Links

The internet is a wealth of information – so much so that sometimes locating quality websites can be challenging. That’s why our staff has taken the time to find a few links to share with you that we think you’ll find helpful:

Great Pets – Behavior Problems

Great Pets by Brian Kilcommons is where you will find the correct information, guidance and resources need to get the most enjoyment out of your relationship with your pet. The key elements of their success formula are broken into 4 distinct categories: Health, Nutrition, Training & Behavior and Identification. Visit the Great Pets website to learn more about the program and get access to a number of helpful resources.

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ASPCA Virtural Pet Behaviorist: Solutions to Behavior Problems

This is a great resource for pet owners at any stage – from first-time pet parents to seasoned ones. Brought to you by the experts at the ASPCA, this link provides access to the latest in news and information on how to keep your animal family member happy, healthy and well-behaved.

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Scratching Posts

Many a cat-lover has thrown their hands up in despair, crying “My cat just won’t use a scratching post!” In reality, cats won’t use the WRONG scratching post. Developed by a veterinarian who knows what cats need and want, all Purrfect Post products are designed to be cat-attracting, furniture-saving, cost-effective scratching solutions. Visit the link to learn more.

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Declawing Cats

The Animal Hospital of McHenry strongly recommends against declawing your cat. For more information on the consequences of declawing (onychectomy) as well as some available alternatives, please visit this link. And, as always, if you have questions or concerns about declawing, or you need assistance dealing with your cat’s scratching behavior, we’d be happy to help. Just pick up the phone and give us a call!

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Why Cats Scratch

Your sofa and your nerves are in tatters. You’re scolding your cat, knowing all the while that it’s futile. This is not a cocker spaniel you’re dealing with. This is one of nature’s most pragmatic and self-sufficient creatures. To fully understand your cat’s behavior and properly solve the issue of problem scratching, this website provides a collection of helpful articles written by an experienced veterinarian. Click the link to view the full list of available resources.

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American Kennel Club (AKC)

Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, support the advancement of canine health and wellbeing and work to protect the rights of all dog owners as well as promote responsible dog ownership. The American Kennel Club website provides a wealth of information and resources for owners, future owners and breeders as well as detailed information about each designated breed.

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Choosing a New Puppy

So you’re getting a new puppy. Congratulations! Before you bring your pet home, however, it would be wise to do your research and know ahead of time what to expect and how to prepare for the newest addition to your family. This Dog Owner’s Guide website contains a wealth of information, tips and advice and FAQs that have been put together to assist new dog owners in making the adoption of their new furry family member a happy and safe event for everyone.

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Happy Healthy Cat

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since being founded in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide. Visit the link to learn more, including how you can lend your support to this worthy cause.

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The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA)

The Cat Fancier’s Association is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, recognizing 42 pedigreed breeds ranging from the ever-popular Persian and Siamese to the rare Chinese Li Hua. The Cat Fancier’s website contains detailed information about each breed, educational resources for cat care needs and schedules for upcoming events. There’s even a kid’s section that contains fun and informative content designed especially for the little ones.

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Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation

CCRF was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in and around the city of Chicago. To date, CCRF has saved the lives of over 3,000 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. CCRF specializes in helping animals that are the most vulnerable – the dogs and cats that are slated for euthanasia because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities, or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters. The CCRF website features news about upcoming events, pets that are available for adoption and other information on how you can support their cause. Click the link to learn more.

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Nutritional Information on Canned Cat Foods

This page is a non-commercial labor of love that has no connection to any commercial product, including foods or supplements. Its owner does not endorse any brand of food or supplement and encourages potential consumers of any commercial product to search for randomized controlled trials that demonstrate that a low-carbohydrate diet with the product gives statistically superior results compared to a low-carbohydrate diet alone in diabetic cats. Visit the link for more information.

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Nutritional Information on Dry Cat Foods

This page is a non-commercial labor of love that has no connection to any commercial product, including foods or supplements. Its owner does not endorse any brand of food or supplement and encourages potential consumers of any commercial product to search for randomized controlled trials that demonstrate that a low-carbohydrate diet with the product gives statistically superior results compared to a low-carbohydrate diet alone in diabetic cats. Visit the link for more information.

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Pet Food Institute

Since 1958, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) has been the voice of the makers of U.S. cat and dog food. Driven by an active and dedicated membership, PFI is the industry’s public and media relations resource, representative before state and federal agencies, organizer of seminars and educational programs, sponsor of and clearinghouse for research, and liaison with other organizations. For more than 55 years, PFI has worked with its members to educate the owners of cats and dogs about pet nutrition and health. The website contains a wealth of valuable information with the goal of helping animal companions live longer, happier and healthier lives. Click the link to learn more.

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The Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats

The Nutrient Requirements for Dogs and Cats is a resource brought to you by the National Research Council. It uses the latest scientific information to provide the requirements of individual nutrients for healthy dogs and cats at several stages of growth and physiological states. Visit the link to find out more.

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