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Jennifer Taylor | 1 day ago
Last Summer My Beloved Cat, Summer Escaped My Home And Was Missing For Two Months. When …

Last summer my beloved cat, Summer escaped my home and was missing for two months. When she was found she had lost about 1/3 of her body weight and her personality had changed. While she was previously very much the “alpha” cat and could be a bit of a diva she is now timid and very loving. During the time when she was missing I was under an incredible amount of stress; having a pet pass away is heartbreaking but having a pet go missing is agonizing, I would not wish the experience on my worst enemy. I couldn’t sleep for much of the two months. Our cat Gracie was by my side the entire time. She did take over as the leader of our little cat pack (pride??). When Summer returned Gracie and her initially got along okay, however within about two weeks Gracie started going after Summer causing a significant amount of stress on Summer. She would chase her off the litter box and food bowls. We created a safe space for Summer and over the past year she has very much chosen to stay isolated away from Gracie, our other cats come “visit” without an issue. Several months ago Gracie started urinating outside of her box. We first had to go through the process of elimination to determine which cat was urinating outside the box. All cats have had urine and bloodwork done to rule out any medical issues. Gracie is now isolated and Summer has free reign of the house. Inappropriate urination has stopped. Our other cats can come “visit” Gracie without incident, however as soon as Summer enters the room Gracie attacks her. We have tried medication and we have tried putting a drop of vanilla on each cat so they smell the same. I would prefer to not spend the rest of my cats lives isolating one or the other to create peace in our home. I will note that Gracie has limited or no sight in one of her eyes, she has always been a bit of a “scrapper” with the other pets when they approach her on that side, that being said this isn’t a case of Summer startling her, she is seeking out Summer to attack her.
I would love advice from anyone who has had a similar experience; what worked, what didn’t?

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Kate | 8 months ago
I Live In A Studio Apartment With Two Female Cats (ages 1.5 & 5) And When I’m …

I live in a studio apartment with two female cats (ages 1.5 & 5) and when I’m not in the apartment, they get along fine. During the day if I’m home, they only compete when they are hungry. But all of a sudden between 12am and 1am if I’m home, they start to chase each other to the point of some scary yowels. I can only assume it’s jealousy-triggered. My question is, how do I mitigate the fighting if i can only separate them between a cold bathroom and the huge main room (that has me in it)? Would separating them like that only make things worse? Any herbal remedies to calm newly competitive kitties?

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Sarah
7 months ago

Hi there- there may be an underlying issue that is unknown or unrealized to you that is causing this change in behavior. So that might be worth investigating. As far as keeping them separated in your studio- have you tried to make places where they can “escape” to? For instance, we used to have a cat that was very sociable, but when she needed her alone time she would go up on the window sill of our basement window (high up) where no one else could bother her. When the cat we currently have needs a break from the dogs,… Read more »

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Jesse | 9 months ago
We Have 3 Female Cats. Our 2 Cats, Margo And Edith, Are Now 3 Years Old And Grew Up …

We have 3 female cats. Our 2 cats, Margo and Edith, are now 3 years old and grew up together. Gwen is the 3rd, a kitten we rescued a few months ago. Gwen is not yet spayed but she is peeing on things throughout the house and causing Margo to mark her territory. I am here to get help with our situation and resolve the peeing and behavioral issues.

We found out the Gwen has elevated liver enzymes so she is being treated for that. Margo is on prescribed calming treats to help. Both older cats chase Gwen with intent as if they are annoyed or angry with her.

We have multiple litter boxes and plenty of places for them to avoid each other if they please.

Gwen is giving us a lot of trouble with peeing on clothes and random objects in the house and it is getting progressively worse…she is not yet spayed but we are at a loss as opposed to what to do or what is going on.

Can anyone provide some answers and suggestions as to why this is happening?

Thank you in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
8 months ago

Hello, Anytime I get a case like this I recommend a urinalysis be done. It is imperative to rule out a urinary issue. I also do a full blood work too. After that I talk about Feliway trying lots of treats and catnip and trying to understand what she is trying to tell you. They do everything for a reason so I don’t just medicate and turn a blind eye. I do talk about anti anxiety medications and there are lots of options s for this but it doesn’t change the fact that the case should be investigated thoroughly. This… Read more »

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Sarah | 2 years ago
Hi Pawbly Friends- My Neighbor 2 Houses Down Has Chickens- They Are Free Range, So They Frequent …

Hi Pawbly friends- my neighbor 2 houses down has chickens- they are free range, so they frequent our yard. I honestly do not mind; we live in the country and I’m not worried if my lawn looks like a golf course or my garden is picked through. A few months ago, one of our shepherds got one of the chickens as it was running from our yard, I assume back to it’s yard. Sadly, she got it right next door at the house between us. Since then I have tried to be diligent about when I let the dogs out to check and see if the chickens are out and where they are. On Saturday my son had the dogs with him in the driveway and didn’t notice the chickens down below and one of the dogs got one by our garage at the bottom of our driveway. He did not tell me this by the way until this past Thursday. He told me Thursday because yet again, he was in the driveway with the dogs and one of them saw a chicken in our front yard and gave chase- ended up killing it in the house between’s yard again. I of course went to the neighbor down the street right away and told her what happened. She is very angry and upset, understandably. I asked if there was anything that I could do- but honestly she wanted nothing to do with me, so I let myself out. I’m devastated and have told the kids they cannot be outside with the dogs anymore unless I am with them or the chickens are not out. I got some gift cards to shoprite and wrote another apology and left it on her door as she didn’t answer. We are looking into a fence of about 900 feet if we can afford it, to put up just between our acreage and our immediate neighbor’s yard in an effort to keep the chicken out and the dogs temptation at bay. My fear is that I won’t be able to let my dogs outside now that they have found out about chasing chickens. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I’m sorry about what happened. I’m sure you are devastated. Here’s my best advice. I would call animal control and ask for their advice. This does two things. One it protects you and your dogs and two it puts her on notice. It’s hard to be good neighbors with bad blood in between. Next I would keep your dogs leashed at all times and in your yard. While she is ultimately at fault as her pets were on your property I worry that the prey drive will increase and it might be a dog or a cat next time.… Read more »

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Darcy | 2 years ago
Having Difficulty With Our New Pup And Cat. About Two Months Ago I Introduced A New …

Having difficulty with our new pup and cat.
About two months ago I introduced a new puppy to our family. We have an 8 month old kitten, and a 2 year old German Shepherd, and the new guy, 6 month old Chance, an American Bully.
We rescued Chance from an abusive situation, and he is just a sweet and snuggly boy with us and our German Shepherd. The problem we face now is that we’re worried about our cat. They have been separated by a baby gate. He doesn’t bark or growl at her, but rather whines and stares at her. He does chase her, but we’ve always nabbed him. When she is on the other side of a regular door, she’ll put her paw under as any cat would to play. He hasn’t attacked it at this point. He just gets very still and quiet and just stares at her paw and begins to tremble/shake. He has broken a bar on the baby gate to be near her.
She is unenthused to meet him, after he’s chased her, which makes her run, which makes him chase. We aren’t really sure what to make of all of this behavior or what to do. I feel over saturated in information.
Our german Shepherd was happy to be with her within a week or two. He chases her once in awhile, but all in all they co-exist and like each other. I don’t know if I need to find a new home for bully puppy.
Please help

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning😊 Don’t give up. Dogs thrive on schedule and repetition. Continue to praise the positive behavior towards your cat that you puppy displays. If he is treat driven, even better. If he sits quietly near her for a short time, treat reward. Gradually increase the time. When you are not busy- perhaps in the evening watching the news or a show, have kitty on your lap or in your sight and puppy in the same room. Quiet may only last a minute or so at first, but that is ok. It will gradually increase. We have a house with… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

Keep the pup on leash when he and the cat might interact. IMMEDIATE “Leave It” correction any time he so much as looks at the cat to chase. Reward appropriate behavior to ensure there’s direction in what you want.

Not kidding on leaving a leash on him, by the way. It’s the best way to enforce an immediate correction.

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Sandra Sellers | 2 years ago
My 8 Year Old Dog Started Limping This Evening. She Ran Outside To Chase A…

My 8 year old dog started limping this evening. She ran outside to chase a squirrel and was limping when she came back in. I can rub, hold, look all over and she shows no sign of distress. She isn’t helping or whining. Acting normal except she seems confused as to what’s wrong and she’s eyeing up the sofa and thinking about jumping up before she does. Not sure if I should just give it a day to two…maybe she pulled or tweaked something or make an appt with vet right away. Currently she’s being nosey about what’s going on in the back yard and acting fine.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I think it’s ok to wait a day or two to see if this resolves as long as everything else is normal and ok. If this helps I wrote a blog to help is the source of limping. See if this helps.
https://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2014/08/understanding-and-diagnosing-limping.html

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Abbie Knights | 3 years ago
My 6 Month Kitten Came Down Stairs And Started To Play. However, It Was Wary…

My 6 month kitten came down stairs and started to play. However, it was wary of my other 11 month old cat. They started to chase each other but my littlest kitten, would hiss and growl. They would swipe at eachother, but then still chase and find eachother. After they chased eachother for a while, the oldest cat then jumped onto my kitten. The kitten started to hiss, and growl while they were kicking and swiping eachother. Is this normal? I broke up the “fight” with a spray bottle.

Both are neutered and male.

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Stacey Harris
2 years ago

Hi Abbie! wow bet u love having kittens in your home; I love cats obsessively, but kittens are really only that, kittens the first year and they’re like children; they grow up into teenagers and lose their “cuteness” overnight. Your cats are almost “teenagers” in cat terms and just like male teenagers, when they hit puberty they become aggressive; My question is how long since you nuetered them? It can take a few months for the aggressive hormone from testis removal, subsides. My female cats are 9 years old and almost daily “fight”. According to Jackson G., its fine to… Read more »

Stacey Harris
2 years ago

KM, while I was typing my response I saw your reply; amen, my cats are 9 yrs old, litter siblings and have always been boisterous; We as pet owners need to chill out, we obsess over our fur babies.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Thanks Stacey! I have two cats who hate each other too!!. And I often break up fights by clapping my hands to distract them and break it up. I adore Jackson galaxy. He’s wonderful and a terrific source for cat advice! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Xox krista

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I’m not sure what your question is? If you are wondering how to get them to get along you need to provide a more gradual introduction. I suggest the new cat be a room by themselves for a week. Or more. Allow the other cats to sniff each other under the door. From here go to placing the new kitten in a cage with a hiding box inside it and allow them to see each other without being able to fight until they are all getting along. Then you can allow them to interact. Please understand that not all cats… Read more »

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Lindsay Miller | 3 years ago
Finding Treats For Chase

Finding treats for chase

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good morning? Not sure if you are looking for healthy treat options or if you are looking for treat finding puzzles for mental stimulation? If you are looking for treat puzzles, Amazon has some fun ones for under $20. I prefer the ones that are not made of plastic. And depending on your dogs personality and interest, they might only last a few weeks or so.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello. Please provide more information about your dog and your concerns or questions.

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Betty Van Sant | 3 years ago
Our 16-yr Old Bichon Recently Suffered A Serious Accident When She Raced Off A Platform…

Our 16-yr old Bichon recently suffered a serious accident when she raced off a platform chasing “something” she saw in our yard. She fell about three feet and apparently damaged her neck and spine. This happened on 9 May and we took her to an emerency vetenarian practice. X-rays of her legs showed no broken bones.

Prior to the accident, Pumpkin was limping on her right hind leg. After the accident, she cannot walk or control her body in order to lay upright, but if she is positioned in an upright position she can hold her head up and look from side-to-side. She pulls her left hind leg back if you pull on it. She does not react when you pull on her other legs, but for the past three days when held over a training pad with support under her chest and abdomen, she raises both hind legs and her tail to urinate. She has allerted us to her desire for water and need to urinate by licking her lips and making a whining sound. She is usually alert and notices sounds and people walking by her bed.

She has also deficated, both while lying on her side and while being held over the training pad, but her bowel movements are irregular because we have not discovered the best diet for her yet.

Initially we gave her some miralx, but that gave her diarrehia. Primarily we have been feeding her low-fat chicken tenders that have been braised for hours to make them soft. We tried feeding her a mixture of white rice and ground chicken, but she ate the chicken and left the rice. Recently we gave her some canned pureed pumpkin with some chicken babyfood mixed in. She seemed to like that. We are going to try mixing chicken, brown rice, pumpkin and babyfood together to discover a combination that will make her bowel movements more regular. She has a pretty good appetite and we have not used the Entyce (see list of meds) recently. We have to be careful with her diet because Pumpkin suffers from bouts of pancreatitis. Prior to the accident, we gave her a very small bit of chicken mixed in 3/4 cup of Annamaet grain free lean reduced fat formula dry dog food once per day at dinner time. Her weight stays at about 12 lbs +/-.

Pumpkin is taking the following medications:

Codene tabs 15 mg, half a tab every 12 hrs (previously, every eight hrs)
Methocarbamol tabs 500 mg, quarter tab every eight hours
Prednisone 5 mg tab, one tab per day
Entyce 30mg/ml, 0.5 mls once daily, as needed.
Metronidazole 250 mg tab, half a tab per day (for two more days)

Pumpkin also has eye allergies and we give her some Prednisolone Acetate drops, one drop in each eye per week.

We intend to continue treatment for awhile to see if Pumpkin can regain some use of her legs with prospects of walking again.

We would like any advice on how (and how long) to proceed at this stage, both regarding her injuries and her diet to achieve regular bowel movements.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. And I think it’s wonderful how you are so dedicated to helping her get better. It sounds like a few things should be discussed first. I think it’s important to find a neurologist to help you understand where you are now wrt to prognosis and status. There are a few in your area. I also think seeing your vet weekly ( or more) is key to understanding the changes and evolution of this injury. I think it is also very important to learn how to palpate and feel with your hands the… Read more »

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Madori Pittman | 3 years ago
Are These Good Signs? I Have A Chihuahua/beagle Mix That Has Been With Us For…

Are these good signs?

I have a chihuahua/beagle mix that has been with us for 3 years. When we first brought her home at 9 weeks old, we had a 2 year old male pitbull who took to her immediately. When our pit passed away, two months after bringing our cheagle home, we were all distressed and upset over it. Our cheagle loved our pit and spent many hours of her day playing with him. After his passing, we did not get another dog for our family. It was just me, my fiancé, and our little cheagle.

Fast forward three years later, we’ve decided to bring home a 6 month old pit/lab mix. He’s a neutered male and just as playful and energetic as our cheagle is. The first meeting went very well with the typical growls and snaps from our established dog when the new pup got too rough during play or she decided she was unsure about him. Today is day two, and I am unsure if the signs I’ve seen are good, bad, or neutral. The established dog will initiate play bows and get the pup riled up, only to seemingly get frustrated with him when he takes her up on her offer to play, though she has no issues chasing him and being chased by him in the yard. While most of her behavior when he plays is turning her butt to him and tucking her tail, she seems very interested in play since she is exhibiting her typical play behavior, but even when she invites him to play, she turns away from him and has even growled and snapped a few times. He is bigger than her despite only being 6 months old compared to her 3 years, and I know they will take time to get use to each other. However, the established dog’s on and off behavior is very confusing to both me and the new dog. We keep him leashed in the yard so that she can escape a situation when it escalates too far and feed them separately. Our established dog has never been toy or treat aggressive, but we’ve take toys up anyway and only give treats when one or both dogs does as they’re asked, so there’s no unfairness or jealousy at play.

The established dog will come to the new pup and sniff him before attempting to initiate play. She’s even started lying in the floor with him and it’s only day two! Most of the time, both of their behaviors are submissive to one another, but other times, the established dog will portray her dominance, which we are allowing her to do as she is the established dog and the pup does have a lot to learn about doggy communication. Are these behaviors typical and does this make for a good relationship between the two further down the line or are there some things that need correcting? I can give more information where and when needed. Thanks for any and all advice!

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Sarah
3 years ago

Good morning!! I agree with Laura- it sounds as though things are progressing ok. I am also a firm believer in walks… it might be helpful to start and end each day with a walk where all of you are together. It will help set the tone for the day and also help the dogs learn the dynamics of their pack. Plus the obvious- exercise. Best of luck?

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3 years ago

It SOUNDS good, but it’s hard to determine without being in the home, watching them in their environment. You might want to ask a local trainer to come by and watch interactions.