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Your Kitten Is Sick

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A kitten’s sorrowful cries could be an indication that the kitten is sick. Illness may not always be visually obvious to a caretaker, but a kitten’s cries can indicate that something is causing her distress. If a kitten seems...

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Your Kitten Is in Pain

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You’ll know it when you hear it—the shrieking cry of an injured animal is hard to miss. If you hear a piercing, shrill cry from a kitten, this is a sign that she is in serious distress. This can occur for a number of reasons,...

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Your Kitten Needs to Poop

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When kittens are first getting used to using a litter box on their own, it’s not uncommon for them to be a little fussy about pooping. Kittens under 8 weeks old will often meow before or during defecation, and that’s okay as...

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Your Kitten Is Hungry

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Just like human babies, kittens are likely to cry out when it’s been too long between meals. If a kitten is crying for food every day, consider your feeding schedule and determine if you are providing frequent enough feedings. Young...

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Your Kitten Is Lost or Confused

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New kitten parents may be tempted to give a kitten full run of the house, but for a young animal, it can be confusing or even scary to have such a large territory. If a kitten is crying, she may be lost and calling out for help because she...

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Your Kitten Is Lonely

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Kittens are curious creatures with high energy, and they require lots of mental and physical stimulation while they’re awake in order to be happy. If a kitten is constantly crying, they may be looking for your attention or calling...

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6 Reasons Your Kitten Is Crying

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By Hannah Shaw First-time parents are familiar with trying to answer the question, “why is the baby crying?” But this question becomes even more challenging when the baby is of a different species—a new kitten. Crying...

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6 Reasons Your Kitten Is Crying

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If your kitten is crying or whining, there is a need that must be met. Here are some of the common reasons your kitten might be crying, and how to help her find relief.

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Cat Panting: Why It Happens and What to Do About It

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By Elizabeth Xu Even if you’re a cat person, you probably know that canines tend to pant after exercise or when they’re just too warm. This isn’t a trait normally shared by felines. If you notice your cat...

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Regularly Check Your Dog's Paws

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Chances are you can catch any paw issues early if you make checking your dog’s paws part of your normal routine. For example, skin that looks red could indicate that an infection is starting, van Eckert says. Take the time to...

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Be Careful with Floor Cleaners

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Some floor cleaners contain harsh chemicals that just aren’t good for your dog’s paws, van Eckert says. “Not only is there a risk of [their skin] absorbing the chemicals directly from the floor, they’re also...

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Keep Nails Trimmed

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How often a dog’s nails need to be trimmed is breed- and lifestyle-dependent, but it’s still something you should be aware of. “The longer [the nails] are, the easier they are to split and get torn off and that,...

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Get Your Dog Comfortable with Paw Touching

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Many dogs don’t like when their paws are touched, van Ekert says. This can create problems during grooming or if a paw injury does occur. If you have a puppy, though, these problems can easily be avoided. “As soon as people...

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Take Walks During Cooler Times

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The heat of summer might mean it’s time to reevaluate your normal walking schedule to one that’s more comfortable for both you and your dog. Mandell recommends walking in the morning or evening, keeping walks short, providing...

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Examine Paws After Walks

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Hiking is a great warm-weather activity, but rough terrain and unexpected objects might make it a dangerous one, too. You’ll want to be aware of what your dog is walking on, but Mandell says that’s sometimes not enough. “Just...

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Be Wary of Hot Asphalt

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Summer often means more outside time for dogs, but there are plenty of paw hazards to consider when the temperature rises. Surfaces like asphalt can really soak up the sun (and heat). “If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot,...

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Consider Boots or Foot Wax

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Although a dog’s paws are better suited for cold and snow than human feet, she can still benefit from protection, says Dr. Katherine van Ekert, a veterinarian and co-founder of VetPronto, a veterinary network that provides home care...

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Watch the Clock in Cold Weather

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Like humans, dogs shouldn’t stay out in the cold too long. Frostbite can affect a dog’s paws and other parts of the body too, Mandell says. Luckily, it shouldn’t be a problem if you keep an eye on the time. Cold temperatures...

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Watch Out for Ice Patches

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Your pup may love to play outside in the wintertime, but her exuberance could lead to pain if you’re not careful. “Dogs can slip and fall just like we can,” Mandell says. Ice can also have sharp edges that will cut a dog’s...

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Wipe Off Paws in Winter

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Ice, snow, salt, and other chemicals can all be harmful to a dog’s paws, our experts say. “Always make sure to wipe their paws when they come inside. It’s extremely important to get all the salt, ice, and dirt off,”...

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12 Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Paws All Year Round

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By Elizabeth Xu Paw problems in dogs may not be obvious to pet parents, but if left untreated, these issues can cause a lot of discomfort for our canine friends. “Paws are pretty sturdy,” says Dr. Deborah Mandell,...

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12 Ways to Protect Your Dog’s Paws All Year Round

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Paw problems can cause a lot of discomfort for dogs. Veterinary experts share tips on how pet parents can protect their dog's paws all year round.

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Drug Allergies

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Drug allergies are relatively rare in cats, but any individual can have an adverse reaction to a particular drug without warning. Symptoms vary but can include itching, hives, fever, vomiting, hair loss (topical products) and in severe cases...

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Perfumes

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Some cats are very sensitive to the perfumes that are frequently added to cat litters, cleaning products, air sprays, carpet powders, dryer cloths, etc. If you find that your cat is sneezing or becoming itchy after contact with these types of...

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Plastic Food Bowls

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Human allergies to plastic have been documented in scientific literature, and while similar studies have not been done in cats, anecdotal reports seem to link eating and drinking from plastic bowls with a condition called feline chin acne that...

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