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Got a fat cat at home? Perhaps a cat exercise wheel is just what the veterinarian ordered. A Kickstarter campaign is making the stationary feline fitness product a reality, having already raised more than $280,000. The campaign's original goal was to raise $10,000, which it achieved in only seven hours. ​One Fast Cat allows indoor cats the chance to get some exercise from the safety of their home, according to Mashable. Created by Sean Farley, the patent-pending product is available for preorder in four different colors. It costs $199 with shipping included. The wheel's running surface is made from closed cell foam to protect your pet's claws from getting stuck in the device. The One F...

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The paths dogs take on group walks reveal their personality traits as well as the leaders of the pack, according to a new study. Credit: Wikimedia Amazingly, researchers can describe most major traits of a dog sight unseen. "We showed that it is possible to determine the social ranking and personality traits of each dog from their GPS movement data," study co-author Máté Nagy of Oxford University's Department of Zoology said in a press release. PHOTOS: The Earliest Dogs Researchers analyzed data from GPS devices that were attached to harnesses worn by the dogs, according to a study published in PLoS Computational Biology this week. "On individual walks it is hard to identify one perman...

As Loki grew from a puppy to an adult dog, his active owners presented him with a variety of enriching challenges, and they were smart enough to film his attempts to negotiate them. He's skilled in yoga, aerobic exercise and engaging the dark night of the soul that comes with really taking a good look at oneself in the mirror. But the real treat here is puppy Loki's encounter with a slice of lemon and his persistence in trying to make it taste good. Watch and laugh....

Are Treadmills for Dogs a Good Idea?

A couple of weeks ago "oh holland" posted, "I hear NYC radio ads pitching treadmills and treadwheels as indoor exercise contraptions for city dogs. Instinctively I hate them, but would really appreciate a post on the topic..." As I replied at the time, my professional experience with canine treadmills is strictly limited to their role in physical rehabilitation. In that setting they can certainly be beneficial, but when it comes to their use in the home, I think their value is limited. Here's why: Treadmills and treadwheels are no substitute for outdoor exercise. When a dog goes for a walk or run, chases a ball in the park, etc., the activity engages his mind and all of his senses. He ...