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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 […]
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Mosquito on Cats nose

Can Catnip Ward Off Mosquitoes, Too?

Cats don’t just roll over and rub against catnip for the high, a new study suggests. Chemicals in catnip called iridoids also appear to protect them from mosquitoes. Scientists at Iwate University in Japan rubbed iridoids on the heads of several house cats or allowed the cats to rub the substances on themselves. They then […]
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Long-haired cats are more prone to hairballs, but regular brushing can cut down on their frequency. 

Hairballs Are Nothing to Worry About — Usually

A cat is never comfortable during the momentary hacking, gagging, and retching it takes to cough up a hairball. Nor is it comfortable to watch your pet having to deal with getting rid of one. But for the most part, it’s not harmful. It’s simply something that comes with being a feline. Fortunately, most hair […]
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Newborn kittens can’t hold their body heat. Their mothers curl around them to keep them warm.

What to Expect When Your Cat Is Expecting

Breeders, people who have taken in a stray who has not been spayed, and those who tend to feral cat colonies may all find themselves looking after a pregnant cat. Here’s what to know. A normal cat pregnancy generally lasts 63 to 65 days but can be as short as 57 days and as long […]
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With a blanket and toys, a cat carrier becomes a fun place to hang out.

How to Adjust Your Cat to the Carrier

You’ve got to take your cat somewhere — the vet’s, a boarding facility — but shoving her into the carrier in a struggle just before walking out the door is not the way to go. You can accustom your cat to her carrier by leaving it out for her to see and examine — and […]
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Reading cat faces

Who Can Best Read Cats’ Faces? Women

If you see more cat hair around than usual and you’ve been vacuuming and dusting as frequently as always — or if you’re seeing...

Quantity of Life Versus Quality of Life

When to euthanize is a deeply spiritual decision,” says Alicia Karas, DVM. She heads the Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline (508-839-7966) and therefore knows...
For a very anxious cat, medication, along with behavior modification, may do a world of good to help her reach a calmer state.

For a Super-Anxious Cat, Drugs May Help

Any cat so anxious that she cannot relax or overreacts to stimuli like the presence of visitors or common household noises should be evaluated by a qualified animal behaviorist. A veterinarian board-certified in animal behavior or a certified applied animal behaviorist will offer advice about behavior modification that can help her cope with her fear […]
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Brushing your cat’s coat regularly is more than a beauty regimen. It will keep her healthier.

How to Get Your Cat to Age 20

You can’t prevent diseases for which your pet might be genetically primed. But a lot of illnesses are about lifestyle as well as genetics. With that in mind, there’s much you can do to help your feline friend stay healthy and reach her natural lifespan, which could be 20 years or more. Here are seven […]
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You should of course get the sense that the staff at your pet’s veterinary office likes cats.

What You Can Do to Make Vet Visits Go More Smoothly

Because cats so often hate going to the veterinarian, getting them there makes people anxious. That anxiety is then picked up by the pet, only making her trepidation worse. It’s important to remain outwardly calm, both while preparing for the trip and also once you’re at the doctor’s office. Seeming calm is easier said than […]
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