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Finding a Solution

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If “cat-erwauling” has become a problem in your home, it’s always best to take your cat to the vet for a full medical evaluation, says Denish. “If your pet is deemed medically healthy, then the vet will look for...

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Pain and Other Medical Factors

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Dr. Adam Denish of Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital in Elkins Park, PA, says that excessive vocalizations from your cat can be a sign of pain or illness and shouldn’t be ignored. “Pain is the most common cause of increased vocalization,”...

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Advanced Age

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As cats age, they can lose their faculties in the same way we do. “There are a number of factors that can cause an elderly cat to meow more or louder. Kitties who are losing their hearing often increase the volume since they can’t...

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Pay Attention to Me!

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The fact remains that the reason your cat is so noisy and demanding might just be your doing. There’s a fine line between positive and negative reinforcement of your cat’s behavior—and staying on the right side of this line...

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Owner Encouragement

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Some people enjoy the sound of their cat’s voice. “When people like the meowing, they can reinforce it with attention and treats,” says Krieger. But, she adds, “there are times when the meowing is problematic, such as...

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Hunger

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Not surprisingly, a prime source of increased feline vocalization is hunger, whether actual or perceived. If your cat believes that a noticeable dent in its food constitutes it being “empty,” then you’re bound to hear about...

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Boredom and Breed

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When we find ourselves bored or anxious, we might be prone to making small talk to fill the void. Your cat is no different, and a lack of things to do or play with might very well bring out the orator in your feline. If late-night yowling performances...

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What's in a Meow?

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by David F. Kramer Few things touch the heart of a cat lover more than those first few mews of a newborn kitten. In reality, however, the language of the cat has much more to do with humans than with cats. Over the course of thousands...

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7 Reasons Your Cat Won’t Stop Meowing

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Some people love to "talk" with their cats, while others... not so much. If your cat meows too much or is suddenly meowing a lot, here are some potential causes, as well as some techniques that might quiet him down. Read more here.

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6 Tips for Safely Bottle Feeding Kittens

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By Hannah Shaw So you’re caring for a bottle baby kitten. Maybe you’ve signed up to foster orphans for your local shelter, or you’ve found a baby outside and the mother has not returned for her. No matter the case,...

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Can Dogs Have Amoxicillin?

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by David F. Kramer Amoxicillin is an improved version of the antibiotic penicillin; touted for having a broader range of activity and being more resistant to stomach acids than naturally-occurring penicillin. The drug kills bacteria by...

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Body Condition Score for Reptiles

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) The term “body condition score” is a standard scale used by veterinarians to subjectively rate the body weight of an animal relative to what is considered “normal”...

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Caring for an Orphaned Bird

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by Diana Bocco If you find a baby bird on the ground, your first instinct might be to pick it up and rush it to safety. But this isn't necessarily the best option, and it may even be illegal. “It is not a good idea to...

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Bleach Poisoning in Pets: What You Should Know

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By John Gilpatrick Is bleach poisonous to dogs and cats? The short answer is "yes," but it's a little more complicated than that. Dr. Lynn Hovda is the director of veterinary services for the Pet Poison Helpline....

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How to Train Your Ferret to Use a Litter Box

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by Cheryl Lock No matter how much you love your pet ferret, there’s one thing ferret owners don’t love, and that’s the smell of ferret poop around the house. But with a little luck and a lot of patience, you can train...

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How to Train Birds Not to Bite

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by Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Like human babies, birds are very oral creatures. Parrots—also called hookbills—use their beaks to manipulate objects as well as to chew and crack open hard foods like...

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How to Clip a Bird’s Wings

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by Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Note: Before attempting to clip a bird’s wings, an owner should be sure to have a wing trimming lesson from an experienced trimmer, such as a veterinary professional, bird...

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Estate Planning for Pets: Why You Should Do It

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By Cheryl Lock As hard as it may be to contemplate your own mortality, most people make sure to plan out their wills and estates in advance, so that loved ones are taken care of after their death. People with spouses and children...

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Leptospirosis Cases Occur in New York and Phoenix: What You Need to Know

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Pet parents in both New York City and Phoenix are on high alert due to the confirmed cases ofLeptospirosis in both major metropolitan areas. Leptospirosis, which is a rare bacterial disease,can affect both dogs and humans. According...

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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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