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Here is a good composite for your cat’s food: Protein 32%, Fat 18%, Fiber 3%. Sound good right? Well what if you were told that this in the composite from a pair of old leather boots, used motor oil, and a scoop of sawdust? Wow. Not that appealing after all. Especially for our cats.So what makes a good quality cat food? Well for starters, cats (unlike humans and dogs) are carnivores. They absolutely need meat and better cat foods will have real meat as the first ingredient. You want muscle meat rather than by-products, little to no grains, and WATER. Due to this water requirement (ESPECIALLY important during a cat’s senior years) a high quality canned food is better for cats because it has considerably more water.Beware of starches as some companies will use them to substitute for the grain.There are some great brands out there that offer high quality cat food – the trick is to research these brands, or simply refer to this forum link for great information onquality pet food for your cat.

Our two cats are siblings that we have had since they were kittens.  Maud had to go to the vet for dental work and was gone all day.  When I brought her home and let her out of the carrier, her sister Molly began hissing and growling at her, as if she did not recognize her.  I thought she might be reacting to the smell of the vet office, but two days later and she still hisses menacingly. I am at a loss about how to fix the problem.  Any help is welcome.

Sometimes pet owners does something that irritate their veterinarians, what about the stuffs that vet does makes pet owners go crazy???

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My scottie barks when I leave him. I have never had this problem with any of my other dogs and I do not know what to do about it. I do know that citronella collars have worked for others.

My partner and I have a cat who will be a year old in April. A friend found her in a warehouse at work when she was about 10 days old and we had to bottle feed her. She sucks on my shirt at night which I know is common for bottle fed cats but not on my boyfriend (maybe thinks I'm her mom?) anyways, she was friendly as a younger cat but now she hates anyone who is not me or my boyfriend. Our friends don't believe us that she's the biggest sweetheart anymore. With us she lets us hold her and she snuggles all the time. I'm not sure if started happening after she was spayed or when we got our dog (they like each other) but now she'll hiss and bite anyone else who tries to touch her and even attacked our friend out of the blue. We moved her food and litter box to a separate part of the house away from where guests mingle and also put a pheromone diffuser in the living room. She has only lived in our house since we got her. Is she being territorial? Help!

My partner and I adopted an American Pitbull terrier mix at 6 months old. She'll be a year old in April. She is the sweetest dog in the world. She LOVES other dogs but has some trouble with people. When we're at the dog park she'll go up to greet people and if you have a dog with you she is fine but she'll back away and bark and quietly growl when people come in our house, no matter how many times she's met you. She'll also do this in public places but is pickier and sometimes it's people who approach her incorrectly, reach for the top of her head, stare her in the eyes or are generally sketchy looking people. 

At home we try and meet people outside and all walk in together and we give our guests treats and tell them to ignore her. This seems to work after a few minutes and she'll settle down but if a guest gets up or makes any loud noises she might bark or growl under her breath.
Whenever she meets someone she always looks at their faces and since she's
So cute I know it's hard not to look back at her. Her litter was raised to be bait dogs as far as we know but we get together to play with her sisters all the time and they don't have any fear problems at all.
I guess I'm just wondering if we're doing everything right or if anyone has any suggestions. She's very smart and well-trained. Thanks!

I'm smitten with the ragamuffin breed!! I hope to get one soon, but my they are expensive!!!.. anyone else here have one?

Hello everyone,

I have had a small dog that has been using a litter box (specially made for dogs) for almost 10 years. The litter is made of recycled newspaper (like "Yesterday's News", but a little bigger).
A few months ago I started fostering a cat (she is almost 2 years old now), and she had been very good using her little box. I clean it several times a day, and the litter is very good quality (Nature's Miracle clumping litter).
Lately, though, the cat has been using the dog's litter box. It is a problem because it does not have a dome, filter, etc, and the smell goes all over the apartment (I live in a studio). Besides, now the dog does not want to use his own box, which is a problem, since he is not used to "holding it" until I am back from work.
I would like to have the cat using her box again. Any suggestions?
Thanks!
Eliana

My cat uses the litter box to pee but she pooping outside the box. Tried differents types of litter got a bigger litter box without any results. 

I have a 7 year old dog who was diagnosed last June (after an endoscopy) with esophagus, stomach duodenal ulcers and possible IBS.  He doesn't have the usual symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea. just in extreme stomach pain at times.  My vet felt it could be from a food allergy/intolerance.  I was feeding Natures Receipe Lamb and Rice,  and now on a prescription diet of Hills d/d , salmon and potato and numerous meds. prednisone, ompeprazole, sucralfate, etc.  I was weaning him off most of the meds, (per vet) only 1-10mg Pred. and Omeprazole every 3rd day.  Did fairly well for a couple of months until last week, when we had another episode of extreme stomach pain.  So off to the vet again for some heavy duty pain meds. and back on all the other medication daily.  She again mentioned a food allergy as nothing in his blood test suggest anything either.  Could it be he has become allergic to the Hills d/d after eating it for 6 months.  Has anybody gone through this with there dog and if so, help what was the solution.  There is no reason for this happening that we can find.  This usually happen in the middle of the night or early morning.  Feeding twice a day.  Any feedback would help, at my wits end.

Thank you

MJR

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