Can My Pet Make Me Sick? Common Diseases You Can Catch From Cats, Dogs, & Critters

Modern headlines scream warnings about the latest animal-to-people diseases including SARS, bird flu, and most recently, a coronavirus outbreak suspected to jump species from snakes, originating in China. Technically termed zoonosis, such diseases not only make animals sick but are … Continue reading

New Year Pet Goals–with Commentary from Amy Shojai for 2020

Each year, rather than making New Year’s resolutions, I plan for goals—and hope that the journey along the way proves equally rewarding. Rather than say, “lose weight” I instead want to strive for good health. To that end, the past … Continue reading

Why Tabby Wears An M–A Christmas #Cats Story

It’s become a tradition on the blog (and in my PETiQuette newspaper column) to share my favorite Christmas cat story this time of the year. This touching legend, included in Complete Kitten Care book, tells the story of a simple Tabby cat, … Continue reading

How To Give Pets As Gifts

Giving pets as gifts prompts discussions every time the subject comes up. Since this is the giving season, it seemed timely to repost this annual topic. Learn how to gift pets–and please share your experiences in the comments! The professionals … Continue reading