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By Franny Syufy

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Cat Talk: Elevator Butt Created: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Learn how cats talk using elevator butt posture when they stick their cat butts in the air in this this article about cat communication. Read this article to understand what elevator butt means whe...
    • Persian Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Breed information about the Persian cat breed, its standards, profile, history, and personality traits. You are invited to share your stories and photos about Life With a Persian Cat on this site.
    • SARS Virus Found in Palm Civets in China Created: Saturday, May 24, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The World Health Organization announced that the SARS virus was found in three animals in China, including the palm civet, a tree-dwelling animal somewhat resembling a cat."
    • Ask Amy: Outside Cats Created: Sunday, June 27, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Refer to this Ask Amy column by cats.About.com behavior columnist Amy Shojai on outside cats. Learn how to harness train cats and keep outside cats safe in this Ask Amy cat behavior column."
    • Feline Acne Created: Friday, August 29, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Cats, like humans, can be victims of annoying acne, particularly on their chins. Here are symptoms, causes, and treatment for feline acne." itemprop="description" Monday, August 23, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Refer to this cat aggression article about cat fights to stop intercat aggression. Learn how to stop a cat fight and prevent intercat aggression in this how-to article about cat aggression."
    • How is a cat's age determined? Created: Thursday, August 07, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      How, exactly, is a cat's approximate age determined? We took in a stray cat that we'd been feeding for several weeks, and we are curious how old he is. I know that something about cats' teeth is a ...
    • Post-Natal Care of a Cat and her Newborn Kittens Created: Saturday, March 19, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The first two to three weeks are the most crucial for your mother cat and her newborn kittens. The kittens are developing rapidly, and the queen will usually show symptoms of any post-partum proble...
    • Grain-Free Dry Cat Foods Created: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Grain-free cat foods have been developed to address the concerns of cat owners about the effect cat foods containing excessive carbohydrates such as corn and wheat have on cat health. Check this sh...
    • 2013 Cat Picture of the Week: Fergie Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Cat Pictures of the Week have been a tradition on this website for several years. Each month a different type of cat is honored, and April honors special needs cats, such as Fergie, our third Cat P...
    • 2014 Cat Pictures of the Week Created: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Cat Pictures of the Week have been a tradition on this website for several years. Each month a different type of cat is honored, and January celebrates adopted shelter kittens.
    • What's wrong with by-products in cat food? Created: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Most cat experts recommend premium brands of cat food that avoid ingredients like by-products and chicken meal. Here's why.
    • Top Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Many cat lovers are now savvy that indoor cats are safer cats, while others still think that cats deserve freedom to run in the great outdoors. For those holdouts, consider these top reasons to kee...
    • Shyness and Fear in Cats Created: Friday, March 20, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Is your kitty a. Cats.
    • The Cat Peed WHERE? Created: Friday, March 21, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Cats urinating outside the litterbox is cited as one of the main reasons for surrendering cats to animal shelters. You can rid your house of cat urine odor and retrain your cat to the litterbox by ...
    • Cat Attention: How To Pet A Cat Created: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Read this cat behavior article about cat attention and how to pet a cat that plays kitty keep away. Learn why cats play kitty keep way when owners try to pet them in this article by Amy Shojai, CAB...
    • Fergie, Rear Leg Amputee Created: Friday, April 26, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Special needs cats, or "other-abled" cats often need special care, and are all the more special to their caregivers. The one thing all special needs cats share is the fact that they can be loving, ...
    • Patti, the Deaf Kitten Created: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Special needs cats, or "other-abled" cats often need special care, and are all the more special to their caregivers. The one thing all special needs cats share is the fact that they can be loving, ...
    • The H.I.S.S. Test Created: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Use the H.I.S.S. Test to identify causes of cat behavior problems and solve them. Solve cat behavior problems using the H.I.S.S. Test, as described by Amy Shojai, CABC, for About.com readers. Find ...
    • Inflammation of the Pancreas in Cats Created: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive system, which is integral for the digestion of foods, producing the enzymes that digest food, and producing insulin. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the flow of enzymes into the digestive tract can become disrupted, forcing the enzymes out of the pancreas and into the abdominal area. Learn more about pancreatitis in this article from PetMD.com for About.com
    • How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Resident Cats Created: Saturday, July 12, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Introducing a new dog to your family cats can be a tricky process, but these tips will help pave the way to a smooth integration of cats and dogs." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
    • Cat Behavior: 12 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained Created: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Read this article about 12 weird cat behaviors as cat communication, and what they mean. Learn why cats perform these weird cat behaviors, and how they use them to communicate.
    • About Cat Food Labels Created: Monday, December 01, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Cat food standards can be a 'can of confusion' when it comes to protecting kitty's urinary tract health." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, December 09, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common forms of poisoning in small animals, and this is because it is so commonly found in households. Antifreeze poisoning typically happens when antifreeze...
    • The Glorious Tabby Created: Saturday, November 22, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Did you know the Tabby cat is not a breed, but a color pattern? Many cat breeds include the tabby pattern, as do out beloved Moggie cats. We extoll the virtues of the common but glorious tabby cat,...
    • Review: Bite Me, by Max Thompson Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Bite Me, A Memoir (of Sorts), is the latest book by Max Thompson, a very literary cat. Learn more through this book review by Franny Syufy, cats expert at About.com
    • Remembering Rinja Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Are you grieving the recent loss of a beloved cat? Creating a memorial to a cat is not only a wonderful way to honor his or her memory, but also to help heal the pain of your loss. You can create y...
    • Purr-fect Cat Fences Created: Thursday, July 22, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Press Release from Benner's Friendly Fence, announcing cat-proof fencing." itemprop="description"> Monday, March 07, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Cat lovers who are not actively involved in the cat fancy, often are confused about identifying terms, such as purebreed, DSH, and tabby. Learn more about the qualifying differences between these t...
    • Top Cats' Scratching Posts and Pads Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Scratching posts are as essential to cats as shoes are to us. For stretching exercise, stress relief, and just plain fun, to say nothing of saving the furniture, your cat should have several scratc...
    • Ask Amy: Cats Tracking Poop Created: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Refer to this Ask Amy column about cats tracking cat poop to learn how to prevent cat tracking poop. This Ask Amy column about cat poop explains why cats soil themselves and how to prevent tracking...
    • Deaf Cat: How to Help Created: Sunday, August 15, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Learn about deaf cats and how to help a deaf cat in this article about deaf cats. This article about deaf cats explains 5 ways to help a deaf cat." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...

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