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Cats can thrive when given mental and physical stimulation — a perfect reason to create an indoor cat area. By: tookapic Years ago, my late husband built an enclosure for our cats out of scrap wood and chicken wire. They loved hanging out in there, playing tiger; 2 of them, Zorro and Woody, actually caught
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Photographing outdoors will always help give your photos the most natural-looking light. By: buchsammy On an average day, I take anywhere between 3 and 300 pictures of Banjo. There’s just something about how she sticks her tongue out at me, or sits so pretty, or rolls around on my bed, messing up the blankets, but
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Maine Coons are known for being really friendly. By: Joyce Vincent 1. Key Characteristics Weight: Males, 13–18 pounds; females, 9–12 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–15 years Maine Coons are tall, muscular cats with long, fluffy tails resembling a plume. Their heavy, glossy coats and big, round paws are great for enduring a harsh winter climate. Their eyes and
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Feline acne happens, but the good news is it’s treatable. By: Pixabay Does your cat’s chin feel gritty and crusty? Most cats enter a state of semi-ecstasy when rubbed on that sweet spot under the chin. This is in part because it feels nice, and partly because they’re marking us as their territory. But sometimes
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Don’t let your dog play in water for too long — they may develop limber tail syndrome. By: juanngomezz Vets see totally preventable trauma to pets in the summer because people just don’t realize how life-threatening hot weather conditions can be. Despite all the warnings on local news programs, the internet, etc., people still do
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As your cat ages, you may notice that they become more affectionate. By: Counselling Phoebe leaps up after the cat-fishing toy. She pirouettes, a fluffy gray ballerina, and keeps up her spirited attack long after the younger cats have gotten bored and begun moseying over to their food bowls. Phoebe turned 12 in February. A
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Summer pests are ticked off! The Center for Disease Control recently announced that reported illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled across the United States, with nine new germs from mosquitoes and ticks being introduced into the country over the past 13 years. Lyme Disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and many other diseases
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Because they multiply so quickly, fleas are difficult to treat. By: coyot Many people think that because they have an indoor-only cat, fleas are an impossibility. They would be wrong. Although an outdoor cat is more likely than an indoor cat to be infested with fleas (as well as ticks and intestinal worms), an indoor cat can,
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New vaccine protocols mean a safer unique vaccination plan for every individual pet. By: tamba09 Vaccinating your cat or dog used to be a pretty straightforward affair. There was the required rabies vaccine and the “annual distemper vaccine.” So what has changed? Well, a lot, actually. What We Know We know more about vaccine-preventable diseases and
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Persians are sweethearts, but their stain-prone fur under their eyes need a lot of attention. By: Michal Bednarek 1. Key Characteristics Weight: 7–12 pounds Life Expectancy: 10–15 years or more Persians are medium-sized, longhair cats with tails almost as wide as their bodies. Their colors are varied and include silver, golden, shaded, smoke, tabby, particolor, bi-color and himalayan.
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The face-off between cats and dogs just got a little more heated. For decades felines have been labeled as lazy, non-listeners incapable of mastering basic commands, while canines have been celebrated for loyally following directions and learning new tricks. The Savitsky Cats are here to squash these negative kitty stereotypes. The group of talented cats, who
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Senior cats are harder to adopt out, but they make terrific companions. By: Lohrelei With the onset of “kitten season,” it’s no surprise that June has been designated as Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. If you’ve been thinking of adopting a kitty, now is the time to do it! Even if you can’t adopt, you
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