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1. Most lists of dangerous foods for cats include chocolate, onion, garlic, raw eggs, alcohol and avocado but the truth is avocado is not toxic for cats. A small amount of avocado flesh given as a treat is fine. My cat Merlin has always enjoyed bits of avocado and he's almost twenty. The issue of avocado toxicity concerns the toxin persin which is found mostly in the avocado leaves, skin and the pit, but not the flesh. The ASPCA claims, "While avocado is toxic to some animals, in dogs and cats, we do not expect to see serious signs of illness. In some dogs and cats, mild stomach upset may occur if the animal eats a significant amount of avocado flesh or peel." Credit: Getty 2. Pet parents...

How to Stop a Cat Fight

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JACQUE LYNN SCHULTZ, C.P.D.T., COMPANION ANIMAL PROGRAMS ADVISER. NATIONAL OUTREACH As predators, cats are born fully armed with piercing teeth and four sets of razor-sharp claws. Packing all those weapons, it's no surprise that some cats resort to using them against their caretakers. Feline aggression is the second most common feline misbehavior seen by behavior consultants, right behind house-soiling cases. This article will explore types of cat-to-human aggression and offer paths to resolution. Credit: Thinkstock Let's Play Does your feline youngster crouch under the hall table ready to attack the first ankle that passes? Does she pounce on your toes while you're trying to sleep? Play...

Why Do Cats Knead?

By Jennifer Sellers, Petfinder contributor Cats are mysterious, fascinating animals, and one of the more curious things they do is knead. This beloved activity, which involves the cat pushing her paws in and out against a soft surface, has garnered many euphemisms over the years, such as "making biscuits," but most cat parents are unaware of what the process actually means or achieves (although they can be pretty certain that their cats aren't actually making biscuits -- or any other baked good). Credit: Thinkstock It seems that kneading is a relaxing activity for cats – many will purr contentedly, "zone out" and some may even drool while they do it. But why does it soothe them? And...