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  • How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Up Your Furniture

    How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Up Your Furniture

    You don’t have to live with your cat’s destructive habits. And you certainly don’t have to mourn the idea of ever buying nice furniture again!

  • Life Hacks For Cats: How to Get Your Cat to Take a Pill

    Life Hacks For Cats: How to Get Your Cat to Take a Pill

    Have you ever tried to stick a pill down kitty’s throat, only to have her immediately spit the pill out on the floor, right in front of your feet?

  • Clip, Cap, or Claw Your Cat’s Paws

    Clip, Cap, or Claw Your Cat’s Paws

    The pros and cons of clipping, capping, or leaving your cat’s nails full length.

  • Cats and shedding

    Cats and shedding

    Cats tend to shed naturally and though it is normal for cats to shed, excessive shedding should be a cause for concern. Shedding relies on many factors, for instance the environment of the cat and whether it spends more time outdoors or indoors. While outdoor cats shed more in the spring months, indoor cats shed […]

  • California law adds consumer protections to pet health insurance

    California law adds consumer protections to pet health insurance

    Among other benefits, California’s A.B. 2056 gives pet owners a 30-day trial period during which they can drop a pet-insurance policy for a full refund.

  • A veterinarian’s tips on keeping medical costs down, insurance or not

    A veterinarian’s tips on keeping medical costs down, insurance or not

    Even when they’re healthy, pets are expensive. The cost of food, training, collars, and flea preventatives, not to mention extras like toys and clothing, adds up fast. And in a tough economy, it’s even more important to spend your money wisely. We asked Dr. Nancy Kay, author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your […]

  • Cats and carriers: The ins and outs

    Cats and carriers: The ins and outs

    Although most cats like to hide in boxes, they seem to have a built in aversion to cat carriers. This is probably because carriers are usually associated with a trip to the vet! So, if you get anxious even thinking about getting your cat into a carrier, try these hints. First, try to remain as […]

  • How fast will my pet insurance claim be reimbursed?

    How fast will my pet insurance claim be reimbursed?

    Question: I had my pet insured a few years ago and ended up cancelling my policy because I had to pay the vet upfront and wait too long to receive my claim reimbursement.  Have there been any improvements in this process? Answer: There have been huge improvements in terms of claim reimbursement timeframes. Most pet […]

  • Is Pet Insurance Reliable?

    Is Pet Insurance Reliable?

    Question: How reliable are pet insurance plans and how long have they been around? I don't want to spend my money and then find out they are not there when I need them. Answer: U.S. pet health insurance was established in 1982 by a company that I founded and operated for 24 years before starting […]

  • Cat Beds

    Cat Beds

    When it comes to sleeping, cats are pros. With cats snoozing an average of 16 hours a day (and some as many as 20), these feline friends deserve to be a little finicky when it comes to the cat beds that play such a large role in their life. With a wide variety of shapes […]

  • Cat toys

    Cat toys

    Cat toys aren’t all fun and games for your cat; whether elaborate or simple, toys give your cat exercise, mental stimulation, a chance to act on hunting instincts, and a way to bond with you. Cat toys can range from free homemade distractions to battery-powered devices but, regardless of the price tag, safety comes first. […]

  • Managing cat allergens in the home

    Managing cat allergens in the home

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Whether you get the occasional sniffle or you’ve got itchy eyes and skin rashes, cat allergies can be a pain. But they don’t mean have to forgo having a feline friend—you just need to make a few arrangements in advance, and keep up with some […]

  • Pet insurance monthly payments: worth it?

    Pet insurance monthly payments: worth it?

    Question: I got a quote for my pet and it would cost me $30 per month for pet insurance.  Would I be better off saving $30 per month instead of buying pet health insurance for my pet? Answer: Only if you’re pet is very lucky and you are a diligent saver. Certainly if you can […]

  • I have five pets — how can I afford insurance?

    I have five pets — how can I afford insurance?

    Question: I have five pets, three dogs and two cats.  How can I afford insurance for all five pets? Answer: You can reduce your up-front cost for pet insurance in several ways. First, most companies have discounts for multiple pets. Although the risk of an unexpected accident or illness does not diminish with multiple pets, […]

  • Pet insurance for indoor cats?

    Pet insurance for indoor cats?

    Question: I have an indoor kitten and it cost me a fortune to get all its shots and worming.  Do I need pet health insurance for her since she is indoors? Answer: If you think the vaccines were costly, let’s hope your kitty never becomes ill or injured. Our pets can have great veterinary care, […]

  • Pet insurance and what to avoid

    Pet insurance and what to avoid

    Understanding pet insurance plans

  • Pet insurance and reimubursement

    Pet insurance and reimubursement

    Question: I have pet health insurance. When I filed a claim it took nearly two months for the company to reimburse me.  Pet insurance requires that you pay your vet up front and then you’re reimbursed after filing a claim. But I need those funds now. Does all pet insurance take this long to reimburse […]