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How to Ensure Your Cat's Care After Your Death

Most pet owners want to provide for a pet's care in case the owner dies. But few owners actually look into the practical steps to ensure that care. You can do it, but you need planning and proper legal advice. Here are the basics: First, cleanse your mind of stories about eccentric millionaires who have left fortunes to their dogs and cats, much as you would leave money to your children.
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Dog Etiquette for the Holidays

Planning to take your pet along when you go to see friends or relatives this season? Think again. Not every hostess - or pet, for that matter - can deal with a holiday visit. Reasons to Leave Them Home First off, many animals don't enjoy being away from a familiar home, and they really don't look forward to playing with your cousin's pet.
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Dogs: A Calming Influence on People with High Blood Pressure

If you're battling high blood pressure, cutting out the cheeseburgers, taking brisk walks, and shedding extra pounds are all steps you should take. But, says social psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., getting a pet can also help. In a recent study, Allen, a researcher at the State University of New York at Buffalo, found that stockbrokers with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did their non-pet-owning counterparts.
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Do Cats Have Feelings?

In 350 B.C., Aristotle found evidence of emotion in animals. "Some are good-tempered, sluggish, and little prone to ferocity, as the ox; others are quick-tempered, ferocious, and unteachable, as the wild boar," he wrote in The History of Animals . Today, the proposition that animals share some of the same feelings as man - actually experiencing pain, grief, and joy - is winning more advocates.
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Housesoiling

It's a common problem: You live with a wonderful kitty whom you adore, but suddenly he can't seem to find his way to the litter box. He may urinate outside the box, may defecate outside the box, or he may ignore the box altogether. This is one of the most common complaints cat owners bring to their veterinarian.
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The History of Dogs and Native Americans

According to a Native American legend, the dog freely chose to become a companion to man. This legend has the virtue of being romantic - and, in a way, true, at least according to some scientific theories. No one can determine exactly when the Native Americans welcomed the wolf into their homes and slowly developed the domesticated dog, but every dog loving person in the world owes them a debt of gratitude.
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Canine Training and Behavior

For centuries, dogs have been valued for their roles of alarm-sounder and guardian, as well as for their hunting and herding skills. But owners do view all behaviors that their dogs engage as desirable. Sometimes dogs are aggressive, or urinate or defecate in inappropriate places; and sometimes they bark when it is not called for or steal things from the countertops.
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Dogs Can Help Us Deal with Stress

When Jerry Greider lost his job and spent three months looking for work, it was a rough period in his life. "I spent a lot of time going on job interviews and sending out resumes, with nothing panning out," the Seattle resident recalls. "Some days, the only thing that kept me smiling was my dog licking my face and wagging his tail.
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How to Introduce Your Cat to Your New Home

You're moving into a new house or apartment and you are excited about the change. Your cat, however, is a creature of habit and moving to a new home represents a complete upheaval of his world. Unlike dogs who seemingly could care less where they are as long as their person is with them, cats like to maintain the status quo.
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Teaching Your Dog To “Leave It”

Teaching your dog a few simple tricks is fun and entertaining for both you and your pet. It's best if your dog knows and can perform the basic obedience commands of sit, stay and down reliably before advancing to tricks. Most tricks are built on these commands and your dog will have learned to pay attention to you during training sessions.
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Feline Training and Behavior

It is a widely accepted notion that it is impossible to train cats. But, then again, why would you want to? Most people acquire a cat because they view her as a relatively low maintenance, relatively independent pet that they can interact with when they want or leave to her own devices and desires. To some extent, they're right.
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Training Your Cat - The Basics

Cats have overtaken dogs as America's No. 1 pet and, in a fast-paced society like ours, it's easy to see why. Cats are more independent, do better when left alone, and require less time-consuming care than dogs. But, like their canine counterparts, domestic cats come with their own set of natural behaviors that can confuse and inconvenience owners.
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A Helping Paw

Animals have had an enormously positive impact in helping the physically or emotionally disabled. People who for some reason have withdrawn into themselves naturally wish to reach out when introduced to a pet. Many people wish to enroll their pets in an animal-assisted activity or therapy program but don't know where to begin.
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Your Cat's Grief

When Maggie died from kidney failure, Metta, her most constant companion appeared aloof and lethargic. Although she continued to eat, she kept to herself, not seeking out the company of other cats in the household. Based on the outward signs of her behavior, Metta appeared to be grieving over Maggie's death.
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Feeding Compulsion in Cats

Some cats suffer from eating compulsions. Two of the most common compulsions include wool sucking/eating non-food items (pica) and compulsive overeating. Like people, cats engage in compulsive disorders as an outlet when their natural behaviors are somehow frustrated by poor management practices and/or a restrictive environment.
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Cat Etiquette for the Holidays

Planning to take your pet along when you go to see friends or relatives this season? Think again. Not every hostess - or pet, for that matter - can deal with a holiday visit. Reasons to Leave Them Home First off, many animals don't enjoy being away from a familiar home, and they really don't look forward to playing with your cousin's pet.
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Help! I'm Allergic to My Cat!

What a cute kitty, you think. Then it comes - the sneezing, the sniffling, eyes watering like open faucets. Ugh, the bittersweet romance that you endure if you love cats but suffer cat-related allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about six to 10 million Americans have cat allergies.
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Help! I'm Allergic to My Dog!

What a cute puppy, you think. Then it comes - the sneezing, the sniffling, the eyes running like open faucets. Ugh, the bittersweet romance that you endure if you love dogs, but suffer dog-related allergies. Allergies to dogs are generally based on reactions to their dander and saliva. The dander - tiny particles released from the hair and skin - become airborne and get trapped in upholstery, curtains and carpets.
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Cats That Can't Hear

White cats with blue eyes are beautiful animals, but they can suffer from a genetic defect that causes them to spend their lives in silence. Most blue-eyed white cats are born deaf. This does not mean that all white cats with blue eyes suffer from the condition, and it does not affect Burmese and Siamese breeds that are very light colored with blue eyes.
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How to Keep Your Pets From Fighting

Many of us don't take kindly to having an extra relative or friend move in suddenly. So it's not surprising that pets sometimes feel the same. Even a president's pets are not immune to such interpersonal tensions. The problems of cohabitation were put on national display when bad blood erupted between Socks, the cat - an eight-year veteran of the Clinton White House - and Buddy, a chocolate Labrador who arrived on the scene in 1997.
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