ZippiTips: Keys To Effective Litter Box Training

It would probably take all day (and night) to list the many reasons why we love cats, and we’d be hard-pressed to pick just one favorite trait. Is it their love of all boxes? Their rumbly purr and cuddliness? One of our favorites is their ability – or, skillful, discerning choice – to use a litter box for waste (versus our canine friends who require walks).

Sure, your kitty’s got a long list of admirable qualities, but when you think about it, his or her skills in the bathroom department are pretty top-notch. For new and seasoned cat owners, we offer the keys to litter box training for the purr-fect living situation.

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Recognizing Pet Suffering and When to Say Goodbye

At some point, every pet begins the necessary journey toward end of life. For most pet owners, we have watched our beloved companion grow from precocious youngster into golden-years snuggler. Because of our love for our furry friend, we may want to hold on, despite signs of growing weakness or suffering.

There will be days when that old spark or a glimmer of light in the eyes gives us a bit of hope that we have more time with our pet. Yet, we are tasked with an enormous decision and responsibility–recognizing the signs that quality of life has eroded too far, or that end of life is near–and making the decision to say goodbye to our four-legged family member.

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Cat Proofing Your Home, Meow

Owning a cat is, well, the cat’s meow. Purrs, head butts, snuggles, and crazy cat antics are among the best parts of cat ownership. What’s not-so-great, however, is the furniture scratching, cord chewing, jumping up on the counter, and pooping outside of the litter box.

So what’s a cat owner to do? We recommend following these simple tips for cat proofing your home in an effort to help your pretty kitty resist the temptations of curiosity.

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As Simple As That: Using Social Media To Find A Lost Pet

From sharing recipes and craft projects, to reuniting relatives after a natural disaster, the power of social media is undeniable. But you can also employ social media to find a lost pet and bring him or her home faster.

Computers, tablets, and mobile devices have truly revolutionized our abilities to communicate daily (or hourly) with those nearby and around the globe. Using social media to engage with hundreds of individuals and organizations is a powerful tool, and in the case of a lost pet, your best and far-reaching ally. Making flyers on your copy machine for the neighborhood can still be helpful, but the days of flyers and posters are rapidly shrinking due to the speed and reach of Facebook and Twitter.

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Back To School: Navigating Loneliness And Keeping Pets Safe

In many households, the end of the school year means the beginning of a fun summer for your kids and your pets alike. The kids are thrilled to be out of school, and the pets are thrilled to have their old playmate(s) back.

But all good things must come to an end. With many families focusing on school, work, and after school activities right now, your four-legged friend will probably have a lot more free time on his or her paws. Read on to learn about back to school blues in pets and for tips on keeping a curious pet out of trouble this school year.

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Why Does My Cat…? Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

Any feline fanatic will tell you that cats are beautiful, majestic, mysterious, and incredible. They will also probably confide in you that sometimes cats can be downright strange. Have you ever wondered why your cat does certain things? Read on to learn about strange cat behaviors and what we know about them.

Why Does My Cat Chirp?

We often see cats staring out the window at a bird at the feeder or a squirrel in a tree and making the most adorable chirping noise. Often this happens in conjunction with a chattering motion of the jaw.

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Five Easy Steps to Prepare for Your Pet Wellness Exam

At ZippiVet, we are committed to keeping your pet happy and healthy, and in order to reach that goal we need your help.

In addition to the healthy activities, meals, and preventive measures you already practice on your pet’s behalf, twice yearly pet wellness exams are one of the best ways to keep your furry friend going strong into his senior years. In order to get the most benefit from the exam; we suggest that you follow these five easy suggestions before you arrive.

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Roadtrippin’: Pet Travel Tips and Safety

Traveling with your pet can be a lot of fun, and with a healthy dose of thoughtful preparation, your pet will remain relaxed, happy, and safe while you’re both away. Destination, mode of transportation, and pet-friendly activities will greatly influence your agenda–and we are here to help.

To make the most of your trip together, follow our safe pet travel ZippiTips and how-to guide.

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The Heat Is On: Time To Protect Your Pet From Heat-Related Problems

Although Austin’s not quite as humid as, say, Houston, our lovely city still experiences toasty temperatures throughout the summer. The days can stretch endlessly towards September, with no real break from the sunny, hot days that often reach 100-degrees, or higher.

While it’s endearing to imagine your furry friend sporting a pair of Ray-ban’s in the summer sun, heatstroke dangers are all too real and deeply concern us. Veterinary hospitals see too many cases each summer to believe that all pet owners understand the risks. How can you better protect your pet from heat-related problems? We’re glad you asked! The following ZippiTips aim to keep your furry friend cool and safe all summer long.

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