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Birds Life at Home

Purposeful Playtime: Pet Birds Need Toys for Mental and Physical Health

Reading Time: 4 minutes Have you ever wondered why toys for pet birds are so intricate, colorful, varied in materials and textures, and downright fun-looking? Could you imagine your hookbill happy with anything less than a toy he can spend hours chewing on, shredding, swinging from, and flinging from side to side? Our pet birds are highly intelligent creatures. […]

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Perfect Setup: Plan Your Bird’s Cage Environment With Care

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bringing a new companion bird home can be exciting for you but frightening for your bird. The key to introducing your new feathered friend to your home in a Fear Free way is to plan for and set up his new cage and environment in a mindful manner before you bring him home. Maintaining an […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Dogs

Pet Paraphernalia: What’s New For Cats and Dogs

Reading Time: 6 minutes Global Pet Expo is the industry’s annual showcase, highlighting new and innovative products for pet parents to both spoil their pets and improve their general wellbeing. With more than 300 new products featured this year, here are our favorites. Some are already available; others will roll out in the next few weeks. For Any Pet […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Dogs Life at Home Other

How to Think Like a Zookeeper About Your Pet’s Welfare

Reading Time: 5 minutes Pets are so much part of our families that it’s easy to forget they’re different from us in many ways. To give them a good life, sometimes we need to get outside our human heads and understand what’s important to another species with different senses, needs, and instincts. Zookeepers are experts at this, and we […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Dogs Life at Home Other

Cabin Fever: Keep Kids and Pets Happy in Isolation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Got bored kids, dogs, and cats at home because of the quarantine? To the rescue are two new books by Fear Free contributor Arden Moore, herself a Fear Free certified professional. She has written “A Kid’s Guide To Cats” and “A Kid’s Guide To Dogs” (Storey Publishing, ebook, $9.99, paperback, $14.95). Both are filled with […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

Choice: What It Means for Cats

Reading Time: 3 minutes Our cats rarely get to choose for themselves when it comes to the really important stuff. We decide what the cats will eat, where, and when. We pick the litter box and determine where to put it and what litter to use. We select all the cat furniture, from the scratching posts and pads to […]

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12 Toys and More Your Pet Will Love

Reading Time: 5 minutes Each year we trek to Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, to check out the latest and greatest in toys, training devices, and other pet paraphernalia. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to walk the miles and miles of aisles to see all the products. We chose items in four categories: Dog Enrichment, Cat […]

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Cats Life at Home New Pets Shelters & Fostering

Choosing and Caring for a New Cat: What to Know

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I graduated from college a few centuries ago, I wanted an apartment, a car, and a kitten. (I was lucky enough to have a job lined up.) While cats were a part of the family when I was growing up, this would be my very own cat. I adopted a kitten from a college […]

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Cats Dogs Other Training & Grooming Veterinary Care

Dental Care Do’s for Your Pet’s Good Oral Health

Reading Time: 3 minutes Keeping a dog or cat’s mouth healthy is a key part of overall good health; after all, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Here are some ways to keep teeth clean without feeling as if it’s a chore for you and your pet. There is nothing more affectionate than big […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Training & Grooming

Taking The Blues Out Of Doggie Bath Time

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lots of dogs don’t like bathtime because they are uncomfortable in the bathtub or shower stall. Fortunately, if you follow the Boy Scout credo of being prepared, it’s easy to turn bathtime into a fun time and get a dirty dog clean again. The primary reason dogs are hesitant to climb into the tub or […]