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Your Kitten’s First Vet Visit: What To Expect

Your Kitten’s First Vet Visit: What To Expect

Kittens & Puppies

Preparing for a veterinary visit—especially a first one—involves more than just calling to make an appointment. We want to share some tips to help ensure that you provide your veterinarian with everything needed to give your kitten the best care and that you get the information you need about caring for her yourself. When does […]

Why Does My Dog Look Guilty?

Why Does My Dog Look Guilty?

Training

When your dog meets you at the door, head low with ears slicked back and eyes averted, is that a canine apology? Does your dog look guilty? The behaviors certainly mimic what humans associate with feeling shame or apology. Whether or not this accurately reflects the dog’s true feelings is open to debate. Not all […]

Beat Feline Boredom With 3 Fun Cat Games

Beat Feline Boredom With 3 Fun Cat Games

Exercise & Enrichment

Is your sofa arm shredded? Is the toilet paper off the roll and sprinkled like confetti on the bathroom floor? Are the items on your coffee table splattered across your living room floor? Ahem, your indoor cat is desperately trying to get your attention…and desperately trying to battle boredom. While studies show that indoor cats […]

Why Does My Cat Conduct “Gravity Experiments?” How Cats Play

Why Does My Cat Conduct “Gravity Experiments?” How Cats Play

Training

How cats play varies between kitties, but there are some techniques nearly all share. My cat Seren-Kitty played “gravity experiments,” knocking things off tables, until the past few years. At age 21, she’s finally slowed down, but before that Seren never had an off-switch and was a cat-play maniac from the moment she entered my […]

Your Puppy’s First Eye Exam

Your Puppy’s First Eye Exam

Kittens & Puppies

Puppies experience several medical evaluations in their young lives to make sure they are off to a happy, healthy start. One of the things you can expect your veterinarian to do is examine your puppy’s eyes. Why an eye exam? Sight is a vital part of any dog’s life, so it is important for a […]

Forgetful Feline? Your Cat May Have Cognitive Dysfunction

Forgetful Feline? Your Cat May Have Cognitive Dysfunction

Senior Pets

Does your geriatric cat prowl the house late at night, yowling mournfully or “get lost” behind the toilet tank? Instead of giving a happy mrrrp when you return home from work, does she look confused, as if she doesn’t recognize you? Although your cat may still be in good physical condition, she may have developed […]

Cat Talk: What Does “Elevator Butt” Mean?

Cat Talk: What Does “Elevator Butt” Mean?

Training

For cat lovers, one of the most common feline postures can be puzzling. We know that cats communicate not only with meows and purrs, but also with scent and body position. A comical posture of happy, healthy cats, something I call “elevator butt,” actually communicates different information depending on the cat. The pose looks similar […]