Category: Expert Advice

Diet: Feeding Your Feline

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Change Your Cat’s Diet Slowly
Most cats will adjust in time.  We suggest feeding your cat the same food that he was eating while at the shelter.  Changing a cat’s diet suddenly can result in loss of appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea.  If you want to change the type of food to something different, change his diet gradually after he has begun to eat regularly.  Begin by mixing in a small amount of your new food with the food your cat was eating at the shelter.  Each day, increase the amount of your new food and decrease the amount of shelter…

2 Ask the Experts: Puppy Biting Problem

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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.

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I found your website. I guess you could say I am searching for answers. I have a 8 month old goldendoodle. She was without litter mates. She was taken from her mother at 7 weeks. We bought her from a pet store that had her for 1 week prior to us buying her. She has always exhibited fear of everything around her. She has always…

77 Cat Chat: How Old is My Cat?

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It can be difficult to tell how old your cat is if you haven’t had him since birth.  I adopted a cat and was told he was 3 years old, but after spending about a year with him, I think he was closer to 8 years old.  His age was not a determining factor in his adoption luckily! It is helpful to know roughly how old your kitty is so you can provide better age appropriate care. Your veterinarian can approximate your cat’s age based on tests of his blood and organs, but here is a little guide for the…

Biting the Hand that Feeds: Possessive Aggression in Dogs

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Many dog owners are startled when their loving pet starts to growl or even bite when they try to take away a cherished toy or bowl of food. The behavioral term for this is possessive aggression and it is very common dog aggression behavior. Control of important resources is somewhat normal in dogs, but possessive aggression exceeds the tolerated limits of this behavior.
Dogs that have lived as strays or were allowed to roam free may develop possessive aggression as a means of survival. Lack of appropriate training of puppies, that show these traits, can reinforce their possessive behavior, and…

Dogs and Destructive Chewing

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Much like how your dog uses his sense of smell and hearing, dogs have an innate desire to chew in order to better understand the world around them.  Unfortunately, this behavior is not really acceptable to us humans because it is usually destructive to our possessions and property.  In order to manage this normal behavior, here are some tips you should follow:

  •  Do not punish your dog for destructive chewing behavior.  Unless you catch him in the act, it is not effective and can worsen the situation.
  •  If you do not want your dog to chew and destroy an item,

8 5 Common Dog Behaviors Decoded

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As dog owners, we become tuned in to our dog’s behavior. Every dog has their own little quirk and way of expressing themselves. Even though every dog has their own unique personality, there are certain dog behaviors that are ingrained in them biologically.
Here are five common dog behaviors we’ve seen dogs act out and their causes:
Kicking up grass after pooping:
I had always figured it was a dominance thing, but I was surprised to learn that dogs have scent glands in their paws’ pads. So when they are done using the bathroom, scratching the ground with their paws…

4 Goodness, Gracious, Great Hairballs of Fire!

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Let’s have a quick chat about hairballs, because if you have a cat, chances are you’ll have to deal with them at some point. Unlike sea lions, yes sea lions…cats have a gag reflex. That’s apparent by the number of times I am asked by cat owners how to prevent or pass them.  What is a hairball?  A hairball is a wet, sticky, ball of hair that has been regurgitated by the cat.  A hairball is simply an accumulation of cat fur that is not able to pass through the digestive system and instead gets trapped in the cat’s stomach.…

48 Cat Allergies & Workable Solutions!

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Let’s face it people, cat allergies are a fact of life. Cat owners are all too familiar with the social awkwardness that can be created when entertaining friends or family that have allergies inside your cat-filled home. That said, it is still possible to have your feline friends coexist with your feline-allergic friends and yes, they can even become buddies! With a little bit of research and a few handy products, allergies do not have to dictate your social life.
The first stop on your anti-allergy shopping spree should be over-the-counter medication. There are many brands and delivery methods out…

Cat Training Using Positive Reinforcement

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It is much more effective to teach your cat what he CAN do rather than what he CAN’T do.  Cat training using positive reinforcement is the best way to train your cat.

Positive reinforcement can be treats, praise, petting, or even playtime with a favorite toy.  Correct timing and consistency are vital in positive reinforcement.  The positive reinforcement must come immediately after the act in order for your cat to make the proper associations between the reward and the act.  Everyone in the home must be consistent in what behaviors are being praised so that there is no confusion of…

Dogs and Destructive Chewing

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It’s a common problem all dog owners face: dog chewing.  Dogs love to chew, it’s a normal dog behavior and yet, we’re always frustrated when we come home to discover that (insert very expensive item here) has been gnawed on or ripped to soggy shreds. What can we do to train our dogs to stop chewing?

Before you can figure out how to stop dog chewing problems, you need to find out what’s causing it. Some of the most common causes for dog chewing are: boredom, fear, separation anxiety, and attention seeking.
Your dog might be bored if he’s left…