Reader Adrienne wrote:

“I have a friend who has a 15 year old..very lonely golden retriever…who just lost his best friend, a 16 year old collie. She wants to get some kittens to keep him company.Do you recommend 1 or 2 and what should the gender be??? Love the work you do!!!!!”

A new friend in the house would be a great way to keep the old guy company. If you decide to adopt a kitten(s) chances are that whatever the sex, they will do fine because they are so young. Whether she decides to adopt one or two kittens, is entirely up to her.  Add some more love to the house and get two, why not?  When cats grow up together from a very young age their bond is unbreakable.

Reader Tom in La Jolla wrote:

“I have a very large cat at home. My girlfriend and I think it’s time for him to lose a little weight. Do you have any suggestions on how our big kitty can drop a pound or two? Thanks for all your help.”

We could all drop a pound or two it seems! Aside from the amount that they eat, I am a firm believer in good clean food, which isn’t always what comes in the “natural & healthy” marketed bags of food from our pet store/grocery store.  I will be posting another blog today about food choices, what to look for, and trusted retailers, so sit tight!

Reader Susan wrote:

“Some people worry that it is not a good idea to bring a new dog home to an older, only dog that you have had for a long time. We have a new labradoodle who joined our family with an older, crabby, terrier. They get along just fine and they both are girls. Some say that you should get the opposite sex in order for them to get along well but this was not necessary with our dogs. The puppy defers to the older dog and they are great together. I think the puppy is keeping the older dog young. And labradoodles are so soft and smart and cute—their families adore them. Except for possibly some of the crabby members of the family.”

I agree! Our new kitty completely looks to the older man of the house to take his lead.  Not to mention all the exercise the older one is getting chasing the little one around!


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