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To Make Friends With a Cat, Ignore It

Ever notice how people who are allergic to cats and pay them no attention are the ones cats come up to? And how people who bend over backwards to make friends with cats are the ones whose efforts are often rebuffed? It’s because generally, cats are naturally wary and would prefer to be the ones to take the social initiative.

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Dear Doctor: Ruining the furniture

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Purring Has More Than One Meaning

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When the cat gets into the dog food

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Anxious Cat? Try Music

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Walk This Way

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Dear Doctor: Stoner Cats

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