When Pets Go Missing

I originally wrote this post in June 2012: Two of our indoor cats got out of the house the other day. When we realized it, panic ensued. It was a horrible flashback to 23 years ago when our two dogs broke out of a temporary enclosure we built for them. Both stories have happy endings,…

Resolving cat litter box problems

I originally wrote this post in November 2011: Cats are an attractive pet for many people because they tend to be fairly easy to care for. Provide good food, a litter box, affection, interactive play time and you have a ready-made pet. So it’s understandable how frustrating it can be if your cat develops litter…

Pet safety through the holidays

I originally wrote this post in October 2011: The last three months of the year are usually great fun for humans with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well as New Year’s Eve. Regardless which holidays you observe, be advised that each carries specific threats to your dog’s or cat’s safety. Safety risks…

Food for Thought: Alternative Pet Food Diets

I originally wrote this post in April 2011: After the tragic 2007 melamine contamination of pet food and the subsequent recall, alternative pet diets gained popularity. The convenience of commercial pet food was suddenly outweighed by a degree of mistrust. It wasn’t just the bargain brands of pet food that were affected—the recall included some…