For most of us, the decision to own a pet comes from the heart. We may come across an irresistible kitten or puppy, or find ourselves at a rescue facility, forced to choose only one; or maybe a short-term pet-sitting situation becomes permanent. Whatever the circumstances, pet ownership is a loving commitment that can bring years of joy to our lives. It can also bring several expenses that can add up quickly, so it’s important to understand the monetary realities.
Diabetes is an endocrine (glandular) disorder in which animals either do not produce insulin or are unable to respond to its effects. As a result, there is too much sugar in the bloodstream, which can damage the kidneys, eyes, skin, and cardiovascular and nervous systems.
The temptation to sample one more holiday cookie or drink one more glass of eggnog can be a struggle for most of us. Studies show that the average person will gain one to eight pounds during the holiday season. The unfortunate consequence of people putting on pounds can be weight gain for our pets as well.
Anytime food preparation is underway, food scraps, wrappers and more end up in the garbage. Inevitably, household animals help themselves to that tempting trash. In the holiday season, decorations become fodder as well.
Despite centuries of sharing our lives and homes with cats, many pet owners know very little about interpreting signs of anger, fear or aggression in these creatures. The typical “Halloween cat” posture (arched back, raised fur, ears back, hissing) clearly indicates fear and/or aggression, but cats also use other postures and behaviors that are subtle and easily missed. Since a hostile encounter with a cat at some time is almost inevitable, a few tips can help you avoid injury if you find yourself in such a situation.