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My Pet World: Out of sight, out of mind best for pets who don’t get along

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Dear Cathy,

My three sons are visiting this October and will be staying with us. They all have dogs. Please advise how to acclimate my cat. She hates all furry beings but accepts our own dog who was here before she was adopted. My sister came with her dog to visit and was immediately met with aggression. We moved her dog to the porch but even ...Read more

My Pet World: When your dog alerts, let him know you 'got this'

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Dear Cathy,

You made suggestions about leash training to Dee in Henderson, Nevada, but not regarding the in-house issue. She indicated that her dog barks and gets aggressive when people or dogs walk by the house. I have the same problem with my dogs. A bark or three is wonderful but 20 — and dashing from window to window with our second dog ...Read more

My Pet World: Proximity training and desensitization can help dogs who chase 'bikes'

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Dear Cathy,

I have an eight-year-old pit who despises motorcycles. When he was younger, he was fearful of them, but now he will lunge and attempt to chase them. He is quite strong, especially when on alert and could easily pull me to the ground. It has gotten to the point where I’m afraid to walk him in daylight for fear of encountering one. ...Read more

My Pet World: Shy cat needs time to build trust in her surroundings

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Dear Cathy,

Nine months ago, we adopted a 2-1/2 year old cat. She was a stray, so we don’t know her background. She still won’t let us pick her up but loves cuddling, snuggling in bed and being petted.

My issue is twofold. Whenever a stranger visits, she hides under the bed and won’t come out until they’re gone. No coaxing, treats or ...Read more

My Pet World: What to do with an overprotective dog

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Dear Cathy,

I rescued a 2-year-old papillon mix four months ago. She is the most loving, cuddly dog and loves people. My problem is her barking. I like it that she barks when the doorbell rings or someone approaches the house. I feel safe since I am 88 years old and live alone. However, she also does not like any dogs walking by the house. I ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a dog who panics over fireworks

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Dear Cathy,

I was wondering with the Fourth of July coming if you can dedicate a column to how to deal with fireworks anxiety with your pets? I had a Maltese for 14 years that had no problem with fireworks, but now I have a little 18-month-old “shichon” who’s terrified of them. I really don’t know what to do. — Monica, Deer Park, New ...Read more

My Pet World: When introductions between cats aren’t going well

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Dear Cathy,

I have a sweet, 10-year-old cat named Sunny. I thought it might be a good idea if she had a companion. I found a beautiful male Siamese at the Humane Society who is 7 years old. It was love at first sight for me, so I adopted Lucky and brought him home.

Lucky is terrifically shy. I gave him free roam of the house at night, keeping ...Read more

My Pet World: Why dogs pee in their owner’s beds

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Remy. He’s housebroken and never used training pads. When my grandkids come over, Remy is fine with the girls, but Remy seems anxious when my boyfriend’s two-year-old grandson is around. The other day, he was running around the house with Remy’s favorite toy animal. The ...Read more

My Pet World: Why is nail clipping so difficult for cats and dogs?

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Dear Cathy,

We have a wonderful healthy, 5-year-old lab-shepherd mix who has a great disposition. The only problem we have is clipping his nails. He gets so upset and fights it. He has been prescribed Trazodone 100 mg, and while it calms him slightly, it’s still quite the ordeal. Any suggestions on how to make this easier for my dog? What ...Read more

My Pet World: Pent-up energy often the reason for feline ‘love bites’

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Dear Cathy,

I have two tuxedo cat brothers who I adopted at 3 months old. They are now a year old. Both are adorable, loving and are basically “good” boys (with the occasional cat antics). However, one of them, Petey, has gradually started to give me love “bites” (no broken skin) on my feet when I get out of bed in the morning and when ...Read more

My Pet World: When a dog resource guards, a behaviorist can help

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Dear Cathy,

We have had our beloved Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie), Mimi, since she was 4 months old. She is the smartest dog we have ever had.

Mimi was mostly my responsibility until she was 8 months old. My husband was not feeling well, and since Mimi was so small and it was winter, my husband carried her around in the pocket of his robe. They ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a grieving dog cope with the loss of a canine friend

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Dear Cathy,

We just had to put our 15-year-old mini poodle mix down as he was unwell and suffering. His half-sister is one month apart in age, and they have never been separated. We adopted them together. They slept on top of each other, ate out of the same food bowl (although we always provided two) and drank out of same water bowl. She is ...Read more

My Pet World: What to consider when flying with a pet this summer

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter will be moving to London this summer. She has two rescue cats and wants to take them with her. She found an agent in Miami who takes care of all the requirements and paperwork. She just needs to be there to collect them when they arrive. Is it safe for the cats to take such a long flight? I understand they have to travel...Read more

My Pet World: Prepare your dog for a new baby in the house

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter and her wife are expecting a baby in November. They have two dogs — a small bichon-Yorkie mix and a large huskie-greyhound mix. The Yorkie, Shelbie, is the older dog. She is protective of my daughter and will growl sometimes if children approach her too quickly. Llama, the younger larger dog, is not aware of ...Read more

My Pet World: How to train dogs who don’t like being picked up

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 9-month-old male cairn terrier who runs from me when I need to pick him up. I've tried doing it while kneeling so I don't tower over him, but to no avail. Once I am able to pick him up, he's fine. Is this typical of some dogs and will he grow out of it? – Terri, Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Dear Terri,

If ...Read more

My Pet World: Fighting fleas might mean you have to treat your home and yard

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Dear Cathy,

The flea problem in South Florida is bad. I have tried external drops, flea collars and chewables, and they do not work. My dog has been miserable. Intuitively, to put something inside of an animal to repel or kill something on the outside of the animal does not seem right. Someone from the companies that produce these ...Read more

My Pet World: What does mounting mean in canine communication?

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Dear Cathy,

Reo is an 8-year-old, 75-pound, non-aggressive boxer/pit mix. Whether we are at the dog-park or doggie day care, other dogs try to mount him. He pays no attention to it. Any thoughts as to why? – Elaine, Long Beach, New York

Dear Elaine,

Mounting is a common behavior for dogs, and the one behavior that pet ...Read more

 

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