Why Is My Cat Spraying? – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Why Is My Cat Spraying? Your cat's most important sense is her sense of smell. It's how they communicate with the world. Spraying (urine marking) is how she stakes out her territory; she also rubs her cheeks, paws, and hips on things (including you) to put her scent on them. Scratching isn't just for sharpening claws; it's also another way that she leaves her scent beh...
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Tips on Flying with a Pet

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Flying with a pet can be confusing as well as complicated. Air travel can be risky with pets. Bulldogs, pugs, and Persian cats are especially susceptible to oxygen deprivation and over heating due to their short nasal passages. Consider all the alternatives to flying with your pet! If you are able to leave them at home with a sitter or a friend, that is probably ideal. If you d...
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How To Help Your Cat Lose Weight – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Healthy cats are happier and tend to live longer.  Here are some tips to get your cat down to a healthy weight: First, you should consult your cat’s vet. Every cat is different, and every breed has their own uniqueness. Your vet can help you get started. The average cat only needs 20-30 calories per pound a day. See what is the calorie count on your cat’s food and h...
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5 Low Maintenance Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Are you an animal lover with a busy lifestyle?  You'd love to have a pet, but, are fearful you don't have the time available to devote to a beloved pet?  Although, all creatures deserve to have love, attention and care, some animals don't require as much as others.  Here's a list of a few: Budgie Bird Budgie birds are one of the most popular pets after cats and dogs. Th...
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Winter Exercise Tips for Dogs – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Winter Exercise Tips For Dogs! Even though the weather outside is frightful, your doggy friends still need to get their daily exercise. Not only is it important for their physical and mental health, but it is an important part of the relationship between you and your pup. Here are some ways to get those exercises in without having to go outside. Think of games to play wit...
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Things to Consider Before Becoming a Pet Owner

Owning a pet is an extremely rewarding experience.  Pets bring so much love, joy, laughter and enrichment to our lives.  However, there are many downsides to pet ownership of which you should be aware, before becoming a pet owner.  It's not all sunshine and roses.  Here are a few things to consider before becoming a pet owner. FINANCIAL BURDEN: MEDICAL:  There are regular...
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Eco-Friendly Litter Disposal + Dog Proof Litter Box Setup

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Owning two cats, Midas and Shadow, I've wanted to find an eco-friendly litter removal system.  I wanted to eliminate the wasteful practice of going through tons and tons of plastic bags, in the litter removal process.  I also wanted a way to keep my dog, Sammy Star, out of my litter boxes.  Here is the method I've curated for an eco-friendly litter removal system and dog pr...
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Best Pets for Small Children – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Best Pets for Small Children Hamsters Hamsters are a classic and easy first pet. Hamsters are easy to train to use litter and relatively low maintenance. The small breeds of hamsters, especially the females, can be more aggressive. Experts suggest getting the larger breeds if they are meant to be pets for children. Hamsters should also be kept in a roomy cage with tunnels a...
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Pet Safe Candles – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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I love having candles burning in my home.  The soft, flickering light adds so much more interest to an area and ups the cozy factor.  However, also sharing my home with my 2 cats and my dog, I have to be very aware of safety issues associated with open flames.  I want to make sure my home decor is pet safe.  Thus, I've compiled this list of terrific pet safe candles options for...
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How to Make Your Move Less Stressful on Your Dog

When moving to a new home, there are quite a few things to think about. For one, you may have to sell your existing home or find a tenant for it. The house has to be ready to show. There are loads of things to pack and possible repairs to consider. When you add a dog to the mix, it can be complete chaos. However, there are a few ways to prepare your pup for the move and keep yo...
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Basic Goldfish Care – Tips From Lucy’s Pet Care

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Basic Goldfish Care Goldfish make for good starter pets as they are inexpensive, available, and easy (once you have everything set up) to take care of. With over a hundred different species, there is a wide variety of goldfish.  Common goldfish are one of the largest species as they can grow up to 18 inches in length. For one Common goldfish it is suggested to have a 40-gallon...
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Hamster Care – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Hamsters are low maintenance in comparison to other pets, but it's imperative that the needs that they have are met. Hamsters are inexpensive and not as time consuming to care for as other pets and are social once you are able to get them acclimated to you. One of the first things you'll need to care for your hamster is a large cage with plenty of room for them to run around...
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Best Amazon Pet Toys for Your Dog and Cat – Recommendations from Lucy’s Pet Care

If you have a pets, you know you're always looking for a fun, exciting, new way to keep them entertained.  And, if you're like me, Amazon is an go-to for easy, affordable shopping option for pet toys.  Being a parent to a dog and 3 cats, I've purchased my fair share of pet toys!  Below, are some items that I've bought via Amazon that my pets love.   You can also check out the r...
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Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

What most people say is that cats are peeing to "get back at us" when they pee outside of their litter box. While it may be annoying and frustrating to come home to cat pee, it's important for cat owners to understand that the cat is trying to communicate something to us. With a bit of investigative work, you should be able to determine the reason why and eliminate the cause...
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FIV What You Need To Know – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, affects cats worldwide. FIV is the most-similar to human HIV.  Symptoms sometimes do not manifest until up to a year after contracting the virus. Once it begins to manifest the cat's immune system is weakened greatly, which leads them at risk for other diseases. FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as ...
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This Story Will Make You Think Twice Before Boarding Your Pets

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As pet parents, we have several options for care of our pets whenever we must be away from home.    And, we always want the best for our furry babies, so we do our due diligence in researching the very best choice.  Boarding your pets is a popular choice.  I'm writing this post in hopes to help with your research to consider something you might not otherwise put into the mix wh...
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Things Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat (And What To Do If They Do)

The dog may be the four-legged kid in the family, and it is tempting to slip him a treat from the dinner table now and then. However, there are some things that a dog shouldn't eat. Foods that are perfectly good for humans can be poisonous for dogs, sometimes fatally so. Here is a list of thing a dog shouldn't eat and what to do if they eat it anyway: Chocolate It is temptin...
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Lyme Disease And Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans and dogs by ticks. It is common in the northeast United States. It is difficult to diagnose because most dogs and people who test positively for it are not clinically ill. Only about 10% of positively tested dogs will ever develop clinical symptoms. A lot of vets would argue that...
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Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember

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Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember Congratulations! You just brought your new puppy home, and you're excited about spending your life with your new companion. While your puppy will make a wonderful friend, there's a lot you'll need to teach him while he grows up. If you're a first-time puppy owner, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. It's imp...
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How To Stop Puppy Nipping – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Puppies love to play! One of their ways of playing that can be problematic is biting. We want to nip puppy nipping in the bud ahead of time before they get any bigger than a year or so. The overall end of this is to make them stop biting all together. The first lesson is to teach the puppy to be gentle and that we have a more fragile skin protecting us. To start off with...
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