Behavior

Demystifying the ash content of commercial pet food…

By Sophie Lavallée M.Sc., Agr. What does ash content in pet food refer to? The ash content of pet food refers to bone fragments found in bone meal or fish meal, as well as some of the minerals found in plant products. This ash is mostly comprised of Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P) and Magnesium (Mg)….
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5 signs of a stressed cat

A life of naps, food, and petting sessions : Why would any cat be stressed, right? But some are, for numerous reasons. Cats might get stressed by visitors, by loud music, by a change in your work schedule, or even a new cat food flavor in their dish.                …
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Why do cats sleep on what we are reading?

Cats do silly things, don’t they? For instance, they will always get between you and what you are trying to read, whether it is from a book, a magazine, a laptop or a tablet. WHY, you might rightly ask. Cats are territorial creatures and they like to own things. They especially like to claim at…
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My cat claws on furniture

Ahhhh every cat owner’s nightmare! Some people fear so much for their furniture that they declaw their feline friend as a precaution. A solution that not every body agrees on. According to some, an operation is a precaution a little bit too radical, since the right purchase along with the right training tools could solve…
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Things to teach your kids when you have pets

Growing up with a pet is a beautiful thing. It is not only fun, it teaches kids fundamental things about life such as empathy. We have blogged before about the benefits of growing up with a pet, and about things that dogs must learn before a baby enters a family  But there are also things…
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Pets and fireworks

Summer festivities often include fireworks for everyone’s pleasure… over here.pets excluded! Very loud and unexpected noises are not a good association with our animals’ acute and sensitive ears. Here are some advises to turn fireworks events into less stressful times for your dog or your cat: Leave your pet home – Even though you think…
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Why does my cat lick my hair?

A lot of cats lick their owner’s hair, or even their beard and brows! This strange behaviour to humans can be easily explained:  Cats groom the head area of their “preferred peers”. Grooming is hence simply a sign of feline affection! Congratulations: your cat has selected you into this usually very selective “preferred peers” group….
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Cat Language

More and more we read about dog calming signals: We ask dogs to be nothing more than excellent canine citizen, which requires a strong relationship based on a good communication. And good communication cannot happen without mutual understanding. We however do not ask as much from our cats. We understand that they are happy and…
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Cats, dogs and storms: do they have a 6th sense? how can you calm them?

Sandy, Frankenstorm or “the big storm” arrival might have turned your usually calm pet into an agitated pet (or your little monster into a big monster)! As if he or she knew that something worrisome was coming… And this has nothing to do with your cat or your dog watching the Weather report with you….
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Separation anxiety…in cats

Subject : Separation anxiety…in cats Separation anxiety is unfortunately a very well known behaviour problem among dog owners. As pack animals, dogs like to be part of their family. And modern life unfortunately asks them to spend most of their days alone awaiting its return. Which is not easy, and worth panicking about for some dogs….
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