Pet Health and Behavior Blog

Playing Nice: Tips for Improving the Cat and Dog Relationship in Your Home

Playing Nice: Tips for Improving the Cat and Dog Relationship in Your Home

Cat Health and Behavior
Do you live with both cats and dogs? If so, you may sometimes feel that it's raining cats and dogs inside your home--literally! Some dogs love making friends with kitties. But some may not, and we all know that felines can be picky about their companions. Luckily, you don't have to give up Fido or Mittens in order to make things work. There are ways to improve the cat and dog relationship in your home. Keep reading for some great tips. 1. Implement Dog Training Both dogs and cats can be trained. But let's be real: dogs are far easier to train than cats. What's more, dogs may even require foundational training, especially if they are newly adopted or fresh from a litter. If your cat and dog are really having…
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Does Your Pet Look a Little Peaked? 9 Signs That You’ve Got a Sick Cat

Does Your Pet Look a Little Peaked? 9 Signs That You’ve Got a Sick Cat

Cat Health and Behavior
You are your cat’s entire world. They trust you to love them, feed them, and above all else, take care of them when they are sick. How do you tell when your cat is sick though, it’s not like they can tell you? Cats can’t tell you in words that something is wrong with them, but they can show you. You have to look for the little signs like maybe suddenly your cat is laying around a lot when they are normally very playful for example. Keep reading to see all of the signs that you may have a sick cat so you can take them to the vet and get them the treatment that they need. 1. It's Vomiting  Vomiting isn't normal unless it's the occasional fur ball or…
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Over the Rainbow Bridge: How Long Do Cats Live?

Over the Rainbow Bridge: How Long Do Cats Live?

Cat Health and Behavior
It's a sad fact of life that our furry friends are going to leave our lives sooner or later. Knowing that eventually, you're going to lose your companion is the only downside to pet ownership.  If you have a cat, you might wonder what to expect. How long do cats live? Let's find out. That way, you'll know when to begin to prepare for your feline to get ready to cross to the next life. How Long Do Cats Live? Most cats have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. That sounds a bit low, doesn't it? Well, this number applies to all cats rather than just well-cared for felines. It's not just old age that kills our pets, but a combination of factors.  Disease, cars, and predatory animals - all of these…
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Pesky Pets: How to Make Cats and Dogs Get Along

Pesky Pets: How to Make Cats and Dogs Get Along

Cat Health and Behavior, Dog Health and Behavior
Cats and dogs make fantastic companions to any family and they make each day more rewarding. In fact, a huge 68% of households in the US own at least one pet, proving that the US is an animal loving nation. We all love it when our animals play together, but sometimes it doesn't go so well. There are a lot of times where our cats and dogs don't get along with each other.  Of course, you want them to become best friends. Don't lose hope, read on to find out how to make cats and dogs get along in no time. 1. Introduce Them If your cat and dog haven't yet met each other, you've got a good chance to make a positive introduction. You can't put them with each…
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How to Pay Your Cat’s Huge Vet Bills

How to Pay Your Cat’s Huge Vet Bills

Pet Products
Most of us don't realize how expensive owning a cat's going to be, in part because it's changed so much in recent years. Americans spend twice as much in the pet industry as they did in 2005. Today, the average cat owner spends over $400 a year at their vet's office alone. Costs go up drastically when you need to see specialists, receive advanced diagnoses, surgery, etc. for a serious condition. Even the most responsible pet owners can find themselves overburdened with the unforeseen costs of vet bills. Whether you're saddled with a huge bill from an unexpected surgery or just trying to find less expensive options for managing your cat's healthcare costs, you need to know your options. If you don't, you'll likely be paying more than you should…
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Flea Treatment for Cats and Dogs: The 3 You Should Always Use

Flea Treatment for Cats and Dogs: The 3 You Should Always Use

Cat Health and Behavior, Dog Health and Behavior
Fifty: that's how many eggs one female cat flea can lay each day after it finds a host.  A flea infestation on your pet has the potential to cause other issues, such as bacterial diseases, dermatitis, anemia, and tapeworms. As a result, it's critical to put an end to your flea problem before the situation worsens.   However, selecting the right flea treatment for cats and dogs proves to be a difficult task. The FDA recently put out a warning for certain chewable flea meds, as they may cause seizures in some animals.  If you need flea medicine for dogs and cats ASAP, read on to learn about three of the safest, most effective options on the market! 1. Advantage II This veterinarian-prescribed product begins killing fleas on your cat or dog within half…
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Make Sure Your Pet is Seen and Not Smelled: 5 Tips for Eliminating Cat Odors for Good

Make Sure Your Pet is Seen and Not Smelled: 5 Tips for Eliminating Cat Odors for Good

Cat Health and Behavior
With 86 million housecats living throughout the United States, they outnumber dogs by nearly 10 million. However, as many cat owners can attest to, they leave behind a much harsher scent when they urinate inside than the average dog does. If you love your cat but are constantly battling cat odors, then you need to find some clever ways to treat it before you go nuts. Here are five ways to deal with cat odors and get rid of them for good. 1. Remove Excess Urine Immediately To ensure that you make your cat cleaning easier, remove all of the excess urine that you can as soon as humanly possible. With less urine around for less time, there's less of a likelihood that it will seep between cracks, into the…
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5 Cat Friendly Dog Breeds for Existing Cat Owners

5 Cat Friendly Dog Breeds for Existing Cat Owners

Dog Health and Behavior
Dogs and cats have a rivalry that's supposedly as old as time. From cartoons to movies to even simple saying, we are repeatedly shown an image of dogs and cats as opposites. The problem is that this isn't always true. There are a lot of cat friendly dog breeds, and many cats don't mind dogs either. We'll talk more about these breeds in the paragraphs below. 1. Golden/Labrador Retriever Technically, a golden retriever and a labrador retriever are two different dog breeds, but aside from slight differences in behavior and appearance, they're incredibly similar. The important thing is that they're both very friendly dogs, and they'll tolerate pretty much anything, especially if the humans around them seem to trust the stranger. If you want to find golden retriever puppies or any…
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What Are Some Good Ingredients I Should Look for in My Cat’s Food?

What Are Some Good Ingredients I Should Look for in My Cat’s Food?

Cat Health and Behavior
Cats can be mischievous, moody, standoffish and downright mean. While this is true, there's no question that they are also beloved pets in millions of households - 86 million to be more precise. If you have a cat you love - and want to ensure they remain healthy and happy - then you likely know that quality food with good ingredients is a must-have. Unfortunately, with so many cat food options on the market today, finding the best of the best can be somewhat challenging. The solution is to use the information here. When you know what ingredients to look for, you can ensure your feline friend has the best food possible and that they remain healthy. A Clearly Listed Source of Protein This is the most important ingredient to…
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Thrifty Kitty: 4 Tips for Buying Quality Discount Pet Medication

Thrifty Kitty: 4 Tips for Buying Quality Discount Pet Medication

Pet Products
Your cat is like a member of the family, so when they get sick you'll do anything to help them feel better. The problem is that pet medicine can get quite expensive. 29% of Australian households currently face this dilemma or could in the future. Discount pet medication can provide relief for families. How do you go about finding affordable medicine though? We've got four tips to help you. 1. Don't Buy at the Vet Whatever you do, don't buy your medication at the vet's office. You will pay a premium. The reason for the high cost is that drug manufacturers distribute medicines through the veterinary offices. Many even make it so the only place you can buy their particular version of the drug is the vet office. 2. Buy…
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