Financial Safety Nets for Pet Owners

According to a study by the Open Journal of Animal Science called The Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S., one of the top reasons for a pet owner to relinquish a pet is their inability to afford veterinarian costs, especially when household income is less than $50,000 a year. I interviewed a local veterinarian and a practice manager about this topic and both noted that money problems are a frequent topic of conversation between pet owners and veterinarians. The most often recommended solutions to unaffordable veterinarian costs include: preventive care, an emergency fund and/or pet insurance, CARE credit, … Continue reading Financial Safety Nets for Pet Owners

When Your Cat Won’t Use A Litter Box

If you’ve ever faced the challenge of a cat not using its litter box, you’re not alone. At least 10% of cats have litter box problems. These are one of the most common reasons cats are surrendered to shelters. To spare your cat this fate, there are a couple of things you can do.  The first step is to take your cat to the vet. If your cat receives a clean bill of health, the next step is try behavioral intervention. MEDICAL REASONS It is my general opinion that cats don’t stop using the litter box out of spite or … Continue reading When Your Cat Won’t Use A Litter Box