Weekly article archive

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.

Catnip

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…

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What Does it Take to Become an Animal Behaviorist?

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…

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Cat Travels Long Distance to get Home

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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.…

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