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Cat doesn't cover her feces in the litter box
Pet behavior training

Cat doesn't cover her feces in the litter box

Why do cats not cover their feces? Our question this week was: My Bombay cat, who has lived indoors her whole life, doesn't cover her feces…ever. Is that normal? BOY does it smell up the whole house. I worry that if she steps on it in future bathroom visits that she will then track it through the house.

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14 Common Reasons Cats Don't Use the Litter Box

Common Reasons Cats Don't Use the Litter Box Does your cat sometimes urinate OUTSIDE the litter box? It's a common problem with cats. In fact, it's something my subscribers ask me about all the time. Inappropriate urination is one of the most common reasons house cats are relinquished to shelters or “put outside”.
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I have 2 cats that wake me up - What can I do?

Our question this week was: I have two cats that I adore and have tried MANY times to have them sleep in my room with me. I am gone 12 hours a day for work and felt that this one of our only times to “bond”. However, I am an extremely light sleeper and wake up constantly when they are in there. I have been putting them in the bathroom to sleep at night with their big beds and blankets.
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Dog with prey instinct - killed cat

Our question this week was: Doctor, I have a very serious question. I have an 8-month-old GSD puppy from working lines. Even as a 2-month-puppy he always took an interest in my cats. At first he would try to lick them and sniff, much to their dismay, they did NOT like him within 5 feet of them. One particular cat is very small and we recently had snow over Easter.
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Do Female Cats Spray… or Only Male Cats?

It's not uncommon for cats to urinate in inappropriate areas outside their litter box. This behavior is sometimes called “spraying” and it's usually associated with male cats. But readers and clients often ask: is it possible for female cats to spray too? To answer this question, consider that cats are territorial by nature.
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My cat attacks my ankles - What can I do?

Our question this week was: Doctor, Izzy is the newest member of our family who was a stray cat that wandered into our back yard. He has a fantastic personality who loves to play. Izzy will let us hold him when we found him and surprisingly did not try to claw or bite. We never found his owner so Izzy just moved in.
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Back to School - for Doggie, Too

It's that time again - time to put the new school supplies in the new backpacks and send your children back to school. You know school is important for your children; how else would they learn? But as you grapple with your dog, as you're tugged around the neighborhood at the other end of his leash, or as you spend even more time trying to keep him from jumping on your guests, maybe you should consider sending your pet to “school,” too.
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The Perfect Cat Day: What's an Ideal Cat Schedule?

Daily Schedule If you could give your cat the schedule he or she wants, what would it be? What schedule would make a cat the happiest? In this article, we will try to answer that by helping you understand the way cats like to eat, sleep, play and live! Sleep - Cats LOVE to sleep. Cats sleep more than people but wake much more frequently.
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Book Review: A PARROT FOR LIFE

There are more than 6.4 million households that include parrots in the United States and the majority of these long-lived birds will have seven different homes in their 30-60 year lifetime. The number of unwanted parrots is reaching crisis numbers. Parrot owners need help and guidance. Parrots are wild animals and unlike their domestic household counterparts-cats and dogs-parrots are difficult creatures to understand and manage.
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A Glow-in-the-Dark World Beneath the Sea

Who's the brightest of them all? Ocean dwellers in the know will tell you it's the many species of "glow-in-the-dark" fish that inhabit the deepest depths of the ocean. Most fish that live in the deepest depths are able to give off their own glow, a process called bioluminescence . In fact, in the sea, bioluminescence is everywhere - in fish, sea slugs, squid, jellyfish and many other deep-sea dwellers.
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Artificial Legs Help Maimed Bird Walk Again

A top avian veterinarian has fitted a badly-maimed cockatoo with prosthetic legs, saving the bird's life and allowing her to walk again. In an unusual procedure of his own invention, Dr. Don Harris fashioned new legs for Candy, a leadbeater cockatoo that had been viciously attacked by her mate, another cockatoo that shared her cage in her human family's home in Fort Myers, Fla.
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Life Expectancy of Fish

Most people are aware that dogs live around 8 to 12 years and cats live about 12 to 14 years. But what about fish? When most people decide to add fish to their home, life expectancy is usually not considered. Though not much is known about life expectancy in wild fish, with proper care, captive fish can live for several years.
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History of the Aquarium

People have been keeping aquariums as far back as 2500 B.C. The Sumerians, the ancient people of Mesopotamia, have been identified as the worlds earliest fish keepers. Fish keeping in those times served a practical purpose: they were kept in small ponds to serve as a ready food source. The rich land and waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers offered an abundant supply of fish as a renewable resource.
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