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February 2019

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Anxious Cat? Try Music

We’re all looking for that special bond that allows a cat to fall asleep in our lap, or initiate play. If that bond seems to be missing between you and your pet, she might be suffering from anxiety. And music might be just the thing to take the edge off and soothe her anxious mind, says the Head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM.   More...

No, Your Cat Cannot Be a Vegan

A study of 2,000 cat owners in the U.K. found that one in five were not aware their pets were carnivores and required animal products in their diets to thrive. There are many cat owners in the U.S. who also aren’t aware. Veganism simply cannot be a lifestyle choice you make for your cat, even if you make it for yourself.   More...

Cats in the Wedding “Party”

When the Quaker meeting house where a couple married wouldn’t allow a cocktail hour because of a no-alcohol rule, they decided on a kitten hour to keep the guests occupied while they had family pictures taken. Guests snuggled with six kittens from the Seattle Animal Shelter (with volunteers on the scene to make sure they weren’t over-handled) and were asked to donate to the shelter as wedding gifts.   More...

Biting and Scratching? Recognize the Trigger SignsSubscribers Only

Do you have a cat who will bite or scratch, seemingly out of nowhere? Rest assured it’s not out of nowhere. Our enchanting pets have their reasons. We just have to learn what those reasons are so that we can be prepared to avoid triggering an aroused or anxious cat into a harmful response. Cat bites and scratches can have serious consequences for loving owners. (See box.)   More...

Food Puzzles for Better Physical and Mental HealthSubscribers Only

Two animal behaviorists and a veterinarian reporting in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery have shown that feeding cats using food puzzles — either little balls with holes in them or gadgets that need to be manipulated by the cat to release food — can reverse a variety of psychosocial and physical problems.   More...

Environmental Contaminant Linked to HyperthyroidismSubscribers Only

The year 1979 marked the first time a cat was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. Since then cases have been on the rise. Up to one in six older cats is affected by this illness, which throws their metabolism into overdrive, making it overshoot the mark.   More...

A Truly Hypoallergenic Cat?Subscribers Only

You love your cat and let him get up close even though having him around makes your eyes water, your nose run, or your throat scratchy. You’re not alone. About 10 percent of the U.S. population has a pet allergy, with twice as many people allergic to cats as to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. With an estimated 47 million cat-owning households in the U.S., that’s a lot of discomfort endured in the name of feline love.   More...

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