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Troubleshooting tips to help a cat enjoy petting

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Q: We have a pretty tabby we named Tin Tin. She started coming around to my garden a few years ago. We started feeding her outdoors and then she was ours. However, she will not allow being touched and doesn't purr. How can we entice her to allow human touch? She likes companionship and follows me wherever I go. We started giving her treats, ...Read more

My Pet World: Try to take the dog's point of view when teaching it to be house broken

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Q: I purchased a puppy a couple of months ago that was 10 weeks old. I have been trying to house break her ever since then. She is a Chihuahua crossed with a Dachshund and weighs 5 pounds. I must take her outside at least 15 to 20 times a day. What happened recently makes me question if she will ever get trained: I noticed she peed in her bed. ...Read more

My Pet World: What does it mean when a dog licks you?

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Q: I have a 6-year-old golden doodle, Sophie, the most wonderful, loving pet. My problem (if you can call it a problem) is her continually licking my face when she is sitting near me. Does it have a meaning or is it only a reaction to what I had taught her previously? I would love to know if it is love or a game for her, or does it have any ...Read more

My Pet World: Does diet and ice cubes affect a dogs teeth?

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Q: I was very interested in your recent comments on canned vs. dry food. We feed our 7-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel canned food in the morning and dry food in the evening. He also loves to chew on ice cubes. He has had several teeth removed due to decay found during his semi-annual dental checkups. Admittedly, we rarely brush his teeth...Read more

My Pet World: The myth of owning a Siberian husky

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Q: My son loves wolves and he wants to get a Siberian husky but I heard that since they look like wolves they act like them too, and that they can turn on you, and be unpredictable. I wanted to know your opinion on this. -- Cindy Greco, Las Vegas, NV

A: Actually if you placed a wolf next to a Siberian husky, you would see that they do not ...Read more

My Pet World: What to feed a pick eating dog

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Q: We have two rescues, one since she was 9 months and the other my mom rescued and we adopted. After trying every conceivable option to feed the second dog, who is a picky eater, I just started making them chicken with rice. We give them a vitamin every day, but I am constantly worried they need more nutrients. Is what I am doing OK? -- Teri ...Read more

My Pet World: What is the best type of food for your cat?

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Q: I am getting many mixed answers when asking what I should feed my cat. It seems everyone I ask gives me a different answer (vet, animal control officer, cat owners). I have a 1-year-old Calico who is overweight. She eats about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of dry weight control food daily and no wet food. -- Margaret Knoll, St. Paul, MN

A: These people ...Read more

My Pet World: Ways to prevent your cat from pulling threads in the carpet

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Q: My 14-year-old male cat keeps pulling up threads on new carpet on my previously wood stairs. What can I do or use to prevent this from continuing to happen? I have been clipping his nails regularly. I have tin foil over the first few steps. I have a big piece of cardboard blocking the stair entry. Somehow he gets on them anyway and I will ...Read more

My Pet World: Every dog is different, no matter the type of breed

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Q: We own an eight-year-old, male Pug, Digger, who is smart, lovable, and extremely calm. My brother-in-law always loved Digger and bought a male Pug from a breeder. Needless to say, this pup is the total opposite of Digger. Blackie is like the Energizer Bunny in that he just never stops moving. He has been recently neutered, which has not ...Read more

My Pet World: Your smelly dog could actually be something medical

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Q: Our 2-year-old American Bulldog is a great dog, but he has always has a bad odor and his fur feels greasy. We give him a bath as often as we can but the nice smell only lasts a day or so. What can we do to keep her odor down? -- Dale Jones, Las Vegas, NV

A: I really do think that this is a medical issue. In such situations a dog like yours ...Read more

My Pet World: Getting your cat comfortable with its carrier

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Q: I adopted a 3-year-old cat from a local shelter. I have been unsuccessful with transporting her to a veterinarian. She refuses to be coaxed into a pet carrier. An at home visit by a veterinarian was also futile. After each prospective attempt she becomes terrified and will hide for a few days. I think her early experiences of life developed ...Read more

How to tame an excited cat in the evening hours

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Q: My girlfriend and I got a kitten over Christmas. He is now 6 months old but we cannot sleep anymore. He tears all over our apartment all night long and bounces on our bed as we are sleeping. We put him on the floor as soon as he does and scold him, but he is right back again five minutes later. We are going to neuter him next month and we ...Read more

Picking the right collar for your dog

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Q: Our lab/pit mix puppy is now 8 months old and we got a metal choke collars to stop her from pulling when we walk her. However even with it on she will pull ahead of us until she actually starts to choke and cough and yet she never seems to get the idea. How is this supposed to work? Does it not bother her when it gets so tight around her neck...Read more

How to get a dog to like all family members

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Q: Four years ago we got our dog Cindy. At first she was very skittish but she has gotten better over the years. When we first got her my dad was working on our kitchen and making a lot of noise. Now she is still scared of my dad and barks at him whenever he enters and leaves the house. She also does not like to play ball with him unless my mom ...Read more

My Pet World: How to travel safely with your cat

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Q: I seem to be facing a move from Connecticut to Southern Georgia. I am at a loss as to how to transport my 13-year-old Tabby cat. We are both too old to drive many hours straight through, and a midway stop with my kitty seems impossible. Any ideas? -- Peter Langstrom, Stamford, CT

A: Cats travel a lot better than we think. Cats have traveled ...Read more

How to introduce a new dog to established pet cats

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Q: I have two cats and I am about to bring a new puppy into our home. The larger cat does not seem frightened of dogs but my little female's hair 'stands up' just at the sight of them. What is the best way to socialize everyone and minimize the stress on my younger cat? -- Jennifer Kessler, Hartford, CT

A: It is a lot easier to socialize a full...Read more

My Pet World: How to handle a pet with diabetes

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Q: My nine-year-old cat was just diagnosed with diabetes. He was 16 pounds. Recently he lost three pounds. I am not giving him insulin shots. Is it possible to reverse the diabetes with diet alone? I'm giving him special food the vet has recommended. My question is will the diabetes be controlled enough with diet and no insulin? -- Vincent ...Read more

My Pet World: How to prevent back problems in small dogs

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Q: We just lost our 15-year-old dachshund and are planning to get another dachshund puppy as we love the breed. However, ours always suffered from back problems and disc issues and we were wondering if there was anything we could do for our new puppy to prevent such issues when she gets older? -- Jim Murphy, Ocean, NJ

A: I also love dachshunds ...Read more


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