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Yochabel’s Wisdom: The Last Day

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Guest post by Casey Hersch

This is the seventh in a series of posts by Casey Hersch. Casey discusses the many lessons she learned about caring for Yochabel during her illness, including her quest to stop Yochabel’s cancer from growing and spreading, barriers present with senior cats, variations in diet including supplements and herbs, and how to focus on the individual cat’s needs. Yochabel was not only Casey’s feline companion. She left Casey with ways to cope with her own illness, and with a greater sense of acceptance and gratitude.Continue Reading

Yochabel’s Wisdom: Hospice at Home

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Guest post by Casey Hersch

This is the fifth in a series of posts by Casey Hersch. Casey discusses the many lessons she learned about caring for Yochabel during her illness, including her quest to stop Yochabel’s cancer from growing/spreading, barriers present with senior cats, variations in diet including supplements and herbs, and how to focus on the individual cat’s needs. Yochabel was not only Casey’s feline companion. She left Casey with ways to cope with her own illness, and with a greater sense of acceptance and gratitude.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Why Cats Eat Grass

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Eating grass and plants is a relatively common behavior for cats, but theories as to why they do this vary widely. After interviewing more than 1,000 cat parents, researchers at UC Davis suggested that eating plants is instinctual and comes with an evolutionary benefit to felines. Their theory, as reported at the annual convention of the International Society for Applied Ethology in Bergen, Norway, is that eating grass helps animals expel intestinal parasites by increasing muscle activity in the digestive tract. For more about the study, visit Science Magazine.

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Mews and Nips: AI Powered Cat Door Prevents Cat From Bringing Presents Inside

If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, you’ve probably received the occasional not so welcome present inside your home. Ben Hamm, a senior product manager at Amazon, developed a cat flap that will block his cat Metric from bringing his prey inside the house. Hamm fed 23,000 images of Metric to Amazon’s machine learning service SageMaker. If the tool detected Metric approaching with prey in his mouth, the door would lock. For more about this AI powered cat door, visit Gizomodo.

Allegra and Ruby are indoor cats. Allegra brings me her special mouse every day, and I love that she does this. As much as I wouldn’t want “live” presents in my house, I’d worry about offending the gift giving kitty!

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