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Halloween Costume for Kitty?

Very soon youre 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 were 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 dont know what theyre supposed to do or how theyre supposed to move about. Why put a cat through that severe stress?

Dear Doctor: Feral cats indoors?

Q. Why does my cat stare at me and then slowly blink and look away? Is she showing disdain, or boredom with me? Judah Jensen Cleveland,...

Dear Doctor: What’s with the blinking?

Q. Why does my cat stare at me and then slowly blink and look away? Is she showing disdain, or boredom with me? Judah Jensen Cleveland, Ohio A. Dear Mr. Jensen, Quite the opposite. The languid blinking and turning away is a signal that your cat trusts you and feels comfortable in your presence. While […]
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5 Cat Facts That Aren’t

You know the cat doesn’t really have anyone’s tongue, nor does it have nine lives. (Leave it to a line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to keep that one going.) And no one actually believes a sleek, velvety black cat can be bad luck. But there are some other things commonly said about cats that […]
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Even Indoor Cats Should Be Microchipped

House cats can and do get out, which is why the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) says that it “strongly” advocates the permanent identification of all pet cats regardless of the completely indoor lifestyle people may intend for them. Any stress or discomfort that might come with implantation can easily be mitigated by respectful […]
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A White Cats Paw Lies On A Soft Red Blanket. You Can Clearly See

About That “Extra” Pad On Each of Your Cat’s Front Paws

In back of the small pads on the bottoms of your cat’s front toes, and also well behind the larger pad that sits just beyond the toe pads, you’ll find yet another spongy pad. Called the carpal pad, it provides traction if a cat is skidding to a stop, making her way down a hill, […]
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Cats More Likely Than Dogs to Survive a Snake Bite

Here’s another reason cats have nine lives while dogs have only one: they are up to twice as likely to survive a snakebite. Researchers at the Venom Evolution Lab in Australia’s Queensland University made the finding when they compared the effects of almost a dozen different venoms on blood clotting agents in both cats and […]
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Have You Bought Your Cat a Toy Lately?

You attached a feather to a string for your cat to chase as you dragged it along the floor, but she didn’t go for it. You bought her a squeaky toy that she sniffed and batted once and then paid no attention to. She also has a little grey fabric mouse with catnip that she […]
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A White Cat Sits On The Balcony Of An Apartment Building And Loo

During the Dog Days of Summer, Cats Fall from Windows

Veterinary practices report that during the summer months, they see significantly more cats who have injured themselves falling out of windows. These emergencies occur across the globe. Austrian veterinarian Dr. Roswitha Steinbacher has reported that every year during the warmer months, the Clinic for Small Animals at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna treats […]
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Yes, You Really Can Train Your Cat

While cat owners know their pets are bonded to them, felines are often thought of as uninterested in collaborating with people. It’s believed all communication has to be entirely on their terms, without any give and take. But that’s not true. Cats can and do learn various behaviors through training. People teach their feline pets […]
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Many Cats May Be Miserable Left Alone for Long Stretches

There’s a belief in some circles that a cat can easily cope with her owner’s absence for long periods of time. The thinking is that when people head out, the pet is content to curl up in her favorite closet, or at her favorite window, and hang out by herself for as many hours as […]
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Another Reason Not to Let Your Cat Outdoors

Cats allowed outdoors kill an average of between three and four animals a month. Researchers made the finding when they surveyed more than 900 cat owners in six countries around the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Many people who let their cats wander outside brush away the wildlife deaths by […]
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