It’s time for a nationwide ban on keeping servals as pets in the USA

Serval escapes

In writing for my website over 15 years, a thread runs through American society in respect of exotic pets and that is the keeping of the African serval; a high percentage of which are compelled to escape the confinements of their home and wander around urban and countryside environments frightening the neighbours to the …

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Surprising domestic cat numbers in US Census’ American Housing Survey

Cats in home survey for US

The United States Census Bureau has provided us with their American Housing Survey (AHS). They tell us how many households have pets and they break it down into cats and dogs and other animals. They also break it down into multi-cat and multi-dog homes. The survey has thrown up a very surprising number for …

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Underreported and underdiagnosed osteoarthritis in domestic cats?

90% of elderly cats have OA

My research indicates to me that osteoarthritis is underreported and underdiagnosed in domestic cats in America. That assessment probably applies to other countries because it is difficult to assess. It’s hard to assess in the consulting room because cats are frightened anyway, and they don’t behave normally so it is difficult to assess a …

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Are euthanised pets in pet food?

Pet food labelling misleading re animal species

Yes, according to 2 sources. This article is about American pet food. I have read a couple of excellent sources on this topic which I am revisiting after about 10 years. 10 years ago, I said that rescue cats and dogs that were killed at shelters end up at rendering plants supplying pet food …

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Prevalence of internal parasites in North American domestic cats

Prevalence of endoparasites affecting North American domestic cats

The prevalence of endoparasites (internal parasites) affecting domestic cat in North America interests me, and it might (just) interest other cat owners too. America is the dominant domestic cat region and therefore they lead the world in terms of information on domestic cat ownership. This makes America the starting point, in my mind, when …

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How many feral cats in the US 2021?

Stray cats of Dublin

A recent research project in the UK may indicate that the number of feral cats in America is much lower than people believe, at around 11 million. We usually see estimates for the number of feral cats in the US of between 60-100 million. Of course, the great problem is counting them. The first …

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What snakes are dangerous to cats in the United States?

Coral snake

There are poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes distributed throughout North America. Normally bites from nonpoisonous snakes do not cause swelling or pain. There are four poisonous species: cottonmouths (water moccasins), rattlesnakes, copperheads and coral snakes. Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads are pit vipers. They can be identified by their large size of 1.2 to 2.4 m …

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Feral cats found dead or dying stuck to glue traps in Compton

Feral cats of Compton, California

COMPTON, CALIFORNIA-NEWS AND COMMENT: The usual feud has been sparked off by the presence of feral cats in Compton. Feral cats have the ubiquitous ability to divide society. On the one hand you have animal rights advocates who are sensitive to the welfare of feral cats even if they agree that they are a …

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