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The Amazing Ways Cats Make People Happier And Healthier

If you’re a cat parent, it’s no surprise to you that your kitty makes your life happier. But did you know she can also make you healthier? Oh, and there’s science to back it up! The infographic below will show 22 ways your feline friend improves your life. Please share it with any of your friends who have been thinking of getting a cat but are still on the fence. This should be enough evidence-backed data to help them make the decision to adopt! My favorite is number 3: watching cat videos is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety.[…]Read More…

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Why You Should Adopt A Pet From A Shelter

Every so often, a shelter in any community gets ready for an adoption promotion. While shelters also raise funds throughout the calendar year, what is raised is rarely sufficient. Thus, adoption events. According to the Humane Society Of The United States, Each Year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. If that is not enough reason why you[…]Read More…

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How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

How To Dehydrate Your Own Healthy Pet Treats

Cheap pet treats aren’t healthy, and healthy treats aren’t cheap. Ounce-for-ounce, biscuit-type treats are typically cheaper because they are made with fillers like flour or starch. Treats made with mostly meat tend to be healthier for cats and dogs, though some are made with artificial preservatives that can lead to chronic health issues when fed long-term. While it’s perfectly fine to offer your pet’s favorite store-bought “junk food” treats, especially if your pet finds them highly motivating for training, you need to feed them in moderation to prevent excess weight gain and watch out for pet product recalls. Making treats[…]Read More…

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How To Tell If Your Pets Are At A Healthy Weight

How To Tell If Your Pets Are Overweight

In 2017, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are clinically overweight. This epidemic is putting pets at greater risk for certain cancers, kidney failure, diabetes, and puts excessive strain on their bones and joints. We can only blame ourselves for these shocking statistics. Most of the time, pet owners decide what their pets eat, and when. We might be substituting food for love and attention when we’re busy, or choosing foods that are marketed as “healthy” when they’re really not. Sometimes we don’t realize when our pets are overweight because we see[…]Read More…

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Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevent The #1 Killer Of Domestic Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease: Prevent The #1 Killer Of Domestic #Cats #Cathealth

When you’re a cat lover, there are three words that you never want to hear from your vet. Chronic Kidney Disease.  Most common in seniors, some vets have accepted that 1 in 3 cats will be diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in their lifetime. A 2016 study found that over 60% of senior cats (over age seven) will develop some form of kidney disease, with prevalence in geriatric cats (over age 15) skyrocketing up to 80%. Fortunately, CKD can be prevented and may be managed for years with at-home treatment. Supporting your cat’s kidney health is essential to helping[…]Read More…

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6 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet

6 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Pet

You’re ready to bring a new animal into your family, and maybe you can’t wait to raise a tiny, adorable puppy or kitten. For many families, a senior pet would be a perfect fit, though they’re often overlooked at shelters. You can even find a purebred pet from a breed-specific rescue. 1. Every senior has a story. Some adoptable senior pets were adored by their previous families but had to be given up due to a myriad of reasons. When someone loses their job, has a kid with allergies, adopts a younger pet, or has to move to a pet-free[…]Read More…

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How To Speak Cat – 15 Unique Cat Sounds, Translated

How To Speak #Cat: 15 Cat Sounds, Translated

Do you speak cat? Or are you mystified by the many voices of our feline friends? While dogs only make about 15 vocalizations, a cat is capable of up to 100 unique sounds. Here are just 15 of the many ways cats use their voices to communicate with humans and other animals: 1. The Hunger Alarm Are you 90 seconds late with your cat’s breakfast? Unacceptable. Your cat will let you know it’s time for a meal with a loud, attention-grabbing meOW. You’ll often notice a punched-up second syllable, an extra bit of emphasis to let you know that your[…]Read More…

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Why You Should Ditch Your Cat’s Food Bowl

Why You Should Ditch Your Cat's Food Bowl

Our cats are lucky. As skilled hunters, they once risked their lives going after live prey. Now, all they have to do is meow loudly and persistently to make sure their meals are always on time, delivered from pet store, to bag, to food bowl. This pampered lifestyle is not optimal for our cats, though they’d happily protest otherwise. About 58.3% of US cats are overweight. Many are in danger of being given up to shelters because of stress and boredom-related behavioral issues such as scratching and relieving themselves outside the litter box. Making your cat work for their food can[…]Read More…

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All About Rex Cat Breeds

All About Rex Cat Breeds

When you see a rex cat in person, you can’t help but do a double take. These cats are rare, notorious for their curly, wiry or wavy coats. Many even have curly whiskers. There’s at least 8 rex cat breeds, each with unique genetics that give them their distinct traits. The 8 Rex Cat Breeds The Cornish Rex comes from Cornwall, Britain. The Cornish Rex’s sparse coat is solely made up of wiry guard hairs. Their body is long and lean, and their coat comes in many colors and patterns. The Devon Rex comes from Devon, Britain, not far from Cornwall[…]Read More…

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7 Weird Things Science Has Taught Us About Cats

7 Cat Science Facts

As they share our homes, cats give us a lot to think about. They’re full of quirks and interesting traits that make life interesting. Researchers can’t stop observing how cats interact with us and their environment. Here are some of the most interesting discoveries from the world of cat science: #1: Cats love people more than food Though many people think their cats are secretly plotting to kill them, the truth is that they are very social animals and love spending time with people. An Oregon State University Study showed that when given a choice between food, human interaction and[…]Read More…

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10 Ways To Get Any Cat To Like You

10 Ways To Get ANY #Cat To Like You

Cats have unique personalities, but they all speak the same language. Learn how to get a cat to like you, and you’ll quickly befriend every cat you meet, whether you’re adopting a new kitten or visiting a friend’s house. In ten simple ways, you can easily become a “cat whisperer.” 1. Wear soft clothes.  If you’re planning on meeting a new cat, wear something soft – a sweatshirt, sweatpants, a loose dress, or any garment that would make your lap a comfy place for the cat to snuggle. Laying together is a powerful way to bond with a cat. All you[…]Read More…

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Aeris – The Short Film About An FIP Kitten’s Final 12 Days

Aeris, Paul and Aly

Each one of us knows what it’s like for an animal to touch our lives. If we’re lucky, we get to enjoy our animal companions for decades, but Aeris the white Bengal kitten was only with Paul Castro Jr. and Aly Miller for twelve days before she passed away from Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). In those 12 short days, she made a powerful impact on her owners, forever changing the way they view love, responsibility, life and death. The young New York couple knew they had to help Aeris live on. By writing, directing and starring in their own upcoming short film, they’re hoping[…]Read More…

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How To Trim Your Cat’s Nails Without Getting Scratched

Trim your cat's nails without getting scratched using counter conditioning and desensitization

Your fluffy, cuddly kitty is equipped with 18 long, razor-sharp claws of death – maybe more if your cat is a polydactyl cat. If you don’t trim your cat’s nails, they’ll continue to curve downward as they grow. They’ll be more likely to get caught in fabric and cause serious, painful scratches on your skin that can easily become infected. In extreme cases, the nail begins to grow into the cat’s paw pad, making it difficult for them to walk. Veterinarians are happy to trim your cat’s claws for you. However, your vet will need you or a vet tech[…]Read More…

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Why Spraying A Cat With Water Doesn’t Work (Do THIS Instead!)

Using a spray bottle to train your cat won't solve bad behavior - but there's many great alternatives that won't ruin your relationship

It’s the suggestion you’ll see in many articles, blogs, books and even TV shows – if your cat is doing something wrong, fill a spray bottle with plain water and give them the swift squirt of justice. Spraying your cat with water seems to work. The cat will almost always run out of the room – stopping the very behavior you wanted to discourage. However, this is not an effective long-term training solution. There’re many alternatives that will teach your cat even faster, without destroying your relationship with them. When Water Spraying Doesn’t Work Punishment can stop problem behaviors. That’s why so[…]Read More…

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Is It A Good Idea To Sleep With Your Pets?

It’s the middle of the night, and you feel someone warm and fuzzy snuggling up to you.  Do you lift the covers and let your pet get close to you for a cozy night’s sleep, or send them back to their own little bed on the floor? If you’re like half of pet owners, you can’t resist sleeping with your pet at least some of the time. But you might have reservations about it – aren’t those grubby paws covered in bacteria? Is it really safe to share your bed? Learn the facts, risks and benefits of sleeping with your[…]Read More…

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Are Cat’s Claws Poisonous?

So over the holiday break, I had some visitors. Two of them I love dearly and I miss them now that they went back home but two others had come with my two loved ones so I didn’t know them. My youngest son, who just turned nine years old, has a big grey and white cat. We also have a beautiful black cat who doesn’t like to be held very often, except by my oldest son. Anyway, my youngest was holding my black cat and he was very nervous being around people he didn’t know. Cats are like that. While[…]Read More…

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The Different Personalities Of Cats

I have had a love of cats since I was about 7 years old. I lived with my dad and step mom, who weren’t nice people. I often felt very alone and always hungry. We had no pets. Before this I was with my mom and I was always around animals. My great-grandmother had all sorts of pets. Birds, rabbits, cats, dogs, and fish. She had a monkey once too but that was before I was born. Anyway, I had always liked cats but I was more about dogs until I lived with my dad. It was cold outside and[…]Read More…

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Golden Tips For People Who Want To Be Pet Sitters And Caregivers

To become a pet sitter, you need to love animals. Period! It is not just the task of looking after the pets and earning the desired income. There is a lot involved in this profession. Pet sitting can be a profitable profession but you need to understand the pet very well. Until and unless you do some homework, you will fail to understand the pets and the ways of pet sitting. If you love animals (like me!) and want to extend your hands to help the pets then congrats! You are definitely on the right track. Before you start the[…]Read More…

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Tips For Travelling With Cats

You just can’t avoid travelling. Leaving your feline friend at home is not an option. In such situations, you get stressed out and think the various possibilities of travelling with your cats. I feel that pets are like the members of the family and should be treated with proper care when taken out of the house. I have dealt with certain issues when I traveled with my pet, but I will not let you commit the same mistake which I did. It should be noted that cats get accustomed to a particular environment. If they are taken out of their[…]Read More…

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The Factual Story Of Domestication Of Cats

The oldest evidence of domesticated cats comes from an ancient Egyptian sculptures and hieroglyphics. That evidence, which is about 4,000 years old, depicts a sculpture of a domesticated cat. The proof on how wild cats became tame remained little hazy for a long time. Fewer studies are focused on how cats became tame in contrast to dogs, sheep and other domesticated animals. The primary theory is that ‘cats first started loving us for our mice’. It was the appetite for mice that started the taming of wild felines. The grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents like[…]Read More…

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Cats And Keyboard: meow!

fhighdkfje;kfhjleifhlfncsdfh;weihw[ew. Your feline buddy did it. AGAIN ! Have you ever wondered why your cat always likes to stay on top of your computer keyboard at every chance it gets? If your cat does this too; my friends, you are not alone in this. Many other cats do it. Google ‘cats and keyboard‘ and you will see what I am talking about. Although there are no words from the experts yet, many cat owners have drawn some conclusions after experiencing such a behavior by their feline friends! Cats are peculiarly silly, admit it or not. They do more ‘silly’ things[…]Read More…

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The Scoop On Keeping Pet Cats And Kittens

Cats <Felis catus> have socially adapted to humans over thousands of years to be one of the most popular and loyal pets. Cats are very well-liked companions – with well over 600 million present in homes all around the world. With the population of more than 70 million, they are second only to dogs in the United States. History of cats as pets goes back to about 12,000 years. It all started when the descendents of African wildcats were domesticated around the Fertile Crescent, in the Middle East, by humans who were starting to settle down and farm the land.[…]Read More…