• Working Together to Change Lives

    2 years ago - By CCI

    Brent and Sharon with Olga
    There is something magical about the power of teamwork. In Atlanta, GA there is a special collaboration involving a team of 4 Canine Companions volunteers - puppy raisers Jim and Carol Fain and Skilled Companion Team Sharon and Brent O'Grady. These two teams always travel with a plus 1 - the O'Grady's with Skilled Companion Dog Olga III and the Fain's with the current puppy they are raising. They have worked together for years visiting patients and presenting information about Canine Companions at the Shepherd Center. The Shepherd Center is a rehabilitation...
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  • The Intelligent Cat

    2 years ago - By Cats International

    If we define intelligence as "the ability to acquire information, retain it, and utilize it to solve problems," the cat is clearly the winner of all our companion animals. Try putting an adult cat in a room in which he has never been before and watch how instinctally every nook and cranny is carefully examined. This need to do "basic research" as one behaviorist puts it provides the cat with valuable, even life-saving, information about his surroundings. Actually, curiosity didn't kill the cat, it gave him a reputation for having 9 lives!
    We know that the ability of cats to investigate...
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  • Whiskers

    2 years ago - By Cats International

    Whiskers are extensions of the skin and not special hairs. Each whisker is an intricate receptor designed to detect even the most minute changes in the environment: tiny movements, air currents, changes in air pressure, temperature, or wind direction. They help the cat to navigate at night, acting as radar. They are double the thickness of the cat's guard hairs and are embedded three times as deeply in the skin in order to translate the slightest contact to sensory cells at their roots. They stimulate an eye blink when touched which helps to protect the eyes. The cat can change the...
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  • The Amazing Feline Tongue

    2 years ago - By Cats International

    Cats drink by converting their long tongues into spoons. The tip of the tongue is curled backward to create a hollow shape that acts like the bowl of a spoon. The cat actually drinks by curling the upper side of the tongue downward and then darts it across the surface of the water at a remarkably fast speed. This causes a column of water to rise up and the cat closes his mouth just in time to collect it before gravity allows the water to fall back down. The cat swallows after every fourth or fifth lap, when enough liquid has accumulated at the back of the mouth. The barbs, or papillae, on...
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  • The Cat's View of Territory

    2 years ago - By Cats International

    Cats are territorial animals. In the wild, a cat establishes an area where it sleeps and eats-its home base-and where it hunts and mates-its home range. The territory radiates from the home base and its size generally relates to the availability of food. If food is plentiful, it does not need a large home range, but if food is scarce, it does. The cat's territory consists of a network of paths that are patrolled regularly on a fairly fixed schedule. Cats mark their territory by:

    Scratching (leaving visual as well as a scent marks)
    Spraying
    Urine or feces deposits
    Rubbing
    The...
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  • Amazing Cat Facts

    2 years ago - By Cats International

    A single pair of cats and their offspring can produce as many as 420,000 in just seven years.
    That's the equivalent to 60,000 per year
    PLEASE SPAY & NUETER !
    Outdoor intact (Tom Cats) males cover 3 to 5 miles of their trails of previously marked territory. Daily rounds assure the cat that his turf is well scented
    10 million more cats are kept as pets than dogs
    Every cat carries the Tabby gene
    Most adult cats lack the enzymes necessary to digest milk
    Most of a kitten's growth takes place during sleep
    As a kitten matures, its 26 milk teeth are replaced by 30 permanent teeth
    The...
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  • The True Harpy

    The True Harpy

    2 years ago - By World Bird Sanctuary

    The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is a true beast of the sky that only a handful of people will ever see in the wild. South American explorers named these great birds after harpies, the predatory "frightful, flying creatures with hooked beak and claws," of Greek mythology.
    Head shot of an adult Harpy Eagle (photo: wikipedia)
    This mostly dark gray bird of prey has an extremely distinctive look, having feathers atop its head that fan into a bold crest when the bird feels threatened. Smaller gray feathers create a facial disk that may focus sound waves to improve the bird's hearing, similar...
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  • CataBlog 01 - First blog, Let's get it correct

    2 years ago - By Cat Haven

    I have been working with cats for almost 25 years now and the one thing I can always count on is that the facts about cat we thought to be true in the past may change in the future. I can give a big list of facts, or maybe I should call them ideas, that we thought were true but they ended up being our best guess at the time. Here are a few examples:
    1. Clouded Leopards are descendants of the Saber Tooth cats. This has now been proven to be false with DNA testing.
    2. White Tigers are inbred and that is why they have genetic defects. This has very recently been studied and proven to be...
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  • 10 facts about dogs

    2 years ago - By Cesars Way

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    By Juliana Weiss-Roessler
    Do you think you know everything about our canine companions? Think again! Check out these 10 surprising facts about dogs.
    Your dog is as smart as a 2-year-old toddler.
    There's a reason your tot and your pup get along so well: they speak the same language. Or at least, they likely understand roughly the same number of words and gestures — 250!
    Dogs and cats both slurp water the same way.
    This may be hard to believe since dogs are such messy drinkers, but...
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