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The Eco-Friendly House Cat

The Eco-Friendly House Cat

Greening our pet's living space has never been easier as our experts share ideas on how to create a more Earth-friendly environment for all of us.

June 2018 - We love our cats and would do most anything for them. Unfortunately, our pets leave quite a paw print on the environment. From adding litter to landfills, to polluting the water with unrecyclable plastics, we may unknowingly be contributing to this paw print. By making the right choices, however, there are ways to decrease this paw print and lessen the impact on the planet. It can be as simple as choosing a different type of litter or repurposing an old suitcase into a chic cat bed.

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Non-Recognition Aggression in Cats

Non-Recognition Aggression in Cats

This behavior is not uncommon after a vet visit or other excursion made outside the home. Here's why it happens and how to minimize its effects.

Like many cats in a multi-cat household, Ivan and Natasha live together bound by a mutually agreed-upon peace treaty. Indeed, there’s an occasional breach when one crosses the other’s claim to a toy or cherished napping spot — but that doesn’t terminate treaty relations. However, there is one major treaty violation that makes it clear that this isn’t a non-aggression pact: the veterinary visit. It doesn’t matter if they go to the vet together or separately. Once back home, there are no consoling purrs. Natasha lights into Ivan with a barrage of aggressive behaviors as if she doesn’t recognize her peace partner.

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Keeping Shelter Cats Healthy

Keeping Shelter Cats Healthy

The prevalence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats is receiving some attention by researchers.

Researchers recently discovered that upper respiratory infections in shelter cats can be dramatically decreased by doubling cage sizes and providing the cats with two compartments. Funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, the UC Davis team of researchers published their findings in the journal PLoS One.

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Teaching Your Cat to ‘Sign’

Teaching Your Cat to ‘Sign’

Creating a form of sign language to foster communication with your cat can be a great way to bond, and also helpful in cases of deaf pets or people.

Dr. Doolittle would be intrigued. Can we actually use American Sign Language to talk to the animals, and they to us? Videos that have gone viral would suggest yes. Whether it’s cats seated attentively in a row, responding to American Sign Language taught by their human “mom,” or a polite cat gently touching her owner’s arm as he’s eating and then placing her paw to his mouth to indicate that she wants some of the food, the possibilities such images suggest leave us filled with wonder.

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