Category: Cat Care

Furbaby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Tips to Keep Pets Safe

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Winter tips to keep pets safe

Winter can be a dangerous time for pets. From plunging temperatures to toxic chemicals, there are extra perils to beware. Let’s face it – when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, you can give him a swift kick in the sleigh bells by cranking the heat. Pets don’t have it so easy, so here are a few winter tips to keep pets safe all season long.
1.       If it’s too nasty for you to be outside; it’s too nasty for your pet.  Domestic pets don’t have inherent mechanisms to protect them from the elements any more than we do.  …

Do You Suspect Your Pet Has Diabetes? 7 Warning Signs

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pet diabetes

 
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, one in every 200 cats, and one in every 400-500 dogs in the US are affected by diabetes. Similarly to diabetes in humans, pet diabetes can be managed with medication, diet and exercise. These 7 warning signs are commonly seen symptoms of diabetes. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
1. Increased Thirst
If your dog or cat suddenly cannot seem to drink enough water to quench its thirst, this may be an early warning sign of diabetes.
2. Increased Urination
Going hand…

2 How Regular Grooming Keeps Your Pet Healthy

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Cocker Spaniel dog getting bathed/Adopt & Shop/Found Animals

When was the last time you bathed?  Brushed your teeth?  (Speaking for the rest of humanity, I hope it was within the last twelve hours.)  What about your pet?  If you can’t remember the last time your dog got a bath or cat got a brushing, then your pet is overdue.  Whether you do it yourself or take your pet to a professional, here’s how regular grooming keeps your pet healthy, from top to tail.
Benefits of Grooming
Skin/Coat
 A fresh-smelling pet is nice, but it’s not the only reason to bathe and brush regularly.  Pets can pick up all…

Meet Our Groomer: Lisa

POSTED BY Estelle W. IN

Koda - Before and After

Adopt & Shop Culver City is excited to welcome a new groomer to our dedicated team of staff members.  Meet Lisa!
Lisa’s passion for animals is evident in everything she does. She has two rescue dogs of her own – Whoopie, a pit bull/Labrador mix; and Reggae, an American Stafford mix.  She has also worked with shelter animals, which is what drew her to Adopt & Shop’s mission of rescuing shelter dogs and cats. Lisa was a long-time volunteer with Westside German Shepherd Rescue, where she groomed adoptable dogs to keep them looking their best. When a former shelter pet…

Six Tips for a Safe 4th of July

POSTED BY Natasha D IN

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The Fourth of July is a time for fun with family, friends, food, and fireworks! Whether you’re out and about or staying in to celebrate America’s Independence, remember that the 4th tends to be more like a Halloween fright fest for our furry friends. In addition to just being frightened, many shelters report up to a 30% increase in lost pet intake during the holiday due to scared animals running away to escape fireworks.
Here are six tips to keep in mind this holiday weekend to keep your pets safe:

1. Make sure your pet has a quiet, safe place…

4 Kitten Foster Friday: Coley’s Story

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man kissing foster kitten

I used to have a very fast-paced career.  I worked in film, taught theater arts in a residency program, and I was a published playwright and author of several other projects.
All of this came to an abrupt stop when I was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease.  In and out of the hospital dozens of times, I found myself with way too much time on my hands.
When I was home bound for long periods, I often told my husband Rick that I wished there was a business that would bring you a basket of kittens that you could…

3 Killing Fleas Inside Your Home Using Traps

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Photo By Sarodeo / Flickr

We’ve written many a blog about dealing with fleas! And while the best course is to prevent fleas before they get a chance to infest your pet and home, that isn’t always an option. We know a lot of you care for stray cat colonies as well as take in lost dogs that you find out in the world, in danger and covered in fleas.
All sorts of situations can lead to a flea infestation in your home, yard and on your pet.  Getting rid of them can be difficult and expensive but they pose health risks to people and…

2 Kitten Foster Friday: Stephanie’s Story

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2 kittens napping in a cat tree

Guest post by Stephanie S.
It was about three years ago that I saw a picture of the world’s cutest kittens on Facebook and immediately fell in love. Now, if you’re like me, you see photos of kitties online all the time – you might even fall in love with each and every one of them. But this time it was different. This time it was a litter of six unweaned babies that a friend of mine was fostering with their mama. These kittens would be available for adoption when they reached the appropriate age and size. These kittens could…

4 Happy National Specially-Abled Pets Day!

POSTED BY Annie M IN

max the spaniel chasing leaves

This blog was co-authored by Annie M. and Estelle W.
National Specially-Abled Pets day is observed every year on May 3rd and was founded in 2006 by Animal Behaviorist and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. The goal of this holiday is to celebrate the animals who amaze us with how they cope with challenges brought on by birth flaws, disease or injuries. National Specially-Abled Pets Day also encourages potential adopters to consider adopting a special needs pet.
If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that people are really inspired by these animals! Watching them flourish in the face of…

Product Review: Comic Kitty Cat Bowl

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orange tabby drinking from comic kitty cat bowl

Like many of you, I find my pets adorable.  And ridiculous.  Their crazy animal antics keep me smiling, and remind me how grateful I am that they don’t have opposable thumbs.  There would be no stopping the silliness!
Thankfully, I found a cat bowl that is as entertaining as they are: the Comic Kitty cat bowl.

Filled with food, the Comic Kitty is a practical, cat-shaped kibble buffet.  It’s easy to clean (via sponge or, for us lazier humans, dishwasher), and very lightweight.  Unlike ceramic bowls of a similar thickness, it is quite resistant to chipping.  This is great news…