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Welcome to the K&H blog for Pet Parents! Not only does K&H offer high-quality pet products, but it also offers relevant and up to date info about pet behavior and wellness. We care about you and your pet, and we want to continue to be your go-to resource. No matter what type of animal—dog, cat, chicken, small animal, or exotic bird—we have the information and answers you need!

Dogs

  • Dogs usually scratch their beds out of instinct.
    September 15, 2020

    Why Do Dogs Scratch Their Beds?

    Why do dogs scratch their beds before they lay down? If you have a dog, you've probably seen the ritual many dogs like to do before they lie down. They'll scratch at or dig around their bed before settling in for a nap. Sometimes the scratching can get a bit destructive, and you might start to worry. There's typically no need to be concerned though. Dogs enjoy scratching their beds because it helps "scratch" their territorial itch.
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  • Some senior dogs struggle with anxiety during the night. Here are some ways to help.
    September 3, 2020

    Why Does My Senior Dog Have Anxiety at Night?

    When evening arrives and everyone settles down for a good night's sleep, you want to hear the sounds of peaceful slumber, not the sounds of your dog restlessly whining, barking, pacing, or panting. Not only does your dog's restlessness disrupt your sleep, but it's also not helping your dog get the sleep he needs, either. If your dog is getting older, you might begin to notice these behaviors increasing in frequency. What is causing your senior dog anxiety at night? And how can you calm him and improve the situation?
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  • Teaching "place" is pretty simple if you follow patterns your dog can follow.
    August 4, 2020

    How to Teach a Dog the "Place" Command

    Have you ever heard the doorbell ring and suddenly your dog went crazy and couldn't stop barking? Or did you have someone over to visit and it was tough to concentrate because your dog wanted to play? Even the friendliest dogs can benefit from learning the "place" command. With this training, your pup will go to a cot or bed whenever you need him to be quiet. Teaching the command is actually simple and fun.

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Cats

  • Does it seem like your cat sleeps all the time? Find out how many hours a day cats sleep.
    September 11, 2020

    How Many Hours a Day Do Cats Sleep?

    Have you ever seen photos or videos of a pride of lions napping in the African sunshine? For a group of fierce hunters, they certainly look relaxed and lazy. In fact, they look kind of familiar . . . like your own cat when he's sprawled out napping on his Deluxe Kitty Sill with Bolster in the middle of the day. There's a connection between those sleeping lions and your sleeping kitty and why they seem to sleep so much of the time. Let's see why and try to answer the question, "how many hours a day do cats sleep?"

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  • How long can cats go without food? The answer might surprise you.
    September 3, 2020

    How Long Can Cats Go Without Food?

    You're going away for a quick overnight trip, and if all goes well, you'll be back tomorrow. This brings up some interesting questions like, can you leave your cat alone for that long? How long can cats go without food?
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Farm

  • Did your hen just lay an egg without a shell? Here's why that sometimes happens.
    September 22, 2020

    Why Did My Chicken Lay an Egg Without a Shell?

    If you've been keeping chickens for a while, then going out to the coop and retrieving eggs from the nest boxes is routine—until you pick up an egg that isn't hard. Looking closely, you realize this egg appears not to have a shell. Surprise! Your chicken really did lay an egg without a shell. You may worry that something is wrong with your hen, or that you've done something wrong in caring for her. Don't panic! It might not be a big problem; let's take a look at what is happening.
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  • Is a pet rooster right for you? Here are 7 reasons to keep a rooster.
    September 16, 2020

    7 Reasons to Keep a Rooster

    If you own a flock of hens, you might be wondering if it's a good idea to add a rooster to the group. The answer will likely depend on a few key factors. Do you want fresh eggs for breakfast? Your hens will handle that just fine on their own—no rooster required. Does your town or city permit them? Not all neighbors are enthusiastic about the idea of frequent crowing, and some towns or neighborhood associations may have ordinances regarding roosters. Also, you may not want to keep a rooster if you have small children at home.
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All Pets

  • Working from Home with Pets
    April 2, 2020

    Working from Home with Pets

    Working from home with your dog or cat can be a lot of fun, but it also brings some unique challenges. Your pet's role as a natural stress reliever is a godsend when work demands are testing your patience. But a pet's natural curiosity and excitement can be distracting. How can you run a professional work-from-home operation with a cat or dog in the mix? The secret is focused playtime during your breaks. If you can shower your pet with affection and energy a few times a day, working from home with your pet can be a real blessing.

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  • Top 10 Winter Pet Safety Tips (infographic)
    February 28, 2020

    Top 10 Winter Pet Safety Tips (infographic)

    Many people are under the impression that because their pets are covered in fur, they have a built-in protection against the cold. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth. A lot of pets simply aren't equipped to stay outside in cold weather for prolonged periods of time.

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Birds

  • Can parakeets die from cold?
    December 27, 2019

    Can parakeets die from cold?

    Parakeets' exotic nature and vivid colors make them alluring pets. But as they've migrated away from their native tropical and subtropical environments, it's left them vulnerable to the elements of colder climates. So when the temperature drops below even 60 degrees it's a major adjustment for these delicate petite-sized creatures whose feathered exterior doesn't retain heat like the fur coat of a dog.

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Small Animals

  • What temperature is too cold for rabbits?
    January 30, 2020

    What temperature is too cold for rabbits?

    Although they may look small and fragile, rabbits are surprisingly well-adapted to cold temperatures. With appropriate husbandry, a healthy adult rabbit can be comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and can tolerate temperatures that are even lower if necessary. Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit may be too cold for rabbits and you will need to take some extra precautions to keep your rabbit comfortable outdoors at these temperatures.

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