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Train an Outdoor Cat to Stay Indoors

outdoor cat

If you have a cat that enjoys a good portion of its day outdoors, you might think training it to be an indoor cat is an impossible task. However, while the process may be a bit tedious at times, it can be done.

Some of the reasons you might be thinking about keeping your outdoor cat indoors for the remainder of its life include moving to a new area. A cat that is unfamiliar with the area could get lost. Another reason could be the cat’s safety. If you live in an area with other stray cats, and wild animals such as coyotes and foxes, you may wish to avoid any unfortunate incidents. Or you may simply want to make your outdoor cat an indoor cat so that it can avoid fleas and ticks. You’ve probably also read that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats.

Regardless of the reasons, in order to train your outdoor cat to be an indoor cat, there are several steps and factors to consider. Read More

How to Introduce Your New Kitten to Your Older Cat

New kitten

So, you’re thinking about getting a new kitten to keep your older cat company. In your mind, their first meeting will be straight out of a Disney movie; the kitten playfully bops your older cat on the nose, the older cat’s surprise turns to delight and they become best buds forever. The end.

In reality, it’s probably not going to be so easy.

While bringing a new kitty into the family is an exciting time, if you already have a resident cat at home, you will need to take necessary steps to ensure both cats get on and live together in harmony. In this article, we’ll take a look at the things you can do to ensure that those first meetings are a stress-free experience for both kitties. Read More

Assess Changes in Your Horse’s Hoof Health

Horse hoof health

Your horse, Frank, was trucking along just fine barefoot until you made the move from Arizona to Florida — in the Summer no less. You’ve only been there a couple months, and his hooves are starting to spilt and crack.

Poor, Frank. Why is this happening? And the bigger question is, now what?

Hoof issues are not only concerning, but rather challenging to resolve. Many factors can contribute to your horse’s hoof decline. Here are three questions Frank’s owner — and all other horse owners — should consider when assessing changes in hoof health. Read More

Owning a Dog Has All Sorts of Benefits (Beyond the Snuggles)

Owning a Dog

You’re happy. You don’t feel lonely. You’re active. You find yourself smiling more. If you’re a dog owner,  you instinctively know that you’ve got it good. Dog ownership isn’t just about the fun, it’s about enhancing your life and sharing it with another being – in this case, a furball who wants to sit in your lap, lick your face all night long and protect the house (even if they’re just 10 pounds).

No, you’re not crazy and you’re not just bitten by the Doggie Love Bug. Science backs your claims as does other research: there are a billion wonderful benefits of dog ownership. Here, we’ve gathered just a few. Read More