Why You Need To Feed Your Pet According To Its Age?
Why You Need To Feed Your Pet According To Its Age Group? As pet owners, we’ve definitely come across situations when you’re shopping at the pet store for your furry friend’s food and on the packaging, you see things like “for puppies”, “adults”. You catch yourself wondering if there really is any difference between these pet foods. And looking at the price difference, you might be tempted to even get the food that isn’t ideal for your pet. Let’s find out if there is actually a difference between these foods and why you should actually feed your pets accordingly!     What age group is your pet under? The preliminary step you should try to take is to know the age group your pet is under. Check out the age ranges of felines and canines:   For cats, your cat is classified as a senior once it reaches 11 years of age. It is, however, not that simple for dogs as it depends on breeds.   Why should we differentiate according to age? There are several reasons you should differentiate the food given to your pets according to its age. These include: Age differences Much like humans, dogs and cats have different needs throughout their lives. Because they require different nutrients, its important to ensure that they have the right diet. Dietary requirements Food is created for different age groups to meet their main dietary needs tackled for their age group.   Food differences There are different types of food that must be given to cats in different quantities.   How different is the food according to age group? Before you get started feeding your pet, it’s important that you first understand the needs, possible health conditions to look out for, and the things/ ingredients to avoid. Puppy/kitten stage At the puppyhood or kittenhood stage, your pet will have higher metabolism due to their young age. High metabolism refers to the faster rate at which food and energy are processed. Energy requirements during the first 4 months are double that of adult dogs and cats. The puppy/kitten stage is an active stage when young burn out energy very fast.   What does your pet needs at the puppy/kitten stage? • Higher calories• Higher protein• Higher fat content• DHA• Calcium and Phosphorus• Need to build bones, muscles, and eyesights Note: At this stage, it’s better that you feed your pet protein-rich food.   FAQ: Can I feed adult food to my puppy? Many first time owners, confused by the array of choices available, might not understand the difference between puppy food and adult dog food, and may be tempted to feed adult food instead. Some of us already have an adult dog at home and we might see it as an inconvenience to get another pack of food just for puppies. In this case, is it advisable to feed adult dog food to your puppy? You are, in fact, advised not to feed your puppies adult food. Adult dog food has a lower protein, calorie and DHA content than what is required by a growing puppy. Feeding your puppy adult dog food could actually cause your puppy to have developmental problems! So, you should feed puppy food to puppies and feed adult food to adult dogs.   Junior pet stage At the Junior pet stage, you may need to feed your pet Junior food- an intermediary food to be fed to your kitten or puppy in the later stages of puppyhood/kittenhood, which is meant to help pets transition into adulthood.   Adulthood The way adult dog food is formulated is very different from puppy food. These differences are important for the long-term health of your pet. When your pet reaches adulthood, there is a change in their dietary needs, with specific levels of protein, calories and other nutrients to maintain the proper weight and energy levels so as to preserve their health.   Adult Food VS Puppy or Kitten Food • Adult dogs and cats need lower protein content from their calories• Because they have lower metabolism, adults may gain weight easily if fed the same food as kittens and puppies.• Adult dogs and cats should avoid consuming high-calorie density food. Note: At this stage, feeding the right amount of food is very important, and maintaining weight is a key point for adulthood. This is because it can lead to obesity and cardiac conditions if not managed properly.   Senior stage At the senior stage, your pet requires a lower level of protein, fat but higher level of carbohydrate in its diet to manage its weight. Weight management is even more important at this stage as your pet will be less active and less likely to move around due to age-induced joint conditions such as arthritis. To help with joint conditions, senior pet food often contains glucosamine, which helps alleviate joint pain. At this stage, it is also very important to factor in health issues your pet has when determining your pet’s diet. As pets get older, they often develop more health conditions such as renal issues. It is, therefore, important that you make appropriate changes to the diet according to their pre-existing health conditions. For example, if your senior dog has renal failure, you can feed them Monge Vet Solution Renal & Oxalate Dog Wet Food.   Check out some of our products you can feed your pet according to its age!  
Meet The Breeds: Sphynx Cat
Meet The Breeds: Sphynx cats Sphynx cats are known to be unique breeds of cats. They are well-known for their nude-like appearance. Did you know that they are also distinctively intelligent, charming, and affectionate felines? You might be surprised to find out there’s more about this breed of cat than you know! Let’s find out more about the Sphynx cat.   Where did Sphynx Cats Originate from? The Sphynx cat was discovered in 1996 (fairly recently). And unlike what many of us think, the Sphynx cat originates from Canada, not Egypt. The Sphynx cat was produced as a result of genetic mutation. In today’s context, Sphynx cats often come from crossbreeding of Devon Rex cats with different hairless cat breeds in other parts of the world. Interestingly enough, the Sphynx cat is not the only breed of hairless cat around, but it is the first hairless cat breed bred precisely for its hairless trait.   Why do Sphynx cats look different from other cats? It’s easy to identify a Sphynx cat from other cats thanks to their unique appearance. Some have also said Sphynx cats look like raw chicken. And by “somebody”, we actually mean Rachel from Friends.   Are Sphynx cats really hairless? Contrary to what many of us might think, the Sphynx isn’t actually completely “hairless”. Even though the appearance of sphynx cats makes them look as if they are hairless, they are actually covered with a fine layer of downy fuzz. Like many things in life, the Sphynx cats are unique! No two Sphynx cats are 100% identical. In fact, every Sphynx has a different level of hairlessness. This extent of hairlessness largely occurs as a result of a recessive gene.   Do Sphynx cats feel cold? With their almost nude-like appearance, you might think that the Sphynx cats are constantly feeling cold. Surprise! Sphynx cats actually feel warmer than other cats. The body temperature of Sphynx cats is actually 4 degrees warmer than the usual “furry” cats. This is the greatest example of how mother nature works in wonderful ways, as the higher body temperature of Sphynx cats is to, in fact, make up for its lack of fur.   Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic? With the absence of fur, many misunderstand that these cats might not cause any allergy at all. This is completely untrue, due to two main misconceptions. Firstly, many think that Sphynx cats are completely hairless, which is untrue. Another key misconception is that fur is the main cause of allergy, when in fact it is Fel d1, the allergenic protein in cat saliva and skin secretions that causes allergies. Hence, Sphynx cats are in fact, not hypoallergenic.   What do Sphynx cats eat?  Due to higher body temperature, they have higher metabolism rates, need to eat more and more frequently. If you’re an owner of a Sphynx cat, you should ensure that you provide them with the right amount of nutrients to keep up with their higher metabolism rates! How long do Sphynx cats live? The average lifespan of the sphynx cats ranges from 9 to 15 years. The oldest Sphynx cat known to have lived was a Sphynx in Texas by the name of Grandpa Rex. Grandpa Rex passed away at the age of 34 in 1964. Can Sphynx cats swim? While Sphynx cats like being in water, they prefer relaxing in it than playing in it. The therapeutic effect of water helps them to rest and rejuvenate, especially when they have sensitive skin. Are Sphynx cats friendly? Yes, Sphynx cats are friendly. In fact, they are one of the friendliest felines known to man. Their lack of thick fur makes them behave cuddly towards humans because they enjoy the warmth from their human friends. Do Sphynx cats like children? While they don’t exactly have a furry and cuddly appearance, the Sphynx cats are actually very good with children. They have a docile personality and are seen to be a warm and cuddly cat breed. Are Sphynx cats legal in Singapore? Yes, Sphynx cats are legal. However, they are not very easily found in Singapore. The hot and sunny weather in Singapore suggests more meticulous care to protect the cat’s skin, especially when there’s no pet sunscreen available. Are Sphynx cats HDB approved? Unfortunately, in Singapore, all cats are not allowed in HDBs. How much does it cost to buy a Sphynx cat? If you’re interested in buying a Sphynx cat, there are a small amount of Sphynx cats available. The Sphynx cat actually comes at a higher price, due to the limited number of Sphynx cats available. What extra care is needed for Sphynx cats? Since the skin of Sphynx cats is sensitive due to a lack of layer of protection, they will definitely need extra care. Besides, they are not covered with dense coats like other cats, so they get sunburnt or cold as a result. So, what are some care tips for Sphynx cats on sensitive skin? Keep them warm with cat apparel: Clothes for these little creatures are more functional than fashionable. You can get some from perromart to keep your unique feline warm when it’s cold outside or in the house. Supervise your cat in the sun: Fun in the sun? This doesn’t apply to Sphynx cats! Limit your cat’s exposure to the sun to protect them from the harmful UV rays. When they’re allowed in the sun, you should ensure that they’re under your supervision. You can also get lon-sleeved sun-protective clothes. Install a play tent for your cat outdoors (UV protection included to prevent harm to the skin): You can also make a play tent with UV protection for your Sphynx cats for outdoor activities to avoid their skin from being endangered. Cat shoes to shield cats from hot floors: Sphynx cats are indoor cats, but they can also go outside. However, it would be best if you take the precaution of putting cat shoes on them to avoid sunburns.   How often do Sphynx cats have to get groomed? Due to their higher susceptibility to skin conditions, you should bathe and groom your Sphynx cats more often than other cats do. It’s advised to give them a bath every week. There are some cleaning products that might help alleviate their skin sensitivity available on perromart. What are some common health conditions for Sphynx cats? Some of the common health conditions for Sphynx cats include: Skin problems: Excess oils on Sphynx cats can lead to skin problems such as rashes (urticaria pigmentosa) and cutaneous mastocytosis, as well as issues with ear wax, and skin infections. Body temperature regulation issues: Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats tend to get chilled easily. Ear infections: Dirt in your Sphynx ears, and excess wax can lead to ear infections. Ensure you stay away from cotton swabs when you’re cleaning Sphynx cat’s ears, as they can damage your cat’s eardrums. Periodontal diseases: Sphynx cats are also susceptible to dental issues, and that’s why they need regular dental cleanings. Some of the symptoms of these diseases include bad breath, tooth discoloration or tartar, difficulty eating, drooling, pawing at the teeth, or red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Sphynx Cats are susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick. This condition usually develops as your cat grows older. How to prevent these health conditions? You can protect your Sphynx cats from the aforementioned health conditions with some basic care tips. Bring them for regular health checkups Feed them with better food (control cat’s oil secretion) Give them intermittent baths during the week to help with their sensitive skin Provide them with Cat apparel to keep them warm and protect their skin Avoid using cotton buds that can damage their eardrums
Which Dog Breed Should I Get?
Ever wondered which dog breed suits you the best? Anyone who owns a dog knows how wonderful these animals really are. They make great additions to any home whether you are looking for a guard dog, a playmate, or simply a companion. Along with the myriad of joys that a dog brings to one’s home, there is responsibility. The decision of bringing a dog home must be well considered, as it really is a lifelong commitment. To make the process easier, we have compiled a general list of considerations that should be taken into account before deciding upon the breed you want to get. What dog should I get? 1. Size This is an incredibly important aspect to look into while deciding upon the breed. The size of the dog you eventually get will largely depend on the type of residence you live in. Apartment residents will need to abide by the list of HDB Approved dogs; the official list is available on the Housing and Development Board website. The breeds listed are typically smaller and have a lesser requirement for space. Dogs that are larger (for example, a Labrador Retriever) will have greater energy expenditure and require more space to be healthy. However, larger dogs can also be kept in apartments with suitable care and exercise (for example, taking the dog out regularly for long walks). 2. Energy Level Of The Dog It is immensely important that the dog’s energy level is compatible with that of its owner. The owner needs to be cognizant of its pet’s energy and find suitable ways to channel it appropriately. For example, Alaskan Malamutes have high energy levels and will need to be exercised regularly. If you lead an active lifestyle, high energy breeds are a great choice. However, if your lifestyle is greatly sedentary or you don’t have enough time to walk your dog, consider getting a low energy breed (for example, a French Bulldog). It is essential to ensure that your dog receives sufficient exercise to expend its built-up energy. Unused energy may be converted into aggression, general inertia or restlessness (chewing on objects left around, barking, prancing around the household). Just as exercise forms a pivotal part of human health, dogs require exercise to ward off diseases such as heart disease and obesity. 3. Temperament Of The Breed Behavioral traits of a breed are an important factor to take into consideration before you bring a dog home. If children are present at home, consider getting a breed that is relatively more docile and companionable. Popular choices for child-friendly breeds include the Golden Retriever and Bulldogs. These dogs are not only immensely loyal, but are also highly intelligent and sensitive. They are easy to train which makes them great dogs to play with children. Their docile and loving nature not only makes them perfect fits for kids, but they also make wonderful companions for adults. Clock ten miles on the beach or hop into a swimming pool on a sweltering summer day; these furkids are ready for it all! If you lead an athletic lifestyle, energetic breeds like the Border Collie or Weimaraner make great jogging companions. Since these breeds have notably high endurance and stamina, they don’t tire out easily. If you are more interested in owning a dog for the purpose of security, German Shepherds and Dobermans are particularly renowned for their strong sense of territory. Any trespassing will trigger a series of barks from these breeds, alerting you instantly. There are several other parameters that will influence the temperament of a breed, such as gender and parental history. Research has shown that male dogs are likely to be slightly more ebullient, territorial and playful compared to their female counterparts. The temperament of your dog’s parents is also a strong indication of behavioral traits that your pet is likely to exhibit. It is always a good idea to ask about the history of the parents to gain foresight about your pet’s temperament in the future. 4. Maintenance Some breeds are prone to shedding more hair than others, such as the Shetland Sheepdog. Maintenance for these dogs will involve cleaning the house regularly to ward off the growth of any unwanted microbes. Breeds with thicker coats such as the Irish Setter, will require frequent grooming to prevent tangles and knots setting in the hair. If you anticipate that you may not have sufficient time to devote to the maintenance of your pet, opt for breeds like the Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier, which have comparatively lesser grooming requirements, for they have shorter fur coats. Whichever breed you ultimately choose, remember that all dogs are created equal. Owning a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience and you can expect to make relationships that will last forever.
What To Do When My Cat Stops Eating?
Occasionally you may find that your cat seems fussier about its food, only choosing to sample its food before walking away. Perhaps your cat could show signs of refusing to eat whenever you try to set your feline down. Being familiar with your cat’s habits will help you recognize any behavioural changes and you can work out why it may be unwilling or unable to eat as it did before. Here are some reasons why your cat is refusing food.   Why Is My Cat Not Eating?   1. Changes In Routine Or Environment Cats are very sensitive to changes in routine and atmosphere. It may be something as simple as your having introduced a new cat to your household, as this could arouse feelings of insecurity. A change in the arrangement of furniture could also unsettle your cat. 2. Emotional Problem Have you been on holiday recently and left your cat with a cat kennel and someone else to look after him daily? A disinterest in food might be due to a simple case of depression. Such minor issues will not present much of a headache for you as they can be dealt with easily. Offering a little healthy treat to tempt your cat or putting a little bit of meat jelly onto its gums just might persuade it to have a little something to eat. You could also try offering a taste of something your cat really does like, to see whether it’s turning its nose up at what’s being offered, or if there are other reasons for its reluctance to eat. 3. Food Transition With cats accustomed to receiving carbohydrate-rich food, a switch to a more health conscious diet could be the reason for its disinterest in food. A refusal of food may be a cat’s attempt to show its displeasure in being denied its desires. Your cat may be under the mistaken impression that if it waits long enough you may relent and give in. However, you should also note that putting an overweight cat on a crash diet of low-carbohydrate food can result in your cat refusing to eat for more than two days. In such circumstances, a prolonged period of rejecting nourishment is likely to result in liver problems as your cat draws on his fat reserves and doesn’t take in the protein which he needs. In other circumstances, should your cat persist in not eating for more than a day or two, it could hint at an underlying health problem. In such situations, a consultation with your veterinarian is advised. 4. Health Problem Your cat might have a problem with its teeth or jaws which make eating painful or difficult, as would any problems associated with its digestive system. It could be suffering from inflamed gums or a broken tooth, a cut in its mouth, or an abscess in its jaws arising from a deep scratch. Your feline could also be experiencing discomfort in its stomach or have an intestinal condition which will reduce its appetite. Your veterinarian will advise on the best course of treatment in these scenarios. However, keeping an eye on your cat and its behaviour will help you deal with any problems before they get worse or chronic, and both you and your vet can make sure it has a full and happy life.   What Is The Food That Cats Love The Most? Cats, in general, prefer food with a strong smell and soft texture. They prefer the food at either room temperature or slightly warm. How Can I Get My Cat To Eat?   If your cat will not eat, interact with them and let them come to you for attention. If the problem is stress-related, this one-on-one with them may help. If he still won’t eat after a couple of days, consult your vet on what other options there are. If your cat appears to be stressed out by a possible visit to the vet, consider engaging one who will make house halls. If your cat loves playing in the outdoors, it could be that they’ve been stuffing themselves on what nature provided for them and they really don’t need another meal. They might also have been fed by someone else — be sure to add a tag to your cat’s collar so that strangers know that they are not strays. Also, if your cat has any problems with their teeth or gums then this will also put them off their food. It is therefore imperative that you deal with the root issue of your oral care by using long term solutions like sprinkling granules onto their foods to help prevent plaques, or to impose a strict teeth cleaning regime. Be sure to check if their bowls are clean. Cat dishes should be washed at least once a day for dry foods and after every serving for wet foods. Leftover foods allow bacteria to grow which can be harmful to cats, and be doubly sure not to place their food near their litter trays — as the saying goes, ‘don’t eat where you poop’! If you have been feeding your cat dry food, try changing it more frequently especially in a humid environment as dry food, will absorb water, making it soft and potentially off-putting for your cat. In addition to changing their existing dry foods, try adding a bit of wet food to their diet to mix it up! Cats like a bit of variety, and they can be bored with the taste and texture of crunchy dry foods. If you are not using dry food but wet food straight from the fridge, consider warming the food before serving them to your cat. Cats are like humans, in that their sense of taste is closely linked to their sense of smell — if they can’t smell their food, they can’t taste it. Cold foods will not smell as much as they do in room or warmer temperatures, so a quick pop in the microwave should get those feline whiskers twitching! And if they are still not attracted by the wet foods, try adding a few biscuits on top to vary the texture. Syringe feed and feeding tubes are viable options if your cats are still not eating, but only use this as a last resort!   What Can I Feed A Sick Cat? In order to recover, encourage your sick feline friend to eat small, frequent meals with high energy, palatable and highly digestible food. Hand-feeding is highly recommended. Meanwhile, fresh water should be available at all times as well. Your veterinarian may suggest giving fluids or liquid food via a syringe if your cat can’t eat on his own.   How Long A Cat Can Live Without Food? In general, cats can potentially survive for weeks without eating, but that heavily depends on their water intake and overall health. If your cat fails to eat for more than 1 day, it is highly recommended to bring him to the vet clinic, according to PetMD.   How Much Water Does A Cat Need To Drink A Day? Water is far more essential for a cat’s survival. According to Catological, cats generally can’t survive without water for more than 3 – 4 days before organ failure occurs. Dr. Jenna Ashton explains that the daily water requirement of a cat is roughly a cup per 10 pounds of body weight.   How Do I Get My Cat To Drink? One option is to feed wet food to your cat or to simply add wet food to dry kibble. If wet food isn’t the option, get him a drinking fountain as the flowing water in the fountain can encourage increased water intake.   How Long Can A Cat Be Left Alone? An adult cat should be fine to be left alone for 2 days as long as fresh water and a sufficient amount of food are accessible at all times. However, it still depends on other factors, including the safety of the environment and the overall health of your cat. Japanese article: 【猫の食欲不振】ご飯を食べない猫の原因と食べさせ方
Whole prey and high-protein diet: what it is and its top 3 health benefits
One of the pet diet trends we’ve seen continuously grow in the past years – despite resistance from most pet care professionals – is raw feeding. Resistance toward the whole prey diet, which focuses on raw feeding, stems from the myriad of diseases pets and humans alike can contract due to poor preparation and sanitation of raw ingredients.   Whether you’re considering switching to a whole prey diet or simply curious about carefully curated raw dog bowls you often see online, continue reading on to understand what the diet is about and its benefits.  What is whole prey nutrition?  Whole prey nutrition is an eating plan modeled after what wolves, the ancestor of all modern dogs, eat in the wild. Also known as the prey model diet, whole prey nutrition is typically high in animal-based protein and low in carbohydrate content. Whole prey nutrition uses the whole animal: organs, meat, and edible bones.   Why organ meats?   Wolves typically go for their prey’s organs first before consuming muscle meats. Organ meats, sometimes referred to as off-cuts or offal, are incredibly nutrient-dense and rich in flavor. Some of the most common organs fed to pets are the following:  Liver  The liver is a good source of vitamin A, copper, iron, and zinc. It’s also abundant in B vitamins. B vitamins consist of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin. They support our pets’ bodies by helping provide energy and promote a healthy metabolism.  Heart  The heart is rich in Taurine, an amino acid essential for healthy heart function. It’s also a good source of CoQ10, an enzyme that functions as an antioxidant that can help keep your pets healthy.  Tripe  Tripe is a tissue from a ruminant’s stomach. Ruminants include grazing animals like cattle, sheep, and deer. Tripe is rich in probiotics that promote good digestion and a strong immune system. In an article published by the Whole Dog Journal, breeders and pet parents were asked about the changes they’ve noticed since they started including tripe in their pet’s diet. They reported improvements in their pet’s physical appearance and temperament.  Benefits of a high-protein diet  Protein plays many essential roles in the body. It regulates body functions and helps develop and repair muscles. It’s also needed for cell regeneration for healthy healing and recovery.   Benefits of feeding dogs a high-protein diet include:  Energy boost  High-protein diets impact our pets’ energy. Protein is made up of complex molecules that take longer to digest than carbohydrates. This provides our pets with a longer-lasting energy source so they can work or play all day without getting tired.   Muscle development  Active pets benefit from protein the same way athletes do. When combined with exercise, a high-protein diet can help promote muscle growth.   Healthy weight  In a weight loss program conducted for obese pets, researchers saw that when combined with caloric restriction, a high-protein diet effectively reduces fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.  It’s important to note that protein quality is just as important, if not more, than quantity. Quality protein comes from an animal that eats quality food and is raised without added artificial hormones and antibiotics.    Finding the right whole prey, high-protein diet Isolated from the rest of the world, New Zealand is one of the best sources of quality protein for a prey-based diet that caters to your dog’s wild nature. Now dogs can savor the flavor of New Zealand’s finest proteins with Addiction’s newest grain free high-protein range, Wild Islands pet food.   Wild Islands is a whole prey-based diet inspired by our dogs’ natural prey in the wild. Free from grains, potato, corn, and wheat and made with ultrahigh protein levels and nutrient-dense organ meats, Wild Islands mirrors the food dogs naturally eat.   Wild Islands is available in 4 wildly delicious flavors: Pacific Catch, Forest Meat, Highland Meats, and Island Birds.  Pacific Catch  Pacific Catch features New Zealand King Salmon, Mackerel and Hoki, which are naturally rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.   Protein percentage: 40%  Forest Meat Recipe  Forest Meat Recipe features New Zealand Venison, a novel premium protein source that’s highly palatable.  Protein percentage: 40%  Highland Meats  Highland Meats features savory New Zealand Lamb rich in amino acids and New Zealand Beef, a healthy source of iron.   Protein percentage: 40%  Island Birds  Island Birds features premium New Zealand Duck, Turkey and Chicken, highly digestible and flavorful protein sources.  Protein percentage: 40%  Aside from the brand’s premium quality protein source, ultrahigh protein levels, and inclusion of organs meats like liver, heart and tripe, Wild Islands is also enhanced with the finest immune-boosting ingredients from New Zealand. It has Green-lipped Mussel, also known as the “miracle from the sea” for its anti-inflammatory properties, Kiwifruit rich in vitamin C, and Manuka Honey, the crème de la crème of all kinds of honey for its strong antibacterial properties.  Get the all-new Addiction Wild Islands with an introductory offer of free dog treats, exclusively on Perromart  A gentle reminder, always consult your vet about the best diet for your dogs.  
10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Singapore
It’s not out of the norm to point out that your dog could be the most popular in the world. But what do the statistics say about Singapore’s most popular dog breeds? If you are curious about Singapore’s most popular dog breeds, then you’re in the right place! The statistics for registrations of purebred puppies and mixed breeds for the previous year have just been released, giving us a good indication of what the most popular breeds will be this year. Let’s find out which breeds take the top spots: 1.Shih Tzu The Shih Tzu is a dog breed best known for its short snout and large round eyes. The name Shih Tzu means “little lion.” Although they look fierce, this dog has nothing to be afraid of. They have a playful personality with a calm and friendly temperament. You can adopt one since HDB approves them. Incredible Facts Shih Tzus originated from Tibet, not China. They were bred from the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. Shih Tzus are also called Chrysanthemum dogs because their hair grows all over their face and nose. Unlike other dogs with a longer snout, Shi Tzus have flat-shaped faces that make them more prone to heat stroke since the air inhaled is not efficiently cooled. Shih Tzus looks like Ewoks from Star Wars, which is pretty incredible   2.Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever is a Scottish retriever breed characterized by a gentle and affectionate nature and a unique golden coat. It’s a frequent competitor in obedience trials and dog shows. The Golden Retriever may also be used as a gun dog and may be trained as a guide dog. Incredible Facts The Golden Retrievers are hard-working since they are used for everything from tracking and hunting to rescue and service dog work. They are normally used as therapy dogs to soothe and calm people since they seem to have reserves of empathy and unconditional love. Golden retrievers love to eat anything, from the food in their bowl to papers, crayons, and toys. They perform exceptionally in dog sports like dock diving, agility, obedience, and more. 3.The Maltese The Maltese are a breed of dog generally associated with the island of Malta. The modern variety of Maltese has a silky-pure white coat with hanging ears and a tail curving over its back. They don’t normally shed too much despite the amount of fur they seem to have. Maltese are gentle, fearless, and love to be around people. Incredible Facts The Maltese are very intelligent and lively, which is why they are often described as charming hams. They are extremely alert dogs, making them excellent watchdogs. They can spring into action if they perceive a threat to their humans. The Maltese enjoy competitive sports like agility and obedience. 4.Jack Russell Terrier Jack Russell Terrier has been a favorite breed for families for a long period, especially with their small size and playful nature. It’s a highly energetic breed that relies on a high level of exercise and stimulation. It’s predominantly white in coloration with black or brown and tan markings. These dogs exhibit either a rough or smooth skin types, or a combination of both. Incredible Facts Jack Russell Terriers are very intelligent dogs with a strong drive to explore the world around them. They are very active dogs since they are bred to be curious, fast, and agile with lots of stamina as hunting dogs. Jack Russell Terriers are regular divas who love to have everyone’s attention all for themselves. They need regular grooming since they shed a lot. 5.Miniature Schnauzer The Miniature Schnauzer is a medium-sized dog thought to have been developed from the smallest specimens of the Standard Schnauzer. They have excellent guarding tendencies with no predisposition to bite. Miniature Schnauzers come in four color variations: black and silver, solid black, salt and paper, and white. Incredible Facts Miniature Schnauzers shed very little. They excel at many dog sports, including Earthdog, barn hunt, rally, obedience, and agility. They are extremely intelligent, so teaching them a trick is a breeze. 6.Chihuahua The Chihuahua is one of the world’s smallest dog breeds. It comes in any color combination, from solid to marked or splashed. This unique breed is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua and is normally kept as a companion dog or for show. The Chihuahuas also make great watchdogs since they are extremely suspicious of strangers like the Pomeranian. Incredible Facts There are both short-hair and long-hair Chihuahuas. The short-haired ones shed year-round, while the long-haired ones shed only twice yearly. They are more vulnerable to phobias, such as separation anxiety and fear of crowds or traffic. They are the second most euthanized breed after the Pitbull. 7.Poodle The Poodle is a water dog breed divided into four categories depending on their size: The Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Medium Poodle, and Standard Poodle. You should get yourself a Poodle if you are someone who loves to cuddle. These dogs are affectionate and smart. They also look adorable and may even get lost in a pile of cute toys since they all bear a striking resemblance. Incredible Facts Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers, which is why they are named after their ability to splash in the water. Poodles first originated in Germany, although it’s the national dog of France. They are highly active dogs regardless of their sizes. A team of Poodles once competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 8.Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever dog is a breed of retriever gun dog that is very popular in Singapore and all over the world, especially in Canada and the United States. The Labradors are famed for their pleasant nature, loyalty, and helpful disposition. Some are adopted as family pets, but most work as search-and-rescue, fishing, hunting, and service dogs. You might see most Labradors in police camps, army camps, and the Customs as they’re among the breeds protecting our countries. Incredible Facts The Labradors love water. Initially, they helped fishers fetch nets or retrieve fish from the icy sea. The Labradors are practically waterproof. The Labrador Retrievers nearly went extinct in the 1980s, before it gained fame. 9.Pomeranian The Pomeranian, commonly known as “Pom Pom,” is one of the most popular choices for a family pet. It’s classified as a toy breed because of its small size. They are petite and cute, which is why they have been made popular by many royal owners since the 18th century. They make incredible guard dogs since they are always suspicious of strangers and bark a lot. Incredible Facts Many Pom Poms change color as they age. Queen Victoria made Pomeranians popular since she owned a particularly small Pom Pom. Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, also owned a Pomeranian. One Pomeranian is a social media sensation. He goes by the handle @buddyboowaggytails. 10.            Mixed Breeds (Mongrels) A mongrel, or simply a mixed-breed dog, is a breed that does not belong to any officially recognized group. These dogs are loved as much as other breeds and are usually rescued by animal shelters. You will see them roaming around and minding their businesses anywhere from your void deck to the coffee shop. Incredible Facts Mixed breeds come in various colors, types, sizes, and physical characteristics, making it harder to describe them. They have longer lifespans and are typically low-maintenance dogs. With proper training and care, mixed-breed dogs can also be good family and pets. Tracing their ancestry is difficult since they descend from parents of multiple breeds. Product Recommendations Grain-free pet food is just what its name describes- pet food made free of grains. There is a chance you may come across shoppers scanning labels at any pet store to ensure their pet’s food is free of one thing or another- fat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free… the list grows longer each day. Common grain-free pet food includes: 1.     Heka Grain-Free Salmon, Potatoes & Peas Dog Dry Food With Heka, all dogs of all sizes can experience the power of nature! Heka is highly palatable and is more suitable for dogs with food sensitivities. It’s also appropriate for dogs with inflammatory bowel disease. 2.     Absolute Holistic Grain Free Salmon & Peas Dog Dry Food Absolute Holistic is made with real meat as the first ingredient, followed by veggies, fruits, and other superfoods. Besides, it’s also been formulated with adequate proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants your dog needs to thrive. 3.     Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream with Smoked Salmon Dog Dry Food  Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream boasts a grain-free formula made with sweet potatoes and real smoked salmon, providing highly digestible energy for your sensitive dog. It also provides an optimal amino acid profile and naturally sourced antioxidants. 4.     Nutripe Essence Australian Pork with Green Tripe Dog Food Nutripe Essence Australian Pork is a scientist-formulated, Australian-made dog food rich in antioxidants, fruits, and vegetables that helps boost the immune system. It’s also good for your dog’s gut health since it contains extra enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics. 5.     ORIJEN Six Fish Dog Dry Food ORIJEN is a biologically appropriate diet that is rich in whole animal ingredients. The first five ingredients are raw fish, which includes rockfish, flounder, hake, mackerel, and sole. ORIJEN is coated with freeze-dried liver for a taste your dog instinctively craves. 6.     Addiction Grain Free Salmon Bleu Dog Dry Food Addiction Grain Free Salmon Bleu is a hypoallergenic formula with low allergy-causing ingredients. It uses New Zealand King Salmon as the star ingredient paired with wholesome fruits and vegetables. This formula helps promote your dog’s coat and skin health since it’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids from Salmon and Flaxseed.
10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in Singapore
Cats are loving and adorable pets. They make a great addition to any home, as they are friendly, well-tempered, easy to train, and good with kids. Are you considering bringing a new furry friend into your home? Before you step out to adopt or buy one, it is worth knowing the different cat breeds out there so you can opt for the one that will best fit into your home. Here’s a brief of the 10 most popular cat breeds in Singapore. Read on to learn about these cats. 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in Singapore In no particular order, here are the most popular cats in Singapore: 1.    Maine Coon The Maine Coon is a famous cat breed known for its luxurious long coat, muscular body, and ear furnishings. Also known as “the gentle giants,” Maine Coons are loving and friendly cats. They are loyal, playful, and very active. These cats are good with kids and other pets. They weigh about 10 to 25 pounds and live up to 13 years or more. In addition, they are available in various colors, including white, black, and cream. 2.    British Shorthair This cat breed originated in the UK. With a lifespan of 14 to 20 years, they are one of the oldest cat breeds out there. These cats have a dense coat, unique body shape, round faces, and sharp triangle ears. The British Shorthair is available in a variety of patterns and colors, such as grey, white, gold, cream, blue, and black. 3.    Siberian Siberian cats are native to Russia. They have lustrous, long, thick coats that help them adapt to the extreme Russian weather. Siberians are an intelligent and strong breed. Despite their large size, these cats are affectionate and gentle. 4.    Russian Blue At first appearance, Russian Blues are reserved and quiet. However, these cats can be playful and active after gaining their trust. They have double-layered, short, sparkly coats. In addition to having a loving nature, these cats are beautiful and loyal. 5.    Munchkin Also known as the cat equivalent of Corgi, Munchkins are a playful and loving cat breed. They have short legs, which is why they are compared to Corgis. These cats are friendly, active, and fund of human interaction. Despite their short legs, these cats are fast and furious. 6.    Persian Persian originated in Iran, Persia. These glamour cats are gentle, elegant, and graceful. They are medium-sized cats weighing between 7 and 12 pounds. These cats are known for being quiet and sweet. They have large, expressive eyes, giving them attractive and charming looks. The lifespan of this cat breed is 12 to 17 years. 7.    Burmese The Burmese are smooth-coated, stocky cats that originated in Thailand. If you are looking for a cat that requires low maintenance, we highly recommend this breed. They are friendly and good with kids. These cats easily get along with other pets, making them excellent options for multi-pet homes. 8.    Bengal The Bengals are originally from the United States. Known for their fantastic personality and playful nature, Bengals are very popular in this part of the world. These cats can live from 12 to 16 years. 9.    Singapura Cat Singapura Cats also made it to the list, thanks to their loving traits and personalities. These cats are native to Singapore, which is evident in their name. If you are looking for a small cat breed as a new member of your family, you should consider this breed. They require minimum maintenance, as they do not shed like other breeds. 10.   Siamese Siamese is one of the oldest cats out there. These cats can live for 15 to 20 years. They have slim, muscular bodies. Siamese cats are friendly, affectionate, intelligent, and easy to maintain. Product Recommendations Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain: This is one of the best cat foods on the market. It contains digestible carb and protein sources to provide highly digestible energy for your active cats. It is suitable for cats of all life stages. Absolute Holistic Grain-Free Dry Cat Food: This grain-free formula is free of any ingredient that could trigger allergies or sensitivities in your cat. It is made with premium ingredients to provide your cat with all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Solid Gold Grain-Free Dry Cat Food: Made with chicken, lentils, and apples, this grain-free cat food is perfect for dogs with allergies and sensitive stomachs and skin. Addiction Salmon Bleu Grain-Free Dry Cat Food: This food is specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your cat. It contains high-quality protein and carb sources. Orijen Six Fish Cat Dry Food: This cat food was formulated to satisfy your cat’s wildlife cravings. It contains fish as the primary protein source, making it tasty and appealing. Kit Cat No-Grain Dry Cat Food: Made with Tuna and Salmon, this is one of the best cat foods for fussy eaters. It smells good and tastes lovely. It is also rich in omega-fatty acids.
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