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10 Dog and Cat Animal Idioms and Their Origins

Even if you’re not the type who speaks in riddles, rhymes, and idioms, you’re surely aware of some of the fun animal phrases kicking around the English language. What’s even more fun is the origin of some of these expressions, which are outlined below. Table of Contents: Raining Cats and Dogs Dog Days of Summer…

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10 Futuristic Pet Gadgets Trending on Kickstarter Right Now

It happens to everyone, perhaps even more so to doting pet owners. We’re going through life just fine, until we find out about some awesome newfangled pet gizmo we never even knew existed yet suddenly cannot live without. It happened to us 11 times when we researched the most popular futuristic pet products being funded…

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American Wirehair Cat

The American Wirehair occurred as a spontaneous mutation in the mid-Sixties among some barn cats in New York State. The mutation has since been documented elsewhere in the US, though in no other part of the world. The defining characteristic is the stiff, kinked coat and whiskers. American Wirehairs are calm and easy-going, though they…

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Common Ailments in Older Pets

Dogs and cats become are more likely to become ill and injured as they age.  Just like humans, their immune systems aren’t as strong as they once were, so it’s harder to fight off viruses and bacteria. Normal wear and tear take its toll on muscles and bones, causing degeneration and painful conditions. Below are…

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Chausie Cat Insurance

Chausies are a mix between jungle cat and a domestic cat and were one of the first to be recognized as a domestic feline by the International Cat Association. The early jungle cat hybrids were likely born thousands of years ago in Egypt. The jungle cat was actually one of the only two cat breeds…

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Chartreux Cat

The Chartreux cat is commonly thought to be associated with the Carthusian monks of France because of its name. However, it’s recently been discovered that they more than likely came from Spain and their name was a product of their woolly character that represented common wool of the day. The Chartreux has a robust body…

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Balinese Cats

Despite its name, the Balinese cat has no connection with the island of Bali; rather, the breed originated in the US as a longer-haired variant of the Siamese. Some have theorized that the Balinese are a result of a cross of the Siamese with the Persian and Angora cats in the early 1900s. Today, most…

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Burmese Cat

Burmese cats are loving and outgoing. They love to play, snuggle and talk to their people. This breed descended from one chocolate cat named Wong Mau, brought from Burma by a sailor in the 1920s. He gave the female to a Siamese breeder, who started pairing her with seal-point Siamese cats. The kittens from this…

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Ashera Cat

The Ashera cat is a hybrid breed that has caused some controversy. The breed was marketed by Lifestyle Pets as an African Serval paired with Asian Leopard cat paired with a domestic cat. However, it was later discovered through DNA testing that the breed was actually an F1 Savannah cat, which is the closest generation…

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Hyperthyroidism is commonly found in middle-aged and older cats. This disease is caused by too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. The increase in thyroid hormone is most often secondary to enlargement of the thyroid gland. Fortunately, in most cats, the enlargement is due to a non-cancerous tumor called an adenoma. Rarely, cats may develop…

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