On my flight to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Conference in August, this muddy face broke the ice with the stranger seated next to me and I got to talk about one of my favorite topics: pet nutrition.
Cats and dogs use urine marking as a communication tool. You post on FaceBook, dogs lift a leg and cats spray. Information is shared and territories are marked.
Standing in line at the grocery store watching customers purchase dry, bargain brand cat or dog food is very hard for me. All I want to do is grab the bag and start explaining the health risks they are taking home to their companion.
Playtime releases stress, offers exercise--yes your cats need exercise, and engenders mental health. Toys can be simple such as ponytail elastics to automated wand toys, from catnip filled to interactive. Encourage your domestic hunter to mimic his predator instincts: stalking, pouncing, chasing and capturing, even if it is pseudo fabric prey--as demonstrated by Sidney-Beans.
As Dempsey, our polydactal, “clicked” across the store counter, I groaned knowing he needed a pedicure. Dempsey’s eight additional nails—a few which are challenging with the extra toes, makes nail trimmings a bit more unpleasant. The client at the register chimed in with her own difficulties of clipping her cat’s nails—she’d even tried approaching hers while he was sound asleep.
Recently a young couple came in who’d been referred by their veterinarian for a “natural version” of a prescriptive diet for early irritable bowel syndrome.
The recent Wellness canned cat food recall is a reminder we need to offer a variety of foods to our animal companions. Yes, this flies in the face of the traditional recommendation that pets need to remain on one food and one food only, but evidence demonstrates in doing so we can set our pets up for health risks.
There are a good many myths that have grown up around the best ways to feed cats. Here are ten of the most common.
There’d been stories of Calvin’s behavior since he was a kitten. Extensive play didn’t reduce the hyperactivity, nor did separating diminish the edginess and aggression. After the elder cat in the home died, his owner became the target. Then it escalated to stalking.
Holiday times stress our companion animals often in ways we overlook. Digestive distress, house-soiling and behavior issues can be a few of the symptoms signifying their distress. Understand many cats and dogs do not appreciate the noise and activity of guests or the interruptions to their routines. Simple things can be overwhelming to them. Often it’s not the most obvious that is upsetting them.
Founder, President, and PetSage guiding light Terri Grow offers her insights and wisdom on pet care.