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Cats are more than just internet stars; they bring joy and companionship to millions of people.

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Cat walking on tree limb within a safe catio enclosure

Every now and then, on nice days, Krista Rakovan would let her cats onto the back deck for some supervised sunbathing. She watched how much Julius, Ginger and Kobe loved lying in the sun—the only time they were permitted outside—and she thought about how she could add more variety to their lives. “I...

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Catherine Hess

There are millions of outdoor cats in America; some are pets allowed outside by their owners, but the majority of outdoor cats are community cats—strays (lost or abandoned pets) and ferals (who are fearful of people and not suitable as pets). There are 30-40 million community cats in the United...

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Contents Intro Owned cats Unowned cats Cats in shelters Cats and wildlife Collaboration/humane communities Conclusion Intro Cats are the most popular companion animal in the U.S., with more than 86 million of them living in nearly 39 million American households. Tens of millions more unowned cats...

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Do you have a scared, stressed cat? Try our tips for helping a cat who is frightened, hiding or biting.

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You probably don't agree with your cat's ideas for remodeling your living room. But your cat doesn't claw the couch or scrape the drapes because they're a bad kitty or to spite you for not feeding them at 3 a.m.

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Cat looking concerned and possibly over-stimulated from petting

One moment, you’re stroking a sweetly purring cat, and the next you feel fangs or claws digging into the flesh of your palm. What just happened? It’s a question that certified cat behavior consultant Tabitha Kucera hears a lot, and the answer often boils down to overarousal, also called...

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By Marissa Russo

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Some are pets whose owners let (or put) them outside, but many are community cats, who may be feral or one-time pets who are now stray, lost or abandoned. The more we understand outdoor cats and the complicated issues related to them, the...

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Many people assume that coyotes don't live in suburban or urban neighborhoods because they don't see them. But that assumption can be dangerous for your animal companions. Coyotes typically hunt small mammals such as mice, voles and rabbits. If given the opportunity, they will also make a meal of a...

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Wild Neighbors (Adapted from the book)

Your cat’s best friend may not be another cat. Cats are very territorial creatures and often vehemently defend their turf.

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With a mission to protect all animals, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) stands on common ground with those who care about both cats and wildlife. With determination, innovation and collaboration, we can implement and sustain effective programs to humanely resolve human-cat-wildlife...

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Trimming a cat’s claws every few weeks is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health and protects him, you, your family and visitors as well as the sofa, curtains and other furniture.

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Scamp the cat stood in front of the first obstacle, waiting for the signal that would send him speeding around the agility course.

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Arna Cohen

Shelter, food, and water are especially important to outdoor cats--feral and stray--in the cold of winter. Follow our advice on building the best kind of shelter and keeping food and water from freezing. Also, to TNR or not to TNR? We'll answer that question.

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Body language, behavior, and vocalizations are keys to understanding the feline mind.

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Photo illustration showing a domestic cat and an exotic cat

If you had driven by the idyllic-looking suburban home near Albany, New York, you would have never known that six African exotic cats had, for more than a decade, been living in the dark basement. In the wild, servals, often referred to as reed cats, typically live near water. The largely solitary...

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by Michael Di Paola & Ruthanne Johnson