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My Pet World: How to deal with young, energetic dog who's being a pest

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Dear Cathy,

My son and his 1-year-old dog, a basenji mix, live with us, but he keeps Roxy in his room most of the time when he's not working.

I have a 9-year-old pug who is very meek. We also have a 6-year-old cat that at first ignored Roxy. Roxy wants to play with her, but my cat doesn't want to play with Roxy. She gets mad and chases her and...Read more

My Pet World: Nocturnal cat needs a clock reset

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 7-year-old male rescue cat who has been my alarm clock. When this ritual started, he would whine and wake me up around 5:30 a.m. Then, it was 5 a.m., then 4:30 a.m., and now 3:30 a.m. He moans until I get up and feed him. He always has access to dry food, so I know...Read more

My Pet World: Take dog to vet to find out source of itching

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Dear Cathy,

We have a very smart 8-year-old old pit. She is healthy and has always been playful and well-trained. She was trained to do her business in one area of the backyard.

But suddenly she is skittish when we take her out and she seems to fight doing a bowel movement. Sometimes, she waits so long she can't hold it and goes before going ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog who once loved walks now doesn't want to go out

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Dear Cathy,

We have a Coton de Tulear (a small breed, white dog) who is almost 10. She is a very sweet, lovable and intelligent dog. Mia loved to go for walks, sometimes two to three times a day. All I had to do is say the word "walk" and she would run to the door and wait for me to put her leash and harness on.

The problem is, she no longer ...Read more

My Pet World: Ask vet for help with nutrition plan for cat who's losing weight

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Dear Cathy,

I have a rag doll cat who is 8. It has always been an indoor cat. The cat is active and friendly. The issue is weight loss. It's not much, but every time the cat is taken to the vet, the cat has lost a few ounces in weight. The cat's diet has always been a high-grade dry food.

I have tried many different foods to try to get the cat...Read more

Litter Box Issues

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Dear Cathy,

I have three cats. Two cats, a male and female, are 18 months old. One cat is a male who is 6 months old. They are all fixed. The older male cat started pooping in an upstairs unfinished room in my house about two months ago. There were some changes at the time. The male cat couldn't go outside because his flea treatment was on back...Read more

A vet who does house calls may help reduce pet's fear

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Dear Kathy, Visit this vet locator at https://www.vetlocator.com/housecallvets.php and plug in your ZIP code to find a mobile clinic or house call veterinarian near you. I found several options within a 25-mile radius of your town. Just know, these veterinarians often see fewer patients ...Read more

My Pet World: Puppy needs frequent walks to avoid urinating in house

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Dear Cathy, How can I teach my cat to sheath its nails when cuddling around my neck?

--Viv, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

Dear Viv, It sounds as though your cat is "kneading" your neck. Kneading is a behavior that involves pushing and pulling the paws back and forth on your body, like kneading dough. Cats always stretch their nails when ...Read more

My Pet World: How to safely get a scared cat in carrier

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Dear Cathy, We have a shelter cat named Chechee, now 7, who is very skittish and frightened every moment of the day. It is impossible to cuddle with her and we can barely pet her because she runs away and hides. We would like to have her examined by a veterinarian, but we can't pick her up, let alone put her in a carrier.

All of her needs (...Read more

My Pet World: Is scared cat remembering past abuse?

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Dear Cathy,

Our cat, Louis is a rescue we've had for 13 years. We were told he was 1-year-old and had been thrown. He did have a fractured tooth. Louis is a doll and loves petting, belly rubs and being with us. However, he won't let us hold him. Could he remember being thrown, or some other trauma involving being held? We'd love to hold him ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog suddenly attacking his longtime friend

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter and I both have rescue Shih Tzu mixed breeds dogs who have played together for the past four years.

Recently, my dog, who is three years younger than my daughter's dog, has started attacking him. There is no provocation at all. Her dog will be just lying on the floor and all of a sudden, my dog will start attacking him...Read more

My Pet World: Will insect repellent hurt dogs who lick people's skin?

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Dear Jim,

The danger depends on the product. Any product that contains any levels of DEET can be toxic to dogs. They may vomit, stagger or have seizures after ingesting, so don't use DEET products on yourself or others when around dogs and cats who might lick your skin. And, while there are some mild insect repellants that you may use on ...Read more

My Pet World: Dogs have natural prey drive and shouldn't be punished for it

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Dear Cathy,

My friend's dachshund killed a baby rabbit yesterday. My friend is heartbroken and is angry with the dog. I don't like to have dead baby bunnies any more than the next guy, but I also understand that the dog is not a "murderer" and that her behavior is a natural prey drive. Is there something we can do to dampen her bunny-killing ...Read more

My Pet World: Quality of life scale can help pet owners determine when it's time to say goodbye

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Dear Cathy,

About two years ago, I started fostering a dog for hospice, a 15 to 17-year-old min-pin mix. She had large a tumor, arthritis and trouble walking. I believed she needed pain medication, so I took her to my vet. After medication, proper diet and such, she was doing well until three weeks ago when she became more lethargic.

Her ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog fearful of walls and doors will only eat in open spaces

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Dear Cathy,

We have a border collie mix that we've had since he was a puppy. He used to eat his food in the hallway between the basement door and the wall. We noticed as he got older that he would not go near his water or food, so we moved his dishes into the kitchen area on the rug. He stopped eating his food by the kitchen table and now we ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a cat who overreacts to a visitor

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Dear Cathy,

I have an 8-year-old female grey tabby named Beckett. She is an adorable and lovable cat except when my daughter comes to visit. My daughter has many dogs; most are rescued Chihuahuas and Yorkies. They are very well cared for, but Beckett must pick up on some smell because she just goes crazy, growling, hissing and attacking. Even a...Read more

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