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Thanksgiving from a Cat’s Perspective

By Rocky Williams, feline guest blogger

Some people might say that cats aren’t thankful for anything, because felines are all haughty creatures who think they’re entitled to everything and don’t appreciate stuff. Pshaw, I say!! It’s true we cats do think the world is our oyster and humans were put here to do our bidding (they were, right?) but we also recognize that it doesn’t always work out that way.

For sure, every kitty deserves a warm home with a loving family, lots of yummy food and treats (CANIDAE for me!), endless hours of head scritchin’ and petting, plenty of toys and catnip, and a comfy place to snooze the day away. But just because every kitty deserves all of those things does not mean we all have them.  Just like there are less fortunate humans who don’t have some of the things that make for a safe and happy life, so too are there kitties without the things that make us purr with contentment.

So when you all sit down to your Thanksgiving feast tomorrow and go round the table expressing your gratitude for this and that, you should know that your kitty is doing the same thing. Now, to the untrained eye – i.e. every human – it may look like all we’re doing is sleeping, hiding under the bed or calculating the risk/reward of stealing a nice big hunk of your juicy turkey. But that’s just our façade. Our Outward Kitty, if you will. You see, we put on a pretense because we don’t need people thinking that felines have gone all soft on ya’ll. But the truth is, we have always been soft. And I’m not just talking about our fur.

Every kitty who has it good, definitely knows and appreciates this. Despite whatever vibes Outward Kitty might be giving out, make no mistake that Inward Kitty (our true self) is thankful to be inside where it’s warm and cozy. Inward Kitty is thankful there is at least one special person willing to go to great lengths to make sure he’s well fed and well loved every day of the year. Inward Kitty is thankful that he knows what it’s like to feel truly safe.

Inward Kitty understands that he is one of the lucky ones, and although he may at times take certain things for granted (such as that bite of turkey you’re going to slip him under the table when you think no one is looking) he knows he is very blessed to have found you and saved you from a dreary cat-less life.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

~Love and Kitty Licks,
Rocky

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Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease

By Langley Cornwell

One of the ways we are similar to dogs is the construction and function of our vertebral column, otherwise known as our backbone or spinal column. Human and canine backbones are made up of vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks which have a jelly-like core. These jelly-like disks cushion the individual vertebrae and make it possible for our backs to bend, twist and flex with ease. This cushioning also makes it possible for us to distribute and carry the load of our weight comfortably while we go about our days.

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a disorder where these jelly-like disks located between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (usually referred to as a herniated or slipped disk). When that happens, they push into the spinal cord space and press on the nerves that run through the spinal cord. This condition can cause back pain, nerve damage and even paralysis.

I learned more than I wanted to know about intervertebral disc disease in dogs a while back. At the time, I lived with my two lab mix dogs and a roommate that had a cocker spaniel. This cocker was a high-energy, yippy dog that demanded a lot of attention.

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10 Dog and Cat Breeds With Mythical Legends

By Linda Cole

For centuries, people have associated certain breeds of cats and dogs with mythical legends, and some are still believed today.

Shih Tzu – One of the 14 oldest dog breeds, “the Lion Dog” is the smallest of the Tibetan holy dogs. In Buddhist mythology, Buddha rode to earth on a lion and carried a Shih Tzu. The dog was bred to resemble a lion, and was given high honor as the dog loved by Buddha. It was believed Shih Tzu dogs were incarnations of mischievous household gods. It was also thought they carried the souls of lamas searching for nirvana.

Norwegian Forest Cat – This large feline originated in Norway, and sailed with the Vikings to control rodents. The cat evolved by natural selection some 4,000 years ago, and has a role in Norse mythology. Viking gods are divided into two groups, Aesir and Vanir. Aesir gods were connected to war and victory, and Vanir gods were wise with magical skills. One of the Vanir gods, Freya, was the goddess of beauty and love. During battle against the Aesir, Freya’s chariot was pulled by two large Norwegian Forest Cats.

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Lights, Camera, Action: A CANIDAE® Video Contest!

Have you ever lost yourself in adorable YouTube videos? Do you follow your pet around with your camera phone? Do you enjoy watching others perform their best talents? Then our next contest is for you!

For the first time, CANIDAE® is holding a video contest. Whether it is your first time filming your pet, or you have a variety of videos already ready to go, we want to see what you’ve got.22393 CAN Video Contest-Instagram Thumbnail

The theme is “Talented Pets,” but as we all know, talent is in the eyes of the beholder. A dog’s bark can sound like singing, or a cat’s jump off the couch can look like they’re taking flight!

And, for the most talented pets, there is a prize to be won! This pawsome prize is—of course—FREE CANIDAE® kibble! Two lucky winners will receive six months of premium quality pet food.

All you have to do is visit the CANIDAE contest page on Facebook, enter the link to your video on YouTube, and submit your entry!

If you don’t already have your pet’s video on YouTube, visit
their website, drag and drop your video file, and upload. Easy enough!

Next, you’ll need to share the contest with your friends, since one of the prizes goes to the video with the most online votes. The other winner will be chosen by a panel of pet-loving judges from the CANIDAE® team, so even if you don’t get the most online votes, you still have a chance to win!

CANIDAE® Prizes to Be Awarded

6 FREE months of CANIDAE® dry food to the video with the most online votes

6 FREE months of CANIDAE® dry food to the video chosen by our pet-loving panel

Good luck! Or—should we say—break a leg!

The Courageous and Loyal Akita

By Linda Cole

In the Akita’s native country of Japan, the breed is considered a courageous and loyal national treasure. In fact, he is so loved there that an Akita statue is given to the parents of newborn babies to signify health, happiness and long life, and to the sick for a speedy recovery. The Akita is the largest of six national dog breeds of Japan. To preserve the breeds, all six were designated precious natural resources of Japan under the Cultural Properties Act of 1936, which gave the breeds official recognition and protection.

The Akita origins are in the Odate region of the Akita Prefecture, located in the northern rugged mountains on the main island of Honshu. At one time the Akita was called the Odate Dog, but the breed name was changed when the dogs were given protected status. This is an old breed descended from spitz-like dogs with a history that goes back to at least the 1600s, and possibly even farther.

A favorite of the Imperial family and ruling class, the Akita became the “royal dog” of the ruling elites, and they were the only ones who could own this powerful breed. Special leashes for each dog symbolized his rank and the importance of his owner. Elaborate ceremonies were performed for the care and feeding of the Akita. Centuries old sketches depict the breed standing with their royal owners, dressed in lavish ceremonial robes.

Bred as a hunter of big game like wild boar, elk and the huge Yezo bear, the dogs hunted in pairs, usually a male and female. The female nipped at an animal from behind while the male attacked from the front to bait their prey and hold the animal until hunters arrived. The Akita was also used as a guard dog, protecting family members and property. The bravery and size of this dog makes him a force to be reckoned with, and he continues to perform hunting and guard dog duties in his native lands. The dog can also be trained to retrieve waterfowl, and is an able and agile tracker with cat-like movements.

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Why Do Cats Sneeze?

By Langley Cornwell

This is probably wrong of me, but I think it’s cute when our cat sneezes. After the initial ah-choo, he always looks startled, as if to say “where did that come from?”

Of course, humans are not the only ones with allergies. Dogs and cats can have them too. In fact, when a cat sneezes, it’s often a sign that he is allergic to something. Excess sneezing may be one of the first signs that something is amiss with your feline friend. In general, cats sneeze for the same reason that people do; it may be something as simple as a tickling in their nose, or they might have a more serious issue that is causing them to sneeze.

As responsible pet owners, we coddle our cats and feed them nutritious, high quality food like Canidae, but we don’t want to run off to the vet every time they sneeze. So how do we know when kitty is just sneezing “regularly” or if he needs a visit to the veterinarian?

Time to see the vet

An occasional sneeze is nothing to worry about most of the time. Kittens and cats will sneeze whenever they get something in their nasal passage that doesn’t belong there. If your cat is particularly curious, this may occur fairly often. Our cat puts his nose into everything! Perhaps he learned it from our dogs or maybe it’s a common behavior, but he is a sniffer and a sneezer.

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