The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced that they managed more than 116,000 calls to its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) hotline in 2006, several of which pertained to common household items. A newcomer to the top 10 category, this includes such harmful items as volatile petroleum-based products, alcohols, acids, and gases.
Deciding whether to declaw your cat may be one of the most important choices you make as a cat owner. And for many feline lovers, it's a thorny issue. Why Cats Scratch Cats scratch to smooth out the rims of their claws, which gradually get frayed. Scratching is also an instinctive method of marking territory.
Our question this week was: My cat was recently diagnosed with a condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular cardiomyopathy. What is it? Anthony M. Columbus, Ohio Answer Hi - thanks for your email Anthony. Heart disease is relatively common in cats and there are several causes. The term cardiomyopathy literally means "disease of the heart muscle".
Good owner that you are, you had the yard fenced in after bringing home that beagle from the shelter. Every day, you let your beagle buddy out so he can exercise his exuberance in safety. With the atomic energy inherent in a beagle, however, your backyard looks like a test site for missiles. Worse still, it's populated with landmines.
Cuban tree frogs must be housed separately, from each other and from other animals. Their skin secretions are toxic to other creatures including frogs and amphibians, and Cubans are very active predators. Cubans eat animals such as amphibians, reptiles, birds and mice - basically, anything that is small enough to fit into their mouth.
Have you done spring cleaning yet? Did you remember to take care of your cat's litter box and bedding? After a long winter inside, you may have some stubborn kitty odors lingering in your home from your cat's litter box, spraying, "accidents" outside the box, vomit or diarrhea. Even if you don't currently have any odor problems, this is a great time of year to do some preventative maintenance.