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Caring for Cats and Dogs






Adopting a Cat or Dog

Feeding a Cat or Dog

Recognizing Signs
of Illness

Cat & Dog Health Factsheets

About Declawing a Cat

Traveling with a
Cat or Dog

Cat & Dog Training



More and more people are recognizing the benefits of sharing their lives with companion animals. A 20034 survey of pet guardians by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association revealed that one in three U.S. households has at least one cat or dog. That adds up to 77.7 million companion cats and 65 million companion dogs residing in the U.S. alone. In Israel there are no official statistics about the number of dogs or cats in households. Approximately 160,000 dogs are vaccinated against rabies and licensed each year, although estimates about the real number of dogs in homes range as high as 400,000. There are no statistics at all for cats.


On average, a companion cat lives 1215 years, though some live into their 20s. The Guinness Book of World Records cites the oldest cat for whom records are available as living to the ripe old age of 34. The average lifespan of a cat living outside without a caretaker, by comparison, is 2 years. Living with humans has benefits. Companion dogs live an average of 1012 years, with large dogs having shorter lifespans than small ones. The oldest dog recorded is 28.


How do we care for the animals with whom we share our lives for more than a decade and, in some cases, two? The fortunate ones are fed the most nutritious food, and they are provided with the best in veterinary care, exercise, companionship, and love. Those with the misfortune to live with neglectful or abusive guardians, just like neglected or abused children, suffer. Some dogs spend their entire lives on the ends of chains.


In this section, you can learn about:

  • Why it is important to adopt a cat or dog from an animal shelter

  • How to feed a cat or dog to maintain optimal health

  • How to recognize when your companion animal has a health problem and what to do about it

  • Why declawing your cat is cruel

  • How to reduce stress for you and your companion animal when you travel together

  • How to use humane dog and cat training methods to maintain harmony at home

So keep up with the latest ideas and have a great time with your animal friend and companion.