Cinder’s Advice: How Do I Teach My Cat to Use a Scratching Post?

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How do you introduce a new cat to a resident dog? “Cinder, look what we brought you!” Allison exclaimed, entering the spare room where I was resting on the window ledge. Andy placed a post covered in rough material on the carpeted floor. I sat up and stared at the new object, uncertain why it should interest me. Then because they said … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: How Do I Teach My Cat to Use a Scratching Post?

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together, but it can also present risks to pets. Below are tips to keep them safe. Keep pets on their regular diets. New foods can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you want to treat your pets to turkey, peel the skin off and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces. Cranberries, carrots, green beans, peas, pumpkin, and cooked sweet potato are options too.  Give treats in moderation. Avoid turkey skin and bones, gravy, alcohol, Allium Species (onions, garlic, chives, and leeks), grapes and raisins, nuts, and … Continue reading Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays