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Agility Training

We’ve all seen footage of dogs navigating agility courses — walking figure eights around cones, jumping over obstacles, flying through hoops, and cooperating with their owners in all kinds of other feats that require concentration as well as physical conditioning. Guess what? Cats can do it, too. It’s easy enough to set up an agility […]
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Newborn kittens can’t hold their body heat. Their mothers curl around them to keep them warm.

What to Expect When Your Cat Is Expecting

Breeders, people who have taken in a stray who has not been spayed, and those who tend to feral cat colonies may all find themselves looking after a pregnant cat. Here’s what to know. A normal cat pregnancy generally lasts 63 to 65 days but can be as short as 57 days and as long […]
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Declawing Banned from Certified Cat-Friendly Veterinary Practices

It’s official. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has banned the elective declawing of cats in veterinary offices that receive certification as cat friendly establishments. Unnecessary declawing will join the list of things that have to be in place to officially be called a cat friendly office, including a cat-only reception and waiting area. […]
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She may actually be trying to groom you.

Love Bites, Or Just Bites?

You are gently stroking your cat, and she is clearly enjoying it, when out of nowhere she begins biting you. The bites are not aggressive. There’s no hissing or tail swishing involved, and she’s not trying to scratch you with her claws. There’s something almost casual about the bites, in fact. But while these “love […]
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Without health insurance for your cat, expect to part with lots of $100 bills over the course of his lifetime.

Why You Should Buy Pet Health Insurance — and How to Choose a Policy

Imagine a member of your household needing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose a certain condition so the doctor can be sure of the right treatment, but you decide to forgo it because at $1,400, it’s too expensive; you’ll just wait and see what happens. Or picture a cat you love requiring hospitalization for […]
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St. Louis is one of America’s top 10 cat-friendly cities.

The Most Cat-Friendly Cities in America

It’s official. Birmingham, Alabama, is the cat-friendliest city in the U.S. A website that rates pet products, PetListed.com, made the finding when it evaluated the 100 most populous cities according to four criteria: the availability of cat-friendly housing; the number of veterinary practices certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP); the preponderance of […]
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She’s enjoying it, yes, but the moment she tells you she’s done, let her go.

The Key to Good Petting: High Frequency, Low Intensity

Perhaps after a day of work or chores you are finally ready to enjoy some down time with your cat and look forward to a good long stroking session. Some cats might enjoy that with people they are really comfortable with. But what cats like in general is not low frequency of interaction with high-intensity […]
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What if the food you fed your cat made you less allergic to her?

Can Cat Food Be Formulated to Make Us Less Allergic to Our Feline Friends?

Imagine if the food we fed our cats could make us less allergic to them. It may sound far-fetched, but at least one company is now marketing a cat food designed to significantly reduce the allergens cats put into the environment. If it works, it will help the millions of people, cat owners included, who […]
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Should Your Next Cat Be a Senior Citizen?

It’s hard to resist the adorable friskiness of a kitten. Furthermore, what infuses a home with good feelings better than a new life? People also like the idea of adopting a kitten because the cat doesn’t come with any “baggage” in the form of mistreatment or neglect somewhere else. You’re not starting out with potentially […]
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Cat-loving men can get dates, too.

For Guys with Cats: There’s Someone to Love You

First the bad news for single men with cats. When scrolling through photos on dating sites, women find men holding a feline “agreeable and open” but “less masculine, more neurotic,” and most important, “less dateable.” So say the results of a study conducted jointly by researchers at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and […]
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Dear Doctor: No mascara for kitty

Q. I’ve noticed that my cat doesn’t have eyelashes. Does that mean she’s at greater risk than other cats of getting dirt in her eyes? Janine Van Ess Sacramento, California Dear Ms. Van Ess, A cat is at no disadvantage for not having eyelashes.  What they lack in lashes they make up for in eyelids. […]
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A Second Cat For Your Home?

It’s no secret that cat adoptions have soared during the pandemic, especially in its early months. Of course, if you’re reading Tufts Catnip, you no doubt already have a cat, but perhaps you’ve been considering bringing home a second one. Or maybe you’ve wondered for a while whether to adopt another cat, even before the […]
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