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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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Chatting with the cat: What would your cat ask you if they could?

January 22nd is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! In celebration of this feline holiday, the Dog Dish writers asked one of our staff kitties, Lulu Kitty, to sit down for an interview with us (between naps of course), and ask us some of the more pressing questions she has about life as the world’s most pampered house cat.

Dog Dish: Hi Lulu Kitty. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.

Lulu Kitty: (yawning) You’re welcome. I’m glad I have the chance to ask about a few things that have been bugging me.

First of all, why in the world do I get yelled at for getting on the kitchen counters or on the fridge? Don’t you know I like to be up high so I can survey my domain?

DD: We know you are curious, but we like to keep things tidy in the kitchen, and kitty paws and hair on the counters where we make our food are not a good combination. We also don’t want you to fall and hurt yourself.

LK: Well, If you don’t want me up there, maybe you should consider getting me a cat tree so that I have places to climb and be up high. Cat trees also have great napping spots ☺

LK: Let’s talk about food. Why don’t you feed me whenever I ask or, better yet, why don’t you just keep my food bowl full all the time? You would get to sleep without my paws on your face and I would get to eat whenever I wanted – it’s a win-win!

DD: My dear Lulu, if we fed you as often as you think you need to eat, you would get fat. Kitties who are overweight are more prone to diseases like diabetes or joint problems. We have to feed you only a set amount of food each day in order to keep you healthy. We aren’t doing it to be mean, we promise!

LK: Why do you get so upset when I poop somewhere other than my litter box? Like the closet or under your bed for example?

DD: We get upset because it’s yucky and these are not fun “surprises” to find, especially if we step in them! You have a litter box for a reason.

LK: Have you seen my litter box? It’s a mess! Plus, I have to share it AND it’s in the middle of a busy room. I like things tidy too and would love to have more privacy. Maybe then there would be fewer “surprises”.

LK: On the subject of “surprises”, why do you keep bringing strangers into my house?

DD: They aren’t strangers, they are our friends. They aren’t going to hurt you. When they see you, they just want to pet you and say hello. I don’t understand why you get so freaked out and hiss at them when they try to hold you.

LK: They aren’t MY friends! Can you please just tell them to let me come to them on my own time? When they try to touch me and hold me before I have had a chance to greet/ sniff them, it makes me very nervous and when I get nervous, I may hiss or scratch. I’m a cat, it’s what I do.

DD: Understood. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Lulu. I can tell from your yawning that you must be tired and ready for a nap.

LK: I’m exhausted from all of this talking Can I have some extra food before I go lie down?

DD: No. Nice try though.

LK: Thought it was worth a shot. See ya later.

Tags: Cats, Cute, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet behavior, Pet health, Pet info, Pets, Tips

“We’re going where?!” How to help your cat deal with the stress of a visit to the vet

Anyone who is owned by a cat knows that cats are very opinionated about going to the vet’s office. Unfortunately, cats can be really good about hiding signs of illness so routine veterinary visits are an important part of making sure your kitty stays healthy.

The good news is that the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has developed some guidelines which pet owners can use to reduce the stress associated with going to the vet. Some of these tips include:

Make the carrier a “safe place”

  • You may have already noticed that your cat begins to feel anxious the minute the carrier comes out of the closet. This is why behaviorists actually recommend leaving it out in a common room where the cat sees it all the time and is used to it. Placing cat nip, toys, and some bedding with your scent on it in the carrier will also make it a more welcoming place.
  • Remember that getting accustomed to the carrier in this way takes days to weeks.


Choose the right carrier

  • A hard-sided carrier that opens from the front and the top is best. Removing the cat from the top of the carrier once at the vets office is much easier (and less stressful) than pulling him or her out of the front or unceremoniously dumping them on the exam table.
  • These carriers are also easier to secure with a seatbelt in the car for the ride to and from the office.

Consider using feline facial hormone sprays

  • Commercially available feline hormone sprays can be helpful in decreasing anxiety in cats. These products can be sprayed on the carrier at least 30 minutes prior to placing the cat in the carrier for transport.

Cover the carrier

  • At the vet’s office, consider keeping the carrier covered with a light towel or sheet so that it is a little darker and quieter for your cat. Less stimuli may help decrease nervousness.
  • If you can, keep the carrier off the ground where it is more likely to be jostled or sniffed by a curious dog.


Reintegrate slowly

  • Coming home from the office can sometimes be stressful as well if there are other cats in the house. The other cats may they may think that the returning cat “smells funny” which can create tension among the cats. Depending on how the cats are reacting, it may be a good idea to let the returning cat be alone in a separate room for a few hours.

A trip to the veterinarian’s office can be stressful but, with a little planning and patience, you can make the experience a much more pleasant one for both you and your feline friend. For a list of Best Friends veterinarians click here.

Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, Pet advice, Pet behavior, Pet info, Tips

Ask The Vet- Chocolate Dangers for Dogs

With Valentine’s Day comes an abundance of chocolate (hopefully)! While these sweet treats are a delight for us, they are not at all good for our furry family members. Chocolate contains caffeine as well as a compound known as theobromine which can cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate, tremors, and even death if ingested in large quantities. Baker’s chocolate or any kind of dark chocolate are the most concerning since these have the highest level of toxicity.

Sugar-free treats (even those without chocolate) can also pose a danger. Some candies, gum, or baked goods that are labeled as sugar-free may contain a sugar substitute called xylitol. This product can cause significant drops in blood sugar and even acute liver failure. Be sure to read the labels of these products and keep them out of your pets reach.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these items, please seek veterinary care right away.

Tags: Ask the Vet, Dog safety, Dogs, Health, Holidays, Pet advice, Pet health, Pet info, Pets, Safety, Tips
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