Are Ear-Cropping and Tail-Docking Ethical? One Vet Weighs In

Dr. Mike Paul thinks it's time to stop ear cropping and tail docking. Learn how it started, and why, he says, it's no longer a good idea.

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100+ Cat Names Inspired by Cartoons

Always loved cartoons? Name your cat after one! We've got the best cartoon at names for your new pet, from classic anime to Nickelodeon.

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100 Warlock, Wizard, and Witch Baby Names – Mom Loves Best

We’ve created a list of 100 warlock, wizard, and witch baby names for boys and girls. Get inspired by magic and find tips on choosing names. 

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Why do Dogs Wink Back at You or With One Eye? | French Bulldog Owner

Have you ever seen your dog wink and wondered what they’re trying to say to you? Or perhaps you think your dog might be winking…

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How to Properly Deal with Abscesses in Cats

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Which cat breeds are best and worst for your allergies?

It’s not easy for a cat lover with allergies or asthma. Those soft, fluffy creatures may make your smile-o-meter skyrocket, but snuggling – or even being around them – likely results in a paroxysm of sneezing, watery eyes and coughing.   The answer for many people is to adopt a cat less likely to cause such reactions. While you won’t find a 100 percent allergy-proof feline, there are a number of breeds considered to be hypoallergenic. That’s because they have less of the Fel d 1 glycoprotein, which is present in cat saliva, urine and skin excretions (dander). The latter remain airborne for long periods, making them easy to inhale. Because dander and saliva stick to the animal’s hair, a feline with a penchant for shedding can create misery for the allergy sufferer.   With that in mind, here’s a look at some feline breeds, rated according to the Airmega sneeze scale, originally developed for dog breeds.   Sphynx The hairless Sphynx is a breed often associated with being hypoallergenic, since it doesn’t have much allergy-laden fur to shed, though it does require a weekly sponge bath. Fun fact: The high-energy and monkey-like Sphynx excels at such acrobatic feats as balancing and climbing atop doors. Honorable mention: The LaPerm. Though not hairless, it has an unusual curly coat that sheds less than most cats, while its curls stop dander from spreading.   Balinese At first glance, these longer-haired pussycats don’t seem like potential candidates for allergy avoidance. But, in fact, this breed produces less of the Fel d1 protein than most of its feline comrades, thus causing fewer allergic reactions. Fun Fact: The Balinese is often seen as a low-key, quiet version of the very vocal Siamese. Honorable mention: The Russian Blue, which also produce less of Fel d 1.   Devon Rex These critters have short, fine coats that don’t hold as much dander as longer-haired cats, or those with dense undercoats. Plus, they’re light shedders. And because they have less fur than some other breeds, they don’t need to clean themselves as frequently, so their fur has a smaller amount of saliva. Fun Fact: The Devon Rex originated from the accidental mating of a curly-coated male and a straight-haired female in England. Honorable mention: The Cornish Rex, which shares many of the same characteristics as the Devon.   Chartreux The Chartreux has a unique dense and thick wooly textured undercoat, but its shedding habits are problematic. While it generally sheds heavily only once or twice a year, those short double coat hairs often spread dander through the air any time of year – not good for most allergy sufferers. Fun fact: Known for their dog-like behavior, these cats become so attached to their human family, they’re known to follow you from room to room. Honorable mention: The Toyger, for its plush, dense coats that also sheds moderately.   Persian You get a double whammy with this breed: Not only does its high-maintenance fur require frequent grooming, thus putting you in constant contact with saliva and dander, but it sheds a lot. Fun fact: Today Persians are known for their flat faces, but they originally had much longer noses. Honorable mention: The Oriental Longhair also sports long, frequently shedding hair.   With any cat, keeping your home surfaces and air clean calls for vigilance. That means regular sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the litter box. In addition, a smart air purifier with a HEPA air filter can automatically sense and remove cat allergens and other airborne contaminants, capturing 99.97 percent of particulate matter.

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What does the red fox say?

Have you ever heard fox sounds at night? A fox scream or a fox bark? Red fox noises in particular come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so let's get familiar with them before you mistake one for a ghost or a dog.

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