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Cats and Pizza?

…wait.  It’s not what you think.

This is some seriously fun news, cat lovers.  Like many of us, Pizza Hut Japan recognizes that two of the best things in the world are PIZZA and CATS.  It’s pretty hard to argue against the idea that both of these things are awesome on their own, but what happens when you join the two together?  Magic.

The good people at Pizza Hut Japan have capitalized on that magic by creating a new web video series about cats running one of the Pizza Hut restaurants.

Check out this article from CNET.com, titled These Pizza Hut Cats Want to Serve and Entertain You,” which also includes links to the individual videos of the pizza cats.  You really can’t miss these hilarious web commercials.  Go ahead, check it out.

 

**The image posted here is strictly for entertainment purposes.  We don’t recommend feeding pizza to your cat!

 
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The Joys of Adopting a Senior Pet

Veterinary medicine has made incredible strides over the last couple of decades, and as a result, our pets are living longer and fuller lives.  For those of us who have made a lifetime commitment to our furry family members, having them around longer is a joy and a blessing.

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However, there seems to be a significant number of families who have “outgrown” their aging pets.  At least, that’s the most logical conclusion that can be drawn from the growing trend of homelessness among senior pets.  Well, as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  If yours is among the thousands of families who are interested in adopting a new pet, we’d like to urge you to consider a senior.

Still need some convincing?  We’ve come prepared.

  1. They’re a lot less messy.  If you’ve ever been the proud parent of a brand new puppy, you know that all that playful affection comes along with its fair share of chores.  While we love puppies just the same, this high level of energy can be absolutely exhausting.  When you adopt a senior pet, you will most often find that they have already been housebroken.  They are also a lot less prone to chewing your baseboards and your favorite pair of shoes.  Of course, anything is possible, but most of the time with a senior pet, your wardrobe and home will be safe from harm.
  2. What you see is what you get.  When you adopt a senior pet, there’s no guesswork involved.  You will never have to wonder how big they will get or what sort of demeanor they will have.  They are already grown, and you can get a feel for their personality right away.
  3. Speaking of personality… Senior pets are often some of the most gentle and loving creatures you will ever meet.  They love to take it easy, and they’re never short on cuddles.  Don’t mistake that gentle nature for laziness, however.  If you’re looking for a dog to jog alongside you or a kitty to play chase with, senior pets can keep up with the best of them!  However, they always recognize when playtime is over, and they will be the best couch-cruising copilot you could ever ask for.
  4. They are generally well-adjusted and acclimate easily.  Once you’ve brought that old gem home, you’ll wonder how your family ever survived without him or her.  Generally speaking, older pets settle into new environments with greater ease than their younger counterparts.  They’ve also already learned how to coexist and function as part of the group.  They’ll slide right into your house and your heart in no time flat.
  5. They need you.  When they make their way into a shelter, it’s a shock to the system.  Trust us when we tell you that the family who rescues a senior pet from an animal shelter will be rewarded ten-fold.  If you don’t believe that these animals recognize the incredible act of kindness that you have performed for them, give it a shot.  We don’t need to convince you.  Your future best friend will spend the rest of his or her life doing that.

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In many American animal shelters, senior pets are considered to be among the least adoptable pets, and they are often the first candidates for unnecessary euthanasia.  We would love for that to change.  If you’re in the market for a new pet, consider a senior.  We can say with absolute conviction that you’ll be so glad you did.

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Fun Facts About Cats and Dogs!

Did you know…

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While adult cats only have 30 teeth, dogs have 42.  The reason for this difference is their individual dietary needs.  Cats and dogs have the same number of incisors and canines, which are the teeth that are used for tearing meat.  However, dogs also require vegetation in their diets (your best kitty friend is strictly carnivorous).  Because of this difference, dogs have more molars and premolars, which are the teeth that are used for crushing and grinding plants.  Regardless of their diets, though, our pets need their teeth cleaned regularly… just like we do!

The Basenji is the only breed of dog that is unable to actually bark.  Instead, they make an unusual sound, often referred to as a “baroo”.  It sounds similar to a yodel… check out the video below!

Do you ever wonder why your cat can climb gracefully upward, but when it is time to come down, she is either stuck or forced to jump?  It’s a kitty paw design flaw! Because their claws are curved inward (like a hook), they are perfect for digging in to a surface so that she can then pull her body upward.  However, this doesn’t work quite so well on the way down.  Tell that to the neighborhood firemen the next time they need to rescue your cat from a tree.  It’s not kitty’s fault!

A common misconception about dogs is that they are colorblind.  This actually is not the case.  While they don’t have the pleasure of experiencing the same robust color spectrum that we do, they do see some hints of color.  Don’t worry that they are missing out on visual stimulation, however.  Dogs have superior peripheral vision and can see extremely well in the dark.

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Black cats have GOOD luck!  The same gene that causes their fur to hold such a rich dark color comes along with the added benefit of increased resistance to certain viruses and bacteria.  While this is certainly no reason to skimp on your best friend’s necessary preventative care, it’s still a fun fact to have on hand for the next time someone accused your adorable black feline of bringing bad luck.

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A Love Story About a Dog Foster Mom and Her Pooch, Charlie

Fostering pets is great!  It gets pets out of shelters and into their forever homes.  Check out the story of When Julie Met Charlie, courtesy of Pet360.

Get more great info about fostering pets at Pet360.com/foster