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Dear Dr. Schelling,

A friend recently told me that I need to check my indoor cat for ticks because I let my dog in and out of the house as he pleases. I use an anti-flea and tick treatment on my dog so I don't see how my cat would be at risk.

Dear Mitch,

Your friend is right. Although your dog has been treated, your cat can still be at risk despite his/her indoor status. Ticks are known hitchhikers and can be dangerous to both you and your pets health. Check out this article on how to remove ticks in order to keep your cat safe and healthy.

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I want to attempt leash walking my cat. Do you have any tips on how I can make a walk happen?


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Dear Adrienne,

I've never been on a walk before, but I have watched my fair share of dogs strolling around the neighborhood and if they can do it, why not me? I don't know how easy it would be since us cats tend to be independent thinkers who don't want to be restrained, but we have an article on leash training your cat if he or she happens to be an adventurer.


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CAT CATCHER WAND: So simple, so sublime—yet irresistible. I go through my whole repertoire of moves in pursuit of this elusive mouse: leaping, pouncing, chasing, stalking. Sometimes he's just clever enough to evade the "paw of dominance" but I always out-maneuver him, and the capture is so sweet. I know my people hide the Cat Catcher in the closet (do they really think they're fooling me?), so I often have to lead them there, to tell them, with some distinctive meows, that it's time to play another round of "super cat chases the flying acrobat mouse."

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CRAZY CIRCLE: I like to give this ball a good "whap!" with my paw, watch it roll around, and then—just like that, with my superior quickness and agility—stop it in its tracks. Ha ha! (Note: This toy may be suitable for older or couch potato cats; it lets them engage in satisfying play without having to run around.)

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