Brain Aging in Pets – Part Two – Symptoms

Symptoms of brain aging, or cognitive dysfunction, are often subtle in their presentation and because of that go unreported. As your pet ages, you’ll need to team up with your veterinarian to be sure your buddy gets the best possible care in their sunset years. Here’s what you should be looking for. Remember to keep … [Read more…]

Six Signs Your Cats Are Best Friends

A common thread among folks looking to take on a second cat is wanting their resident cat to have a friend. This can be tricky business for any pet owner, especially for cat owners since cats are considered to be only semi-social. This isn’t to say people shouldn’t have multiple cats, just that having multiple … [Read more…]

Gremlin’s Birthday Interview

I’ve already mentioned that we don’t love celebrating Gremlin’s birthday. Each year is a reminder that he’s only mortal and that his time with us will be over one horrible day. Gremlin turns nine today and I can’t help but think about everything that makes him special. He’s not the cuddly, fun-loving dog the internet … [Read more…]

The End is Near – Declawing in the U.S.

I’ve worked as a veterinary assistant and have heard people ask about declawing their cats. For most of these people, the question was asked nonchalantly, like all we do is put them under long enough to pluck out their claws. Luckily, most of the clinic’s clientele were mortified when the vets would explain that declawing … [Read more…]

The Happy Multi-Cat Home

  My cat, Trout, is very different than the cat we had before him, Hobo Joe. Joe was both a fierce hunter and lover, while Trout is neither. We enjoy Trout mostly from a distance because that’s how he mostly enjoys us. Friends of mine, with cats of their own, report personalities similar to Joe’s and … [Read more…]

My First Guest Post!

My friend Kelly over at I Love My Dog More Than My Kids invited me to write a post about reactivity in dogs. Of course, I was thrilled because those are the dogs I spend the most time on! The post is about how to finding the courage to take your reactive dog on the walks … [Read more…]

Frustration in Cats

  It seems like every time I open a book or read a study about cats I learn something really cool. Cats very closely parallel their wild ancestors in so many ways, which makes studying them so much fun. Most recently I read about frustration in cats and think that there are some common behavior … [Read more…]

Territorial Behavior Problems

Cats are curious little creatures. They’re completely domesticated but have retained a number of their wild instincts. Their domestication story is really interesting and sheds light on how this happened. One of the wild traits they’ve maintained is their fierce territoriality and with that the need to watch over it. These two instincts can lead to … [Read more…]

9 Tricks to Feed Your Picky Eater

Author’s Note: Hey cat owners! If your cat is a picky eater check out my article on dry vs. wet food to see ways to get your picky kitty eating the right food to keep them healthy! Most dog owners wonder if their dogs even taste their food as they inhale it. For these people, … [Read more…]