Even if your pet is completely satisfied with her dog or cat food and a daily treat, she’s still likely to hunt bugs inside and outside your home—and maybe even eat them. It may be gruesome to watch your feline feast on a helpless moth or see your dog wolf down a juicy grasshopper, but this behavior is natural. As long as it doesn’t lead to unusual symptoms, eating the occasional bug isn’t likely to hurt your pet. Of course, there are some inherent risks in allowing your pet to eat bugs, so consider the following.
Fear of the vet is one of the most common phobias in dogs and cats. Your pet’s anxious, terrified, or aggressive actions when visiting the vet may make you reluctant to repeat the experience. However, routine vet visits are important to keep your pet in good health. Therefore, the best response isn’t to skip checkups—it’s to reduce fear and anxiety in your pet so vet visits are more pleasant.
If you’ve owned your dog for awhile, you know she likes to chew—most likely on anything she can get her teeth on. If you just adopted a new puppy, you’ll learn this fact of canine ownership very quickly. Your goal as a responsible pet owner is to find safe chew toys for your dog. Here are the products we recommend and a few we discourage.
Kneading is a behavior that pet owners commonly observe in their cats. This is when felines rhythmically push in and out with their paws, alternating between left and right. The motion is sometimes referred to as “making biscuits” or “kneading dough” because it resembles a baker hard at work.
For our dogs, barking is one of their few means of communicating vocally with the world. From an excited, ‘Hello, notice me!’ to a territorial, ‘Back off, this place is mine!’, the meaning of a dog’s barks changes depending on the situation. With this in mind, barking at strangers is not at all uncommon for dogs—especially more territorial breeds. It can be quite the headache, especially if you live in a busy neighborhood!
Many cats are picky eaters and won’t touch anything but the most delectable wet cat food. Others are keen to munch on just about anything they come across, including dog food. But just because your cat wants to eat dog food doesn’t mean it’s healthy for him. After all, there are reasons kibble is labeled “cat food” or “dog food,” and not simply “pet food.”
Whether your pup ravenously devours any food he comes across, or he’s a picky eater, chances are he likes cat food. But just because he craves the taste doesn’t mean cat food should become a significant part of your dog’s diet. After all, there are reasons manufacturers label their kibble “cat food” or “dog food,” not “pet food.”