About Tucker and Tabby:
Our favorite four-legged authors, Tucker (a dog) and Tabby (a cat) share their advice on caring for furballs like themselves. They might throw in a few human tricks as well.
T+T: I’m a cat and, while, sure, I’ve been called “aloof” once or twice, I’m really a teddy bear! I’ve got a big heart—and nothing breaks it faster than a crying kitten. But the little one my Humans brought home last week won’t stop! What can they do to comfort her? My neighbors have a new puppy, and he cries, too—so I know its not a cat thing. Any ideas? What can Humans do about puppies and kittens crying?
Tucker: Poor little dudes and dudettes! Why are they crying? Did they watch Beaches?
Tabby: That’s the first question. I mean, not whether they watched Beaches, but rather, why they’re crying.
Tucker: Oh, right. I see where you’re goin’ with this. You should take them to the doc!
Tabby: Right. Find out if there’s an underlying medical issue behind the crying. If not, the veterinarian may suggest spaying/neutering, since that can reduce crying.
Tucker: Greater good, greater good.
Tabby: After that, according to eHow.com, you should actually ignore the crying…
Tabby: I wasn’t done.
Tucker: Oh, sorry. Imma let you finish.
Tabby: …Ignore the crying while keeping the puppy or kitten nearby so he doesn’t feel alone.
Tucker: Ah, much better. Pups sometimes cry at night because they don’t want to go to the bathroom in their crate, but they’ve really gotta go! Y’know? So don’t give a puppy food or water within a few hours of bedtime.
Tabby: And, especially in the case of a crying kitten, consider adopting a second kitten to keep the first company.
Tucker: The case of the crying kitten! We cracked the case!