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My Pet World: Cat mom stressed by a cat who wants to go outside

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Dear Cathy,

My wonderful cat Buddy is almost 9 year old. As with all my cats, he is a rescue. Since my husband passed away three years ago, he has been my light each and every day. I will be moving in six months and do not want him outside. He has been an indoor/outdoor cat his whole life. I have had two serious problems in the past year: one, ...Read more

My Pet World: If you have pets, don't bring lilies into your home

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Dear Cathy,

We just lost our beloved cat because she ate a lily flower. Could you remind your readers of the dangers of this plant to cats? Our hearts are broken but maybe a little education might save somebody else from this heartache. -- Shelley K., Tucson, AZ

Dear Shelley,

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for wanting to share your ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a pet with the loss of another pet

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Dear Cathy,

We recently lost one of our dogs. My remaining pet is a playful, happy Havanese, or at least he was. He has become very nervous and anxious without her. Whenever we go out and leave him alone, he howls, cries, barks and runs all around the house. We have tried everything from medication and day camp to a cuddle pup with a heartbeat ...Read more

My Pet World: Rabbits make great pets, but don't give them at Easter

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Dear Cathy,

Could you please reprint in time for Easter your response to rabbit rescue on why it's a bad idea to get a rabbit for a child for Easter. Thank you for your informative column. -- Jeanne, Mattituck, NY

Dear Jeanne,

I am happy to give a fresh talk about why one shouldn't get a rabbit around Easter. Rabbits can live eight to 14 ...Read more

My Pet World: What to do with a cat that excessively grooms

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Dear Cathy,

I have a rescued feral muted calico cat who's one of the sweetest cats I have ever known. But she is about to drive me nuts because she constantly grooms herself and has scabs and a mohawk. I have tried an expensive vet food, which she wouldn't touch. I can't afford the allergy test offered by my vet, but I can't stand to see her ...Read more

My Pet World: How to keep this cat from bolting up the stairs

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Dear Cathy,

My niece is staying with us while she finishes grad school. She came with a sweet rescue cat that has become her support animal. They are staying in a separate apartment on the lower level of my home. There is an interior staircase with a door at the top that connects her space to my main floor.

Here's the problem: Mr. Purrfect ...Read more

My Pet World: Building trust with traumatized dog takes patience and time

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Dear Cathy,

I believe people should adopt because there are so many babies that would love a good home. When you adopt, you get a wonderful family member, but sometimes you also get problems created by previous owners. I have rescued four boxers. When our girl Zoey died last October at 19 years old, my husband and other little girl boxer were ...Read more

My Pet World: Look for a super social dog if you live in an RV

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Dear Cathy,

My girlfriend and I have been longing to get a dog for some time now. We agreed on getting a Chihuahua puppy, if possible. My concern is that we live in an RV. It's a 26-foot vehicle, and we move it twice every 24 hours to stay ahead of our town's ordinance. Although we move basically to the same to spots, will our Chihuahua be OK ...Read more

My Pet World: Why does my cat 'swim' around the water dish and my dog bark at the TV?

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Dear Cathy,

The oldest of our two cats has the habit of standing in front of his water dish and making movements as if he were swimming while drinking his water or even when done eating. His little brother likes to paw at the area, but it's not really the swimming motion that his big brother does. These two are rescued kitten, and we can't ...Read more

My Pet World: How to stop a small dog from being mischievous when left alone

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Dear Cathy,

We have an 11-year-old dachshund named Schnitzel. Whenever we leave home for more than an hour or so, she pulls down clothes, pulls the Kleenex box off the table and pulls the tissues out or grabs the end of a toilet paper roll and has a grand old time pulling that out too. What can we do? -- Lloyd, Tucson, AZ

Dear Lloyd,

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My Pet World: Products that entertain your cat and make dog walking easier

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Dear Cathy,

Why is it when you go into a pet store, you can find lots of items relating to dogs, but very little relating to cats? I'm not talking about food, but items that keep them active. My cats find most cat toys boring. They love a small ball that really bounces, but usually lose them. The more I throw them though, the faster they wear ...Read more

My Pet World: If you are patient, you can train your dog to not jump

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Dear Cathy,

My 3-year-old medium size Sheepadoodle (Old English sheepdog/poodle mix) gets excited when anybody comes in the door, even me and my husband when we try to put a leash on her. It takes five or 10 minutes before she calms down. When she's in this hyper-state, she won't stay in a "sit" (position). When we picked her up from the ...Read more

My Pet World: Heed dangerous weather warnings and bring pets inside

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It's been all over the news. A dangerous cold weather system will affect parts of the U.S this week, and there are dire warnings for people, from not breathing the cold air or going outside for more than five minutes, if at all, to keeping your skin completely covered to avoid frostbite.

These same dire warnings apply to our pets too.

Most pet...Read more

My Pet World: Don't restrict water as a form of housetraining

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Dear Cathy,

Three or four years ago, I adopted my dog Silo from a girl who had to move and couldn't take him with her. She told me to restrict his water because he would urinate when I go out. She said he has separation anxiety. So, I've been careful with the water and let him out right before I leave the house.

That worked for a while, but as...Read more

My Pet World: How do you know when your dog needs a winter coat?

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Dear Cathy,

When I walk my King Charles Spaniel in the morning and afternoon, I've noticed a lot of dog owners have their dogs bundled up with coats on. My dog has a beautiful thick coat and from all appearances isn't bothered by the cold weather. She goes out into the backyard the first thing every morning and spends 10 to 12 minutes checking ...Read more

My Pet World: Teaching a dog-reactive dog not to react to other dogs

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter recently bought a 3-year-old French Bulldog from a breeder who did not provide all the information about the dog. Our main concern is the dog is not friendly to other dogs and starts to bark and appears to want to attack the other dogs. Is there any way of training our dog out of this habit?

Another concern is the dog ...Read more

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