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Why do cats go crazy for catnip?


(Partially adapted from an article written by Ramona Turner DVM and published in Scientific American.) When cats smell catnip they act like queens in season (females in heat) rubbing their heads and rolling around on the herb , jumping, vocalizing and salivating. It looks for all the world like a frenzy of feline sexual desire […]

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Why do cats rub against our legs?

In a radio broadcast in 1939, Winston Churchill described the actions of Russia as a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” As anyone knows who has lived with a cat, this is also a great description of cat behavior. Why is cat behavior so mysterious? Why do hey need us with their paws […]

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Would you choose a genetically modified dog?


A GMO is an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there. There is a lot of controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms, especially food. Many refuse to eat GMO foods and some European countries have banned their importation into the country. Food is one thing, but what about genetically modified animals, like less flatulent cows?

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INFOGRAPHIC: How To Measure Your Dog’s Level Of Pain

Since our pets don’t speak like humans, they don’t spend much time complaining about their aches and pains. As a result, we have to assess their level of pain through cues from their behavior and response to touch. To this end, the following infographic (editor’s note: click to expand) can help you evaluate your pet’s pain on […]

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You Love Your Dog But Does Your Dog Love You?

You knew it all the time. It just took science a while to catch up. Human/animal Relationship Science (there really is such a thing!) proves that you have not been hallucinating—your dog really does love you. This, of course begs the question “What is love?”, but that question would cross over into a maelstrom of […]

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