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cat behavior


How to Spot the Personality Differences Between Male and Female Cats

Before bringing a new cat into your home, there are several things to consider, including whether you should adopt a male cat or a female cat. As veterinarians, we’ve cared for countless cats over the years, and we’ve come to notice some interesting differences between males and females. The biological differences are apparent, but you may wonder if any more subtle differences would make one sex a better fit for your family than the other. Of course, each cat is different, and what’s true for one might not be for another.


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My Kitty Wants to Be an Outdoor Cat: What Do I Do?!

For many cats, the outside world looks like a pretty amazing place to be. With birds, chipmunks, fresh air, and so much more just beyond the window, it should come as no surprise that many indoor cats want to be outdoor cats. However, if your cat keeps trying to sneak out and seems happier when they do manage to bolt out the door, forcing them to stay inside might seem cruel. As veterinarians, we cannot decide whether or not to let your cat outside for you.


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How To Train Your Cat (Not a Kids Movie!)

How to Train Your Cat—it certainly sounds like the next film being released by DreamWorks Animation and, although we wouldn't mind our cut of royalties, it's not. The truth is, this is something you can do, and, as veterinarians, we're here to tell you that it's probably not even as challenging as you'd imagined. While you might think it sounds crazy, many cat owners have successfully trained their feline friends to do things like using the toilet and coming on command.


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7 Reasons to Adopt a Cat in Honor of National Cat Lover's Month!

Dog ownership still outnumbers cat ownership in the US. Who knows why this is? There could be many reasons. Some people feel that part of growing up and becoming independent includes having a dog, and recent studies have even shown that some are substituting dogs for companionship. On the other hand, careers are a huge priority for many individuals and couples, making cats an excellent pet option due to their independence.


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How to Care For Feral or Neighborhood Cats as Temperatures Drop

You may have some cats in your neighborhood that have adopted you, or if you really understand the nature of these kitties, you know that they go where they get their food. Some of these cats have been lost, abandoned, or they may even be from a cat colony. Whether you call them alley cats or feral cats, these animals have likely found a way to your (admittedly bleeding) heart, despite their hissing and standoffish nature. As veterinarians, we can completely appreciate that, and we know you want to help them stay safe during the winter months.


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