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My Pet World: How to stop a dog from biting and chasing feet

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 10-year-old yorkie terrier mix named Max. He weighs 15 pounds and was found (years ago) wandering with no collar or microchip. This is the first time I have had a small dog. Anyways, Max likes to attack feet. If he is laying on the floor and you get up from the couch or chair, he will attack your feet. If you are sitting at...Read more

My Pet World: Cat peeing on dirty laundry is not uncommon feline behavior

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Dear Cathy,

One of my cats is peeing in my son's laundry basket full of clothes. He has always treated her fine, so this isn't a personality problem. We keep his bedroom door shut, but somehow, every once in a while, when it is left open, it happens again. Is there some kind of repellent I can use to keep her out of his room? It has become so ...Read more

My Pet World: How to get your dog to drop something from his mouth

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Dear Cathy,

Our 3-year-old labradoodle has a habit of stealing stuff and chewing and eating it. The problem is, my wife has a habit of pulling stuff out of his mouth. She has done this several times and he has bitten her (and drew blood) several times. The last time this happened, a few days ago, I got really upset with her and told her she has...Read more

My Pet World: Mom moving pair of felines wonders how to prepare them for new baby too

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Dear Cathy,

I have a pair of feline siblings who are 2 years old. They are strictly indoor cats. We are moving from a studio apartment to a house and would appreciate any tips on making the move easier for them. Also, I will be having a baby right before we move, and I'm worried about them jumping into the cradle. They love to cuddle. -- ...Read more

My Pet World: Reader recommends homeopathic treatment for grieving pet

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Dear Cathy,

I was sad to read about Jerri from Syosset, N.Y., whose Havanese was grieving the loss of his Lhasa Apso companion. Please suggest the Bach flower remedy of Star of Bethlehem, which will help to mitigate the trauma he suffered. Two drops in his water daily should help.

Bach Flower remedies are tinctures made from plants, trees and ...Read more

My Pet World: After a breakup, is sharing custody of a pet a good idea?

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter and her former boyfriend "share" their 4-year-old Havanese named Oliver. He is the sweetest, most loving dog ever. After the breakup, Oliver would spend a week with my daughter and then a week with the former boyfriend. The drop off point for Oliver is a doggie day care center. This has been going on for almost two years...Read more

My Pet World: Why do dogs eat grass and vomit?

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Dear Cathy,

Every two or three weeks, Anubis goes outside, walks around the yard very selectively eating grass, throws up a mixture of grass and yellow slimy liquid, and happily comes back in. My vet is at a loss, and there is nothing I can relate the vomiting to. Anubis is a northern Spitz type, about 60 pounds and 10 years old, with no health...Read more

My Pet World: Cat mom stressed by a cat who wants to go outside

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Dear Cathy,

My wonderful cat Buddy is almost 9 year old. As with all my cats, he is a rescue. Since my husband passed away three years ago, he has been my light each and every day. I will be moving in six months and do not want him outside. He has been an indoor/outdoor cat his whole life. I have had two serious problems in the past year: one, ...Read more

My Pet World: If you have pets, don't bring lilies into your home

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Dear Cathy,

We just lost our beloved cat because she ate a lily flower. Could you remind your readers of the dangers of this plant to cats? Our hearts are broken but maybe a little education might save somebody else from this heartache. -- Shelley K., Tucson, AZ

Dear Shelley,

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for wanting to share your ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a pet with the loss of another pet

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Dear Cathy,

We recently lost one of our dogs. My remaining pet is a playful, happy Havanese, or at least he was. He has become very nervous and anxious without her. Whenever we go out and leave him alone, he howls, cries, barks and runs all around the house. We have tried everything from medication and day camp to a cuddle pup with a heartbeat ...Read more

My Pet World: Rabbits make great pets, but don't give them at Easter

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Dear Cathy,

Could you please reprint in time for Easter your response to rabbit rescue on why it's a bad idea to get a rabbit for a child for Easter. Thank you for your informative column. -- Jeanne, Mattituck, NY

Dear Jeanne,

I am happy to give a fresh talk about why one shouldn't get a rabbit around Easter. Rabbits can live eight to 14 ...Read more

My Pet World: What to do with a cat that excessively grooms

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Dear Cathy,

I have a rescued feral muted calico cat who's one of the sweetest cats I have ever known. But she is about to drive me nuts because she constantly grooms herself and has scabs and a mohawk. I have tried an expensive vet food, which she wouldn't touch. I can't afford the allergy test offered by my vet, but I can't stand to see her ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep this cat from bolting up the stairs

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Dear Cathy,

My niece is staying with us while she finishes grad school. She came with a sweet rescue cat that has become her support animal. They are staying in a separate apartment on the lower level of my home. There is an interior staircase with a door at the top that connects her space to my main floor.

Here's the problem: Mr. Purrfect ...Read more

My Pet World: Building trust with traumatized dog takes patience and time

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Dear Cathy,

I believe people should adopt because there are so many babies that would love a good home. When you adopt, you get a wonderful family member, but sometimes you also get problems created by previous owners. I have rescued four boxers. When our girl Zoey died last October at 19 years old, my husband and other little girl boxer were ...Read more

My Pet World: Look for a super social dog if you live in an RV

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Dear Cathy,

My girlfriend and I have been longing to get a dog for some time now. We agreed on getting a Chihuahua puppy, if possible. My concern is that we live in an RV. It's a 26-foot vehicle, and we move it twice every 24 hours to stay ahead of our town's ordinance. Although we move basically to the same to spots, will our Chihuahua be OK ...Read more

My Pet World: Why does my cat 'swim' around the water dish and my dog bark at the TV?

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Dear Cathy,

The oldest of our two cats has the habit of standing in front of his water dish and making movements as if he were swimming while drinking his water or even when done eating. His little brother likes to paw at the area, but it's not really the swimming motion that his big brother does. These two are rescued kitten, and we can't ...Read more

My Pet World: How to stop a small dog from being mischievous when left alone

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Dear Cathy,

We have an 11-year-old dachshund named Schnitzel. Whenever we leave home for more than an hour or so, she pulls down clothes, pulls the Kleenex box off the table and pulls the tissues out or grabs the end of a toilet paper roll and has a grand old time pulling that out too. What can we do? -- Lloyd, Tucson, AZ

Dear Lloyd,

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