Category Archives: Pets

Philo

Here’s some news

Published / by Beth

I got a dog!

It’s been some years since my faithful dog Buddy died rather suddenly. I’ve missed him terribly. A few months after his death, I adopted a sick old collie, who I took care of until kidney failure took her life.

This summer, I was working on a client’s network (the client is Five Points Pet Resort), when I realized there was a cute little white dog following me around, wagging his tail and just looking all happy and goofy.  I asked one of the staff, “What’s the story on that little dog?”  She told me that he had been found wandering a country road a few months ago.  Someone dropped him off there, at the resort, hoping they could find his owner.  They tried for two months to either find his owner or a new home for him.

He’s a crazy little guy.  I always had older dogs, which are usually pretty calm.  He’s the first small dog for me, and the first dog I’ve ever had that was under 5 or 6 years old.  The vets he’s been to think he’s probably between one and two years old.  He’s a wild little shredding machine!

Philo

His name is Philo.  He loves to run and play, and loves to chew up stuff.

Stay tuned for blood test results later this month.

Sunny Fall Day

Published / by Beth

This is my cat, Peeps, taking a snooze on the back porch on a sunny October day. Peeps has been with me for a few years now.  She showed up at my house one winter.  I called her Peeps because she used to stand up at the door and peep into the house through the windows. She ran away from me whenever I tried to approach her at first.  Not anymore!  Now she comes running whenever she sees me or when I call for her. She’s an amazing and wonderful cat!

Peeps Asleep

Advice from a cat lady

Published / by Beth

If you have cats, you probably have one that refuses to use the litterbox.  Instead, he or she zeros in on the piles of laundry in the laundry room, any soft cushion on your best piece of furniture, or, God forbid, your bed.  You’ve tried everything, but nothing’s working for this kitty.  There’s no litter that will satisfy her.  You’ve added at least one litterbox to every room in the house.  What now?

The next thing you should do, is take the cat to the vet.  No, I’m not saying you need to have her euthanized!  Read on.  The vet needs to check your pet over thoroughly, to make sure he or she doesn’t have a urinary tract infection. If one is present, an antibiotic will be given, and you may see your pet’s litterbox habits improve.

However, the possibility remains that, as my vet put it, “it’s a behavioral problem.”  Maybe the cat is being stalked at the litterbox by his or her feline housemates?

Puppy training pads for cat There may not be much you can do about the situation.  Unfortunately, experts say that “inappropriate elimination” is the number one reason cats are surrendered to shelters, abandoned  and euthanized.

Before you give up your cat, try one more thing.  This worked for me, and we’ve had harmony in the house ever since.  No “accidents” either!

Try puppy training pads or the human version, referred to as “chux.”  Lay a few of them down in the area where you errant kitty is known to eliminate.  If your situation turns out to be like mine, you’ll find that the cat is now urinating and/or defecating on the pads instead of the carpet, clothes, sofa or bed.  I actually place the pads near the litterbox I want my cat to use, and she uses the pads there.  I will warn you that you can go through 4-6 pads a day, depending on your cat’s eating and drinking routine, but it’s well worth it.  The best thing about it is that the cleanup is fast and easy!  I just pick up the used pad and put another in its place!

You can actually buy the human version for less, if you shop around.  I find them for less than $20 per 100.