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Working Cats—The Treehouse Humane Society in Chicago released 1,000 cats to fight the city’s growing rat problem as part of its “Cats at Work...

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Germans Love Cats—Cats remained the most popular pets in Germany in 2020, making up 52% of the population, according to petindustryfood.com. Overall, 47% of...

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New Guidelines—The American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners updated their 2010 feline life stages to better tailor veterinary care...

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Cat Friendly—The American Association of Feline Practitioners has enacted a policy that elective onychectomy (declawing) procedures will no longer be permitted at designated Cat...
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Overworked Veterinarians

Chris Roth, DVM, writes on a PetsBest blog that COVID-19 has caused pet ownership to surge by 10%. This has left veterinarians overworked and...

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COVID Cats—Local 24 in Memphis, Tenn., reports that a house cat in Arkansas and a tiger at a refuge in Minnesota recently tested positive...
Rapper Turned Cat Lover

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Shelter Cats Helping Autistic Kids—A study from the University of Missouri looked at the social benefits of shelter cats visiting with children with autism....

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Smart Fundraiser—Feline-rescue volunteers offered nail trims for cats and kittens for a donation of $10 per cat in order to raise funds to care...

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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...