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Pets make wonderful companions. Learn how to take care of pets, read about common pet behavior issues and injuries and pick up general pet care tips.

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Exotic or Exploited? The Controversial Savannah Cat

What do you get when you mix a domestic cat with a wild African serval cat? You get a Savannah cat, which turns out to be a very beautiful but very controversial kitty.

The Battle of the Big Cats: Maine Coon vs. Norwegian Forest

The Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest are both plus-size breeds of cat, but what are the differences between these feline behemoths?

Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?

The belly button is pretty obvious on a human. But what about a dog? Do they have one and if so, where in the world is it?

Can You Be Allergic to a Hypoallergenic Dog?

Any dog lover with allergies knows that the two just don't mix. So which dog breeds are best if you're allergic and still want a four-legged friend?

8 Facts About Persian Cats, Kings of the Lap-Nappers

Persians are famous for their long hair and snub noses. But this is no aloof kitty – they're so friendly, breeders refer to them as "dog cats."

12 Regal Facts About Siamese Cats

Affectionate and haughty at the same time, the Siamese cat exudes an air of mystery. But it still loves to follow you around.

The British Shorthair Is a Round-faced 'Teddy Bear Cat'

According to some sources, Lewis Carroll based the smiling Cheshire Cat from his 1865 novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" on the British Shorthair.

What's the Difference Between an Alaskan Malamute and a Husky?

There are two types of huskies and they both look an awful lot like malamutes, so it's no wonder people can't tell them apart.

Munchkin Cats: The Wiener Dogs of the Feline World

The most remarkable feature of a Munchkin cat is its short legs, though most litters have both normal-legged kittens and short-legged kittens.

Ferrets Are Mischievous, Loyal, Affectionate Pets

Be prepared to ferret-proof your house! These guys are smart and creative little explorers requiring serious adult supervision.

How the Shar-Pei Got Its Wrinkles

The Shar-Pei is one of the most unusual looking dogs around — that is, if you can find the dog under all those adorable wrinkles.

Maine Coon Cats: Gentle Giants of the Feline World

Known as the dogs of the cat world, Maine Coons are intelligent, eager to please and love water.

The Joys of Living With Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are small, social and way better than hamsters.

Tuxedos, Tabbies and Torties: How to Tell These Housecats Apart

The ordinary housecat never seems to get the credit it deserves, even though 95 percent of cats in the U.S. are not purebred. Still these cats have distinctive markings to distinguish them from each other.

7 Lovely Facts About Lovebirds

Lovebirds make great pets either alone or in pairs and flourish when they're shown lots of affection.

A Calico Cat Wears a Coat of Many Colors

Kittens inherit their coats from their mothers, and no two calico cats look alike. Not even twins.

Hamsters Aren't Jerks. Here's How to Stop Them From Biting

These wee and fluffy creatures have a bad rap for biting, but you can nip that behavior in the bud with a little training.

Who Ya Gonna Call? The Dogs of R.A.T.S.

In rat-infested New York City, the Ryders Alley Trencherfed Society – R.A.T.S – is on the job and prowling the streets with dogs bred and trained to flush out and dispose of pesky rodents.

They Don't Breathe Fire, But Bearded Dragons Make Cool Pets

That's mainly because they are low-maintenance and surprisingly lovable.

Cat Declawing: The Painful Truth

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. That's why many experts advise against putting your cat through a painful and unnecessary declawing procedure.

Sphynx Cats Are Surprisingly Sweet and Cuddly

Some Sphynx cats may look like mangled bags of brains, but these so-ugly-they're-cute-cats are among the friendliest of felines.

Do Dogs Go Through Puberty?

The dog days of adolescence are tough on humans. But what about our four-legged friends? Do they deal with similar hormonal changes as they age?

Getting a Pet Rabbit? 4 Things to Know First

Rabbits sure are cute – they're smart, curious and crafty, but they definitely need some special care.

5 Tips for Walking Your Dog Safely

A study found seniors are prone to injury while walking their dogs. Here are ways to enjoy walks with Fido and do it safely.

Too Many Shots? Inside the Dog Vaccination Controversy

Some people believe dogs need a full complement of yearly vaccinations and some don't think they need any at all.

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