Archives: Behavior

  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Cat

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    Did you know that cats only sweat through their paw pads? As you have probably noticed, kitties are chock full of interesting characteristics. In fact, our feline buddies have quite a few interesting quirks. Read on as a local vet lists some things you may not have known about your cute pet. She Matches Her Sleep Schedule To Yours We all know that kitties are, well, rather drowsy. Cats can sleep up to 20 hours … Read More »

  • Tips for Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite

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    Watching a cat play can be very cute and fun. Our feline friends are definitely quite frisky! Fluffy’s idea of play doesn’t always sync up with ours, however. Cats are predators, and play fighting stimulates their natural hunting instincts. This often translates into kitties that equate biting with fun! If your kitty has a habit of chomping on you when she’s feeling frisky, you’ll want to take steps to correct her behavior. After all, those … Read More »

  • If Pets Had Thumbs

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    Did you know that March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day? If not, you probably aren’t alone! This may not be a very well-known holiday, but it certainly is a fun one. What do you think would happen if our furry friends had opposable thumbs? In this article, a local vet offers a few educated guesses. Food We’re pretty sure that, if Fido and Fluffy had thumbs, they would waste no time figuring out … Read More »

  • Tips for Introducing Cats and Dogs

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    You’re ready to turn your home into a multi-species household. Tomorrow, you’ll bring home Lucy, a friendly four-year-old retriever mix who charmed your socks off at the animal shelter. You know your human family members will gravitate to this easygoing girl who seems to love everybody. However, your eight-year-old cat Duke might need some convincing. Although your veterinarian has provided specific advice for introducing the two pets, here are some general guidelines. Start With Separate … Read More »

  • How to Stop Your Cat From Keeping You Up at Night

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    Does your kitty often wake you in the middle of the night? Fluffy may be adorable when she plays with her favorite toys, but her antics are probably not as cute when you’re trying to sleep. Below, you’ll learn a few tricks to help stop a nocturnal feline from keeping you up at night. Playtime Playing is good for your cat in many ways, both mentally and physically. Play sessions give your furball a chance … Read More »

  • Guide to Puppy Obedience Training

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    Your brand-new puppy Dozer just hit your house like a tiny canine whirlwind. Earlier this week, you adopted this seven-week-old retriever mix through an animal rescue group. When he arrived home, this frenzied little pooch sniffed out every corner before thrashing his toys into submission. Next, he began nipping at your ankles. Although you can dismiss his chewing behavior now, it won’t be so amusing when he’s a full-grown dog with more impressive choppers. Clearly, … Read More »

  • Why Your Cat Keeps Play Fighting

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    Your two male cats look like prize fighters lately. Four-year-old Buster has been battling it out with five-year-old Rocky — and you haven’t seen a clear winner. They regularly thrash on the floor, rolling and spinning until one gets up and walks away. You know many cats engage in this play fighting behavior. You haven’t noticed any real aggression, so you haven’t broken up the warriors. When your scrappy feline housemates get annual physical checkups, … Read More »

  • Your Dog Can Experience Age-Related Behavioral Changes

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    Your golden retriever Rusty has always been a model pooch. Your ten-year-old dog’s easygoing nature simply captivates everyone he meets. During his regular walks and dog park visits, he shows a furiously wagging tail and a happy grin. After an exhausting day of playtime, he sacks out on his bed for some well-deserved sleep. Recently, however, your senior companion has displayed several out-of-character actions. You’d like your veterinarian to determine if an emerging medical problem … Read More »

  • Your Cat Can Develop a Harmful Compulsive Behavior

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    Your calico cat Chelsea has personal grooming down to a science. Each morning, this five-year-old feline housemate begins licking her coat right after breakfast; and she continues all day long. Although cats regularly groom themselves, her fur is showing some bare spots. Your companion has also traded her daily playtime and brushing/belly rub sessions for this single-minded pursuit. Tomorrow, your veterinarian will determine if Chelsea has developed a potentially harmful compulsive behavior. Feline Compulsive Behaviors … Read More »

  • Your Cat’s Diet Can Influence His Behavior

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    Your orange tabby Pumpkin doesn’t give much thought to his meals. Your four-year-old feline housemate just assumes you’ll fill his bowl with top-notch kibbles every day. This busy fellow realizes that a superior feline formula helps to keep his intestinal system running smoothly. He’s also happy that his quality blend gives him plenty of energy. That consistent “oomph” is essential for playing with cat toys and keeping your two teenaged cats under control. However, Pumpkin … Read More »

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