IMPORTANT PET SAFETY POST re: peanut butter + xylitol

August 14th, 2015

If you’re like many people, you might want to give your dog some peanut butter as an occasional treat. Or you might want to use peanut butter as a trick or reward to get your dog to take their medications? In many cases this is perfectly fine (so long as it’s not in excess —[...] Read the full article…

 

Shark-Cat Lightning

February 27th, 2015

  We’re just going to let this one speak for itself…

 

Get Outta Here!

February 27th, 2015

Traveling can be so many things–exciting, stressful, enlightening, expensive, overwhelming… depending on your destination and how much planning you put into it, you can skip the stressors. Originally from Vermont, I’ve lived in Ohio for 3 years, Portland for 5 years (and driven cross-country multiple times in the process), studied abroad in Spain for 5[...] Read the full article…

 

Four Places to Pet Your Cat & One to Leave Alone

April 4th, 2013

Some things really do get better with age. I have long joked that my hairline isn’t one of them, but I know one thing that is: My ability to understand cats better, and to build a stronger, more fulfilling bond with the felines in my life and in my practice. Which is not to say[...] Read the full article…

 

Toys That Are Safe for Your Kitten

April 3rd, 2013

Kittens love toys, and half the fun of having a kitten is playing with him and his toys. Toys are healthy for developing kitten minds. Kittens that are deprived of toys may have difficulty learning to play with them as adults. As with children, a variety of toys are now on the market designed to stimulate[...] Read the full article…

 

Pet Health: 10 DIY Procedures Pet Owners Should Learn

March 27th, 2013

I know. This may seem gross, but bear with us. Being a pet owner means being able to get your hands dirty — even if it’s just a wee bit. After all, every single one of us is responsible for our pets’ basic maintenance, including everything from feeding, bathing and brushing to exercising, toenail trimming and even doingdental duty. But wait! That’s[...] Read the full article…

 

Why Does My Cat Sleep in Small Boxes and Tiny Spaces?

March 5th, 2013

Though they seem independent, aloof and unpredictable, cats are creatures of habit. And yet, there’s no fathoming a cat. Why would one choose a small, cramped box, sink or cubbyhole over a more open space with all its possibilities? For lots of reason. Here are a few: Smaller spaces are safer. Most cats who need[...] Read the full article…

 

Ever Wonder Why Your Cat Scratches?

February 6th, 2013

Ever wonder why your cat scratches? We did. It’s all about instincts. Scratching is important for a cat’s instincts. Cats need to scratch so that they could show their status in the community, to mark their territory, show a sign of love and affection, to remove anger and frustration and to exercise their claw muscles.[...] Read the full article…

 

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

February 4th, 2013

Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth:  1. A pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better breath! 2. Dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s other organs, such as the heart. 3. Did you know that full grown dogs have 42 teeth and full grown[...] Read the full article…

 

How to Stop a Cat From Scratching Furniture

December 19th, 2012

Here is another blog post for all you new cat owners out there. Does your new kitty seem to becoming a scratching monster? (see picture to left. this is what they might look like in their craze).  If your cat is scratching your furniture, and destroying your home, you need to realize that your cat[...] Read the full article…

 

Litter Box Training Your New Cat

December 18th, 2012

As we mentioned, many of us in the Hot Diggity! family have been adopting cats this month. As promised, here is some advice on how to train your cat to use it’s litter box. The most common reason a cat will not use its litter box… Because the litter box is dirty – from the cat’s[...] Read the full article…