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Mews and Nips: Black Cat Appreciation Day

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Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. This “holiday” was created to help dispel some of the myths and ridiculous prejudices that surround these beautiful cats. If you share your life with one or more of these black beauties, every day is Black Cat Appreciation Day, because you already know just how special they are. We previously posted an article about some of the lore that surrounds black cats. For example, did you know that In Japan, young women are encouraged to own a black cat to attract romance. I suppose attracting a guy who loves black cats is a pretty good start to a relationship! Click here for more fun facts about black cats.

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Mews and Nips: Inside the Life of a Feline Rat Hunter in Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. has a well-known rat problem, and despite efforts to control the city’s rat population that even included trying birth control on rats, the rodent infestation is growing. For the last few years, the Humane Rescue Alliance has been spearheading a creative way to fight the rat kings and queens of the District of Columbia: pairing local businesses and communities with feral, unsocialized cats to hunt and kill their natural prey. First developed in 2017, the HRA’s Blue Collar Cats program takes stray, feral cats that end up in its care, spays and neuters them, and then matches them to businesses or homes to catch and deter unwanted rodents. For more about the program, please visit NBC4 Washington. And while I realize that the topic of this story practically begs for political commentary, please remember that the Conscious Cat is a politics-free zone and all comments referencing politics will be deleted.

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The Brodie Fund: Helping Pets Fight Cancer

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in older cats. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States this year. As heartbreaking as a cancer diagnosis is, it does not have to be the end of the road. Depending on the type of cancer, treatment options ranging from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to palliative care may extend the life of cats with good quality for months, and sometimes even years.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: The Secret Life of Cats: What Do They Do When We’re Not Watching?

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Now that WiFi cameras are readily available, it’s no longer quite as big a secret what our house cats do when we’re not around, but what about cats who have access to the outdoors? Maren Huck, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the UK placed small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to 4 years as they prowled their neighborhoods. Though the study—co-authored by Samantha Watson, an animal behaviorist at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom—was mostly done to gauge the accuracy of the technology, the duo has already made some surprising findings. Read more about the study on the Science Magazine website.

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Ask the Cat Doc: Why Do Cats Get Cancer, Which Food is Best for Weight Loss, and More

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.

Dr. Bahr graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Unlike most veterinarians, she did not grow up knowing that she would become a veterinarian. “It was a cat who got me interested in the practice and I am forever grateful to him,” said Dr. Bahr. Over the course of her veterinary career, Dr. Bahr found that the lifestyle of cats has changed dramatically. As the lifestyle of cats has changed, so did Dr. Bahr’s client education. In addition to finding medical solutions, she also encourages owners to enrich their home environments so that their cats can live long, happy, and healthy lives.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Doc: Third Eyelid Problem, Neurological Symptoms after Anesthesia

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.

Dr. Bahr graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Unlike most veterinarians, she did not grow up knowing that she would become a veterinarian. “It was a cat who got me interested in the practice and I am forever grateful to him,” said Dr. Bahr. Over the course of her veterinary career, Dr. Bahr found that the lifestyle of cats has changed dramatically. As the lifestyle of cats has changed, so did Dr. Bahr’s client education. In addition to finding medical solutions, she also encourages owners to enrich their home environments so that their cats can live long, happy, and healthy lives.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Genome Sequencing Offers Insight into Lil BUB’s Unusual Appearance

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We all know that Lil BUB is no ordinary cat, and not just because of her unusual appearance. This special little girl has overcome great challenges, is a published author, a talk show host, a movie star, and has helped raise well over $300,000 for animals in need. Now, scientists have discovered the genetic mutations that are responsible for her unique look and her bone disease, osteopetrosis. The information yielded by Lil BUB’s genome could have positive implications for researchers’ understanding of osteopetrosis not just in cats, but also in humans. Read the full article about the study at Smithsonian.com.

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