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My Pet World; Helping dogs and cats survive the Fourth of July

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With the Fourth of July midweek this year, your neighbors are likely to pop off fireworks before, during and after the holiday. That can mean a stressful week for people with noise-phobic pets.

Dogs and cats that are afraid of fireworks will express their fear in different ways. Cats may run and hide under beds or in closets, and...Read more

My Pet World: Dog keeps digging at same spot in carpet

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Dear Cathy,

For the past few weeks, my 10-year-old poodle has been pawing the rug in my living room. As a result, the nape is being pulled up. Please tell me why he is doing this and how I can handle this situation other than correcting him with a no command. -- Evelyn, Massapequa, NY

Dear Evelyn,

I am not sure why you don't want to correct ...Read more

My Pet World: Young reader worries about her lethargic dog

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Dear Cathy,

I am a 13-year-old girl. My parents and I adopted a 3-year-old, mixed lab, female dog last August from a rescue group in South Carolina. At first, Dorie was very timid and thin, but she has gained a lot of weight and is not at all active. She prefers to either lay on her bed or on the back deck in the sun. Although our huge yard is ...Read more

My Pet World: Cats with the gift for gab sometimes drive owners crazy

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Dear Cathy,

My dear friend has a 7-year-old rescue cat that never stops meowing. She tried using a collar for this purpose to no avail. She loves her cat, but the meowing is driving her crazy. Can you offer any advice to stop the constant meowing? -- Marilyn, via email

Dear Marilyn,

Cats use "meow" and its many variations to communicate with ...Read more

My Pet World: Understanding the sound world of cats

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Dear Cathy,

I recently adopted two small kittens and am curious to know if keeping a clock ticking near where they sleep somehow imitates their mother's heartbeat and would make them feel more restful. -- Mike, Garden City, NY

Dear Mike,

What a thoughtful question. People don't often think about the sound world around their felines, and it's ...Read more

My Pet World: Why pets must be supervised with their toys

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Dear Cathy,

I look forward to your weekly column in my paper, however, I'm afraid I must disagree with your mention of foam and aluminum foil as good toys for our cats to play with. Foam is easily bitten in to and swallowed, as is aluminum foil, both of which can cause intestinal problems and blocked colons (where the object can't be passed). ...Read more

My Pet World: Does my cat really want us to watch him eat?

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Dear Cathy,

Oliver is our 3-year-old cat. He was rescued at about 8 weeks old. He has grown to become a happy, healthy and very playful adult cat. However, he has one odd behavior that we don't understand. Before he approaches his food bowls, he will meow at whatever family member is nearby to come and stand next to him while he eats. Sometimes...Read more

My Pet World: Study looks for dogs with CIL disease

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Dear Cathy,

I would like to bring some attention to a terrible disease that strikes all breeds of dogs, but rarely gets any publicity -- Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasis, which is an intestinal disease, causing diarrhea, swelling and malabsorption.

I had never heard of it before my 8-year-old bulldog Daisy was diagnosed through an ultrasound...Read more

My Pet World: When should your dog's pricked ears stand up

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I recently purchased our fourth German shepherd. Two have passed, and we have one who is 11 years old. Our previous puppies' ears stood up at about two to three months, but our new addition turns four months tomorrow, and her ears still droop. We feed her a brand of puppy chow, she has had all her shots, and is otherwise...Read more

My Pet World: How to control a dog trying to control you

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Dear Cathy,

We rescued a miniature poodle in 2016. He was 5 months old. It has been a trying 18 months. We took (obedience) training with him and he got the basics. He just turned 2 and no longer eats everything he finds. But he has bitten both my husband and me on multiple occasions. I'm at a loss as what to do. I have had poodles all my life,...Read more

My Pet World: Build trust with cats through play and slow blinking

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 7-year-old cat named Squeaky. She was fixed as a kitten and is an indoor cat. She was the only cat for two years before we inherited a second kitty from my son. The second cat really brought Squeaky out of her shell. Both cats get along fine, but Squeaky is not friendly with other people. One of my sons moved back home and ...Read more

My Pet World: Going on vacation leaves some pets feeling very sad

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Dear Cathy,

Nani is our 15-year-old cat. We lost her brother four years ago. She was depressed for two years, but then improved. When the family is all gone at once, I have someone come in every day to check on Nani, change the litter, and feed her.

In December, we were gone for 13 days. Around day nine, she stopped eating and using her litter...Read more

My Pet World: Cats can be distracted and redirected toward better behavior too

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Dear Cathy,

I have a four-year-old American short-hair female cat. I got her at 8 weeks old from a friend. The problem is, she scratches my upholstered furniture and rugs. She only does it when I am in the room. I have tried sprays, tape and correcting with a spritz of water. I have various scratching posts, which she is not interested in, even...Read more

My Pet World: Got allergies around a rabbit? Look at the rabbit's food, first

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Dear Cathy,

I just read your piece on adopting rabbits. Another issue worth mentioning, which my family encountered is allergies to Timothy Hay. My husband had to wear arm-length rubber gloves when handling the hay, and the dust kept us sneezing. Rabbits eat a ton of hay, so if you're sensitive to it, think twice. -- Chris, Manhasset, NY

Dear ...Read more

My Pet World: Tips for getting dogs to pee outside and cats to pee inside

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Dear Cathy,

During wintery weather, our 14-year-old, 10-pound female Chihuahua mix dog doesn't want to go outside. Normally, we go for walks two to three times daily to take care of her toileting needs. Because of the snow and cold weather, however, she refuses to have bowel movements (BMs) outside and will wait almost the entire day to urinate...Read more

My Pet World: Five questions to ask before adopting a rabbit

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The description on the website reads: "Alana and Andrina are a bonded pair. They must be adopted together. They are somewhat shy ... and are very sweet and playful. They are litter trained (excellent litter box habits) and neutered. Prefer experienced adopter. Indoor housing only."

While this sounds like a description for two cats or kittens, ...Read more

 
 

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