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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

    Heartworms Suck! What You Should Know About Mosquitos, Heartworm Disease, and Your Cat


    If you’ve ever had any concerns about mosquitos, know that this year (2017) is expected to be a doozy — and it’s probably only going to get worse from here. But did you know that Mosquitos and heartworms are intimately linked? What’s more, a single mosquito carrying a single worm is all it could take to result in serious health problems for your cat. 

    The 2017 mosquito season, fueled by a historically warm and rainy year, is anticipated to be worse than years past and the future outlook is about the same, with experts predicting ongoing mosquito-friendly weather conditions. Just look at articles like “Why the Menace of Mosquitos Will Only Get Worse” for a glimpse of what’s to come.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Traveling with your cat, Blog, Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives, Respiratory problems, Cat

    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

    Catnip—What It Is and Why You Should Try It On Your Cat


    What is catnip?

    Though many cat owners are aware of catnip (sometimes called catmint), they don’t actually know what it is. So I thought I’d take a second to “pull back the curtain” and also share a couple of great uses for catnip with you.

    Catnip is actually a herb! It’s in the mint family and, if you’re interested, its scientific name is Nepeta cataria. Though it is native to parts of Asia and Europe, you can actually grow catnip yourself in indoor pots or in your garden. And though you could technically do so, I don’t actually recommend growing catnip in your window boxes. Its attractiveness to your cats could increase your cat’s risk of suffering a high-rise fall!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Stress, Blog, Urinary obstruction, 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

    Cat Stress — The Signs To Look Out For


    Do You Have A Stressed Out Kitty?

    The days are long. The weather’s warm. And the kids are out of school. The middle of summer is often a great time to break out of your old routine and burn off some of that pent-up stress. But for most of our feline friends, routine is everything. And all these conditions that sound so ideal for you, can have quite the opposite effect on your cat. Heat, travel, and increased house traffic (especially younger children) can all lead to increasing their anxiety and stress levels. And a stressed cat can easily become an unhealthy cat. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Loss of appetite, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Itchy, Cat, Skin problems

    Cat Carrier Stress – Tips to make a carrier a cat-friendly place


    Putting "Love" In This Hate-Hate-Relationship

    Ok, so your cat doesn't like getting inside their carrier. But before you label your cat stubborn, consider for a moment that the only time you pull the carrier out of storage is when you're heading to the vet's office.

    And chances are those visits are not for routine wellness care (like annual check-ups), but for when they are "off" or sick.

    It's hard to imagine any of us wanting to get inside of our cars if getting behind the wheel every time meant a trip to the dentist!

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, Crate Training, travel with pets, travel anxiety, Restraints, Crates, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Cat Tips, Cat

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