Cute Video: Cat Trust Falls Into Owner's Lap

We’ve seen dogs do trust falls, including this one of a Golden Retriever landing in the waiting arms of a giant teddy bear. But we couldn’t imagine most cats being willing to give it a try. Leave it to Didga, who takes part in other un-cat-like activities like skateboarding, to defy expectations. “She ‘trusts’ me to catch her as she …

"Eufloria": Catnip Isn’t the Only Plant Scent Cats May Love

Image: Silver vine ThinkstockPhotos-665764360 335 Cats seem to rely on their noses to understand the world more than we humans do. Cats detect smells and sense pheromones (chemicals produced and released by other cats) through their olfactory systems. For confined cats, appreciating the importance of their sense of smell can greatly enrich their environments, which generally means a happier cat. …

Want to Take Your Cat on a Walk? How I Do It

Image: Trixie in carrier I never expected my cat, Trixie, to buddy up to my dogs. To be honest, I was more focused on teaching her to love my husband. But somewhere over the last few years, she’s adopted my two dogs — Rudi, a Lab mix, and Hollie, a hound mix — as her BFFs. And it is adorable. …

5 Adoption Stories We Can’t Get Enough Of

We love a sweet story about a pet adoption, and once in a while there are those that stick with you — like the Pit Bull whose 8-year-old owner adored him so much that she wrote instructions for his new owner, or the 18-year-old dog whose adopter was so excited to meet her that he was waiting at the shelter …

Pet Misbehaving? It Might Be Your Fault

Image: cat nail trim ThinkstockPhotos-640965972.jpg Fear, stress and anxiety are at the root of many problem behaviors in cats and dogs — and in some cases, human behavior is the direct cause of a pet’s actions. Many pet owners fail to understand this, though, and instead blame the dog or cat for the “bad” behavior. In my experience, pet owners …

Why Don't Cats Come When Called?

Image: indifferent cat ThinkstockPhotos-522126320 335 It is relatively easy to train a dog to come to you when you call his name, but cats, as usual, are a different story. What is the difference? The evolutionary records show that dogs have been domesticated for around 30,000 years. Our ancestors domesticated dogs intentionally, breeding and raising dogs to obey the commands …

Mama Shelter Cat Adopts Stray Kitten

A young kitten got a second chance at life at an animal shelter in Arlington, Virginia. Firefly was very pregnant when she arrived at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and gave birth to five adorable kittens. Not long after, the shelter took in an orphaned kitten who was about the same age as Firefly’s litter, and decided to see …

Do I Need to Worry About Plague and My Pets?

Image: prairie dogs ThinkstockPhotos-147657422 335 When most people think of plague, they usually conjure up images of rats, fleas and the medieval ages, but what many pet owners don’t realize is that cats, dogs and people in certain regions of the U.S. are still at risk for various kinds of plague today. A Working Vet’s Perspective Here in Colorado where …