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  • 10 Quirky Cat Breeds

    By Jessica Remitz

    Image: DavidTB via ShutterstockImage: DavidTB via Shutterstock From breeds that look like they've stepped off the pages of National Geographic to those that are known to exhibit behaviors of an entirely different species (fancy a game of fetch or a walk on the leash with your dog AND cat?), some cats are in a wonderfully wacky league of their own.

    We've asked Emmy-Award Winning Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber to help us select some breeds that are highly unusual, either in their appearance or behavior. While some of these breeds might be just perfect for your home because of (or despite!) their wacky-ness, it's also important to learn as much as you can about a potential pet's behaviors, temperaments and certain medical conditions before making a commitment to one.


    A sweet-tempered, polite cat with a strong desire for human affection, Ragdolls will-rather strangely-go completely limp in your arms the moment you try to pick them up, hence the breed's name. A personable, friendly breed, Werber's Ragdoll has been

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  • How to Protect Your Pet This Easter

    By Sid Kirchheimer | Pet360

    Easter may be joyous for you but it can be deadly for pets. Among this weekend's common holiday traditions that are dangerous for dogs and cats:

    Easter Lilies

    Any part of this white, trumpet-shaped symbol of Easter and spring - leaves, flower or pollen - can be toxic to cats, says Food and Drug Administration (FDA) veterinarian Melanie McLean. Kidney failure can result with just a few mouthfuls, or even by licking pollen grains from their fur.

    Vomiting usually occurs soon after consumption, which may gradually lessen over two to four hours, says McLean. Within 12 to 24 hours, cats may start to urinate frequently. Then, if kidney failure sets in, expect that the cat will stop urinating. Untreated, death could occur within a week.

    Lilies of the Valley, meanwhile, can cause abnormal heart rhythms in cats, while Calla and Peace lilies irritate their mouth and esophagus. So even if you suspect your cat has consumed any part of a lily, seek emergency

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  • 5 Ways Your Dog Embarrasses You

    By Dorri Olds | Pet360

    Does Your Dog Embarrass You? Break These 5 Bad HabitsDoes Your Dog Embarrass You? Break These 5 Bad HabitsWhen you're home alone, it's easier to ignore some of your dog's embarrassing behavior. But when guests come calling - or even in public?

    Whether it's leg humps or unwanted jumps, you may be left stumped for solutions...and certainly red-faced.

    Darlene Arden, animal behaviorist and author of "Rover, Get Off Her Leg! Pet Etiquette for the Dog Who Pees on Your Rug, Steals the Pot Roast and Poops in Improper Places," offers these tips on changing the five most embarrassing dog behaviors:

    Leg humping

    You might say to your mortified guest, "You should feel flattered, he really likes you!" But what can you do to nix the behavior?

    Enlist a friend's help to ring the bell, or knock - greeting you but not the dog until his feet and butt are on the floor. With that achieved, your friend can acknowledge the dog with a pat and a happy "hello" and you can reward him with a treat. "The dog will learn that if he sits patiently he will get rewarded. This will

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  • 10 Travel-Friendly Cat Breeds


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    Hoping to hit the road with your favorite feline in tow this spring? While some cats head for the hills-or the nearest closet-the moment they spot their carrier, there are other breeds that truly enjoy exploring new places and traveling with their owners.

    Get the top 10 breeds that travel well and get expert tips on how to make any cat more comfortable when traveling right here.


    Sweet and docile, Persians make wonderful traveling companions. An affectionate breed that loves to play, Persians have a relaxed and adaptable nature and can be easily harness or leashed trained, said Joan Miller, chair of outreach and education for the Cat Fanciers' Association.

    Persians can travel easily in cars, motor homes and airplanes, Miller said, and are happy to be confined in a carrier or small space. One Persian Miller placed with a couple happily toured the country with its owners in a motor home and happily wore a harness and leash on the road, she said.

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  • Smelly Cat Returned After Parents Claim He's Too Gassy

    By Sid Kirchheimer |

    After raising quite a stink - literally, it's been said - the saga of Lenny the gassy cat has a happy ending. Whew!

    From a Rochester, N.Y., shelter he's been adopted anew after his previous "forever" home lasted just two days, reportedly because of too much "eeew." Farting Cat Finds New HomeFarting Cat Finds New HomeBad rhyming aside, the story goes like this:
    Lenny, a gorgeous Tuxedo cat was brought to Scottsville Veterinary Hospital and Pet Adoptions in February after living in a park for about a year. Nursed back to health, he was adopted out in March - only to be returned within 48 hours.

    The reason: "He farts all the time," the local newspaper quotes intake forms submitted by the two-day adopter.

    "But since he's been back here, there haven't been any problems," Scottville's adoptions directors Jessica Giehl told the Democrat & Chronicle. "But we did nickname him 'Smelly Cat.'"

    His tale first captured the attention of Rochester residents with a nose for news, then USA Today, and even media in Europe.

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  • 10 Guard-Dog Breeds that Can Protect Your Family


    10 Breeds That Will Keep Your Family Safe10 Breeds That Will Keep Your Family SafeThough it may seem impossible for your wiggly, snuggly pup to sound the alarm in the presence of danger or dutifully stand guard on the threshold of your home, some breeds were developed to protect their owners and keep their families safe. We've asked an expert to share the top breeds with a history of protecting their people.
    "Not all dogs have read their breed description, and all are socialized as individuals. However, these breeds were all bred to protect their families, and tend to be incredibly loyal," said Steve Dale, CABC and editor of "Decoding Your Dog," with Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. John Ciribassi, authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
    While these dogs might be just perfect for your home because of their desire to protect your family, it's also important to learn as much as you can about a potential pet's behaviors, temperaments and certain medical conditions before making a commitment to one.
    Image: Kitigan via Shutterstock

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  • 10 Calm Dog Breeds that Help You Relax


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    With busy work days and packed weekend schedules, sometimes we all need to take a cue from our pups and do one thing - relax. While it may seem impossible to calm down and chill out for some people (and dogs!), others can hit the "relax" button fairly quickly.

    Here's a list of breeds that, if raised and socialized properly, are generally calm around the home, courtesy of David Frei, the co-host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and expert analyst for The National Dog Show Presented by Purina.

    Golden Retriever

    Originally developed as a hunting dog that was large enough and had the stamina to hunt and retrieve a large number of game birds at once, Golden Retreivers are now among the most popular family pets, service animals and search and rescue dogs. Loving and eager to please, Golden Retreivers enjoy playing games and socializing with people, children and other animals and can be calm at home with appropriate daily exercise and activity.

    While these

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  • Are Your Pets Ruining Your Sex Life?

    By Dorri Olds |

    There are times you want that warm, sweet, furry body nuzzled against yours in bed. (Sorry, guys, we're talking about the pets.) And there are times (now, gents, we're talking about you) that you don't.

    Should pets exit the room when it's sex time, or hunker down with you, in full view, until it's over?

    In a random sampling of pet-owning couples, all said they allow their pets to sleep with them in bed. But when they try to use that bed for another pastime that didn't involve sleep, respondents were evenly split on whether their other love mates should continue their bedroom privileges - or be temporarily banished. Among the comments in both camps:

    Let 'em Stay via Shutterstock

    Prying eyes: "When we have sex, the cat sits there and stares at us," says one interviewee. "When she starts sniffing around, my husband pushes her away. We made it work. Now, we have a second cat in the bed and he snores. Does it put a damper on things? Not really. I tell myself that cats

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  • Trapped Cat Found After Days Inside Sofa

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    By Sid Kirchheimer |

    A cat spent five days trapped inside a sofa donated to a London thrift store before the new purchasers of the second-hand furniture did a first-class act: They ripped up the sofa to free the couch potato pet, tracked down his owners and returned him.

    Crockett, a 10-year-old tabby, apparently snuck inside the sofa after it was partially disassembled for hauling to the thrift store.

    "We can't believe how he must have tucked himself into the sofa during the short time the bottom was removed and remained silent for so long," said pet parent Pauline Lowe.

    The sofa reportedly went through "normal routine checks" by thrift store employees before being sold on March 27. One day later, the BBC reports, the new owners heard meowing from beneath the material - and then saw two claws poking out.

    "In order to release the cat they had to rip the material under the sofa," recalls the thrift store manager.

    During Crockett's time in sofa

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  • 6 Funny Looking Dog Breeds


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    Though we love our "muttigrees" for their individual personalities and varied good looks, there are some breeds that take unique to an entirely new level. We've asked Victoria Schade, dog trainer, speaker and author of Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship to share the most unusual looking dog breeds.
    Of course, if you're researching breeds, we recommend you take disposition into account way before good looks. The most important part of finding the pet for you is committing to a critter who will become a true part of your family.

    #1 - Xoloitzcuintli:
    One of the oldest known dog breeds, the Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced shoh-loyts-kweent-lee), or Xolo, is also known as the "Mexican hairless dog." The breed is believed to have been brought stateside during the migration across the Bering Strait an estimated 12,000 years ago and has remained on the list of known breeds since. Prized as a companion and a guard dog, Xolos are

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