Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian and guest blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise,Idaho. Today I’ll be answering a question about cat health from a comment posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.
Ann says: “I have two neutered, male cats that have been living together for a little over two years now, but sometimes they fight like two strange cats that just met outside. Is there anything I can do to stop the fighting?”
There are different forms of aggression, and sometimes there can be more than one type of aggression going on at the same time. Most often, in cases like yours, it’s probably what we call territorial aggression. We commonly see that when a new cat is added to the household. Typically, the mistake that most people make is that they introduce the cats too quickly. The number one rule is when you are bringing a new cat into the household, you want to introduce him or her to the other cats very slowly.
Fireworks on and around the 4th of July can scare dogs and cats causing them to run off and opening the door for danger. Here are 4 tips to keep your pets safe.
1. Keep dogs and cats inside your home.
2. Turn on the radio or TV to muffle noise.
3. Have proper identification on your pet (their collar with tags and consider a microchip as well).
4. Distract your pet by playing with them.
If your dog or cat does bolt and is in potential danger, have a pet insurance policy so that you can get reimbursed off the veterinary bills in the event of an injury or accident.
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About Golden Retrievers
Height (to shoulder blade): Males 23 to 24 inches tall; Females 21 1/2 to 22 1/2 inches tall
Weight: Males 65 to 75 lbs; Females 55 to 65 lbs
Color: Shades of Golden
Origin: British Isles
Coat: Medium length, dense, water-repellent, feathering on the back forelegs and underbody
Temperament: Reliable, friendly and trustworthy
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
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Golden retrievers are a friendly, eager to please breed originally used in hunting game and fowl. They are intelligent and quick to learn, require a lot of exercise, and do best with rigorous training. They may do an “alarm bark,” but generally aren’t watch dogs. They require a lot of human attention and affection as well as mental stimulation and play to keep them happy. Grooming is generally straightforward.
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