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    Chris Boicelli

    Chris Boicelli
    Chris Boicelli is Preventive Vet’s Media Director and newest member of the team. Spending the better part of two decades producing television news, he decided to leave that industry for something he describes as “more rewarding.” He has an incredible passion for spreading our message of prevention and when he’s not creating original content or getting Dr. J on TV, he spends entirely too much time watching every Disney movie ever made. This Seattle resident is married with two kids and caretaker to the family’s two cats Raja and Zsa Zsa. There could be a dog in their future, but it’s still being discussed. Raja and Zsa Zsa are currently against the idea.

    Recent Posts

    The Best Litter Boxes for Cats

     A litter box is probably the first thing you consider buying when you adopt a cat. And for good reason! You don’t have the luxury of taking your cat on a walk (at least not yet), and chances are you’ve abandoned newspapers long ago.

    But, despite the litter box being at the top of the shopping list for cats, very few people, including myself, ever put much thought into what type to buy. However, for me that recently changed, leading me to the find the best litter boxes for any cat or situation. Read on to find out what makes these litter boxes "heads and tails" above the rest, the best way to limit cat litter from being tracked all over the house, and the best way to dispose of your cat's deposits!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Stop cat spraying, Litterbox

    How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth

    Alright, let’s be honest. Brushing your cat’s teeth probably sounds as appealing as giving your cat a bath. Both situations have the potential to lead to, not only a stressed-out feline, but an equally frazzled human. 

    Despite all of this, as a responsible cat lover, you know — just like people — good feline dental health leads to better overall health! Good dental hygiene can help avoid serious dental disease, and several other issues creating bad cat breath. 

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat teeth cleaning

    Common Household Plants Toxic to Cats

    Hopefully, you've already read our article Top 10 Household Plants Safe for Your Cat. But, it's just as important to know what plants in your home or in your yard are toxic to cats. That's why we have put together this list of popular and common houseplants found in many homes.

    If you have any of these plants, don't be hard on yourself — you're not alone. You can easily replace your toxic plant with something much safer and still fits with your decor.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants

    Cats are curious by nature, so it's no wonder that anything moving inside your home becomes potential prey. Putting plants around your place can sometimes feel like a sacrificial ceremony (for the plant). But don't worry — there are ways to teach your cats to leave the inside plants alone! Whether they're eating the leaves, digging up the dirt, or using your planter as a litter box, your cat can be trained or redirected towards something more enticing. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Top 10 Indoor Plants Safe for Cats

    If you're like most feline folks, you've sacrificed having any plants inside your home for the health and safety of your cat (and for the sake of the plant).

    Great news, though — many beautiful plants are non-toxic to your cat and will add some greenery to your home. And in some cases a little additional color as well!

    That's why we have put together a list of plants that will not only enhance your living space but also keep you from making an unexpected trip to the vet's office. Remember, even "pet-safe" plants can still cause an upset stomach or an obstruction depending on how much is eaten. Check out our article on Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Taking Your Cat for a Walk: How I Leash Trained My Cat

    If you’ve ever considered taking your cat for a walk, it can be a great way to introduce your inside cat to a safe and enriching outside experience. I have had both outdoor and indoor cats, and although it’s a much safer option for cats to be inside, there’s no reason you can't have your cat enjoy the outdoors. We have a great article on How to Walk Your Cat on a Leash, so I wanted to see if I could leash train my two cats and if they would enjoy walking outside.

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    Topics: Kittens, Cat, Behavior

    Cat Enrichment: What To Do If Your Cat Is Bored

    Cats often exude an independent nature, making it easy to leave them home alone without the guilt. But, just like humans, cats crave and require interaction and mental and physical stimulation.

    Bored cats can get frustrated and begin to exhibit unwanted behaviors. You leave a cat alone long enough, and they can take out their frustrations in other destructive ways like scratching, potty accidents, or even aggression.

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    Topics: Kittens, Cat, Behavior

    Why Are My Cats Fighting Suddenly? How to Get Your Cats to Like Each Other Again

    Cats may be more like humans than we realize

    Even the best of friends can be annoying on occasion, forcing us to just ignore their calls. Some of us may even have family that drive us crazy. So, cats that are familiar can also find a reason to hate one another. That being said, I had never personally watched my own cats getting in – well – a “cat fight." Until recently.

    We adopted siblings as kittens from a shelter and for the past three years, despite having polar-opposite personalities, they have been very affectionate and at times inseparable. In fact, originally the two were adopted along with a third sibling, but due to a freak accident, we had to put him down shortly after the adoption. A horrible situation and I only mention, because that loss brought the other two cats closer. Again, until recently.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Aggression, Sudden Aggression in Cats, Redirected Aggresion in Cats, Aggession in Cats, happy cat behavior, environmental enrichment for cats, Cat behavior problems

    Top New Year's Resolutions for Pet Lovers

    Yes, it’s that time again, where we look at the past 365 days and tell ourselves that the next 365 are going to be different! As we ring in the new year, the holiday tradition of making resolutions is as old as Babylon itself.

    And like many of us here at Preventive Vet, you may be planning on going to the gym more, be kinder, more motivated, lose weight, quit one of your vices (only one?) — but it's important not to forget our four-legged friends. It's a great opportunity to make one or more resolutions for you and your pet. So, we’ve jotted down a few that unfortunately get forgotten (even by us sometimes) or are just plain time consuming. But remember — this year is going to be different!

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    Topics: Dogs, Cats, Ideal pet weight, Grooming, New Year's

    Top Holiday Gifts for Cats and Cat People

    Giving the purr-fect gift shouldn't be limited to the holidays, but since they’re just around the corner, we couldn't think of a better reason to sniff out the best toys for cats and their humans.

    We’ve searched high and low for unique and fun Christmas and Hanukkah gifts for kitties and the humans that love them. While a feather teaser or wand can be fun interactive toys that help to create a bond between you and your cat, this top ten list was put together to satisfy the most finicky feline and their high-brow human.

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    Topics: Cat Safety, Cats, String, Christmas, Cat Gifts

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