About Kim Campbell Thornton

Kim Campbell Thornton has been writing about dogs and cats for 32 years. She is the award-winning author of more than two dozen books and hundreds of articles on animal care, health and behavior. Her muses are two Cavaliers and a Pomihuahua.

Stress-Free Holidays With Pets? Here’s How

Stress-Free Holidays With Pets? Here’s How

Training

Dangling ornaments. Rich food. Brightly blooming plants. Parties. No matter what your species—human, canine or feline—there’s a lot to love about the holidays. But in the wrong hands, er, paws, those same things can cause everything from a bellyache to a bite to a trip to the emergency room. Here are three ways to avoid […]

Thunder Cats? Felines Can Be Fearful Of Storms, Too

Thunder Cats? Felines Can Be Fearful Of Storms, Too

Training

When thunderstorms strike, does your cat run and hide under the bed or in the closet? Maybe you notice that she just disappears and you don’t think much about it? Dogs earn the greatest amount of recognition when it comes to fear of thunderstorms because their reactions are more visible: they tremble, pace, hide, try […]

Why Does Your Dog Turn Tail At Thunderstorms?

Why Does Your Dog Turn Tail At Thunderstorms?

Training

If your dog is fearful of storms with thunder, lightning, hail, or high winds, you’re not alone. There are no statistics on the numbers of pets with storm phobia–or to give the fear its scientific name, astraphobia–but it’s likely that the prevalence of this type of noise sensitivity in dogs is 20 percent or higher, […]

Talk To The Claw

Talk To The Claw

Training

Scratching. It’s a perfectly normal, natural cat behavior that meets grooming, exercise and communication needs. But while cats enjoy the sensation of scratching and use their scratch marks to send messages to other cats—“Blinky was here” or “Look how big I am!”—the destructive nature of the habit can put owners and cats at odds with […]