Why Does My Cat Strain in the Litter box? Our question this week was: Hi Doctor, I was hoping you could help clarify some questions I have about bladder infections. Recently my 2-year-old cat has been "straining," I can't tell if it's number 1 or number 2, but he started having accidents of both around the same time the straining started.
Category Pet behavior training
Common Reasons Cats Don't Use the Litter Box Does your cat sometimes urinate OUTSIDE the litter box? It's a common problem with cats. In fact, it's something my subscribers ask me about all the time. Inappropriate urination is one of the most common reasons house cats are relinquished to shelters or “put outside”.
Our question this week was: I have two cats that I adore and have tried MANY times to have them sleep in my room with me. I am gone 12 hours a day for work and felt that this one of our only times to “bond”. However, I am an extremely light sleeper and wake up constantly when they are in there. I have been putting them in the bathroom to sleep at night with their big beds and blankets.
Our question this week was: Doctor, I have a very serious question. I have an 8-month-old GSD puppy from working lines. Even as a 2-month-puppy he always took an interest in my cats. At first he would try to lick them and sniff, much to their dismay, they did NOT like him within 5 feet of them. One particular cat is very small and we recently had snow over Easter.
Our question this week was: We got a Bichon Frise from our kids for our 50th anniversary 3 years ago. We love her very much and take her to the vet for everything. But she keeps on scratching, biting and mutilating herself until she bleeds, we have tried different foods they work fine for 3 weeks then she starts all over again.
It's not uncommon for cats to urinate in inappropriate areas outside their litter box. This behavior is sometimes called “spraying” and it's usually associated with male cats. But readers and clients often ask: is it possible for female cats to spray too? To answer this question, consider that cats are territorial by nature.
Our question this week was: Doctor - I have 5 cats, two are brothers that are 11 years old, and two are brothers that are 4 years old and one female longhaired beauty. With 5 cats I clean up a lot of vomit, some I can tell are from hairballs but one of my 4-year-old brothers (Squirty) vomits a lot after eating.
Our question this week was: Doctor - I have a 5-year-old male and 3-year-old female cat. My mother-in-law didn't desex her cat and she now has kittens. I was going to take one from her but she only has males do you think this will upset my male cat he hates other strange cats? I don't want to make him feel like he's not boss anymore.
Our question this week was: Doctor, Izzy is the newest member of our family who was a stray cat that wandered into our back yard. He has a fantastic personality who loves to play. Izzy will let us hold him when we found him and surprisingly did not try to claw or bite. We never found his owner so Izzy just moved in.
Our question this week was: I hope you don't mind me imposing on your expertise, but I'm about at the end of my rope here and aside from the vet, you're the only ones I can think of who might have the knowledge to provide an answer to my question. I need to know if there is anything I can do about the excessive vocalizing by my cat, Ebony.
It's that time again - time to put the new school supplies in the new backpacks and send your children back to school. You know school is important for your children; how else would they learn? But as you grapple with your dog, as you're tugged around the neighborhood at the other end of his leash, or as you spend even more time trying to keep him from jumping on your guests, maybe you should consider sending your pet to “school,” too.
Owner's Testosterone Levels & Stress and Abuse to Dogs By investigating the connection between hormonal levels in people and their animals, psychology researchers at the University of Texas at Austin may be able to provide hormonal clues into who has the potential to abuse their dogs and how this abuse might be prevented.
Daily Schedule If you could give your cat the schedule he or she wants, what would it be? What schedule would make a cat the happiest? In this article, we will try to answer that by helping you understand the way cats like to eat, sleep, play and live! Sleep - Cats LOVE to sleep. Cats sleep more than people but wake much more frequently.
Cat Litter Box Liners - Vet's Advice on Litter Pan Liners Scooping and cleaning the litter box is one of the least favorite tasks of cat lovers. Some cat lovers use litter box liners (also known as litter pan liners) to help keep the box clean. Let's start with the basics. What are litter box liners?
The Impact of Economic Euthanasia in Cats Ideally, the decision to euthanize a cat would be made after many years of happy life with every party feeling they have done all they could and they have given their pet the longest, happiest life possible. But what happens if you simply do not have the means to treat your pet for a long-term or costly illness?
Slobbery kisses, a nose stuck in unwelcome places, jumping, barking…these are less than ideal habits you might expect to experience as a houseguest when you visit a family with a dog. What about cats? Do all cats naturally have appropriate etiquette toward their visitor? What is proper feline behavior when you have company?
There are more than 6.4 million households that include parrots in the United States and the majority of these long-lived birds will have seven different homes in their 30-60 year lifetime. The number of unwanted parrots is reaching crisis numbers. Parrot owners need help and guidance. Parrots are wild animals and unlike their domestic household counterparts-cats and dogs-parrots are difficult creatures to understand and manage.
Who's the brightest of them all? Ocean dwellers in the know will tell you it's the many species of "glow-in-the-dark" fish that inhabit the deepest depths of the ocean. Most fish that live in the deepest depths are able to give off their own glow, a process called bioluminescence . In fact, in the sea, bioluminescence is everywhere - in fish, sea slugs, squid, jellyfish and many other deep-sea dwellers.
A top avian veterinarian has fitted a badly-maimed cockatoo with prosthetic legs, saving the bird's life and allowing her to walk again. In an unusual procedure of his own invention, Dr. Don Harris fashioned new legs for Candy, a leadbeater cockatoo that had been viciously attacked by her mate, another cockatoo that shared her cage in her human family's home in Fort Myers, Fla.
Most people are aware that dogs live around 8 to 12 years and cats live about 12 to 14 years. But what about fish? When most people decide to add fish to their home, life expectancy is usually not considered. Though not much is known about life expectancy in wild fish, with proper care, captive fish can live for several years.
People have been keeping aquariums as far back as 2500 B.C. The Sumerians, the ancient people of Mesopotamia, have been identified as the worlds earliest fish keepers. Fish keeping in those times served a practical purpose: they were kept in small ponds to serve as a ready food source. The rich land and waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers offered an abundant supply of fish as a renewable resource.