Resources & FAQ
Why should a female dog be spayed and a male dog be neutered?
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
Why should a female cat be spayed and a male cat be neutered?
A common question from cat owners is “Why should I spay or neuter my pet?” The obvious answer is population control, but there are additional health benefits as well. As the number of cats relinquished to animal shelters demonstrates so dramatically, feline overpopulation has become a big problem. This is the reason animal welfare groups and veterinarians strongly recommend spaying and neutering cats. And, it’s important to do it early in the pet’s life. In addition to helping control the cat population, it has been found that these procedures also protect cats against injury from fighting and from some reproductive diseases.
Having your cat spayed – a safe and simple operation to remove the female reproductive organs – stops all reproductive function. Your cat won’t ever be in heat again, and she won’t contribute to the cat overpopulation problem. Experts also recognize that if cats are spayed, the incidence of breast cancer, mammary cancer in cats, goes down dramatically. And there is no risk of infection or disease in those organs. So spaying your cat is a win-win-win situation. Since a female kitten can get pregnant as early as four months of age, you should consider neutering or spaying your kitten early.
Having your cat neutered – a safe and simple operation to remove the male reproductive organs – stops all reproductive function. For those of you who do not intend to breed cats, one cat plus one cat adds up to a lot more than two cats. In fact, one plus one can produce thousands of cats. Millions of cats are euthanized every year in this country. Many vets will perform a spaying or neutering procedure on kittens within the first few months of life.
How do I trim my cats nails?
If you have a kitten, handle his/her paws frequently so they get used to nail trimming. For an older cat, if you’re having a hard time, you may wait until they are calm or sleepy. A small nail trimming scissors is recommended, and can be purchased at most pet stores. It may help to have one person hold the cat, while the other person trims the nails.
If you’re alone, hold kitty in the crook of your arm and hold the paw between your thumb and forefinger to extend the claws with that hand. Manipulate cat claw scissors with other hand. Just clip the curly tip; avoid the part of the claw where you see a pink/red blood vessel. After cutting the cats nails, give your kitty a treat to reward their good behavior. It is recommended to trim your cat’s claws every other week.
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Can I give my cat catnip?
It’s not for all cats. If you’ve ever wanted to give your cat a treat, you’ve probably offered it some catnip. If your cat seems uninterested in a toy filled with catnip, she’s perfectly normal. Only about half of all cats seem sensitive to catnip. That’s because only about half of all cats have a certain dominant gene. Also, catnip doesn’t seem to affect kittens under three months of age. Reactions to catnip vary from mild appreciation to extreme pleasure. But beware — cats under the influence of catnip aren’t always friendlier. Occasionally, catnip makes some cats aggressive, so never use it when you’re trying to introduce two cats for the first time.
What are household dangers for pets?
Every home contains items that can be dangerous or fatal if ingested by a cat or a dog. You can protect your pet by learning about these hazards, including things like chocolate, hairties, cleaning products and houseplants, among other things. Read more here.
Should my cat be an outdoor or indoor cat?
Do closed doors mean the cat is cooped up or kept from harm? Is it cruel to keep your cat cooped up all day inside? Veterinarians say indoor cats tend to be healthier and live longer than outdoor cats. They don’t get exposed to toxic pesticides or contagious diseases. Indoor cats also can’t get hit by a car or attacked by outside animals. Chances are, your indoor bundle of fur won’t pick up any fleas, ticks or parasitic worms either. Your indoor cat’s biggest problem may be boredom. Give him plenty of toys, perches and posts to scratch. Play with him often. When it’s fun to be inside, many indoor cats who finally do go out just want to come right back in.
What should I do if my cat goes outside of the litter box?
Cats that have faithfully used litter boxes all their lives may suddenly decide to answer nature’s call elsewhere. The most common reason for a cat to turn tail on its own litter box is that the box may not be clean enough. A change in the type of litter used, in the litter box itself, or in the location of the box can also throw your cat off. If a new cat has been brought in to the household that could be just enough stress to cause a cat to not use the litter box. A urinary or intestinal tract disorder could also be the cause, so if environmental changes are ruled out, take your cat for a check-up.
How do I introduce a new cat to other animals in my home?
There are many different ways that you can introduce a new cat (or cats) into your household with existing pets. However, we truly believe the most successful approach is to take it slow, and to give all cats (the new cat and the resident cat) the time and space each of them needs to adjust.
How often should I take my cat to the vet?
Your cats should be taken to the vet at least once a year for routine veterinary care, including vaccations, parasite control and dental care; proper nutrition; and grooming. Kittens will need multiple visits in their first year of life, and it’s also recommended that senior cats be seen twice a year. Check out this site for more details on the importance of routine health care for your cats.
What should I do if my pet is lost?
Is Your Pet Lost?
A lost pet can be a frightening experience for any pet parent. Immediate action is crucial, but where do you start? Follow the steps below for the best chance of a reunion.
What to do immediately after your pet goes missing:
Walk the neighborhood: Take a walk around the immediate area and speak to any neighbors, postal service workers, landscapers, or anyone who may have seen your lost pet. You know your pet best, so look in areas that your pet may have been interested in or comfortable hiding in. Most pets are found close to home.
Share their scent: Put a couple of your pet’s favorite items near the most common entry ways into your home. The front door and the door into your yard would be the best locations. You can include items like their favorite bed, blanket, toys, their litterbox (if cat) and any other items they use frequently. Their scents may help them find their way home.
- Search for your lost dog or cat on Petco Love Lost: We have partnered with Petco Love Lost to easily help search the national lost and found database and create a searchable/shareable alert for your missing pet. Upload a a picture of your pet or searching by location. Powered by facial recognition technology, Petco Love Lost helps match found animals to reported lost pets nationwide. Visit Petco Love Lost and search now!
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to register your pet on Petco Love Lost to do things like create a Lost listing that can be shared and print out premade fliers. You can also receive fliers via text message or email.
- Use the sharing features on Petco Love Lost to distribute your lost pet listing on other social media outlets like Facebook, Craigslist, and Nextdoor.
- Make sure your pet’s microchip information is updated: If a finder takes your missing pet to be scanned for a microchip, you want to make sure that all the information is correct so that you will be contacted immediately.
- Check with your local animal services, animal control, and animal shelters: Call to see if your missing pet is at any local shelters or rescues. An in-person trip is preferable so you can look and see if your pet is in their care. Many organizations allow you to place a lost report with them, where you can leave a photo of your pet and your contact information.
- Continue to spread the word about your missing pet: Make sure any posters or fliers made are large and bright with only relevant information on it. Place in high traffic areas and in the vicinity of where your lost pet went missing.
- Don’t give up! Finding a lost pet can take time. Remember to regularly check websites that you have posted your lost pet on and make updates as needed. New lost and found pets are added regularly to Petco Love Lost and to your local shelters.