By Emmy E Bill
People are not the only ones who get the blues. Cat depression is real and often the result of major changes in a cat’s routine, such as the death of an owner or animal friend, loneliness or a change in their living situation. Every cat with depression will behave differently, but you will likely notice a change in her behavior. If she is usually enthusiastic when she’s around you but suddenly stops paying attention to you, she could be depressed.
By Michele Elward
As we find ourselves in the middle of winter, it’s important to pay particular attention to our pets when they’re outside. When temperatures get into the twenties and below, with whipping winds, pets can suffer serious health problems. Besides not leaving your dog, cat or other animal outside for too long, there are several other precautionary measures you can take to care for your loving pet.
I generally don’t favor going nuts over buying every trinket imaginable for my pets, but there are a few that make a lot of sense when it’s cold and windy out. For dogs and horses, it’s a good idea to purchase a coat. I have an all weather coat for my dog that’s made of a nylon material on the outside and fleece on the inside. This provides warmth as well as protection from the snow and rain. It attaches via one Velcro strap that goes from one side to the other side of the dog around his or her belly. As for cats, they don’t often take kindly to coats, but do your best to keep them inside during winter storms. They can easily get disoriented under very bad conditions. I’d rather have more litter box duty to handle, than find myself driving around the neighborhood trying to track down a cold, wet cat!
By Marianne Soucy
When your beloved pet has died, it is perfectly normal to grieve. You might even be surprised by the depth of the grief you experience. Continue reading
By Tracey Munn
First of all, remember that like us, pets have unique personalities.
Sure, each animal species has characteristics typical to them. However, your pet will also have their own personality so be prepared for that to be the case.
If you have adopted an older pet, please be aware that there may be a longer adjustment time. You really don’t know what your pet’s journey was like before you took them in. As an owner of an adopted cat, 2 years down the track he is a completely different pet than when he was first introduced. Be patient, love and time will do wonders.
For now, to help you settle in with your new pet, I am going to share some advice to help you and your pet settle in quickly. Continue reading
By Andrew Reichek
Are you looking for the perfect apartment pet to occupy the space with you? There are many pets that don’t make for good companions in a small space. If you spend a little time researching, you will be able to find the perfect pet for both you and your apartment home. But don’t rush into buying a pet too quickly. There are some more options that you will want to consider. Continue reading
By Katty Dicus
Most cats get ear mites at one time or another. Cats with ear mites are miserable with symptoms of head shaking, itching and scratching the ears. Hundreds of these tiny bugs are invading your cat’s ear canal living off the wax. A mite’s life cycle is three weeks and then they start mating all over again. Ear mites are extremely contagious and spread from one cat to another through direct contact. Continue reading
By Katty Dicus
If you live in a damp climate, chances are your pet, house and lawn have fleas. Fleas are the toughest parasite to get rid of and it takes a little work. Fleas are worse in the summer months, but they still hang around in the cooler months. Cats and dogs are warm-blooded animals, so fleas live in their skin to eat, breathe and make more fleas. If your pet has fleas, there are hundreds living on his skin. Continue reading
By Katty Dicus
Cats get the flu just like people. The medical term is “upper respiratory infection” or URI. It is caused by two feline viruses and will run its course in 7 to 10 days, but it must be treated. The symptoms are sneezing, runny nose and eyes, stuffiness, loss of appetite and lethargy. Home remedies for cat flu will cure your cat in 5 to 7 days. Continue reading
By Sally Endaer
If you have a pregnant cat, then you will want to know when she is ready to have her kittens. This is an important day and you should prepare for it well. You should have a “nesting area” ready for her to use if she chooses. A nesting area is usually a cardboard box or laundry basket filled will shredded paper covered with a towel. It will be in an area which is secluded from noise and distraction, but easy for the mother to get to should she choose to use it. Continue reading
By Katty Dicus
Most cats get constipated and it’s usually not serious, but it can be if not treated. It is caused from the commercial dry pet food and hairballs. If your cat’s diet is a totally dry food diet, then she will experience constipation quite frequently. 25% of vet visits from cat owners are due to severe constipation. Once you learn how to cure constipation in cats with natural remedies, your cat will look and feel much better. Continue reading