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How Much Exercise Do Cats Need?

Cats have varying exercise needs depending on their age, health, and individual personalities. While cats are generally known for being more independent and less active than dogs, they still require regular physical activity to maintain a healthy weight, prevent obesity-related health issues, and engage their natural instincts. Here are some general guidelines for cat exercise:   Pekic / Getty images Playtime: Interactive play sessions are essential for cats. Aim for at least two play sessions of 10-15 minutes each per day. Use interactive toys like wand toys, laser pointers, or feather toys to simulate hunting and encourage your cat to run, pounce, and chase. This helps provide mental stimulation and physical exercise. Solo Play: Provide your cat with solo play options such as puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, or toys with bells and feathers. These toys can keep them entertained and active when you're not available for playtime. Vertical Space: Cats love to climb and explore. Of

Why Does My Cat Keep Knocking Over Their Water Bowl?

Cats can exhibit various behaviors, and knocking over their water bowl is a common one. There are several possible reasons why your cat may engage in this behavior: E   The Spruce / M eg MacDonald Curiosity and Playfulness: Cats are naturally curious animals and may knock over their water bowl out of curiosity or playfulness. They may paw at or push the bowl as a form of entertainment or exploration. In this case, it may be a harmless behavior that provides mental stimulation for your cat. Water Preference: Cats can be quite particular about their water preferences. If your cat doesn't like the taste or temperature of the water, they may express their dissatisfaction by knocking over the bowl. They may be trying to communicate their desire for fresh or running water, as they are instinctively drawn to moving water sources. Bowl Location: The location of the water bowl may also influence your cat's behavior. If the bowl is placed in a high-traffic area or near noisy appliances,

Is It Safe for Dogs To Drink Out of Shared Water Bowls?

Sharing water bowls among dogs is a common practice, but it's important to consider the potential risks involved. While some dogs may not have any issues, there are certain factors to consider regarding the safety of shared water bowls. Disease Transmission: Dogs can transmit various diseases and infections through their saliva. If one dog in a group is infected with a contagious disease such as parvovirus, kennel cough, or leptospirosis, sharing a water bowl can facilitate the spread of the infection to other dogs. Similarly, dogs with oral health issues or open wounds in the mouth may introduce bacteria into the water, posing a risk to other dogs. Behavioral Concerns: Some dogs may exhibit dominant or territorial behaviors around shared resources like water bowls. This can lead to aggression or bullying, causing stress and potential conflicts among the dogs. In such cases, it may be safer to provide separate water bowls for each dog to avoid any confrontations. Hygiene and Cleanl

Pyoderma in Dogs

  Pyoderma is a common skin infection that occurs in dogs. It is characterized by the presence of pus-filled lesions on the skin, which can be red, swollen, and painful. This condition can affect dogs of all ages and breeds, and it can be caused by various factors. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for pyoderma is important for dog owners. Reviewed by Bartley Harrison Dr. Bartley Harrison is a veterinarian with more than 15 years of professional veterinary experience treating dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, and small mammals, with a specific focus on Emergency Medicine. Dr. Harrison is part of The Spruce Pets’ veterinary review board. Learn more about The Spruce Pets'  Veterinary Review Board Tanya Constantine  / Getty Images Causes of Pyoderma in Dogs: Bacterial Overgrowth: The most common cause of pyoderma is a bacterial infection. Certain bacteria, such as Staphylococcus spp., can overgrow on the skin and lead to infection. Factors that contribute to

Vestibular Disease in Dogs

  Basak Gurbuz Derman / Getty Images IN THIS ARTICLE What Is Vestibular Disease? Symptoms Causes Diagnosing Treatment Prognosis Prevention  BACK TO TOP The  vestibular system  is a complex network of  sensors  within the  inner ear  and the  brain  that helps an animal maintain  balance , and thus  remain upright  while walking, standing, or sitting. Most animals have a vestibular system, including humans. This delicate system can be disrupted by many things, leading to difficulty with balance. Vestibular disease  tends to strike dogs suddenly, and with very noticeable symptoms. The dog may be  dizzy  and falling over to one side. The  head  and  eyes  may be in an unusual position. The dog may be  vomiting  as well. These signs are consistent with vestibular dysfunction, which often heals on its own, depending on the cause. What Is Vestibular Disease? Vestibular disease occurs when there is a problem with the vestibular system. The vestibular system is a part of the nervous system tha

How to Keep Your House Clean With Indoor Pets

    Reviewed by   ALYCIA WASHINGTON   Fact checked by   EMILY ESTEP   The Spruce / Meg MacDonald While our pets may be fantastic company, they can also be smelly and dirty and carry germs and parasites such as fleas. Balls of pet hair, urine stains on the carpet, droppings, shavings, or feathers getting into the most unusual places are all problems that many pet owners struggle with regularly. Don't let this put you off owning a pet though; there are lots of easy ways to ensure that your pet and your home stay fresh and clean. Keeping Pet Hair at Bay If you have a dog, cat, bunny, or another small furry that sheds their hair, this is likely to be your biggest and most frustrating task.   The Spruce / Meg MacDonald The Power of a Good Vacuum Cleaner Your vacuum cleaner needs to be capable of picking up pet hair effectively. It should have powerful suction, work well on all surfaces, and not get clogged easily by excess hair. You want one with a good filter that is easy to empty. It