Meeting Your Cat’s Needs Can Reduce Destructive Feline Behaviors

Some cat owners hit the lottery with their cats. They are peaceful, loving, and agreeable when it comes to demanding the perfect balance of food and attention. Other cat owners wonder what they’re doing wrong when they see messes outside the litter box, shredded toilet paper, and couch cushions with claw marks all over them. The differences between certain feline behaviors can hinge on ensuring that all of their environmental needs are met.

Expressing Themselves

Contrary to popular belief, cats are incredibly social animals. Although they may prefer living with littermates, most cats are capable of coexisting with other pets and enjoy the company of their human family members.

Cats are also quite territorial, which can cause problems in some homes. With their highly developed senses of hearing and smell, cats can anticipate threats, and will fight tooth and claw to defend their territories. While it can sometimes be difficult to determine signs of stress or pain in cats, they do employ obvious responses to territorial threats, like hissing, yowling, puffing up, and tail thrashing.

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It’s a Big World: Why Puppy Socialization is Important

Andro_iStock_000062813774_LargeCongratulations on your new canine addition! You’ve got your hands full, and we’re not just talking about wellness visits, vaccinations, or spaying/neutering. We’re referring to the importance of properly introducing your wide-eyed pup to the great big world.

Learning about other people, pets, noises, and crowds can be extremely overwhelming. If not learned in a supportive, calm, and patient manner, your new puppy could develop unnecessary aversions. Start your pet off on the right paw with our special tips for puppy socialization. Continue…

Calming Your Pet’s Fear of the Vet: Crate Training Cats

Frightened white cat in a cage at vet's office.Taking your cat to the vet’s office may be low on your list of enjoyable activities. First there is the struggle to get kitty into his or her carrier, and then the car ride to the vet with a yowling cat, followed by the ordeal of the actual office visit. It’s no wonder that, although cats are the most popular pet in the U.S., they are more likely to miss out on regular wellness exams than dogs.

Besides choosing a top-notch veterinary practice (ahem), one of the biggest factors is helping your cat overcome his or her fear of the vet is crate training. By crate training your cat ahead of time, you can greatly reduce the level of anxiety that is normally associated with a trip to the vet. Continue…

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Rolling out the Welcome Mat for an Under-served Pet Population

Cats Rule!

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It’s a question that has been asked for many years: Are you a dog person, or are you a cat person? If pet ownership is any indication of allegiance, then the public has clearly spoken.  Cats are the pet of choice, making up the greater number of home companion animals.  It is apparent that more people are realizing what great pets cats can be. Continue…