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My Pet World: When it comes to scared cats, take baby steps to help them adjust

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Dear Cathy,

A few weeks ago, we had to put down one of our cats due to health issues. He was nine years old and a companion of our female cat. To help our female cat, we decided to adopt another cat to be her new companion. We picked her up a couple of days ago and we secluded her in a room to introduce them gradually. The problem is the new ...Read more

My Pet World: Howling keeps cat owner from getting any rest

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Dear Cathy,

We have a 17-year-old indoor cat. His brother passed away five years ago, and he has been an only cat ever since. To say he is spoiled is an understatement. He likes being combed while he eats, likes sitting on our laps, and sleeping in our bed. The crying after we go to bed, however, has been going on for years and has now turned ...Read more

My Pet World: To halt a dog's resource guarding you may need a pro

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Dear Cathy,

I am looking for some advice for my rescue pup, Charlie. I got him last January and every day is new and exciting, but also incredibly challenging. He is a rescue pup from Puerto Rico. Someone abandoned him, and he was found injured and scraped up at three months old. I adopted him soon after this. As he gets older though, some ...Read more

My Pet World: Could allergies be the result of storage mites in pet food?

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Dear Cathy,

Regarding your column about cats with excessive grooming, I had a cat that had the same issue and through a lot of testing, we discovered she was allergic to storage mites that are found in most dry foods. Most cats have no issue with it, but some do. The solution suggested was to freeze the food for at least 24 hours to kill the ...Read more

My Pet World: Training, Adapting, and Compromising: It’s how we live with dogs

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Dear Cathy,

My letter is in response to Carol in Massapequa regarding her new dog’s bathroom habits. I also had a dog for 16 years who would take long walks and wait to relieve herself in the backyard. Carol may appreciate this during the winter. I can let my dog into the backyard to relieve herself (without having to go outside in wintry ...Read more

My Pet World: Choosing a kennel after your dog is injured at one of them

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Dear Cathy,

We have an eight-year-old 50-pound whippet/German Shepard mix who is very smart and has a wonderful personality. Last summer, we boarded her for a week at a dog kennel. She had been there before with no issues. When we picked her up, it was obvious that another dog had attacked her. The kennel owner denied this, but two independent ...Read more

My Pet World: How to condition your dog to wear a winter sweater

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Dear Cathy,

My sister and I have a 10-year-old Maltese/Bichon mix male dog. He gets groomed fairly short, partly for health issues. As he gets older, he gets colder. He refuses to let us put a sweater on him even though he shivers. We recently purchased a nice warm sweater with Velcro along the entire belly, and large front paw openings, but we...Read more

My Pet World: How to get a dog to potty while on a leash

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Dear Cathy,

A few weeks ago, I adopted an eight-month-old mixed breed rescue dog. She is sweet, loving and very smart. She does, however, have an odd quirk. We go for long walks (an hour or more) once or twice a day. Never once has she gone to the bathroom while out on a walk. When we’re heading home and get to our block, she starts to run ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a dog that exhibits fears and phobias

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Dear Cathy,

We have an almost eight-year-old, 35 pound mixed-breed dog. We’ve had him since he was eight-weeks-old. He’s a wonderful dog but has always had some psychological issues. For example, he refused to go near a new dog bed, and we had to return it. He shakes and shivers at my text alerts and during thunderstorms. For the past few ...Read more

My Pet World: Readers share extra tips for tear stains ans cat safety outdoors

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Dear Cathy,

I read the letter from Lois from New York regarding tear stains. I have an eight-year-old cavachon (have cavalier and half bichon). She is white with apricot marking. When she was four-years-old, she started getting orange stains around her eyes and urinary area. I was alarmed and knew something was wrong.

I took her to the vet and...Read more

My Pet World: Cat’s behavior offers hint on how to train him to use the litter box

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Dear Cathy,

I have a cat that appeared at my door about seven years ago. He has now become an indoor/outdoor cat. He has been neutered and has his yearly check-ups at the vet. He sleeps indoors some days and some nights but will not use a litter box. I find myself running home to let him out any afternoon he is inside, plus he wakes up in the ...Read more

My Pet World: Finding cat-proof fencing to keep your cats in your yard

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Dear Cathy,

I called our local pet store and asking about a cat proof fence panel and was told it is not something in their inventory. Do you have any suggestions for retailers who might carry this product? — David, Orlando, Florida

Dear David,

You are a great neighbor for wanting to keep your cats in your yard. This is not only safer for ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog’s bizarre behavior has pet owner scratching her head

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I adopted a “maltipoo” who was abandoned at three-weeks-old in a box in a grocery store parking lot. Sometime, when she is napping and sometimes when she is resting, but wide awake, she will start to growl and show her teeth. Then she runs around in a circle chasing her tail. It appears violent and is scary to watch. Otherwise, she is very ...Read more

My Pet World: Friendly feline’s sudden change in behavior leaves neighbor heartbroken

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Dear Cathy,

My neighbor adopted a pair of kittens a couple of years ago. I have periodically taken care of them when she goes away for work. I also have clipped their nails. All without any concerns or problems. Unfortunately, over the last year the female has become overly aggressive when I go over and I have no idea why? When I entered the ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog struggling with family returning to work post-COVID

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Dear Cathy,

I have a seven-year-old male dog who just started marking in the house, mostly in my master bedroom. Yes, there are lots of things going on. A daughter moved out and is getting married. My husband was working from home a lot; now it’s just one day a week. I was home more during the earlier days of the pandemic, but now am ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep neighbor’s cats from pooping in your yard

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Dear Cathy,

I have neighbors on either side of me. One has two small dogs. The other feeds and takes care of about six former feral cats. The cats are well cared for, and all are spayed and neutered. While they have access to inside her home during storms and snow, they are generally outside. The neighbor with the dogs can see the cats relieve ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help your pet cope with your vacation

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Dear Cathy,

My three-year-old golden retriever is extremely attached to me. I’m retired and with her almost 24/7. She’s like my shadow. Wherever I go, there she is. She has never been without me more than two days since I got her as a pup. I have planned a 10 day vacation sometime back. Now the date is fast approaching. I have a very ...Read more

 

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