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November 2017

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A Labor of LoveSubscribers Only

The shelter Iím affiliated with has had an excess of newborn, orphaned and sickly kittens this year, so foster homes are currently scarce. I have a spare bedroom in my home, so I decided to make myself available for this worthwhile cause.   More...

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The Art of Bunting

We certainly donít need experts to tell us that cats enjoy having their heads scratched and rubbed by their owners. But experts feel that itís probably because this handling reminds them of their mothers. Feline behavior experts believe that when owners take over this role, it inadvertently reinforces the idea that we are their mothers óand it can also serve as a reminder to the cats that they should groom themselves.   More...

Tackling the Challenge of Mats

Cats are well regarded as fastidious animals, and their meticulous hygiene habits make them a favored pet for many people and cultures. Cats come equipped with their own built-in grooming accessories: the barbed tongue combs out dead loose fur while saliva is a cleaning agent; the front paws become a loofah to clean around the face and ears; the incisors, the tiny front teeth, tease out tangles and remove debris; and the back paws replicate a wide-tooth comb.   More...

Estate Planning For Our PetsSubscribers Only

We plan for so many life events like milestone birthday parties, graduations and weddings, yet we frequently postpone planning the major life event we all face ó our death and distribution of our earthly possessions. Simply put, life happens despite our best-laid plans (or lack of planning).   More...

Minimizing Stress for Your CatSubscribers Only

Much in the same way that stress affects humans, it can also affect cats. While brief periods of stress can help cats to survive dangerous situations, recurrent or prolonged stress can be harmful for them both physically and emotionally.   More...

The Importance of FIV/FeLV TestingSubscribers Only

Although two submicroscopic organisms ó the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) ó differ from one another in a number of significant ways, they have one very important characteristic in common: Infection with either of them can cause a catís premature death.   More...

Blood Transfusions in CatsSubscribers Only

Most people have some familiarity with the concept of a blood transfusion, perhaps by donating blood to the local Red Cross, or possibly as a recipient during a hospital stay. Thankfully, most cat owners have very little experience with transfusions when it comes to their pets.   More...

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