Recipe for a Happy Cat

A recipe for a happy cat includes environmental resources, socialization, and cognitive enrichment in the form of play and training. Andy and I attempt to give all of these “ingredients” to our own three cats and to a certain degree the kittens we foster. First, let’s look at environmental resources. All cats need a safe place, which means they need high and low places. A few of our cats’ favorite high places are window perches and wall shelves in our dining room, cat towers in the living room and bedroom, and access to the back of our storage shelves in … Continue reading Recipe for a Happy Cat

Video Series: When Cats Hate Carriers

It’s time to take your cat to the vet and your stomach is in knots. You’re wondering how long it’ll take to get your cat into the carrier, how many scratches or bites you’ll have to endure, and whether you’ll even be able to keep your appointment. In this next article in a continuing series, I’ll share videos that illustrate the steps needed to help your cat become less scared of its carrier. This first video is from a client. Her cat used to hate the sight of its carrier. Per my advice, my client replaced her carrier with a … Continue reading Video Series: When Cats Hate Carriers

Review: Foster Tail Series by Barby Keel

The Foster Tails series by prolific writer Barby Keel are about special dogs at the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary in the lush Sussex countryside. To date, there are four nonfiction books in the series, and each one features a dog in dire straits. However, in that she also shares about her personal life including a lengthy battle with cancer, Keel’s narratives aren’t just another series of animal rescue stories. Moreover, her ability to weave an engaging story, capture a sense of place, and create an endearing hook serve as testament to her adept writing skills. Keel’s passion for animals began … Continue reading Review: Foster Tail Series by Barby Keel

When Friendly Cats Become Enemies

Suddenly your cats that used to be friends are now acting like enemies. What happened? How do you fix it? This past winter, Rainy attacked Bootsie after Bootie returned from the vet. Why? The term for this type of behavior is non-recognition aggression. It’s what happens when one cat has spent some time outside the home and is viewed by the cat still at home as a stranger and a threat. Although the most often cited examples involve vet visits, this type of behavior can also happen when a cat goes to the groomer or when a cat spends time … Continue reading When Friendly Cats Become Enemies

Guest Post: Top Tips for New Covidpreneurs Also Becoming Dog Parents by Aurora James

Aurora James believes there are no bad dogs. She created DogEtiquette.info to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere. DogEtiquette.info welcomes and encourages anyone to use its infographics in their writing. It simply ask that you please cite and … Continue reading Guest Post: Top Tips for New Covidpreneurs Also Becoming Dog Parents by Aurora James

Video Series: Socializing Cats to People

We’re all familiar with the image of a cat that flees when a visitor comes to the home. How can you make sure that your new kitten kitten doesn’t become a scaredy cat when it grows up? How can you help your timid cat become more confident and friendly? A few ways to socialize cats of any age are to invite people to spend time with your cats, give them treats, and play with them. In this first article of a new series, I’ll share videos that illustrate these socialization interactions. This first video is of my visit to with … Continue reading Video Series: Socializing Cats to People

Review: The Cat With Three Passports

Pawsome Reads Book Club is an online Facebook book club for like minded pet owners and animal enthusiasts who appreciate the bond between humans and their animal companions. A friendly community, the only rules are nominated books must relate to pets or animal/human and that members must treat each other with kindness. Featured books are discussed by sharing of thoughts and findings with no personal details of members shared. This post carries reviews from host Catherine Smith and from myself of the club’s featured read The Cat with Three Passports. CATHERINE’S REVIEW The Cat with Three Passports is an honest account … Continue reading Review: The Cat With Three Passports

Review: DAWGS by Meredith Wargo

I read DAWGS by Meredith Wargo in a week and then immediately started recommending it to all my friends who love both books and pets. DAWGS is a well-written, first-person, true story of how elementary-school teacher Diane Trull and her fourth-grade students started their own animal shelter. The fact that the shelter exists to this day is a testament to how a small and dedicated group can change the world against the odds. The book is also well-designed. The Dalhart Animal Wellness Group started with a life-changing moment. A small group of students in Trull’s class were huddled over a … Continue reading Review: DAWGS by Meredith Wargo