The Very Few Differences Between Wild and Domesticated Cats

A kitten meows.

The pet cats we know and love today are descended from the ancient wildcats Felis silvestris lybica. Originally from the Fertile Crescent (and subsequently revered in ancient Egypt), history’s wildcats enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with humans. However, despite living in close quarters for approximately 10 millennia, people cannot always get a read on domesticated cats. Without a doubt, many pet cats remain ferocious, independent, and true to their feline natures. In part, they are still remarkably wild.


Whiz Kid: Why Does My Dog Pee When Excited?

An excited dog jumps on someone's leg.

Those of us who have cared for dogs over the years, know that the occasional accident will happen. In puppies and young dogs, peeing can spontaneously occur when they get too riled up or excited, as they don’t have total bladder control. If you have been dealing with pee spots on the rug when your dog rushes to greet you or when they are over-enthused, you’re not alone. 

The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to explain the phenomenon of submissive urination and get to the bottom of your question, “Why does my dog pee when excited?”


Is It Time to Teach Your Pet Tricks?

A pet gives a woman a high five.

The animals we share our lives with bring so much to the proverbial table. They inspire us to exercise and socialize more, and their very nearness and companionship adds to our well-being. The fact that they can be trained to do certain things for us is like icing on the cake. We’re not just talking about training them to understand and demonstrate basic commands. Teaching your pet tricks is undoubtedly fun and entertaining, and can be useful to boot!