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Is Your Cat Licking Herself Too Much?

December 01, 2020

If you own a cat, you’ll notice that she licks herself frequently. Cats spend a lot of time grooming themselves by licking, so this behavior in and of itself isn’t abnormal. But it’s possible for a cat to lick herself too much—this is known in the veterinary world as overgrooming. Read on to find out more from your local veterinarian.  What Counts as Overgrooming? Since cats spend somewhere between 25 and 50 percent of their … Read More »

Why Do Cats Like to Sleep So Much?

November 01, 2020

Cats come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and personalities, but they share one thing in common: they love sleeping. In fact, cats sleep on average around 15 hours per day, and can even sleep up to 20 hours in a single 24-hour period. That’s a lot of slumber for your feline friend! You might wonder why your cat rests so much—read on to find out more about your cat’s sleeping habits. Why Cats Sleep … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care

What to Make of Your Dog’s Howling

September 01, 2020

Have you ever heard your dog howl? It’s something that many of our canine friends do, especially certain breeds like Beagles, Bloodhounds, Coonhounds, Foxhounds, Alaskan Malamutes, Dachshunds, and Huskies. But what’s behind this unique behavior? Read on to learn more about your dog’s howling and whether or not it’s a cause for concern. When Howling is Normal Your dog’s ancient ancestor, the wild wolf, used howling as a way of communicating with other pack members … Read More »

How to Introduce Two Dogs

April 15, 2020

At some point or another, your dog will almost certainly meet another dog. It might be because you’re adopting a second pup to add to your family, or simply because you’re passing another dog during a walk. But in either case, you’ll want to know how to introduce two dogs properly so that everything goes smoothly. Here are a few guidelines: Take Things Slow Rule number one: take it slow. Tossing two dogs together and … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Dog Care

Dog Training Mistakes

January 01, 2020

January is National Train Your Dog Month! Of course, Fido’s education is important all year long. Training is really what makes the difference between your pooch being a ‘Good dog’ and being, well, a bit unruly. Here, a vet lists some common dog training mistakes. Inconsistency There are many schools of thought when it comes to dog training. You can opt to go with clicker training, or stick to more basic options. Each method has … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Dog Care

Helping Cats and Toddlers Get Along

October 15, 2019

Do you have both a toddler and a cat? Kids and cats are a super cute combination! Kitties can form strong bonds with children. They also make great cuddle buddies and playmates. However, cats and toddlers don’t always understand each other very well, which can lead to friction. Here, a vet discusses helping cats and toddlers become friends. Warning Signs When it comes to kitties and toddlers, one common fear is that Fluffy will scratch … Read More »

Your Cat’s Body Language

July 01, 2019

If you own a cat, you know that they can sometimes be a bit aloof. One of the best ways to tell what your cat might be thinking or feeling is by studying their body language. While it’s not an exact science, there are a few traits common across most cats that are good indicators of your feline friend’s mood. Learn more below: The Tail Experts agree: your cat’s tail is one of the best … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care

Teaching Your Puppy His Name

February 01, 2019

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy or plan on getting one soon, one of the first orders of business will be teaching young Fido his name. It’s the foundation of your relationship and the starting point for all other training. Use the following tips to successfully teach your puppy his name: Choosing a Name First, set yourself up for success by choosing a great name for your pup. Try to pick a name with two … Read More »

Adorable Things Your Cat Will Do This Year

January 01, 2019

Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2018 and usher in 2019, many of us are wondering what the next 12 months will bring. While we can’t really make predictions on what turns current events will take, we do have a pretty good idea about what some of our feline patients will be up to. Read on as a local vet lists some super cute things your cat will do this year. Sleep Through … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care

Chattiest Cat Breeds

November 15, 2018

Does your kitty reply when you talk to her? Or does Fluffy only speak up when she wants dinner or attention? Some of our feline pals are quite the little chatterboxes! While every cat is unique, breed does play a large role in kitty personality traits, such as vocalizations and energy levels. Read on as a vet lists some of the most talkative cat breeds. Siamese Siamese cats are very outspoken, if you please. They … Read More »

Posted in Behavior, Cat Care

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