When you get your kitten home, take it out of its basket, place it on a smooth, flat surface and ask it to stand very still and not make a noise. The kitten will be very disorientated in its new environment, so if it manages to heed your advice and not move for over twenty minutes, it’s a good sign that the kitten has a stoical character and will be equipped to withstand life’s setbacks with equanimity. After ninety minutes or so, tell the kitten it can relax, and reward it with a small snack: some muesli, perhaps, or three or four organically grown leeks.
After getting feedback from thousands of pet owners, a Japanese company has designed a house centered around the needs and desires of the average house cat.
Japanese construction company Asahi Kasei created a home that includes platforms, hidden tunnels and even a litter box situated next to the toilet.
How cool is that?
Read the full story HERE
While sitting around with friends this weekend I discovered the greatest card game ever. The name of the game is Animals, and the game is very easy to learn, easy to play and a great source of entertainment.
The game is not a gambling game but gambling can be done easily enough, but I would not expect to see this game in your local casino anytime soon.
I suspect the game started out as a memory game for children, then was taken you young adults and turned into a drinking game, but it does not matter if you are gambling with this game, drinking with this game or just trying to have a fun evening with friends, because it is fun whatever you are playing for.
The best way to play the game is with at least 4 people but no more then 8. You will also need 2 or 3 decks of cards to play Animals and a table for everyone to sit around.
Before the game starts each player must choose an animal noise and a hand gesture to represent them in the game and going around the table each player must announce the name of their animal, the sound the animal makes and its hand gesture. An example of this would be to say I am a cat, meow and the hand gesture may be wiping your face with the back of your hand.
In this game the dealer remains standing the entire round. The dealer will go around the table continuously dealing 1 card to each player until all the cards have been dealt. The dealer must stay at a steady pace and go not too fast and not too slow.
the players must continuously scan the other players top cards and when someone has the same number card on top of their pile as you, you have to make that persons sound and hand gesture. If you do it before they do you get all their cards.
That person is not out of the game the next time the dealer goes around they still get another card. The person with the most cards at the end of the game winds, and is the dealer for the next round.
For kids this is a great game because they have to remember everyone’s noise and gesture, this is a fun way for them to help develop their memories, and a great way to get them away from the television for a little while.
For those looking to gamble this game may not earn you as much as playing but it is a lot if fun to sit around and make fools of yourselves and make a few bucks. All you have to do is set an amount and everyone puts their money into a pot and the winner gets the pot. It does not get any easier then that.
The drinking game has an extra rule or two. If you make someone’s noise and gesture before they do yours, besides getting their cards they need to drink and at the end of each round all the losers need to drink.
Yet, you are three times more likely to need to make a claim on your pet insurance (if you have it) compared to your contents insurance!
Many cat and dog owners see pet insurance as unnecessary, yet every year, one in three pets make an unexpected trip to the vet, meaning their owner will need to find the money to pay for their treatment. These costs can literally run into hundreds – sometimes even thousands – of pounds.
As example, when 12 year old Timmy – a Bombay cat – was adopted from a local rescue by the Ashcroft family, they immediately got him checked over by their vet and then took out pet insurance at a cost of Ł10.85 a month.
Mrs Ashcroft says: “Having been a cat owner for many years, and knowing how vets bills can mount up, it seemed the natural thing to insure Timmy. We are so glad we did now. Just four months after we took out the insurance, a routine check up showed up a heart murmur. Diagnostic tests to discover just how the bad the problem was, plus ongoing medication and visits to the vet cost us well over Ł700 in just a year.
“After that, further tests revealed a thyroid problem. Medication, tests and a operation the following year cost us another Ł700-odd. Thankfully, our insurance covered most of these costs – we only had an Ł80 excess to pay. Timmy will be on medication for the rest of his life and will need twice-yearly check ups, and the insurance policy will pay for this. It’s comforting to know that we can afford to give him the best medical treatment and attention for the rest of his life”.
There are many specialist insurance companies offering pet insurance for your pet, from rats, rabbits and reptiles through to cats, dogs and horses, at affordable prices. And while cover varies from provider to provider and depends on the type of pet you are insuring, as a basic rule, injuries and illnesses are covered. (You should note that preventative treatment, such as vaccinations or dentals are not covered).
Each time you claim for a separate injury or illness, you will be expected to pay an excess – rather like your car or home insurance.
When choosing the right policy for you and your pet, bear in mind that while the concept is the same for all the insurers, each has its own terms, conditions and criteria. The following should be taken into consideration:
• Check that there is no limit on how long you can claim for each illness. For example, if your cat need tablets to control heart problems, or your dog has arthritis, the problem will need to be controlled for the rest of their life, not just a year or 24 months
• Check that the limit per illness is realistic – over time treatment for a single illness can cost hundreds of pounds
• Check that your pet will still be covered in later life when they will need it most. Some insurers terminate policies when a pet reaches a certain age
• Look out for special discounts, such as those offered in multi-pet households and for pensioners
Is your pet worth $100,000? It may be if you don’t make accommodations for it when selling your home.
A Hundred Thousand Dollar Pet?
A house I’d seen with a potential buyer in an attractive neighborhood built around two lakes sold for $100,000 less than was typical for the neighborhood. Do you know what caused it to sell for that much less? A pet. Actually, two pets.
I can hear you thinking, “How can that be? Surely she doesn’t know what she’s talking about this time. How could two pets reduce the sales price of a home by $100,000? Is that even possible?” I understand your skepticism, but it’s true. Let me tell you how I know. When I made the appointment for the potential buyer to look at the house, I wasn’t told about the presence of pets. We arrived at the house, knocked on the door, and when no one answered our knock, I got out my electronic key to open the box containing a key for brokers to use. While I was doing this, we began to hear some loud barking from large dog or dogs inside the house. The buyer said she did not want to go into the house with “dogs on the loose.” I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled with the idea either, so we went on to the next house she was considering.
She asked me if we could see that house the next day sans pets. I called and made arrangements.
The next day we looked at a two story, 5 bedroom, house with a fully finished, walkout basement that supposedly didn’t have pets. It was a nice house, but the whole house smelled strongly of pet odors. The furniture in the basement was shredded – truly not too strong a word to use. I’ve never seen furniture in worse shape. The front of the house was nicely landscaped. The back of the house was a disaster. The door frames and exterior doors were scratched and gnawed. The lawn had beaten paths and patches. There wasn’t a flower or a shrub to be seen. The “buyer” couldn’t get away fast enough.
I later found out the owner of the house had a German Shepherd. The second “dog” was a wolf and shepherd mix. The house stayed on the market longer than typical, the price was reduced several times and the final sales price was $100,000 below what was typical for the neighborhood. Now you tell me, what cost that seller $100,000?
Don’t misunderstand, I know pets are wonderful. Over time my husband and I have enjoyed living with a German Shepherd, two Siamese cats, assorted adopted stray cats, fancy guppies, gold fish, koi, and various sorts of wounded critters our two sons brought home.
Pets enrich your life. They don’t enrich the sales price of your home. Take the right steps though, and they won’t rob you of any of your equity.
Recent changes to the UK’s quarantine laws mean that it is now possible for you to obtain a pet passport (under the government’s ‘passport for pets’ scheme) and take your family pet away with you on holiday. However, before you run off down to your local travel agent and book tickets for the whole family to that exotic seaside tropical location you have always wanted to visit but have to put off because everyone else at home didn’t want to leave Fido in the kennel, you might want to consider getting you and your family some travel insurance – including that all important travel pet insurance.
A number of leading pet insurance providers now offer pet owners travel pet insurance to give pet owners the comfort of knowing whether they are far away in exotic places enjoying the sun and sea or closer to home enjoying the cultural delights of Europe, their pet will be insured against any illness or mishap that may unfortunately befall them.
Typically, included in the travel pet insurance is:
- lab tests
- costs while they stay at the vet and recuperate
Keep in mind, however, that as with other types of insurance, travel pet insurance usually comes with what is known as an excess. In short, what this means is that you – as the owner if the pet – will be required to pay a certain amount until a threshold amount is reached. Thereafter you can claim for a reimbursement against the insurance provider. However, unlike humans, travel pet insurance premiums are usually calculated on the type of animal you have and the age of the animal. As such, it is possible to leave arranging the travel pet insurance policy until the last minute, then purchasing this online once you have decided that you will definitely be taking your family pet away with you on your family holidays!
Moreover, as with human travel insurance policies, pet travel insurance can be purchased either as annual policy or as a one-off travel policy. If you get an annual pet travel policy, this means you can take your pet with you whenever you travel one of the 25+ countries outside of the UK which the UK government currently has arrangements for the ‘passport for pets’ scheme, or any of the European Union countries (which are all part of the ‘passport for pets’ scheme already). Alternatively, with one-off pet travel insurance policies you need to name the country you are going to visit and the dates you’ll be there and the policy will only cover you for the duration and place stated.