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New Kitten Checklist: What Does a Kitten Need?

What does a kitten need in a new home? Beds, toys, litter boxes, grooming tools, food & other supplies are needed when bringing a kitten home. Read about the checklist of items your new kitten needs here.

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Why Is My Cat Biting Me?
Why Is My Cat Biting Me?
Learn about why cats bite and what you can do about it. With these tips, you can help your cat opt for something gentler when interacting with you.
Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?
Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?
Dogs love their owners, and it's not hard to see why they might spend hours staring at their owner and best friend. Some dogs take their staring to the next level, though. They might follow you around the house, all the while not taking their eyes off of you and half expecting a treat to drop from your fingers. So, what's going on here? If you've ever wondered "Why does my dog stare at me?" read on for some insight into this curious dog behaviour.
Why Does My Cat Sleep on Me?
Why Does My Cat Sleep on Me?
Cats sleep an average of 15 hours a day, and some furry felines can sleep up to 20 hours in a 24-hour period. That's a lot of snoozing, and while much of that sleeping might be done on a favourite perch, bed or cozy couch, your cat might also opt to sleep on you sometimes. Find out some reasons why your cat might choose to snuggle up and sleep on you.
Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?
Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?
While pet owners might find it convenient if cats could talk to them to express wants and needs, most cats only offer audible feedback in the form of meowing, trilling or hissing. But cats also provide lots of nonverbal communication, including stares, blinks, headbutts and rubs to make their affection known. Find out some reasons why your kitty might be staring at you.
How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?
How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?
As it is with humans, staying active is an important part of keeping your dog as healthy as possible as long as possible, but it's not always clear how often and how far you should walk your dog. This guide can help if you're wondering, "How much exercise does my dog need?"
Cats and Milk
Cats and Milk
Learn the truth about cats and milk. Experts help answer if cats can have milk, how much you can give them and the benefits of milk.
Why Is My Cat a Picky Eater?
Why Is My Cat a Picky Eater?
If our cat is a fussy eater, you may have a problem. Many owners can actually create or encourage picky eating behaviour in their cats without realizing it. But once you figure out there's a problem, you can start getting things back under control.
Why Do Dogs Lick?
Why Do Dogs Lick?
Licking in particular can be a confusing behaviour for owners to understand — and control. Learning why dogs lick can help you get a different perspective on your pet and give you a better starting point for limiting problematic licking.
How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog
How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog
How often you should bathe your dog depends greatly on their breed, coat type and usual activities, but a bath every 4 to 8 weeks is considered standard. Bathing your dog on a regular basis can help keep his (or her) coat and skin healthier, reducing irritation and the scratching and chewing that comes with it. It can also decrease shedding and dander levels and keep your dog — and home — smelling fresh.
Support for Pet Therapy
Support for Pet Therapy
Purina is proud to sponsor CAMH Gifts of Light. Purina matches donations to CAMH Gifts of Light up to a total of $10,000 to support programs like Pet Therapy.
Benefits of Owning a Dog
Benefits of Owning a Dog
For more than 30,000 years, dogs have served in important roles in hunting and have worked beside their bipedal counterparts to help people with disabilities. Even when they're not doing a specific job, canines make great companions and friends as pets. If you're considering welcoming a canine friend into your home, here are six benefits of owning a dog.
Benefits of Owning a Cat
Benefits of Owning a Cat
There are approximately 8.3 million cats throughout the country, and a full 38% of Canadian homes include at least one cat. Cats have long been one of the more popular companion animals, constantly battling dogs for the number one spot, and it's easy to see why. From their soft fur, soothing purrs and funny antics that are the subject of millions of online videos, cats are an easy choice if you're looking for a pet that gives plenty of entertainment and affection without requiring a lot of time or energy as far as upkeep and daily schedules. Here are just a few benefits owning a cat can bring to your life.

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