Char's Tips & Tidbits

{July 19, 2010}   Welcome!


Hello readers!

As this is my first post, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Char, I’m 21 years old and from Canada. I am getting married to the most wonderful man in the world and we’re starting a family (only 6 months until baby arrives!). Although, I do have a furry little family already. Sug, Zelda, and Mischou are my 3 cats, all rescues; or as I like to call them, Stray-Saves.

Throughout my life, I have housed many Stray-Saves. Cats, dogs, birds, rats, mice, fish, hedgehogs, hamsters, gerbils, spiders, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs. . . You name it, I’ve saved it! And that’s what this Blog is all about.

My “Tips & Tidbits” will be all about animal care. You can look forward to a random Tip and Tidbit near the end of my posts, too. I’ll also link my e-mail address after every post so my readers (that’s you!) can send me questions to answer in my later blogs. You can ask me anything! The most common question I get is:


“What should I feed my cats/dogs, and should adults and kittens/puppies eat the same food?”


This is a very good question! A question that I will gladly answer for my first Blog.


AnswerAs a general rule, animal food should not be bought at grocery stores. Grocery stores are made for human food, human needs, and the quality of pet food at most grocery stores is sub-par at best. Would you want to eat a can of stew made with dozens of ingrediants that you can’t even pronounce? No, and neither should your pet.

Cat/dog food is best bought at a pet care center. PetSmart, Pet Valu, Bark and Fitz, ect are all good choices for my Canadian readers. Some great pet food brands are; Blue, Wellness, and Onijen, which all carry food specified for kittens and adults, respectivly. Cats and dogs should eat both wet and dry food; I advise always having a bowl of dry food available and feeding about a tablespoon and a half of wet food twice daily, depending on your animals’ size and weight. There’s also nothing wrong with the occasional treat! Greenies and Taste Of The Wild are my reccomended brands. Always read the ingrediants; the first five are the most important as they make up around 85% of the food. Things to watch out for are words like “meat by-products” and “artificial flavors, colors, preservatives” and “water sufficient for processing”, these are not only bad to have in your pet food, but terrible to see in your first five ingrediants. Meat by-products can be anything from any animal; from cow eyes and chicken brains to salmon guts and turkey feet. A high content of grain is also something you don’t want in your pet food.

Some good things to watch for in your first five ingrediants are; ‘Meat Names’ (Chicken, Salmon, Turkey, Beef, ect), ‘Vegetable Names’ (Carrots, Kelp, Squash, Zucchini, ect), ‘Fruit Names’ (Cranberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pumpkin, ect). Also very important, moreso for cat food than dog, is Taurine. Taurine is an important animo acid that humans can produce, but cats need a dietary source of Taurine for good health. Generally choosing cat and dog food with an approximate 3/4 protein count and a 1/4 fruit/vegetable count is the right thing to do for your pet (unless specified otherwise for health reasons by a liscenced Veterinarian). 


Random Tip: Always avoid negative reinforcement when training an animal. Giving treats and affection for a job well done will get the message across much better than rubbing his nose in a mistake!

Random Tidbit: The largest snake in the world is an Anaconda. On average, they grow between 20-25 feet long, are about 13 inches in diameter and weigh around 150 Kg or more. Wow, that’s huge!


Well, that’ll be about it for my first post. If anyone has any questions at all, please e-mail me at and I will gladly answer them in my next Blog entry!

Thanks for stopping by, and remember; always treat your pets like family!!





{July 19, 2010}   Wahoo!


Finally up and running, more to come soon!!



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