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Are Laser Pointers Bad for Cats?
Many cats enjoy chasing after red dots, also known as laser pointer projections, as a favorite pastime. So why do cats like lasers so much? Are laser pointers good or bad for cats?  There are many reasons cats go crazy for laser pointers. And it turns out, when used properly, lasers can actually be good for your cat. Why Do Cats Like Lasers?Cats are natural predators and often have a high prey...
Why Do Cats Bring Gifts to Their Owners?
Why Do Cats Bring Gifts to Their Owners?
Do you have a cat that brings you special gifts? Some owners may receive offerings like their cat’s favorite toy, while other owners are the unlucky recipients of dead birds or rodents. Why do cats bring gifts like these? And, is there anything a cat owner can do to stop this behavior? To learn how to prevent your cat from bringing unwanted “gifts” into your house, it will help to...
How Confidence-Building Exercises Can Help Timid Dogs
Do you have a timid dog? Some dogs are born with a shy personality, while other dogs have had life experiences that have caused them to become fearful. Whatever the reason, there are ways that you can help your pup gain some confidence and feel more comfortable in their day-to-day life. Where Does Fear Come From?Between the ages of 7 and 14 weeks, puppies undergo what is known as the critical...
Why Do Dogs Bring You Their Toys to Greet You?
Why Do Dogs Bring You Their Toys to Greet You?
Each time you come home, it is heartwarming to be greeted enthusiastically by your dog at the door. And each dog’s greeting ritual is unique—some dogs might wag their tail and lick their owners, and other might jump on their owners or whine or bark at them in greeting. One of the more quirky greetings is when a dog greets you with his favorite toy in his mouth. If you have a dog that likes to...
Could Dogs Survive in a World Without Humans?
  We love our dogs and cherish them as family members. We take them to the veterinarian’s office when they’re sick, buy them creature comforts and willingly pick up their poop. We’ve also become connected with our dogs on such a deep emotional level that it can be hard to imagine our lives without them.   When was the last time, though, that you considered whether dogs could live without...
Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?
Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?
Do you ever wake up and find your cat lying on your chest, staring right into your eyes? Or maybe you feel those green eyes boring a hole into your back as you are working on your computer? What is your cat thinking about? You have read that direct eye contact in the cat world is considered a threat, so you may be wondering, “What did I do?”  The answer may be nothing. There are several...
Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?
Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?
As you go about your daily activities, you might notice your dog quietly staring at you. Your first instinct might be to feel self-conscious; is my hair hopelessly disheveled? Is there something stuck in my teeth? But, rather than assuming the worst when the question, “Why does my dog stare at me?” runs through your head, rest assured that your dog’s stare is not a judgment of your personal...