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Feline Pheromones: The Science Behind Them

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you have a cat, you’ve likely encountered pheromone products available in the form of diffusers, sprays, wipes, or collars. These products claim to stop unwanted behaviors such as scratching, spraying, litter box mishaps, hiding, and fighting. Maybe you’ve read reviews touting pheromone products as a magic charm or, conversely, describing them as nothing more […]

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Cats of Many Colors

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cats know how to preen and flaunt their fabulous fur. To add to feline glamour and mystery, their coats come in a variety of colors and patterns with names that sound more like shades on an artist’s palette, such as lavender cream, cinnamon, and blue smoke. But a cat’s color is more than a pretty […]

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Is That Cat Naked?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Hairless cats may sound like the perfect solution for allergic cat lovers, but while they are often thought to be hypoallergenic, they’re not. Allergies aren’t to fur but most often to cat dander (dead skin cells) or saliva after a cat bathes himself. But if their minimalist style appeals to you, spend time with a […]

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Cats Travel & Safety

Can Your Cat Safely Chase, Kill, or Eat Insects?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Insects, from your cat’s point of view, are a great opportunity for a lively chase and hunt. Crawling insects can keep a cat entranced for hours, or minutes, if the cat decides to pounce and eat. If the bug has wings – even better. I’ve seen my cats gleefully leap, catch, and swallow countless flies. […]

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From Hiss to Kiss: Helping Feral Kittens Blossom

Reading Time: 5 minutes Tara, the farm manager, discovered them on the edge of the herb farm’s property, under the porch of the shuttered farm store. After feeding the two hungry and scared kittens for a week, Tara was able to grab them. They hissed, scratched, and bit her, but she got them into a carrier and brought them […]

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Cats Veterinary Care

Your Cat’s a Star! How Taking Video at Home Can Help Diagnose a Common Ailment

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re like me, sharing your home with a cat is an enriching, rewarding experience. My cat is a 5-year-old Calico named Trinity. She earned her name because she came to me as an 8-week-old stray with a badly injured right rear leg that had to be amputated. I decided to adopt her and help […]

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Can Cats Be Vegan? What Science Says

Reading Time: 3 minutes Buckle up. The answer to the question, “Can Cats Be Vegan?” is long, detailed, and scientific. “Should Cats Be Vegan?” is an entirely different question and is likely to create a passionate debate based on personal opinion. Let’s suspend our personal opinions and focus on science. Omnivore Versus Obligate Carnivore Explained Nature is efficient. To […]

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Can’t Have a Cat? Sponsor One

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Sinjin may be the world’s luckiest cat. He was burned from head to foot by caustic chemicals, and unable to move when he was found in a driveway. This fat and happy one-eyed pirate now rules over the cat kitchen, demanding treats at all hours.”  This was the description I received — along with a […]

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Taking Veterinary Care on the Road

Reading Time: 5 minutes Daphne Tanouye, VMD, had a successful house call practice in Maryland. Then the pandemic came. “Over the summer we started seeing patients outside. For dogs, it worked out fine, they did well, but for cats it didn’t really work,” she says. “We did that for a few months, and I realized that the pandemic probably […]

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Cats Life at Home

Are Cats Picky Eaters? Here’s the Scoop

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nature is pretty smart. To survive, creatures are designed to crave the food and behavior that they need to be healthy. For example, humans are a social species, and we are omnivores. We evolved to eat a variety of foods served three times a day with the company of others. Humans sometimes have a hard […]