CAT OWNERSHIP

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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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...
cat depression

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...

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...

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...

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...
Mark Twain

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...

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...
Cats screen time

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...