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dungodung, Flickr By Dr. Patty Khuly, via Vetstreet If you lacked opposable thumbs and didn't have access to cleansers and disinfectants, you'd probably lick yourself clean after an injury, too. That's what cat tongues and saliva are designed to do - in part, anyway. SEE ALSO: 9 Things Your Cat Won't Tell You, But You Need to Know A cat's tongue, which is gently barbed, is especially well suited to removing debris; canine tongues run a close second for their sheer surface area. I've read that feline and canine saliva (ours, too!) also contains compounds that aid in healing: The enzymes lysozyme and peroxidase help destroy the cell walls of gram-positive bacteria. Lactoferrin,...

Newsbie Pix, Flickr Why Does My Cat Stare at Me? by Dr. Patty Khuly via Vetstreet It's difficult to ignore your kitty when she's got her unblinking eyes focused on you. Often, she's staring because she wants something to eat and believes that if she stares into your eyes she can somehow control your mind and force you to do her bidding. (OK, maybe the mind control part of that isn't true, but she may well be hungry.) Sometimes a stare involves the sequential opening and closing of one peeping eye as she drifts in and out of slumber. Cats do this for several reasons, such as keeping an eye out for predators. SEE ALSO: Is Aspirin Safe for Cats? No! Take heart, though: However much a cat...

96dpi, Flickr Legends and myths sometimes arise out of a misunderstood truth, and kitty-correct four-paw landings are one such behavior. Yes, cats have an uncanny ability to fall safely from sometimes death-defying heights and land on their feet, which perhaps gave birth to the "nine lives" legend. But do cats always land on their feet? And how do they do it? How Cats Land on Their Feet Paw-perfect landings result from the cat's intricate balance sense. The vestibular organ deep inside s cat's ears keeps it informed about which way is up or down, even if you try to confuse and make him dizzy first. This specialized organ also allows the cat to instantly determine acceleration as she...

rocketlass, Flickr Cats become pests with their determination to stay above it all. They cruise kitchen countertops, lounge atop doors and leap to refrigerator tops to ambush treats. The urge to be the top cat seems a universal cat vice. By understanding why cats scale the heights, cat owners can provide legal outlets that keep both their cats happy and out of the butter dish. Why Cats Love Heights Cats come pre-programmed to seek elevated lounging spots. Think about it: cats in the wild want to see enemies (and potentially munchable critters) while remaining invisible. A cat quite literally believes it "owns" the space it can see. Cats also control each other's interactions--or even the...

redroom.com Award-winning author Darlene Arden is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant. Her newest book is "The Complete Cat's Meow." Cats aren't exactly as mysterious as they are purported to be, but there is enough that isn't widely known about them to make that seem true. Your cat really wouldn't mind you knowing more about felines, and would welcome the extra interest. Here are 10 more facts about your cat that you may not know. 1. Generally, a cat's purr is healing, not just for the cat but for anyone the cat is near--which means it's helping you as well. 2. On the flip side, purring doesn't always mean something good; it can mean that the cat is in pain or is terrified of...

md888, Flickr Feliway is a veterinary drug used to treat stress in cats. As part of a Paw Nation series providing background about the medical problems your pet may suffer, we spoke to Dr. Ashley Morgan, veterinarian at Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., to get some insights about the drug. You should always consult your veterinarian before giving medicine or supplements to your pet. What is Feliway? Feliway is a synthetic product intended to mimic feline pheromones. Is Feliway a prescription or over-the-counter drug? Feliway is an over-the-counter product....