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Yesterday was International Cat Day, and the perfect way to celebrate is by enjoying the company of a local feline. Sadly, cat allergies prevent some cat admirers from enjoying their adorable smooshy faces.

But even if you’re terribly allergic, there are steps you can take to help alleviate symptoms and enjoy every day with these volatile furballs.

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Some (not all!) grain-free dog foods are getting extra scrutiny from the FDA, after several dogs in the US who ate those foods developed a rare canine heart disease.

You don’t have to ditch your dog’s favourite food just because it’s grain-free, but it’s worth taking a look at why you chose it and whether it’s really the best choice.

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The charm of cats is that they’re temperamental, as likely to bite as to purr when you reach for them. There may come a time when you have developed a close enough relationship with your feline that it at least signals when it’s about to attack. In that case, why not carry it around like a baby?

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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 approximately 10 million questions I'd like to ask my cat, Herbert. "Why do you chew on my purse?" "Why do you get scared when I lotion my hands?" "Do you love me?" "Do you hate me?" At the very top of the list however, is: "Can you tell me your life story?" Bert was plucked off the streets of Harlem a few years ago and brought to the shelter where I adopted him, but I don't know anything about him prior to that.

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A few years ago I drove from one side of the country to the other with my dog. I had originally planned to fly for our month-long visit, but at 10kg, my pooch ended up being a bit too heavy to legally fly under my seat in his carrier and I wasn't willing to fly him as cargo. And so: #FatTucker and I went on a cross-country road trip.

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It is difficult to refer to what dogs, as a collective, like and dislike and how they behave. Just as humans do, dogs all have their own personalities and learned preferences and so can differ dramatically in how they approach life and what they take from it.

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Pet food aisles are full of packages that claim to hold "natural" and "holistic" foods, with pictures of fresh vegetables and roast chicken on the front. But there's not much difference between these foods and the cheapest by-product-filled kibble. Here's what you can expect to find in your pet's food.

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It's Monday and the weekend is gone (at least, for another five days), meaning you're probably not cranking out TPS reports at work as fast as usual. Why not take a break and engage in some self-care with Google's Pup View project? If you've ever wanted to see Japan from the back of an Akita, now's your chance (at least until it's time for your afternoon meetings).

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It's always a bit disappointing when a friend's cat wants nothing to do with you. Fair enough if it doesn't want to be touched or held, but as veterinarian Uri Burstyn shows, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you aren't actively contributing to its fear or disinterest.

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You shouldn't give your dog your leftover chicken bones because they can break into splinters. You shouldn't give them large raw bones because they can be full of germs (and if they weren't at first, they will be once your dog has dragged them all over the yard). Now, more bad news: The FDA says store-bought dog bone treats are dangerous, too.

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I remember the moment my mother brought home our first chick, Victoria, better than I remember most of my birthdays. It was a warm, spring afternoon, and we came home from school to find my mother had finally started the flock she'd been wanting for so long. Looking at the downy fluff of Victoria's body and her scrawny, dinosaur legs, it occurred to me then, as an eight-year-old, that I'd never really observed a bird up close before. Birds were probably my least favourite creatures, what with their beady eyes and sharp beaks, but Victoria was something else. She chirped in her sleep and made a mess of her water bowl and responded to treats just like all the puppies I'd loved before her.

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When I was 11, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Playing with animals all day seemed like a fun gig. Around this time, Billy Joel released the pop-rap song "We Didn't Start The Fire". In it, Mr Joel barks through a litany of horrible events that occurred in the 20th Century, at one point rhyming "foreign debts" and "Bernie Goetz" with "homeless vets". When I heard that, I thought, Oh no! I don't want to be a homeless veterinarian!

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GoGetMe's subscription dog box arrived in a striking and sturdy yellow tube, topped with a thick rope handle. The side of the tube lists suggestions for the use of the box, including playing tug, storing dog treats and storing human things. I'm not sure I'd want to store human things in a box that smells faintly of dog treats, but GoGetMe is all about trying new things.