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How to Pet a Cat

  I know this may seem very obvious and something you certainly wouldn’t need instructions for, but surprisingly, there are people who do it wrong. When it’s done incorrectly, kitty isn’t happy and people end up scratched or bitten. Cats are social creatures. They have often been mislabeled as solitary animals but they form social ...

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9 Things Your Cat Wants You to Do

9 things your cat wants you to do

  When you bring your new cat home I’m sure you have a picture of what life will be like with that furry family member. For most people that dream includes companionship, affection, playtime and fun. All-too-often though, some people expect the cat to be the one to do all the work. It comes from ...

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Seven Tips for Turning Your Cat into a Lap Cat

7 tips for turning your cat into a lap cat

One question I’m commonly asked about is whether it’s possible to turn a reluctant cat into a lap cat. Many people have visions of sitting in a comfy chair by the fire with a sleeping kitty curled up on their lap. Are some cats born to be lap cats and others aren’t? Well, there is ...

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Cats and Children: 10 Things Every Parent Should Know

cats and children: 10 things every parent should know

For many parents, the idea of kids and cats together is an absolute natural. For other parents though, it’s a scary thought that may get the family cat a one-way ticket to the local shelter. Children and cats can be wonderful companions for each other. My kids have had the most loving, playful, endearing relationships ...

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Seven Things That Make Sense to Your Cat… But Not to You

7 things that make sense to your cat but not to you

You love your cat very much but there are probably a few behaviors that leave you scratching your head. These are the behaviors that don’t seem to make any sense. Even though you may not be able to figure out why your cat displays some odd behaviors doesn’t mean they aren’t functional or serve a ...

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Giving Pets as Surprise Gifts…Here’s Why It’s a Bad Idea

kitten surrounded by gift boxes

With Christmas approaching and everyone getting all of their shopping done, there’s one thing that should never be on the gift-giving list: surprising someone with a pet as a present. While it may originally seem like a beautiful gesture to give your recently widowed aunt a little kitten or surprise your daughter with her first ...

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Sad Statistics About Pet Overpopulation

With all the information available out there on pet overpopulation and the need for people to spay and neuter their pets, it’s very sad that the message isn’t getting through to enough pet parents. Innocent animals are dying in shelters because there simply isn’t enough room. According to the American Humane Association, nearly half of ...

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Cats Need the Option of Saying “No”

curious gray kitten

I’m obviously not referring to how a human being would say no, but rather, how your cat says it through his body language. It’s important for your cat to be able to have the choice to say no in many aspects of his life. Cats Don’t Like Feeling Cornered We love our cats and enjoy ...

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Cat Myth: Cats Steal the Breath From Babies

No, cats are not baby killers. They don’t steal anyone’s breath and they’ree not plotting to injure your sleeping infant. This ridiculous myth probably started because some cats enjoyed curling up next to the warmth of babies. A cat may even have sniffed the baby’s mouth due to the scent of milk on the breath ...

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Choosing a Cat: Making a Good Match

To some people, cats may all appear to be the same compared to the vast differences in dogs when it comes to size, shape and looks. The truth is though that cats, although they all tend to fall within a smaller range when it comes to weight and size, can be very different, not only ...

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