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May 2019

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Black Cats Too Often Left Out of the Picture

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   More...

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.   More...

Turns Out They’re Not Aloof After All

Popular thinking has it that, like Greto Garbo, cats “vant to be alone.” But a new study out of Oregon State University shows that’s not true. In a two-pronged experiment involving pet cats and shelter cats, both types of felines spent much more time with a stranger sitting on the floor when that person called out to them and pet them as they approached, as opposed to having no attention paid to them.   More...

DNA Tests Extend to CatsSubscribers Only

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.   More...

Tricks for Getting Your Cat To Take Her PillsSubscribers Only

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.   More...

A Critical Piece of Information That’s Hard to Find On the Cat Food LabelSubscribers Only

One piece of information you really need to make sure you’re choosing the right food for your pet is not on the front of a package of cat food in large letters. It’s either scrunched up in tiny print on the side or back of a bag of kibble or on a can in such tiny lettering that it can be hard to make out. It’s called the Statement of Nutritional Adequacy.   More...

Stress: a Big Reason Your Cat May Be Urinating Outside the BoxSubscribers Only

Last month we covered litter box aversion, one of the main behavioral reasons cats won’t “go” where they’re supposed to. This month we will cover another behavioral reason for a cat’s failing to urinate where she should — stress. It’s something to consider if your veterinarian says there’s no medical cause for the problem and if litter box aversion has also been ruled out.   More...

FDA-Cleared Device May Aid in Pain Management

Imagine a medical device that hastens the healing process and provides relief from conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to itchy hot spots on the skin, often to the point that a lower dose of medication may be used. The Assisi Loop may be such a device.   More...

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