The following questions and answers have appeared in my weekly column in the Albuquerque Journal since July, 1996. Each week a new one is added. You'll find information on the physical and behavioral maladies of dogs and cats and a few other species too. I invite you to use the search feature to find the specific answer that you and your pet need.
Safe & Good Fun for Cats of All Ages Catnip can be a Good Reward Question: Is catnip to cats what alcohol or recreational drugs are to people? Is it okay to let the love of my life, Miss Molly, my cat, have catnip? Dr. Nichol: Ahem. Are there any feline DARE officers reading this? OK,…Read More
There are a Few Routes; All take Education Question: How does a person become an animal behaviorist? Does one need to go through veterinary college or something more like an apprenticeship? Dr. Nichol: There are a few choices. A veterinary behaviorist is a veterinarian (4 years of undergraduate study plus 4 years of veterinary…Read More
Cats are Highly Territorial & become Stressed when Taken From Home Question: We had two cats when we lived near Central and Tramway in Albuquerque and when we moved to Second and Osuna we left one cat at the old house with our adult daughter, and the other we brought with us. That one ran…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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…Read More