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Managing Your Cat’s Urge to Scratch

I suggest you provide me with multiple cat scratching objects...or the furniture gets it. Managing Your Cat’s Urge to Scratch Scratching is as natural for your cat as breathing. The website Patch.com says that scratching “[offers] important exercise [to cats] by [allowing them] to stretch muscles in the back and legs [...]

Pets and Allergies

That sneeze or clogged head may not be due to the cat or dog... Too often, people will blame a sudden attack of sniffles, itchiness or shortness of breath on their dog or cat. If the symptoms persist, they may feel forced to take the pet to an animal shelter where the animal [...]

Pet Fears, Anxieties and Phobias

Pet Fears, Anxieties and Phobias What is fear? Who are you callin' a scaredy cat? If the animal perceives a threat, the response can also include elements of defensive aggression. Whether an animal fights or flees when fearful or defensive depends on its genetic predisposition and the environment that it is in [...]

Why Cats Chew Their Own Fur

If you see me chewing my fur, it could be stress. Stress from you not giving me enough cuddles. So get to work! Why Cats Chew Their Own Fur Everyone knows that cats are very good at keeping themselves clean. Sometimes, however, felines can do this to excess and develop what’s called [...]

Dog and Cat Dental Disease

Dog and Cat Dental Disease by Dr. Savita Wadhwani, owner and veterinarian at Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic: Help me keep these pearly whites! Take me to Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic for a dental check-up. In dogs and cats dental disease is a real problem. They don’t brush [...]

Severe Weather Causes Pets to Go Missing

Severe Weather Causes Pets to Go Missing This past week, heavy rains did more than wreak havoc on Austin roadways.  According to the Austin Statesman.com, they also caused more than 70 dogs to end up in the already at-capacity Austin Animal Center. Chief Animal Services Officer Abigail Smith reports that the storms frightened and [...]

6 Dental Care Tips for Dogs

Take care of your pet’s teeth. 6 Dental Care Tips for Dogs You’ve probably heard it said that a dog’s mouth is actually cleaner than a human’s mouth. While it’s true that canines don’t get cavities as often as we do, they can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup. Moreover, [...]

Giardia In Cats

I'll just wait here while you read this... Giardia In Cats Giardiasis is an intestinal infection of man and animals. It occurs worldwide and is a common cause of “Traveler’s Diarrhea” in people. It is a fairly frequent infection of outdoor enthusiasts who drink contaminated water. “Beaver fever” is another name [...]

Aggression in Kittens and Young Cats

Aggression in Kittens and Young Cats Your kitten may look harmless, but watch out! That sweet little ball of fur still has teeth and claws that can bite and scratch. This is especially true if you got your feline pal at a young age. Kittens raised with littermates see first-hand that behavior that’s too [...]

5 Common Kitten Ailments

Kittens are cute, cuddly and tons of fun. But their youth also renders them vulnerable to a number of health issues. Fortunately, all of those problems are easily treatable. 1. Fleas These pests are a common nuisance for both cats and dogs. But in kittens they can cause life-threatening cases of anemia. And if [...]

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