Dear Tabby, With Halloween quickly approaching, we have a very pressing question for you: Should we dress our dog up for Halloween? Debating dressing up in Timbergrove? Dear Debating Dressing Up, We’ve all seen those adorable videos on the Internet with pets--dressed as spiders and pirates--walking around, doing their normal “pet-thing” all the while, dressed like a funny character. Sure, it’s loads of laughs for us humans, but how does it make your pet feel? Some dogs don’t mind being decked out in a costume and will even ham it up for the camera, but some of them hate every minute of it. If your dog truly despises being dressed up, don’t make him wear the costume--as fun as it would be for you. If your dog has decided that it’s acceptable to participate in … [Read more...] about Should you dress your dog up for Halloween?
Dear Tabby, We are looking into adopting a dog and are seeing so many cute Pit Bull-mixes in the shelters. We’ve heard so many bad things about Pit Bulls that we’re nervous about bringing one into our family. What’s your take on Pittie-mixes? Pittie-Curious in The Heights Dear Pittie-Curious, As luck would have it, October is Pit Bull Awareness Month, so there is tons of information out there, advocating for the great dogs that are of Pit Bull-descent. Many things have contributed to the prejudice against the breed. Unscrupulous breeding by less-than-upstanding citizens, negatively sensationalized (and often false) media accounts, and longstanding myths surrounding these types of dogs have led to their vilification. The general term “Pit Bull” refers to a number of … [Read more...] about Mythbusters: Pit Bull edition
Dear Tabby, Quite often, I hear people spewing misinformation about cats--like “they’re evil,” “they’re unloving and distant,” and “they don’t need to be taken care of.” As a cat lover, this frustrates me to no end. Can you debunk some of these misconceptions about cats for your readers? Frustrated with feline fallacies in Forest West Dear Frustrated, I feel your pain. Unfortunately, there are still people who believe all of the myths and negative fables about cats in our culture. While shelters and rescue groups have done an excellent job of educating the public about cats and their behaviors, it bears repeating that many people have got it all wrong, as far as cats are concerned. Here are a few of the most widely held fallacies about cats: Myth 1: Cats always land on … [Read more...] about Mythbusters: Cat Edition
Dear Tabby, My dog loves to lick the lotion off of my legs after my shower. While I do find this gross and unnerving, I am also a little concerned that maybe she shouldn’t be ingesting lotion? Do you have any information on if lotion is harmful to dogs? Lotion licker in Garden Oaks Dear Lotion Licker, It’s not uncommon for dogs (and even cats) to be enticed by the scent of the lotion that you apply to your skin. Many products approved for use in people, however, are not meant for use in pets. Though most topical, over-the-counter lotions and creams are not likely to cause serious problems for your pet, there are a few types that can be problematic. In most cases, a lick or two is not likely to cause an issue, but ingestion of large amounts of moisturizing lotions can … [Read more...] about Tabby slathers on the info about lotion licking
Dear Tabby, I normally park my car in the driveway at my house. I recently purchased a new car and my neighbor’s cat has decided to make my new car his bed at night. I don’t want to be cruel, but he jumps up with wet dirty feet and walks around then sleeps there most of the night. My neighbor thinks it is funny. Any suggestions to stop the behavior? Fed-up with felines on my Ford in Forest West Dear Fed-Up, This is an age-old (well, only as old as the invention of the automobile, I suppose) problem that people ever since have tried to solve. Herein lies the issue: Cats like warm spots that are up high. This makes the hood or the roof of your car a virtual cat paradise. However, I understand your frustration with having kitty paws and fur all over your nice, new car--not to … [Read more...] about How to keep Kitty from cat-napping on car