By The Humane Society of America Many diseases common to cats can be prevented in two ways: by keeping your cat indoors, and by having your cat vaccinated according to your veterinarian's advice. CommonMore >>
By The Humane Society of America Outfitting a house for a new cat isn't nearly as complicated as it may seem. Just a little advance thought will help make the newcomer feel at home and welcome in strangeMore >>
Remove tablecloths from unattended tables. New kittens will be especially curious about what's up there on the table and will try to use the tablecloth to climb up. The result could be broken china and crystal and an emergency trip to the vet.
Unplug dangling cords. Some cats like to chew on cords. Until you know for a fact that your cat isn't one of them, it's best not to risk electric shock. Also, be alert to potential fire hazards -- lamps can tip over while you are out of the room, causing the shade to ignite and start a fire.
Cover garbage-disposal switches. Natural climbers, cats usually find their way to the kitchen sink sooner or later. Many have been known to play with electric switches such as the one for a garbage disposal. Special covers are available at hardware stores to help avoid disaster.
Keep drapery cords out of reach. It's a good idea to use childproofing devices to wind up dangling cords -- cats can strangle themselves by catching their necks in the loops.
Close the dryer door. Cats love to explore, especially dark, quiet places. Always check inside large appliances before closing their doors to make sure your cat is not inside.
Make sure your screen door has a securing latch. Cats are safe indoors; they are not safe outdoors. Don't run the risk that your cat could slip out unnoticed.
Pack away precious breakables. Cats in a new home will explore. They will jump on tables, cabinets, sideboards, and bookshelves to investigate their strange domain, and they may accidentally knock over or break fragile items and knickknacks.
Cover your furniture. If you don't want cat hair on your upholstery, put an old sheet on your most enticing sofas and chairs. That way your cat can enjoy the furniture along with you without shedding fur all over it. Simply remove the sheet when guests arrive.
Monday, May 20 2013 9:33 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:33:14 GMT
When you first step foot onto Independence farm you feel like you're living in a children's book. You'll meet a lamb who spends his day snuggling with the bunnies, a blind hen who is kept company by herMore >>
When you first step foot onto Independence farm you feel like you're living in a children's book.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-05-13 13:41:23 GMT
Organizers are getting ready for the weekend festival that's gone to the dogs. Woofstock is a day-long dog festival at the Basin Harbor Club. The club says there's everything from costume parades andMore >>
Organizers are getting ready for the weekend festival that's gone to the dogs.More >>
Monday, April 29 2013 10:06 AM EDT2013-04-29 14:06:53 GMT
Jeanne Keefe recently noticed something wrong with her dog Scooter. ((Jeanne Keefe /Dog Owner "We do go for a morning walk before I leave for work. It's about a 15 minute walk, and he just wasn't up forMore >>
April is Lyme Disease Prevention Month. Vermont is among a growing number of states that are seeing huge increases in the black legged tick population.More >>
Monday, April 8 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-04-08 18:25:39 GMT
Service animals in our region can get a free eye exam next month. Registration is open for this year's National Service Dog Eye Exam event happening in May. And it isn't just for dogs -- other certifiedMore >>
Service animals in our region can get a free eye exam next month.More >>