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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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Cats Make the Man

Although Marley and Me author John Grogan clearly loves dogs, he tipped his hand when it came to revealing which species he believes is more intelligent. “Cats will outsmart dogs every time,” he has said. Famous men have been weighing in on cats throughout history. See if you can match the man to the quote. […]
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Why They Love to Throw Things Off Shelves and Counters

You’d think being allowed to jump onto high surfaces would be enough to make a cat happy, but then she goes and bats everything off — papers, glass bowls, plates, you name it. Why do they do that? Some animal behaviorists posit that one reason is that it gets your attention. Who doesn’t come running […]
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Keeping Your Furniture Safe from Scratches Without “Covering” Your Upholstery

Scratching posts, unpleasant scents sprayed onto fabric, distractions like catnip and toys — you’ve tried everything to keep your cat from digging her sharp nails along the arms of your sofa and ruining the fabric, but nothing has helped. Your next step is to cover the upholstery, but there goes your decor. But did you […]
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Why Your Cat Brings You “Gifts”

Your little tigress has landed yet another mangled mouse at your feet, having dragged it up from the basement. A week earlier, she even left one under your pillow. Is she bringing you a present? Hoarding her bounty for a nice snack later on? The activity may not have a purpose other than for the […]
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Cats from Lab Experiments Can Now Be Adopted Rather Than Euthanized

It used to be that cats no longer needed in Food and Drug Administration lab research were put down before they ever knew what it was like to live outside of a cage or other lockdown environment. But in a change of direction, the FDA has updated its policy so that healthy cats whose time […]
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Screen Time: Don’t Overdo It

Research has shown that some cats in windowless settings, such as shelters, really enjoy the distractions of watching typical prey like birds, rodents, and fish on a screen. They’re bored and crave something to occupy their minds — and satisfy their natural instincts. Older cats with limited mobility or eyesight might also benefit from apps […]
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Dogs for Cat People

The worst has happened. You have fallen in love with a dog person. And although your partner loves your cat, this mate with whom you now share a home has been angling for a canine pet. Or maybe your young child has reached an age at which she is making known her wish for a […]
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Brushing: Its For His Health, Not Just His Looks

Self-grooming only goes so far, especially as a cat ages and cant reach around to his body parts as well. Thats why you want to supplement a cats licking baths with brushing. It wont only help your cat look his best. It will remove dirt, grease, and dead hair from his coat, not to mention cut down on hairballs. In addition, it will help remove loosened skin flakes and improve circulation.
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Why Cat Breeds Dont Look As Different As Dog Breeds

There are only 42 recognized cat breeds in the U.S., compared with 192 dog breeds. Still, why are cat breeds so similar-looking compared to dog breeds? (Think Chihuahua versus beagle versus German shepherd.)
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Dear Doctor: Readying a cat for the new arrival

I am about to have a baby and wonder how that will affect my 6-year-old cat. My husband and I have had her since she was a kitten. Anything I should know or do in advance?
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How to Talk to a Young Child When a Pet Dies

There are literally dozens of books about grieving over the loss of a pet. Its an industry unto itself. But Fred Rogers book, When a Pet Dies, stands out among the others, even though it was first published more than 30 years ago. The book is meant for preschoolers as well as those in the early grades but, of course, also for their parents, who will go through the pages with their young ones.
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