cats http://apr.org en Reasons to Adopt a Cat http://apr.org/post/reasons-adopt-cat <p>Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have&nbsp;feline family members know they are funny, affectionate,&nbsp;playful and, yes, independent.&nbsp; But that&nbsp;very spirit that makes them&nbsp;independent also helps to&nbsp;make them lower maintenance pets&nbsp;when compared to, say, dogs.</p><p>********************</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 54721 at http://apr.org Reasons to Adopt a Cat Cat Life Expectancy http://apr.org/post/cat-life-expectancy <p>As cats age, their coat may lose some of its luster but their color often remains much as it was in their younger days. It can be deceptive to judge a cat's age by its color.</p><p>******************************</p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 53872 at http://apr.org Cat Life Expectancy Feral Cats and TNR http://apr.org/post/feral-cats-and-tnr <p>Feral cats that have been neutered or spayed also have their left ear "tipped" surgically to indicate the cat is part of a colony and has already been trapped and altered.</p><p>********************************</p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 53397 at http://apr.org Feral Cats and TNR Tainted Pet Treats http://apr.org/post/tainted-pet-treats <p>About half of jerky pet treats in the US are imported from China.&nbsp; New warnings indicate that such treats could pose serious and even deadly risks to your pet's health.</p><p>*****************************</p><p> Sat, 24 May 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 52550 at http://apr.org Tainted Pet Treats Mother's Day http://apr.org/post/mothers-day <p>In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human&nbsp;experience.&nbsp; Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up.&nbsp; This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed.&nbsp;</p><p>*******************************</p><p> Sat, 10 May 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 51645 at http://apr.org Mother's Day Puppy and Kitten Season http://apr.org/post/puppy-and-kitten-season <p>The puppies and kittens you see&nbsp;at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption.&nbsp;&nbsp;(The unlucky ones never made it that far.)&nbsp; But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes.&nbsp; That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>********************************</p><p> Sat, 03 May 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 51235 at http://apr.org Puppy and Kitten Season Book Buddies http://apr.org/post/book-buddies <p>Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning&nbsp;a positive experience for children.&nbsp; That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.</p><p>***************************</p><p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 48821 at http://apr.org Book Buddies A Pet's Nose http://apr.org/post/pets-nose <p>Large or small, round or pointed, long or short -&nbsp;a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that&nbsp;&nbsp;the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.</p><p>*****************************</p><p></p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 47991 at http://apr.org A Pet's Nose Pet Dental Health Month http://apr.org/post/pet-dental-health-month-0 <p>When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared.&nbsp; Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy.&nbsp; It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!</p><p>********************************</p><p></p><p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 45985 at http://apr.org Pet Dental Health Month Cold Weather Protection for Pets http://apr.org/post/cold-weather-protection-pets <p>Smart idea, even for a cat, to have a shelter that is raised up off the ground.&nbsp; The animal is protected from bitterly cold winds, too, in a well-build dog (or cat) house!</p><p>******************</p><p></p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 45553 at http://apr.org Cold Weather Protection for Pets Pet-friendly Home http://apr.org/post/pet-friendly-home-3 <p>Having pets may mean you have to work a little harder to keep the house clean, but smart some choices will make things easier.&nbsp; And less cleaning may mean more time with your furry friend!</p><p>**********************</p><p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 45125 at http://apr.org Pet-friendly Home Entertaining Your Indoor Cat http://apr.org/post/entertaining-your-indoor-cat <p>A cat's nature is to hunt, stalk, mark territory, but living indoors can limit its opportunities follow its instincts.&nbsp; You can help your cat live a happier and healthier life if you find ways to make your home more "friendly" for your feline resident.</p><p>************************</p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 44754 at http://apr.org Entertaining Your Indoor Cat End-of-year Giving Opportunities http://apr.org/post/end-year-giving-opportunities <p>Although Christmas might be over for this year, we can still keep that spirit of giving alive by making a contribution to one or more&nbsp;of our favorite charitable organizations.&nbsp; And if we do it before the end of the year, we get to take a tax deduction when we file our tax returns in the next few months!</p><p>******************************</p><p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 43799 at http://apr.org End-of-year Giving Opportunities The Animals at the Manger http://apr.org/post/animals-manger-5 <p>Sharing this holiday with all members of our family, including the four-footed ones, is not a new idea.&nbsp; In fact, when we think back to how it all began it seems only natural that they should be&nbsp;a part of our Christmas celebration.</p><p>****************************</p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 43541 at http://apr.org The Animals at the Manger Pets as Christmas Gifts - Pros and Cons http://apr.org/post/pets-christmas-gifts-pros-and-cons <p>Giving a pet as a gift can be a wonderful idea, even better if you adopt it from a shelter.&nbsp; But as a surprise for the recipient?&nbsp; It just might backfire on you and on the poor animal, too.</p><p>********************</p><p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 43236 at http://apr.org Pets as Christmas Gifts - Pros and Cons