By Amy Shojai
Holidays should be a joyful time for your entire family, including the cats and dogs. Put yourself in your pets' "paws" when you decorate to help keep them happy and safe. When holiday decorations come out, the risk of dog and cat injury goes up. Pets explore their world by tasting, sniffing, chewing, climbing and pawing objects. They can turn your celebration decor into toys or treats that hurt them or even damage your home. Learn how to keep your two-legged and four-legged family members safe during the holidays.
Why is it that cancer tends to scare us more than any other disease? One friend of mine put it this way, "It's like the shark in the movie Jaws. You know it always might be there, but there's never a disturbance in the water until it shows its ugly head." I couldn't agree more. We are always more afraid of threats we can't see coming, even more so in our furry kids, because they can't or won't tell us when something is wrong.
What do you do when you have a scaredy cat? Not just a cat who's afraid sometimes, but a cat who's always stressed out? Many things we take for granted often scare our pets, like fireworks, bumpy car rides, and strangers visiting. Your cat may show her stress in subtle ways, so it's important to learn to read cat body language. Once you identify what stresses your cat, the first step is to avoid these triggers as much as possible and then find ways to associate those scary things with more positive rewards.
By Amy Shojai
Cats are natural born clean freaks, with kittens using the litter box by the age of 3 weeks. Hit or miss bathroom behavior, though, is a wake-up call that something has gone wrong. It's bad enough when she leaves nasty "gifts" under the piano bench, but truly disgusting if she targets your bed. Peeing or pooping on your bed has very specific triggers. While every cat is different and combinations of reasons may be involved, here are the top reasons why cats turn beds into a litter box.
By Tony Johnson
Poisoning is a common reason for pets to make a trip to their local veterinary ER, especially around the holiday season. The National Animal Poison Control Center handled 180,000 cases of animal poisoning in 2013. Don't let your pet become a statistic. Read on to learn some of the more common poisonings that pets encounter plus specific tips on how to pet proof your home to prevent poisonings.
In 2004, dog owners around the United States were alarmed by the discovery of a new canine influenza virus. The new virus quickly spread across the country, infecting thousands of dogs. The disease is now a problem in shelters and boarding facilities, where dogs are in close contact, but can affect any dog. The best way to protect your dog is to know more about this virus and what you can do to keep your dog healthy.
By Amy Shojai
Missing the litter box is the top complaint of cat owners, but offering cats the right equipment to "hit the spot" goes a long way to preventing mistakes. You'll need one or more litter pans, and an appropriate cat box filler. But how much can you expect to pay for different kinds of litters or fillers and litter boxes?