Five Reasons to Adopt a Formerly Stray Cat

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Many people don’t want a cat who was found as a stray. Former strays are passed over at shelters in favor of kittens relinquished due to allergies, cats given away for shedding, and more. Strays are sometimes … Read More

Choosing a Cat Litter Brand

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Litterbox problems are commonly cited as a reason for rehoming or abandoning pet cats. It’s sad enough that pet parents give up their pets just because cleaning up after them becomes inconvenient, but the worst part … Read More

All About Ear Infections

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Oh, yum, everyone’s favorite subject: Ear infections! Dogs and cats can easily get ear infections, and acute infections may become chronic if not treated correctly. Monitoring pets’ aural health is very important to overall wellness. Ear infections … Read More

How Shelter Volunteers Can Reduce Adoption Returns

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If you’ve ever volunteered with any sort of animal rescue, you likely know the pain of sending a pet off to what you believe will be its forever home, only to see it returned a few … Read More

What Does It Mean When My Cat Yowls?

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Cat owners often ask me about unusual vocalizations from their pets. One of the most common and alarming experiences for the concerned cat parent is unexplained yowling. Cats yowl for a variety of reasons, ranging from … Read More

Car Safety for Pets

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Your pet’s safety should always be among your top priorities when traveling with pets.  Most people wouldn’t leave a chocolate bar next to a dog, or leave a pet in a hot car, but many drivers do something … Read More

New Year’s Pet Resolutions

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The New Year brings an opportunity for everyone to improve parts of their life that they are unhappy about. Maybe your goal is to lose weight, double your income or change your attitude toward others. Whether … Read More

Trimming Cats' Nails

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Trimming cats’ nails is often a task that intimidates pet owners far more than performing the same procedure when trimming a dog’s nails. While it’s true that some cat owners have attempted a nail trim and … Read More

Work off the Holiday Pounds with Your Pet

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Pets are my favorite exercise equipment. Nothing motivates me to go for a run like the pleading eyes of a dog who’s been cooped up indoors all day. Even the cat helps me exercise: When she … Read More

Keiji the Kitten Finds a Home for the Holidays

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Keiji was my first foster pet, and since he came to me in the holiday season, Christmas Day seems like a good time to post his story. Kitten-in-a-Box Keiji entered my life in a blue plastic box … Read More

Give Yourself a Free, Pet-Related Christmas Gift

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Did you forget to get yourself a Christmas gift? If you’re like most people this time of year, you’ve been running around like crazy shopping for gifts for friends and family, but you haven’t taken time to … Read More

Speaking Your Pet's Language

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Do you talk to your pet or feel that you communicate with each other in a different way? If you think you and your pet have a mutual understanding, you are not alone. Pets experience so … Read More

Beware of Holiday Plants

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During the holiday season, it’s common to receive plants as gifts and to decorate your home with poinsettias and lilies. However, when you have cats and dogs roaming around your home, you need to be aware … Read More

Extreme Cold and Your Pets

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Ice storms are battering the Northeast, while the West and Midwest are now experiencing record cold due to an Arctic front. In my city, a record-breaking low was recorded yesterday, with temperatures of -15 degrees Fahrenheit … Read More

Keep Pets Out of the Cold

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When the weather outside is frightful, it’s important to follow some precautions to keep your pet safe. Although dogs and cats have fur, it’s a misconception to think that they cannot suffer from frostbite or hypothermia. … Read More

Protect Your Pets from Thanksgiving Coma

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During Thanksgiving when all of your family is together, it can be tempting for you and others to treat the dog or cat to some table scraps. While overeating has always seemed to be the goal … Read More

Home for the Holidays: Minimizing Pets' Stress When Guests Visit

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Guests visiting for the holiday can cause stress for pets accustomed to a particular routine. Even if the “guests” are just college students who lived with the pets in question for most of their lives, the disruption … Read More

Five Reasons Not to Feed Pets at the Table

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If you clicked this, you probably already know that pets shouldn’t be fed from the table. However, there might be a significant other, a child, or even a parent in your life who insists upon tossing … Read More

In Case of Fire

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Do you have an emergency preparedness plan in case a fire would break out in or near your home? How would you evacuate your pets? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you definitely … Read More

Ear Scratching? It Might Be Mites!

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If you’ve had cats or dogs living with you, chances are you’ve seen them scratching at their ears or shaking their head. Now, everyone itches on occasion, even animals. But if your pet seems to be … Read More

Halloween Safety for Pets

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Halloween can be a stressful holiday for your pets. Strangers in gruesome and outlandish costumes knock on the door, unusual noises come from ghostly figures, and decorations transform your home into a graveyard. The American Veterinary … Read More

Cutting Back on Pet Expenses

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Foreclosures and the recent economic meltdown have made it difficult for pet owners to continue to provide for their pets. As a result, animal shelters are experiencing an influx of pets. Wayside Waifs animal shelter in … Read More

Keeping Cats Off the Kitchen Counters

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One of the most frequent complaints by cat owners is that the cat won’t stay off the counters dining table. Even my own kitty, Monster, has been guilty! Luckily, there are several ways to discourage cats … Read More

Thyroid Trouble In Pets

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The thyroid is a gland in the neck that secretes two hormones; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are vital for metabolism. Everyone has a thyroid and it does the same thing whether in a … Read More

Mastitis

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I’ve known about the condition mastitis for quite some time now, learning about it in an animal husbandry course I took in college, but I learned about it in farm animals like cows. And even though … Read More

Itching and Twitching-Fleas and dermatitis

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Animals aren’t all that different from us. Any pet owner already knows this. Sometimes, in fact, it’s hard to think of our pets are animals and not another member of the family. They have a lot … Read More

Why Adoption Matters

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This post was submitted to heighten awareness about animal shelter adoption. Adopt a pet today! I have visited many animal shelters in my day, and it’s an unsettling feeling seeing all of the innocent dogs and … Read More

Five Reasons to Adopt a Pet

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This post was submitted to heighten awareness about animal shelter adoption. Adopt a pet today! Opening your heart to adopt an animal is a life changing experience. Dogs and Cats are similar to people in that … Read More

Three Surprising Things Your Local Shelter Needs

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Okay, we all know that you can donate a bag of dog food or a cat carrier to the animal shelter, or that you can volunteer or foster, right? But the truth is, shelters can put a … Read More

Regurgitation in Cats

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Okay, I’ll admit that I’m a huge cat lover. I put up with a lot from these furry four-legged purr machines, but the one thing that drives me crazy is the frequent up-chucking. Yuck. I think … Read More

PetLvr Mailbag: Declawing a Cat?

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Dear Petlvr Mailbag … Is declawing a cat a good idea? I have people giving both sides, and although I think it is sad, what are the alternatives to torn up furniture? Signed, gtcathey from Ima … Read More

Autumn Pet Shows

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This fall make sure to check out the various pet shows that will be happening in the U.S. and Canada. Not only will your pets appreciate a snout full of fresh air, they will enjoy being … Read More

PetLvr Mailbag: Fighting Cats

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Dear PetLvr Mailbag .. I have two cats. The boy is tall and strong, and the other (female) is a runt. She’s 4 years old but looks like a kitten, she is so tiny. Anyway, my … Read More

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