Feliway Friends plug in diffuser review part 2
This is the second part of our feliway Friends review, to see the first part of our review check out the video on our youtube by clicking here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTGlUWg2A1k
So we've been using the feliway friends plug in for nearly a month now and I wish I could say that a peaceful calm has befallen the house, but to be honest, I've not seen any noticeable changes in the two cats behavior.
It is important to point out that this newer product is different from the original feliway plug in as it uses a different pheromone in order to help make your cat feel more secure and therefore more relaxed.
The only noticeable change that any of us have noticed is that the day after we started using it, Iggle, the black fluffy madam decided to punch my step mum in the face so hard, that for moment she thought she may have a broken nose!
The only room where the two cats really interact is in the living room so that's where I put the diffuser. The instructions do say to leave it switched on, but my dad was sure it was making him sneeze! whether or not that's true, the plug in has been turned off several times which may account for why it has been as successful as I had hoped.
Now whilst it may be a coincidence, Iggle is not always the most friendly, she has certainly bitten and swipped at them before, this was the first that, with out warning she attacked anyone.
As for Fairy, I can't say that she has been any different then normal, she still hisses at Iggle if she looks at her or walks past her. I have found that they seem to be able to come to some sort of mutual agreement to ignore each other, particularly if there are no people around in the living room.
I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying Feliway, it may be that we need to give the original a go, the instructions do say that you can use both of them together. It is important to remember that they're not instant cures and all cats are different, so might just need to keep trying. To get the best results you need to have it plugged in, in an area that your cats use most and leave it switched on, the affects may take some time to notice, it's certainly not a magic instant cure but it is certainly worth trying.
All Aboard? Then Buckle up!
Rule 57 of the highway code states “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly”.6 Nov 2017
But according to a recent survey commissioned by car leasing company, 56% of more than 1000 UK pet owners were unaware of the law when driving with their pet.
In fact 1 in 5 admitted they do not restrain their dog at all and 12% allowed their dog to sit unrestrained in the front passenger seat.
So what’s the big deal? You are, by not restraining your dog when traveling putting not only their life at risk but also yourself. Perhaps part of the problem is the use of the word ‘restrain’ which may sound cruel to many. Instead let us use the term ‘secure’.
In the same way you secure a baby in a car seat to protect them, you should secure your dog as well. There are several different ways you can do this and there is something to suit every car and every family.
You may use a dog crate, if you do, make sure it is an appropriate size for your dog. I would also recommend a non slip mat rather than a blanket or towel so they don’t slide around all over the place.
If you are using a car guard to keep your dog in the boot, make sure it is fitted properly! You don’t want it popping out as your driving and your dog to hop into the front seat.
I use a seat belt adaptor for both my dogs. This clips on to their harness and plugs into the seat belt buckle. I leave the adaptor in the car so its there when ever I need it. I wouldn’t advise you use these on a collar as in the event of a sudden brake, you risk pulling them tightly around the neck.
When it comes to very young pups it can be very tempting to have them sit in the lap of a passenger, after all they’re so small and sleepy but the fact is, if there is an accident there’s nothing to stop them going flying. It’s far better for them if you put them in a pet carrier that you can secure to the seat with the seat belt, in the same way you do with a baby seat.
This is the same for cats, rabbit and guinea pigs. In a pinch you could use a ventilated cardboard box, but make sure it has a secure lid! If you have a cat, rabbit, guinea pig or small pet you should really have a suitable size carrier.
At the end of any length journey, whether its a trip to the vets or moving house the most important thing is that you and your pet have a made it safely.
Bird flu Prevention zone.
Following a second confirmed case of H5N6 in wild birds in Warwickshire, DEFRA has announced this morning (18th January) that an extended Avian flu Prevention Zone now applies across the whole of England.
This doesn’t mean that you must keep your birds housed inside, (as happened last year) but you are required to follow some basic biosecurity procedures. This applies to all bird keepers. No matter how few birds you have.
This order comes as last week 17 wild birds in Dorset tested positive for H5N6 and a total of 31 birds has now been identified at the site. Last Friday DEFRA was quick to put in a local Prevention zone, however this second confirmed case has shown that the disease is not isolated to a single area, therefore the Extended Prevention zone has been put in place to try and stop the spread.
So what does this Prevention one mean to us? Well, even if your birds, like my 2 hens are pets; If you keep poultry you must by law follow disease prevention measures.
You can still let your birds outside but you must take action to reduce the chance of your birds coming into contact with wild birds. Remove wild bird feeders, net off ponds ect.
Take action to prevent contamination by disinfecting areas such as patios and concrete areas that wild birds may come into contact with. Prevent contamination of food and water by placing feeders undercover.
Good hygiene routines and vigilance will help keep everyone’s birds better protected.
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So today I want to talk about a product that I have used to great affect on more than one occasion. Alfalfa hay by Oxbow. This is a great product when used in a way that exploits all the products features. That being that it is a highly palatable high protein hay.
I first made use of this product when I was given a free bag to help with a very rabbit that I was caring for. She was suffering from a respiratory infection and I found it hard to keep weight on her. The hays sweetness meant that even Millie wanted eat in. She pulled through and has a lovely life as house rabbit.
When my next poorly rabbit came along it was slightly different, Pink, who has his own page on the website was pretty much a bag of bones and complete nugget food was leaving him very loose. He was a great hay eater but as he struggled to fight his illness he used up all his energy with nothing left to put on weight, or even maintain his temperature. With daily helping of Alfalfa hay along with his regular feeding hay, he was able to start gaining weight and with the correct medication he has made a complete recovery. Alfalfa hay is not something I would give as part of a pets daily diet but I am in not doubt that without it Pink would certainly have struggled to recover the way he has. If your rabbit, guinea pig or chinchilla has been under weather, lost weight due or illness or perhaps is looking a bit thin as they get older I would highly advise that you give this product a try.