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Australia’s War on Feral Cats

Australia is at war. The enemy, according to the government are feral cats. Be warned that what you are about to read is true. According to the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy in an stepped-up effort to protect and in some cases save endangered indigenous animal species, by 2020: Two million feral cats…

Is Your Cat Picky or Sick?

Is your cat picky or sick? This is an exceedingly common question, and probably how the notion of cats being finicky began. In fact, when cats actually don’t eat for a long enough period of time – particularly overweight cats, it increases their chances of a potentially fatal fatty liver disease, called hepatic lipidosis. While…

Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters Event

BISSELL Pet Foundation Sponsors Nationwide Empty the Shelters Event to Save Lives Over 100 shelters in the U.S. & Canada will offer $25 pet adoptions during the ‘Empty the Shelters’ event on May 4 Pet lovers in Illinois will have the opportunity to adopt a pet for $25 with BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsoring the remaining…

Purina and Red Rover Want to Find Safe Space to Flee Domestic Violence

Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina, discusses on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show how Purina has gotten involved in the issue of domestic violence. I mean why would a pet food company make a concerted commitment to this topic? Venator explains that about a third of all women experience some…

Are Cat People Smarter?

I’ve written about this topic, which species is smarter, dogs or cats? How about the people who are their caretakers? According to one study, people who identify themselves as “cat people” are more intelligent. Denise Guastello, associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI, conducted a study on this topic. Her goal was…

Why Seek Out Certified Cat Friendly Practices

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Elizabeth Colleran  talks about Cat Friendly veterinary practices. The Cat Friendly Practice program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing stress and making visits easier for cats and caregivers. This is a program awarded by the American Association of Feline…

New York State Could Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

Lawmakers in Albany are looking to ban sales of dogs and cats from pet stores throughout New York state. “The animals that are sold in pet stores are, for the most part, produced through puppy mills, where there are abject horrible conditions,” said New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, one of the sponsors of the…

Gwen Cooper, My Life in a Cat House

While Gwen Cooper – a crazy cat lady in the best of all possible ways – was in town, she stopped by to talk about her newest book “My Life in a Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines“ on my WGN Radio Show. First, HEAR Gwen talk about Homer,…

Maine May Be Next State to Limit Pet Store Sales

Maine could prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats under a proposed bill. Democratic Sen. Ben Chipman’s bill would establish a fine of $500 per violation and pet shops could also face license suspension or revocation. California and Maryland have passed similar bills in hopes of helping cats and dogs in shelters waiting for homes,…

Protecting Pets from Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is nearly 100 percent preventable.  Still, according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), most pet owners don’t use preventatives. Actually, if you want to get technical about all this, in dogs – preventatives don’t completely prevent heartworm – not completely. According to Dr. Stephen Jones, immediate past president of the AHS in a…

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