Cat Up A Tree? How To Get Him Safely Down

Cat Up A Tree? How To Get Him Safely Down

Behavior & Training

Increasingly people are keeping cats indoors only. More than 65 percent of the feline population never goes outside, according to the American Pet Products Association. But that still leaves millions of cats who go outdoors, and cats being cats, some will climb trees in search of the highest vantage point in the neighborhood, to escape […]

Puppy Proofing Reduces Stress For Pets, People

Puppy Proofing Reduces Stress For Pets, People

Behavior & Training

Last fall, my husband and I lost our 11-year-old German Shepherd Magical-Dawg in September, and Seren-Kitty in December just shy of her 22nd birthday. The sadness ambushed our emotions for weeks and months. It also haunted Karma-Kat, and he slept with Magic’s collar for a week between bouts of crying, increased clawing, and other attention-seeking […]

Nose It All: How Cats Communicate With The Nose

Nose It All: How Cats Communicate With The Nose

Behavior & Training

The feline nose is the cute-as-a-button spot we love to “boop” and is of course responsible for the sense of smell, but a cat’s nose is also an important part of feline communication. Besides sniffing out food or danger, one of the most important tasks it performs is to help cats feel comfortable with humans. […]

The Making of a Therapy Cat

The Making of a Therapy Cat

Exercise & Enrichment

Outgoing. Confident. Friendly. Those three words size up Casey, my four-year-old orange tabby. I often say that Casey has yet to meet a stranger or feel as if he is in a strange place. But even though Casey assists me in our veterinarian-approved pet first aid/CPR classes and travels nicely inside his carrier on road […]

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Behavior & Training

While the pet dog is snoozing on the couch after a meal, a walk, and a game of fetch, the service dog is on duty. She is always ready to work, even in the middle of night. Because of the nature of the work — looking for something amiss, something dangerous — these working dogs […]