Albuquerque Journal Articles

Non Pet Owner Annoyed at Neighbor’s Pets

By drjeffnichol | September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Non Pet Owner Annoyed at Neighbor’s Pets

Times have Change since the Great Depression Dear Dr. Nichol: Sir, I am so tired of dogs and cats that I could use some old navy swear words. I have 5 neighbors with cats who run wild through my flowers. I smell dog manure on a nauseating scale. I have seen them spend thousands on care of these animals. There seem to be no children anymore, only animals who are treated like children. I grew up during the Great Depression. Need I tell you things were different? Vets took care of valuable animals such as cows, sheep, horses, etc. To…

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Cat Safe Cockroach Baits

By drjeffnichol | September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Cat Safe Cockroach Baits

Most Baits are Safe. Be Careful with Hydrogen Peroxide Question: We moved to the foothills last spring and were overrun by cockroaches! Now we have two kitties, and wonder if there is a product that is both effective against roaches and pet-safe. Dr. Nichol: For the latest on the safest, I contacted Dr. Safdar Khan of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). The good news is that most roach bates present no significant risk to pets because they contain only a few grams of pesticide. But be careful if you use powdered boric acid. Cats who contact the highly…

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Cat Attempting to Cover Food Dish

By drjeffnichol | September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Cat Attempting to Cover Food Dish

Perceived Threat from Neighbor Cat Spurs Instinct Question: After eating our cat tries to cover up the food dish. Is this a response to threatening behavior of a stray cat around our home?   Dr. Nichol: You got it.

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Cat Vocalizations

By drjeffnichol | September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Cat Vocalizations

Question: Now that you let the cat out of the bag and described one cat noise and listed a slew of others, what do the others mean?   Dr. Nichol: You mean the cat has been let out of the mailbag. We cat people want definitions, pronunciations and, most important, appropriate responses. Well, of course, I am Dr. Doolittle and I do talk to the animals.   Here is the hard data based on real research (funded, I am sure, by your tax dollars). The “purr” can mean contentment, but in a nervous cat it may signal anxiety. “Meow” is…

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Unruly, Destructive & Aggressive Behavior In Puppies & Dogs

By drjeffnichol | April 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Unruly, Destructive & Aggressive Behavior In Puppies & Dogs

Dogs are man’s and woman’s best friends but some have really bad habits. Take a step back. Many out-of-control dogs can learn to abandon unhealthy behaviors and follow their leaders. Sadly, frustration can drive some pet parents to relinquish a pet they truly love. “Rehoming”, whether to a new family, a shelter, or a foster home is usually a bad idea because it triggers worsening anxiety, ultimately making many of these dogs unadoptable. Dogs who jump on people, chew things up, or bolt out the door can be hard to manage. Obedience training and lots of exercise can help but…

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