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It’s Black Cat Awareness Month. By: web-art style Those of us who love cats don’t usually have much trouble working them into just about any event. Once, as a friend’s matron of honor and sole attendant, I ended up having to plan her bridal shower all by myself. She was a staunch cat person, and
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Halloween is spooky. Halloween is scary. Halloween is … furry? Oct. 31 isn’t just for humans: More retailers are realizing pets want to be part of the Halloween fun, too. Of course, there are plenty of costumes for pets out there, but now they have their own haunted houses as well. Target has made one
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Being a vet means getting up close and personal with many different types of animals. By: YamaBSM Many people aspire to become a vet. It is, after all, a dream job. But how does the reality match up to the dream? What qualities does an aspiring vet need to possess to stay sane and meet their
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Not all Manx cats are without tails. By: Sandra Potere 1. Key Characteristics Weight: Males are 10–12 pounds; females are 8–10 pounds Life Expectancy: 8–14 years The Manx is a medium-sized, rounded cat known for having hind legs that are longer than their front legs. The double coat can be two different lengths: The shorter-coated cat is
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Homeward Bound just got real. Bobby the cat went missing from his home in Great Falls, Montana, more than 18 months ago, but his 73-year-old owner, Kyle Peterson, never stopped trying to finding the feline, reports KOLO TV. And on Sept. 25 that persistence paid off. On that day, the orange tabby was found roaming the
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Airports across the country have started to employ therapy animals to help stressed travelers deal with delays, jet lag and layovers. Dogs and pigs have been highlighted taking on the cuddly job, but Xeli is the first airport therapy cat we’ve heard of. The chill tabby is part of Denver International Airport’s Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS),
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Cloud Nine Rescue Flights help animals in the wake of disasters. Photos by: ASPCA Last year, 8 days before Christmas, Ted DuPuis, founder and pilot of Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, made his fifth and final trip from St. Croix, U.S.V.I., in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, transporting orphaned cats and dogs from the ASPCA’s emergency
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Shelters can come up with some pretty fun events to get pets adopted., like doggy kissing booths. By: pixabay These days, it seems there is a growing push to rescue pets rather than buy purebred animals. Personally, I’m a big supporter of the “adopt, don’t shop,” movement, so I love hearing adoption stories and ways
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Where will your cat go if you were to die suddenly? By: tamba09 My sister-in-law just inherited 2 cats, Star and Tiger. They belonged to her aunt, who died after a brief and brutal battle with pancreatic cancer. Selene, my son Zeke’s Siamese, came to him in a similar fashion. A friend’s elderly relative died,
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Pet lovers have some options when it comes to caring for their pets who have long-term diseases. By: RobynRandell Gypsy, my German Shepherd, passed away several years ago. In her last 2 years, she suffered from myasthenia gravis, megaesophagus, arthritis and other medical issues. While I don’t regret one moment of giving her the care
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Donny is a natural do-gooder. The 2-year-old rescue cat was born without eyes and with the neurological condition Cerebellar Hyperplasia, which causes him to wobble and fall over when he walks.  These differences have never held Donny back. In fact, he is “the most charming cat in the world,” according to his rescuers at North Shore
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It’s important for rescue cats to find the right family fit. By: EugenieM When Lori Erickson first laid eyes on Tinycat at the airport, “he was absolutely terrified,” she says. She brought the Bombay rescue home; he disappeared under the bathroom cabinet, where he stayed for about a month, coming out only to eat or
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Many people with Bombays say their cats can demand attention. By: iStock.com/Ed-Ni-Photo 1. Key Characteristics Weight: 6–12 pounds Life Expectancy: 15 years or longer Bombay cats are muscular and medium in size. They resemble a miniature panther, which was the intention when they were created. The large eyes are shades of copper and gold, and are set
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Pain, fear and cold are all reasons your dog might shake. By: antschabaer Does your dog shake or tremble? I’m not talking about the dogs who shake themselves dry or flap their ears occasionally so much as the dog with a fine muscular tremor. The trembling may just affect one leg or their whole body.
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Many millennials are putting their pet’s needs first. By: Pexels Millennials are the fastest-growing pet-keeping demographic in the country. Research shows that 73% of this demographic have a pet. They are also at the age when homeownership becomes important. When millennials look into buying a home or even choosing their next rental, their pets are
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Making friends with feral cats takes a lot of patience, and you may not receive affection or even acknowledgment in return. By: dmitrisvetsikas1969 Juno was already hiding under the chair when I arrived, but I could hear her growling. It was as though she knew about the cat-claw scissors in my purse. I was puzzled.
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Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is a huge hero to shelter pets caught in Hurricane Florence’s path. Once the Nashville-based non-profit, which has a history of helping animals displaced by natural disasters, heard about the oncoming storm, seemingly growing in ferocity each day, staff went into action. Employees from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue drove to Pawleys Island,
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Sometimes it’s best to have a radiologist interpret X-ray results. By: blumenbiene Your pet needs X-rays. Your vet takes the X-rays. Here is a common conversation that might follow: Vet: “I’d like to send Dodo’s X-rays out for a radiology consult.” Client: “Why? Don’t you know how to read X-rays?” Vet: “Well, yes, but I
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Hurricane Florence is bringing a risk of life-threatening winds and flooding to the Southeastern United States. As you’ve no doubt seen all over the news, Hurricane Florence — an extremely dangerous storm — is churning in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern coast of the United States. As I was clicking through news stories about
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Maker: Steve’s Real FoodCause: Potential for salmonella or listeriaAnnouncement: FDA report dated Sept 7, 2018What was recalled: The following 3 lots of raw frozen pet foods: Steve’s Real Food Turducken Recipe (for dogs and cats), 5 lb. bags, Lot #J155, UPC #6-91730-15304-5, best by June 4, 2019 Quest Emu Diet (for cats), 2 lb. bags, Lot #B138,
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Ragdolls love playing fetch. By: iStock.com/CasarsaGuru 1. Key Characteristics Weight: 15–20 pounds for males, 10–15 pounds for females Life Expectancy: 15–20 years, on average (if kept indoors) Ragdolls are large cats, one of the largest of all cat breeds. They have a sturdy build and large blue eyes. The medium-length coat is pointed; the body is lighter
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Itching from fleas all the time makes for much misery. By: Deedee86 Fleas: Even the word makes you shudder. These little critters are some of the most persistent pests you’ll ever come across, and while you’re eradicating them, they continue to make life miserable for you and your pets. Fleas can also be dangerous. Smaller
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Veterinarians must keep a strict accounting of the controlled drugs they prescribe. By: moshehar The opioid crisis and drug abuse affect veterinarians now more than ever. When an addict is desperate, they will get drugs any way they can. I’ve had some close calls. In my bucolic New England town, we were awakened by my
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