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Jun.22.2011
When a dog or cat can't bear to be left alone they may "act out" and damage your belongings, or even hurt themselves. These pets aren't chewing up furniture, defecating on the bed, or breaking through glass windows to "get back at you." Think of separation anxiety as a form...
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Jun.14.2011
Does your new kitten hide under the bed? Do your adult cats disappear when visitors ring the doorbell? Does the new puppy send your kitty into hiss-terics? Learning why cats act scared helps you know how to avoid fear triggers. Scaredy cats react with fear to unfamiliar people, places or situations...
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Jun.06.2011
June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, but spring also brings an abundance of needy puppies, cute kittens, and strays. Adding a new pet to the existing furry family can put tails in a twist. Would you embrace that stranger off the street who smells funny, sleeps in your bed, uses your toilet...
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May.29.2011
Moorea, a therapy cat, arrives at any of the several nursing homes or hospice facilities she visits regularly in her rather posh carriage and often wearing her personal tiara. The residents welcome her with enthusiasm. The little calico cat that was found wandering the streets seems an...
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May.23.2011
Cats become pests with their determination to stay above it all. They cruise kitchen countertops, lounge atop doors and leap to refrigerator tops to ambush treats. The urge to be the top cat seems a universal cat vice. By understanding why cats scale the heights, cat owners can provide legal...
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May.16.2011
We cherish the cat's fastidious nature. But neatnik behavior goes beyond looking good. How and why cats groom impacts physical, emotional and social health. Kittens learn to lick themselves by 2 weeks of age using copycat behavior, and a slovenly mother will raise kitten slobs. Most times, though,...
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May.11.2011
Last week, I had TWO articles published at the amazing Paw Nation site--one on playtime and how to interact with your cat, and the very next day a second article. But I was on the road last Thursday at a writers conference (check out the Ebooks Helpful Links List) and somehow missed giving a shout-...
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May.06.2011
I'm so excited to announce my news--I'm the new Puppies Guide for puppies.About.com!  Yee-haw! The site is dedicated to all-things-puppies. Over the past several weeks I've been writing puppy care articles for beginners, for savvy dog owners, and for folks who just enjoy cute puppy pictures. You'...
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May.04.2011
Watching cats play makes us smile, laugh out loud, and maybe even join in the fun. While adult pets play less than rambunctious babies, all cats play to some extent through their entire life. It's not only fun for you both, but healthy as well. By 4 weeks of age, kittens practice four basic...
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Apr.29.2011
Today's blog is sort of a "mash up" of several furry and writerly themes. Let's kick it off with a hairy topic.  Do your cats "urk?" Is fur a condiment, or a fashion statement at your house? Many cat owners discover wads of wet fur -- hairballs -- late at night when they step on...