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    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

    Your Cat in a Cone: Elizabethan Collar Desensitization


    The dreaded cone! (Also commonly referred to as the "lampshade" or the "radar dish.") Your veterinarian might give you this super stylish Elizabethan collar to protect your cat's recent surgery site from licking and chewing, and some cats need to wear one to prevent clawing and scratching at their face or to keep them from obsessively grooming themselves.

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    Topics: Surgery, Cat, Cat training, E-collar, Cone

    Cranberry & Your Pet's Urinary Health — Miracle Berry or Just a Fad?


    Cranberry products — are they good for pets?

    Go to many of the popular pet blogs or pet supply stores these days and you’re likely to see cranberry-containing products touted and marketed with terms such as “urinary health” or “urinary care." But what’s the real deal with cranberry — is it really a “cure all” for your cat or dog’s urinary issues? Or does cranberry just have a good publicity agent?

    Let’s cut through the clutter (and fancy marketing terms) and explore the truth about the benefits of cranberry to urinary tract health for cats and dogs. If you really want to try using cranberry supplements for your pet, scroll further down for some product options to consider.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Blog, Urinary obstruction, UTI, Cat urine, Cat

    Light Up Your Pumpkin—Not Your Pets


    Do you have carved pumpkins you want to light up?

    When it comes time to lighting up your (beautifully) carved creations, it’s best if you opt for an alternative to traditional or tea light candles.

    Not only will options like a powered flameless candle likely last longer than a regular candle, but you’ll also avoid the potential for your pet to burn themselves or the house while walking past or investigating your pumpkins. Carved pumpkins do smell good!!

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety, holiday pet safety tips, Dog, Blog, Burns, Cat

    How Many Litter Boxes Does A Cat Need?


    Does your cat have enough litter boxes? Litter boxes are like good friends… you can never have too many of them. Well… maybe you could have too many litter boxes for your taste, but not for your cat's.

    There's a litter box rule of thumb: n+1In the veterinary profession we have a litter box "rule of thumb," it’s called the “n+1 rule.” And basically what it means is that you should have one more litter box than the number of cats you have.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Litter Box, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Cat Litter, Cat

    Scents That Could Be Harmful To Your Pets


    Use Caution With Scents Around Your Pets

    Homes and offices—and you—can benefit from a little "scent therapy." After all, the sense of smell is the oldest, most primitive of all the senses and certain scents and smells can trigger strong memories or alter mood and behavior. This is the case with people, as well as with our pets. That said, just because a scent (or method of dispensing it) is safe for you, or even a small child, doesn't mean that it'll necessarily be safe for, on, or even around your cats or dogs.

    As a general rule, cats are often more sensitive to the potentially-toxic and other dangerous effects of essential oils and other scents than dogs are, but it very much depends on the scent, the delivery method, and the pet. If you plan to use any of the items listed below, please be aware of the potential problems of doing so and take the necessary precautions so that they don't wind up sickening or injuring your pets.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Feline Asthma, Breathing problems, Cat, Harmful Scents, Bronchitis

    Recipe For Catching A Runaway Cat – Sardines, patience, and LOTS of wine!


    December 11, 2014 – Lost Cat Sawyer


    "Sawyer!" 

    Nothing.

    "Sawyer!"

    The snow removal crew had just finished clearing Deb’s driveway and all was still and quiet. So quiet, she expected - she hoped - that she’d hear even the faintest rustling or meow from her 1.5 yr. old cat, Sawyer. 

    But not a sound. Only that deafening stillness you hear on a winter’s night after a really heavy snowfall. 

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    Topics: Finding lost pets, Lost Pet, Lost Cat, Lost poster, Cat

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