Porky & Buddy: Digging Cats

Dear Porky:
I have a cat that digs holes in my yard. Have you ever heard of that? Do you know what causes such behavior? I thought only dogs dug holes.

Dear Mary:

Thanks for your question. You didn’t mention if your cat was digging the holes, then trying to eliminate in them. If this is the case, these holes would be shallow holes and most cats would then try to cover them. He could have a medical problem that requires your vet’?s attention. But if there are no medical problems, then he may just prefer to “do his business” outside. In which case, the only way to protect areas that you really don’t want to be turned into a giant potty would be to cover them with something that he hates, decorative stones maybe.

If this isn’t a potty issue, there is a chance that he is digging after moles in your yard. You should be able to tell if you have moles by the little piles of dirt and the underground tracks between. Good luck.

Dear Buddy:
My dog has ringworm. Is it possible to pass this to my children? Should I keep them separated? Kendra

Dear Kendra:
Thanks for writing. Ringworm is not really a worm. The name has evolved because the patch that occurs from the hair breaking off at the skin line is circular and it was at one time thought to be a worm curled beneath the skin. Actually, ringworm is a contagious fungus that lives in the hair follicles. It is icky but treatable. It begins as a round patch of hair loss that, if left untreated, can affect the entire pet. It can be passed between children and pets, so it needs to be diagnosed and treated with medication from your vet as soon as you can. Minimum exposure to children while aggressively treating the ringworm on the pet is a good idea to limit the spread of the disease. Adult humans are usually able resist infection, unless they have a break in the skin that the fungus can enter. Good luck.

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