Dogs may be silver screen stars, but on the Internet, cats reign supreme. Nowhere is this so evident as on Instagram where #catsofinstagram photos outweigh #dogsofinstagram snaps nearly two to one. But while I can zone out all day scrolling through cute cat pics, a few Instacats in particular have made it on my daily must-follow list. Whether via Hefe or Earlybird, these felines sure let their photogenic personalities filter through!
Move over N and make room for Movember in November! Started as a campaign to bring awareness to men's cancers (like prostate and testicular), today Movember is a movement, inspiring men all over the world to sprout splendid 'staches in support of some very serious men's health issues. So why can't our pets join in the campaign? We've tracked down 12 mustachioed trimmings that will bring a little humor to your pet's daily routine while spreading the word about a great cause!
Last Sunday marked the end of daylight savings time, which means fewer sunlit hours for the next couple of months. The earlier sunset also brings increased danger for your pet, whether from moving vehicles or dangerous nocturnal wild animals, so follow these six tips to keep your dog or cat out of harm's way until we set our clocks forward again in the Spring.
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Birds preen, cats groom, but how many creatures out there trim and twirl? Quite a few, apparently, as our not-so-scientific research has shown. During the month of November, many a prepossessed pet may display its mustachioed support for Movember, a campaign aimed at raising awareness for men's cancers, but several animals showcase their impressive 'staches year-round. Is your lip twitching to find out who falls under the handle(bar) of "best groomed"? Today, we bring you seven animals showing off their whiskery best.
Pumpkin may be a great tummy-settler for cats and dogs, but while most pups will down just about any substance (food or otherwise) that you place in their bowls, felines exhibit more discriminating tastes. Fish, cheese, and chicken are, of course, easy sells to a cat's palate, but squash? Often not so much. Nevertheless, these kitties prove that you don't have to eat these Halloween gourds to like pumpkins!
Recently, my pooch and I had a close encounter of the hovering kind. While out walking on a lovely Indian Summer day, Lily stopped to sniff the low branches of a lemon tree and came nose to nose with a curious (and intrepid) hummingbird! It stayed well out of snout's reach but flitted close enough that we could clearly see its rosy head and hear the characteristic hum of its wings that gives the tiny avian its name. Today happens to be National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day, so in appreciation of these itty-bitty pollinators, I've put together a quiz that will get your mind . . . well, a-hummin' about these amazing birds!Take the Quiz
Today is World Rabies Day, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of this very dangerous virus. To date, World Rabies Day events have educated 182 million people and vaccinated nearly 8 million dogs! If your pet receives regular veterinary care, then there's a good chance he's up to date on his rabies vaccine . . . but today serves as a good reminder to check. We've rounded up a few important facts about rabies in this quiz, so bone up on your rabies know-how by starting with Question 1!Take the Quiz
Fashion Week is a flurry of activity with models undergoing transformations at every turn, changing up their hair, makeup, and designer duds. In the wild, a similar metamorphosis is also taking place: in arctic regions, birds, foxes, rodents, and other creatures are beginning to molt their dark Summer fur and feathers for a Winter-appropriate white. An adaptation that allows predators to sneak up on their quarry and prey to hide amidst their surroundings, the white coats that these animals develop also help keep them warm in their frigid environments because instead of pigment, the cells in those feathers and hairs are filled with air, which serves as added insulation. Curious as to which animals I'm talking about? Then take a look through this slideshow!
Tricks and treats aren't just for the pups! Kitties who aspire to Olympic feats of greatness can learn an old doggie standby: playing fetch. With a little patience, a little catnip, and a few mouthwatering morsels, you can engage in rewarding playtime with your frisky friend just like the big dogs do. Let's have a ball!
- Perfect timing. Choose a time when your cat is most active and before she's eaten. Try to avoid the times of day when she likes to take a nap.
- Pick a plaything. Most pets have a favorite toy. Choose one that she can easily carry in her mouth, and preferably not one with super-tempting catnip already packed inside. See if you can get her to chase after it when you toss it a short distance. If that works, it's time to work on the fetching part.
Curious why the toy of choice shouldn't contain catnip? Find out when you keep reading.
Pets face many of the scariest hazards out on the street: speeding cars, aggressive animals, and inconsiderate people are just a few of the terrors that keep us pet parents up at night. But some of the most terrifying dangers come from items lying around our own homes. Last year, the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center fielded over 165,000 phone calls from panicked pet owners worried that their companions had been exposed to toxic substances. Here are the top five things you should lock up tight, and it doesn't hurt to keep the ASPCA's 24-hour hotline (888-426-4435) handy for your own emergencies.
If this month's sweltering weather is making it difficult for you to get excited about anything (except air conditioning), then we have some wonderful news: July is Wild About Wildlife month! We're celebrating these 31 days of frenzied fauna with a glut of gleeful wild animals, so to get your fix and learn about the amazing menagerie across our planet, just check out our slideshow!
June 4 is National Hug Your Cat Day, and while we advocate this loving action every day, it's the purr-fect time to spoil Kitty through embraces and other means. We've rounded up our favorite feline-coddling tips to help you spoil her to your heart's content.
Today is Pink Flamingo Day, so since we gave turtles a chance to shine, we thought we'd give these bright avians their moment in the spotlight. These long-legged and long-necked fellas are a curiosity of the bird world, causing us to wonder: where did they get their rosy color and why the heck do they stand on one leg!? If you want to know more about flamingos, you first have to test your knowledge on the wonderfully pink birds. Good luck!Take the Quiz
Sometimes you come across an animal so cute that you can't decide if you want to grab the nearest person and hug them or just crumple to the floor in the fetal position. Well, make sure you have soft Berber carpet at your feet and a loved one or two nearby, because we found 80 such creatures ready to be oohed and awwed over. Click away!
For some of us, the kitchen is a frightening place filled with sharp objects, alien ingredients, and hot surfaces. But for cats, it's a jungle gym of exploration. There are things to play with, sit on, hide in, nibble on, and nap in. If you have a surface, appliance, utensil, or container, then your cat will find a novel use for it. Take a look at some of our favorite cats getting comfy in the kitchen.
It doesn't seem as though a pet would have a large carbon footprint, but when you stop to think about where your dog's food, toys, and other equipment come from, his environmental impact can actually be quite significant. However, it doesn't take an extreme life makeover to turn your pooch's routine into a green machine. Just follow these easy-peasy tips, and tell us: what do you do to green up your pup's daily activities?
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If your road trip copilot is your pet, it's important that he's comfortable and secure for the long haul. While you can hit the McDonald's drive-through, he's going to be more difficult to please (though no dog I know has ever turned down a french fry). We've rounded up our top picks to keep him happy, safe, and motion sickness-free when you hit the blacktop for your long weekend adventure.
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We swoon over his Facebook snaps and photo shoots, but it isn't often that we get to see the "world's cutest dog" in live action! Thankfully, the folks over at Chronicle Books have put together a cheerfully fun holiday video featuring everyone's favorite Pomeranian, Boo, and his cute-as-can-be companion Buddy as they give us some insight into their holiday wish lists. Take a gander, and let us know if their picks match your pup's list for Santa!
With Veterans Day falling this Sunday and the holidays soon to follow, I can't help but be reminded of the thousands of soldiers who keep our nation safe. While some of these courageous individuals will be spending the next few months on active duty, some will be coming home to loving families, including their adoring pets. There is a close relationship between dogs and the military: canines serve alongside soldiers overseas and provide comfort and support to veterans when they finish their last tours. But the crowning moment for a pooch is seeing his heroic pet parent walk through the front door.
Whether you and your pet have a brave soldier in your family or you're just honored to know that these women and men are protecting our great country, here's a sweet salute to all the soldiers and veterans and the dogs who love them.
Perhaps I wasn't vocal enough about my love for Animal Planet's ode to all things small and fuzzy, Too Cute, so let me be clear: it's the awww-somest hour you can spend with your television. Take this clip, for example, of Reginald the long-haired Persian kitten being introduced to the world of bathing and Pantene-commercial-worthy blow-drying:
And if that's not life-changing enough, I introduce to you Pipsqueak, the baby goat whose random acts of head-butting and spaz-tastic hopping prove to be too much for a litter of Jack Russell pups.