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Cat Senses

Science has discovered what many cat-lovers have known for years... most cats depend more on their vision than on their sense of smell! I could have told you that when I brought my freshly-shaved dog home one summer afternoon. My "watchcat" Spencer took one look and attacked instantly, drawing blood on both the dog--and on me, when I tried to intervene. He didn't spend a nanosecond analyzing any smells... it was a lightning reflex arc from eyeballs to claws! But to give science credit, the British researchers did develop a ...


The Woman-Cat Bond

You may have heard of the "human-animal bond," but my colleague and friend Dr. Jane Bicks (who makes Life's Abundance pet food) just posted a great summary of research on the bond between humans and cats; and more particularly, the unique bond between women and their cats. Fascinating! One of the study's authors, Dorothy Gracey of the University of Vienna, said, "A relationship between a cat and a human can involve mutual attraction, personality compatibility, ease of interaction, play, affection and social support... A human and a cat mutually develop ...


Funny Vet Stories

A couple of weeks ago, my pal Caroline Golon of Catster.com asked if I had any funny stories from my years as in clinical practice. Oh, yes indeed--and one in particular from the first practice I worked in after vet school. I'm honored to be among the vets included in Caroline's new article, "7 Vets Who Are Absolutely Making Fun of You." Fortunately, there are a lot of happy endings! Read all of them here: www.catster.com/lifestyle/funny-veterinarian-office-tales (This pic is not the cat in the story, but he's a joker in his ...


The Making of a Spirit Essences Remedy: Safe Space for Cats

By Jackson Galaxy An outgrowth of the original Little Big Cat idea, SpiritEssence is the name of our line of flower essence formulas. Actually, they contain much more than flowers! (See the FAQ at www.spiritessences.com for details.) This month, we want to share how we create our formulas by taking you through the story of Safe Space, the remedy for spraying cats. One of the wonderful aspects of the Spirit Essences remedies is the fact that they're built from real life experiences. I do a behavior consultation, discuss the problem ...


The Tail Speaks Louder than Words

By Jackson Galaxy We all wish we could be better cat communicators and know more precisely what our cats are thinking at any given time. Fortunately, we don't need to be animal psychics to do this. We just need to be good observers. Watching the visual cues coming from the cat's ears, whiskers, fur, and overall body positions will help us understand the inner workings of our animal companions. This month, I'm going to offer a primer on tail positions and what clues they offer in terms of mood. Upright, ...

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