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Cats


How to Train Your Cat to Like the Cat Carrier - It IS Possible!

Does your kitty panic at the sight of the cat carrier? A lot of cats do. You bring it out and suddenly your cat is squeezing himself into the world’s smallest hiding place or becoming a raging lion hissing and swatting - claws out - at anyone who tries to come near him.

Yeah, we’ve experienced that too.

However, it is possible to train your cat to be okay with the carrier -- maybe even to like it a little. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could safely transport your cat? With a little patience, it is possible to train your cat to not to hate the carrier!


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Reasons Your Cat May Be Meowing So Much

Have you ever encountered a “chatty” kitty? One who meowed at every opportunity (and then some)? Or maybe you’ve had the experience of a kitty who was mostly quiet, but then something happened and he became extremely “meowy.”

Truth is, like people, some cats are simply more vocal than others. They may meow to let you know they’re there. They meow because they want something to eat, or they want to say “hello.” Whatever the reason, a chatty kitty is nothing to worry about unless it’s due to a behavior change.


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5 Exercises for Sedentary Cats

If you laugh at the idea of getting your couch potato kitty into an exercise routine, consider this: an overweight kitty is at risk for serious health issues. In fact, excess weight increases your kitty’s propensity toward diabetes, joint disease, and even urinary tract problems.

The truth is, cat obesity is no laughing matter, and unfortunately it’s common. According to The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, approximately 60% of cats weigh more than they should.


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Safety Tips for Kids and Cats

According to The American Pet Products Association, 62 percent of American households have either a dog, a cat, or both. Chances are, if you already have pets and kids, they’ve learned how to get along. But if you’re thinking of adopting a new cat, then it’s worth an overview of kid and cat safety tips. After all, cats have sharp claws and kids aren’t always gentle with cats. 


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Safety Tips for Kids and Cats

According to The American Pet Products Association, 62 percent of American households have either a dog, a cat, or both. Chances are, if you already have pets and kids, they’ve learned how to get along. But if you’re thinking of adopting a new cat, then it’s worth an overview of kid and cat safety tips. After all, cats have sharp claws and kids aren’t always gentle with cats. 


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Special Care for Senior Cats: What Cat Lovers Want to Know

If you have a senior cat, you may wonder what sort of special care they could need. Do they have different dietary requirements? What about their overall health and mobility? And perhaps, most of all, what defines a “senior cat”?

You can help your senior cat age gracefully, especially if you’re familiar with some of the common health concerns for older felines. But first of all, let’s define the term. The general definition of a “senior” for cats is those in the 7-10 year age range.


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Why Cats and Cow's Milk Don't Mix

Did you know that most cats are lactose intolerant? It’s true. While they’ll happily lap up the white stuff if you present it to them, for many cats this “treat” will result in stomach cramps and that’s no fun.


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Hairballs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms, and What You Can Do About Them

If you’ve ever seen your cat gagging and eventually cough up a hairball, then you know the situation. You know they’re no fun to clean up, and worse, they can cause health problems for your cat. What you might not know is what causes hairballs, what symptoms to look for and what you can do to prevent them.

What is a Hairball in Cats?

You already know that your cat spends hours every day grooming himself. What you might not realize is that your cat swallows a lot of hair in the process - though it does make sense when you think about it.


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