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Feline Aggression 101

This is Ling Ling checking out Merlin on the day before she was adopted. Her tail is beginning to swish back and forth in agitation, her ears pricked forward and head low. A few seconds later, I prevented yet another attack. On the previous two days we’d made a big breakthrough, and Ling Ling slept Read More

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Vet 101: Q & A – Antibiotics

Q: My cat is impossible to pill and liquids aren’t much better. The last time she needed two weeks of antibiotics was murder. Is it possible to give a one shot injection instead and are there any downsides? A: Cats could give master classes on how to avoid being medicated.  Hissing, spitting, growling, clawing — Read More

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Circle of Cat Love

Kahlil Gibran Sometimes, no matter how much love to we have to give, it’s not enough or we run out of time. That’s what happened with our foster girl Ling Ling. She came to us very ill and traumatized in July. I nursed her back to health and she made big behavioral strides, but fate Read More

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A Happy Cat Makes A Happy Home

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a cat person who knows that a happy cat make a happy home. Cats are experts at making the best of situations. They know how to find the best places to perch, luxuriate in sun puddles or enjoy fresh breezes at an open window, like Ling Ling (seen Read More

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Mancat Monday: A Delicate Subject

Merlin here and welcome to another Mondays with Merlin. It’s also Mancat Monday, but today’s subject is not just for the boys. It’s a delicate subject about regularity and er, I confess to not being able to go with the flow as much lately. Layla went to the farm and said the pumpkins had arrived Read More

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47 Remarkable Animal Friendships

We all need friends, but the new New York Times best seller Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from The Animal Kingdom takes friendship to new heights. Charmingly compiled and written by National Geographic writer Jennifer Holland failed to woo Ling Ling into an inter-species friendship but… never mind, I was enchanted.  Cats and rats? Yes. Read More

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Man Cats Gone Wild

Summer is over and this week all the boys wanted to savor the last sights and smells of the garden. Odin went a little wild. Okay, a lot wild. One look at his one crazy eye and you know nonstop mayhem was on the menu. All I do is play referee and thankfully he races into my arms when I call him Read More

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Hooked On Cat Tails

Since I study and photograph cats every day, I thought I’d begin sharing their unique ways of communicating via photos of their body language. These will be posted under the Cat Behavior 101 category for future reference. In the case of cats, a photograph can often tell more than a thousand words. I generally subscribe Read More

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Vet 101- Q & A – Advances in Veterinary Medicine and more…

This week’s Vet Q & A is a little different. Our vet Dr. Richard Goldstein explains how veterinary medicine has changed over the past twenty years and what remains important. Q: This week’s Q & A is a three-fold question: What advice would you give to someone considering studying veterinary medicine today? How has it Read More

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You Are An Inspiration Award

When Cat Wisdom 101 launched almost four months ago, I couldn’t imagine how many amazing fans, friends and fellow cats bloggers have cheered us on. One such blogger is Brian from Brian’s Home http://www.brianshomeblog.com/ who gave us this award, and who in turn received one from Hilary from http://feelingbeachie.com I love everyone on Brian’s list and Read More

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Cushioning Joints: 5 Steps to Happier Cats

Young cats can leap with acrobatic agility. Hello, tops of bookcases, refrigerators and shelves. But, by the time most cats become seniors, their leaping days are over. According to a study from the University of Glasgow, 30% of cats over the age of eight showed signs of osteo-arthritis, the degenerative joint disease. If stiffness and Read More