Tips for Choosing a Pet-Friendly Roommate By Robert Lanterman, The Catnip Times Roommates can be great and they can also be a challenge. If you’ve ever had a roommate and a pet, you may have experienced the struggle of living with someone who isn’t quite as pet-savvy as you. Their lack of sophistication with pets doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t like pets, and it may just mean they’re inexperienced in being a caretaker. [...]
Marking is something dogs do to let other dogs know that they’ve been in a particular spot and that it’s now their spot. They may mark lots of things around the house with small amounts of urine. For dogs, this is a perfectly good way to establish ownership, but it is not something...
Dogs are not trying to dominate the world with behaviors that we humans think of as bossy. They don’t plot, hold grudges, or get angry. Your dog is simply trying to do what it takes to get what he wants – attention, food, toys, or to relieve his bladder for instance.
How to Care for a Long-haired Cat By Dana Mack, The Catnip Times If you can cite mini tumbleweeds of fur rolling across your feet as a common occurrence, you’re probably the owner of a long-haired cat. They’re beautiful (and they know it), but seriously, you’ve had to apologize to guests one too many times for finding fur in their food. You might not think of cats’ grooming needs as anything beyond a good [...]
Reunited in Tennessee When Jake the Australian Shepherd disappeared from his backyard one day in June his owner, Lisa C. from Idaho, immediately began her search for him. Unbeknownst to her, Jake was now in the possession of a hitchhiker who had changed out Jake’s collar tags with new contact information. A truck driver later picked up the pair and Jake’s cross-country road trip from Idaho ended in Memphis, Tennessee -- [...]
Weather Winter Walking January is National Walk Your Dog Month. Follow our temperature guide for tips on how to best weather cold winter walks together this season. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet! Cold Weather Walking Tips Limit walks to 15 minutes if it is below 20 degrees, being mindful of your dog’s coat type. Keep your pet's toe hair clipped to keep ice from accumulating in between [...]
Tips to Help Cats Stay Warm in Winter By Kristi Davis, Pet Wellness Advisor, The Catnip Times Cats have remarkable survival skills. Over thousands and thousands of years, cats in the wild developed skills that have enabled them to not just survive, but to thrive. From desert plains to wild forests, rural backwoods to urban centers, they seem to find a way. Sometimes, however, they need a little help from their humans, especially in [...]
At some point, no matter how diligent you are, your puppy or dog will have a housetraining accident. We all get distracted sometimes or fail to take them outside often enough. How should you clean it up? Is it okay for the puppy to see you clean it up? Should you scold him?
During the holidays, there is a lot more visiting, and guests are likely to include friends’ and families’’ dogs. We have tips to help things go more smoothly for the canine and human family members when new dogs arrive at your home. Keep in mind that when dogs meet other dogs...
Cats are often stereotyped as “independent” and some people adopt cats because “they can take care of themselves.” This just isn’t true. They depend on us to for food, shelter, medical care and love. Oftentimes, people will say [...]