Your pet celebrates you every day. They love you unconditionally, and they’re not afraid to show it. April 11th is National Pet Day and the perfect opportunity to shower them right back. Continue reading “7 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day”
From a young age, humans are taught to wash their hands after using the restroom, especially before meal prep. Cats on the other paw are more likely to jump directly from the litter box to your kitchen counters without giving a second thought to how unsanitary it is. Continue reading “Easy Ways to Keep Cats Off Counters”
Most of us know at least one person with diabetes. It’s an endocrine disease on the rise in humans, and fatal if left untreated. But did you realize it’s also prevalent among the animal kingdom? Continue reading “November is Pet Diabetes Month”
Even domesticated animals are still carnivores at heart. That means when the bird starts roasting this Thanksgiving, they’re likely to be in the kitchen begging for a sample. But is it a good idea? Continue reading “Is Turkey Safe for Cats and Dogs?”
As most cat owners know, a finicky feline who turns his nose up at everything but his favorite food in his favorite dish in his favorite spot in the house might also enjoying chomping on houseplants or live insects. We humans don’t always understand why our cats choose to eat certain things, but one concept we do understand is that not all things that can be eaten should be eaten. Today, we’re going to talk about common household items that are toxic to cats. You might not be able to stop your cat from hunting down crane flies that find their way into your living room, but you can definitely keep him away from some edible hazards! Continue reading “Common Household Items You Didn’t Know Were Toxic to Your Cat”
It’s a scene that most cat-owners come to dread:
Your cat is relaxing, acting completely casual, maybe he’s even catching a nap in his favorite “sun spot.” Suddenly, he stands up, leans forward and starts making some horrible wheezing, hacking and retching noises. If you didn’t know any better, you’d assume that he was suffering from bronchitis—or stomach flu. Finally, after a few more heaves and coughs, the cat barfs up a large clump of wet fur. And as you stare at the mess that you now have to clean up, your cat goes back to relaxing. Continue reading “Unexpected Ways to Cure Hairballs”
Many of us wish that our animal friends were capable of human speech.
How much easier would our lives be if Fluffy could just walk up and say, “My belly hurts,” or “I want to go outside,” or even “What was that scary noise?!” It would prevent so many misunderstandings and hard feelings!
Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. But the good news is that our animal companions often do have ways of expressing their thoughts and emotions, even if their meanings aren’t immediately obvious!
Let’s be honest: nobody really “enjoys” paying their bill at the end of a vet visit.
In fact, handing the receptionist your credit card and telling her to charge whatever you owe can be especially painful if a serious health issue brought you and Whiskers to the office in a hurry—emergency treatment, after all, can cost hundreds of dollars or more. Taking your pet to the vet for an annual checkup and round of vaccinations is part of being a responsible owner, so there’s no avoiding that. But some common maladies that strike our pets are completely avoidable…and, for the sake of your budget, you’d be wise to try to avoid them!