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Cat Cafes Around the World

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Have you been dreaming of getting a dog ever since you saw the reruns of the television classic Lassie as a kid? Or maybe you were fortunate enough to watch the original series. While your dog might not be able to save you week after week from a burning building, a runaway freight train, or the bottom of a well (and in the time it takes to finish a 30-minute episode, too), owning a dog can be a wonderful experience. Credit: Getty Creative Here are 10 things you should know and consider before choosing your canine friend. 1. Dogs take up a lot of time and energy. Yes, they are rewarding. But if you live alone and work twenty hours a day, then perhaps a dog is not the best choice for you....

There may be a solution on the horizon for some elderly people in Japan who can't care for their equally elderly pets, with the opening this month of the nation's first dog retirement home outside Tokyo. Credit: Flickr/looseends Aeon subsidiary Aeonpet Co. -- owner of specialty pet stores, more than 50 animal hospitals, and a luxury pet hotel near Narita Airport -- will manage the home, and plans initially call for the retirement community to care for 20 dogs. Amenities of the retiring canines' digs will include an on-call veterinarian as well as a deluxe grooming room, a playground, and even a swimming pool. RELATED: Dogs Have Feelings, Too "Many Japanese people have pets now, but of...

13 Library Cats

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How to Choose a Scratching Post

The list of supplies one needs when adopting a new cat or kitten can be staggering. Food, litter, toys, bed, scratching post, nail clippers, grooming brush... it's overwhelming! Just shopping for a scratching post, for example, means confronting dozens of sizes, shapes, and materials. When choosing this important accessory, learning to think like a cat can make things a little easier. Credit: Thinkstock A scratching post is essential for any healthy, well-adjusted cat. Cats must have an outlet for their urge to scratch, so providing a post for that purpose can save your furniture, drapery and carpeting from destruction. Cats also use their scratching post for stretching and exercise, so...