo on his face and Stu’s brother-in-law Teddy missing.

During the mission to find Teddy, the trio visit a monastery where Alan gets knocked out by a monk, a girly bar where gun fire breaks out and yet another car chase where the boys trash a sports car.

Dog Beds for Your Pet Dog

Keeping a pet dog can be a lot of work, but it is worth it in the end. Dogs are sensitive, loving, caring, and you can spend quality time with them every hour of everyday. Having a pet dog means that you have a companion who loves you unconditionally, but you have to look after it as much as it looks after you. A dog needs a good bed to sleep in and you should find the perfect dog bed for your pet without making any compromises on quality and comfort. Looking for dog beds in UK has been made easier now that a variety of pet stores have gone online.

The dog beds are an essential item for your pet dog, and provide a place for your dog to rest whenever it is tired. A lot of people search online for dog beds UK, and look for something that goes with their interior decor. While choosing a dog bed, you should give equal importance to form and function. You wouldn’t buy an uncomfortable bed for yourself, so why buy one for your dog? On the other hand, you also need the dog bed to not stick out like a sore thumb, so its design, dimensions, material, and overall look has to be something that adds value to your home.

Dog beds are an essential item for every dog owner. The dog beds UK are available in a variety of forms and you should set yourself well defined standards of the properties your ideal dog bed should have before you start looking. If a dog doesn’t find the bed comfortable he might come and sleep with you and to avoid that you can get your pet a bed. The beds have all sizes and all unique designs from which you can choose the best one. There are many pet owners who would tell you that their dog does not prefer the dog bed they bought him. The reason behind it is that the size, colour, shape, or design is not to your dog’s liking. Make sure that the dog bed you get is to your dog’s liking.

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Feral Hogs To Be poster Pigs For Alleged Cruelty To Animals In Texas

I need to stay on the subject of feral hogs this week to take note of the animal rights folks attempt to derail the Texas Department of Agricultures Get the Hog Outta Texas campaign. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples recently announced a county grant program to control feral hogs, which are rapidly becoming Texas number one pest problem. Under the pretense of an effort to reduce cruelty to animals in Texas, some want to stop the program.

In a blog post title Hog Out is Out of Line on the Care2 blog, Staples was urged to consider more humane means of dealing with this porcine menace. Im sitting here scratching my head, trying to figure out what form that might take. Anyone out there know of a place we could keep 2 million wild hogs? How about petting zoos? No, scratch that, kids would lose fingers. Maybe a traditional zoo would work, though I cant imagine anyone wanting to view them in their natural habitat, which is about anywhere they want to be. They are too wild to be companion pigs, guard pigs, drug sniffing pigs or seeing-eye pigs. I cant come up with anything. Any help out there?

It will be interesting to see if feral hogs become poster pigs for the animal rights movements perceived notion of cruelty to animals in Texas. They are poor choice as a symbol for any movement, even one as misguided as this. These animals are ugly, mean, destructive, wild, and carry diseases with the potential to devastate wildlife and livestock populations. They have been known to attack people and cause traffic accidents. They are also very cunning.

I use the word cunning instead of smart. Dont misunderstand. They arent studying for algebra tests, but they are very adept at escaping detection and fleeing from efforts to control them. They are also, apparently, quite amorous. They breed like rabbits.

Controlling feral hogs is absolutely essential. The damage they do to agriculture and increasingly, many urban areas, is costly. Their occasional clashes with people can be dangerous. No method of reducing their numbers will be easy, but weve got to start somewhere.

Solutions are like noses. Everybody has one. I suspect this is one of those cases where its someone elses problem, so its really not that important.

I admit it. Im a people first kind of guy. This is not about cruelty to animals in Texas or anywhere else. This is about a serious problem with only one solution. It should be done as humanely as possible. But it has to be done.

Camel Plush Animals & Facts

Camel plush might seem like an unusual choice for a soft toy, but if the recipient (or purchaser) happen to be an animal lover, it’s not unusual at all. Even though they may love all animals, perhaps their tastes run more along the lines of the exotic, and if that’s the case, camels fit very well into that category.

Camels are ungulates which means hoofed animals. They have even toes whose weight is distributed evenly amongst their third and fourth toe when they walk. The two species of camel are the Dromedary (or Arabian camel) which has one hump, and the Bactrian camel which has two humps. Contrary to popular belief, camels do not store water in their humps, even though they can go up to two weeks without it. In fact, their humps are a reservoir of fatty tissue, while water is actually stored in their blood.

Online stores happen to have both species of camel plush. The single humped camel (dromedary) stuffed animal is a full 20 inches long lying down. He is quite lovely and has soft brown plush fur. Then there’s an amazing two-humped (Bactrian) camel plush, that stands more than three feet tall! He is likely the best plush camel you will ever come across. Like teddy bears, camel plush can be a lifelong friend and companion and with camel plush of this size, they really will feel like your friend.

The 14 million Dromedary camels that exist, most of which are domesticated, can be found in Somalia, Sudan, Mauritania, as well as other nearby countries. The Bactrian camel, however, does not have nearly as many of the species left as the Dromedary; it is estimated that just 1.4 million Bactrian camels are left, most of which are domesticated. There may still be, however, about 1000 wild Bactrian camels roaming the Gobi desert in China and Mongolia.

Camels were first domesticated by humans around 3,500 years ago. Both camel species are still used for their rich milk which is actually higher in nutrients than cow’s milk. They stand six feet high at the shoulder when fully mature and 12 feet at the hump. In short bursts they can run up to 40 miles an hour and can sustain speeds of 25 miles per hour.

While camels can live until they are 60 years of age, camel plush will age with you, for as long as you choose to have it. If you and your camel plush should ever be separated, it would likely go on to another owner, hopefully for as long as they live. Either way, a camel plush is a worthwhile soft toy to add to any stuffed animal collection, or, if a collection does not already exist, a great first start would be camel plush stuffed animals.

Black Cat Figurines

Black cat figurines are very collectible and are made from many different substances. Black cats were always considered to be bad luck if they crossed your path, but black cat figurines are good luck with collectors as some of them have turned out to be very valuable. Some black cat figurines can fetch in the thousands, depending on who produced the figurine.

There are various companies that produce cat figurines today and those that produced them years ago. When you are looking for black cat figurines, one thing that you might look for is the name of the company that produced the figure. Some companies, such as those that were produced in Occupied Japan, can fetch some money on the secondary market today. These black cat figurines are usually made from ceramic or porcelain.

If you are looking for some serious collectibles when it comes to black cat figurines, you should take a look at ancient figurines. The ancient Egyptians worshipped cats and ancient black cat figurines can end up being priceless. You have to be able to ascertain the value of the figurine which can be done by taking it to an antiques collector. Such figurines are often made of alabaster or carved.

Modern black cat figurines are usually made from glass or ceramic and are poured into a mold. Once the material has hardened, the figurine is taken from the mold. If it is ceramic, it is then painted, glazed and placed in a kiln where the object hardens and the glaze takes on a shiny appearance. Most black cat figurines are made from ceramic.

Other black cat figurines are made from wood. Wooden figurines are usually manufactured by molds, but in some cases you can see them actually hand carved. Others are machine carved into the figure of a cat. Then they are dipped in paint and their eyes glued on. This is can be done by machine or by hand, depending on where the figurine comes from.

Collecting figurines modeled after animals is a timeless collectible and dates back centuries. If you know someone who likes cats, cat figurines can be a nice gift and a great collectible for them. Many people begin collecting black cat figurines as children and then proceed with this fascination into adulthood. In some cases, if the cat figurines are extremely rare or are antique, they can be a good investment as antiques, unlike ordinary objects, not only hold their value but often appreciate in value. If you manage to get some cat figurines that are antiques, chances are that their value will go up as the years wear on.

If you are thinking of collecting black cat figurines, you should look for those that are rare finds that are the most affordable for you. You can take a look on auction sites as well as a number of sites that animal figurines and find the most affordable as well as collectible black cat figurines.

How to keep your cat purring into advanced old age

Cats can live longer than many people think… 18 to 20 years is common.

Here’s how to keep your cat purring into advanced old age.

Steps:

1. Take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical exam, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding preventive health-care measures. Preventing disease and maintaining optimum health are the first steps toward a long, healthy life.

2. Spay or neuter your cat as soon as possible. Having kittens, especially repeated litters, is stressful and will contribute to premature aging.

3. Keep your cat inside at all times to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries from fights or disease. (Some research suggests inside cats live twice as long as outdoor cats!)

4. Feed your cat high-quality food designed to meet the specific nutritional requirements during all stages of his life.

5. Prevent obesity at all costs by controlling your cat’s diet and engaging him in play activities.

6. Talk to your veterinarian about adding vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants and extra fiber to your cat’s diet.

7. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned professionally. Good dental health will add years to his life.

8. Groom your cat daily, checking for abnormalities, and seek medical help promptly when you discover anything suspicious

9. Make sure no harmful chemicals such as pesticides or household cleaners find their way onto your cat’s fur, since cats groom themselves with their tongues constantly. Even small amounts of harmful chemicals on their bodies can have adverse effects if consumed over many years.

10. Protect your cat from environmental dangers such as household cleaners and secondhand smoke.

11. Help your cat avoid the stress of harassment from other animals by providing a quiet place for undisturbed catnaps.

12. Provide your older cat with a heat source such as a heating pad set on low, since cats more than 12 years old require extra heat. You’ll notice a difference in his attitude and activity level.

13. Give your cat daily full-body massages and lots of love. Despite their aloof demeanor, cats thrive on affection.

14. Protect your cat from dangerous plants such as cactus and poinsettia.

Find a veterinarian with a special interest in aging who keeps abreast of advancements in this rapidly developing area of pet care.

Be sure to call your veterinarian before giving your cat any product not specifically approved for cats. Some products, such as acetaminophen, commonly consumed safely by people or dogs, are poisonous to cats.

Here’s a quick way to treat your cat…Instead of a heating pad, fold up your down comforter on the end of the bed. Your aging cat will sink into its own warm cocoon for all its naps.

Remeber cats are like people… when they feel loved and happy their health is affected. So be sure to give your cat as much attention as you can.

The Oldest Bird Of State

The choosing of birds as emblems of State gripped the nation in the late 20s/early 30s. For instance, running safely ahead of the red-headed woodpecker and the purple martin, the Brown Thrasher was chosen by the school children of Georgia in 1928. The campaign was inaugurated by the Fifth District of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs and was sponsored by the Atlanta Bird Club and kindred groups. Interest in the campaign in Idaho ran high. As the State Federation Conservation Chairman, Mrs. E. H. Barton presented the western tanager as the choice of the women’s clubs of the State. But the children overruled her and in the balloting the Mountain Bluebird, meadowlark and robin were favorites. The former lead the field and was generally endorsed, so Mrs. Barton fostered official approval by the Legislature and this became law in 1931.

In Illinois the State bird campaign developed the meadowlark, song sparrow, wren and the bobwhite as favorites, together with the catbird. Mrs. J. D. MaKinney of the State Federation sponsored a bill for the catbird, which, for some reason, emerged as a bill for the Cardinal, which was legally approved on June 4, 1929. Back in 1924, under the leadership of Miss Madeleine Aaron, secretary of the Audubon Society of Kansas, a campaign was launched for selection of a State bird. Widespread publicity was given and a large vote was gotten out, giving the Western Meadowlark a plurality of some 121,000 votes over the other candidates. This day, January 29, 1925, marks the culmination of a remarkably successful educational campaign. James Lane Allen made the Cardinal the favored bird of Kentucky in his famous book of that name, and it was both natural and inevitable that it be established as the official State bird. The 1926 session of the Legislature passed such a resolution, which was approved February 17, 1926. The Pelican was established as Louisiana’s State bird through the medium of the State Seal, which was formally designated in 1902 by the then Governor Heard. Maine’s legislators officially approved the Chickadee as the State bird in 1927 after a campaign conducted by the State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

It may be said that Maryland was presented with a state bird nearly a century and a half before it became a state. It is related that when George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, founder of a colony on Newfoundland, became wearied by the severity of the climate and by persecution, he went to northern Virginia (now Maryland) where he was granted a large tract of land. Here he selected as the colors for his coat of arms the orange and black of a beautiful bird that he found common among the trees. A century later Catesby, in the account of his famous travels in Virginia and Carolina, called this the Baltimore bird, and from his description the great naturalist Linnaeus formally described the bird in 1758. Ever since that time the Baltimore Oriole has been Maryland’s state bird.

Swedish Fish Are Good For You

Last night as I sat and watched television I opened up a bag of Swedish Fish. As I sat enjoying the delicious flavor of the gummy snack I did not give much thought to the fact that the gumminess of snack food was a potentially rebuilding my skin and adding to the elasticity of my cells. Growing up I was always taught that all snack food is essentially junk food and has no real nutritional value. However,

I recently learned that there are snack foods that are high in protein and contain hydrolyzed collagen which is essential for health bones, cartilage, and skin. Giving the Swedish Fish I was enjoying their gummy consistency the viscosity of the hydrolyzed collagen is what gives not only Swedish Fish, but all sorts of products their gummy texture.

As a parent I often indulge my children with a gummy based fruit snack. The sometimes juice flavored fruit snacks provide about 10% juices from the various flavored fruits that they represent and now that I know my children are receiving the health benefits of having the proteins of hydrolyzed collagen added to the fruit flavoring of their favorite snack treat I can feel good about giving them a treat that has some health benefits to them.

I have also learned that hydrolyzed collagen aids in the regeneration of damaged tissue. As a parent I know how easy it is for my children to suffer injuries and minor cuts and bruises that require a band aid and kiss to help them heal, but I have also discovered that their injuries are healed better with a dose of collagen proteins that are an essential building block for the bodys ability to regenerate cells and tissue that children are prone to.

Found in 30% of all animal proteins hydrolyzed collagen keeps skin looking and feeling younger as is responsible for proper joint function and movement. Because the cartilage within a joint acts as a cushion between the bones, having soft pliable amount of cartilage is essential to the healthy movement of joints throughout the body. As I thought about all of the benefits I and my children were gaining from enjoying a snack of Swedish Fish I could not help but think I was actually doing something good for my body and not filling it with sugar or artificial colors.

By eating a small portion of the gummy snack treat I was actually helping to replace the hydrolyzed collagen that my body needs to be healthy and strong. Who know gummy snacks could actually be good for you?