PetSafe Pet Author
Stacy N. Hackett
Stacy N. Hackett writes frequently about a variety of pet-themed topics, with an emphasis on cat-related subjects. A member of the Cat Writers’ Association and a recipient of several CWA Certificates of Excellence, she enjoys writing about the many different cat breeds and is particularly fond of the Cornish Rex. Her articles have appeared in Catster, CAT FANCY, Cats USA, Kittens 101, Ferrets USA, Critters USA, Rabbits USA, Bird Talk, Ponds USA, and Pet Product News, among other pet magazines.
Stacy has more than 25 years’ experience in the pet industry. She is the former editor of Pet Product News and the founding editor of Critters USA and Cats USA magazines, and has helped produce many issues of CAT FANCY, Ferrets USA, and Rabbits USA. Stacy also has many years of writing and editing experience in several technical domains, including aerospace engineering and telecommunications.
One of Stacy's fondest memories of working in the pet industry is the first cat show she attended in 1991, where she first fell in love with the Cornish Rex breed. She adopted her first Cornish Rex cat, a pet quality red and white tabby male named Jordan, just a few months later. While all her cats are special, Jordan will forever hold a dear place in her heart.
Stacy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in computer studies. She lives in Southern California with 2 adorable domestic shorthair cats: a mischievous gray and white male named Phillip and a sweet red tabby named Jack.
Articles by This Author
How often do you take your cat to the veterinarian? In observance of National Cat Health Month, we want to remind you that even if your cat does not appear to be sick, preventative care is important.
You've had a bad day at work, and you're spoiling for a fight with someone, anyone. You walk in the back door after a long commute, and your dog runs to greet you, wagging his tail and almost...
Because of the backward pointing barbs on a cat's tongue, the grooming action causes a cat to swallow a lot of dead hair. If the hair collects in the cat's digestive system more rapidly than the cat can naturally pass it, the hair often comes back up in the form of the slimy hairballs. Obviously, long haired cats are more likely to experience hairballs than their short haired cousins. Luckily, you can take some steps to help prevent hairballs--or at least decrease their frequency.
Sometimes your pet dog needs a little help overcoming a behavior that can be dangerous, such as rushing out onto a busy street, or annoying, such as jumping up on visitors. Consistent training can help your dog stop bad habits and learn new behaviors, and this training can be enhanced by static correction.
Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)? Now is the perfect time to schedule your cat's dental cleaning with your vet. You can also take steps at home to maintain your cat's dental health.
Paying close attention to your health helps you find problems before they start. You schedule a regular checkup with your doctor, watch what you eat, and exercise regularly. You also notice if something isn't quite right and follow up with t trip to the doctor. All of these steps contribute to your overall well-being.
Let's face it--no one looks forward to cleaning the litter box. It's no wonder that a self-cleaning litter box appeals to many cat owners. Unfortunately, such a device may not appeal to the cat.
Have you ever wondered where Lewis Carroll drew his inspiration for the Cheshire Cat in his beloved book, "Alice in Wonderland"? Or what happens when you cross a Persian with an American Shorthair? Learn about the British Shorthair and Exotic Shorthair cat breeds and find out if they're the right match for you!
Summer is coming! Longer days and warmer weather will tempt you and your dog outdoors to enjoy long walks, games of fetch, and lazy picnics on the beach. Before you head outside for summer fun, however, make sure you and your pet are summer ready. We've put together a list of common warm weather mishaps, along with tips to avoid them. Check off the list below, grab your sunscreen and your dog's favorite ball, and get ready for summer fun!
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.
Year after year, the Persian tops the list of the most popular cat breeds. Why? This cat's adorable face, combined with her lovely long hair and sweet, mild personality, create an irresistible feline package that makes many people fall in love immediately. And while at first glance the Himalayan may look just like a Persian, look past his smooshed "pansy" face and his long flowing hair to his brilliant blue eyes and pointed coat. This sweet cat has just enough Siamese in his background to make him just a bit different from his Persian cousin.
You love spending time with your pet, snuggling on the couch, giving him hugs, maybe even leaning your cheek against his--until he turns his face toward yours and you get a big whiff of his breath. Whew! Why does his breath smell so bad, and how can you make it smell sweeter? In almost all cases, bad breath in dogs and cats indicates that something is amiss with your pet's health.
Cats communicate with meows less often with other cats and most often with humans, particularly those they live with as pets and companions. Why? Cats have learned that humans respond to meows, chirps, trills, and other feline vocalizations. And the meows one cat uses with his family may not be the same as those the cat down the street uses with her family. But just what is your cat trying to tell you?
What do you picture when you hear the term "pit bull"? In today's culture, it seems those words have come to represent an aggressive, bad-tempered dog, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The dog breeds that can be considered "pit bulls" (as there is no single "pit bull" breed) represent some of the hardest working, most loyal animals in the dog world. Here are 5 myths about pit bulls and the real story about these dogs.
Stretched out in the sun, curled up in the laundry basket, nestled in the quilt at the end of the bed-- the family cat seems to sleep for hours at a time. With his penchant for taking what seems like one long cat nap, you may wonder just how much time your cat spends sleeping and if it's normal for cats to spend so much time snoozing.
Do black cats and dogs get passed over at animal shelters in favor of their more colorful counterparts? It's a theory based on anecdotal evidence, a phenomenon vouched for by veteran shelter staff, and the impetus for special "black cat" and "black dog" adoption events. But is it true?