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Owner with cat and dog

Do you know what your cat’s petting preferences are?

Researchers Susan Soennichsen and Arnold S. Chamove of the Psychology Department at Massey University in New Zealand conducted a research study on the responses of cats to petting by humans, and published their results. The top spots were between the ear and eye (the temporal gland located on the upper cheek), the chin and lip area (the perioral gland,the lower back at the base of the tail (the caudal gland) and on one of three non-gland areas, either the head, the back or the chest.

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he foot of a cat tree, isolated on white

Mani-pedis are really important for both dogs and cats. If left unattended, nails can grow into the skin. Not only is this painful but it also makes walking extremely difficult. If you struggle to trim nails, both a groomer or the vet’s office can help. Some adoption agencies offer free nail trims for life. So be sure to ask when you adopt.

A nice cat scratching post will also help keep nails in good shape.