At the time of this writing, about 100 million people were being asked to stay home because of the coronavirus. If you live with other people and animals, you've been spending more time than usual with them.
How is that going? Is there a little stress in the home? Are you in each other's space?
Many of us are trying to adjust to being either ...Read more
I live in a 55 and older community. Last year, we had about 20 feral cats roaming the complex. People here are boarding them up under trailers so they can't get out. Several have talked about killing them. I was threatened with major fines because I gave two kittens that stayed in my yard food and water after they came to my door ...Read more
As the world responds to the spread of novel coronavirus, I want to address some general animal-related questions people have had on the topic.
Can my pet get or spread coronavirus?
The answer is no. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the homeandleisure/pets/mypetworld/s-2339912">Read more
I have a 10-year-old pug. She runs and barks at my son's girlfriend when she takes her dog out and at my therapist when she leaves. No one else. She almost nips them.
Why would she run at them like that?
--Mary, North Las Vegas
It's hard to say why a dog barks at some people and not others. In the case of your son's ...Read more
I have two adorable Shih Tzus. When anyone comes over to the house, they bark like crazy maniacs. The 4-year-old gets aggressive with the 2-year-old in the process. Five minutes later, they are totally calm.
Also, when I take them for a walk, if any person or dog goes by, they bark incessantly and want to go toward them. Every ...Read more
I was a pet sitter for 16 years and an animal control officer for six years. I thought I would pass along a tip about pee pads I haven't seen mentioned. I had a little Chihuahua mix and since I had a very busy schedule, I would put down a pee pad. The problem was I also had five cats and they liked to shred them.
My solution was to...Read more
I am having a problem with my terrier who has many toys but insists on burying both of his orange toys. When I dig them up in the yard, he seems sad and embarrassed. This has been going on for several years.
Is there any explanation for this? I have been asking around about this, but so far no one has been able to explain this ...Read more
I have three female dogs. Sassy the oldest one is 11 and acts like an old lady. Star is 5 and very energetic. They both are good girls and very loving. A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor gave me Sarina, a 7-week-old puppy who is very energetic and loving.
My problem is, Sarina is teething, and anything and everything goes in her ...Read more
I agree with you that pet owners should respect their neighbors' yards and said so in my response to Howard. People can train their dogs by not allowing them to stop and sniff at their neighbors' yards and walking their dogs instead to public locations, like a park or common space, where this won't be an issue.
I also agreed that ...Read more
Our rescue dog has been diagnosed with kidney problems. He is only 4 and takes medication for his condition. The vet does not want us to restrict his water. The problem is, when left alone during the day, he will pee in the same spot at the end of the day. This seems to happen as we pull up or he hears us at the door. On rare ...Read more
I have a 7-year-old male Shih Tzu named Chipper. After eating breakfast and supper, Chipper will lick the rug in the living room. I find it difficult to break him of this habit. Why does he do this? Is it because he is bored? I did not have him as a pup. I got him when he was about 3.
I am open to any suggestions that you offer on ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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