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When you search for “funny cat videos” on YouTube, things like this pop up. Does it look like the cat finds it funny?

YouTube Cat Videos Not So Funny

Funny cat videos on YouTube have exceeded 25 billion views — from cats being “lazy” and falling over to acting “grumpy” or aggressive. But what makes us laugh could actually be extremely upsetting for a cat, and behavior that we perceive as delightfully amusing could be a sign of emotional distress or pain, says International […]
It's important to gradually adjust your cat to letting you examine her paws.

Guidelines for Proper Paw Care

You probably know it’s a good idea to trim your cat’s claws every 10 days to two weeks — both for her comfort and your own. But did you know that it’s also important to take routine care of her paws? Here are the steps to take. Give your cat’s paws a gentle wipe with […]

Yes, You Can Train Your Cat to Use the Toilet. But Should You?

Who among us hasn’t seen those cute little videos of cats doing their business in an actual toilet? And who among us hasn’t fantasized...
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Feeding By Food Puzzle

You do your best to make sure your cat is pampered and enjoying the good life. But you may be overlooking her innate prey drive and need for a challenge that goes beyond what a dangled feather can offer. Food-containing puzzles that require feline strategy and focus will help satisfy her urge to hunt for […]
Whatever implement you use, take it slow.

Nail Trimming Made Easier

Some cats don’t like to be handled, especially around their paws, so their owners avoid regular nail trimming. That can spell trouble not only for upholstered furniture, rugs, and soft wood that can easily be scratched (as can your lap when your pet kneads on you). It’s also potentially bad for the cat. If her […]
A cat-sized water fountain may be just the thing.

When Your Cat Needs to Drink More Water — But Won’t

Most of the time you don’t need to worry about whether your cat is drinking enough water. Setting out a bowl for her is usually enough. But a number of medical conditions increase a cat’s water requirement. One of them is kidney disease. Cats with kidney disease aren’t able to concentrate their urine as much […]
Cat getting ear cleaned

Ear Cleaning: Avoid It

There are lots of things we should be doing routinely to take care of our cats’ health, but cleaning their ears is not one of them. That’s because most of the causes of “dirty” ears — mite infestation, wax buildup, allergies, and foreign objects that get stuck in the ear canal — should be addressed […]
Some cats get pretty severe motion sickness.

Car Sickness

House cats rarely ride in the car — usually just for veterinary visits. But when they do, as many as half suffer from some degree of motion sickness. No doubt nauseated, they vomit and, in some cases, even urinate and have diarrhea. Other signs include excessive drooling and a type of loud, tormented hyper vocalization […]
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...
Why cats have whiskers, how they can lose them, and what to do about it.

By A Whisker

Pop quiz! True or false? Whiskers are hairs. A cat has 6, 10, or 12 whiskers on either side of her nose. True or false? The human equivalent of whiskers are the tiny hairs in our ears.   Whiskers are indeed hairs (they can even turn grey with age). 2. A cat typically has 12 […]
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As American as Baseball and…Cats?

It was the bottom of the eighth between the Colorado Rockies and the L.A. Dodgers when a long-haired grey cat darted onto Denver’s Coors Field behind home plate. He made his way straight to second base, then headed for the outfield to lie down in the grass near Dodgers player Cody Bellinger. The move brought […]
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Have You Installed a Catio Yet?

It has been only about 10 years since the word “catio” came into use to describe a cat-sized screened-in patio that lets feline pets enjoy the outdoors while remaining safely enclosed. But in that short time, sales of catios have burgeoned. More and more people have been building DIY catios, too. If you don’t have […]