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Pet World: What to do when male cats spray in the house

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Dear Cathy,

I have an eight-year-old indoor male cat that shares the house with a cat (sister) of the same age. The male cat, Zack, has a bad habit of spraying furniture and walls, doors on occasion and we struggle to learn why. We have three little boxes between the two cats and clean frequently. The two cats are very social with each other ...Read more

Pet World: Older dog, traumatized cat both need time to get used to new homes

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Dear Cathy,

We adopted our cat from the local shelter when she was just a year old. She arrived at the shelter with five newborn kittens. She barely survived. Her kittens found homes and she went into foster care to gain some weight.

She’s still small, but healthy. She likes her food and treats and uses her litter box. She is not real social...Read more

Pet World: Natural ways to get rid of fleas on cats

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Dear Cathy,

Do you have any homemade information to make for fleas. I have four cats so I need to use the flea medication on them which is a nightmare to put on them because they can smell it a mile away. I would like to spray something that is not toxic to them or my fish and birds also. They do not go out, so I am assuming the fleas come in ...Read more

Pet World: What to do when new cat and old dog don’t get along

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Dear Cathy,

We adopted a cat in mid-March. She is approximately two-years-old. She was captured as a stray and spayed. They put her up for adoption, I'm guessing, because she is very social with people. We were told she "hates" other cats but is okay with dogs. We have an elderly male dog, 13-years-old, who is totally complacent about ...Read more

Pet World: How to help a grieving cat with loss

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Dear Cathy,

My 15-year-old male Cosmo was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma July 6, and the tumor grew so fast, and so we discussed options with our vet. Due to his age, we sadly decided to euthanize him on July 31. His brother cat Marv is 17, and they were bonded. Marv seems to be doing okay, but I think he misses Cosmo’s companionship....Read more

Pet World: Dog won’t get into the car. What do I do?

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Dear Cathy,

My dog will not get in car. She weighs around 60 lbs. and is too heavy to lift. She's a rescue and we love her, but this is a big problem if we have to go to the vet. She also will sometimes refuse to go on a walk displaying same behavior as car, neck down, tail between her legs, and legs cemented to the ground. What can I do?

-...Read more

Pet World: Introducing cats in a multi-cat household requires a lot of patience

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Dear Cathy,

I have a one-year-old male cat named Remy. He appeared on the doorstep this winter and has become quite the house pet. He is neutered and vaccinated, and an energetic companion with a great personality. We started to have issues during introductions to the other family cats. I have two 15-year-old cats and a six-year-old cat named ...Read more

Pet World: Give cats space they need to adjust to new home

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Dear Cathy,

We adopted a two-year-old cat. She was captured as a stray and spayed. She is very social with people. We were told she "hates" other cats but is okay with dogs. We have a 13-year-old male dog who is totally complacent about everything. The cat has started to lay her ears back, meow annoyance, and chase him from wherever she doesn't...Read more

Pet World: You can train a dog not to put things in his mouth

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Dear Cathy,

I have a seven-month-old “Shihpoo” who eats everything he smells. I have tried a spray water bottle to get him to drop the garbage, but it does not work. He eats leaves, bugs, dead frogs, worms, paper; you get the idea. He eats things so fast; I don’t have the time to stop him. He also loves to roll in any kind of animal poop....Read more

Pet World: Helping your pet re-adjust for your eventual return to work

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Dear Cathy,

I’m working from home during the pandemic and have taken to walking my dog every weekday during my 9:30 a.m. break. What will happen when I inevitably go back to work? She has developed a regular bowel movement during this time, and it would be impossible for me to run home and let her out. Do I need to be concerned?

–May, Iowa...Read more

My Pet World: Helping puppy mill dog learn to trust people

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Dear Cathy,

We adopted the sweetest Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix, puppy-mill survivor. She is 5 years old. She had no social skills at all; clearly, she had spent all her days in a crate. She is very submissive and easily frightened but has come a long way in the nine months since we adopted her. She has become very attached to me but is frightened of ...Read more

My Pet World: Cranky cat’ won’t use the litter box, and owner may know why

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Dear Cathy,

Our old and somewhat cranky cat has decided to not use her litter box. She uses whatever is around it but won’t use the box. I changed the cat litter and am wondering if that is the problem. Any suggestions?

–Fran, Tucson, Arizona

Dear Fran,

If you changed the cat litter recently and her decision not to use the box occurred ...Read more

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

 

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