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Cats are great. They're awesome cuddlers and are cute as heck. But sometimes they're also jerks. Like when they step all over your face in the middle of the night. So, you close your bedroom door and they meow and scratch until you let them back in. Here's how to get them to stop so you can get some sleep.

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If you've ever owned a cat, you'll know they're weird animals. While they prance around like royalty in your abode, they're often caught doing very strange and out-of-character things. Sometimes this extends to the weird sounds they make without warning and seemingly without reason. Here's a guide to figure out what the hell your cat is on about.

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Having a pet is getting to know their personality and all their quirks, feeling like you can communicate despite not really sharing a language at all. But have you ever thought about how your beloved pet sees you, your house and all the fancy toys you've bought for it to play with? Here's how your pets see the world.

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There are many good ways to hold a cat, some of which might surprise you, says friendly veterinarian Dr. Uri Burstyn in his most popular YouTube video. But holding your cat wrong could hurt it and stress it out, even if it doesn’t visibly complain. The differences between a good hold and a bad hold aren’t always obvious. We’ve drawn all of the poses that Dr. Burstyn demonstrates, so you can hold your cat right — and show guests and kids how to hold it too.

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It’s 5:37am, do you know where your cat is? Of course you do. He’s sitting at the foot of your bed, screeching at the top of his tiny lungs to be fed. Being rousted from your slumber so insistently is bound to drive even the most devoted of cat lovers to the brink of desperation.

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Travelling with animals can be tricky and stressful, especially if they are like every pet I have ever owned and have a naturally skittish temperament. But there are some steps you can take to make air travel less stressful for them -- and you.

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If you have two cats that aren’t getting along, Reddit user cputnik has a simple solution: Scratch them each affectionately under the chin with the same hand, repeatedly. “This will mix their pheromones together,” says cputnik, “and eventually they’ll think they’re from the same pack and share pheromones themselves (through that chin-rubbing behaviour they engage in).”

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The US Library of Congress hosts a vast library of public domain images that can be used for anything you want, including commercial use. And they occasionally curate small collections from their database of over 800,000 photos, prints and drawings. The Library has built 28 themed collections of images, including a charming collection of vintage cat photos and drawings.

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If you want to entertain your cat, or get some juicy phone footage of your cat going nuts and peeking behind your computer screen, then play these YouTube videos of English songbirds and squirrels. Cornwall resident Paul Dinning shot hundreds of wildlife videos, in which birds (and the occasional squirrel or mouse) flit around chirping and eating seeds off a stump or fencepost.

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If you’re trying to overhaul your own diet and cook more at home, you might be tempted to do the same for your cat. There are plenty of recipes out there for homemade cat food, but a recent study found that many of them don’t provide appropriate nutrition.

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I spend at least an hour a day scrolling through my Instagram feed, looking at pictures of cats. I send photos of cute rescue cats with names like ‘Moo’ and ‘Bathmat’ to my friends. I ask people about their cats a lot, too. “Does she shed a lot? Can you send me photos?”

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Cats love to sit on things. Not the things you buy for them to sit on, no, things that you need to use. Magazines you are reading, puzzles you are puzzling, and keyboards you are trying to type on are just a few of their favourite things to sit on. It’s cute sometimes, but sometimes it is not, which is why I deeply enjoy the idea of a “decoy keyboard” for a cat.

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Cats aren’t dogs. And if you want to make friends with a new cat, you don’t treat it like a dog. You patiently figure out what works for this particular cat, and you don’t expect it to work every time. But the slow process of befriending a cat makes it deeply rewarding when you finally win one over.