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No, Thank you—A rare two-headed southern black racer snake was recently found at a home in Palm Harbor, Fla., reports WFTS in Tampa Bay....

CatWatch Earns Awards for Writing

CatWatch writers Kate Basedow LVT and Deb Eldredge DVM earned eight Certificates of Excellence for their contributions to CatWatch at the annual Cat Writers...

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Technology Pet Sales Are Up—Pet Product News reports that sales of “smart” pet products—those using Bluetooth, GPS, or radio-frequency identification (RFID), or able to...

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One Cat at a Time—Missy Pruitt Chastain gets to know homeless cats, learns their likes and dislikes, then finds them a good home with...

Five Feline Fun Facts 

Darwin was a cat fancier. He attended the first cat show in 1871 and was particularly interested in polydactyl (extra toes) cats. Tortoiseshell color...

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What a Ride—A cat was rescued after climbing into a car engine bay and going on a four-mile 70 mile-per-hour trip along a dual...
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Cats Are Minor Species

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised population estimates for drugs for “minor species use” in cats. Using numbers from 2014 and 2018 American...

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Second Chance: According to wwlp.com, 23-pound Buddy the cat was unable to defecate. All options had been tried,  and euthanasia was being considered to...
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Rest in Peace—CC (for Copy Cat or Carbon Copy), the first successfully cloned cat, was born in 2001 and died March 2, 2020, according...

Two Antibiotics That Are Not Ideal for UTIs

A study in the January 2020 Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine retrospectively evaluated urinary tract infections (UTIs) and urine culture and susceptibility results for...

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More Microchip Benefits—A bill introduced in the Georgia House would require veterinarians to scan animals under their care for the presence of a microchip...
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Origin of Madagascar’s Forest Cats

An article in Science looked at the origin of Madagascar’s forest cats. The cats, which are twice the size of domestic house cats, are...