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June 26, 2012

There’s a lot of competition for the cat food dollar out there, with advertising featuring everything from pampered Persians eating a pâtélike food from crystal dishes to dancing cats. How do you know what’s best? Here are some criteria for judging pet food, as well as some notes on healthy nutrition for cats: 1. Short ingredient list. Whether you buy your food in a pet store, in a grocery store or at a farm co-op, a good rule of thumb is to look for a short ingredient list. More ingredients... more

June 26, 2012

 You, too, can understand what your cat is saying—and even talk back in a way that the cat can understand. Because most of an animal’s speech is body language, posture, and gesture, the key to understanding your cat is learning to read her body language. Vocal speech, in the sense of sounds with a particular meaning, also exists, but is secondary. Most of the “words” in this glossary exist in combinations rather than singly. Thus, a cat with slitted eyes and ears hard down will probably also... more

March 2, 2012

As a pet store owner, I deal with a lot of questions about people’s pets. Every week, I take at least one call from someone whose fish—or whose child’s fish—keep dying. Many fish die because their owners don’t know about three very easily solved problems: overstocking, overfeeding, and overcleaning. Overstocking For every gallon of water in a tank with a filter, you can keep 1 inch of slim-bodied fish or ½ inch of fat-bodied or deep-bodied fish. Slim-bodied fish include comets (slim... more

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