Thursday, 29 October 2015

Pet Tech Fans Are In Love With Petzi Treat Cam

It wasn't too long ago that humans were the only ones getting to enjoy new tech gadgets. But not anymore. With advancement in wearable technology and pet tech gadgets, it's now time to be able to connect with your pet remotely when you're not away from home.

This is a great way for pet owners to stay connected when they are slogging away in the office for long hours or even away on vacation and a loved one is petminding. The way that pet owners are doing this is with what's known as a pet camera. All the latest ones are coming onto the market with some great features and one of those is the Petzi Treat Cam.

The Pezi Treat Cam is not just a remote camera but it's also an automatic treat dispenser. This treat dispenser and pet camera rolled into one has many great features.

These include:
  • Being able to give your pet their daily snack via your smartphone.
  • Live video streaming means that you can actually see what your pet is doing when you connect to the camera in your home via your smartphone.
  • It has a great SPEAK feature which means that you can actually give verbal commands to your pet; for example, when you are about to give them a treat, or when they are about to demolish your favourite pillow.
  • There's also the Petzi Social Petwork which allows you to share fun photos of your pet with other Petzi owners.
  • There are no extra costs after your Petzi Treat Cam is delivered to your door, as it simply connects via your home wi-fi.

A great plus is the easy setup.

The Petzi Treat Cam is a fantastic way to connect with your pet when you are away from home for any reason. This is particularly beneficial if you have a pet that suffers from separation anxiety, as many do.

Being able to nurture your pet in some way, and show them that you're still thinking of them when you're not there, gives great peace of mind to pet owners too.

To watch my Petzi Treat Cam video demonstration, view images, and find out all the pros and cons about the Petzi Treat Cam and where you can get it for a great price read my Petzi Treat Cam review.

This would make a fantastic present for your pet this Christmas, don't you think?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Bees Love Caffeine!

Honey bee foraging at a feeder with caffeinated sucrose solution
Credit: Dr. Roger Schürch
For most people, the best start to the day is a nice fresh cup of coffee. Now, new research finds that honey bees find coffee -er, nectar- irresistible too!

We all love to start our day with a hot cup of coffee. Now, a new study appearcing in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 15 finds that honey bees find caffeinated nectar irresistible too.

In fact, it seems that honey bees may select caffeinated nectar over an uncaffeinated but otherwise equal-quality alternative. As a result, the researchers believe plants may be lacing their nectar with caffeine as a way to pass off cheaper goods.

"We describe a novel way in which some plants, through the action of a secondary compound like caffeine that is present in nectar, may be tricking the honey bee by securing loyal and faithful foraging and recruitment behaviors, perhaps without providing the best quality forage." said Margaret Couvillon of the University of Sussex.

"The effect of caffeine is akin to drugging, where the honey bees are tricked into valuing the forage as a higher quality than it really is. The duped pollinators forage and recruit accordingly." added Roger Schürch, of the University of Sussex and the University of Bern.

Couvillon, Schürch, and their colleagues were aware of earlier studies, which found that honey bees are better at learning and remembering particular scents when they are under the influence of caffeine. The findings suggested a role for reward pathways in the bees' brains.

"I could not help but wonder how caffeine would affect the natural behaviors as seen in the field." Couvillon said, noting that the nectar of many flowering plants contains caffeine in low concentrations.

To investigate, the researchers tested bees' responses to a sucrose solution with field-realistic doses of caffeine or without. They found that the caffeine caused honey bees to forage more and to direct their friends to the caffeinated forage more frequently with waggle dances. The caffeine quadrupled the recruitment dances of bees to those feeders in comparison to uncaffeinated controls.

Bees were more persistent about returning to sites where they'd previously found caffeinated nectar, even after the feeder had run dry. After sipping caffeine, bees were also less inclined to search for other resources, a behavior that could be useful when the well runs dry.

"We were surprised at how, across the board, we saw an effect of caffeine just about everywhere we looked in foraging and recruitment, and all in the direction to make the colony more faithful to the caffeinated source compared to an equal-quality, uncaffeinated source." said Schürch.

Based on their observations of the individual bees' behaviors, the researchers' model suggests that caffeinated nectar could reduce honey production in colonies if indeed plants reduce the sweetness of their nectar. The findings come as a reminder that the interests of plants and their pollinators don't always align.

The researchers say it would now be interesting to find out whether plants that lace their nectar with a secondary compound like caffeine also make nectar that's less sweet. And, they note, caffeine isn't the only secondary compound found in nectar.

"It would be interesting to determine the effects of other compounds. It may be that chemistry is a popular way in which plants can get the upper hand on their pollinators." saidCouvillon.

The authors are funded by the Nineveh Charitable Trust, the Natural Environment Research Council, the University of Sussex, Damascus University, and Rowse Honey Ltd. Additional research funding was provided by Waitrose Ltd. and Burt's Bees.

Some Nasty Habits of Your Cat and Remedies for Them

They say looks can be deceptive and at times this is so very true when the cute looking kitty does all the nasty things in the world to make your life miserable. It is very important to learn about these nasty habits that a cat can get habituated with and what all needs to be done to prevent the pet from doing so.

Understand the reason behind being nastyDo your curtains look like they just had a tour from inside the paper shredder? The shredded leftovers of the curtain would tell you that your pet cat has manifested its natural instincts of scratching, and as it did not get anything handy, the poor animal tried its artistry on the velvet curtains of your living room. To avoid this from happening, you could invest a little on buying a scratching post for the cat. In addition to that, you will have to train the cat so that it finds other stuff unattractive as a clawing item.

It is commonly believed that a cat would become destructive in nature when it is bored. To avoid this, you need to ensure that your pet is always occupied with something or the other. The best way to do this is to give the cat a good number of cat toys so that it remains busy playing with them, and clawing them to its fullest desires. Pet toys which are chewable, and would not easily get torn away are readily available on the market. You also need to ensure that you spend enough time playing with your pet as otherwise it would feel that it can do anything as per its desire and would tend to go nasty.

Littering anywhere is a poor habitAnother very nasty and miserable habit of cats is that they litter anywhere. Although they would tend to cover up the litter with sand or whatever suitable would be around, yet it is not always possible to look for and scoop off the litter from all corners of the house. Also, cats would have a tendency to go outside the house to excrete, and that could expose them to possible threats of the outside world. It is hence advised that a litter box is kept inside the house, and the cat is trained to eliminate faecal matter inside the litter tray or box. With the advent of an automatic cat litter box, the whole saga of cleaning up the litter has also gone away, and the cat owner does not have to take any additional hassle to keep the house clean and the pet safe.

Goat sliding down again and again!

I think this is the happiest goat in the world:

Beware OTC Ear Medication For Cat Ear Mites Treatment

By ALL means, DO beware using over the counter ear medications for cats with ear mites. Many precious felines have had severe health issues from use of OTC ear mite treatment for cats as they contain such harsh ingredients. Using pesticides and dangerous chemicals is not needed to get rid of ear mites in cats. In fact, some may cause hearing loss in cats and some cats have actually been fatally harmed by use of ear medication for cats sold by big name brands.

When a cat health problem can be resolved in holistic manner, many cat lovers are choosing to avoid harsh agents being placed into their cats ears. Indeed, cats ears are delicate and so are their internal organs. Cats metabolize medications very differently and as such, care should be taken when treating ear mites in cats. Here you will learn how to get rid of ear mites in cats safely, effectively and most importantly, naturally.

Cat playing with dolphins !!

Pet me dolphin!!

This is probably one of the cutest and strangest youtube videos you have ever seen! A cat and dolphin playing together at the Theater of the Sea, a marine animal park in Islamorada, Florida in 1997. The names of the dolphins are Shiloh and Thunder and the cat is Arthur. Enjoy:

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Raven riding windshield wipers

A hillarous video with a raven and a couple of dudes having a good time:

Number of f*cks given: none