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Need something to break out of the blues of social isolation?

We’ve got a list of heartwarming stories about the healing power of animals.

Woman kissing Yorkshire Terrier

  1. A woman suffering from a winter virus finds the best medicine doesn’t always come from a doctor.
    Read her story here.
  2. Author Karen Kingsbury gives her husband the Christmas gift he didn’t know he needed.
    Watch their story here.
  3. Reader’s Digest collected stories of hero pets that saved their owners’ lives.
    Read about them here.
  4. Time and time again, people have reported being saved by dolphins — some of the most intelligent and fascinating creatures on Earth. Read some of those amazing stories here and here.

Has an animal ever saved your life — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about it in the comments!


Photo by Viktoria Shalimova via Pexels.com

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Bring your dog (or cat) to the Painting N Pups fundraiser and take home a masterpiece (based on your talent and your pet’s cooperation.) Kids are welcome, too!

Proceeds benefit Saver of Souls Pet Rescue.

Get event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/731663547361136/

 

Fundraiser flier


Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is not associated with this event. We just thought you’d like to know about it!

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2020 is the Year of the RatYear of the Rat poster

 

The Paul Street Gallery in Norfolk, VA is celebrating the Year of the Rat with a Sumi-e & Bonsai exhibit.
The exhibit is open through March 31, 2020. Go see it and support your local rat-loving artists!

Why would anyone celebrate rats?
According to ChineseNewYear.net, “Rats are clever; quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.”

What are good are rats, anyway?
Abby Chesnut can tell you. In this Guideposts article, Abby counts the ways her rats having been helping everyone from kids to seniors — as therapy animals!

Although we don’t treat rats at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re big fans of the cuddly creatures.

If you’re thinking about adopting a rat as a companion, be aware that the average lifespan of a pet rat is only 2-3 years. Ask yourself if you can handle becoming attached to a pet with such a short lifespan.

If so, go for it and send us the pictures!

 

 

 

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IT’S NATIONAL SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!

Just in case you’re unsure what there is to appreciate about squirrels,
consider this:

squirrels landing like superheroes

Speaking of, this couple is probably not in the mood to celebrate squirrels.

Bonus Squirrely Fun!

 

 

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How will you celebrate pets in January?

We missed out on National Cuddle Up Day, but there is still time to train your dog, walk your pet, adopt a bird, and appreciate squirrels. So much to do on these brisk winter days!

Have fun!

 

January Pet Events

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Weird Cat Behaviors Explained —
by Pets Best Pet Health Insurance

Cat inside a box

Posted on December 19, 2019 under Cat Articles

Cats are one of the most fascinating creatures on earth. They manage to simultaneously be one of the most efficient predators in the world, while also being our domesticated buddies that have evolved to enjoy human companionship. Cats haven’t changed much since befriending humans; however, there are plenty of examples of odd behavior that mesmerizes owners.

Let’s go over some of the most exciting cat behavior facts and look at some of the weird things cats do.

1) Rubbing Their Head on Things
One of the most common cat behaviors is when they rub their heads on various objects, other pets, or you. While it may seem like a strange behavior, it is actually quite understandable. Cats experience the world through scent, so when they rub against you, they are showing that they trust you and are claiming you as their own. In fact, you could even consider this headbutting and rubbing as a sort of greeting, so these types of odd behaviors can be explained quite easily.

2) Slow Blinking
Do you sometimes notice your cat slowly blinking while looking at you, as if it was sleepy? Well, many people may want to write this facial expression off to the fact that cats are weird, but really, it’s perfectly normal behavior. When cats blink slowly, they are showing you affection – they indicate that they trust you enough to close their eyes. If you slowly blink while looking back, they can also interpret this as a sign of affection, so it is a way for you to bond with your feline buddy.

3) Kneading
Cats are well-known masseuses. Their owners often find amusement in the fact that their cats like to use their little paws to massage them, but this strange behavior also has a very positive backstory. It can be traced back to the earliest instincts that a cat develops, which is to knead their mother’s mammary glands, stimulating milk production. When an adult cat kneads, it usually means that the cat is content, relaxed, and is also perceiving you as their “mommy”.

4) “Zooming” Around the House
When you’re trying to sleep, hearing your cat zooming through the halls and rooms at light speed can be quite annoying. While this unusual cat behavior may appear out of place, this cat behavior can be explained quite easily. You need to remember that your cat has a ton of energy that it doesn’t get to use up because it’s living in a comfortable home setting. Combine this with the fact that cats are nocturnal hunters and you can easily explain why your cat has the urge to sprint around the house, playing with its toys, other cats, or even your toes.

5) Chattering
Chattering is one of the weirdest cat behaviors, and the truth is, even scientists aren’t exactly sure how it evolved. According to some, it is a sign of frustration when the cat sees a prey in the distance and cannot reach it. Others think that it may be the cat trying to mimic the sounds of birds to attract them. Although the exact underlying reason isn’t clear, one thing is certain – chattering is one of the most bizarre and entertaining behaviors that you can see.

 6) Purring
 7) Laying Belly Up
 8) Sitting in Boxes
 9) Laying on Your Computer
10) Eating Grass

Click here to learn the secrets behind weird cat behaviors 6-10!

Kitten on its back


Photo credits
Top: Tomas Ryant
Bottom: Pixabay
Both via Pexels.com


Pets Best
Although cats can often become our closest companions, they are mysterious creatures whose behaviors can sometimes be hard to understand. In this article, we went through some of the more common feline behaviors, but you should monitor your cat and talk to a veterinary professional if you aren’t sure in any situation. At Pets Best, we offer comprehensive cat insurance that keeps your feline companion covered and protected. Get a quote online or call 1-877-738-7237 to learn more!

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Barkitecture — a cornucopia of delightful designer doghouses — is coming to an end at Norfolk Botanical Garden this month. That means you have one week left to view, vote, and bid on these awesome abodes.

Check out a small sampling of the doghouses I saw recently (and see if you can guess my favorite!)  — Jen

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