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5 Top Tips For Naming Your Cat

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By Monica Weymouth There’s a lot to consider when naming a pet. Trendy or traditional? Light-hearted or literary? Pop culture or cultured? But naming a cat is especially tough—no matter which moniker you choose, you’ll...

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Cats Not Covering Their Poop

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Some cats are born tidy, meticulously burying their business immediately after using the litter box. Others, to the dismay of their humans, prefer to leave everything out in the open. One potential cause of a cat not covering his poop...

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Separate Pans for Separate Duties

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If, as the experts suggest, you have two litter boxes for your cat, you may have noticed something: he uses one for urine, and another for defecation. Your cat isn’t the only one. “This is actually quite common,” says...

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Using the Box as Soon as You Clean It

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Somehow, cats are always ready to go the second you finish cleaning the box. In fact, they may linger around and watch you scoop to assure that no time is wasted before it’s dirty again. As much as it seems like it, your cat isn’t...

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Going Next to the Pan

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There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a mess next to the litter box—so close, yet so far. Well, your cat is frustrated, too. He knows where to go, and he wants to, but something is stopping him. “This is definitely...

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Protesting a New Litter

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Think twice before you pick up that buy-one-get-one litter advertised in the circular. Although many cats are flexible, some will boycott a new and unwelcome change in their pans. So, how do you select an acceptable litter from the start?...

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Guarding Litter Pans

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It may sound too petty to be true, but in multi-cat homes, some cats will guard their favorite litter box. Or, in some cases, all of their favorite boxes. To ensure that everyone has a place to go when nature calls, skip the lecture on sharing...

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Going on the Side of the Litter Pan

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If you’ve cleaned enough litter, you’ve probably cleaned cat pee and poop off the side of the box. Your cat isn’t being passive-aggressive—the box is probably just too small for him to go comfortably and accurately. “Most...

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Suddenly Changing Their Bathroom Behaviors

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Now, it’s true that cats can be unpredictable, and their mischievous side is well-documented. But if your cat suddenly starts going outside the box, don’t waste time trying to play bathroom detective—it could point to an underlying...

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8 Weird Cat Litter Box Habits

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By Monica Weymouth Mysterious creatures by nature, cats are especially cryptic when it comes to using their litter boxes—or, as is sometimes the case, not using their litter boxes. Have a kitty with some questionable bathroom habits?...

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8 Weird Cat Litter Box Habits

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Are your cat's litter box habits perplexing you? Learn why your cat pees outside the box, why they go as soon as you clean the box, and the reasons behind other weird cat litter box habits.

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What Government Cuts Would Mean for Animals

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If the Trump administration’s proposed budget passes Congress, substantial cuts to environmental programs could have wide-ranging impacts on animals and wild habitats. Efforts to combat wildlife trafficking would be at risk, as would...

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Report Finds That 1 in 3 Household Pets are Overweight

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Over the past decade, there's been asteady climb in the number of obese domestic cats and dogs, according to an eye-opening report released by Banfield Pet Hospital. TheState of Pet Health reportbreaks down the obesity epidemic with...

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Why Do Cats Like Heights?

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By Monica Weymouth To us humans, a refrigerator is simply a kitchen appliance—no more, no less. But to some cats the top of the refrigerator is the Promised Land, a must-visit destination to be reached at all costs. What’s...

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Cat Suffers Major Trauma, But Survives Six-Story Fall

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Another summer, another terrifying caseresulting fromhigh-rise syndrome. On June 21, a cat named Nora fell from a window on the sixth floor of a building in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where she lived with her pet parents. According...

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A Closer Look at 'Doodle' Dog Breeds

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By now, you’ve likely run into more than a few Doodle dogs. Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, Aussiedoodles—the list of quirky names for these designer dogs or hybrids goes on and on. But no matter how fancy the...

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Senior Cats Can't Handle Change

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If you’re worried that adopting senior cats won’t work because they’re stuck in their ways, don’t be. Like friendliness, the ability to adapt and handle changes around her is entirely dependent on the individual cat’s...

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Senior Cats Can Eat Like Younger Cats

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This gets back to the idea that the best type of care for older cats is preventative in nature. If you think you can feed a 15-year-old cat the same food and quantities as one that’s 3, you might spend more time than you’d like...

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Senior Cats Aren’t Friendly

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There’s no correlation between age and friendliness in cats. Both Koski and Kornreich say that they’ve worked with plenty of young cats who are standoffish, old cats who are friendly, and vice versa. “If a cat was socialized...

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Senior Cats Are Unclean

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This might relate to an older cat’s litterbox habits or to his ability (or lack thereof) to clean himself, but Koski says most cats retain their extreme fastidiousness throughout their lives. When they stop or reduce their grooming,...

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Nothing Can Be Done for a Sick Senior Cat

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This is one of the saddest myths of all. The notion that a singular illness marks the end of an older cat’s life, which tends prevent owners from seeking treatment, couldn’t be more wrong. “Age isn’t a disease. We...

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5 Myths About Senior Cats Debunked

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By John Gilpatrick Kittens often get all the glory, but senior cats make wonderful pets, too. Just ask Marci Koski, a certified feline behavior and training consultant and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions in Washington State. She’s...

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5 Myths About Senior Cats Debunked

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Kittens often get all the glory, but senior cats make wonderful pets, too. Here are five myths about senior cats, debunked by experts.

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Have a Yard Hangout

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Even though many older dogs don’t have the same drive to run, chase, and wrestle with their peers, a casual backyard visit with a canine friend or two can grow your dog’s social life. Find a dog of a similar age and temperament,...

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