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Interesting Cat Facts

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Interesting Cat Facts On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life. Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down. The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.” A group of cats is called a “clowder.” Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often…

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Maltese

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Maltese The Maltese is a diminutive dog weighing from four to six pounds (two to three kilograms). The body is compact, the shoulder blades sloping. The back is level and the ribs well sprung. The tufted tail is carried gracefully over the back. The neck is elegantly structured to promote high carriage of the head. The head is well proportioned to the body and the skull is slightly rounded. The drop ears are low set and heavily feathered. The eyes are dark, the nose black and the muzzle of medium length and slightly tapered….

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Dog Breed Profile Of The Week – Labrador Retriever

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Dog Profile Of The Week – Labrador Retriever Labrador retrievers are sturdy, solid dogs. They are almost square in appearance, with a strong body and sturdy legs. The maximum height for a male is 24 inches, which puts them in the medium-size dog category, but their sturdy build can make them seem much larger. Weights range from 85 pounds for a large male to 55 pounds for a smaller female. Field line bred dogs are often taller and somewhat thinner in build. Labrador retrievers are easily recognized by their broad head, drop ears and large, expressive eyes. Two trademarks of…

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Ten Peeves That Dogs Have About Humans

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Ten Peeves That Dogs Have About Humans Blaming your farts on me… not funny… not funny at all!!! Yelling at me for barking. Really, I am a dog! Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway? Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose…stop it! Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you’re not home. The slight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo Hoooooo. What a proud moment for the top of the food chain….

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Dog Breed Profife Of The Week – The Briard

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Dog Breed Profile Of The Week – The Briard The Briard are a large-sized dogs weighing between 50 and 100 pounds (22 to 45 kilograms). A male is 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder; females are smaller at 22 to 25 1/2 inches tall. The body is well-muscled and built for work. The head is long and wide with high-set hanging or cropped ears. Briard generally mature at one to two years, although they reach their full size around six to eight months. The coat is slightly wavy and at least six inches long. They have long hair on the ears, giving…

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Dog Breed Profile Of The Week – Dachshund

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Dog Breed Profile Of The Week – Dachshund Description: The Dachshund is a long, low dog with short, powerful legs and a long tapering muzzle with very strong jaws and teeth. This breed comes in three coat varieties: smooth, long-haired and wire-haired; and in two sizes: standard and miniature (under 11 lbs.). The high-set ears are pendant, with rounded ends. The muzzle is slightly arched, producing a “Roman nose” effect. The sternum (chest bone) is very prominent with a depression or dimple on either side, providing a powerful front end for underground digging. The front paws may be angled slightly…

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How Pets Are Good For Your Health

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  How Pets Are Good For Your Health Dogs may be good at more than fetching sticks and greeting you after a long day at work. As it turns out, simply having them around may lessen your family’s chances of getting the common cold. Owning a dog may improve the health of children in that household, according to new research from the University of California, San Francisco. In a study of mice, researchers found that the house dust from homes with dogs worked to protect against a common cold strain. So what’s the big deal about RSV? It’s a virus…

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The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

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The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr A purr is a sound made by all felines and is thought to be a part of cat communication. Nobody knows for certain why cats purr! It varies between cats (for example by loudness and tone), and from species to species, but can be characterized as a tonal buzzing. Mother cats purr while giving birth, one of the first stimuli kittens are exposed to when they are born is the vibrations from their mother’s purring. Kittens are born deaf and blind, and they need help to find their first meal. It is believed that…

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Winter Hazards To Your Cats

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Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe. Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose multiple risks to cats. Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, ribbons, tinsel, and other common holiday items can all be dangerous to our feline companions. What You Need to Know Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to various environmental and physical dangers. In the winter, cats are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia (low body temperature), just like humans. Cats should not be left outside for long periods…

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Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

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Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid giving table food to…

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