Murder Cat

That’s what they call Trout at his old boarding facility (old because we moved, not because he hurt anyone). When we’d pick him up, they’d sound nervous at the prospect of getting him in his carrier and 9 times out of 10 would ask us to help. I have been in their shoes, particularly with … [Read more…]

DIY Cat Treat Dispenser!

I’ve been wanting to do something fun for Trout, but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly. So, naturally, I took to Pinterest, where I found an Instructable for a Cat Powered Auto Feeder. Sounds cool, right?! I read through the instructions and figured out a few ways to streamline the design. This is … [Read more…]

How To Stop Destructive Scratching

As first-time cat owners, we listened in horror as our kitten’s claws ripped into the wingback chair that was once my husband’s grandfather’s (don’t worry, the plan has always been to reupholster it!). Like other cat owners, we rushed out for scratching posts. And, like other cat owners, we watched as our kitten played with … [Read more…]

How You’re Making Problem Behaviors Worse!

Many of your dog’s unruly behaviors are attention seeking. It makes sense! We’re our dog’s best friends! But what do you do when their needy behavior becomes obnoxious? For many people, needy behavior manifests itself in the form of barking, jumping, or mouthiness (biting but without aggression). Most people take to Google (I’m glad you … [Read more…]

DIY High-Value Dog Treats

I love to cook. Not because I like to show off my mad skills in the kitchen, but because I love feeding my friends and family. It’s how I show them I care. The same goes for my pets! The first treat we ever gave Gremlin were homemade peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies. They were … [Read more…]

Come Home Happy! End Destructive Chewing

It can be demoralizing to come home to a coffee table that used to have four legs, a sofa that is now inside out and your kid’s favorite teddy bear who is now an amputee. Destructive chewing is a common reason for relinquishment to shelters. If this grisly scene is a regular part of your … [Read more…]

How to Spot Bad Pet Advice

On a recent trip to our local pet superstore, I heard an employee give a dog owner really terrible advice. It wasn’t obviously terrible, like, “Yes, you should absolutely buy that dayglow cocktail dress.” Or, “Sunblock is for sissies, you don’t need it!” No, this advice was potentially deadly. And I wish I could say … [Read more…]

Socializing Your Kitten

My favorite seasons used to be centered around food and activities. I love autumn for the foliage and all the festivities. During the winter I love enjoying delicious Florida citrus and long hikes without the fear of snakes. After getting my first job in animal welfare, I discovered why summer is more exciting than just … [Read more…]

How to Introduce a Baby to Your Cat

  My husband and I are so happy for our friends who just brought home their new baby! She’s beautiful and they’re crazy about her, as you can imagine. Their cat, Mr. Tiggs, is having a hard time finding the joy in their new bundle Bringing home a newborn is stressful on everyone, especially our … [Read more…]