Category: Expert Advice

How to Bathe a Cat

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How to Bathe a Cat

One of the things we love about cats is how incredibly and obsessively clean they are.  After a satisfying meal, a cat will clean itself meticulously from the tip of her tail to the top of her head with her little sand-paper tongue.  Bathing your cat is not something that is typically needed, but there may be times when she does need some extra cleaning.  If she’s an older cat, or if she’s gotten into some messy substances, you may indeed find yourself faced with the task of giving your cat a bath.

A lot of cats don’t like water,…

Making Your New Adult Dog Feel at Home

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Bringing home an adult dog from a shelter is an exciting time with some unique challenges.  Shelter dogs come from all backgrounds.  From dogs who were lost, to dogs given up for behavior issues, or because the owner was unwilling or unable to provide adequate care.  Consequently, dogs entering a new home may not behave the way you might expect “adult” dogs to act.

Housebreaking Issues with Adult Dogs
A dog who has not had a structured home environment may have no idea that your house doesn’t play double duty as a toilet.  Until they prove otherwise, it’s generally a…

How to Prepare for Your New Cat’s First Few Days

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Pick a small, quiet room for your cat to stay in for the first 7-14 days.
A bedroom is perfect.  Your cat has likely been living in a confined space while he has been at the animal shelter.  Opening up an entire home can be overwhelming to your new cat.  Some cats will adjust faster than others, so adjust to your cat’s temperament.  Do not be alarmed if the cat is less affectionate, eats and drinks less, hides, or even acts somewhat aggressive when you first bring him home – he is simply stressed.  Give him time to get used…

Two Cats are Better Than One

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Myth : Cats are loners.
Fact : Cats are highly social creatures and are (usually) happiest when living with other cats.
Whether you are looking to adopt an adult cat or a kitten, adopting two at the same time is actually easier on you, as well as for the cats.  They will look out for each other, play together, and keep each other company when you are busy or away from home.

Adopting Two Will Be Better for You:

  • Emotional Well Being: Cats and kittens who are home alone all day can develop bad habits, largely out of boredom.  They

Is My Cat Overweight?

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Is My Cat Overweight?

How can you tell if your cat is overweight?  Like most pet owners, we can be somewhat in denial over the dietary habits of our furry friends.  You may not even think that your kitty is overweight until your friends come over and tell you that they are afraid to sit on the couch with a Yeti.  Because we spend so much time with our animals, it is often difficult to tell if your cat is, in fact, a “fatty.”  Because indoor cats don’t get as much exercise as outdoor cats, and because cat owners tend to “free feed;” that…

Kennel Cough

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We always recommend and stress the importance of adopting your next pet from an animal shelter or rescue as opposed to buying from a breeder, online or from a pet store.  By adopting a pet, you play a crucial role in helping lower the number of animals euthanized for lack of space in our shelters. Quite literally, you save a life.
We try to debunk animal shelter myths and highlight successful adoption stories, but it’s a big decision to adopt an animal and a lot of animals are returned due to a range of circumstances, one of them being what…

Pet Disaster Planning: Every Lost Pet Deserves to Be Found

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Disasters frequently displace hundreds of pets from their families, and the number one reason they are never found is lack of permanent identification. The Found Animals Registry was born after the horrific sights of lost pets being rescued from raging waters and rooftops during Hurricane Katrina.  Sadly, the pet identification crisis is still a reality; after Super Storm Sandy, only 1 in 10 rescued pets were microchipped3.  Disaster preparation and planning are the best ways to keep your pets safe and Found Animals has a disaster preparedness checklist to assist you.

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
GET PREPARED
1. Provide…

Cats and Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) – The “Kitty Cold”

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Cats and Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) – The “Kitty Cold”

Since the shelter environment is stressful for cats and because cats are kept in such close quarters while in the shelter, it is common for cats in the shelter to contract feline upper respiratory infections (URIs).  Furthermore, since the transition into a new home can also be stressful, cats who are healthy at the shelter may begin to show symptoms of URI when they are first moved to a new home.  If you notice your new cat sneezing excessively or discharge from his eyes or nose, it is likely your cat has URI.

URI is also called the “Kitty Cold”…

Understanding Normal Dog Behavior

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Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Colleen Pelar, clarifies some common misconceptions and shares some important information about your dog’s “bad” behavior.

Most “bad” behavior is actually normal dog behavior.  Barking, digging, chewing, pulling on the leash – these are things that dogs do, and it’s our job as responsible pet owners to mitigate these “problems.”  Colleen’s four cures are exercise, mind games, management, and training. If your dog digs, exercise him more.  If he likes to chew, make sure he has plenty of chew toys.  If he pulls on the leash, try using a no-pull harness.  This seems like…

9 Dog Bite Prevention Week: What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

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May 19th is the beginning of Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we’d like to take this opportunity to add onto our dog bite prevention blog from last year and update some statistics. Getting bitten by a dog is probably not something you think about ordinarily. But, in reality, dog bites occur more frequently than you may believe, and in some cases, they are fatal.
When we look to our friends and family, I’m sure that we all know at least one person who has experienced a dog bite, or at least, has encountered an aggressive dog. While it is up…