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Dear Cathy, How can I teach my cat to sheath its nails when cuddling around my neck?

--Viv, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

Dear Viv, It sounds as though your cat is "kneading" your neck. Kneading is a behavior that involves pushing and pulling the paws back and forth on your body, like kneading dough. Cats always stretch their nails when ...Read more

My Pet World: How to safely get a scared cat in carrier

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Dear Cathy, We have a shelter cat named Chechee, now 7, who is very skittish and frightened every moment of the day. It is impossible to cuddle with her and we can barely pet her because she runs away and hides. We would like to have her examined by a veterinarian, but we can't pick her up, let alone put her in a carrier.

All of her needs (...Read more

My Pet World: Is scared cat remembering past abuse?

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Dear Cathy,

Our cat, Louis is a rescue we've had for 13 years. We were told he was 1-year-old and had been thrown. He did have a fractured tooth. Louis is a doll and loves petting, belly rubs and being with us. However, he won't let us hold him. Could he remember being thrown, or some other trauma involving being held? We'd love to hold him ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog suddenly attacking his longtime friend

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter and I both have rescue Shih Tzu mixed breeds dogs who have played together for the past four years.

Recently, my dog, who is three years younger than my daughter's dog, has started attacking him. There is no provocation at all. Her dog will be just lying on the floor and all of a sudden, my dog will start attacking him...Read more

My Pet World: Will insect repellent hurt dogs who lick people's skin?

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Dear Jim,

The danger depends on the product. Any product that contains any levels of DEET can be toxic to dogs. They may vomit, stagger or have seizures after ingesting, so don't use DEET products on yourself or others when around dogs and cats who might lick your skin. And, while there are some mild insect repellants that you may use on ...Read more

My Pet World: Dogs have natural prey drive and shouldn't be punished for it

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Dear Cathy,

My friend's dachshund killed a baby rabbit yesterday. My friend is heartbroken and is angry with the dog. I don't like to have dead baby bunnies any more than the next guy, but I also understand that the dog is not a "murderer" and that her behavior is a natural prey drive. Is there something we can do to dampen her bunny-killing ...Read more

My Pet World: Quality of life scale can help pet owners determine when it's time to say goodbye

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Dear Cathy,

About two years ago, I started fostering a dog for hospice, a 15 to 17-year-old min-pin mix. She had large a tumor, arthritis and trouble walking. I believed she needed pain medication, so I took her to my vet. After medication, proper diet and such, she was doing well until three weeks ago when she became more lethargic.

Her ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog fearful of walls and doors will only eat in open spaces

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Dear Cathy,

We have a border collie mix that we've had since he was a puppy. He used to eat his food in the hallway between the basement door and the wall. We noticed as he got older that he would not go near his water or food, so we moved his dishes into the kitchen area on the rug. He stopped eating his food by the kitchen table and now we ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a cat who overreacts to a visitor

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Dear Cathy,

I have an 8-year-old female grey tabby named Beckett. She is an adorable and lovable cat except when my daughter comes to visit. My daughter has many dogs; most are rescued Chihuahuas and Yorkies. They are very well cared for, but Beckett must pick up on some smell because she just goes crazy, growling, hissing and attacking. Even a...Read more

My Pet World: Fireworks can have a negative impact on pets and people

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Dear Cathy,

We have a severe fireworks problem in South Wantagh, Ind. Our councilwoman is helping with the situation. Can you please write a column describing what fireworks do to our pets? Please keep me anonymous, but I would be happy to chat with you about the situation. It's been going on for years and they do it all year-round. It is awful...Read more

My Pet World: How to stop a dog from biting and chasing feet

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 10-year-old yorkie terrier mix named Max. He weighs 15 pounds and was found (years ago) wandering with no collar or microchip. This is the first time I have had a small dog. Anyways, Max likes to attack feet. If he is laying on the floor and you get up from the couch or chair, he will attack your feet. If you are sitting at...Read more

My Pet World: Cat peeing on dirty laundry is not uncommon feline behavior

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Dear Cathy,

One of my cats is peeing in my son's laundry basket full of clothes. He has always treated her fine, so this isn't a personality problem. We keep his bedroom door shut, but somehow, every once in a while, when it is left open, it happens again. Is there some kind of repellent I can use to keep her out of his room? It has become so ...Read more

My Pet World: How to get your dog to drop something from his mouth

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Dear Cathy,

Our 3-year-old labradoodle has a habit of stealing stuff and chewing and eating it. The problem is, my wife has a habit of pulling stuff out of his mouth. She has done this several times and he has bitten her (and drew blood) several times. The last time this happened, a few days ago, I got really upset with her and told her she has...Read more

My Pet World: Mom moving pair of felines wonders how to prepare them for new baby too

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Dear Cathy,

I have a pair of feline siblings who are 2 years old. They are strictly indoor cats. We are moving from a studio apartment to a house and would appreciate any tips on making the move easier for them. Also, I will be having a baby right before we move, and I'm worried about them jumping into the cradle. They love to cuddle. -- ...Read more

My Pet World: Reader recommends homeopathic treatment for grieving pet

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Dear Cathy,

I was sad to read about Jerri from Syosset, N.Y., whose Havanese was grieving the loss of his Lhasa Apso companion. Please suggest the Bach flower remedy of Star of Bethlehem, which will help to mitigate the trauma he suffered. Two drops in his water daily should help.

Bach Flower remedies are tinctures made from plants, trees and ...Read more

My Pet World: After a breakup, is sharing custody of a pet a good idea?

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter and her former boyfriend "share" their 4-year-old Havanese named Oliver. He is the sweetest, most loving dog ever. After the breakup, Oliver would spend a week with my daughter and then a week with the former boyfriend. The drop off point for Oliver is a doggie day care center. This has been going on for almost two years...Read more

My Pet World: Why do dogs eat grass and vomit?

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Dear Cathy,

Every two or three weeks, Anubis goes outside, walks around the yard very selectively eating grass, throws up a mixture of grass and yellow slimy liquid, and happily comes back in. My vet is at a loss, and there is nothing I can relate the vomiting to. Anubis is a northern Spitz type, about 60 pounds and 10 years old, with no health...Read more

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