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How to Raise a Barn Cat

2/20/2020 7:05 PM

Barn cat at rest in window.

The average house cat lives a relaxing life filled with naps, naps, and more naps. But barn cats have a serious job to perform—controlling the rodent population in barns. You can help keep your hardworking barn cat happy and safe by providing the necessities: veterinary care, comfortable shelter, food, water, and fun. Let's take a closer look at each one.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Samantha Johnson
Puppies can be big bundles of energy, so be ready for all that fun before getting one.

Getting a puppy can be very exciting. You're adding a new fur baby to your home that will bring loads of joy, adventures, and cherished memories. But you need to do some preparation beyond just asking yourself, "Should I get a dog?" The things to know before getting a puppy include deciding if you should get a puppy or an adult dog, choosing the right breed, learning how to puppy-proof your home, and putting together a complete "new puppy checklist" that includes all the basic supplies.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
A puppy sleeps peacefully with a newborn baby. Good training can help them get along well.

Congratulations on your baby! If you're a little worried about your dog's behavior around your new baby, know that you're not alone. It's natural to have a little concern. Maybe you're worried that your dog may be slightly obsessed with or anxious around your newborn. There's a lot you can do to smooth the transition. Help make sure your dog's on his best behavior with your baby by introducing baby smells and sounds early, playing with your dog a lot after the baby comes, and introducing the two slowly.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Community cats are your local population of free-roaming felines. They include adults, kittens, healthy, sick, altered, unaltered, friendly, or feral (unsocialized and fearful of people) cats, and may or may not have a caregiver.

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Comments | Posted in Cats Infographics By Tamara Franklin & Niege Borges

Has your dog ever stolen food from your plate or off the kitchen counter? That is called counter surfing. While it may be fun for your pup, it can be very frustrating for you and your guests. But don't despair. Your dog's not trying to be mean or rebellious. He just needs some gentle and persistent training. The best dog counter surfing deterrents encourage a different behavior that ends up being more rewarding. Your dog's instinct to sneak food may be strong, but with consistent training, patience, and understanding, you can stop him from counter surfing.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Taking your cat's temperature is easy to do at home with a little preparation. The most accurate way to take a cat's temperature is by gently inserting a lubricated thermometer into the cat's rectum. Pet-specific oral, ear, and skin thermometers are also available at many pet stores. These are easier to use, but may be less accurate than taking a rectal temperature.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Elizabeth Racine, DVM
dog staring at moon

While annoying to us, barking comes naturally to dogs. Because it's a natural instinct, it can be a challenge to get them to stop barking at night. Why do dogs bark at night? Often it's because they see or hear an animal in the yard, or because they hear other dogs barking in the neighborhood. Other reasons they bark include loneliness, lack of supervision, or inadequate exercise and play. To get them to stop barking at night, you need to give them a more rewarding option.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Sassafras Lowrey & Sharla Moody
little girl holding rabbit

Although they may look small and fragile, rabbits are surprisingly well-adapted to cold temperatures. With appropriate husbandry, a healthy adult rabbit can be comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and can tolerate temperatures that are even lower if necessary. Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit may be too cold for rabbits and you will need to take some extra precautions to keep your rabbit comfortable outdoors at these temperatures.

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Comments | Posted in Small Animals By Elizabeth Racine, DVM
If you brush your dog regularly, less hair will fall onto your car's carpet.

It's always fun to take your dog with you when you run errands or go on adventures. But a traveling dog can also lead to a lot of dog fur getting stuck in the crooks, crevices, and carpet of your car. Figuring out how to get dog hair out of the car's carpet isn't as tough as it might sound. To get out the dog hair, you'll want to dog proof your car with special covers and then use a vacuum, rubber glove, or even lint rollers to get out the excess hair.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Cartoon of fox about to eat chicken

Chickens are highly susceptible to predators, especially if they're free range. Foxes, raccoons, birds of prey and even snakes can all pose a threat to a free-range flock. To protect your chickens from predators, you'll need to consider installing appropriate fencing, providing shelter, keeping your chickens indoors at night and using guard animals to keep predators at bay.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Elizabeth Racine, DVM

Why Does My Cat Meow A Lot?

1/21/2020 9:53 AM

Cats may meow to ask for food or make other requests.

Cats love to meow and "talk" to their owners, but sometimes it can get a little out of hand, even for the cutest fur babies. When your cat is meowing frequently and can't seem to stop, you may find yourself asking: "Why does my cat meow a lot?" Excessive meowing can have many causes, including boredom, wanting to talk with you, feeling hungry, or being stressed or sick. The key is learning to translate your cat's meows.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

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