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Family Cats

Family cats are just that, cats that are good for families. From suggestions on cat breeds to teaching responsibility to kids with cats, check out this section of feline-friendly articles.

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Why Do Cats Need to Knead?

This quirky, but endearing, behavior — also known as 'making biscuits' — is common in all domestic cats. But what is your cat saying when she's mixing dough on your belly?

Ragdoll Cats Are the Floppiest, Friendliest Felines Around

The ragdoll habit of turning floppy in their owners' arms is one of the breed's most endearing trademarks. And those eyes ...

Bengal Cats Are Mini Leopard Hybrid Housecats

A hybrid cross between a small Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat, the Bengal cat will keep you busy with its intelligence and active personality. It may even shower with you.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You're Feeding Your Cats All Wrong

The American Association of Feline Practitioners wants you to know there's a better way to feed your kitty than just filling his bowl and leaving him to gorge as he pleases.

Nikola Tesla's Cat and Other Feline Fascinations

If it wasn't for Tesla's cat, we might not have electricity in our homes.

10 Cats Who Made History

Cats don't just lie on your sofa looking sulky. Some have authored scientific papers, discovered continents and entered politics. Read on to see what we mean.

Letting Your Cat Work for Food Makes Her Happier, Healthier

A new report shows the benefits of using food puzzles with indoor cats. Here's how to make your own.

So ... Just How Many House Cats Are There in the World?

Counting the number of housecats around the world is about as difficult as, well, herding cats. In fact, estimates of global cat population vary... by millions.

Why are black cats considered unlucky?

Black cats were associated witches in the Middle Ages but even today, black shelter cats have a harder time getting adopted. Why are black cats considered bad luck?

Do cats really steal babies’ breath?

While cats can pose a potential danger to a sleeping baby, most of the risk is due to accidental suffocation not from cats stealing babies' breath.

Do feral cats spread disease?

It can be hard for cat-lovers to resist feeding local strays, but these feral creatures may spread dangerous diseases, including rabies.

10 Tips for Families with Cats

Cats may seem aloof, but they need lots from you -- yes, the humans they seem to disdain so much -- to keep them happy. Here are 10 ways to make Kitty part of the family.

5 Ways Cats Teach Responsibility to Children

You may have never thought of your cat as a role model, but caring for a pet can teach kids about responsibility in lots of ways. Here are five of our favorites.

10 Great Cat Breeds for Kids

Want to get a cat for your family but need to make sure it will bond well with the kids? We've got 10 great breed suggestions for you.

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