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Cats Fears & Anxieties

The Spectrum of Fear, Anxiety, and Stress in Cats

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Is your cat relaxed, interested, anxious, getting scared, or ready to run under the bed? You can tell a lot by reading body language and paying attention to vocalizations. In our handout, we offer tips on how to recognize whether your cat’s level of fear, anxiety, or stress is escalating. If you have concerns, talk […]

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Lives Regained at Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When people don’t leave situations of domestic violence, it’s often because they fear for the welfare of their pets. Only 10 percent of shelters for victims of domestic violence have facilities that can accept pets as well as people, so women stay rather than risk harm coming to their pets. A 2021 report from the […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Holidays

Give Your Pets a Fear Free Fourth of July

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes The Fourth of July should be fun for the whole family, your pets included. Fireworks, parades, large numbers of strangers, and other out-of-the-ordinary experiences can be stressful and scary to your pet. Follow the tips in this handout to celebrate the Fourth of July and keep it Fear Free for your pets.

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

In From the Cold: How a Community Cat Came to an Indoor Life

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Reading Time: 4 minutes They often prefer to live the wild life, but some community cats can be wooed to live happily indoors.

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Cats Dogs Holidays

New Year’s Eve Is a Blast, But Not for Pets: How to Keep Them Safe

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes The celebration of the old year winding down and the new year beginning can be rowdy and raucous. That’s fun for people but can cause fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. But you can still enjoy a swinging New Year’s Eve while keeping furry family members calm and happy. Follow the tips in this handout […]

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Cats

Feline Love Language: What the Purr Means

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Is it really love? When cats purr, what are they trying to tell us? First, how do they do it? It’s surprising that cats have no special apparatus in their body to enable them to purr. Purring involves the rapid movement of the muscles of the larynx (voice box), combined with movement of the diaphragm […]

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Cats Know How to Rack Up the Zzzzs, but Is Their Sleep Serene or Stress-Filled? What to Look for

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Reading Time: 5 minutes When it comes to sleeping, cats have famously made it an art form. However, while sleeping cats may look peaceful, not all feline sleep is serene. Cats know how to fake it, especially when they are stressed and trying to hide anxiety. And, if that’s the case, what are they dreaming about? Your Cat’s Sleep […]

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How to Manage a Fear Free Return Home

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes You take your dog or cat to the vet or groomer, and when they come back, your other pets growl or hiss at them, as if they’ve suddenly become the enemy. That’s because your pet smells different, maybe even scary, thanks to the scents they bring back from the clinic or salon, where they’ve been […]

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Cats Life at Home

Allergies Can Fray the Human-Cat Bond. Science Is Working on Fixes

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’ve ever had the triumph of a newly vacuumed floor disrupted by a tumbleweed of cat hair drifting around the corner, you know that a truly clean house is difficult to achieve when you live with pets. For the approximately 10 to 20 percent of adults worldwide who have allergies to cats, the consequences […]

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Cats Other Training & Grooming

Make Kitten Play Fun and Educational

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes There’s nothing more fun than playing with a kitten. They love participating in chase and hunt games. But did you know playtime can be a learning experience, too? Our handout offers tips on teaching kittens to play gently.