Helping Our Cat Bootsie Lose Weight

The amount on the scale at the veterinarian’s office crept upward until it stopped at 10.5 pounds. I sighed. This is the amount that our cat, Bootsie, had weighed at her first exam after my husband and I adopted her. At the time, the veterinarian had advised Andy and me that Bootsie was overweight, and had recommended that we reduce her weight to nine pounds. After a year of cutting back on serving sizes, we’d come close to our goal, but this past spring we had an overweight cat on our hands again. What went wrong? About the same time … Continue reading Helping Our Cat Bootsie Lose Weight

Cinder’s Advice: The Right Cat Toy

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: My cat doesn’t play with toys. Is something wrong? “Cinder, have you lost your mouse again?” Allison asked. I was sitting beside the front closet door, waiting for my pet parents to fetch my mouse for me. I’ve more than a dozen toys to choose from, but will only play with my leopard-spotted gray mouse. It’s my favorite mouse of all time. … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: The Right Cat Toy

Guest Post: Ensuring Your Dog is a Good Neighbor

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 link to them as the source. Dog etiquette is important. As of 2012, 36 percent of U.S. households owned dogs. That’s 43 million households, with a grand total of 69.9 million dogs. So, there’s a strong likelihood that you own a dog or have a neighbor who owns a dog. If that’s the case, here some etiquette tips for all … Continue reading Guest Post: Ensuring Your Dog is a Good Neighbor

Kitten 101, According to Nacho, Taco, Queso, and Sopa

THE FIRST DAY The four kittens arrived at their new temporary home. Their pet foster parents took turns welcoming each of them by saying their names and hugging them. Then the pet foster parents quietly slipped out of the room and eased the door shut behind them. The four kittens looked up and down and around their room. They whimpered a little, and then were drawn to a cat bed that had a familiar smell. The kittens realized it was a bed from their previous home and were comforted to have found something familiar in this new place. Nacho wrapped … Continue reading Kitten 101, According to Nacho, Taco, Queso, and Sopa