Cat Training – Owners

June 6, 2011

“Most cats have trained their owners. When the cat meows before the refrigerator, the owner obediently opens the door and feeds the cat. When it meows at the back door, the owner is trained to let the cat out.” -Leon F. Whitney

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Do Not Feed Cats a Vegetarian Diet

May 14, 2011

I was browsing some blogs, and I came across an article that talked about a cat on a diet. As I read it, I wholeheartedly disagreed with one aspect of it. I tried to leave a comment, but had issues and could not comment. So, I had to write about it quickly. It’s something I [...]

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Asthma in Dogs and Cats

April 26, 2011

Many times, our furry companions can suffer health problems that are very similar to human illnesses. Take for example, asthma. Asthma, a respiratory condition that makes it difficult to breathe, is quite common among people. Things that can trigger an attack include allergens such as smoke, dust, fragrances, pollen, mold/mildew and pollution in the air. [...]

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Cat Litter Box Mess: Reader Feedback

April 23, 2011

In one of my newsletter stories, I addressed the subject of cat litter mess. To read the story, click the link. One of our readers, J. Di Giacomo, wrote in with a couple of tips on how to contain the litter mess and odor. She also had a question about why a cat would poop [...]

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Prozac Medication for Pets?

April 21, 2011

Many of us tend to see our pets as people, but what about treating behavioral problems in cats or dogs? I suppose it’s only natural that in some instances, people turn to medication for an answer. When some people have difficulty with their pet’s behavior, such as obsessive compulsive behavior and aggression, they will have [...]

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About Rabbit as a Pet

April 19, 2011

When you hear the word “pet,” you probably think “dog” or “cat” automatically. But today, there are numerous other choices people make when it comes to animal companionship. One choice many people make is the cute, furry, and quiet rabbit. Now, although rabbits may look cute and don’t make noise, they are very different from [...]

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Dog Training: Use Voice Commands Before a Correction

April 12, 2011

I’m pet sitting for a couple dogs right now who are both very well trained. I know this because they perform the ‘Sit’ voice command really well when I feed them, give them treats, or put their leashes on. They have had dog obedience training and they know them well. Now, speaking of putting their leashes on, [...]

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Cat Scratch Fever

April 10, 2011

Whenever I hear the phrase “cat scratch fever,” I think of the classic Ted Nugent song from 1977. But if you’re around cats, it’s helpful to remember that cat scratch fever, also known as cat scratch disease, is a type of bacterial infection one can get through the bite or scratch of a cat.   [...]

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Helping Pets in Japan

April 4, 2011

Whenever disaster strikes in any part of the world, the first donation I make is to the Red Cross. Quick and efficient aid is critical and I know the Red Cross can get the job done. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was horrific, and the people there need all the help they can get. [...]

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Emergency Preparedness and Your Pets

March 29, 2011

With the recent disaster in Japan, I thought it was a good time to talk about emergency preparedness and your pets. Sure, you need to be prepared for your family, but you need to consider your pets as well. The Red Cross shelters do not allow pets, so you will need to have a plan [...]

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