You and your child may love your pet turtle or pet lizard or even pet snake, but any of these pets could do serious harm to younger children. This month's issue of Archive of Disease in Childhood, published a study of the link between young children, reptiles, and salmonella infections.
It is estimated that as of 2013, 2.7 percent of U.S. households owned a reptile. Many of these households may not be aware of the risk that reptiles have to small children.
Actually it is thought that the salmonella strain carried by reptiles may be more virulent than the type commonly found on food products. Additionally, children who got salmonella from a reptile were also more likely to develop serious bacterial infections such as meningitis.
Due to the risk of contamination to children, through shedding scales that can be spread to hands or clothes, parents are advised to keep their small children away from reptiles.
Do you ever wonder what your cats think of your music? So did researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As it turns out, cats think little of your music, at least compared to the music written specifically for cats.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison research team, took it upon themselves to study whether cats respond more to human music or cat music. Cat music is not a replication of cat sounds. Instead, it is music with a pitch and tempo that would appeal cats. What many people do not realize is that animals may hear a very different frequency than what humans hear. That means some of what we appreciate, the cats may not even hear, whereas a sound that a cat appreciates, we may not be able to hear.
In addition to frequency, the research team also attempted to find a pitch and frequency appealable to cats. For example, in terms of pitch, the team noted that cats actually vocalize one octave higher than humans. For tempo, the team looked at the tempo of a cat purring and the tempo of sucking sounds of a cat that was nursing.
Once the team created the proper cat music, they put their theory to work. The researchers played two classical songs and two cat songs to 47 different cats. The results showed that cats showed significantly more positive behavior toward cat music than classical music. However, cats did also exhibit a positive response to classical music, though it took longer to elicit the response.
The researchers are continuing to experiment and learn more about cat music. With so many people trying to enrich the lives of their pets by playing music, this research team is trying to make sure that people have the right music to play to pets.
In the future, when you begin wondering if your cat only marches to his or her own beat, he or she probably does.
Many people consider their pets to be part of the family, but do they care about their pets as much as they do humans? A couple of studies, have shed some light on the subject.
In one study, done by Northeastern University, participants were given a newspaper. There were four versions of the newspaper, and in each variation the victim of the news story changed. Depending on the version, the victim was either an infant, an adult human, a puppy, or an adult dog. The story that elicited the biggest emotional response was the story where the infant was the victim, followed closely by the story where the puppy was the victim. This would indicate that people care almost as much about pets as they do humans.
In another study, performed by Georgia Regents University, subjects were surveyed as to whether they would save a dog or a person that was in the way of an out-of-control bus. Forty Percent of participants said they would save their dog over a foreign tourist, but only fourteen percent would save a generic dog over a foreign tourist. As would be expected, the number who would save a dog dropped when the person who the bus was headed for was either a friend or a sibling. Though fewer than half would save their own dog over a foreign tourist, forty percent is still a very high rate of people who care for their dogs more than people. Additionally, fourteen percent is a very high rate of people who care more about any dog than any human stranger. While it may be the case that people value the lives of other people slightly more than pets, it is also very telling that people do value the lives of pets almost as much as they value the lives of people. This makes sense, however, when we consider how pets may make us feel. That is the reason so many people have pets as part of their families.
Manatee County Animal Services is facing serious overcrowding. As can be seen from the video news story, which was reported in December 2014 by ABC 7 News, the Palmetto shelter was close to double occupancy for cats and dogs. As more recently reported by Bay News 9, the shelter has 141 dogs despite only being built to house 80 dogs at any one time.
This overcrowding causes some serious concerns. When animals are in such an overcrowded environment, they are much more likely to contract diseases, such as kennel cough. These animals are also more likely to catch a variety of colds and even pneumonia.
Unfortunately, adoptions have been slow lately. It is possibly due to more stringent standards. Now, shelters may be inspected. Additionally, the shelter is more cautious about who takes animals after the Napier Scandal, where more than 300 dogs and horses were confiscated from the Napier Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary.
Manatee County Animal Services currently says it will not euthanize healthy and adoptable animals. However, they need to get these animals adopted, and fast.
If you are thinking about getting a new dog or cat, consider a rescue. You may want to consider helping the Manatee County Animal Services overcrowding problem by looking to adopt from their Palmetto Shelter. Learn more about these adoptions by visiting http://mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/animal-services.html.
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