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Pet Care Tips for a Dogs & Cats

Dogs

You’re not the only one who needs an ID when traveling. Your dog should always wear an ID tag inscribed with your contact info.

Daily exercise is a must for your dog. Need ideas? They may enjoy walking or running on a leash, visiting a dog park, or playing fetch in a fenced yard.

Did you know? The average adult dog needs a total of 40 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise each day.

It may be your favorite treat, but chocolate is toxic for dogs. Keep your sweet stash stored out of your dog’s reach.

Like us, dogs need to brush their teeth every day. Use dog-specific toothpaste or gel for best results. Never use your toothpaste—it could make your dog sick.

Puppies

Training your pup? Remember the three Ps: praise, patience and perseverance.

See (or feel—ouch!) your puppy chewing on something that’s off-limits? Give a firm “no!” followed by a chew toy. When your puppy chews the toy, heap praise!

Looking to add a four-legged companion to your family? Remember, your new best friend could be waiting at a local humane society or animal shelter.

How much should your puppy eat each day? Check their food bag to find out. Start with these pet care guidelines, and be sure to consult your veterinarian.

Cats

When tidying the toilet, keep your cat away—and keep the lid shut! Toilet cleaning solution can be deadly to cats (and other pets) if ingested.

Be sure to serve your cat premium nutrition that contains taurine, an amino acid essential to their health. Fine china is optional, of course.

Brush or comb your cat once a week (daily for longhaired cats) to limit their fur intake and reduce hairballs.

You can leash-train your cat by using a cat-specific figure-eight harness and a lightweight leash. Work slowly, use lots of positive reinforcement, and never pull or drag your cat.

A lit candle could ignite your cat’s fur as they brush past, or even attract a curious paw swipe. Use candles with extreme caution. Never leave one unattended!

Kittens

Kittens are ready for adult cat nutrition after their first birthday. Gradually increase the amount of new nutrition each day until their dietary transition is complete.

Kittens love a plastic pole with a string and a feather attached. Dangle in front of them—the fun never ends! Never leave your kitty alone with a string toy.

Don’t allow your kitten to “play” with your hand, as it encourages aggressive behavior toward people. Nibbles from grown-up cats aren’t so cute!

Choosing a litter box for your kitty? Select one that gives them plenty of room (at least 24 inches wide or long) to turn around and scratch litter over their waste.

There’s no need to “litter train” your kitten. Just show them where the litter box is, and instinct should take over. If your kitten fails to use it, consult your veterinarian.