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Plant Your Cat a Salad Bar!

As many lovers of both cats and houseplants know, cats seem to enjoy munching on greens. No one is really sure why these obligatory carnivores are drawn to a variety of plants, but they certainly are.

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Feeding Time in a Multicat Household

When you feed your cats, is it a mob scene? Do the cats rush their bowls, with the more dominant cats pushing the timid ones away?

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Restrain Your Counter Cruising Cat

The key to keeping your cat off the kitchen counters is to make them undesirable places. If your cat has already discovered that there are sometimes tasty food treats on your counters, it will take some retraining to convince him that it’s not worthwhile to leap up there whenever your back is turned.

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Your Cat is Not a Furry Person

Cats can be mysterious creatures, and when they do something we don’t understand, it’s tempting to say they are reacting in human ways. But while cats certainly do have emotions, they are not always the same emotions we would have in the same situations. Let’s take a look at two common situations in which we often ascribe human emotions to very feline behaviors.

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Litter Box Location

You know that which litter box you choose, what you fill it with, and how you keep it clean are important to your cat. But did you know litter box location is also a big issue for many cats?

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What You Need to Know About Spay/Neuter

Think your cat will miss having sex? The truth is that sex is a purely instinctual drive in cats and they don’t get any pleasure or enjoyment from it. Breeding isn’t pleasurable; it’s instinctual. And it can be downright painful for them.

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Kitty is a Carnivore

Mother Nature never intended cats to live without meat. To start with, cats are adapted to using protein for energy, rather than carbohydrates. They have evolved so that their liver makes glucose (the major energy source for every mammal body) primarily out of the amino acids in protein. In the process, they have lost the ability to adapt to a low-protein diet. If we eat a diet that’s low in protein, we simply stop metabolizing it. But your cat can’t do that, and will begin to metabolize her own muscles. This really is as bad as it sounds.

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Good Litter Box Manners

Cats are extraordinarily fastidious creatures. Outdoors they tend to urinate and defecate in relatively open and previously unused areas. Unless they are "marking"-deliberately depositing the scent of their urine or feces as a chemical "autograph" for other cats-they carefully cover their waste and move on.

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Giving Your Cat a Bath

Most cats never need to be bathed. They benefit from baths only when they are so dirty that they cannot clean themselves, when they have a substance on their fur that it would not be healthy for them to lick off or when there is a medical reason for a bath. The rest of the time, they can groom themselves.

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Clipping Your Cat’s Claws

Unless you love having your skin shredded by needle-sharp nails, we all are eventually faced with the chore of nail-clipping. It can be quite stressful for everyone, but that need not be the case. Here are some tips to make a pedicure less unpleasant for all concerned.

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Feline Adoption: Where to Find Your Cat

The decision to bring home a new cat or kitten is very exciting, and is not a choice to be made lightly. Cats can live 20 years or even longer, and getting a new pet is a lifelong commitment. When you’re sure you want a cat, the next question is, just where do you find him? In the newspaper, the humane society or animal shelter, your best friend’s cousin’s farm, or at a prestigious cattery? Each of these may contain the feline companion you’ve been seeking. A little more information may help with the decision.

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Teaching Your Cat a New Trick

Can you train your cat to do behaviors on command? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" But, you say, your cat is independent, stubborn and will condescendingly turn up her whiskers at anything resembling a command. In fact, if cats could laugh, yours would be rolling on the floor this very minute (which he undoubtedly is doing).

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Training Your Cat

We cat lovers know that cats are exquisitely intelligent animals. But what, exactly, does intelligence imply? Too often we carry around a stereotypical view in which dogs are trained and cats are… well, pampered. But training cats can be useful and even fun, both for us and for our fabulous felines.

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Training Your Cat: Come

You start teaching the "come" command by calling your cat to come for a meal. He probably already comes to you for food, so starting this trick is easy.

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Training Your Cat: Sit

This command is a foundation for many other ticks and behaviors. Your goal is to have your cat sit down when you give the command "sit".

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The Meaning of Meow

"Meow!" As cat owners, we hear it every day, often many times a day. But what does it mean? Well according to Dr. Nicholas Nicastro, we understand its meaning more clearly than we might think. Nicastro wrote his PhD thesis in psychology at Cornell University on humans’ ability to understand the meows of cats.

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Dematting Your Cat

Longhaired cats develop mats in their fur – those clumps of dead hair that get stuck in the coat – more easily than shorthaired cats, but any cat can develop them. During humid weather the fur bunches up and mats much more readily and requires more grooming. Cats also mat more frequently in the armpits and other places where their body parts rub against one another.

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Annual Feline Health Checklist

It seems like just a short time ago that your best (feline) friend had a veterinary check-up, but today, once again, you’ve spotted that familiar reminder card in the mail. Another veterinary exam already? Here is a checklist of some of the ways you can help ensure your cat’s good health throughout the year:

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How to Give a Cat a Pill

It’s the subject of far too many jokes, and most cat owners cringe when the vet says tabby will have to take a pill.

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Cat Shows at a Glance

At Cat Fanciers’ Association cat shows, each cat is judged according to a common standard for its breed. Color and characteristics of the breed are the two principal designations that set champion cats apart.

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