Why does my cat prefer to drink water from the bathroom floor rather than a clean bowl?

Why does my cat prefer to drink water from the bathroom floor rather than a clean bowl?

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Personality tests are all the rage – but what do they really tell you?

Personality tests are all the rage – but what do they really tell you?

The gold standard of personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which divides people into 16 types, depending on their self-reported preferences for things such as extroversion or introversion. The reason this is amazing is because I’ve mainly dated women, and we all know queers love their cats.

The hairball issue

The hairball issue

What leads to hairballs in cats? It is not uncommon for a cat to regurgitate a hairball once every week or two.

Just because you're vegan, it doesn't mean your dog should be

Just because you're vegan, it doesn't mean your dog should be

Only recently, it was shown that the gut microbiome of dogs is quite different to that of wolves, with more evidence of bacteria that can break down carbohydrates and to some degree produce amino acids normally sourced from meat.

'Unbelievable': campaigners dispute police verdict 'M25 cat killer' is foxes

'Unbelievable': campaigners dispute police verdict 'M25 cat killer' is foxes

The Croydon cat killer case would not be the first time people had mistaken urban fox behaviour for something more sinister, said Bryant. Rather than focus on foxes, Scott said, we should look at the ultimate Croydon cat killer, the car.

Furious animal lovers accuse Croydon cat killer police of trying to tarnish the reputation of foxes

Furious animal lovers accuse Croydon cat killer police of trying to tarnish the reputation of foxes

The couple who first raised the alarm over the ‘Croydon cat killer’ have vowed to continue the search for a human culprit, and animal rights supporters have started a petition which demands the police reopen the investigation and tells officers: “Stop trying to turn foxes into evil creatures when they’re not.

Croydon cat killer: How the gruesome death of a pet called Ukiyo sparked three years of hype, headlines and panic

Croydon cat killer: How the gruesome death of a pet called Ukiyo sparked three years of hype, headlines and panic

And when The Independent asked, Ms Rising insisted the cat mutilation couldn’t be the work of scavenging animals like foxes. In July 2016 Snarl had reported that a fox cub found dead in Elmers End, Bromley, had been mutilated by a different killer, with a new MO.

Maniac targets family cat in sick blowdart attack

Maniac targets family cat in sick blowdart attack

Maniac targets family cat in sick blowdart attack A CHERISHED family cat has been targeted by a cruel animal abuser using home-made blowdarts.

How Bad Pets Make Good Kids

How Bad Pets Make Good Kids

We wanted our kids to learn one of life's abiding truths: Instead of punishing creatures when they displease us, sometimes we must simply take them as they are, knowing that to love them means accepting them at their worst as well as at their best.

Wanted, cat whisperer: the job ad that went viral

Wanted, cat whisperer: the job ad that went viral

When Joan Bowell, founder of God’s Little People Cat Rescue, posted her job offer on the shelter’s Facebook page last month, she asked for others to share the post “far and wide”.

Why You Should Vacation With Your Dog in Los Angeles, California

Why You Should Vacation With Your Dog in Los Angeles, California

Dog-friendly Los Angeles is a must-visit for travelers and their pups; the weather is perfect, there’s plenty to explore and there are a ton of cool places in LA and its surrounding areas to take your dog.

Want to rent in the Doghouse? You'll need a four-legged friend

Want to rent in the Doghouse? You'll need a four-legged friend

Viuff, who consulted the Danish kennel club on the apartments’ design and canine-friendly features, said he and his partner Palle Søegaard hoped the Doghouse, as it will be known, would also foster a strong community spirit among residents because they will share a common passion.

Dog pictures dominate Instagram Photography Competition

Dog pictures dominate Instagram Photography Competition

(Picture: Manon.blossier, elo_pbrt/PIPA)To be a big hit on Instagram you need to master quality pictures in three categories: travels, food, and probably the most important – pets. Caption: Photobox Instagram Photography Awards for dogs Credit: constance.michaely/PIPA

5 Pet Adoption Stories That Just Might Inspire You to ‘Clear the Shelters’

5 Pet Adoption Stories That Just Might Inspire You to ‘Clear the Shelters’

I posted on a neighborhood Facebook group that I was looking for a pet to adopt, hoping to save a dog that needed to be rehomed from going to the shelter. Oh, and she also likes to come to work sometimes to help Mom. How to Adopt a Pet on Clear the Shelters Day

Rent A High-Tech Dog House While You Run Errands In NYC

Rent A High-Tech Dog House While You Run Errands In NYC

Well, if you are in New York City, and specifically in Brooklyn, there might be a high tech dog house that you can rent for a short period of time while you go into that store.

How a Dog Psychic Brought Me Closer to My Dog

How a Dog Psychic Brought Me Closer to My Dog

He thinks I’m a good dog mom and that Charles was receiving waves of love when Sully thought of me. Honestly, I don’t know if Charles was a true dog communicator.

Dog almost died after eating sausage roll packed with rat poison

Dog almost died after eating sausage roll packed with rat poison

The sausage roll is believed to have been laced with rat poison but fortunately Blitz’s owner Catrina Edwardson managed to stop him eating too much and too him to the vet.

These pets are richer than Kim Kardashian

These pets are richer than Kim Kardashian

she’s worth $99,500,000 (£78,199,040) (Picture: comaprethemarket.com)The data, compiled by comparison website Compare the Market, found that the rich pet list was topped by a German Shephard called Gunther IV. It’s not just cats and dogs that make up the list of rich pets.

Will you adopt this gorgeous dog who needs daily pedicures?

Will you adopt this gorgeous dog who needs daily pedicures?

(Picture: Dogs Trust/SWNS.COM)Dogs Trust desperately wants someone to give Snow a new home, and will help with future vet bills for her allergy treatment. (Picture: Dogs Trust/SWNS.COM)Staff at Dogs Trust are hoping that when they realise how much Snow loves her daily spa, someone will come forward and adopt her.

How This Cool Kitty Cafe Helps Humans Find Purr-fect Pets

How This Cool Kitty Cafe Helps Humans Find Purr-fect Pets

So much so, in fact, that the feline-adoring social entrepreneurs co-founded a unique small business in Lower Manhattan in New York City dedicated to helping homeless kitties find forever homes.

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