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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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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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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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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.

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Cats Life at Home

Bored Cat? Relieve Stress With Edible Greens

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Hunt. Play. Nibble. These activities are the perfect interactive de-stressing trifecta for cats, as boredom can lead to anxiety, and that’s not what we want for cats who live in Fear Free Happy Homes. Growing some safe, edible plants indoors or in catios can help keep them engaged and happy. While fresh catnip and wheat […]

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Top 10 Things Your Vet Team Should Know About Your Pet

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes To give the best care, your veterinary team needs to know your pet inside and out. You might be surprised at some of the things that can help them treat your dog or cat. Our handout gives you the 411 on some useful things to tell them.

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Cats Training & Grooming

Teach Cats to Communicate by Pushing Your Buttons–in a Good Way!

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Being able to understand what a cat wants reduces stress on both sides of the relationship.

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Cats Shelters & Fostering

Foster Kittens Bring Love, Laughter, and Family Togetherness

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I started something last month that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: kitten fostering! I picked out my first kitten when I was five years old and named the little black ball of fluff Mr. Boo since Halloween was coming up. He was a great friend for a little girl, and I […]