3 Reasons Cats Potty in Your Plants & How to Help

A cat stands next to the potted plant in the house where it often goes to the bathroom instead of in its litterbox.By Arden Moore, a dog and cat behavior expert and author of 26 best-selling pet books. She hosts the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio and is a writer for the Pets Best pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

You may be proud of your green thumb when it comes to growing an array of potted plants indoors until you discover your cat’s own feline “gardening” habits. Yes, some indoor cats view your indoor greenery as opportunities to munch on leaves and deposit “feline fertilizer” in the soil rather than using their litter boxes.

The consequences can be messy and smelly. Your cat’s urine inside the rich soil will emit a strong odor and his digging will spill dirt all over your floor. Aggressive digging cats can even uproot your prized plants and cause them to wilt and die.

I’m happy to report that you can have the best of both indoor worlds: a contented indoor cat and thriving potted house plants. First, it is important to understand why some cats do this.

Here are three top reasons behind this unwelcome cat behavior:

1. Some cats like the feel of soft dirt to dig out places to urinate or defecate.

2. Some cats are giving you a less-than-subtle signal that they view that their litter boxes are not clean enough to use.

3. The litter boxes you select may be too small for their liking or in locations that some cats wish to avoid – such as next to a noisy washing machine.Read More…

Reasons Why Dogs Growl While Their Tail Wags

A dog growls while still wagging its tail as it plays with its owner.By Arden Moore, a dog and cat behavior expert and author of 26 best-selling pet books. She hosts the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio and is a writer for Pets Best a pet health insurance agency offering dog insurance and cat insurance plans.

When you really think about it, our dogs need to be bi-lingual. They not only must understand verbal and non-verbal cues from other canines, but they must comprehend what we are saying to them.

Our dogs are far better at interpreting “people speak” than many people are at correctly deciphering “dog speak.” Classic example: a dog wags his tail while getting head scratches, belly rubs or even hand massages down the spine. Suddenly, without warning or explanation (at least in the minds of us two-leggers), he starts growling.
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Dog Breed Guide: Cairn Terrier

A Cairn Terrier dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Cairn Terrier

Height (to base of neck): female 9.5″, males 10″

Weight:  females 13 lb, males 14 lb

Color: Any color except white, dark points are preferred.

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Double coat has wiry outer hairs and a soft undercoat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Short Haired Skye, Cairn

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Pet’s First Vet Visit – What to Expect

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency. 

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell. And today, we’ll be discussing what to expect with your first visit to the veterinarians.

So with your first trip to the veterinarians, what you can expect is you’ll typically wait in the waiting room until a technician comes up. They’ll get your pet’s weight, and then they’ll bring you in to an exam room. And then from there, the doctor will come in and typically will get your pet’s temperature, their pulse, and their respiration, and they’ll do a physical exam.Read More…

Cat Breed Guide: Maine Coon

A Maine Coon cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Maine Coon

Weight:  19-22lb (Females are smaller and more refined than males)

Points of conformation: This large cat has a muscular build with a long thick tail and large wedge shaped head.  They have large ears with ample hair in pointed tips and lynx tufts.

Coat: Glossy double hair coat is shorter on the head and longer over the body. The texture is soft and waterproof, but also  is shaggy and thick in appearance. Males have a ‘ruff.’

Color: Most colors and patterns accepted, but brown tabby is the most common.  Chocolate, lavender and cinnamon are not accepted.

Grooming needs: Low matting tendency, but  weekly brushing is necessary.

Origin: Maine, United States

Behavior Traits: Adaptable and gentle.

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