How To Prepare A Pet Clothing Study

Clothing business is really in demand nowadays due to the fashion trending of the new generation that’s where pet clothing comes in. People are exploring many alternatives of expressing their selves through what they are wearing. One category that is silently capturing the market is those who trade dog clothing. Since the business for pet clothes is growing, hundreds of small business entrepreneurs are venturing into this kind of business.

But before doing all the selling of pet outfits, one must prepare a brief study to help assess the feasibility of the pet clothing business, so how to go through about it? One must first have a project summary. This will capture all the project highlights, descriptive definition of the study, and set of dog clothing business objectives, brief history and basic conclusions of the study. One must think of an attractive name for his pet clothes business.

Then a market study should be done since this is the basis of the dog clothing business study. In this way, one will be able to know the demand for pet clothes. The demand will determine if the targeted business will be profitable or not. This determines the size of the demand, pricing of the products, existing and possible competition, different factors affecting the market and the appropriate marketing program for the flush out of stocks to trade.

After, will be the financial feasibility in which this covers the major assumptions, total project cost, financing, and working capital requirements. In this way, the potential gain or loss will be approximately determined. One must take a good care of the basic assumptions and you do not have to worry regarding the others items. This will give us a projection or an idea of what will happen next month.

The next thing to remember is to conduct a financial review, social economic projects, organization and management study. These will complete the study process of your pet clothing business. All of these steps will really help you along the way and it will widen fresh ideas.

Scrapbooking Pet Page Ideas for a Unique Pet Album

Our pets are part of our families and our memories. Whether they are dogs, cats, hamsters or rabbits, they enrich our lives. Creating a pet-themed scrapbook album will preserve the special moments you share with them. Consider these scrapbooking pet page ideas to make an album just for your pet photos.

Everyone remembers the excitement of bringing home a new pet. Make a scrapbooking page about their first night at home. You can include pictures of your pet’s new bed and any toys you bought for your pet. Photos with each family member should be highlighted as well. Journal your thoughts about how you selected your new companion and what inspired you to choose its name.

Another scrapbooking pet page idea is to capture your pet’s personality on a page. This can be done through photos and journaling. Dogs might be lazy, energetic or neurotic. Cats can be affectionate, frisky or aloof. Hamsters might be friendly, shy or bold. Consider your own pet’s behavior. Funny stories and memories would be a great addition to your journaling.

Create a scrapbooking page of pet memorabilia. You can use pockets and envelopes on your pages to add tufts of fur, old ID tags, baby teeth and labels from your pet’s favorite food or treats. A pet-themed album can preserve your pet’s adoption papers, paw print impressions, veterinary records and obedience training awards and certificates.

Obedience classes are great photo opportunities. Design pages that show your pet’s progress through training courses. More people are involving their dogs in classes beyond basic obedience. Many active owners participate in agility training, fly ball and rally competition. Don’t forget to include photos of these events in your dog’s album.

Pets are part of our holiday celebrations. Create a Halloween page with your dog in a costume. Around the holidays, pet stores often offer pictures of pets with Santa. Pages of a kitten playing in the wrapping paper on Christmas morning or a puppy sleeping under the tree can be part of both your holiday album and your pet-themed scrapbook.

Document your pet’s firsts like your dog’s first visit to the veterinarian or your puppy’s first bath. Photograph your puppy’s growth over its first year. Create a “day in the life” page for your pet. Meal, nap and play times can be more opportunities to show your pet’s behavior and personality in photos. Celebrate your pet’s birthdays complete with cards, presents and cake. Then, make birthday scrapbooking pages for your album.

Scrapbooking manufacturers are responding to requests for pet-themed albums and embellishments. Most craft stores stock dog and cat stickers, and some even offer small animal stickers, like hamsters and rabbits. Patterned papers come with dog and cat themes. You can find materials for page accents, like die cuts, brads, ribbons, and stamps, designed for pet pages, as well.

Owning a pet is a relationship and a commitment. Pets provide companionship and their lives become part of ours. A pet-themed album is a reflection of your bond with your pet. Think about pet scrapbooking page ideas that capture the essence of your relationship with your pet. Make your next scrapbook one that celebrates the special moments you and your pet share.

Why Do Some Cats Bite When You Pet Them?

Many of us who are parents to cats notice that when we pet them, they sometimes turn around a bite our hands. Why do cats do that? Dog parents smugly state that their dogs wag their tails, pant and lick their hand. They claim that dogs don’t bite the hand that pets them. While this is not a competition between cats and dogs, I’ll give the dogs this one. I had a beautiful dog for many years (she passed away at 12) and she never bit me when I petted her. However, each and every cat (except one) has nipped at my hand.

So, why do cats bite the hand that pets them? As usual, I decided to do a little research to see if I can find the answer. From what I can tell, it looks like experts do not agree on the reasons for this pet-then-bite behavior, therefore many theories abound regarding what is called petting-induced aggression.

One theory is that unlike dogs, which are more social, petting may be something outside of a cat’s normal instinctive behavior. A suggested remedy is that cats need to be socialized to people as very young kittens. Even 5 minutes of human contact each day of a cat’s life up to 7 weeks of age will produce a much more trusting cat than those cats that did not have human contact until they were older than 7 weeks. However, this remedy does not explain all petting-induced aggressive behavior since properly socialized cats can still display this behavior. And this remedy does not help those of us who adopted adult cats.

Some experts theorize that a cat may bite once the petting exceeds her sensitivity threshold. While the cat enjoys the human contact at first, the repetitiveness of the petting becomes irritating and the cat turns and bites as a way of saying “Enough”. Another theory is that the petting not only causes irritation but that it may also cause static electricity or actual pain because of the cat’s nervous system. Or, sometimes the cat may have a pain in a particular area and your touch or even the belief that you will touch that area may trigger the aggressive behavior.

Sometimes cats may find petting so pleasurable that they actually fall asleep (with open eyes). If they wake up suddenly, they may not recognize that they are being petted and may believe that you are trying to confine them. Instinctively they may bite and run before they are fully aware that they were being petted. The final theory I found is one of control. Some cats need to control the situation where they determine when the petting starts and when it stops. What is perceived as petting-induced aggression is a way for the cat let you know who is in charge. I think behavior is more in line with my experience.

No matter the reason for the petting-induced aggression, there are some things that you can do to decrease the chance your cat will suddenly bite you while being petted.
It is important to find out if your cat has a medical condition that may cause pain when he is being petted, therefore take him to the vet for a thorough examination. Petting may cause the pain to worsen or the cat to become anxious that you may touch a painful area.

Like it or not, we just need to realize that some cats simply do no enjoy being petted. Cats are unique and while some cats enjoy human contact, love to cuddled and petted, others do not like human-initiated contact. These cats may enjoy some human closeness like sitting on your lap, but they don’t want to be picked up and petted. We need to understand that just like you cannot change the basic personality of humans with whom we interact, you will not be able to change the basic personality of your cat and need to accept him as he is.

While we may miss the warnings, cats seldom suddenly turn and bite. An observant cat parent will notice the following clues before the aggressive behavior starts:

• ears may go flat or back
• stiffening of the body
• twitching of the skin or tail
• dilated pupils
• a low growl
• unsheathing of the claws

If you see any of these signs, stop petting immediately and allow the cat to leave.

Once you are aware of the warning signs, you can begin to predict your cat’s petting tolerance level. Begin by timing from when you begin to pet your cat to the first instance of the warning signs. You can do this over the course of a week or so. Then, the next time you pet, make sure that you do not exceed this time limit. However, while timing may provide a good guide you still need to watch out for the warning clues.

You can also change the way in which you pet your cat. Some cats may prefer to receive short small strokes; others prefer to be scratched under the chin or between the ears. Not all cats enjoy whole-body petting. Try to pet you cat using the different methods. It should become pretty clear very quickly which methods are tolerable and which are not.

If your cat does bite during petting, please do not physically correct her as this may cause more aggression. However, you can reward your cat for not biting; you can give your cat a treat after each stroke she tolerates. Over time, your cat may associate the petting with treats and, barring any pain, may experience an increased petting tolerance threshold.

Pet Show Party Ideas

I thought of this idea when watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with my daughter. All little girls love dress up. How about dressing up their pets! Since I don’t have the room, nor did I want to manage dogs, cats, and other furry creatures in my home, I thought stuffed animals would be a good alternative.

Set up: The party would contain 4 different areas: a registration desk, a grooming area, a judging table and an agility competition.

Registration Desk: In the front of your home or entry way, set up a table where guests can register their pet. Give each child an armband and a collar with a tag. The simplest way would be to cut out tags with numbers and a rubber band for their stuffed animal, and another paper tag that would be pinned around their arm. Create a simple form where the child would write their name as handler and their pet’s name. You could also have the parents write their email address if you want to send them pictures of the party. If the child is having a birthday party, at the registration desk, you can collect the presents from each child.

Grooming Area: After registration, direct the child to a special room to groom their animal.Set up a table with hair ties, stuffed animal clothes (doll clothes), and other accessories. To keep them busy while guests arrived, I also would set up a special area where the girls can make their own collars out of beads. You can find great inexpensive beads either at bead or craft stores. You can also find little charms to create “tags” or pre-make the tags for each girl. For instance, you could engrave “Lindsey’s best friend” or “Katie’s cutie”. I would recommend another parent be in the room to assist the girls tie and string their creations.

The Judging Table: Once the girls have dressed their animal, the competition begins! Have a well dressed judge (willing parent) call a the corresponding number to each pet. Set up a clothed covered table where the handler (girl) places their stuffed animal in front of the judge. Just like at a real dog show, have the judge examine the stuffed animal and give them a clip board to write their results. After every animal is examined, have all of the girls march in a circle with their pets, displaying their perfectly groomed animal. Take a group picture of the girls to send to parents for thank you cards.

The agility competition: In your backyard, set up an obstacle course. You can use things as you would find in a regular agility competition. Time each girl as they go though the obstacle course, holding their pet. For instance make the girls crawl though a tunnel created by chairs and a sheet, a balance beam out of a 2×4 and bricks, a bar to jump over made out of chairs and a broom and have them use the hula hoop 3 times. Record the time of each pet/handler.

The award ceremony: After you collect all the results, it’s time to hand out the awards! Purchase ribbons or certificates you can hand out to every contestant so no one feels left out. You can create categories such as most creative, most colorful, furriest, 1st-3rd in the agility competition and 1st -3rd in the showing competition. For best in show, you can purchase a larger rosette ribbon and award the best handler/pet for both competitions.

The food: I decorated the table with more stuffed animals of dogs and cats and served the food in dog bowls or cat snack jars I found at the dollar store. For easy serving, use dog food scoops.

  • Puppy Chow Mix – melted peanut butter and chocolate chips drizzled on chex cereal then shaken with powdered sugar
  • Cat Treats – goldfish crackers
  • Just for the big dogs – coco puffs in a dog food bowl
  • Dog snacks – combos
  • Pet sandwiches – use cookie cutters of dogs and cats to cut out sandwiches
  • Fish drink – use blue punch in a fish bowl and freeze candied fish in ice cube trays
  • Bird Seed – mixed nuts, especially sunflower seads
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Bone cake – combine a loaf cake with 2 cupcakes at either end. Frost to create a uniformed bone shaped cake.
  • FISH AQUARIUMS – floating fish in blue jello.

The presents: An alternate idea instead of gifts is to ask your guests to bring donations for an animal shelter. It would not only help other animals but also reinforce kindness and giving to others. If your willing, you could always take the donted gifts to the shelter and let your child pick his/her own pet!

Party favors: You can stuff doggie bags filled with bone candy and any dog/cat favor you can find.

With a little bit of imagination, a pet show party can be a a fun way for little girls to share their special friends with one another.

The Fun Of Hedgehogs As Pets

The choice to have hedgehogs as pets was not always available. And in some locations it is not a legal option even today. Many pygmy hedgehogs were wild caught and exported from Algeria and Africa to areas all over the world and sold as pets. Export of wild pygmy hedgehogs is illegal in many areas today. The larger European breeds have always been illegal to export and are not legal to own as pets.

As the popularity of pygmy hedgehogs has grown so have the international associations that help to educate owners and breeders on proper care and breeding standards to ensure stronger healthier bloodlines. There are many contests, championships, and festivals, centering around hedgehogs where they are judged just like prized breeds of other animals such as dogs and cats. Owners and breeders can win ribbons and awards for the best of the best in the hedgehog world.

The opportunity to gather with other hedgehog lovers is not all work but can be educational as well as fun for owners and breeders from across the globe. There is a great deal of comparing, bragging, and exchange of tips and procedures for breeding and maintaining hedgehogs. Often there is a little goodhearted disagreement among owners and breeders about such things as proper cages, proper substrates, and different types of foods for hedgehogs.

One of the main reasons it is so important for breeders to gather and document their bloodlines is to help maintain healthy bloodlines and to weed out potential genetic diseases such as WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome) which is a fatal and heartbreaking disease that is similar in symptoms to multiple sclerosis in humans. When animals that have the markers for the WHS or the many forms of cancer that are predominant in hedgehogs including bone cancer they are excluded from breeding stock and are cared for in a separate way. Many of these hedgehogs, though ill, demonstrate a bravery and perseverance to maintain a normal life right up until the end. Watching their hedgehogs silently and bravely carry on against the odds is a lesson that we can learn from them about being stronger against our own diseases and obstacles.

The average lifespan of a healthy hedgehog was once thought to be only 3 to 5 years. Advances in care and better knowledge of maintenance have increased this span to 4 to 6 years according to many current breeders and owners. Better methods of breeding and proper care of young have also helped these animals to be stronger.