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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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Walk a New Neighborhood

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You and your senior dog have probably been walking the same route for many years, and while that’s fine for basic potty needs, it doesn’t flex your dog’s socialization muscle. Taking the road less traveled exposes your...

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Run Off-Peak Errands

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Consider taking your furry best friend with you for some easy socialization time when you need to stop by the bank and pick up your dry cleaning. Quick trips to dog-friendly spots during low-traffic times are a great way to gently introduce...

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Go Back to School

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Even if you and your senior dog aced training classes back when he was a puppy, enroll in something new and fun, like a tricks class or nose work class. The ancillary exposure to other dogs in the group will provide secondary socialization...

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Take a Buddy Walk

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Find a friend with an even-tempered pooch and go for a hike together. Before you hit the trail, make time for a proper introduction on neutral ground so that the dogs can acclimate to one another safely. Going to a novel environment with...

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Host a Low-Key Gathering

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Inviting two or three friends over for a calm, dog-centric hang can help kickstart a senior’s inner party animal. When your guests arrive, give them handfuls of savory treats, like freeze-dried liver, and tell them to ignore your dog...

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6 Ways to Teach a Senior Dog to Socialize

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By Victoria Schade Socialization isn’t just for puppies. Perhaps you’ve opened your heart and home to a senior rescue and you want him to enjoy all that life has to offer. Or maybe you’ve decided that your beloved...

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6 Ways to Teach a Senior Dog to Socialize

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Tackling socialization with senior dogs requires a gentle touch and patience. Here are some tips geared toward older dogs who might need some extra support as they brush up on their socialization skills.

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Don’t Be Tempted to Declaw

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“Declawing cats is never the right option,” says Conrad. The process involves amputating the last bone in the cat's toes and is extremely painful, she says. Declawing your cat could also be counterproductive to your furniture-protecting...

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Consider Pheromones

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“In multi-cat households, it's a good idea to get a cat pheromone plug-in and put it in the room with the most furniture,” says Kelly Meister-Yetter, an animal activist and author. Pheromones tend to mellow cats out, she...

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Get Sticky with It

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Double-sided tape is another effective tool in your couch-saving arsenal, Mcnaby says. “Cats hate sticky things.” Place the tape on the furniture and refer cats to a nearby post instead. They will eventually learn where it’s...

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Use Apple Cider Vinegar

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Cats also dislike the smell of apple cider vinegar, Jones says. “Combine equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar and use a spray bottle to apply it over the spots where your cat usually scratches,” she says. Again, apply...

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Freshen and Protect with Citrus

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“You can nicely tell your cat to find a new place to hang out by spraying your furniture with air freshener,” says Harriet Jones, a cleaning supervisor at Go Cleaners London. “Cats don't like citrus-based scents. This...

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Embrace Velvet

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Consider investing in a velvet couch, as the fabric’s looped threads make it harder for cats to sink their claws into, Haynes says. “Velvet is a proven fabric in the war against pet scratching.”

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Set Up Scratching Alternatives

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Just because scratching is a natural behavior doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your couch. By setting up decoy scratching posts, you can give cats a place to mark, stretch, and trim their nails, without damaging your belongings. Place...

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The Psychology of Scratching

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“Scratching is a natural part of feline behavior,” says Dr. Jeffrey Levy, a holistic house-call veterinarian and pet expert in New York City. “It’s a way to mark territory, release tension, and do some stretching...

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