Everything You Might Want to Know about Sensory Enrichment

Enrichment provides pets ways to engage in natural behaviors. It improves their physical and mental health, alleviates stress, increases the number of normal behaviors, decreases the number of abnormal behaviors, and improves the ability of animals to cope with challenges. … Continue reading Everything You Might Want to Know about Sensory Enrichment

Teach a Cat to High-Five

Not only is it fun to teach your cat to do tricks, it can also be practical. For example, teaching cats to high-five can give them a way to interact with strangers. It can also help them become more comfortable with having their paws handled. As with all training, teaching cats can boost their confidence and increase their bond with you. Before you start your training sessions, figure out what most motivates your cat. Do they come running the quickest for treats, toys, or attention? Training works best when the new behavior is reinforced with the thing that most motivates … Continue reading Teach a Cat to High-Five

Review: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

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 member Marcy Graybill of the club’s featured reads H is for Hawk. CATHERINE’S REVIEW H is for Hawk is a beautifully crafted … Continue reading Review: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Review: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Years ago, I bought Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack because the topic interested me. When I recently lost my cat of eight years, I picked it up again to once again find comfort in it. The first few weeks after Lucy’s death, the personal stories of owners who had also suffered loss filled me with such uncontrollable grief that I had to put the book back on my shelf. Now, two months later, I’ve finally been able to read Grieving the Death of a Pet in its entirety. In the chapter about love, Carmack addresses the … Continue reading Review: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Review: Mine for Keeps by Jean Little

Mine for Keeps by Jean Little is a long-time favorite book of mine. Little so perfectly captures the emotions of her characters that all readers will relate to them, whether they’re the intended audience of elementary-school children or forty-something-year-old adults like me. Mine for Keeps, along with Little’s other stories about young people with disabilities, remains among the best fiction out there on the topic. As an additional perk, Little’s books are set in Canada. The main character of Mine for Keeps has cerebral palsy. While Sal’s experiences might differ from mine, her feelings continually resonated with me. Take for … Continue reading Review: Mine for Keeps by Jean Little

Agility: A Fun Way to Improve Your Cat’s Health

The instant I open our basement door, two of our cats race from their resting spots to join me. They meow and clamber over one another to be the first allowed downstairs. Why are they so excited? They know that an agility session awaits them. Cat Agility, Really? Agility is a fun activity that helps to address a cat’s physical needs. In this team sport, your cat will race through tunnels, leap over jumps, weave between poles, and more. Cats benefit from agility because it makes use of their senses and skills. They have excellent visual focus and accuracy, which … Continue reading Agility: A Fun Way to Improve Your Cat’s Health

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Interviews from Animal Care Expo: Megann Smith

I am honored to present a series of interviews with attendees of the 2020 Animal Care Expo, held this past year for the first time online. Since 1999, Humane Society International has brought people from across the globe to participate … Continue reading Interviews from Animal Care Expo: Megann Smith