Benefits on Adopting a Cat

Are you debating about adopting a cat?  Maybe you’re afraid you won’t be able to uphold the responsibilities of taking care of a feline friend?

We have good news!

Cats can develop into very independent creatures. Kittens do need attention during their “baby” stage making sure they are comfortable in their new home.  However, once they start to feel confident in their own surroundings, they can be left alone during the day, or even overnight.

Compared to a canine companion, cats are a bit smoother with their potty needs.  You won’t need to continuously take them outside and once they are litter trained, they are independent in this department.  It’s also important to note that most cats are very tidy and will prefer to hide their waste by burying it in their litter, making it easier to scoop and clean.

Most feline companions know how to entertain themselves and unlike a canine companion, they do not need outside play.

On top of all of those positive reasons, there is the added benefit that comes with adopting a feline friend.

You get to save their life and give them a forever home!

Owning a pet helps decrease the risk of depression and anxiety, helps the prevention of heart disease, and lowers blood pressure.

And at the end of the day they may prefer to sleep and cuddle with you!

It has also been shown that cats are actually the perfect pet for those who are workaholics and/or carry a lot of stress and anxiety throughout the day.

Which means, saving their life can also save your own!

-Brought to you by Julie F. and Animal Activity Center staff
Source:

Top 10 Health Benefits of Owning A Cat

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Halloween is creeping up!!!

Nationwide posted a very informative flyer about what you need to know about your pet’s safety during the scariest day of the year. No, I’m not talking about the election 🙂

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Source: shutterstock.com

Here is a list of the average claim cost of pet incidents during the week of Halloween:

-Raisin toxicity: $527
-Chocolate toxicity: $382
-Candle burns: $173
-Upset stomach/diarrhea: $272
-Chewing gum and candy toxicity: $354
-Ingestion of costume parts: $1,740

Additional Tips:

Halloween is the 2nd most common holiday for pets to get lost. So make sure you keep a collar with an I.D. tag on your pet and/or a microchip in case your pet runs aways from the boogie monster.

Halloween is also full of noise. With excited, screaming kids running around, the Monster Mash on repeat, and even sirens going off. Protect your pets in a nice quiet place where they can rest (Playing classical music for your dog actually helps calm stress!).

And if Fluffy is participating in Halloween costume fun, make sure their outfit is not poorly fitted. Tight clothing can constrict the pet, leading to panic and injury. And be cautious of dangling objects because it can lead to choking or strangulation.

Download Infographic Here!

-Brought to you by Julie F. and Animal Activity Center Staff

2016 Halloween Costume Contest

Starting October 23rd to October 31st, the Animal Activity Center is hosting a costume contest for your companion!

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(Pictured above, last year’s winner, “Bella” Lorenzano.)

All dogs and cats are welcomed to participate by wearing their “spooktacular” costume to daycare, grooming, or boarding and we will snap a photo of them in their costume!

Owners are also welcomed to bring in a current photo of their companion in their costume.

Contest winner gets two free nights of boarding or two free days of doggie daycare!

Those who are bringing in their pet for the contest before their daycare, grooming, or boarding appointment are required to take off the costume due to safety reasons.

Brought to you by Julie F. and Animal Activity Center staff

Playlist for your dog: Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach!

When you walk into the Animal Activity Center, you will sense background music playing in the facility.

Immediately you think, “Ok, who was handed over the AUX cord?”

At the Animal Activity Center, we have classical music playing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our dog boarding facility.

Our decision to develop this type of playlist for our canine boarding companions was not random.  It was made based on research regarding the effects of different styles of music on our four legged friends!

In fact, a study published by the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow, discusses how they compared the effects of two different types of music on dogs in a kennel, silence and classical.

Stress appears in dogs when they show defensive behavior, such as barking and prolonged standing, along with fast heartbeats. A dog’s stress will appear when environments are loud.

Findings from a 2012 study by Lori Kogan at Colorado State University states that dogs are more calm and relaxed when classical music is playing rather than heavy metal. It was also found that dogs sleep most when classical music is in the airwaves.

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The University of Glasgow took two groups of dogs for two weeks. During the first week, one group was placed in silence, the other with classical music. For the second week, the groups switched over effects. Both groups showed a decrease in stress levels and less variation in heart rate when they were placed with classical music.

So if you have trouble calming down your dog’s stress and anxiety at home, try playing some Mozart or Beethoven.

And as for cats, they don’t care about human music (so typical).

-Brought to you by Julie and Animal Activity Center staff

Source:

https://www.bsomusic.org/stories/studies-suggest-dogs-like-beethoven-cats-not-so-much.aspx

http://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_396396_en.html

Say “Hi!” to Gretel!

Gretel is a very playful, sweet, adorable kitten who needs a new loving home. At the adorable age of 15-16 weeks, she is going to be adopted quickly!  If you are interested in finding out more about her, please call the AAC or come by to meet her!

Gretel has been spayed and is current on vaccinations.

*The Animal Activity Center supports local rescues with low cost boarding. Gretel is from the Every Animal Rescue League (E.A.R.L.). The league is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and their mission is to rescue and provide loving homes for all species of surrendered companion animals. E.A.R.L. has a goal to educate the public on proper care for traditional and nontraditional animal and holds an achievement of rescuing and providing loving homes to all companions.*

-Brought to you by Julie F. and Animal Activity Center staff

Welcome all animal lovers to our blog!

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AAC Logo

As fellow animal lovers, we are all most (definitely) likely to have done this at least once, twice (okay maybe multiple times).  We come across the cutest, most hilarious, or incredibly unique animal post online during a break and all of the sudden, an hour passes by.

During that time, we have somehow managed to watch 20 plus animal videos or scrolled deeply through a google image search…maybe, “cats with hats”(?).

We are quite like you and can completely understand how this happens!

Who are we?

Well, we are the Animal Activity Center, a place where you can bring your animal companion to be pampered and treated to the best hospitality and optimal care by our staff!

The Animal Activity Center provides grooming services, day care, training, and boarding to your important family pets. Basically picture everyday coming across a variety of adorable animals that are google image search worthy.

Next door to us is our neighbor, Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital, where they provide the best quality and compassionate care to you and your animal companions. Together, we treat all animals like they are our own.

Our blog will feature a variety of posts that will update you on programs, specials, events, room renovations, and anything that is going on at the AAC and Parkway. And most importantly, keep you entertained and educated!

-Brought to you by Julie F. and Animal Activity Center staff