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14 Jul

Together Counts Want You and Your Pets to Have a Healthy Summer

The Together Countstm program helps children and families maintain an active, healthy lifestyle through energy balance: balancing the calories you consume with the calories you burn.  Energy In and Energy Out – It’s as simple as that!

However, it isn’t just people that need to be active and healthy: our pets need to be as well. It’s a classic example of treat others as you would like to be treated! Our pets are our best friends and we need to keep them in the best shape possible. Apl-together-counts-kids-dogs-field-500w

But it isn’t always easy! How much exercise does a dog need? How much exercise does a cat need? Why are there so many different kinds of food? What’s the benefit of dry food vs. wet? All of these questions seem impossible to answer. Well, we are here to help with our many guides about pet health and the best ways to care for your pet while also caring for yourself. Check out some of our guides now to get started on optimizing your pet’s health!

Check our Facebook page every Monday for tips and activities to keep you and your pet healthy. Make sure to tag your pics and progress with #movemondays! We know how hard it is to motivate yourself on Mondays, especially in the summer, but with your workout buddy (or buddies) and a little push from us, both of you will be active and balancing your energy in no time!

Check out the Together Counts website for more information about how you and your family can lead active and healthy lifestyles this summer.

11 Jul

These Maine Coon Kittens Wish You a Happy Friday

Happy Friday, everybody! Only a few more hours stand between you and your weekend but those hours seem to drag. So, to make that time go by faster, here's a video of some Maine Coon kittens all moving their heads in unison:

Look at them go! You could watch for hours (but maybe you shouldn't).


Photo Credit: YouTube

For more adorable kittens, check out our Too Cute! Kittens playlist!

To learn more about Maine Coons, check out our Cat Breed Selector and check out the Cats 101 video about Maine Coons below:


10 Jul

Celebrities Love Their Pets, Too!

We are all ferociously dedicated to our pets and celebrities are no exception. Yes, they are busy with filming and concerts and promoting their newest endeavours, but they will always have time for their pets! Check out some of the stars and the newest additions to their families!

Pop Star Lady Gaga and her French Bulldog, Asia:

One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is obsessed with the newest addition to the Little Monsters family. Her French Bulldog puppy, Asia, has dominated her Instagram and Facebook pages since she got her in late April. And why wouldn't she?? Just look at that face. 

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2 Jul

Animal Planet L!VE Gets Patriotic!

It’s almost the 4th of July and that means our Animal Planet L!VE cams are getting decked out in all things red, white and blue to celebrate. Whether it be bunting in the cam's corner or an all-American blow out (here’s looking at you, Kitten Cam), Animal Planet L!VE is ready for the Fourth! Our ants on Ant Cam are even marching on to some classic patriotic music! Need more convincing? Here are some highlights of what you’ll find over at Animal Planet L!VE this Fourth of July weekend!

Kitty in a Hat
Our Kitten Cam is all dressed up and ready to party.

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18 Jun

Stray Cat Wanders Into Zoo, Makes New Big Cat BFF *Aww*

A stray calico cat wandered into an enclosure of a European lynx at the St. Petersburg zoo one day and according to locals, they've been best friends ever since.

The lynx would let the kitty share her food and the homeless cat continued to visit everyday.  The two bonded immediately and eventually, the Russian zoo staff decided to adopt the cat and let her live with her friend. Check out the original story and photos >>

Watch video of the sweet pair:

*sniffle sniffle* 

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17 Jun

Sleeping with Your Pet May Not Be the Best Idea, Study Says


You may love snuggling up with your pet at night but according to a recent study reported by The Huffington Post, that might not be the best idea — and not just because of allergies or hygienic concerns. This study, presented at SLEEP, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, suggests that pet owners who sleep with their pets are more likely to sleep poorly or wake up during the night.

We all know cats and dogs can kick, meow, howl and hog the bed but we still love them and want to cuddle up as we settle down for the night. However, this study showed that 63% of participants who share their bed with their pet had poor sleep quality. 30% of the participants who slept with their pets wake up at least once a night because of their pet.

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16 Jun

Introducing the Philadelphia Zoo's Black-footed Cat KITTENS


Congrats to the Philadelphia Zoo on the latest additions to their family! Aza, the zoo's black-footed cat, gave birth to Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion (YES, they were named after the Game of Thrones dragons) on April 8, 2014. The babies just made their debut a few weeks ago and are now frolicking in their new exhibit space.  Aza was born in 2005 at the Central Florida Zoological Park and arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo in 2011 from the Kansas City Zoo.

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13 Jun

Are Cat People Smarter Than Dog People?

Your preference of dogs versus cats could say a lot about you. 

A recent study by Denise Guastello, an associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., found that "dog people" and "cat people" each have distinctive personality traits. 


600 college students answered questions about what types of pets they preferred, what qualities they liked most about their pets, as well as questions about their own personalitites. Those who identified as "dog people" were found to be more entergetic, outgoing, and enjoyed companionship.  "Cat people", however, proved to be more introverted, open-minded, and sensitive.  Most notably, the results of this study, presented at the Annual Convention for the APS, found "cat people" to be more intelligent than "dog people".

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5 Jun

Millie: The Purrfect Climbing Partner

While some of you adventure-seekers may think you have a great climbing partner, Craig Armstrong may argue that his cat, Millie, trumps all. Millie and Craig met at an adoption agency in Utah and it wasn't long before he realized he had found the perfect companion for many journeys to come.  Millie showed her interest in climbing from the moment she met Craig when she climbed up his back and sat down on his shoulders.

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4 Jun

Cat Heaven on Earth at World's Largest Sanctuary

Lynea Lattanzio has her hands full. She is founder of The Cat House on Kings and in charge of the world's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center.  The center is currently home to more than 700 cats and has rescued over 24,000 cats, 6,000 dogs, and even a handful of goats that can be found wandering the 12 acre property. 


Photo by Christina Gandolfo

Lattanzio stresses the importance allowing the cats to enjoy their lives, even if they don't have a home yet, by not spending time in a cage, as reported by the Huffington Post.  The Cat House on Kings is one of the best places for these cats to be while they are waiting to be adopted.


Photo by Christina Gandolfo


While we realize you may not be able to get out to California to visit this cat sanctuary, we hope that if you are as much of a cat fanatic as we are, some clips from our show, Cats 101 might hold you over.

To see Jackson Galaxy improve the lives of cats and their owners, tune in to My Cat From Hell - Saturdays at 8PM E/P

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