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  • Getty ImagesGetty ImagesEverybody knows that cats are mysterious creatures. They're inexplicably esoteric. They're cunning. They're furtive and sly. And when they look at you all cockeyed, whiskers twitching, with a curious look on their face you just know they must be thinking something secret.

    Exactly what are they hiding? The world may never know. But we do know this - cats are pretty cool. And there's a lot about them you may not know - like these fun facts I found while perusing various feline focused websites this past weekend:

    The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human. So next time you find upturned flower pots on the porch, or catnip in your kitchen drawers you can simply dust for nose impressions.

    A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed. Sort of brings new meaning to the word "Southpaw," doesn't it?

    Cats have 473 taste buds. None of them can taste sweet. Good thing Purina makes these.

    A cat can jump between 5 & 7 times

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  • I've never dealt with an anxiety-ridden pet, but I know plenty of people who have. I've heard stories of "indestructible" crates being reduced to rubble, accounts of entire rooms being single-handedly (paw-dedly?) destroyed, and heard tales of rooms that had to be completely remodeled - all because the family pet had had an "episode" and turned it into his personal restroom.

    Dealing with this behavior takes an unfathomable amount of patience. It takes immeasurable amounts work. And it takes a whole lot of… Prozac?

    That's right. The USDA has approved a version of Prozac for dogs - called Reconcile. And I'll be the first to admit that I had a bit of a knee-jerk reaction when I heard this. Dogs? On antidepressants?

    You have got to be kidding me.

    Then again, I've never had a dog with severe separation anxiety. But I do have a friend that has. And I've watched her dog turn from a panic-stricken mess into a happy-go-lucky house pet - all due to this particular drug. So

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  • When I was little, our cat used to run around the house in endless spastic circles - with absolutely no rhyme or reason. She'd start in the living room, dart behind the couch, zoom under the dining room table, jump onto the couch and gallop down the hall. Then she'd start over. And over. And over. And over.

    We took Ike on his first hike when he was about nine months old - and it wasn't a short one. Since he weighs in at a whopping 7lbs, I fully expected to be carrying him by the end of it. But when we got back to the car, he was still trotting along happily - while the rest of us panted and wheezed behind him.

    Then there's Gunner. Now, he never met a walk he didn't like, but his short little legs tire out quickly (he's got tiny Beagle legs and a big Lab body… it can be hard to maneuver). And if you held his leash and a bag of Beggin' Strips out in front of him, it's a pretty good bet which one he'd choose.

    Some pets are incredible balls of energy. Others are happy to

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  • Getty ImagesGetty ImagesThere's a war going on out there. A furry, claws-out, teeth-bared battle. And it all comes down to one thing:

    Are you a cat person, or a dog person?

    People have been choosing sides for centuries. And they'll probably continue to do so for years to come.

    Well, I've owned a cat. And I've owned two dogs. So I'm going to go ahead and declare myself an expert on the subject (this is what I call "pulling a Dr. Phil"). And here are my (purely opinion-based) thoughts on the matter:

    Choosing between the two is like comparing kiwis to peaches. Yes - kiwis and peaches. They're both delightful, unique and… erm… fuzzy on the outside. Ok, so the logic is a little off, and that may not have been the best example - but here's the bottom line. Neither can be proven to be any better than the other. They're simply different. And choosing one over the other is purely a matter of what you like best.

    I like dogs because they're loyal, energetic and eager-to-please. But they're also

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  • Getty ImagesGetty ImagesJudging by yesterday's beautiful, sunny day, spring is right around the corner. And that means lots more opportunities for leisurely walks and outdoor adventures with our little furry friends.

    For some of us, that means heading to the dog park. For others, it means trips to the local trails. For people like me, it means lots of jaunts past our local coffee shops, wine bars and bistros.

    These sidewalk adventures are an awesome way to spend a day with the dogs - not to mention, the people watching is great. And if I happen to get hungry, or the pups get thirsty, there are plenty of patios for us to perch on. Complete with dog bowls for the puppies to drink from.

    I think it's fabulous that restaurants are willing to offer up their outdoor spaces for furry patrons. And I love that I can share a sunny day - and maybe even enjoy lunch - with my dogs.

    The trend of catering to canines isn't exactly a new one. You can find lots of dog-friendly establishments offering up outdoor

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  • You hear of dogs that dance, play dead and give you hi-fives, but cats that do tricks don't often make the radar. Maybe it's because our cats are just too independent to do our bidding. Maybe it's because we, as their people, don't have the patience to train them. Or maybe it's because such mundane tricks like "sit," "stay" and "roll over" simply can't satisfy their deeply artistic tendencies.

    I mean, how many times can you sit before it just gets boring?

    Maybe that's why some cats take on their own independent challenges - like "how long can I ignore you?" "sit on the sleeping person's head" and… play the piano?

    Wait? Play the piano? Do cats do that?

    Nora does. And she happens to be quite good at it.

    Search for her on YouTube and you might find a few of her videos. Plug her name into Amazon and you'll find her CD. Nora is no ordinary Tabby. She's a furry little Beethoven, and her story is famous.

    According to her owner, Betsy Alexander, Nora can sense rhythm,

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  • Ike may be a little dog, but he has the uncanny ability to destroy things much, much, much larger than him. Like the wall in our laundry room. Door frames. And every dog bed we've ever owned.

    He doesn't discriminate against little things either. He gave my favorite pair of black pumps plenty of attention. And we've found at least three of Michael's shirts with the buttons gnawed off.

    For a while, I blamed it on "puppy behavior." Dogs chew on everything when they're little. Plus, it was sort of my fault for leaving my shoes in the middle of the living room floor (and for putting Ike in the laundry room with a pile of dirty clothes to chew on).

    But last week, we went through our 5 th dog bed (Ike has chewed the zipper off and ripped the stuffing out of every one), a pair of sneakers and one unfortunate incident that brought me to the breaking point…

    Ike abandoned his usual sock fetish and decided to drag my underwear out of the hamper instead. Then he left in the middle of

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  • Getty ImagesGetty ImagesI got my first pet when I was in 3rd grade. We were doing a lesson on lizards, so we studied live anoles for several months. After the lesson was done, someone had to take the thing home. To this day, I still have no idea why I volunteered.

    The next year, we got Bandit. She was a runty little calico that we found on my grandparents' farm. My grandma somehow convinced my "no pets in the house after the iguana incident" mom to let us take her home, and I went back to Colorado that summer with the best birthday present ever.

    Next came Gunner. I've "had" Gunner for the last few years. He's sort of my "adopted" dog - and I'm only using excessive quotes here because I can't technically claim credit for him. My husband had Gunner when we met, so he gets all the accolades for bringing him home and making him a part of our family.

    Long story short, I've had pets before, but I'd never really gone through the experience of picking one out myself - at least, until we got Ike.

    I

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  • Last night, I was woken up with a loving bunny kick to the head.

    And a paw to the face.

    And a wet willy in my ear.

    Oh the joys of sleeping with our pets.

    Now, Ike and Gunner both have their own very snuggly little places to sleep. But every once in a while, when they prop their paws up on the bed, wag their tails and stare at me with those puppy eyes … Well, I just can't say no (you wouldn't be able to either if you saw Ike's "let me on the mattress" bunny hop).

    I know that this probably means I'm in for a rude awakening at a ridiculously indecent hour - but I just have to let them up with me. Besides, I sorta, kinda love dozing off with my dogs. They're good snuggle buddies. They make me feel safe when I'm home alone. And gosh darn it! They're just so cute when they're all curled up on the covers.

    But pets on the bed isn't for everyone.

    And I can see the argument against it. For people with allergies, pets on the bed can be a disaster. And if you already

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  • How did paw prints end up on the PC? Why is there catnip in the kitchen drawers? And what became of the ball of yarn meant for aunt Nona's new scarf?


    The world (and by "the world" I mean "me") may never know the answers to these perplexing questions. But a new study from Friskies has finally shed some light on the situation. Using a bit of ingenious technology - mini kitty cams, attached to collars - Purina has infiltrated the secret world of our feline friends. And what they've found might come as something of a surprise.

    Our cats are more curious than most of us thought. And, believe it or not, "cat-napping" probably ranks pretty low on your kitty's list of "to-do's."

    According to the collar cam (which captured still photographs every 15 minutes), our cats would rather be on the prowl for adventure than on your bed taking a nap. In fact, only 6% of the cats in the study spent the majority of their day snoozing, while double that number preferred to spend their time

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