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The placebo effect is usually viewed as a treatment of faith. If you believe the pill will help you, it will; the only condition is that you must believe it. In this light, it is plausible to dismiss the notion of placebo having an effect on animals, especially pets in veterinary medicine. In this article, you will learn how placebo affects animals, what else is hiding behind placebo’s therapeutic effects, and whether we can use the magic power of placebo to treat our pets—dogs, cats, and others.
Is your cat snatching kibbles out of your dog’s food bowl? You are not alone. Stealing is a common behavior problem reported by cat owners, and, if your dog happens to be a lazy “I don’t give a bark” guard, then nothing is there to stop your cat from grabbing some extra bites at the expense of your pooch.
Training your cat to lie down isn’t hard if you know how to do it properly. True, it comes easier for dogs, but this does not mean training a cat must be difficult.
Even though some animals can go with extremely little sleep, all known species on the planet (including plants) need it. Among all pets, cats are known for being very sleepy. And indeed they are.
Have you noticed blood in your cat’s feces? It can take several forms, such as a spot of bright blood or patches of blood throughout the feces, bloody diarrhea, or dark, tarry feces.
How old is an old cat? It’s a relative measure, but in general, most pet cats are considered seniors when they reach seven to nine years old. Since a well-cared-for house cat can live up to 20 years or more, a cat can spend more than half its lifetime in its golden years.
When you ask why cats have nine lives, it isn’t really a single question, but a series of them. Do cats indeed have nine lives? Why do people believe this? Why cats and not other animals? Why exactly nine lives?
Half a year ago, a veterinary clinic owned by a friend and colleague accommodated a medium-sized female dog, Alexa. Alexa was a mixed breed but remotely like a wire-haired dachshund. She arrived from a local shelter to be spayed—a normal procedure here before any dog is adopted.
Most cats have five digits on their front paws, which means they already have what it takes to give you a high five. Even though cats are not that all easy to train, we are sure you can teach your cat to give you a paw in just a few days. Here’s how to do it.
Since the early recognition that sound can influence human moods and health, people have wondered whether music therapy can be effective on pets, in particular on dogs and cats. Let's find out.