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    What Cats Do When They’re Out at Night

     
    Cats are a mystery (that’s part of what we love about them). This cat mystery is even more intriguing at night, when they wander neighborhoods and our homes doing… whatever it is they do.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Bite, Cats outdoors at night, Cat Predators, Cat bite abcess

    Giving Your Cat a Pill – Make Sure To Chase It


    There are lots of joke posts about techniques and the difficulties of giving cats pills — this is a funny list. Maybe you've experienced some of these first hand? 

    One part of the process that is no joking matter though, and is often overlooked, is that you never want to have your cat do a “dry swallow.”

    "DRY SWALLOW"

    This is when you stuff the pill in the back of your cat’s mouth, close it, rub under their chin (or blow on their nose), and then call it done when the cat doesn’t spit the pill back out. 

    You should 100% always follow your cat’s pills up with some food, a few treats, or a syringe full of water (ask your vet for a syringe when getting your meds).

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Bite, medication, cat health issues, Cat Tips

    Pets and Pacifiers – When children and animals don’t mix

    Welcoming a new baby into your family and home is truly one of the greatest joys in life. But if you’re a pet owner, this great joy can also come with a host of new things to consider. Children and pets can adore each other and grow up as great allies, but they can also cause each other harm – whether intentional or not. It’s imperative to plan ahead and take necessary precautions in order to avoid emergencies and create a home that is comfortable for all family members – pets included. 

    Here are some quick facts you should be aware of when bringing your new baby into your life with pets (or a new pet into your life with children):

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Dog Bite Prevention, Child Pet safety, Benefits of Growing Up with Pets, Dog Bite, Cat Stress, Cat Bite, Children and dogs, Children and Cats

    5 Lessons All Children Should Be Taught – and Shown – About Living With Cats


    Growing up with a cat has many well-documented benefits for your children. From a greater level of empathy and better social skills to a lower risk of allergies, growing up with cats can be great for your children. Along with all of the benefits though, come some dangers — both for the children and the cats.

    Whether you’re a parent, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or just a friend to someone with kids you need to stay aware and vigilant. Adult awareness can help prevent problems and ensure that the balance stays on the side of the benefits. Here are five crucial lessons that all children should be taught about living — or even just interacting — with cats.

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    Topics: Cat Safety, Children, Child Pet safety, Litter Box, Kittens, Cat Bite, Cat Body Language

    Top 10 Pet Proofing Tips for Cats and Kittens


    Bringing a new cat into your home is an exciting time. It’s an experience that everybody should have at least once in their lifetime. It’s important to remember a few practicalities though, in between all the fun and excitement. Some time spent pet-proofing with these simple steps will go a long way to help ensure that your new kitty stays with you – and stays safe and healthy – for many years to come.

    If you already have young (human) children, you may already have made a good amount of pet-proofing progress. But even if so, there are important differences in home safety needs between young children and young (or even older) cats. After all, we don’t expect too many infants or toddlers to chew on electric cords or grab the dental floss out of the bathroom wastebasket, but give a kitten the chance to do either and, more often than not, he’ll happily do so. So invest a bit of time now to evaluate (or reevaluate) the safety of your cat’s environment, and you can focus more on the fun and excitement in the days, months, and years to come. 

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    Topics: Kids and Cats, Scratches, New Kitten, High Rise Syndrome, Litter Box, Cat Bite

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