Archives: Behavior

  • 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 »

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Extremely Judgmental Cats

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    Happy New Year! As we leave 2016 behind and move into 2017, many people are making resolutions, and setting personal goals for the coming year. If you have a kitty, your feline friend may be right there with you as you list your resolutions. Cats certainly do like to keep a close eye on their humans. In fact, kitties can be a bit judgmental! Read on as a vet lists some resolutions for extremely judgmental … Read More »

  • How to Soothe a Nervous Dog

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    Is your canine friend prone to nervousness and anxiety? Just like people, dogs all have their own personalities. Some are very calm, while others are more anxious. If you’re trying to help a nervous pup overcome his fears, you’ll need to figure out what he is frightened of, so you can determine the best course of action. That said, there are some things that can be helpful to many timid dogs. Here are a few … 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 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 »

  • Why Your Cat Might Be Ignoring His Litter Box

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    Your hefty tabby Atlas loves to blow his own horn. This imposing five-year-old feline tells everyone how he got your two younger cats under control without lifting a paw. While that’s impressive, he’s most proud of earning the regional “Outstanding Litter Box User” Award. Unfortunately, Atlas should return that trophy right now. This week, he left three horrible-smelling cat urine puddles on your solid hardwood floor. You’re perplexed about your normally reliable cat’s antics, and … Read More »

  • 5 Reasons to Get Your Cat a Cat Tower

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    Did you know that cat towers are actually very good for our feline friends? While providing quality food, fresh water, a clean litterbox, lots of love, and a few toys will see to Fluffy’s basic needs, a cat tower will provide several great benefits. In this article, your local vet lists five reasons to get Kitty a tower. Entertainment Setting a cat tower in front of a window with a view is almost guaranteed to … Read More »

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Cats

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    New Year’s Day is traditionally a time to reflect on the past year and revisit our priorities and goals for the future. Many families include their cats in their holiday celebrations with treats, gifts, and even cute costumes, but on New Year’s Day, life pretty much goes back to normal for our feline friends. If Fluffy did have resolutions, what would they look like? In this article, your veterinarian Park County considers a few things … Read More »

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