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Most dog owners come into the veterinary office with their canine companions devotedly following them. Tails wagging, the dogs look up at their people with adoring eyes. Most cat owners, on the other hand, wrestle a cardboard box into the exam room, reach in like a magician and pull out not a rabbit, but an angry feline. For their efforts they get covered with furry shrapnel and sometimes raked with claws until their face and arms look like so many tic-tac-toe games. (It doesn't have to be like that, by the way.)
As a lifetime pet lover and practicing veterinarian of more than 30 years, I've noticed a few things about cats. And so for all you cat owners, here's the Secret Code of Cat Behavior (or What Cats Know but Won't Tell You).
And never forget the No. 1 rule of being a cat: When in doubt, blame the dog.
More on Vetstreet.com:
* Don't Make These 5 Cat Care Mistakes
* 4 Best Places to Pet Your Cat -- and 1 to Leave Alone
* Why Does My Cat... Bite Me When I Pet Her?
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