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Tending to Your Cat on a Tight Schedule

Tending to Your Cat on a Tight Schedule

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

When slowed down by life's common inconveniences — a traffic jam, an overtime game or a crowded grocery store — it is often impossible to accomplish everything on your to-do list. In fact, a recent study reveals that when cat owners arrive home late, 63 percent admit that cleaning out the litter box will have to wait until the following day, according to a 2012 study by StrategyOne commissioned by Arm & Hammer. But even on a tight schedule, there are a number of ways to keep your litter box fresh, avoid unwanted odors in your home and make sure that your cat is purr-fectly happy.   

How to Decide if a Cat is Right for You

How to Decide if a Cat is Right for You

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Cats can be loving, loyal, feisty or fierce — and if you saw the movie “Puss In Boots,” then you know one cat can embody all those traits and more. Adopting a cat can be a “purr-fectly” wonderful idea as long as you understand the commitment that comes along with it. Before bringing a cat home, consider these tips from Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA):

Keep Your Kitty Safe with an ID Tag

Keep Your Kitty Safe with an ID Tag

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

With warmer weather right around the corner, everyone will want to go outside and play, including pets. It's important to remember that your cat can easily slip out an open door or window, even if it's an indoor cat. Therefore, it's imperative for all cats to wear identification tags in case they get lost. 

Music and Basketballs to Fill the Air at London’s JLC

Music and Basketballs to Fill the Air at London’s JLC

April is shaping up to be a fun-filled month at the John Labatt Centre in nearby London, Ontario. So if you’re looking for a little adventure, check out what’s happening just north of the border!

Pet Connection Lists March Community Events

Pet Connection Lists March Community Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned during the month of March. Thanks to fundraising events like these and a group of dedicated volunteers, the shelter has been helping animals find great homes in Western New York since 1984!

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and 31, shelter representatives will be stationed at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, on the first floor near Sears.

On Saturday, March 17, Pet Connection volunteers will be at the MotherTime Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grange Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds. Be sure to purchase a ticket for the shelter’s big St. Patrick’s Day drawing featuring 21 prizes, including a grand prize of a 50-inch plasma television!

Volunteers will return to the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18, to participate in the WNY Equifest event.

Inspect Your Pet: The Best Way to Avoid Fleas and Ticks

Inspect Your Pet: The Best Way to Avoid Fleas and Ticks

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Preventing an outbreak of fleas or ticks on your fido or feline can save you a lot of headaches and hassle down the road. One of the best ways to do this is to inspect your pet regularly. Here's what to look for:

Your Dog's Good Looks Start From the Inside Out

Your Dog's Good Looks Start From the Inside Out

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Let's face it — when it comes to a dog's looks, people often think that theirs is the most gorgeous they've ever seen. They hold their head high on walks around the block, and think no dog at the park stands a chance against their pooch's appearance. 

But constant grooming and doggie outfits can only go so far — real beauty lies in a dog's overall health. After all, inner health equates to real outer beauty.