Cats and Claws Belong Together!

  The title of this post was a declaration made by a brilliant and highly respected behaviorist at Positive Cattitudes. She was referring to cats who have been forced to have their digits removed. Yes, you read that correctly.   It's 2016, yet house cats, exotic cats, and other animals are still being forced to have …

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Save The Paw!

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but "Can they suffer?” ― Jeremy Bentham, The Principles of Morals and Legislation Have you had an experience that changed the way you once viewed something? Have you ever known in your gut that something you were watching unfold or helping with seemed ”so right” …

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Clicking with Cats!

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. ― Isaac Asimov Who says you can't train cats?? ... A lot of people. Most people I meet (even my cat and dog clients) believe you can't train cats to do a darn thang. …

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Stimulate Them!

Animal enrichment promotes naturalistic behaviors that stimulate the mind and increases physical activity.  It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and by occupying their time.  While working for a decade as an Enrichment Coordinator for various animal sections at the Audubon Zoo, I learned that …

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More Please! … Please Stop!

Petting: to stroke, caress, fondle, or pat an animal affectionately I can certainly do without that "F word", but you get the idea of what petting is. We all love to pet our animals. It makes us feel good. It relaxes us, and it increases our mood. But what exactly is it doing to, or …

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