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Feared Or Revered? The Complicated History of Black Cats

Cat fanciers recognize the lustrous beauty and implicit intelligence of silky black-coated felines. Without a doubt, their handsomeness precedes them. But they haven’t always been perceived as the elegant creatures many people admire today. The fear, judgement and persecution of black cats lasted for a long time and in some ways persists to this day. …

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Cat Behavior: What Your Cat Wishes You Knew

We love our cats. They keep us entertained, challenged, and inspire us with their beauty. They can also be confusing creatures, aloof one minute and affectionate the next. It can take years to understand cat behavior and what your cat is trying to tell you; but once you do, there is no denying that cats…

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Taking a Dip: Do Cats Hate Water?

The feline aversion to water is a widely accepted fact, but is it true? If it is, why do cats hate water? Understanding this nuance of feline behavior caught our attention. Let’s separate fact from fiction. Not all cats hate water, and there are even some breeds, such as the Turkish Van cat and the…

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What Cat Tails Are Trying to Say

Whether we realize it or not, we convey a great many things simply by how we stand, walk, the position of our arms, and other subtle body language indicators.  The same is true in the animal kingdom, and humankind has learned a great deal via research on species-specific body language. When it comes to cats,…

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Are There Truly Safe Pet Toys On the Market?

Pets need to be mentally stimulated throughout the day, and sometimes they make the oddest choices to burn off steam. Without the right toys to keep them busy, furniture, draperies, and shoes are among the most common victims of gnawing jaws and scratching paws, but we’ve heard that wallpaper and pillows are easy targets, too.…

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Owning a Cat is Fun, But Is It Actually Good for Your Health?

From their adorably, fluffy, whiskered faces to their cute little pink paws, cats are among the most beloved animals on earth. Need further proof? Over 2 million cat videos have been posted on YouTube since 2006, resulting in more than 24 billion views worldwide. The numbers tell us that people love the silly, zany natures…

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Holiday Gifts for Cat Lovers to Buy Right Meow!

Do you know someone who just loves cats? They might giggle over funny cat videos on replay for the thousandth time or beguile others with pictures of their favorite breed. They likely wear certain clothing with a decidedly feline motif, dress up at Halloween like Totoro or Felix, and fall asleep to the sound of…

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Happy Birthday! How to Throw An Amazing Birthday Party for Your Pet

If you’re like us, you love any chance to celebrate. And what better occasion to acknowledge than the birthday of a beloved pet? Birthday parties are always fun, and once you learn how to throw an amazing birthday party for your pet, you’ll be planning one every year from now on! Schertz Animal Hospital has…

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Is Cat Health Related to Cat Happiness? Absolutely!

For people, the link between health and happiness is sacrosanct. That is, in order to be truly happy, we have to be healthy – and vice versa. The same is absolutely true for cats. Indeed, for them to be at their healthiest, attention to emotional wellbeing is critical. Likewise, to be considered “happy,” they need…

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Essential Oils, a Leading Cause of Pet Poisoning Cases

Whether it’s laundry detergent, air freshener, perfume, or cologne, we are exposed to various scents wherever we go. Some people really like it, others are allergic, and the same goes for our furry friends. Most fragrances aren’t toxic to pets, but products containing essential oils have a potent mix of dangerous substances. The public has…

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