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    Colin Rigley

    Colin Rigley
    Colin Rigley has more than a decade of experience in journalism, content production, and sleeping on a tiny sliver of the bed because the animals are sprawled across the rest of it. He’s an avid writer, photographer, traveler, and semi-professional doofus who joined the Preventive Vet team in 2017. He lives in Seattle with his wonderful girlfriend; two cats who graciously let him wait on their every need; and three-legged, coated Mexican hairless street dog, which is a really complicated answer when people ask “What kind of dog is that?”

    Recent Posts

    How to Stop Your Cat From Waking You Up in the Morning

     
    If your cat insists on waking you up at 4 a.m. every day it’s probably because they tricked you at some point in the past and then kept tricking you because you were so easily tricked. 

    Congratulations, you have been outsmarted by an animal that comes up to your shins and poops in a box in the corner.

    The good news is that you’re not alone. Cats are wily creatures who are excellent at training their people to do what they want; e.g., annoying them in the morning for food and attention. The better news is that you can recondition your cat to stop waking you up before the sun rises or raising hell at night while you’re trying to sleep.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Tips, Cat Toys, Indoor cats, Cat-friendly products

    How to Make Your Outdoor Cat More Visible at Night

     
    Outdoor dangers abound for cats, and especially at night. One of the most dangerous threats to your cat if they’re out at night is also one of the most common objects they’re likely to encounter: a car. 

    While it’s impossible to accurately track the actual number of cats killed by cars each year, estimates are well into the millions. And it stands to reason that when a driver’s ability to see decreases — like between dusk and dawn — accidents are more likely to happen. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cars, Cats outdoors at night, Outdoor cats, Cat Collars

    How to Clean Cat Pee and Poop Accidents


    Does it ever seem like your cat has an accident in one spot and keeps returning to the same spot? Well here's a fun fact: this isn’t their favorite spot to pee or poop. More likely than not, you didn’t clean up the last mess all the way, which is why they keep returning to the scene — or, more accurately, the scent — of the crime. 

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    Topics: Litter Box, Cats, Litterbox accidents, Cat pee, Pet cleaning supplies

    Tips for Brushing Your Cat and Why You Should

     
    Just because your cat already grooms themselves, it doesn’t mean you can’t help out. Sure, you probably don’t absolutely need to brush your cat all the time, but doing so comes with a ton of benefits — for both of you. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should brush your cat regularly.

    • Fewer Hairballs: Hairballs can be a normal part of being a cat (although, even just a few hairballs a month can mean there’s a problem). However, they can be gross to clean up and step in! But the more you brush your cat and help them remove excess fur, the less likely you may be to find an unpleasant, gooey surprise underfoot.
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    Topics: Fleas on Cats, Grooming, Hairballs

    The Top 10 Halloween Dangers for Cats


    Like with any holiday, you can be sure of two things when it comes to your cat and Halloween: 

    #1. Your cat does not appreciate your noisy, candy-fueled celebrations
    #2. Refer back to #1

    Besides further confirming your cat’s belief that holidays are annoying and not focused enough on their needs, Halloween can be a real problem if you’re not careful. Here are the Top 10 Halloween dangers for cats you need to watch out for.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, chocolate toxicity, Halloween, Cats outdoors at night, Cat Tips, Digestive obstruction

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