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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

My Pet World: Dog still scared a year after being rescued

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Dear Cathy,

My family and I adopted a dog, Oreo, that was rescued from a hoarding situation along with 100 other dogs. When we first got her, she did not trust anyone. She was scared, very sensitive to sound, and was on guard 24/7.

Fast forward a year and a half later and Oreo has made great strides and come a long way, but she’s still not ...Read more

My Pet World: Traveling cat may associate “grandma” with trip

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Dear Cathy,

My kids have a two-year-old tabby they have had since he was a kitten. When I visited, he was not afraid to be around me. They brought him to visit me last year though, and he was so terrified he hid under the bed most of the day. When I wasn’t around, he ventured out to be with them. The next time they visited, he did the same ...Read more

My Pet World: Moving? Please take your pets with you

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter has two dogs and two cats from an animal shelter. The two dogs are pugs and are about nine years old. The cats are about four years old, and one has health issues. She is thinking of moving from New York to Washington state due to a career change. Should she take them with her or think about giving them away (which she ...Read more

My Pet World: How to treat the red tear stains around a dog’s eyes

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Dear Cathy,

We have a white dog with red tear stains on her face. We have tried changing her food and treats and also use a Tear Stain supplement, but nothing helps. She is a 25 lb. mix of 13 DNAs, 20% Pekingese, 18% chow chow, 15% Shar-Pei, 12% Shih Tzu and nine more. Some people say it’s allergies, dyes in her food, or just the breed. She ...Read more

My Pet World: Dogs sometimes bark to communicate with their owners

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Dear Cathy,

Our seven-year-old Yorkie, Missy (Mistletoe), has always been good with using the wee-wee pad since she was a pup. We take her out for a walk twice a day, but the wee-wee pad is for her use at other times. She always gets a treat when she uses it. Recently, she will sometimes stay about 10 feet away from the pad and bark at us. She ...Read more

My Pet World: Future grandma (rightly) worries about nipping dog

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Dear Cathy,

I am heartbroken for my daughter and her fiancé. About a year ago, they adopted a seven-week-old Australian blue heeler. The dog has always been a nipper. Very early on they got a trainer to help stop this bad behavior to no avail. They paid a small fortune to have the dog live with a trainer for five weeks. It helped a little, but...Read more

My Pet World: Redirect dog who is obsessively attached to a toy

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Dear Cathy,

About six months ago, we adopted a purebred, four-year-old red, floppy-eared male Doberman pinscher. He normally is a big goofball, but we bought him some stuffed dog toys to play with and it somehow totally changed his behavior. He always keeps the toy with him, carrying it wherever he goes. He won't eat, drink, or go outside ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep your pets safe when painting inside your home

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Dear Cathy,

We’re painting the inside of our home. We’ve got two birds. What kind of paint do you think we should use? Also, we’re going on vacation for a week. Would that be sufficient time away for the birds? – Dee, Sheridan, Michigan

Dear Dee,

Fumes from a freshly painted room can be lethal to your feathered friend. There are ...Read more

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

 

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