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Black Cats Too Often Left Out of the Picture

Black Cats Too Often Left Out of the Picture

They're hard to photograph, but here are some tips for taking good shots of black and other-colored felines.

May 2019 - Apparently, being a black cat is bad luck — for the cat. According to a woman who runs a shelter in the British city of Bristol, people are not adopting black kittens because they don’t show up well in photographs. Moreover, Cats Protection, the largest feline welfare charity in the UK, says that black cats take 13 percent longer to re-home than cats of any other color

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An Airport Terminal Just For Your Pet

Flying out of JFK has become easier for pets because of ARK Pet Oasis, a terminal built especially for our four-legged friends. Your cat can get necessary vaccines (by appointment) before boarding; delivery to the gate shortly before takeoff so there’s no more waiting in too-hot or too-cold cargo facilities; on-site veterinary care, if necessary; and various creature comforts. For cats, for instance, ARK’s trees are reserved for climbing.

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DNA Tests Extend to Cats

What a swab from a cat's cheek will tell you; what it won't.

Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and other DNA mail-in testing services were among the most popular Christmas gifts this past year. DNA kits to trace a dog’s heritage are selling well, too. And cats? In certain ways, “the world of cat DNA testing has lagged behind that of dog testing,” says Jerold Bell, DVM, an adjunct professor of genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Tricks for Getting Your Cat To Take Her Pills

Tricks for Getting Your Cat To Take Her Pills

Don't force it: there are a number of gentle methods.

As a last resort for getting their cat to take a pill, some owners will physically pry open their pet’s mouth with their fingers. The head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, thinks that’s a bad idea.

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