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Photo: me'nthedogs/Flickr No matter what the season, filthy paws can be a hassle for every pet owner, whether we're dealing with mud, snow, grass, or whatever your furry friend can muster up in the great outdoors (and with dogs, the possibilities are endless). After dealing with the problem firsthand, co-inventors Brianne Leary and Andrew D. Taylor put their heads together and came up with the Paw Plunger, a mug-shaped contraption lined with cleaning bristles that, when combined with water, are meant to swiftly and comfortably extract any unwelcome residue off your pup's paws. We haven't tried the Paw Plunger ourselves -- yet -- but we highly recommend the video, which, oddly enough, ma...

"Hey, Fluff, grab one for me!" Photo: StephenMitchell/Flickr Is your cat a righty or a lefty? The question's not as kooky as it sounds. A new study reveals that domestic cats are right- or left-handed, just like us. Psychologists at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland gave cats small jars with bits of tuna tucked inside. They found that female cats tend to be righties, while the boy cats fell to the left. The gender divide was clear: Among 21 lady kitties, 20 nabbed the fish with their right paws. On the flip side, 20 of 21 males proved left-handed. One nimble-fingered male turned out to be ambidextrous, reports New Scientist magazine. Hormone levels might be responsible for ...

Why Do Dogs Chew on Their Paws?

One very common reason dogs chew their paws is in response to a skin problem caused by allergies. Dogs can have allergic reactions to food, environmental and seasonal factors, and through contact with certain household objects, like rugs. However, some dogs simply chew their paws out of boredom and can actually lick the same area until they've chewed off all the fur, which can cause an infection. Constant licking can also lead to a behavioral problem like obsessive-compulsive disorder. If your dog is continuously licking or chewing his paws and you see signs that saliva has discolored his fur, I would suggest having him evaluated by your veterinarian, who can prescribe drugs if the chewi...