Move over calming vests and anti-anxiety medication—there's a new way to help calm your pets during times of stress, and this one involves everyone's favorite Scottish actor, David Tennant.
More Than, a UK-based insurance company, created two films—one for cats and one for dogs—to help reduce anxiety brought on by loud noises like fireworks. According to the company, both films are "guided by extensive scientific research...and designed to be played a number of times to help combat nervousness and stress brought on by noise phobia."
Both films feature a soothing narration from David Tennant, who is best known for his role as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who. While the films have been created with nervous pets in mind, we bet fans of the actor will enjoy the stress-reducing sounds as well.
"Peer Window," designed for cats, features a range of animate and inanimate objects like fish, swaying trees and birds, as well as sounds of nature and purring.
"Woofering Heights" was shot in a dog's color vision and features sedentary dogs and slow-moving pastoral scenes. Tennant also uses words and cadences known to relax dogs.
No word yet on if the films actually work, but an initial test seems promising:
We love our feline friends! These calm, cool and collected creatures add a whole new dimension to our lives. They are important to us and we are important to them, especially when it comes to keeping them happy. To do that, all cat lovers need to know and understand the ins and outs of cat health.
Womensforum and has curated these five facts every cat owner should know:
Cats Are Sensitive!
Cats can develop sensitivities, just like us. You and I can be sensitive to things in our environment; so can our cats. These sensitivities manifest themselves in different ways, but the most common appear in four areas: skin and coat health, stomach and intestinal irritability, oral health and weight maintenance. Being on the lookout for changes in these four different areas can help owners and vets identify problems and develop solutions, nutritional and otherwise, to support their cat’s health and well-being.
Those Hairballs May Be Telling You Something
An upset stomach can be caused by a number of things, from stress to parasites to food sensitivity. Stomach and intestinal upset are a general sign of a lot of different conditions, so it’s always good to start with the basics and make sure your cat is eating food with highly digestible proteins. Also, be sure to look at the shape of the cat's kibble. We may like food that is easy to eat, but for cats, a kibble that requires more chewing can actually help them eat more slowly, and may help keep them from regurgitating their food later.
All That Licking Can Be A Sign Of Trouble
The "T" In TLC Stands For Teeth
Did you know that dental tartar affects two-thirds of cats three years and older? Not only does it make your cat’s mouth a little gross, but it can actually cause more serious oral problems later on! However, this is something that owners can easily help prevent. Look for pet food that helps prevent tartar buildup by "brushing" the teeth as it's chewed and slowing down the process that turns plaque into tartar. You can also check your local pet store for cat-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste.
The Scale Matters To Cats Too!
It turns out that weight problems are not just a human thing. More than half of the cats in the United States are overweight! An extra pound on your cat might be hard to see, but using a body condition score can help you tell the difference between healthy and chunky. Helping cats maintain a healthy weight lowers their risk of diabetes or other conditions and gives them a higher quality of life.
If you think your cat has a tendency to be overweight, look for food that is high in protein but still low in calories to help Fluffy get all of the nutrients he needs and still feel full. You can also look for ways to encourage movement for indoor cats like chasing a cat toy.
Keeping your cat healthy is the best way to show your love. Keeping these five health facts in mind can help you make the best decision for the health and wellness of your feline companion.
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There are very few things in the world that are cuter than a puppy and a toddler playing together. However, for every cute toddler giggle and puppy kiss you see, there's a parent who's worked hard to make sure their dog and toddler are the best of friends.
The first step to making sure your toddler and pup become the best of friends is to train your dog on how to properly behave near your little one. You can start by preparing your dog for the random hugs, pokes and pets your toddler is bound to give them. The best way to do this is by gently hugging, poking and petting your dog yourself, and then rewarding them with a treat. Make sure you have a calm and cheery voice while doing this so your dog feels comfortable and has positive associations to a toddler's typical movements and handling.
It's also important to train your dog to respond calmly to a toddler nearing their food and teach them to retreat on command when you see them being a bit too sassy with your little one. Training is all about repetition and persistence, and if you need a little help on how to start, we've got you covered.
Just like you need to train your dog on how to behave near your toddler, you need to train your toddler on how to behave near your dog. It's in most toddlers' inquisitive nature to want to poke and prod practically everything they find, so it's a parents job to teach their kids to respect their pets. The best way to do this is lead by example. Demonstrate to your toddler how to gently pet a puppy and play with them. Let them know pinching the dog or pulling their tail gives them an "owie."
Consider bringing your toddler to one of your dog's training lessons. Letting your toddler see all the work the dog does to play nice with them can help them want to learn how to play nice with the dog.
If anyone knows how to play, it’s your feline friends!
After teaching you how to unwind from your whirlwinded life, we think humans can still learn a thing or two about loosening up and not being so, well uptight!
From casually strolling across the thinnest curtain rod high above to chasing and flinging just about anything we can get our paws on, you have to really give it to us – we know how to live it up!
With some careful observations of cats, you can definitely shed your case of Uptightis and learn how to play more! Incorporating more play into your life does not mean you have to do it all at once. Instead, you should try adding more play at your own pace and opening up the exciting world around you as you like. We’re pretty sure though once you start, you won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Make A Plan And Go For It
The stalking and chasing process comes naturally to us. We see something we want, focus on it and then go for it! It isn’t so different for humans though. We've seen you leaving the house every day to go to work, be with friends, shop, eat, etc. We know if you want something, you have the means to go out and get it. This comes into play when you want to play, too! If you're feeling bummed out, tired, or anxious, that is the best time to get out and do something fun! Just think of something you'd enjoy doing and seriously, go for it!
For those of you who are a little more stiff, we can teach you to loosen up.
Slinking across curtain rods, hanging from tree limbs – cats are happiest when living on the edge (literally). Why, in the name of catnip, would we want to do this though?
It’s a major confidence builder! There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a risk and succeeding. For us, this means trying to find the next unstable, incredibly high, insane spot to climb and clinging to it. For you, it could be playing a new sport with coworkers or friends or going on a wild and crazy trip abroad! Anything fun and new can add more play into your life and boost your spirits.
Scratch That Itch
OK, this is one we get a lot of flack for. We love to scratch things. We do it to mark our territory. We do it for personal beauty – we’re removing layers of our claws, basically our version of a manicure/pedicure. The most fun of all for us? Scratching is a way to stretch everything out and flex our feet and claws.
Playing more does not mean you have to exert every bit of energy out of your system. Getting together with friends for some brain teasers or a good ol' card game can be a relaxing way to have fun, plus it can help flex some muscles in the noggin.
Good times are pretty beneficial for your overall health. Play can trigger the release of endorphins, the human body’s natural feel-good chemicals, promoting an overall sense of well being and even relieving pain.
Not only do we like to live dangerously, we like to do it high, high, high above ground. No bookshelf is too high for us to try, no plane too scary to latch on to. Yes, we said plane – remember this viral video?
When you incorporate more play into your life, things may not go perfectly the first time. Whether it's participating in a new sport or having people over for the first time to play games, you may feel a little odd and out of your comfort zone. Remember though, being anxious or uptight can only bring you down.
If you don't win or literally fall on your face, laugh it off with everyone and get back to playing! Getting a little dirt on our knees (or paws) is part of the fun.
Crawling under beds, squeezing into tight spaces, smacking around anything we’re not sure of – the world is ours for exploring! You can’t be afraid of the unknown and just cat nap your life away. If there’s something you want to try out, achieve or do, you should definitely seek it out!
Your world of play is going to expand the more you seek it out. We've mentioned a few ideas here, but these are not the only ways you can add more play to your life.
Humans are super social creatures, so get out there with your friends and family and start learning, testing, trying and of course, playing!