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Puppy Teething Solutions

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Puppies will nip and chew for several reasons, such as teething, looking for attention and boredom. Never encourage your puppy to nip. If he attempts to nip or grab at you, walk away. If your puppy does nip you, say "ouch!" in a high-pitched voice and walk away.

Never squeeze your puppy's mouth shut, slap him or use any type & Read more �

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Why is My Dog Scratching at His Ears?

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Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �

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Understanding Aggressive Cat Behavior

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If your cat displays aggression toward another cat, it's usually due to territorial issues. Unless two cats are litter mates or "siblings" from the time they're very young kittens, it will take them some time to adjust to one another. Review our Gentle Welcome article for the strategy to gradually introduce a new cat into the home.

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Kitten-Proofing Your Home

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Just like new parents must 'baby-proof' their homes, you must 'kitten-proof' yours before your new kitten arrives. Kittens have a lot of energy and they're very curious, so you need to make your home as safe as possible.

Collect all small and breakable objects like nick-knacks and put them in a room that's off-limits to your kitten. Keep the door & Read more �

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Introducing Your New Kitten to Other Pets

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Welcoming a new kitten or cat into your home is difficult if you have other Pets. To avoid a nasty confrontation between your Pets and your kitten, follow these steps.

Prepare a room for the kitten in a quiet area of your house. Put the kitten's food and water in the room, as well as its scratching post and litter & Read more �

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Ways to Prevent Furniture Scratching

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All cats need to scratch to detach the outer shell on their nails so the new growth is exposed. If your cat doesn't scratch, the outer layer of its nails will continue to grow into its footpad, which is very painful. Cats also scratch to mark their territories and stretch their muscles and tendons. But, as some Pet Parents may & Read more �

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Litter Box Lowdown

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Cats and kittens are naturally very clean animals, and most kittens are litter box trained by around 12 weeks old. However, the stress of moving to a new home may cause kittens and adult cats to forget their littler box habits. Following are some hints to make sure they practice what they've learned.

Place the litter box in a quiet & Read more �

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The Skinny on Scratching

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It's just a fact of life that cats scratch - in fact, it's a very healthy behavior. It helps to keep the nails clean and helps your cat shed the nail sheath periodically. The tricky part is training her to use something other than furniture or door frames. The best choice is to offer a sturdy scratching post or other & Read more �

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Take Control of Spraying

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To modify your cat's natural urge to mark their spot around the house, here are some ways to take control of spraying.

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Cat Anxiety

April 22, 2009

Hiding, unfriendliness and urinating outside the litter box are all signs your cat could be feeling anxiety. See how you & Read more �

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