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Use My Name and Save Money for Meow Meetup Chicago

In my lifetime, I never thought this could happen. I can save people money. A veritable conclave of cat lovers hit the Chicago area for the Meow Meetup Chicago at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, July 21-22. Type in my name Steve Dale HERE as a magical discount code, and you’ll save five dollars on your…

Pet Afraid of Fireworks? Now is the Time to Plan

It’s not that dogs aren’t patriotic, but many dogs, and also some cats, are terrified of the loud and sudden bangs we call fireworks. It’s actually adaptive to be hard-wired to be afraid of sudden louds sounds. Humans jump at such sounds, and we might also run the other way or hide if we didn’t…

Catnip Times Meow Meet Up: Hope To See You There

Attention cat lovers! Get ready for some feline fun  for the first-ever Meow MeetUp Chicago, sponsored by The Catnip Times. It promises to be the largest cat conference in the Midwest. Tickets for the July 21-22 event can be purchased at: www.meowmeetup.com  Presentations by feline experts from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners,…

Kitty Kindies: Socializing Kittens

How can we save cats’ lives? Well, we can get them to the veterinarian. One huge result of kitten socialization classes is that as kittens, they learn to like or even love going inside the carrier. The car ride isn’t so bad because the veterinary visit the kitten is headed to is acceptable, or even…

Cat Friendly Ambassador Earns Power of Pink

Dr. Elizabeth Colleran was just named a Power of Pink Honoree. The official release is below. But I need to speak up first, as Dr. Colleran happens to be a friend. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Colleran many times; she’s fast-thinking and an exceedingly smart speaking partner. Together what we talk about…

Ending Cat Declaw in British Columbia, Canada

One of the most well known and respected veterinarians on the planet, Dr. Margie Scherk, editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, began this petition to ban declaw in British Columbia, Canada. I don’t often pay attention to petitions (there are just too many of them), but when Dr. Scherk authors the petition……

Feliscratch to Solve or Prevent a Cat-Scratching Problem; Better Than Declaw

After a unanimous vote in Denver, they now have banned declawing cats. And, Denver follows the entire state of California. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter explains what declawing is. This isn’t just a matter of clipping a cat’s claws like cutting your nails, it’s truly an amputation, and that’s what we continue to do to…

Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians

Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses is a behavior 101 textbook that’s crammed with information about animal behavior and is co-edited by pioneering specialists in the field, Debbie Martin and Julie Shaw. With so much misinformation regarding animal behavior, my first pet book of Christmas, Decoding Your Dog, is authored by veterinary behaviorists…

Windy Kitty Cat Café Set to Open

The Windy Kitty Cat Café and Lounge opens in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, 1746 W. North Avenue, on Monday, December 18. Chicago has been woefully slow to add a cat café for many reasons–from promises broken (by a Chicago animal shelter that promised a “proper” cat café) to odd city rules (unique to Chicago). No matter,…

Cats vs Dogs: New Study Contends Dogs Have the Brainy Edge

It’s as if there is a competition—people forever argue about who’s got more smarts, cats or dogs. A new study led by Suzana Herculano-Houzel, neuroscientist and associate professor and associate director for communications at Vanderbilt Brain Institute, believes her group has come close to answering this question of the ages. Researchers suggest the key to intelligence…

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