Today I was glancing through the search terms that brought people to my blog. I do that once in awhile – it’s all part of the masterful marketing strategy we incorporate here at PetsWeekly. (And yes, I did mean for that to be funny.)
As most of you know, I sort of use this blogging arena to talk about whatever I want. Mostly, that means talking about animals. But, as I’m an Aquarius (code for “scattered-brained”), it often means that I cover a lot of other things as well – not all of them “themed” or “coded” correctly. So I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at the top phrases that led people to my site this week:
what is mountain lion scary of,
toyota pets, chocolate wolf,
gray wolf footprint, mrsa
respiratory antibiotics for cats
Tonight I thought I would respond to each of these terms so people aren’t disappointed when they get here…
what is mountain lion scary of: What’s really scary is how this search phrase led people to my blog. Scary of? Really? I think you mean, “What scares a mountain lion.” Or “fear, mountain lion, defense.” Regardless, the answer to that question “probably not you.”
Mountain lions (aka panther, cougar, ghost cat, puma, etc.) generally try to avoid humans. Mostly, they are very successful in doing this, but you always have that crazy cougar pouncing on some hikers head, or lazing around the desert-landscaped pool in the early morning hours waiting on your lap dog to stumble out the doggy door. It happens. Which is why it’s important to keep your pets in at night and to always check your yard for hidden dangers in the morning. If you find yourself face-to-nose with a cougar while doing this check, here are a few things you should do.
- Don’t run. That triggers a prey instinct in the cougar. Those of us who have pets understand the concept of a prey instinct. If you run, they will chase. And you don’t want a 150-lb cougar thinking you’re a giant feather toy.
- Make yourself scarier than the cat. Wave your arms and make a lot of noise (personally, I would wave my arms and make a lot of noise while I was slowly backing away). This might scare the cougar a little – but I have to tell you – it probably won’t. Just do your best to appear threatening and intimidating to the cat. Again, if you have a domestic cat, you know this won’t always work.
- Throw something. If you have something in your hand, you can throw it in the mountain lion’s general direction. Don’t hit it. Also, do yourself a favor and don’t bend over to pick up a rock to throw – that just makes you look like easy prey (and it never works out well for guys in prison).
- Stay calm. Remaining calm is probably your best bet. A cell phone won’t hurt either and I’m sure there’s an app available that will scare cougars away.
Toyota pets: I was very pleased to see this term show up! Why? Because it probably means they are traveling with their pets and that means they are seeking out some safe, responsible, yet luxurious pet-friendly vehicles that will last you a lifetime. Yes, I’m a big Toyota fan and while I like all of their vehicles (especially the eco-friendly Prius), I’m really in love with the Sienna that they let us drive around town. Toyota has a vehicle for any size pet. So, if you’re looking for a pet-friendly vehicle, check out this review on PetsWeekly and you’ll see WHY I love them so much!
But if you’re looking for chocolate candy shaped like a wolf, I actually located a set that looks like it would make a great gift for the werewolf in your life.
If you’re talking about a chocolate-colored wolf, you’re probably thinking of a brown wolf (and you should probably just type that). While there really aren’t many “brown wolves” in the wild, there are a lot of hybrids and sub-species that fit that description.
mrsa: First of all, this should be capitalized. (It’s an acronym, for goodness sake!). It stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and you don’t want it. This is a very contagious bacterial infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics. If you really want to learn more about MRSA, you can read this post.
Respiratory antibiotics for cats: If your cat has a respiratory infection, please take it into the veterinarian instead of searching for a cure online. Respiratory infections in felines are super tricky and could also be a sign of something far more complex (like Feline Rhinotracheitis virus or calicivirus). On the other hand, it could also just be a kitty cold, and if that’s the case, you probably don’t want to treat with antibiotics (see MRSA).
That said, it’s worth the $50 to take your pet in for a quick check up. Most vets will begin with very conservative treatments, and you’ll get out of there for under $100. If you have pet insurance (a good idea), then it will be even less…
Well, I hope that helps to answer all of your questions for the week. Hopefully you can add some advice on chocolate wolves or how to frighten a cougar in the comments below. And who knows? If we get a half-way decent response on this post, I might make this a regular column…