From CatsOnCatnip

For everything that we love and adore about cats, there are equally confusing, head-scratching things about them as well. We know they are creative when bathing themselves, cough up hairballs, purr for a variety of reasons, and that they are spunky, personality-driven creatures but there are so many things many of us often overlook.

Do cats sweat? Does purring do anything positive for them (rather than just enhancing our sense of self-satisfaction for making our kitties purr!?) Do cats have anything in common with inanimate objects?

The answers to these questions will surely surprise you. Especially that last one in purr-ticular.

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From the Oregon Zoo

Mom and new arrival are doing well in private maternity den, according to keepers
What’s cuter than a red panda? How about a baby red panda? Fluffy 4-year-old Mei Mei has given birth to a cub at the Oregon Zoo.

The new arrival entered the world June 18 and weighs about half a pound. Mom and baby are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den, according to zoo animal-care staff. Read more

From the ASPCA

On Tuesday, July 21, the ASPCA will be celebrating national No Pet Store Puppies Day. This is a great chance to educate your friends and family about what happens in puppy mills and about the benefits of  adopting from a shelter or rescue group instead! Read more

how to help lost pets

Article sourced from PetPlace

One of the scariest experiences you can have as a pet parent is to lose your animal. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, looked into how many pets get lost every year. The organization found that 15 percent of pet guardians had lost a dog or cat in the previous five years. While about 93 percent of dogs that had gone astray were found, only 75 percent of missing cats made it back to their families. Read more

Tips from the ASPCA

Emergencies can happen at any moment and can come in a myriad of ways. While we may never be able to fully prevent such events from happening, we can prepare ourselves and our pets for when they do. In light of National Pet Fire Safety Day coming up on July 15, we put together important tips concerning fire safety in your home. Use this list to ensure that you and your furry friends are prepared should a fire break out. Read more


From PetMD

When making the first introduction, it is best done in steps. The last thing you want to do is frighten your puppy to the point that he is reluctant or unwilling to get into his grate. Ideally, you want your puppy to get into the crate at your command. But why? Read more

from the Humane Society

10 Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy Indoors

Although many cats enjoy being outside, it’s a myth that going outside is a requirement for feline happiness. Playing regularly with a cat easily satisfies her stalking instinct, keeps her stimulated, and provides the exercise she needs to stay healthy and happy. Read more

Did you know it’s National Dog House Repair Month? (Neither did we)– and we didn’t find any interesting articles about dog house *repair* but we did find some adorable DIY dog house plans at the Spruce Pets– so get out your tools and have fun building new digs for your fur baby! Read more

Cats associate loud noises with danger, therefore lots of cats become stressed as a result of fireworks and the loud noises they make.The noise and flashes can cause cats to run off in a panic and, sadly, every year our emergency vets see hundreds of pets who have been involved in road traffic accidents after being spooked by loud bangs.

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source:https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/july-4-safety

Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it. Read more