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My Pet World: Limit access to things puppies like to chew when you aren't around to teach them

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Dear Cathy,

We've always had multiple dogs and now own a black lab who is 9 months old. She is the easiest puppy in the world to potty train, but I have never had a dog chew so much. We have toys and chewies all over the floor and in a toy box, and yet I have lost three pairs of shoes, Christmas decorations, gloves, plants and baskets.

I have ...Read more

My Pet World: How to deal with unexpected cat aggression

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Dear Cathy,

I took in a 10-year old indoor/outdoor cat who needed a home. I am a senior and she is the only pet, but I have had cats before.

After about a week, she started becoming acclimated to me and the condo. I was told she could not be picked up and held. She allows quick head and belly rubs and has become a lap and bed cat at her ...Read more

My Pet World: How to handle your dog or cat's bad breath

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Dear Cathy,

We rescued our golden labs -- a 6-year-old brother and sister -- three months ago, and they are great fun, and just the best. However, they have horrible breath. Despite giving them a 'greenie' a day, it is still bad. We know and have kept other dogs and have never had complaints, like we have with Cookie and Clancy. We do not feed ...Read more

My Pet World: Safe room can help terrified kitten adjust to home

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Dear Cathy, I heard a cat outside my hotel screaming like crazy loud. Is that good or bad or just a cat in heat?

--Norma, from the road

Dear Norma,

What you likely heard was either a male cat fighting with another male cat over territory and/or a female cat in heat, or it was the cries of a female in heat. Either way, it's startling to hear ...Read more

My Pet World: Patience needed when house training puppy

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Dear Cathy,

This summer, my family adopted a teacup Shorkiepoo. He was 8 months old when he joined our family, which includes two older dogs. He has mastered peeing on wee-wee pads, but he is inconsistent with his poops on the paper.

He is a happy, playful pooch, but scooping up little poops all over my home is not acceptable. Please advise on...Read more

My Pet World: Here's how to help feral cats survive the winter

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Dear Cathy,

This may be a silly question, but do you know if nature gives feral cats anything special to keep them from freezing in very cold weather? I know they survive, but how?

- Dick, Westbury, New York

Dear Dick,

It's not a silly question; it's a great question. I'm afraid though, there is nothing in the wild that protects feral cats ...Read more

My Pet World: Special bowls can help slow down fast drinkers

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Dear Cathy,

My Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix drinks his water much too quickly. He starts coughing and wheezing as the water goes down the wrong pipe. I hold him on my lap, hold his chest and slap his back. It helps but only after much coughing.

Any suggestions that might help the little guy? He drinks from a raised water bowl alongside his food ...Read more

My Pet World: How to deter dog from digging holes in back yard

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Dear Cathy,

My 1-year-old cat, Princess, is affectionate and sweet, but when she rolls on her back and wants to be petted, she grabs my hand with her front paws and pulls them in her mouth and then the back claws attack. This is becoming a serious problem.

Is there any way I can break her of this habit? She does not like to be held for more ...Read more

My Pet World: Thanksgiving meal shouldn't be shared with pets

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Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, many of our homes are filled with lots of tempting foods, not just for us, but for our pets. While it's best to keep pets on their regular diets, some people want to share some of their human food and figure if given in small amounts, the pets will be fine. But even the smallest changes in ...Read more

My Pet World: Dealing with dog who exhibits leash aggression

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 5-year-old mixed breed dog. Most of the time, he's a lovable smooch. When I take him to the dog park, he plays with the other dogs and runs and really has a good time.

But whenever I have him on a leash, if he sees another dog on a leash or a human in our vicinity, he goes nuts with an aggressive stance, barking and ...Read more

My Pet World: A pet gate

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Dear Cathy,

I have two Japanese Chin brothers that have just turned 2. I have French doors to my patio that are off my family room, giving full view to the outside, which includes a long driveway to my unattached garage.

The problem starts when I pull into the driveway as I return home. I can see them going crazy jumping on the glass and ...Read more

My Pet World: Halloween is October surprise for most dogs and cats

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My dog Buster has a simple daily routine. He gets up and eats, spends 30 minutes outside, sleeps by my desk while I work, plays outside midday, sleeps by my desk again, has dinner, plays fetch, and then goes for a 30- to 60-minute walk with me in the evening. Buster, like most dogs (and cats), likes routine.

So, you can image his consternation ...Read more

My Pet World: Service dogs have a job to do, so don't distract them

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Dear Cathy,

Often when I am shopping or visiting a park, I encounter service dogs and pets on leashes. I know I should not engage with a service dog unless the owner encourages contact. Often, though, I come upon pets that want contact and interact with me.

My question is, how should I approach pets and service animals in these situations?

- ...Read more

My Pet World: How to deal with young, energetic dog who's being a pest

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Dear Cathy,

My son and his 1-year-old dog, a basenji mix, live with us, but he keeps Roxy in his room most of the time when he's not working.

I have a 9-year-old pug who is very meek. We also have a 6-year-old cat that at first ignored Roxy. Roxy wants to play with her, but my cat doesn't want to play with Roxy. She gets mad and chases her and...Read more

My Pet World: Nocturnal cat needs a clock reset

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 7-year-old male rescue cat who has been my alarm clock. When this ritual started, he would whine and wake me up around 5:30 a.m. Then, it was 5 a.m., then 4:30 a.m., and now 3:30 a.m. He moans until I get up and feed him. He always has access to dry food, so I know...Read more

My Pet World: Take dog to vet to find out source of itching

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Dear Cathy,

We have a very smart 8-year-old old pit. She is healthy and has always been playful and well-trained. She was trained to do her business in one area of the backyard.

But suddenly she is skittish when we take her out and she seems to fight doing a bowel movement. Sometimes, she waits so long she can't hold it and goes before going ...Read more

 

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