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9 Reasons Your Cat Isn’t Using the Litter Box

By Amy Shojai

Missing the litter box is the top complaint of cat owners. A sudden loss of litter box allegiance means either the litter box is unacceptable, the cat feels bad, or the other cats make her avoid the bathroom. Here's why your cat's not using the litter box anymore and how to stop litter accidents.

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UTI FAQs: Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs & Cats

By Gretchen Statz

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a relatively common occurrence in dogs and cats. Infections in the urinary tract can occur in the bladder or can become serious and involve the kidneys. Most pets with urinary tract infections will have fairly classic symptoms and most UTIs can be treated relatively easily. Learn more about improving your pet's urinary health and preventing and treating UTIs.

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Do Underground Fences Work?

By Audrey Pavia

If you have a dog, you need a way to contain him. But what if you don't want to spend a lot of money putting up a fence? Or what if you have too much property to make a fence practical? What if you just don't want a fence in your yard to spoil your view? The answer might just be an underground fence.

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How to Get Your Pet Deposit Back

By Stacy Hackett

You and your pet are moving to a new home! Congratulations! As you prepare to settle into your new place, make note of the state of your current apartment. Take pictures of everything before you move in. When it's time to move out of your apartment and find a new place, follow these steps to make sure your landlord will return your pet deposit.

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Animals Helping People

By Audrey Pavia

Pet owners have always known that being around their animal companions helps them feel happy and relaxed. But pets can do more than just help put us at ease--they can provide a level of therapy that can't be found anywhere else. Learn about how people use pet therapy to make a difference.

How to Help a Fearful Cat

By Meredith Stepita

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.

Why Cats Potty on Beds

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.