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Feline Leukemia

Feline leukemia is a high-mortality disease caused by the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FeLV produces immunosuppression, meaning the body is unable to fight off disease, which can then lead to other disease or infections such as respiratory or gastro-intestinal disease. Cats that survive these initial diseases may later develop some form of cancer, hence [...]

Splooting: A Definition and Analysis

Splooting: A Definition and Analysis Our pets, just like our friends and family, can have some quirks. Although these quirks can give us owners a good laugh or perhaps an endearing photo, sometimes, there is a reason for these odd behaviors. More recently, one peculiar behavior is taking social media by storm: splooting. So [...]

True Story Time: My Dachshund Ate Chocolate

True Story Time: My Dachshund Ate Chocolate I have an adorable 9 year old spayed, dachshund named Frankie.  She, as most dachshunds, can be mischievous. Occasionally, she makes decisions that are not in her best interest. Shortly before Easter 2017 my sister and her son were visiting.  They decided to go to a local chocolate [...]

Why is my dog so itchy?

As you spend time with your pet, you may notice that they seem extremely itchy. An occasional scratch to the ear or body is normal for dogs but seeing your pet scratch or lick constantly is a concern. It is important to reach out to your veterinarian if you find your pet itching more than [...]

How Much Sleep Do Dogs and Cats Need daily?

If you are a pet parent of both cats and dogs, you have noticed. You have noticed the difference between your dog’s sleeping patterns and your cat’s. While one may be eager to play during the day, the other is having a nap marathon in the warmest spot in the nearest vicinity. With such significant [...]

Why Do Dogs Dream?

As humans, we dream every night, whether we remember the content of our dreams or not. It is a signal of a healthy, well-functioning brain! But do our dogs dream? Some of us may have noticed paws twitching, snouts wriggling, or even heard muffled yips from our dogs as they appear to be asleep. So, [...]

Why Do Cats Knead?

Making biscuits, playing pattycake, mushing. It goes by different names, but most of us have seen our cats knead as though they were pressing down on the freshly risen dough. They may knead soft blankets, stuffed toys, other cats, and even sometimes humans. As cute as this behavior is, it can leave us wondering why [...]

What Does Catnip Do to Cats?

Maybe you have seen it for sale at your local pet store, or maybe you even have some of it growing in your house. Your cats go crazy for this green flaky substance (and no, we are not talking about the drug that has recently been legalized in several states). It is catnip! It is [...]

Why do Cats Hate Water?

We all know that it is a long-held belief that cats hate water. And they do not just hate it, they detest it and avoid getting wet at all costs. As far as we know, cats and water are sworn, enemies. There are the occasional outlier felines who chose to cautiously explore water; however, most [...]

Why Do Cats Like Boxes?

So, you think you have found the greatest cat toy on the face of this planet. Maybe it has catnip on the inside, or makes sounds, or even has feathers. However, as most of us know, cats can take one look at the toy, turn around and plop themselves in the nearest cardboard box for [...]

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