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The Right Way to Pet a Cat

The Right Way to Pet a Cat

Our felines like frequent interactions, but at a low intensity.

March 2019 - What cats need often doesn’t jibe with the way we live our lives. We’re gone all day, leaving them with no interaction, then come home and want to spend the evening petting and handling them.

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Make an Appointment? Or Get Him to the Vet Immediately?

Make an Appointment? Or Get Him to the Vet Immediately?

Common signs of illness and how seriously to take them.

Your cat is having a bout of vomiting. Do you rush him to the doctor? What if he hasn’t urinated all day, or goes through the day with zero interest in food or water? Here is a look at six common signs of illness in cats, and whether they can wait or signal emergencies that need immediate medical attention.

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The Hardest Decision of All: When to Say Good-Bye

The Hardest Decision of All: When to Say Good-Bye

What you need to know about making end-of-life choices for your cat.

If your cat all of a sudden seems gravely ill, don’t automatically assume it’s the end. “Sometimes something that seems quite dire may not be,” says Catnip editor-in-chief John Berg, DVM. “Even if a disease is not curable, it may be very treatable, and the cat can live a good quality of life for quite a while. We’ve delivered that news to a great number of relieved owners.”

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When the cat gets into the dog food

When the cat gets into the dog food

The dangers of giving one species' food to another.

If your cat gets into your dog’s food here and there, it’s not something to be alarmed about. But dog food is most certainly not appropriate as the mainstay of a cat’s diet and should never be fed instead of cat food. In fact, a dog could much more easily get by on cat food than a cat on dog food (although both cats and dogs should be fed diets prepared with their own species in mind). Here are some of cats’ unique dietary needs that make dog food the wrong — and unsafe — choice as a cat’s “meat and potatoes,” so to speak.

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