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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

    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

    #IfOnlyIKnew: Why Laundry Soap Should Make You Pause


    Growing up in rural America, having animals around was as common as a bowl of cereal on a Saturday morning. You didn’t give it a lot of thought, it just felt right. Cats were the pet of choice in my family.

    In fact, I don’t recall a time where we didn’t have a feline walking the hallways of our home. I do recall our cat Candy giving birth to a litter of six inside one of my dresser drawers, ruining my favorite train shirt.

    That’s a story for another time. The point of all of this is that cats have always and continue to be an integral part of my family. However, recently I wondered that if pets are part of my family, have I been concerned about their well-being as I would my child?

    When we make the conscious decision to be responsible over someone or something, we owe it to them to do our very best. I’ll admit it wasn’t until recently that I realized that I should have been protecting our cats in the same way that we protect our young children. Both are very curious and that can sometimes lead to devastating events.

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    Topics: pet safety, Pet Proofing, Cats, #IfOnlyIKnew

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