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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 Find a Reputable Dog Walker

January 7, 2021

If daily walks are good for you, they’re perhaps even more important for your dog. Besides being an opportunity to “take care of business,” walks stimulate your dog’s muscles and mind. They help work off excess energy, which is especially important for certain breeds (there is some truth to the adage “a tired dog is …

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Dogs at Work: Mall Security Dogs

December 30, 2020

If your idea of shopping center security is the bumbling, Segway-riding Paul Blart of the movie Mall Cop, think again. Many malls now have sophisticated, integrated security plans, which may include trained dogs and handlers. Depending on the needs of the mall, security dogs may simply provide surveillance and crowd control, so shoppers and retailers …

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Is It a Good Idea to Give a Puppy or Kitten as a Gift?

December 16, 2020

For years, animal welfare organizations wagged a finger at the idea of giving pets as gifts. They warned that most of these puppies and kittens would be surrendered to shelters and left homeless because of impulsive gift-giving whims. But recent research shows otherwise. In a survey of people who received pet gifts, 86 percent of …

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Unique Gifts Cat Lovers Can’t Resist

December 3, 2020

How do you choose a gift that won’t go straight to the regifting pile? If you have a cat lover on your list, it’s easy: find a gift that appeals to their feline fixation. As part of National Cat Lovers’ Month, we’re helping you out with some purr-fire gift ideas for the cat fanciers among …

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6 Tips to Stop Your Pet’s Begging

November 24, 2020

Big holiday dinners have enough stress without your pet staging theatrics under the table. You know the schtick: the forlorn, puppy-dog eyes. The whimper. The fidgety tap-dance with the front paws. A pool of drool on the floor for good measure. The barking. And when all else fails, the futile attempt to paw a bowl …

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Dogs at Work: Canine Blood Donors

November 19, 2020

You’ve heard of dogs saving lives thought heroic feats of in-the-moment action. But did you know pooches also pre-emptively save other dogs’ lives? It’s true. Canine blood donors often provide life-saving blood to dogs who are injured, seriously ill or in need of surgery. Never heard of pet blood donation? Most people haven’t. About 70 …

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