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Is the Cat Stray or Feral? Does It Matter?

Strictly speaking, the words “stray” and “feral” have different meanings. A stray cat, while currently homeless, has at some point lived with people, has gotten lost or was abandoned, and can probably happily adapt to having people in its life. Especially if the cat hasn’t been out on the street for too long, it can […]
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When the Shedding Gets Worse Than Usual

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 bald spots on your cat — take him to the veterinarian. A cat can lose more hair than normal because of medical or dietary issues. Precipitating medical issues can include allergies, […]
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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 bald spots on your cat — take him to the veterinarian. A cat can lose more hair than normal because of medical or dietary issues. Precipitating medical issues can include allergies, […]
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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 that people often call in not only once their cat has died but also when they have to make a decision about whether to put their pet down. “Compassion is called […]
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Grooming Gear

Whether it’s the luxurious locks of your Himalayan or your tabby’s more strictly functional striped coat, a thorough brushing will do more than make your pet look good. It will also remove tangles, mats, debris, parasites, and potential human allergens while improving blood circulation. And you’ll also end up with fewer loose hairs around your […]
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Boxed In and Loving It

Boxes, paper grocery bags, a shelf in a linen closet…you name it, a cat likes to squeeze herself into it. Some of the reason for that behavior you can intuit. A cat will feel more secure in a small space enclosed on three sides. Though they are predators, cats are also hunted by other animals. […]
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Theres More to Volunteering at a Shelter Than Petting Cats

Most shelters are happy to have volunteers come and give resident cats attention by playing with them and grooming them. Cats warehoused in shelters need extra attention and socializing so that they will look good to potential adopters and also will adapt better to life with people once they make it to a loving home. But theres more to helping shelter cats than interacting with them directly, and you may have just the talent required. Consider asking a local shelter if it needs help in any of these areas.
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An Old Age Home for Cats – Until They Are Re-Adopted

Understandably, people looking to adopt a cat often want a younger one. They hope to have their pet for as many years as possible, and they want to be able to form a special bond. That leaves many older cats in shelters, and from there they often get sent to be euthanized because the shelters just dont have enough room.
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No-Kill Versus Kill Shelters

Mother Theresa once famously said that she would happily participate in a peace rally but would not attend an anti-war rally. Why not? She no doubt understood intuitively that youre much more likely to effect the change you seek by promoting what you want than by railing against what you dont want.
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If the Cancer Surgeon Got Clean Margins, Why Did the Tumor Grow Back?

You sit anxiously in the waiting room while your cat undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous mass. Finally, the doctor comes out in his scrubs and tells you he was able to excise the malignant tumor and that he believes he got it all. Relieved but not yet out of the woods, you wait for the pathology report. Sure enough, it confirms the surgeons belief that he excised the cancer in its entirety. There are clean margins. Why, then, does the tumor grow back in the exact same spot some months later?
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Nail Trimming 101

Regularly trimming your cats nails isnt just important for your furniture, or for you when the cat comes to knead on your lap. It also reduces the chance of a broken claw and ensuing pain if the cats nail gets caught in something like plush carpet or a soft piece of wood.
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Delaware Becomes the First State Without Kill Shelters

It was the very first state in the U.S., and now its the first state in the country to become a no-kill state for shelter animals. Its not a law but, rather, a designation bestowed by the Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit animal welfare organization that works to help put an end to the euthanasia of unwanted pets in animal shelters across the country.
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