CAT OWNERSHIP

How Long Can a Cat Live?

Imagine getting a cat when you’re 20 and having the pet until you’re 52. That’s just what happened to Michelle Heritage of Exeter, England....

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,...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...