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20 Pet Websites Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

20 Pet Websites Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

The internet offers a vast array of pet websites. There are so many it can be difficult to tell which will prove useful, but Lifehack can give you a head start. Through the following 20 sites you’ll find web pages catering for healthy, useful, and creative needs which can assist you and your beloved pet. Outstanding? Absolutely.

1. SoPets

    First off we have SoPets, a blog offering advice on looking after pets, fun pictures, an “Adoption” section, and information on exotic pets. It’s a lively site with a fun design, so have a look around.

    2. Only Natural Pet Store

      If you’d like to offer your pet a sustainable, organic food supply then you can try Only Natural. Things are slightly more expensive here, but the quality of products goes up with the promotion of preservative free, sustainable sourced food stuffs. US only.

      3. Bring Fido

        Taking your pets with you on holiday is becoming an increasingly popular notion. Many hotels are catering for this craze, and you can use Bring Fido to peruse which lodging best suits you and your woof dog.

        4. Web Vet

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          Before madly dashing off to your nearest vet, you can search through Web Vet‘s database for common ailments among animals. What could be a simple issue easily treated can save you time and money, and the site can provide additional information on how to care for your pet.

          5. Pet University

            With articles provided for by scientists, Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDTs), University Professors, and numerous animal authors, Pet University is an intriguing site. You can really learn what makes animals tick here, whilst picking up handy tips on what your pets expect from you.

            6. Cat Lovers Only

              A popular community for cat owners, Cat Lovers Only may have an archaic looking site, but they boast 82,000+ Facebook fans and a vast database of cat based information. A must for cat fans.

              7. Pet Health Information

                Here you can find a huge range of information about various pets. The site is particularly useful for anyone intending to buy a pet, as you can look up fundamental information you’ll need. Pet Health Information also offers some freebies, such as a free calendar and downloadable gifts and cars.

                8. Omlet

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                  This unique site offers all manner of unusual pet food products, gifts, toys, and endless other fun objects. Omlet cater for the more rustic pet owner; you’ll find a large range of products for chickens and beekeeping. For the former you’ll come across some excellent Extreme Temperature Jacket chicken coops, as well as high visibility chicken vests!

                  9. The Ultimate Hamster Cage

                    If you’re a hamster fan then you may want to consider upgrading to what looks like the best cage ever. Omlet’s Qute Hamster Cage is something special to behold, which means it comes at a price of £119. It’s split over two levels and, aesthetically, it’s like a living piece of furniture for your house. The Qute opens a window into the world of your hamster’s life whilst promoting fun and cleanliness.

                    10. Build A Hamster Cage

                      If you want to skip on the expense of the Qute, you can always try building a cage. The BabblePie blog displays just how very well. With a bit of creative flair, and assembling the right products, you can end up with a fine playground for your rodent friend.

                      11. What Not To Feed Your Dog

                        Canine Journal offer a very handy list of foods/beverages you really shouldn’t feed your dog. From the obvious (alcohol), to lesser known food stuffs like avocado and cat food. As dogs have a habit of mischievously snatching food, it’s worth considering what not to keep lying around in your dog’s line of sight.

                        12. PawsPlus

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                          With PawsPlus you can find vaccinations up to 70% off standard prices. This low cost healthcare for dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats is brought to you through local pet stores.

                          These are US based services, but you should check your favorite search engine for localized versions wherever you’re from. There are likely to be similar schemes.

                          13. DoggieBuddy

                            There are plenty of dog trick websites, and one great example is Doggie Buddy’s 52 Tricks To Teach Your Dog. This is an exhaustive list of new tricks which you can try and get your pet to obey – failing the more elaborate ones you can at least begin with “sit” and “stay”. A positive inauguration for any dog beast.

                            14. PetDiets

                              Aimed at cat and dog owners, this site offers information on healthy diets. Through Pet Diets you can also contact a nutritionist for further information. Very handy.

                              15. Parrot & Birdkeepers Club

                                Although a UK site, Lakeland Parrot & Birdkeepers offers an extensive range of information on birds, including detailed section on anatomy, a contact line for advice, and the chance to connect with enthusiasts from around the world.

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                                16. Animal Planet

                                  This is the Discovery site for the TV channel. Along with a helpful list of everything on throughout the day, Animal Planet has blogs on animal well being, a “Pets 101” section, fun facts, oddities, a shop with unusual gifts, and plenty more. A great site indeed.

                                  17. Dog Shaming

                                    Dog Shaming became an online craze in 2013. It acted as a fun way for exasperated owners to showcase their pet’s embarrassing behaviour to the world, whilst connecting them with millions of like minded dog fans. Although most owners no doubt secretly adore their pet’s eccentricities, Dog Shaming (and its other versions) is a revealing insight into the arbitrary world of animal behavior.

                                    18. Exotic Animals

                                      If you’re thinking of making a home for an exotic pet, or if you need to re-home your hedgehog/bush baby/bobcat/blue whale, then Exotic Animals For Sale is for you. Offering information and advice on the process, as well as animals already for sale, you can learn how to make a home for your new pet walrus. With 1.1 thousand Facebook Likes the site is certainly a sound place to start.

                                      19. Wikipedia

                                        It may seem obvious, but Wikipedia is packed full of fundamental advice. As each page is edited individually, you’ll find information on pets from fellow enthusiasts, along with links to suitable websites. For instance, if you’d like a pet snake, you’ll find, “They require minimal space, as most common species do not exceed five feet (1.5 m) in length. Pet snakes can be fed relatively infrequently, usually once every 5 to 14 days”.

                                        20. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

                                          More commonly referred to as PETA, this organization promotes the well being of animals. You can support your pet, and help animals around the world, by signing up and getting involved.

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                                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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