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AVMA Survey Results: Top 10 Cat-Owning States

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The Top 10 According the recently released AVMA U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, here are the top 10 states with the most cat-owning households: Vermont 49.5% Maine 46.4% Oregon 40.2 South Dakota 39.1% Washington 39% West Virginia 38.1% Kentucky 36.8% Idaho 34.6% Indiana 34.4% New Hampshire 34.2%   The Bottom 10 The bottom 10 states with cat-owning households according to the 2011 survey: California 28.3% South Carolina 27.8% Rhode Island 27.6% Alabama 27.4% Florida 27.3% Georgia 27.3% Illinois 26.3% Louisiana 25.9% New Jersey 25.3% Utah 24.6% District of Columbia 11.6% Veterinary Visits in 2011 The survey also included how many cat owners made trips for veterinary visits for their cats. Sadly, in 2011 only 55.1% of cat owners took ...

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Pam in the Wall Street Journal

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Read Pam’s comments in the Wall Street Journal’s article on the benefits of puzzle feeders. It’s great to see journalists including pet health in their columns. Pets can greatly benefit from the use of puzzle feeders and it doesn’t take long for them to get the hang of it. For cats it’s a natural behavior because as predators, they’re hardwired to work for food. Read Pam’s article on puzzle feeders on our website to learn more specifics.

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” method

Think Like a Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett

If you want to learn from the best, here’s the book that contains Pam’s Think Like a Cat training method. She’s the one who started everyone thinking differently about cat behavior and training. “Ms. Johnson-Bennett paved the way for all of us. And as a result, she has saved countless cats’ lives. Her work mertis a lifetime achievement award.” — Steve Dale, syndicated columnist, host of “Pet Central” and contributing editor, USA Weekend “Johnson-Bennett authors arguably the most popular library of cat books… Johnson-Bennett is a pioneer in the field…” — Winn Feline Foundation “Think Like a Cat is considered the cat bible and well regarded by behavior professionals, veterinarians, shelters and pet owners.” — Examiner.com “Think Like a Cat is perhaps ...

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National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

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August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet day. Even though cats outnumber dogs as the most popular pet, they aren’t getting seen by veterinarians as often as dogs. Today is a good reminder to make that long overdue appointment for your cat’s yearly wellness exam. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Please provide regular veterinary care for your cats even if they aren’t showing any outward signs of illness.  

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AVMA’s Policy on Raw Food Diets

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At the AVMA Annual Convention in San Diego this past weekend, their House of Delegates approved a policy that discourages the feeding of a raw meat diet to dogs and cats. The policy was passed with revisions. One revision was that the original wording of “Never feed inadequately treated animal-source protein to cats and dogs” be changed to “Avoid feeding inadequately treated animal-source protein to cats and dogs.” Another revision to the policy included the removal of a paragraph that read “The AVMA recognizes that some people prefer to feed raw or undercooked animal-source protein to their pets. The AVMA recommends that veterinarians inform pet owners of potential risks and educate them on how to best mitigate the risk of ...

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Pets are Good for Your Blood Pressure

According to an article on WebVet, a research scientist at the University of Buffalo studied the blood pressure of 48 non-smoking New York stockbrokers who were on medication for hypertension. Some of the study participants were asked to adopt either a cat or a dog. Results showed the new pet owners had more stable blood pressure and heart rates. Science is catching up with what pet parents have known all along — sharing our lives with animals is good for us!  

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Don’t Leave Pets in Parked Cars

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If you’re traveling with your pet, please remember that temperatures inside a parked car will skyrocket in mere moments. Even a car that’s parked in the shade will create dangerously unsafe temperature conditions for any animal locked inside. Leaving your cat or dog in a car while you run into the store for a few moments can put your pet at serious risk for hyperthermia and death. Every summer we hear very tragic stories in the news about animals who suffer heat stroke or even die from being left in a parked car. Enjoy your summer and enjoy traveling with your dog or cat but please be aware of this danger so you can avoid a tragedy. What should you ...

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June is Adopt-a-Cat Month

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June is American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Cat Month. Check out the top ten things you can do to help participate during this very special month. Here’s hoping you find the cat of your dreams!

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Seven Safety Tips for Memorial Weekend

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Wishing you and your pets a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend. As you’re getting ready for those cook-outs and picnics, keep these seven pet safety tips in mind: If your pet is outdoors with you be sure to have fresh water handy Don’t leave pets unsupervised near the pool Watch pets around hot grills, candles or lanterns Provide access to shade For indoor cats, make sure guests coming in and out of the house don’t allow an escape Keep your pets on their regular food and don’t offer tablescraps or leftovers Keep your pets indoors if the temperature gets uncomfortable For more information check out our summer safety tips for cats.  

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IAABC Honors Pam

Pam Johnson-Bennett

April 21, 2012: At the 2012 conference of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Pam Johnson-Bennett was honored with the Cat Division award for her work with cats and the work she has done for the IAABC. Pam is the founder of the cat division and has been Chair for many years.  

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