Q: I think my cat is overweight. His stomach hangs down and he sounds like a small dog when he jumps down from the couch. We feed him canned food in the morning and it is only half a can of Fancy Feast. He can eat dry food all day but his bowl is never empty so I don’t think he eats that muc…

Q: With all the festivities going on now that the holidays are here, I’m worried about our puppy, Olive. She is 14 weeks old and into everything. She likes to eats things she finds around the house that are not food items, like socks and paper and furniture. What do I do to help her to throw…

We live on 9 acres. I enjoy feeding birds, and we maintain three bird feeders (bet you can see where this is going). We have three cats, all of them starting out as strays sometime after we moved here and I started feeding the birds. They enjoy going outside and hunt mice, moles and birds. I…

Q: My grandmother feeds several cats on her back porch. My mom, who is not a cat person, is worried about the cats spreading cat scratch fever to my grandmother and making her sick. I have heard of this condition in people but I don’t really know much about it. Is my Grandmother really at ri…

Q: My dog, Chloe, is 9 years old and has started urinating in the house. I find spots in her bed and where she is laying all the time. She is well-trained and has never had this problem before. I take her out all the time to use the bathroom, and she does go normally. It is hard washing her …

Q: I’m having trouble with one of my cats and it is breaking my heart. I have several cats but two of them, a male and a female, were quite the pair. They ate together, slept together, licked each other and even talked together. He suddenly passed away, when the other was right there with hi…

I had the best new puppy visit at work that I’ve had in a long time. It was a 6-week-old boxer male who was yet to be named. He is the replacement puppy for another wonderful boxer, named Jake. Jake passed away not too long ago, leaving his family devastated. They know this puppy will never …

Q: I just rescued a kitten from my friend’s neighbor. He was born a couple of months ago and he is cute. This is my first cat. I have heard funny and scary stories about the dangers of getting a cat to the vet and how hard it can be. I want to do this right and make him a well-adjusted kitte…

Q: We received a lot of goodies over the holidays including cookies and candies. My dog, Hulk, keeps sniffing at them, and I am afraid that he will get hold of some chocolate and eat it. What will happen to him if he does, and what is it about chocolate anyway that makes it so bad for dogs?

Q: I have a new kitten that is so adorable. My friend gave him to me after she found him alone under her porch last summer crying. I play with him all the time and try to be a good owner and take him to the vet for vaccines and checkups. But he is scratching me and my furniture all the time …

Q: My dog was at doggy day care last week and is now coughing. When I called them they said they were having an outbreak of kennel cough and for me to see my veterinarian if I think my dog needs treatment. I do remember having my dog vaccinated against kennel cough this year. He seems fine t…

My 10-year-old male cat, George, has been treated for irritable bowel syndrome by his vet for the past year with a steroid shot. He will get diarrhea, and I mean liquid squirts in his litter box, and we take him in for a shot. The steroids do clear up his diarrhea but it only lasts a short t…

Q: My sister’s cat, Benny, is at his veterinarian’s office and is being treated for being “blocked.” She said he was crying for a few days and going to the litter box more. She thought he might have been constipated by the way he was straining all the time and licking himself. I have a male …

Funerals for Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ankrom, Vada - 1 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Dillard, Helen - 11 a.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Greenlee, Margaret - 10 a.m., Bellemead United Methodist Church.

Harper, Carl - 10 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Humphrey, Connie - Noon, Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.  

Justice, Thelma - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Lanham, Kathy - 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

McDerment, Randall - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Russell, Michael - 4 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

White, Thomas - 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston.