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Surprise Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Happy

September 14, 2023

Happy Cat Month, pet owners! Yes, you read that right. September marks the annual Happy Cat Month created by CATalyst Council. This celebratory month was established to spread education about the health, happiness and importance of companion cats. So, keeping this in mind, what ways can you surprise your cat and bring them some extra …

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How Socially Intelligent Is Your Cat?

October 24, 2019

Rightly or wrongly, cats have earned a reputation for being independent and aloof. But does your cat actually pick up on your social cues, and then simply play hard to get? Researchers at the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory are currently examining cat social skills, or how cats relate to us as human beings. …

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Finicky Cats: Appeasing the Fussy Feline Palate

July 25, 2019

Is your cat hard to please at the food bowl? Does your feline sniff at food with disinterest, then turn his or her nose in the air and walk away? Do you grovel every night, offering up various delicacies in hopes of finally pleasing your cat’s discriminating taste buds? You, my friend, have a finicky …

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Indoor vs. Outdoor: Which Kind of Cat Owner Are You?

January 21, 2021

Is the dead mouse on your doorstep a token of your cat’s love? Perhaps a trophy attesting your cat’s hunting prowess? Or are you horrified by the furred or feathered “gifts” your feline brings you? It’s questions like these, and the risks associated with being outdoors to both cats and wildlife, that led researchers at …

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How to Make Peaceful Introductions When Adopting a New Cat

June 17, 2021

Owning cats is like eating potato chips: It’s darn near impossible to have just one. In fact, the average number of cats per household in the U.S. is about two, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. As part of National Adopt-a-Cat month, perhaps you’re thinking about joining the ranks of multi-cat households (and who …

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Every Cat Needs Routine Veterinary Care

June 23, 2016

Veterinarians see far fewer cats than they do dogs. Is it because cats are healthier? Or because cats truly have nine lives? No and no. The two major reasons why cats receive less veterinary care than dogs are: Both cat and cat owners find it very stressful to go to the veterinary clinic. Owners often …

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