Pets and Animals

By The Mercury News | Pets and animals news and advice from The Mercury News staff and columnists.

Adopt a new pet, learn about spiders, have some Halloween fun: Weekly pet and animal listings for Oct. 19 and beyond

EAST BAY<p><b>Shred Day:</b> Bring your old papers to ARF to be securely shredded for $5. Paper shredding only, no oversized boxes. Boxes can be dropped off …

Pets

How do I keep raccoons from digging up my lawn?

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of raccoons without killing them?<p>Last year our new neighbors got rid of their backyard shed …

Home Depot

Pets: Daisy’s Day gala raises funds to pay for vet care

The Palo Alto Humane Society, in honor of a dog named Daisy, will hold its Daisy’s Day: Gala Fundraiser for Emergency Vet Care for Sick and Injured …

Palo Alto

Why hummingbird with damaged beak might be a threat to other birds

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> A hummingbird with quite an interesting beak has been visiting our feeder for several months now.<p>Its beak is obviously damaged, …

Birds

Critter Corner: It’s tough to teach a dog not to bark

<b>Dear Miss Behavin’:</b> My dog always barks when he goes outside in our backyard. During the day it’s the squirrels, and at night it’s all of the little …

Pets

Adventures with Rosko video: Point Isabel, from a dog’s point of view

Do you have a faithful canine companion? Do you like to go on adventures with your pup? We’re taking a look at some fun dog-friendly places and …

Dogs

Is medical cannabis for pets a safe and useful treatment?

<i>Q. Do you know anything about CBD? I know CBD helps with inflammation in humans but don’t how much to dose my dog, and will it work. — Gina from</i> …

Cannabis

Older is better: Think of senior pets during Adopt-A-Shelter Dog month

Along with pumpkin spice and everything nice, October is known as a month of change. With the leaves turning and the weather finally cooling down, …

Dogs

Thinking of getting a cat? Here’s what you can expect to pay

Have you considered adding a cat to your household? Our last column explored the costs of owning a dog, so now it’s time to examine expenses for our …

Pets

Why does my dog eat cat poop?

Knowing what dogs choose to lick and eat, it’s a wonder we let their mouths and lolling tongues get within 10 feet of us, but we do, even when one of …

Nutrition

Can fake Halloween cobwebs and decorations harm wildlife?

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> My wife related a sad story to me about bees being trapped and dying in the Halloween netting that some homeowners use in their …

Halloween

Animal Assisted Happiness settles in at Baylands Park

Families got the chance last weekend to explore the new home of more than 65 animals at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.<p>Animal Assisted Happiness, a …

Alice In Wonderland

Insect sex ed 101: What exactly was that praying mantis doing?

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> What is happening here? I saw a praying mantis making what I assume is a cocoon of some sort, but I don’t know a thing about the …

Insects

Gov. Brown signs pet rescue act, mandating shelter dogs, cats be sold at pets shops in California

California has become the first state to require all stores that sell dogs, cats and rabbits to offer adoptable pets from shelters and nonprofit …

SPCA

Avian wildfire evacuees land in Walnut Creek

WALNUT CREEK — Due to the wildfires raging in the North Bay, a barn owl and raven that were recuperating at the Bird Rescue Center of Santa Rosa have …

Nature

Rescue me: A plus-sized beauty, a social butterfly, and a fast learner are looking for their forever homes

East Bay SPCA<p><b>Pita,</b> an 18-month-old female American pit bull terrier mix, is the East Bay SPCA’s pet of the week.<p>Pita is smart, energetic and a very …

Cats

Photos: IKEA debuts a furniture line for your pets

IKEA, home to cavernous aisles of DIY bookcases and savory Swedish meatballs, has gone to the dogs … and cats.<p>The retailer has debuted Lurvig, a line …

Furniture

Disparate, determined groups saving the cats, dogs, rats, lizards and alpacas of Wine Country

OAKLAND — As the wine country fires continue to destroy homes and displace residents, animal groups and coordinated community efforts have joined to …

Sonoma County

Napa goats’ amazing survival: Rescued by a hand from above?

Debi Emery has no doubt that her late grandmother played a role in protecting a small herd of goats from the unforgiving flames of a fire raging out …

Goats

Learn about bats, adopt a new friend, get cute for Halloween: Weekly pet and animal listings for Oct. 12 and beyond

EAST BAY<p><b>Birds of Marsh Creek:</b> Spend a morning spying on year-rounders, pass-byers, and winter migrants. Bring binoculars; some available to borrow. …

Pets

Was upside-down hummingbird playing opossum?

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> Early in the morning I noticed a hummingbird hanging upside down on our feeder. I was able to run some water over its beak and there was a …

Birds

In an emergency, could you get your pets to safety?

We do all we can to keep our pets safe and healthy. We take them for regular vet checkups, keep their vaccinations up-to-date, make sure they don’t …

Pets

Critter Corner: Kitty hides out when people visit her home

<b>Dear Miss Behavin’:</b> My kitty hides out whenever people come over to my house. Is there way to help her feel more comfortable when we have</b> …

Cats

Doomed Solano County Fairgrounds barns ‘a godsend’ for fire-evacuated horses

<b>Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery</b><p>VALLEJO — Shannon Kelsey hadn’t seen anything like the Napa and Sonoma fires in his 49 …

San Francisco Bay Area

Pet photos show the cuter side of Halloween

Forget the ghouls and ghosts of Halloween — we have the sweet, cute and cuddly denizens of the holiday thanks to readers who are sending in photos of …

Pets

Why does my cat race around the house after using the litter box?

<i>Q. My cat runs around the house like crazy almost every time she goes No. 2 in her litter box. Is this normal? — Alice G.</i><p>A. Abnormal behavior in cats …

Cats

What are those mysterious brown spots sticking to everything in my yard?

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> I’m hoping you can help. We live on a sunny hill and we have a new critter in all sorts of places you wouldn’t expect — scale, covering my …

Gardening

Napa and Sonoma fire animal rescue: Shelter and rescue groups open doors for evacuated pets

As thousands flee the flames in the Napa and Sonoma areas, animal rescue groups are hustling to help pets by clearing shelters and finding them …

Santa Rosa

Two names, two cities, two owners and nine lives

He left for two years – the comfort of his home, his brother and a human family who loved him dearly. In yet another another twist of fate or luck, …

Cats