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There’s no gentle way to put it, as it’s the truth: Declaw IS an amputation. No matter what type of technique is used (scalpel, clipper or laser) the end result is identical. It’s what world-renowned expert on declawing and the Paw Project Director of Pain Management, Dr. Robin Downing, calls a feline toe amputation. And
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Time flies when you have a kitten. And before you know it, that little furball that loved pouncing and rolling all over your living room floor has grown into a sofa lion. Though you love your grown-up cat, you may feel a little sad she grew up so fast. Post-kitten blues are real. “There’s just
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One of the most distinctive feline coats is the hallmark of one of the oldest-known cat breeds. Merely mentioning seal-point cats conjures up images of Siamese cats. While it is true that Siamese cats and their mixes seem to have cornered the market on a coat with seal-point markings, the stunning coloration is found on
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For three decades, Yeardley Smith has voiced one of sitcom history’s most iconic characters: Lisa Simpson, the precocious, saxophone-playing 8-year-old on The Simpsons. Although The Simpsons may be her most recognizable role, Yeardley has a show business resume that’s impressive by any standard. She’s appeared in numerous TV and movie roles and recently founded her
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There are often milestone moments in our lives that reshape the path of who we are to become. Such was the case for Paul Santell, a union worker who moved to Queens, New York, in 2011, not knowing anything about animal rescue or stray and feral cats roaming in outdoor communities nationwide. That changed over
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Kitties and kiddies can make the best of friends. They can play, snuggle and carry on endless conversations. But the cat is more than a best friend — she’s a family member who needs care, and even a young child can help with that. “Involving kids from a young age in pet-related chores helps them
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Advanced veterinary care for her cats, Spike (who had oral cancer) and Holly (who had severe allergies) made Linda Ahrens, 79, want to help pet owners receive the same level of care for their animals. In 2005 Linda asked her daughter, Tracy, about an idea. The Illinois resident wanted to make 24-inch-square flannel quilts that
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Usually, it is we humans who get the credit for rescuing cats — but as many of us can attest, our cats rescue us, too, if anything from emotional voids. In the particularly poignant case of one famous cat, the question is a toss-up: Did James the human, a recovering drug addict, rescue Bob the
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Unemployment has skyrocketed during COVID-19, and it’s left people struggling to put food on their tables. When cat parents can’t afford to feed themselves, they’re likely struggling to make ends meet for their pets as well. If you’re hurting, know you’re not alone. The ASPCA recently released new data showing that more than 4.2 million
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun October cat activities. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled. But here are some virtual events you can check out. All month: National Animal Safety and Protection Month; National Pet Wellness Month CatCon goes virtual this year!
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Wildfires have ravaged the West Coast, affecting air quality, ruining homes and businesses and causing apocalyptic skies. The fires have also put cats at risk for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, both of which could have fatal consequences. “Smoke is an air pollutant just like anything else, whether it be car exhaust or fossil fuels.
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Looking for the purrfect “next thing” for your feline family members? We’ve got the latest cat-friendly products here! Puzzle & Play Buggin Out This Petstages cat game by Nina Ottosson helps curious cats exercise their natural curiosity and foraging instincts. Kitty can bat at the pegs and swivel the leaves to uncover 14 hidden treat
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Cats get a bad rap when it comes to superstitions, and that’s not fair. I decided to ask my cat, Stella, how she feels about them. Stella, what do think about cat superstitions?What are superstitions? You know, that cats have nine lives or that black cats are —Wait, did you say NINE? Yeah, but it’s
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With kids across the country being educated at home, Pet Partners introduced a new program designed to bring the power of the human-animal bond to at-home learning. We Are All Ears is a worldwide read-with-pets project that will run through the end of the year. Just take the pledge to read at home to your
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It seems like Cathy Pittman has heard some version of the question thousands of times:  “My cat is so cute. How can we get into the movies? And will we get rich?” The  Hollywood animal trainer sighs as she tells the story. If anything, the number of people who want fame and fortune for their
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Tune into Jeff Lyons’ 10 p.m. weather forecast on WFIE-TV in Evansville, Indiana, and you’ll get more than just the Doppler radar and an above-average dewpoint. You’ll get an up-to-the-minute forecast with a chance of Betty. Betty the weather cat, that is! The once homeless feline is a newly minted internet sensation whose fluffiness on
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This is the perfect time of year to curl up with a spooky mystery. Check out these four fun whodunits! Cat Got Your Crown In the fourth book in Julie Chase’s Kitty Couture Mystery series, Lacy Marie Crocker can’t believe it’s been a year since her return home to New Orleans. Since opening her pet
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“I like to try and make eye contact with my cat when she poops,” says Thundercat, the Los Angeles-based Grammy-winning bass maestro, modern falsetto soul singer and proud feline fancier. Lounging in a hotel room in Manhattan, Thundercat is ostensibly on the road to promote his latest funk-fueled album, It Is What It Is, but
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Looking for a way to celebrate our feline friends this month? Here are some fun September cat activities. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been cancelled or gone virtual. All Month: Happy Cat Month, World Animal Remembrance Month, Disaster Preparedness Month Sept. 12: Virtual Catio Tour The 8thAnnual Catio Tour in Portland,
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It’s time to head back to school. Human students excel at a variety of subjects, and feline pupils would aim for that same level of success in their own curriculum. Here are eight classes at the local feline a-cat-emy in which kitties would earn a place on the honor roll. Photo: Akifyeva Svetlana | Getty
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I spotted this cool kitty when reading a post on people doing their part to lift up spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rover’s modeling pics on Instagram were an instant smile maker. Adventure cat, meowdel, Instagram star — with more than 80k followers and counting, Rover’s motto is “living my best nine lives.” Rover’s humans,
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Best Friends Animal Society has introduced the next level in pet-centric travel with the opening of Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile. Not only does this new pet-centric hotel and general store cater to travelers looking for unique pet-friendly lodging, it supports the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society. Designed by WOW Atelier of Salt
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I found the Sitting Kitty necklace and earrings so captivating that I immediately reached out to the company, Holly Yashi. Apparently the Sitting Kitty necklace and earrings have been a best seller for more than 20 years for Holly Yashi, a handcrafted artisan jewelry company out of Arcata, California. Co-founders Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi”
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Looking for a way to show off your cattitude? Give these fun cat ear headbands a try. They’re super easy to make! Courtesy Kyra Kirkwood What you’ll need: Oversized black chenille pipe cleaners (you can also use smaller pipe cleaners) Plain, thin, black headband Scissors Glue gun and glue sticks Instructions Cut a length of
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For those of you at home more now because of the pandemic, have you noticed your cats can be, well, rather destructive? Yes, you always knew they had a little demon inside them — they like to unroll your toilet paper (a precious item these days!) and lie across your laptop while you’re trying to
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