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Pet World: How to find caretakers when you have to leave feral cats behind

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Dear Cathy,

We have two feral cats that we have been feeding for many years - one since 2012 and one since 2016. They still shy away from us and never enter our home. However, we provide most of their food along with warmth in the winter and a place to stay cool in the summer.

We are no longer able to handle our large house and are planning to...Read more

Pet World: Moving with a lot of pets takes some advanced planning

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Dear Cathy,

We’re moving to Wyoming from Arizona and have two cats and two dogs. It will be a two-day drive and I am concerned about the cats. First, I don't know if a hotel would let us stay having four animals and second, I am afraid that the cats will get loose, freak out or something else. I can't put them together because they don't like...Read more

Pet World: Barking and growling dog makes owner hesitant to have friends over

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Dear Cathy,

We have an eight-month old adorable little Chihuahua-Dachshund mix that we rescued in June. He is full of energy all day long, bouncing from sofa to chair to sofa. My problem is his constant barking and growling when I walk into the living room. I understand that barking is good to ward of strangers but I'm hesitant to invite ...Read more

Pet World: Age shouldn’t prevent senior from adopting older pet

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Dear Cathy,

I need your help. I am over 70 years old and I recently lost my dog of over 10 years. He was adopted along with the cat I had who also recently passed after 18 years with me. I have been looking to adopt now since the beginning of 2020. I located a rescue group and after a home check was approved to adopt. At this point in my life...Read more

Pet World: Healthy little dog wants to relieve herself frequently

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Dear Cathy,

Pumpkin is a Yorkie mix. We rescued her two months ago. She is perfect in every way except that she whines and walks to the door frequently wanting to go out when we are home. When we take her out, she pees and sometimes poops, but once inside, she’ll sometimes whine again to go out once or twice an hour. She loves her walks and ...Read more

Pet World: Why do some cats bite and what to do about it?

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Dear Cathy,

How do I stop my eight-month-old cat from biting me? I think he wants attention but that's a lousy way to get it. He doesn't bite my partner, just me. Also, are there any ways to keep the same kitten from pulling all the toilet paper off the rolls?

–Judy, Tucson, Arizona

Dear Judy,

An eight-month-old kitten is probably biting ...Read more

Pet World: Training your large breed dog to use a ramp

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Dear Cathy,

My ten-year-old, 160-pound Malamute will not get in the car anymore. I bought a ramp and put her favorite treat the top of it, but she won't go up it. She's on Gabapentin for hip pain.

My vet has come here for home visits, but she always needs me to help hold her down and I can't do that anymore due to my health. She's intimidating...Read more

Pet World: Visiting nurse makes simple request of dog owners

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Dear Cathy,

I am a pet lover. I have two kitties and enjoy my sister’s two dogs.

I work as a visiting nurse. Our policy is that when a nurse, social worker, home health aide, or physical or occupational therapist comes to your home, you must put your dog in another room, or have the dog firmly under control with a leash.

We have had a ...Read more

Pet World: 5 ways to slow down a fast-eating dog

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Dear Cathy,

I’ve just recently started reading your column because my hubby was given a delightful Golden Retriever puppy. She’s now three-months-old and has a wonderful disposition. The one concern we have is that she eats like she has never eaten, and this is her last meal. She devours it so quickly and seems almost frantic to finish it. ...Read more

Pet World: Siren-howling dog keeps owner up at night

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Dear Cathy,

I have a howler, Roxy, a gentle and mellow chow-chow mix. Almost every time she hears a siren, she goes into howl mode. It’s not so bad when she’s outside, but when she makes this dreadful noise at three in the morning in the bedroom, she shares with me and a second dog, Joey, then it becomes a problem.

I can’t use anything ...Read more

Pet World: 'Kangaroo pup' just needs a little obedience work

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Dear Cathy,

I have a very happy and sensitive 13-1/2-pound, long-legged poodle puppy. She’s so excited when she sees other people that she jumps as high as my shoulders and sometimes the leash wraps around her legs and she falls hard on her back. I’ve tried commands, treating, and very short leashes but nothing has worked. I’ve considered...Read more

Pet World: Dogs excessive thirst of concern to pet owner

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Dear Cathy,

We have a four-year-old male mini-golden doodle who is obsessed with drinking water. He will drink from flower pots, puddles, and a dripping garden hose reel. He reaches for the water dispenser, puts his nose in the sink, flies upstairs to the bathroom when he hears bathwater running, heads straight to the water dish at the dog park...Read more

Pet World: Training shy lab to be less aggressive when guests arrive

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Dear Cathy,

We recently adopted a rescue lab mix. He is very shy when he first meets people with his tail between his legs. Lately, when someone comes to the house, he gets a little aggressive by barking at whoever comes over. I’ve tried to stop him and had people offer him treats. Any other suggestions?

–Mark, Seaford, New York

Dear Mark...Read more

Pet World: A few things to try when your cat is spraying

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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, walls, and doors on occasion, and I don’t know why. We have three litter boxes between the two cats and clean them frequently. The two cats are very social with each other, ...Read more

Pet World: Dogs may sense your unease, but that doesn’t cause aggression

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Dear Cathy,

Can a dog tell if you’re scared of them? I have been attacked and bitten by two dogs. One of which I ended up in the hospital. I love dogs, but I am very nervous of large dogs. My daughter says that a dog can tell by your scent if you’re nervous with him. Just last week, I was with three other people when a neighbor came by with...Read more

Pet World: What to do when your ’Nervous Nelly’ overreacts to noise

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Dear Cathy,

We rescued a miniature Shih Tzu, and have had her for over a year now. She gets extremely nervous when we use the dishwasher or our washer and dryer. Is there something we can do to help her?

-Nervous Nelly's Mom, Marysville, Washington

Dear Nervous Nelly’s Mom,

Dogs can be sensitive to noise; de-sensitizing them can help them ...Read more

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

 

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