Category Archives: Pets

Having a cat as a pet

Having a cat is the best thing that ever happened to me. Having a cat is coming home and having two beautiful fur balls waiting for me on the other side of the door with their tails straighten up and meowing for my attention. Having a cat is knowing that I’m never going to be able to sleep comfortably because I’m the one that’s invading their huge bed. Also, it’s knowing that I’m a good pillow because I’ve been chosen to be a place where they could just take a nap. Having a cat is having hair on my clothes 24/7 because my cats love to nap on my closet, on top of my freshly washed clothes and on top of my bed all the time.

Having a cat means I have to deal with some crazy shit from time to time. Means I would have to wake up in the middle of the night because one of my cats wants me to watch her eat. It means that I will have to stop doing whatever it’s I’m doing and play with my cat because she is not going to stop until I pay some attention to her.  It means having to occasionally clean vomit when I wake up or having to wash my sheets because my cat decided to pee on my bed for something that I did that “hurt her feelings”. It means having a guardian 24/7 when I get sick, it means having a living being right next to me for the next 24 hours until I feel better. It means having a pet that just gets it. Whenever I’m feeling blue or something my cats can feel it and they won’t leave my side. It’s not being able to eat chicken or tuna because they will drive me crazy until I give them some.

I know a lot of people think cats are “independent” and they just don’t care about their owners but that’s just stupid. That’s something said by someone that NEVER EVER had a cat before. Why? Because cats love their owners so much. Yes, they won’t act like you mean the world to them, but if they love you they will show it. They will let you know. They will purr their way into your heart and you will feel just how much they love you.

They are not obvious because they are elegant and classy. But the signs are there, they are subtle but those signals exist. You have to be smart enough to learn how to read those signs and you’ll be the happiest pet owner in the world.

Cats are crazy and I love them. I love having cats, they are my favorite pets in the world. They are amazing misunderstood creatures.

I hope you liked this little post where I ramble about the perks of having a cat. If you feel the same way please leave me a comment! Let me know if you have a cat, its name and how much crazy stuff it does!  I would love to read crazy cat experiences that you’ve faced with your cat. Thank you so much for reading this and if this is the first time reading my blog please feel free to check the rest of it out and if you haven’t subscribed feel free to do so. Also, you can follow me on my social media! Hope to see you next time… bye!

-L.S.

 

Betta fish: The myths and the truth – Part 1. 

Maybe you just finished setting up your freshwater tank and you are thinking on getting a Betta. And as you should, you are doing a little research about Betta fish before getting one and you are reading a lot of things about these particular fish. So today I’m going to talk about Betta splendens: this beautiful creature that we all love and is so neglected in our society. I’m going to enunciate some of the things that are said about these fantastic animals and I’m going to tell you which ones are true and which ones are false.

“Bettas can live in a glass of water” – FALSE!

This is the worst and most frequent lie. The fact that they can survive short-term in a glass of water does not mean they can live life at its fullest in that glass. I guess you would be able to survive living in a closet, but you wouldn’t call that ‘living’, am I right? Well, the same goes for Betta fish. They actually enjoy swimming in their tank.

“They live in muddy and dirty water in the wild, that’s why you don’t have to worry about water changes” – FALSE!

Yes, they live in mud puddles (yes, that’s their natural environment) but that does not exactly translate to “dirty water”. One thing is a crystal clear water and other thing is a fishtank with a 0 ppm ammonia reading. Those are two different types of ‘clean water’. When we do water changes it’s not because the water is ‘dirty’, we do it to remove the nitrates in the water (assuming that we have the proper filtration system). So the fact that they can live in muddy waters does not mean they can live in waters with high ammonia readings.

“Because their natural environment are rice puddles, that means they don’t like to swim” – FALSE

Maybe they don’t need a very deep tank, but they do like to swim for thousands and thousands of miles in the wild. They actually need to swim in order to live a full life. If they don’t swim much they are probably going to die withing two years. That’s why they need at least a 2.5 gallon tank.

“They don’t need anything to survive. Just water” -FALSE!

They need a heater because there are tropical fish and if the water temperature is too low they go into an hibernation state and that’s not good for them. Also they need an air pump. The fact that they can breath oxygen from the air (they have a labyrinth organ that permits them to breathe air) doesn’t mean that they don’t use their gills to breath, so yes they need oxygenated water. They can survive without an air pump but, like I said, that does not mean ‘living life at its fullest’.and they are going to die within a couple of years. And last but no least, they need a filtration system. These are fish that can tolerate a little bit of ammonia in their water for a little time and they are not going to die because of that because they are hardy.  But they need a a filtration system in order to maintain the proper conditions for them to live life at their fullest.

“These are very aggressive fish” -TRUE

These are not friendly fish. They don’t do well in community tanks. Of course there could be some exceptions, but that is not the rule. Males can’t be in the same tank as others betta males, they are literally going to fight until one of them ends up dead. On the other hand, female bettas can be friendlier towards other female bettas, and maybe (if you are lucky) you can have a sorority tank -which is a tank full of female bettas- but it’s a risky thing because they might end up killing each other or hurting themselves pretty bad. Also I would not recommend having a male and a female betta in the same tank. It’s really risky. If you have a community tank you have to do your research because it’s a species that doesn’t get along with a a lot of species, specially with those that like to bite fins or those with huge fins that resemble other bettas.

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This is Pinky: my female betta. I love her very much.

There are a thousand myths about these fish so I’m going to write several articles  regarding this issue. I’ll write ‘Part 2’ soon!
So next time you see betta fish in a store and they are in tiny cups or you hear a seller telling a client that  Betta fish don’t need much to live, and saying things like “they are ok like that”. Say something, speak up! Because those fish are going to die in a year or so without their owners really knowing why. This is not about shaming these owners; is about educating them because most of them don’t know that what they are doing is not ok. They trusted the seller and they bought the fish maybe because they’ve always wanted to have a fish that they were desperate enough to believe a fish can live in those conditions!  So lets go and educate people about this, let’s raise awareness!

What do you think about these amazing little creatures? Have you ever saw one in a tiny cup? Do you have a betta? Do you have any questions about them? Maybe other myths that we can debunk? I would love to answer to all your questions in the comment sections below! I hope I see you next time… bye!

Review: Sentry Calming Collar for cats

Hello again! Today I’m going to do a review about a product that has saved my life. Ok, maybe it didn’t save my life but it made it waaay easier. I’m talking about the Sentry Calming Collar for cats. I’ve been using it (well, not me, my cat Kirara) for two years now and I’ve seen a LOT of improvement. When it was the time for me to decide whether or not to use the collar, I searched online and I didn’t find much. Yes I found the technical details or the reviews on Amazon but what about the average buyer that’s been using it for years? What does he have to tell me? So here I am, I’m going to tell you what I have to say about the Sentry Collar for cats after using it for 2 full years.

This is NOT a sponsored post. Sentry is not giving me money or products to write this, it’s my honest opinion about this particular product because I’ve found it so helpful that I needed to share it. 

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Why did I have to start using Sentry Collar for cats?
My cat Kirara suffers from anxiety. She has always been aggressive towards people and terrified of them (except my dad, my boyfriend and me) and she used to be so on edge all the time. One moment she was fine, the next one she was biting your arm off or running and biting your leg when you walked past her. I honestly, even though I didn’t enjoy it, didn’t care much about the bites or the scratches on my body but I could tell that she wasn’t having a good time either so I decided to take action. I talked to the vet and he suggested I should give those collars a try because the collars helped a lot of stressed cats.

How did I start using it?
Before I actually buy it (because here in Argentina they are really expensive) the vet suggested I buy a regular collar and place it around her neck, to see if she could handle having a collar (since every cat is different, there are cats that don’t handle collars very well) because there was no point in buying the Sentry collar if I wasn’t going to be able to put it on her. And that’s what I did, and it didn’t seem to bother her at all. She wore it for 1 full week before I decided to buy the actual one.

What happened when my cat start using it?

At first, nothing. She didn’t even realized she was wearing it and there was an overwhelming lavanda smell wherever she would go. But then, after a few days I could tell something was happening, something good. She started to sleep more, to get closer to me and my family. She would rub herself against my legs more often and she wasn’t so on edge when someone walked near her. Also, she started to purr more! It was so nice!

Several weeks later I could tell she was more relaxed. The attacks were 90% less frequent and she wanted to be petted more often. Besides, when strangers came to the house she would hide instead of going crazy and attacking my guests, as she used to do.

And now, after two years I can tell she is happier, less afraid of the world that  surrounds her. And the collars lasts longer. At first, after three weeks, the effect of the collar would wear off and she would start acting anxious again, but now the collar lasts two whole months before she starts to behave anxiously and the aggressiveness isn’t as much as before.

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Would I recommend Sentry Collar for Cats?
Absolutely, in fact, I did recommend it several times. For example, my aunt’s cat was about to die. The cat wasn’t eating or grooming himself because of how anxious he was.  It was really sad. My aunt was desperate so I suggested she should try the Sentry Collar for cats. It literally saved his life. He started to eat, he felt safe around people and he fully recovered.

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So, there you have it: my experience using Sentry Calming Collar for cats. Do you have any questions? You can leave them in the comment section below and I would answer them! And, tell me, have you ever used Sentry Calming  Collar for cats?

I guess that’s all. See you next time… bye!