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October 2019

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It’s You They Want

Pop quiz: What do cats prefer most? 1. Food. 2. Interacting with you. 3. Batting around a toy. 4. Sniffing desired scents.   More...

Halloween Costume for Kitty?

Very soon youíre going to start seeing adorable pictures of cats in costumes popping up on Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere. We understand the appeal. But the appeal is really for people, not cats, so weíre not big fans of dressing up your pet. Along with objecting to having something pulled over their heads and wrapped around their necks, a lot of cats simply are afraid of being dressed in a costume. Some will even stop moving when dressed; they crouch down and freeze in place because they donít know what theyíre supposed to do or how theyíre supposed to move about. Why put a cat through that severe stress?   More...

Does your cat qualify as a blood donor?Subscribers Only

Cats in the throes of kidney failure, leukemia, poisoning, injuries sustained in a car accident, or loss of too much blood during an operation are often aided by blood donations from other cats. Owners volunteer their pets as blood donors knowing that the process involves, at most, minimal discomfort. And besides taking pride in the fact that their petís donation may save lives, they can enjoy the benefits their cat receives in the form of incentives provided by veterinarians. These range from a basic blood examination that may uncover health issues to a free yearly exam.   More...

Managing Territorial Aggression in a Multi-Cat HouseholdSubscribers Only

Cats are by nature territorial animals. They work hard in the wild to carve out their own space because, as solitary predators, they rely on their own abilities to catch prey rather than acting in groups. They also try to avoid chance encounters with other cats in order to sidestep fighting and injury. What that means is that even if two cats claim the same territory and forage in the same general vicinity, they donít forage at the same time.   More...

Who Will Take Care of Your Cat If You Can’t?Subscribers Only

Sometimes pets are discovered in a personís home days after a tragedy such as an illness or accident that sends the owner to the hospital, or after the personís death, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Because cats have shorter lifespans than we do, we generally expect them to go first and donít make arrangements for their well-being. But because we love our pets, we should plan for the unanticipated. Hereís how, according to the Humane Society.   More...

What Credentials Does the Animal Behaviorist Have?Subscribers Only

Perhaps your cat is aggressive to the point that you canít defuse the situation on your own. Or he keeps getting into the linen closet despite all your efforts to keep him out of there. Or he wonít stop climbing on the table while youíre eating. Where do you turn? To an animal behaviorist, of course.   More...

You Want Another Shelter Cat?Subscribers Only

ďThe primary reason cats are given up to animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations,Ē reports the American Veterinary Medical Association. You may have wanted a lap cat and instead brought home one that prefers to prowl, or hide. Or you may have fancied a retiring cat who pretty much just likes to lounge, but got a boisterous one instead. Thatís why you really want to make an informed decision when deciding on a new feline. Choosing completely on impulse rather than on some knowledge of the catís temperament wonít serve you, and it definitely wonít serve your pet.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Name GameSubscribers Only

Do cats know their own names? It seems like sometimes my cat recognizes her name ó sheíll turn her head slightly or look at me when I call out to her. But other times, saying her name makes no difference. She acts like Iím not in the room.   More...