Because we know pet-parenting is no walk in the park, Petmate strives to provide solutions for all pet owners, from the pet-parent novice to the seasoned veteran. With our 50 years worth of pet expertise, we take pride in being your go-to for providing the knowledge to keep your furry (and feathered) friends happy and healthy. Check out these articles for tips and tricks to make loving and caring for your pet a little easier.

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  • Why Do Cats Lick Plastic?

    Why Do Cats Lick Plastic?

    After a shopping trip, you may have noticed your cat paying special attention to your plastic bags. They may bat at the bags and try to play with them, but you may also Read Article
  • Two Dogs In The Forest Near Poison Ivy

    Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

    Poison Ivy, a well-known plant found in woody areas throughout North America and Asia. This nuisance can cause dermatitis with an itchy red rash developing after skin contact with the plant. The oil in poison ivy is resilient and will cling to clothes, and fur unless it is actively washed off. Read Article
  • The Origin of Cats' "Nine Lives"

    The Origin of Cats' "Nine Lives"

    Have you ever heard the saying that "cats have nine lives" and wondered where this saying came from? In this article, we're going to dive into the history behind this phrase Read Article
  • Car Sickness In Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments

    Car Sickness In Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments

    Whether you're taking a scenic drive up the coast or simply driving across town to do some errands, many pet parents enjoy bringing their dogs along for the ride. But for those who suffer from motion sickness, Read Article
  • wet cat food vs dry cat food

    Wet Vs. Dry Cat Food: Which is Better?

    As a caring cat owner, you always want the best for your furry friend, especially with their food. You typically have two choices: dry cat food in a bag or canned wet food. Whether you've just brought home a new kitty or are looking to transition to a new food, the decision process can be overwhelming, and understanding the impact of each on your cat's diet is essential. Read Article
  • Celebrate National Pet Week: Fun Ideas to Celebrate with Your Pet

    Celebrate National Pet Week: Fun Ideas to Celebrate with Your Pet

    National Pet Week is right around the corner, so it's time to plan how you're going to celebrate! While we're sure you celebrate your pet all day every day... Read Article
  • 5 Simple Tips to Make Sure Your Cat Drinks Enough Water

    5 Simple Tips to Make Sure Your Cat Drinks Enough Water

    Ensuring your cat stays hydrated is important, but it can be challenging since many cats don't drink enough water. Dehydration can lead to kidney disease and other health issues. Fortunately, you can encourage your cat to drink more with a few simple changes.  Read Article
  • How to Keep Your Cat Busy at Night (So You Can Sleep)

    How to Keep Your Cat Busy at Night (So You Can Sleep)

    For many cat owners, the quest for a good night's sleep while keeping their feline friends content and engaged can seem like a never-ending battle. Cats, naturally more active at night or early in the morning, often disrupt your sleep schedules with nocturnal activity, whether through playful nature or seeking attention. Read Article
  • Should You Bathe Your Cat? Everything You Need to Know About Cat Hygiene

    Should You Bathe Your Cat? Everything You Need to Know About Cat Hygiene

    When it comes to cat hygiene, a common question among cat owners is, "Should you bathe your cat?" Understanding how to care for felines, especially bathing cats properly, is crucial for maintaining their overall health. Most cats are fastidious groomers, but specific scenarios like long-haired cats getting dirty or skin irritations, might require a bath.

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  • How to Fly with a Large Dog: Tips and Tricks

    How to Fly with a Large Dog: Tips and Tricks

    Traveling can be challenging, especially when it involves flying with a large dog. Whether your furry friend is a service dog, therapy dog, or simply a beloved pet, understanding the guidelines set by most airlines is crucial. Read Article
  • how to clean a dog crate

    How to Clean a Dog Crate: An Easy and Helpful Guide

    Cleaning a dog crate may seem challenging, but it's essential for the health and happiness of your furry friend. A clean crate ensures a hygienic living space for your dog and contributes to a healthier home environment for everyone. Read Article
  • How to Train a Dog with Positive Reinforcement

    How to Train a Dog with Positive Reinforcement

    Are you planning to train your dog in a positive way that fosters trust and good behavior? Positive reinforcement is a powerful approach that rewards your dog’s good actions, resulting in a happier pet and a stronger bond between you. Read Article
  • Best Pet Insurance in 2024

    Best Pet Insurance in 2024

    In 2024, pet insurance is indispensable for those who cherish their pets as family. Since 1982, when Veterinary Pet Insurance issued the first policy for Lassie, the industry has advanced, covering everything from routine check-ups to emergencies. With the global pet insurance market projected to surpass $10 billion by 2025, it's crucial to choose wisely, considering coverage, deductibles, and premiums. This guide empowers you to make informed decisions to safeguard your pet's well-being. Read Article
  • 11 Things to Do After Adopting a Dog

    11 Things to Do After Adopting a Dog

    Adopting a dog is exciting and essential. It brings many duties and chances for fun for both you and your pet. However, preparing for what comes next is necessary to ensure you both enjoy a happy life together. Preparing is key to... Read Article
  • Tips For Selecting Dog Toys

    Tips For Selecting Dog Toys

    Here are some tips for selecting dog toys that cover a wide range of considerations and provide a valuable resource for pet parents of dogs Read Article
  • Dog Getting Ready To Travel On An Airplane

    Flying With A Pet

    Airline travel is a safe, convenient way to travel.  It is among the fastest and most efficient ways to travel. However, flying can sometimes not be the easiest way to travel. From security checks to baggage claims, airline travel can be a complex way to travel. Add in flying with a pet and things get even more complex. Read Article
  • The Pros of Catnip for Cats

    The Pros of Catnip for Cats

    Catnip has many pros for cats. It is an herbaceous plant that has fascinated cat lovers for hundreds of years due to its effects on cats. The active compound in catnip, called Nepetalactone, triggers a unique reaction in most cats, leading to behaviors that range from excitement and playfulness to being content and relaxed. In this guide, we will explore the pros and cons of catnip and its impact on our feline companions. Read Article
  • Adopting A Senior Cat

    Adopting A Senior Cat

    Adopting a senior cat can be a rewarding experience. When you’ve identified an older cat that seems just right for you, it’s time to take him home. The American Association of Feline Practitioners says there are three easy steps to successfully integrating your new cat. Read Article