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The Science of Catnip

The Science of Catnip

I was recently asked why cats react to sniffing catnip. As a veterinarian, I figured this was a question I should have an answer to. But as I thought about it, I realized that I didn’t know. So I looked into it and figured I would share the information I found with my readers at Pawsitively Intrepid. What Is Catnip? Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is a plant. Or more specifically, a herb belonging to the mint family. This plant is indigenous to Europe…

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10 Christmas Traditions to Enjoy with Your Pets

10 Christmas Traditions to Enjoy with Your Pets

Can you believe that there are only 5 days till Christmas! What are you and your pet doing to celebrate the last few days of the Christmas season? Here are 10 Christmas traditions to start (or continue) with your pets. Many can be enjoyed before Christmas day. Start now to help fill the time spent waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. 1. Decorate the Christmas Tree If you haven’t yet, start off the week leading up to Christmas by decorating…

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Essentials You Need in Your Travel Pet First Aid Kit

Essentials You Need in Your Travel Pet First Aid Kit

Many of us love to travel with our pets. Whether it is a car trip to visit friends or a backpacking trip into the wilderness, it is important to always have a good travel pet first aid kit on hand. While my at home first aid kit is a little extensive to travel with, there are a few items that I always like to have on hand. And the more things that can overlap between the human first aid kit…

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A Happy Thanksgiving with Pets

A Happy Thanksgiving with Pets

Ah Thanksgiving. A holiday that is as much about shared feasts of turkey, stuffing, and pies as it is about remembering to give thanks for the abundance of blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  The start of the “holiday season,” Thanksgiving is the last holiday before the world (at least my part of it) fully unleashes Christmas. So in honor of celebrating Thanksgiving with pets, read on for holiday specific pet safety tips and a Thanksgiving day recipe for cats….

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Cat Boredom Busters

Cat Boredom Busters

Why do cats need boredom busters? While the housecat life is a safer one that results in cats living longer, healthier lives, it can also be a less mentally stimulating life compared to life outdoors. The environment rarely changes significantly and many housecats are left home alone during long workdays. This can result in a rather monotonous (aka boring) life for our cats unless we, as their caretakers, strive to help make their worlds a more exciting place. If I…

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Tips For A Petacular Halloween

Tips For A Petacular Halloween

The end of October is fast approaching. Soon it will be October 31st and Halloween will be upon us. Read on for my tips and tricks to enjoy a petacular Halloween! Petacular Halloween Costumes This wouldn’t be a proper petacular Halloween post if I didn’t start off with a paragraph about pets in costumes. The resident pets at my house have suffered through a few costumes over the years. Just like harnesses and collars, it is important that costumes fit…

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The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

What is the VOHC seal? The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) concept was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Veterinary dentists recognized that there were many products being marketed to improve the dental health of pets. However, there was not an objective means of recognizing which products actually worked. As a result a panel of veterinary dentists and representatives from several veterinary organizations agreed upon a protocol for testing effectiveness of plaque and calculus retardants in dogs. (Note…

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Help! I can’t get my cat in the carrier!

Help! I can’t get my cat in the carrier!

The Dreaded Cat Carrier The cat carrier… an item that can strike fear into the hearts of both cats and their owners alike. Most of us have heard the stories (or experienced the sensation ourselves) of attempting to place a normally calm and sweet cat into a carrier, only to find that said cat morphs into an acrobatic, scratching whirlwind upon seeing the carrier. You wouldn’t think that an animal that weighs less than 15 pounds could resist so efficiently….

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Health Certificates and When Your Pet Needs One

Health Certificates and When Your Pet Needs One

Pets travel on a regular basis. Whether it is a flight to an international country or a drive across state lines, pets cross borders for a variety of reasons. such as vacations with their human families, shows, trials, hunting, or even to find new homes. Regardless of the reason for travel, it is important to know the rules and regulations that pertain to each trip. In my experience, most pet owners are aware that international travel and anything involving planes…

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The Great Backyard Jungle Cat

The Great Backyard Jungle Cat

The life of the domestic housecat has changed significantly over the years. Many cats are living longer, healthier lives as indoor only cats. On average an indoor-only cat lives about 10 years longer than a cat that is outdoors. This is largely due to the risk factors that cats that are allowed to roam outside unattended are exposed to that indoor cats are not. I have seen many cats casually strolling the street and have treated many that have subsequently…

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