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My Pet World: Man’s kindness creates a dilemma for future care of cats

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Dear Cathy,

I started feeding two feral kittens when they were about six-months-old. Over the next year they began acting more like domestic cats. They would come when called, often were waiting for me, lived mostly in my yard, meowed, looked directly at me, and let me sit with them. The male liked being petted. He purrs, curls up beside me, ...Read more

My Pet World: Don’t discipline dogs; train them to change behaviors and Fourth of July tips

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Dear Cathy,

We inherited a rescue dog. We have no other dogs right now, so we agreed to take her. She’s a good dog but very skittish and barks constantly when she's outside. I’m hesitant to discipline her, like our other dogs, because she's so leery. So far, she’s way more agreeable to my wife, but even my wife can't get her to stop ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog shadows owner everywhere she goes

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Dear Cathy,

I have two Coton du Tulear’s, a 12-year-old brother and sister from the same litter. They are such great pets and I love that they have hugely different personalities. Over the past year, way before the pandemic, Desi, the male, had been shadowing me wherever I go. When I leave the room, he follows. If he’s sleeping and I walk ...Read more

My Pet World: What to do when a dog approaches (or bites) you?

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Dear Cathy,

Several weeks ago, I was taking a walk when a dog ran quite a distance from its backyard and bit me twice on the back of my right thigh and knee. I was terrified and shocked. I turned my back to the dog (like you are supposed to do when a dog jumps on you), crossed my hands on my chest, started hollering “no” and “help,” but...Read more

My Pet World: Quarantine with pets required before transition to assisted-living facility

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Dear Cathy,

My dad and stepmom have a 19-year-old cat, who sleeps and lives on a couch and goes to the litter box, three-feet away. This cat has been a very divisive and disruptive element in our family for than 15 years. (My stepmom believes it is her child that she lost through a miscarriage.)

They live several hours away. Dad is 89 and my ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep pets away from plants in the garden

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Dear Cathy,

I have a six-year-old Cockapoo who has started to eat my Hosta plants. He rips the leaves off the plant and chews them. Sometimes, he spits them up later. I have tried to spray the plants with a store bought “yuck” spray and tried vinegar as well. He just keeps going to them. He actually looks to go outside more in the day than...Read more

My Pet World: How to deal with redirected aggression among cats

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Dear Cathy,

We have two 5-year old domestic shorthair cats, Bailey and Jasmine. They are sisters, not declawed, and are inside cats (except for being out on our screened-in patio). Up until recently, we've had no problems with them. They're great "kids" and bring us much enjoyment and love.

But a few months ago, Bailey started attacking ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog suddenly reacting to signs of affection between owners

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We took in two stray cats, one female and one male. They were inseparable. The female cat died at home during the night. We were devastated, consoled only by the fact she was with us 12 years and we gave her a healthy, wonderful life.

Since her death seven months ago, the male cat will not use the litter box. He will only go next to the box, ...Read more

My Pet World: How to deal with off-leash dogs that are aggressive

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Dear Cathy,

While walking through a neighborhood park with my dog on a leash, two off-leash dogs attacked my dog. The small dog came running toward us barking, which seemed to trigger the bigger dog to attack us. Both dogs ignored their owners. I don't think the dog owners were together, but it's hard to tell in the age of social distancing. ...Read more

My Pet World: Visiting the vet during pandemic

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During a pandemic, is it safe to take your pet to the vet? Veterinary clinics and emergency clinics are considered essential services and many still are open.

In order to keep people safe and observe social distancing protocols though, they have had to change some of the ways they operate. Here is what you likely can expect when you call or ...Read more

My Pet World: Can compression vests help nervous dogs?

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Much as weighted blankets comfort people, compression vests, like Thundershirts and Anxiety Wraps, have proved somewhat effective for anxious dogs.

One of my dogs was terrified of thunderstorms, and it required multiple strategies to calm her. This often required her wearing two compression vests at the same time, along with a pheromone collar ...Read more

My Pet World: Ways to help dog overcome fear of loud noises

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Dear Cathy,

Lulu is a 1-1/2-year-old lab-hound rescue who has been with us since she was 8 weeks old. Until three weeks ago, we took long daily walks, to her delight. The word "walk" or the sight of her harness still gets her extremely excited. She goes through all the motions of wanting to go for a walk, but once outside will freeze only a ...Read more

My Pet World: How to make the most out of staying at home with your pet

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At the time of this writing, about 100 million people were being asked to stay home because of the coronavirus. If you live with other people and animals, you've been spending more time than usual with them.

How is that going? Is there a little stress in the home? Are you in each other's space?

Many of us are trying to adjust to being either ...Read more

My Pet World: Trapping and neutering/spaying feral cats is humane solution

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Dear Cathy,

I live in a 55 and older community. Last year, we had about 20 feral cats roaming the complex. People here are boarding them up under trailers so they can't get out. Several have talked about killing them. I was threatened with major fines because I gave two kittens that stayed in my yard food and water after they came to my door ...Read more

My Pet World: No evidence that pets can transmit coronavirus to owners

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As the world responds to the spread of novel coronavirus, I want to address some general animal-related questions people have had on the topic.

Can my pet get or spread coronavirus?

The answer is no. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the homeandleisure/pets/mypetworld/s-2339912">Read more

My Pet World: Dog can be trained to not bark at individuals

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 10-year-old pug. She runs and barks at my son's girlfriend when she takes her dog out and at my therapist when she leaves. No one else. She almost nips them.

Why would she run at them like that?

--Mary, North Las Vegas

Dear Mary,

It's hard to say why a dog barks at some people and not others. In the case of your son's ...Read more

 

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