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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17 Unlikely Animal Friends Who Are Winning At Life

17 Unlikely Animal Friends Who Are Winning At Life

Your best friend may be nothing like you—but they love you, and that’s what’s important. Image via: @frenchie__poptart Although they may seem unlikely friends, guinea pigs and cats share a mutual love of lounging and judging you. Image via: @bella.booboo.pig

What you have to know before you put a collar on your pet dog

What you have to know before you put a collar on your pet dog

Making a dog wear a collar or putting a leash is easier said than done. Instead of putting the collar on the dog, hold it in front of your pet for a while. If the dog resists putting on a collar.

How to Train Your Dog to Drop It

How to Train Your Dog to Drop It

It can be useful in dog obedience training and other skills, such as “fetch.” You can ask a dog who knows “drop it” to drop the ball at your feet after she fetches it and avoid having to chase her down or wrench the ball out of her mouth.

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.

The Irwin family joins TODAY with some new furry friends

The Irwin family joins TODAY with some new furry friends

The Irwin family joins TODAY with some new furry friends copied! The late Steve Irwin became a household name as “The Crocodile Hunter,” and now his family is carrying on his legacy with a new Animal Planet series, “Crikey! – to some of their new furry friends.

Dog news: Killer dog bowl warning after DEADLY bugs discovered in scientific study

Dog news: Killer dog bowl warning after DEADLY bugs discovered in scientific study

Dog news: Killer dog bowl warning after DEADLY bugs discovered in scientific study DEADLY bugs have been found lurking in dog drinking bowls.

Hero volunteer rescues 6 dogs from rising Florence floodwaters

Hero volunteer rescues 6 dogs from rising Florence floodwaters

A heartwarming video posted on Sunday to Twitter by journalist Marcus DiPaola shows a volunteer freeing six frightened dogs locked in an outdoor cage in Leland, North Carolina, as floodwaters rise.

Volunteer rescuer saves dogs trapped in Florence floodwaters

Volunteer rescuer saves dogs trapped in Florence floodwaters

Volunteer rescuer saves dogs trapped in Florence floodwaters copied! On Sunday, a volunteer rescuer from Texas named Ryan Nichols discovered a heartbreaking scene in Leland, North Carolina, when he found a few distressed dogs trapped in Florence’s floodwaters. The good Samaritan freed the dogs, TODAY’s Hoda Kotb reports in the Morning Boost.

Is it OK for owners to leave while vet puts the pet down?

Is it OK for owners to leave while vet puts the pet down?

“Asked my vet what the hardest part was about his job & he said when he has to put an animal down 90% of owners don’t actually want to be in the room when he injects them so the animal’s last moments are usually them frantically looking around for their owners & tbh that broke me,” read the tweet, posted earlier this summer.

Town in California chooses Max the golden retriever to be its mayor

Town in California chooses Max the golden retriever to be its mayor

In 2012, the small town of Idyllwild, California elected its very first Mayor, an exceptionally good boy named Max who also happens to be a golden retriever. (Picture: Mayor Max/Facebook)Idyllwild is a non-incorporated town, meaning they aren’t eligible for ordinary municipal elections.

Dog died after ‘lead got trapped in train door dragging it into tunnel’

Dog died after ‘lead got trapped in train door dragging it into tunnel’

Rose Barry’s dog Jonty got caught between the train doors as she struggled to board a train (Picture: Caters News Agency) Rose is calling for more assistance for disabled passengers (Picture: Caters News)She said: ‘We loved going for walks – everybody loved him, he was such a friendly and loving pet.

How could someone dump them? Tiny puppies left in plastic box in layby

How could someone dump them? Tiny puppies left in plastic box in layby

Tiny puppies left in plastic box in layby A LITTER of ten tiny puppies was found dumped in a plastic box on a country road.

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”.

Costumed canines by William Wegman – in pictures

Costumed canines by William Wegman – in pictures

Since the 1970s, the American artist William Wegman has photographed his dogs in a variety of poses; now a collection of his Polaroids is being exhibited in the UK for the first time. William Wegman: Polaroids is at the Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London W1, 26 September-20 October

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.

36 dead animals found in South Dakota pet shop

36 dead animals found in South Dakota pet shop

Thirty-six dead animals were found in her shop, the Pitter Patter Pet Store, according to reports. The shop owner received death threats following the raid, according to KNBN, the local NBC affiliate station.

Test-tube lion cubs raise hope for big cats’ survival

Test-tube lion cubs raise hope for big cats’ survival

The owner of Ukutula Game Reserve & Conservation Centre Willi Jacobs, 60, said: “They are both absolutely perfect cubs in every way."They are happy, healthy and playful – and leading us a merry dance."We decided to honour the researcher Isabella by naming the female cub after her and the male after her fiance Victor.”

Dog Elected Mayor of Kentucky Town

Dog Elected Mayor of Kentucky Town

According to Lex18, an NBC affiliate in Kentucky, a small community named Rabbit Hash has elected their new dog mayor. As announced on the Rabbit Hash Historical Society website, Brynneth Pawltrow won her position with a tally of 3,367 votes.

8 Dogs and the Crazy Things They’ve Eaten

8 Dogs and the Crazy Things They’ve Eaten

“My own dog ate 499 Q-tips when I was in vet school and he just passed cotton in his feces for several days,” Liff said. Craziest thing eaten:  A whole dog toy. “In situations like this, a dog toy could cause obstruction,” Liff said.

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