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Pets
8:45 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Targeted T-N-R Works!

Feral cat is wary of humans.
Credit Nakae [Flickr]

Targeted Trap-Neuter-Return helps reduce and stabilize the feral cat population.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Pets on Campus

Sometimes you just need a hug from your best friend.
Credit K-Lovera (Kristine Dhillon) [Flickr]

Many schools, like the University of Alabama, have a pet policy that allows only fish in campus housing.  Others, like Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, have more liberal pets-in-residence programs that permit small dogs, cats rabbits, ferrets, even ducks.  For some students, the option to take their best friend with them to school can influence their decision about where they decide to study.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pet Resorts

A lovely day at the spa!
Credit buchsammy (Ralf Bitzer) [Flickr]

Gone are the days when your pet had to spend its "vacation" in a cramped cage.  Pet resorts have become very popular - with both owners and their furry friends!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Reasons to Adopt a Cat

A handsome feline friend!
Credit Kevin Dooley [Flickr]

Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent.  But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Cat Life Expectancy

Elderly cat relaxes in a cool spot.
Credit accidentalcitygirl [Flickr]

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.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Feral Cats and TNR

Feral cat with tipped ear
Credit kisluvkis (Julie German) [Flickr]

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.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tainted Pet Treats

This chewy treat isn't from China, is it?
Credit Gamma Man (Eli Christman) [Flickr]

About half of jerky pet treats in the US are imported from China.  New warnings indicate that such treats could pose serious and even deadly risks to your pet's health.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Are you my mother?
Credit ifindkarma (Adam Rifkin) [Flickr]

In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience.  Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up.  This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view.   Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed. 

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Puppy and Kitten Season

Seven lucky puppies - they're up for adoption!
Credit penreyes [Flickr]

The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption.  (The unlucky ones never made it that far.)  But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes.  That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.  

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Book Buddies

Book Buddies in action
Credit Animal Rescue League of Berks County [FaceBook]

Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children.  That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

A Pet's Nose

A dog's nose - so functional, and so unique!
Credit jarapet [Flickr]

Large or small, round or pointed, long or short - a pet's nose is a finely tuned instrument that  the animal uses to gather a wealth of information about its surroundings.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Pet Dental Health Month

My teeth are so pretty it makes me smile!
Credit marinetank0 (Tom Williams) [Flickr]

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.  Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy.  It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Cold Weather Protection for Pets

Sung and cozy!
Credit CelloPics [Flickr]

Smart idea, even for a cat, to have a shelter that is raised up off the ground.  The animal is protected from bitterly cold winds, too, in a well-build dog (or cat) house!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Pet-friendly Home

Hanging out on the nice smooth floor!
Credit Jennie Faber (Flickr)

Having pets may mean you have to work a little harder to keep the house clean, but smart some choices will make things easier.  And less cleaning may mean more time with your furry friend!

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Entertaining Your Indoor Cat

Just couldn't resist!
Credit Wendy Moody / smkybear [Flickr]

A cat's nature is to hunt, stalk, mark territory, but living indoors can limit its opportunities follow its instincts.  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.

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