How to Hide a Litterbox – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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If you're the proud caretaker of kitties, you know that a necessary evil that comes along with them is the litterbox.  The daily scooping, refilling, repurchase, etc.  And, the many choices there are to make with a seemingly simple task:  What's the best type of litter?  What's the best scoop?  How many litter boxes?  What size litter box?  ...and, Where do I put the litterb...
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Valentine’s Gift Ideas Pet Edition!

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Valentine's Gift Ideas Pet Edition! Valentine's Day is coming up! Valentine's Day is all about showing your loved ones how you really feel. Looking for the purrfect gift?  Here are some ideas! Pamper Your Pet! When you pamper your pet for Valentine's Day, you're not only giving your lovely pet a little treat- you are also helping your local groomer out financially and ...
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Tips for How to Introduce A New Cat to Your Household

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Having a cat is wonderful. Having two cats...well, to me that’s even better!  Because having more than one cat can be amazing. They each have distinct personalities and what’s even better, they are great company for one another. However, successfully bringing a new cat into your household can be a bit of a process. Like I said, cats have distinct and strong personalitie...
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10 Gift Ideas for Pets and Pet Parents – Fun & Unique!

 10 Gift Ideas For Pets/Pet Parents The holidays are coming up and we don't want to forget our four-legged babies or our loved ones who have them.  Come to think of it, why shouldn't people buy gifts for their pets? They are part of the family and are always there for you like a family member or friend. A Brand New Pet Carrier   One thing you could buy is a new pet...
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How to Talk to Cats

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How to Talk to Cats   There are a lot of things that our cats are trying to tell us. And as owners (or best friends), they communicate with us on a level that other people may never understand. Vocalization: Meowing If you have more than one cat you may have noticed that they don’t actually meow at each other. Your cat basically only meows to you in...
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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family?

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What is the Best FIRST Pet for my Family? A Guide to Choosing Your Family's First Pet It can be hard to pick out the best first pet for your family, but, luckily we have some great information to help you along the way. Cats & Dogs The friendship between a child and his dog or cat is a tale as old as time; palling around and growing up together, but it’s not always as...
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The “Scoop” About Litter Box Issues

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The "Scoop" about Litter Box Issues Today we’re tackling the sometimes smelly litter box issues.  Most cats use it with ease, but there are some tips and tricks you need to make sure they have the right accommodations for successful use. Location of Litter Box:   Firstly, you need to decide where the litter box will end up.  It is best to put it in a quiet and safe area in...
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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone

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What You Need To Know If Your Durham Dog or Cat Bites Someone One of our biggest fears as a pet owner is that our beloved Durham dog or cat will bite someone.  Every animal is capable of this act.  What triggers this aggressive behavior is topic for another blog.  Here, I'll detail what you can expect if your dog or cat bites someone.  I hope that by having this information...
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Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?

Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?   Becoming foster pet parent is a temporary, yet considerable, commitment for both you and the foster pet. A foster home for pets is an incredibly important part of their adoption process. Having a safe home where they can socialize and learn a routine is key to make sure they can successfully be adopted.  If you’re thin...
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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat?

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What is the Best Collar Color for your Cat? You love your kitty and can’t imagine anything happening to him or her, right? Well, then you may be shocked to learn that approximately 7-million pets go missing each year in the USA. What is probably even more shocking is to learn that only approximately 0nly 5% of cats are returned to their home (whereas 25% of dogs are reported a...
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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

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How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree Naturally, cats love trees. They must be euphoric when they spot that tree with all of those dangling and glittering things.  I’m sure they’re thinking that they have just struck the cat toy lottery! Okay, so cats may not really understand the purpose of a Christmas tree and they certainly don’t understand that those shiny bulbs aren’t h...
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Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss

Pet Bereavement Resources for Pet Loss It’s never easy to lose someone that you love. Pet loss can be felt deeply and for many years.  When you have a companion that is by your side for years, it can be hard to cope with their passing.  Some people, mostly non pet parents, like to marginalize your loss.  They’ll say things like, “Well, at least it wasn’t your parents, or c...
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Is It Normal For My Cat To Have Dandruff?

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My Cat Has Dandruff.  What’s going on? Did you know that just like humans, cats can have dandruff for a variety of reasons? Dandruff is a common skin condition that is distinguished by the manifestation of small, white flakes of skin in the fur. Dandruff, to a large extent, is normal. In most cases owners will not even notice it, unless it becomes excessive. Dandruff isn...
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Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat

Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Cat Over the weekend my best friend adopted two kittens.  They are so stinking cute, I mean absolutely adorable.  It doesn’t help that I almost always have kitten fever.  I just love them so much, from their lovable little faces their fluffy little bottoms that rise when you pet them, cats are the best.  If you have never had a cat, it’s...
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Cat Pain: How to Know if Your Cat is Silently Suffering

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Cat Pain:  Signs your cat may be suffering Do you know how to tell if your cat may be in pain? You might be thinking “Oh, that’s easy! He’ll cry or whimper!”  Not necessarily so!  By nature, cats tend to hide their pain or suffering. If you suspect your cat may be in pain, you should be aware of some tell tale signs. Personality changes Resistance to touch Resting on...
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Should I Be Worried About My Cat’s Weight Loss?

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Should I Be Worried About My Cat's Weight Loss? WEIGHT LOSS IN CATS Many owners get worried more when their cats gain weight than when they lose weight.  The cause of the weight gain may be simply because the cat is eating too much, but weight loss usually has more underlying causes. While there is no specified healthy weight for cats, a weight loss of about one pound (...
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How Do I Keep My Dog Out of the Litter Box?

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Does your dog love "all things cat?"  Does he go bonkers for cat treats, food and even toys?  Does his love go even further, so that he goes litter box diving for "snacks?"  Are you having a hard time keeping your dog out of the litter box?  If so, you're not alone in this dilemma.  Those of us with canines and felines under the same roof know this can be a real challenge.  It'...
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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu

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What You Need to Know About the Durham Dog Flu You may have already heard about a potentially fatal strain of dog flu that's been slowly spreading across the country.  It first made headlines when a large outbreak occurred in Chicago, back in April of this year.  Since then, it's infected dogs in more than 12 states.  With 3 reported cases in Winston-Salem, this illness ha...
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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter – Employee vs. Contractor

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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter Employee vs. Contractor It's prudent to hire a Durham pet sitter who works with a Team of other sitters.  This helps ensure 1) availability for your requested dates of care and 2) an emergency back-up system.  Having more eggs in the basket is a good thing!  It's not a good idea to be dependent on a single person when you've ...
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Could You Love the World’s Ugliest Dog?

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  Quasi Modo was recently crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog."  He is a 10-year old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, whose spinal birth defect left him with a bit of a hunched back - thus, his name.  He was abandoned at a local shelter, before being adopted by a veterinarian.  So, how can a dog whose appearance can be a little unsettling to some (per his owner, grown men ...
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