Posts Tagged ‘cat urns’

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1:57 12 March 2012

Pet Cancer Link

While doing some research on Pet Cancer,  I found this story very informative and fun to watch.  It was on MSNBC.  Click on this link to watch.  Pet Cancer story.

A very popular way to pay tribute to a beloved pet is the Rainbow Bridge Pet Urn.  The very touching poem is engraved on the front.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful different Wooden Pet Urns there are available from the same U.S. craftsman.

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12:02 3 September 2010

Why are Pets Obese?

Our companion animals are truly a member of the family, and their lives pattern our kind of lifestyle.  Our cats stay inside and watch bird videos, and our dogs lay next to us while we watch TV.  Sometimes they are lucky to get a 5 minute walk before bedtime or go outside and play for a few minutes.

With our busy lifestyles, most pets stay the majority of the day in a crate, a pen or in the house with litte or no exercise.  When we do get home we feel guilty about leaving “fido” all day and since we don’t have much time to interact with him, and we limit our guilt by replacing attention with food.  Fido looks at us with those big, sad, lonely eyes and instead of going out and playing with him, we feed him again – and again.  Soon our beloved Fido is one very obese dog!!

Cats end up overweight for other reasons.   Most cats live a very sedentary lifestyle – eating and napping.  Most outdoor cats typically don’t get overweight, it is the indoor ones that suffer from boredom and lack of exercise.  Boredom leads to over eating, especially if food is left available to them all day.  Can you imagine being stuck indoors all day everyday? This boredom leads to eating to fill the endless hours of the day.  So, cats left alone all day have nothing to do but eat and gain weight.

As a pet owner you can break the cycle of overeating and getting your pet more active.  Spending more time playing with your companion animal is much healthier and the time you spend together will be more enjoyable.  It will help both of you have better health. 

Cat Cremation Urns make a beautiful tribute to you lost feline friend.

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11:41 3 September 2010

Obesity in Pets

Obesity in our companion animals has reached epic proportions in the United States.  It is now the most common nutritional problem faced by our pets. Close to 50% of all dogs are overweight, and more than 20% of cats need to lose weight.   Older companion animals, especially indoor cats top all groups with studies showing obesity in 60% of these felines.  Overweight pets are unhealthy and they face a variety of weight-related diseases.  Their lives are shorter and are more painful. 

But our pets cannot decide when, what and now much they eat.  We as there care givers must control what they eat, when they exercise, and ultimately their weight.  It is up to us to give them a higher quality of  life so they will live longer, happier and less painful lives.  By feeding them properly – at the right time and in the right amounts, and the right kind of food, we can add years to their lives.

When it comes time to say “good-bye”,  a Cat Urn is the perfect way to memorialize your lost loved one.

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4:08 2 September 2010

Caring for Yourself

The loss of a companion animal can be devistating and very emotionally stressful.  While grieving for your loss, it is imperative that you take care of yourself  in small but very important ways.  Caring for yourself will help you get through the grieving process faster.  Some things you can do for yourself are:

1. Remember that grief is normal and it will pass.  You can and will heal over time. 2. Honor your pet in small or in significant ways.  Hold a small memorial service or have a Pet Funeral.  Or, make a small memorial in your home  in his/her honor.  3. Surround yourself with friends and family members, even if you feel like being alone.  You will benefit from the support you receive from others and it will help you heal faster if you are not isolated while grieving. 4. Talk about your pet.  Tell stories about what you used to do together, the things you enjoyed most about your pet.  5. Express yourself.  If you don’t like to talk, write down your feelings in a journal.  Write a song, a poem, or a tribute about your loved one.  6. Exercise – even if you don’t feel like it.  It can help enhance your mood and get you out and moving.  Modify your usual routine if necessary.  7. Eat right – don’t drown you sorrows in a bunch of junk food.  It may lift your spirits for a minute, but it will drop you like a rock later and intensify your emotions.  Also, don’t skip meals – your body still needs proper nutrition. 8. Join a Pet Loss Support group.  You don’t have to be alone with your pain.  8. Express your emotions and your pain.  Don’t stop yourself from just having a good cry.  Let it out, don’t keep it inside.  9. Create a memorial or tribute.   Put a Headstone or River rock in your garden, or make a graveside in your backyard.  Plant a new tree in his/her honor, or put a poem on a pet urn.

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3:44 2 September 2010

Grief – What to Expect

We will all experience a loss sometime in our lives, and with that loss we will all experience the sometimes overwhelming emotion or response called Grief.  It may feel at times that it will be impossible to recover and move on after we loss someone we love.  But, grief does gradually get better and less intense as time goes by.  To help get through the pain, it may help to know what things you might expect while grieving.

The first few days after you lose your companion animal can be very intense with a lot of crying.  You may feel very strong emotions and need the comfort of others who express their support and condolences.   It is very common to feel like you are “going crazy” and feel very extreme emotions of anxiety, panic, sadness and helplessness.  Some describe this time as feeling “unreal” as if they are looking at their world from the outside in, or from a faraway place.  You may also feel moody, irritable and resentful of the loss and others.Most people show their emotions right after a loss, but other people can be so shocked and overwhelmed that they don’t show emotion right away – even though the loss is very hard.  These people may be found smiling and talking to others as though nothing has  happened. 

After the first few days are over and you try to get back into your “normal” activities, it may be hard to put your heart back into everyday things.  Even though you may not talk about your loss as much, the grieving process still continues.  It is natural to have these feelings for day, weeks, and even longer – depending on how close you were to the animal who has passed. 

No matter how you grieve, there is no one right way to do it.  The grieving process is a gradual one that lasts longer for some people than others.  There may be times when you wonder if life will ever get back to normal again.  This is a very natural reaction after a loss.  Cat  Urns or Pet Urns are one way you can keep your lost loved one close, even though they are gone.

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12:02 25 August 2010

Senior Exams – Lab Testing

Veterinarians depend on a series of Lab tests to help them understand the complete status of your pet’s health.  When a pet is healthy, laboratory tests provide a means to determine his/her “baseline” health values.  When your pet is sick, your vet can then compare the current test results to the “baseline” values to see if they are abnormal.  Even subtle changes in lab test results, even in an outwardly healthy animal, may signal the presence of an underlying disease. 

The AAHA recommends that middle aged dogs and cats undergo laboratory testing at least once a year.  During the senior years, they are recommended every six months for healthy animals. 

When searching for the perfect Dog Urn, make sure it matches your dog’s personality and has a tribute from the heart.  There are many with poems, photos and even laser etched portrait urns available for pets.

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11:34 25 August 2010

Sensory Changes with Age

Pets also experience sensory changes as they age.  These changes may be so subtle you may not notice them unless you are paying close attention.  With the Senior Years, also comes a general “slowing down” in animals.  As their major senses (sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing) begin to dull with age, you may find that your furry friend may have a slower response to external stimuli.  This loss of sensory perception is often a slow, progressive progress, and the best remedy for gradual sensory reduction is to keep your pet active.  Playing and working training exercises are an excellent way to keep your pet’s senses sharp. 

Pets may also be affected mentally as they age – just like humans they may begin to forget things and are susceptible to mental conditions.   They may also begin to confront age-related congnitive and behavior changes.  Most of these changes in your pet are rather subtle and can be addressed in a proactive manner.  Regular senior exams by your vet can catch and treat these problems before they become a problem and control your pet’s life. 

When looking for a Dog Urn or Cat Urn or any other Pet Urn, make sure you get one that is one cubic inch for every pound your pet weighs.

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10:14 9 March 2010

Pets – a Healthier Lifestyle

73832862Beyond companionship, pets add so much more to our lives than we realize.  Medical researchers are finding that people who own a pet are healthier and happier.  Touching, holding, stroking and caring for a companion animal – even just watching an animal in their natural habitat has many health benefits.  It can lower your blood pressure, decrease your heart rate, alleviate stress and loneliness,  and encourage regular exercise.  There are many other too, none of which are trivial or without value.

For shy or awkward people, pets act as a conversation tool and help them adjust to social situations.  Patients in rehab units who are comatose or autistic have responded to visiting animals even though humans were not been able to reach them.  Companion animals lift the spirits of the ill, the elderly, and those in hospitals and nursing homes.  They also serve as the eyes and ears for the handicapped.

A pet lover has well coined the phrase:  “Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”  As you bid farewell to your companion animal that has greatly enhanced your life and health, consider a personal Cat Urn as a proper way to say “Good-bye”.

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11:03 19 January 2010

Pet Loss Support Group Meetings

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What can you expect when you go to a Pet Loss Support Group meeting?

Everyone sits in a circle, all facing each other.  The leader or the group facilitator, usually starts by stating the group’s purpose and laying the “ground rules” –  ie the group begins and ends on time, all information shared by the group stays there, members are free to exchange phone numbers if they choose etc.

Going around the circle, members may choose to share as much or as little as they wish, or may choose to “pass”.  One person speaks at a time, and everyone gets an equal share of time – no one is allowed to monopolize the session.  Suggestions may be offered, but unsolicited advice is not given.  One by one people are invited to introduce themselves and to tell as much or as little about their pet as they wish.   Experiences, thoughts, feelings, are openly expressed, and painful as well as pleasant memories are recalled.  Often members are asked to pass around photographs of their pets.  Some members may choose to read Eulogies they have written to their pet, others choose to share personal tributes they have penned.  Many choose to share their Personalized Pet Memorials they have created to celebrate the life of their pet with others.  Whatever is read, whatever is shared is always held in the strictest confidence by everyone there.  When outside the group, members aren’t free to talk about another member without that member’s permission.  Whatever is shared by the group stays confidential within the group.  Many friendships are made and burdens lifted because they are shared.

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11:43 29 December 2009

Cats: Finicky but Rewarding

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There is definitely a school of animal lovers that simply don’t like cats. This group of people is most often called, “dog people.” They find cats finicky, temperamental, and distant. But for people who are willing to put in the time and effort, cats can be a rewarding and loving companion. Just go in knowing that cats don’t always come when they’re called. They don’t do tricks. Sometimes, they want to be alone. Go in knowing this, and you’re a lot more likely to get along with your kitten.

And as all good “cat people” know, there is something particularly satisfying about the connection developed between owner and cat. But because they’re a bit more work, the relationship is all that much more rewarding in the end. For many people, cats quickly become like a member of the family. Whether they’re scratching their cat trees or resting on their favorite chairs, they’re like a staple around the house. And when they pass, many owners are compelled to acknowledge that passing in a respectful way. If you’ve recently experienced the loss of a cat, look into burying your pet in any number of cat caskets. It will be a fitting sendoff for your beloved pet.