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Six Cat Behaviors to Be Aware of with a First Time Feline

Six Cat Behaviors to Be Aware of with a First Time FelineIf you are preparing to bring a cat or kitten into your household and have never had one before, there are some behaviors you should be aware of. This can help you as an owner to know when there are problems with your feline friend and prepare you for life with them.

This applies especially to mature cats brought into a new home. Cats are very territorial and being introduced into a new area often makes them uneasy. Kittens usually have enough natural curiosity where they are more likely to explore than hide. However, mature cats often feel uncomfortable and will immediately seek out what they think is a safe area to hide in. Be aware that this is natural and the cat should come out in time.

Dog Receives Emergency Care While Owner is Out of the Country

Mason“While out of the country, I received a call from the boarding facility watching my Bernese mountain dog, Mason. He was vomiting, had diarrhea and refused to eat. What could have been thought to be a stress reaction was quickly diagnosed as having more serious implications.

The staff at Dr. Dave’s boarding facility quickly recognized the symptoms and transferred Mason to Reed Animal Hospital for an evaluation. The boarding facility’s 24-hour monitoring proved critical to Mason’s survival. After triage and stabilization he was transferred to the United Emergency Animal Clinic of Campbell for intensive emergency care.

Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog swallowed fish hook

Bodhi the Alaskan Malamute puppy is still in the process of learning how to be a “grown-up.” Unfortunately, he learned the hard way not to eat a fish hook. Bodhi was taken to the emergency animal hospital where he stayed for three days to receive treatment and recover.

Veterinarians used anesthesia and conducted an endoscopy to locate and remove the object. Bodhi was hospitalized and monitored for the next two days to ensure a smooth recovery.

We hope that Bodhi is on the mend and doesn’t have any more fish hooks in his future!

Total claim amount: $7,155.35
Deductible applied: -$100.00
Ineligible costs (exam fee and pet food): -$123.00
10% co-insurance: -$693.23
Covered: $6,239.12

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 1/16

I want to thank Trupanion – My dog had a blockage in his small intestine that required emergency surgery over the weekend to remove it – the claim has already been approved and settled. I only wish my own health insurance was as good as Kodi’s. -Linda O.

@Trupanion I just want to tell you all that I’m so very thankful I found you! Best coverage I could find and completely reasonable price! "</p

Just wanted to stop by and show you some lovin’! We have had insurance with Trupanion for a few years now, but recently just filed our first claim. i cannot begin to tell you what a complete JOY it is dealing with EVERYONE in your Customer Service Dept. Cody and I thank you for making the daunting task of filing a claim, sooooooo easy! Love,Cat Chat With Caren & Cody and Dakota’s Den Daily Doings of a Dog Named Dakota, Let the Barking Begin

you are the best- it has been a pleasure being one of your clients. Trupanion has made caring for my sick girl Ripley so much easier -English N.

Our sweet companion Bella turns 4 years old today. Considering she was given a week to live in May due to the big C, we are so very grateful for these last 7 months. Grateful for Salvestrols, Trupanion, Dr. Calland, Canada West, organic food, probiotics, all the love everyone has sent to this sweet girl and of course her loving boyfriend Gaffer who has kept her happy and playful pretty much every day since then. Happy Birthday to the BOOJ! She brings a lot of smiles and laughter to everyone she meets and always leaves you with some slobber of course…she’s a real giver this one! -Erica C.Trupanion Reviews - Week of 1/16

Thank you Trupanion for 3yrs and 7mo and counting of teaming with me and my vet for taking care of my girls! Can’t thank you enough for all the courteous reps and advise and prompt processing over the years…. -Svetlana I. Trupanion Reviews - Week of 1/16

I am continually amazed by Trupanion. We almost lost Mr. Pipes…again, but thanks to this company, not only do we get to see his fuzzy little face a bit longer, we’re not broke! I swear I don’t work for them. They’re just pure awesome. If any of you have any doubts about the legitimacy of pet insurance, please hit me up and I can steer you right. -Eddie M.

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@Trupanion B/C of you I wasn’t forced to choose care for my beloved Juna based on my wallet. I love you guys! -@JannahTariq

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My two Angels both with spine issues thank u Trupanion u processed everything so fast with no questions Benny is currently being treated and Millie had surgery May 2013 -Sylvia P.

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@Trupanion my cat is getting a much needed procedure today thanks to you! The pre auth process was easy and I know exactly what’s covered! -@KathryneY

I voted and did a little write up on face book. I have had other puppies other than the two I have now on Trupanion. My other pet had many problems and so have the two I have now and they pay 90% of the bill. They are quick at sending the cheques. They have saved me lots of money and peace of mind. You are able to do what is best for your pet not what you can afford. -Betty C.

Voted! I can’t Thankyou enough for all you do to help my shepherds…you guys are awesome! -Kathy L.

Best investment I don’t know what I would do with out pet insurance -Bets S.

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Brady and I love you guys. Always prompt, courteous and most of all helpful. I have had you for about 3 years and recently used the service a lot. It’s nice to know that while my baby is sick I have the ability to do what is needed. Brady sends puppy kisses and thanks you for helping me take the best care of him. -Melissa C.

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Why Do We Treat Dogs Like Humans?

Bosco - Tracy C dog woman kiss loveThe bond between man and dog has been one that has lasted for thousands of years; however, we very rarely ask why. Why do we call dogs ‘man’s best friend?’ Why are we so inclined to treat our dogs like our kids?

Dogs actually have complex social skills they have adapted to make themselves more suitable to our lives, and a few of these behaviors in particular make us treat them more like humans than our pets. Behaviors that have made us particularly fond of treating our dogs like people include:

Dogs Watch for Eye Contact