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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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Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2019

Winners selected from a pool of 750,000 dog and cat monikers 

Beige cat wearing a crown

When only the wackiest name will do…
[Photo by Katarzyna Modrzejewska via Pexels]

DJ Skribbles and Bits and Jean Clawed Van Damme earned the distinction of owning the Wackiest Pet Names of the year. DJ Skribbles and Bits nosed out Stella Bean Dip in the dog division, while Jean Clawed Van Damme purred past Boba Fetticini to be crowned champions and receive a basket of goodies.

Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the U.S., celebrates the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the country. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 wackiest dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 750,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

[See last year’s winners here!]

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2019:

Dogs
1. DJ Skribbles and Bits
2. Stella Bean Dip
3. Big League Chewie
4. Ruff Bader Ginsburg
5. Bilbo Beggins
6. Nostadogmus
7. Albus Dumbledog
8. Grampaw
9. Indiana Bones
10. Captain Morgan Freeman

Cats
1. Jean Clawed Van Damme
2. Boba Fetticini
3. Henry Hissinger
4. Avocato
5. Wu Tang Cat
6. Schtinky Puddin
7. Hairy Pawter
8. Reece Whiskerspoon
9. Dave Meowthews
10. Alclawchino

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president of chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. “We’ve learned that some of these names are assigned just for laughs, but many hold a special meaning or story behind them. These unique, yet specific, names exemplify how pets are a part of the family.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

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About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 750,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com

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From our inbox to yours:

White dog in garden

Photo by Yuliya Strizhkina (Cartier) from Pexels

WE LISTENED! 
By overwhelming demand, Norfolk Botanical Garden is extending SUNDAY DOG DAYS – all year!

EVERY SUNDAY!

EXPLORE THE GARDEN WITH YOUR CANINE BEST FRIEND.

MEMBERS AND MEMBERS’ DOGS ARE FREE
NOT-YET-MEMBERS’ DOGS: $5 (HUMAN ADMISSION APPLIES)
– BECOME A MEMBER TODAY.

YOUR DOG MUST REMAIN ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES.

Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House.
Dogs are not permitted on Trams or Boats.

Fresh water is available throughout the Garden. Look for indoor and outdoor drinking fountains and bottle fill stations.

Forgot your bowl? Try our gift shop, and from March – October visit the Marigold & Honey Cafe terrace where your dog can enjoy a drink.

THOUGH DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING MILLION BULB WALK, YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOG TO BARKS & BULBS – COMING UP JAN. 3 & 4.

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October is chock-full of dog-friendly events in Hampton Roads. We’ve listed Pet Blessings already — now get ready for fun runs, costume contests, adoption events, and more!

French bulldog smiling

Hey! Let’s hit the road and have some fun this month! [Photo by Pixabay via Pexels]

Barktoberfest 2019 at Mill Point Park in Hampton 
Saturday, October 12, 11:30 AM – 6 PM
Details here

Pets and Pumpkins Fall Festival at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery in Hampton
Saturday, October 12, 1 PM – 5 PM
Details here

Barks and Brews at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk
Sunday, October 13, noon – 6 PM
Details here

Canine Carnival at Quarterpath Park in Williamsburg
Sunday, October 13, 1 PM – 4 PM
Details here

Pawchella at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach –
Pet costume contest during MALLoween on the BOOlvd
Saturday, October 19, 11 AM – 2 PM
Details here

Pet Day at the Buckroe Market in Hampton
Saturday, October 19, 9 AM – 3 PM
Details here

Mutt Masquerade 5K at 24th St. Park in Virginia Beach
Sunday, October 27, 9 AM – noon
Details here

Is your pet ready to socialize? Contact Us to find out if he or she is up-to-date on vaccinations.

Every effort has been made to accurately list dates, times, and locations for events, but be sure to check for any changes for your preferred event, especially in case of inclement weather.

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