By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and blogger for dog and cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.
Does your dog raid the litter box and eat “treats” out of it? It sounds disgusting, but many households that have dogs and cats struggle with this issue. Here are three reasons dogs eat cat poop from the litter box.
1. Nutritional deficiency
Eating the cat’s poop might signal a vitamin deficiency in your dog’s diet. If you feel it might be a nutritional issue, consult with your veterinarian. You may need to switch your dog’s food to a formula that is higher in fat, fiber or protein. Additionally, your dog may need more vitamin B.
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Does your cat throw up after eating dry food, but not after eating wet food? This situation can puzzle cat owners. Here are five reasons that may be causing the vomiting.
1. Food sensitivity or allergy
The dry food might contain an ingredient the cat is sensitive or has an allergy to, whereas the canned food might not contain this same ingredient. To determine if it’s a sensitivity or food allergy, you should perform food trials. Food trials are essentially testing various foods with your pet to determine if they have an adverse reaction to certain foods. This can help narrow down which ingredient(s) caused the reaction.
The product: Cat’s Meow, a battery-operated floor toy for cats.
The price: $35.89 plus tax. The ads say $19.99, but the “buy one get one free” offer is required, and each toy comes with a postage and shipping price of $7.95. (You can upgrade to a deluxe 3-speed version for an extra $5 per toy, or $45.89 plus tax, total.)
The promise: “Entertains and stops destructive clawing or scratching.”
The results: Cat’s Meow was first presented to two playful cats, Luisa and Monica, ages 10 and 9. They both kept their distance at first, but Luisa eventually crept in to pounce a few times. Monica later exited the room, taking the longest possible way around the toy.
Luisa lost interest after about a minute of play, so the dog was invited to check it out. She sniffed and jumped back a few times, then turned her attention to the cats. Next up, a toddler checked it out. He giggled a little, then crawled toward the camera to play with it instead.
In the end, Cat’s Meow was a flop for Luisa and Monica, who have more fun with an empty shoe box and a little cat nip. And unfortunately, just this morning they were caught scratching their favorite arm chair, so it didn’t do anything to cure their urges to scratch. If the toy moved more slowly and paused more often, it might have given the cats more of a chance to creep in and strike.
Is Cat’s Meow worth it?
So far, 4/4 say no, but one cat owner said he might wait till they’re available for sale individually in-store. (See added reviews below.)
But we’re not throwing in the towel just yet! We’ll be updating this blog periodically as other cat owners in our office try it out and share their results with us. Have your cats played with Cat’s Meow? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Skip to :37 to see the cat play, 1:00 to see the dog’s reaction and 1:20 to see the toddler’s reaction.
Addition from Raychel: Cleopatra, my 11 year old Siamese cat, seemed to be interested in the Cat’s Meow and was briefly entertained. Diesel, our 6 year old Maine Coon, took a bit to warm up to it as he it appeared he was trying to figure out what it was and what it was going to do. Harley, our black and white 1 year old cat, had no interest in it. All in all, I don’t think we would buy Cat’s Meow. Our cats love to play with compressed cat nip mice, and their favorite toy is Da Bird Cat Catcher Toy.
Addition from Isis: Six-year-old Cito was completely uninterested. He prefers to roam the yard and lay in the sun.
Addition from Alex: Gary, a 7 year old Lynx Point, reacted with mild interest, followed by mild anxiety, followed by careful planning, a lazy attack, a more aggressive attack and full committal to finding out just how the heck to conquer the dang thing. He liked the toy and would have continued playing with it for probably another ten minutes or so. I found myself wishing it had more speeds though. At times it was almost too slow for him to notice. Typically, his favorite toy is a stuffed fish attached to an elastic string.
Addition from Kendra: Sphynx and Lyla, each 1 year old, weren’t too sure about it, other than “Mom has something new, I want to play with it.” I set Cat’s Meow on my living room floor and turned it on, but didn’t get much interaction from my cats. The just sat on the outer edge, watched it move around and pawed at it a time or two.
After having Cat’s Meow home for the weekend, I wouldn’t say it’s worth the cost. My cats seemed to enjoy it for a few minutes, maybe go bonkers a time or two, but then the fun was over and it was left to spin by itself. If the rotation would have a second or two delay longer, they might actually feel like they were hunting something, rather than chasing something they couldn’t get.
Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a Veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today, I’m answering some questions from Pets Best’s Facebook page. The first question comes from Kay who asks: Why do people refuse to spay and neuter their pets when so many are put down every day? I think this is a great question, and it’s a really hard question to answer.
Some people, I think, are so in love with their pets and really think that they’re so special that they want to perpetuate that love and let them have offspring, and that’s understandable. I think another part probably comes from ignorance. People don’t know how many pets are put down, thousands per year, because of homelessness. Hopefully, it’s something that by spreading a little bit more knowledge about this pet overpopulation problem, we can get the numbers of unwanted pets down.
If you have questions for me, feel free to go to Pets Best’s Facebook page and post them there or below in the comments.
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By Dr. Matheys, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.
When you put a collar on your cat, you probably don’t give it much thought. It’s likely you chose the collar based on how pretty it is or how well it coordinates with your cat’s coat color. But in truth, a proper cat collar can mean the difference between safety for your cat and a possibly life-threatening situation. Here is Jethro’s story.
Two-year-old Jethro disappeared from a backyard patio almost five months ago. His heartbroken family feared he had been stolen or was possibly even deceased. It was quite a surprise when a Good Samaritan, who happens to be a client of ours at The Cat Doctor, found Jethro a couple of weeks ago about a mile and a half from the family’s home. Jethro was wearing a collar with a tag that had his name and his owner’s phone number, so the owner was able to be contacted right away.
Jethro’s collar and tags provided the way for him to be reunited with his family, but the collar also caused injury to him. It was made from a solid piece of non-stretch material with no safety release. Somehow, Jethro got his front leg through it, and it was stuck around the leg, running diagonally from one side of his neck to under his armpit on his opposite side. The months of constant friction against his skin caused the collar to literally “saw” through his skin. He had a gaping wound in his skin going from his chest all the way under his armpit and up the other side. The underlying muscle tissue was exposed and raw. Amazingly, the horrible wound did not seem to bother Jethro in the least. Maybe he was just happy to have been found!