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Introducing Your New Cat to Existing Pets

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cat meeting a dog

Cats are territorial by nature and stress very easily so introducing your new cat to other cats or dogs must be done carefully.  If introductions are done improperly, it can be traumatizing or potentially dangerous.  Follow these tips to introduce your new cat to your existing pets.

If you haven’t yet, take a moment to read our article about the basics of bringing home your new cat. 
Keep your new cat separate from the other pets in a quiet, small to medium sized room for the first 7-10 days.
Allow the animals time to learn each others’ scents by:
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9 Home Cooking for your Cat

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tabby cat showing teeth

A couple of years ago we blogged about home cooking for your dog. Since then, a number of us have started making dog food at home with great results. We received a lot of comments from other pet owners who do the same, or are interested in feeding or supplementing with homemade whole food. We have seen homemade food work wonders in the skin allergy department, and the difference in coat health and energy level is almost immediate.
But what about cats? Take a look inside your cat’s mouth and you will see there are no plant eating teeth in…

6 How to Read a Pet Food Label

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Westie with a carrot

Reading cat and dog food labels is confusing and tricky.  Are you sure you are feeding your pet the healthiest and most nutritious food money can buy?  I’m still trying to figure that out for myself and my westie, Yuki, but here are some facts I’ve learned along the way about production and labeling regulations.
Who’s in charge?
Pet food is regulated both federally and at the state level with standards determined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  The AAFCO is responsible for establishing nutritional standards for each species and lifestage (ex: X% of protein for a…

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,…

4 BAD EATS: Holiday Pet Food Safety Tips

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BAD EATS: Holiday Pet Food Safety Tips

With the holidays come holiday dinners, which can spell disaster for your pet if they ingest something that can be toxic or harmful to them.
For dogs, rich, fatty foods, such as scraps of fat from the Thanksgiving turkey, gravy or grease, can cause a sudden onset of pancreatitis, which occurs when the pancreas floods the body with digestive enzymes that begin to inflame and deteriorate surrounding organs.  This can result in pain, vomiting, and dehydration, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.  Often hospitalization is required for treatment.  A dog who is suffering from pancreatitis may adopt a…

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…

9 ‘Pet Flipping’: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

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cavalier king charles spaniel tied up

If you keep up with pet news at all, you have likely heard about the crummy new trend in the animal theft underworld called ‘pet flipping.’  Pet flipping occurs when a bad guy steals a pet and then sells it to turn a quick profit.  The pet can be stolen from a backyard, or fraudulently claimed in response to a Good Samaritan’s “Found Pet” post in the newspaper or on Craigslist.
Primarily, dogs are the target of pet flippers, and the dogs stolen most often are those that look like “purebreds.”  In some cases, if the dog is not spayed…

Sun Protection for Cats

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cat lying in the sun in a window

Cats love napping in the sun but too much sunlight can actually be harmful.  Cats, in particular those with white or light colored fur, short fur or no fur, who spend a lot of time in the sun, are at risk for skin cancer.

Skin cancer in cats is rare, but when cats do get skin cancer approximately 50-65% are malignant.  Not all of these cancers are caused by sun exposure, but excessive sun exposure is recognized as a contributing factor.  Cats, like people, will burn when they have been in the sun too long without protection.  Look for redness…

Tips for Feeding Your Adult Cats

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garfield on a lasagna

The most famous and popular lasagna-eating cat in the world is Garfield.  Jim Davis gave birth to this cartoon character in an Italian restaurant in 1978. He brilliantly created a lovable feline with many human traits and faults. Garfield’s laziness, obsessive pasta eating, hatred of Mondays and diets made him funny and relatable.  Garfield helped popularize July 29th as National Lasagna Day. The problem is that if our cats eat pasta or too many carbs, it is no laughing matter and can cause serious health problems.
Tips for Feeding Your Adult Cats
1.    Cats are Carnivores
The natural diet of…

Product Review: PetLife Organic Ecoshield for Dog & Cat

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Product Review: PetLife Organics Ecoshield for Dog & Cat

I recently fostered a kitten and then fell so in love, I had to adopt him.  I was so excited because this was the first time I would have a pet I could call my very own.  I fostered him at my apartment for a few months.  Then, when he was big enough, he went to the clinic to get neutered.  So excited, I picked him up from the clinic and brought him home. On the way home, I saw a flea on him, and I remember thinking, “It’s just one flea.  No big deal.”  Boy, was I wrong!  That…