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Animal Radio for September 10, 2016  

Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats and Anxious Birds
Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Pets on the Couch

Dog With Sores From Obsessive LickingDr. Nicholas Dodman is back. He is the world's foremost expert on animal psychiatry. He'll tell us about a horse with Tourette's and dogs with Attention Deficit Disorder.

The point of Dr. Dodman's New Book, Pets on the Couch, is to show that animals have some of the same types of problems that we do, which can also be treated with the same medications.

For over 30 years, Dr. Dodman has been an animal behaviorist at Tufts University. He started out not knowing the similarity between pets' behavioral issues and human psychiatric and psychological problems. He then found himself studying a condition in animals, which was later renamed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This can include obsessive licking, which was originally diagnosed by Dr. Judith Rappaport. She was the first to notice that dogs that licked their paws repeatedly are parallel to the human who washes their hands repeatedly. There are also dogs that chase their tails constantly. Dogs with this action tend to be male. While they were looking at that, they also stumbled across a canine version of autism, which is just like autism in children. They then discovered that the human drugs for this disorder would also work for animals.

They also found animals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was a mirror image of the human disorder. In fact, Dr. Dodman had been widely attacked for asserting this about veteran war dogs in the past.

Feather Plucking BirdThey also surprisingly found Tourette's Syndrome in a horse. If you know anything about Tourette's in people, it usually starts at around the age of seven-year-old. It also starts at the equivalent age for a horse, which is about 18 months. Some horses will start to make a strange noise, but not all of them, just like not all humans with Tourette's will utter strange noises and profanities. Horses also have a head/neck motor tick just like humans and they also strike out with one limb, which human Tourette's sufferers do as well. Just like Tourette's occurs mostly in human males, it also occurs mostly in male horses. Again, human treatments also work for these horses.

Can animals also have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Dr. Dodman states, yes. He says that some colleagues claim they have never seen it, while others state that they have seen a few cases. Dr. Dodman says he has seen it himself. For instance, one client stated that their dog was hyperactive. Dr. Dodman explains the difference between being over-active and hyperactive. If a dog is just over-active, he is full of energy and always wants to go for a walk. These dogs just need the right amount of exercise and a proper diet. But if they have ADD, it's impossible, even with exercise, to get it under control. Again, the common drug Ritalin, which is used for children, also works for dogs.

Pets On The Couch Book CoverSo if animals are so much like us, can they be depressed and commit suicide? Dr. Dodman states that they can be depressed, but usually it's in a state of bereavement. Perhaps another animal in the family passed away or worse, their guardian. This can change a normally happy, joyful and springy dog into one that just mopes around the house and is no longer interested in toys or going for walks. They may start eating and sleeping more. Basically they have the same signs depressed humans would show. Dr. Dodman explains that this is a "state of depression" and what animals don't get is a "trait of depression." So in terms of suicide, they wouldn't know how to do it nor do they even have that thought. They might think that life is pointless, but there is no way they can think their way out.

Dr. Dodman hopes his book will let other veterinarians realize that animals have thought processes that are similar to our own and therefore suffer from the same things we do and can benefit from the same treatments.

"Step-Up to Stand-Up" Comedy for a Cause
Christine O'Leary, Team Green Light Comedy

Christine O'LearyComedian Christine O'Leary not only teaches comedians how to be funny, she uses her powers for the greater good. Her shows raise money to rescue dogs from Aruba. She'll tell us why comedy is like watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Comedian Christine O'Leary and her Team of Comedy Comrades did a recent comedy event to raise money to support ‘New Life for Paws' Animal Rescue. For every ticket sold, a donation was made to ‘New Life for Paws' to help rescue neglected animals from Aruba and place them here with forever families. Through education and the continuation of spay and neuter programs, the program hopes to reduce the number of litters so the pain and suffering of these animals will end.

Aruba, as a country, is not doing a good job at all with its stray dogs. Instead of capturing them and spaying or neutering them, they are actually euthanizing them, explains Christine.

Christine first became aware of the problem when friends of hers went to Aruba for vacation and discovered this firsthand. One was actually a pilot, so they started working to rescue these street dogs and find them homes in the United States. This endeared them to Christine, because they made their vacation into good by way of these dogs. So far they have placed around 1,000 dogs.

Now, Christine is helping to fund these animals into foster or permanent homes here. Christina explains that it is great to take stand-up comedy and make it do good. The money she raises from her shows will help pay vet bills, spay, and neuter dogs and buy dog food. Learn more and donate to the ‘New Life for Paws' Foundation.

Team Green LightChristine also teaches stand up comedy and has a team of handpicked comedy comrades from her stand-up comedy troop called the Team Green Light Comedy. She states it's easy to get them onboard for this cause, because comics always want stage time.

When asked if Christine ever has a student that just isn't funny, she explains that comedy is a way to tell the truth and also a way to solve a problem and everybody really has both. So if people follow the group process that takes about 8 weeks at a cost of $300 (she states that some people claim, "It's cheaper than therapy!") they shouldn't have any problems. Her class consists of people from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, newly married or divorced people and people going through chemo. Christine claims that comedy can up the quality of your life, because you will own your first five minutes in a way you've never owned your life before.

She states that most people don't think about a traditional stand-up comedy room or club. Did you ever notice that the backdrop is a brick wall, that the stage is tiny and the seating is ice cold, dark and packed tight with people? That brick wall, by design, is for a reason. This is because doing stand-up comedy is to simulate an assignation! Because only one of two things is going to happen - the comic's going to kill, or the comic's going to die!

Do you remember that show years ago, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom? Picture a gazelle running from a jaguar. Now picture the gazelle as the comedian on the stage. Everyone in the audience wants the gazelle/comedian to make it while they watch. But if that gazelle/comedian falls and trips, the audience is like where's the jaguar? Take her down - also while they watch!

At home, Christine has a dog name Tilly, who is a King Charles Spaniel. About a year ago, Tilly had a stroke but has since recovered. Christine admits that she and her partner (the Crazy Dog Ladies) treat her special.

Learn more about Christine O'Leary and Team Green Light Comedy LLC and check out her next show on Tuesday, October 4th.

1st Ever U.S. Cloned Puppy
Blake Russell, ViaGen Pets

Cloned Jack RussellTop Dog at ViaGen Pets, Blake Russell, is here to announce the birth of the first-ever cloned puppy here in the United States. While the dog is being weaned, the new guardian is watching the pup via the Internet.

Most people aren't even aware that companion animal cloning is available in the United States, so this puppy is going to get the opportunity to tell the world that cloning technology is available for pet owners everywhere.

The puppy is a Jack Russell, who had an owner who believes that she was the dog of a lifetime. The owner had a phenomenal relationship with her, and now that she is getting older, he saw the opportunity to produce an identical twin to this lifetime treasure. It is also a chance to extend this bond that he had with her.

The gentleman is anxiously awaiting her, as she cannot be taken from her mother until she is weaned, which is a few weeks away. He is watching her on video and communicating with her every day.

Blake tells us that they have a waiting list that's been building as word gets out. They are just now getting the word out to veterinarians and pet owners, not only around the United States, but also all over, that puppy and kitten cloning is available in the United States.

It is not as complicated as it sounds. Blake explains that their team of scientists makes it very simple for clients. A client just takes their pet to a veterinarian who does a simple skin biopsy and ViaGen does the rest.

At the end of the day, a client gets a 100-percent guarantee that they will have a healthy, veterinarian inspected, genetic match or identical twin to their dog or cat.

Blake tells us that there is no genetic modification done and that they get an identical twin, so the clone will have the same exact genetics as the original.

If you're not ready to clone, but are thinking about it, you can take the first step, which is genetic preservation. You can then store your pet's DNA indefinitely while you decide.

To learn more, visit or call 888-876-6104.

Dr. Debbie WhiteGet Your Pet To the Vet Safely with No Escapees - Dr. Debbie

A frightening situation occurred the other day at my veterinary hospital. Working inside my office, I could hear a woman's shrieks coming from the parking lot. I ran outside to find a woman with one dog on a leash, and the other dog skittering about the parking lot - the result of a slipped collar. The owner would approach the panicked dog and he'd retreat, darting under nearby cars. Those familiar with our hospital location understand its proximity to a busy intersection. Should the dog run in the wrong direction, he'd meet up with 45 mph traffic.

My staff was outside in moments to assist the owner in retrieving her dog and safely escorted everyone into the building. Thankfully my client's few minutes of terror ended uneventfully. But that's not always the case. I've seen dogs run straight into the road, cat's leap from a family member's arms, and owners dive into oncoming traffic trying to catch an escaping pet.

The lesson is simple. Don't underestimate your pets' fears. Fear of car travel, new places or the veterinary office can cause a pet to behave in unpredictable ways. If you know your pet to be nervous with new people or new situations, be especially vigilant when transporting your pet in a vehicle.

Identify Your Pet
Use two methods of identification for best insurance your pet is returned to you if lost. Permanent identification with a microchip is a must, and should be complimented with a collar and ID tags.

Restrain Pet in Vehicle
Keep your pet secure during travel and when the car door opens by using a doggie seatbelt. Small dogs and cats should be housed in a pet carrier which is secured with seatbelt to avoid undue carrier movement during travel. Do not allow cats and small pets to roam freely in the car. Cats have been known to take cover under car seats which may require sedation or seat removal to extract kitty from her hiding place.

Check for Proper Fit
Improper fitting harnessImproper fitting collarProper fitting collarA proper fitting collar allows 2 finger widths between the collar and pet's neck. Allow more than, and should your pet put on the brakes, he'll easily slip out of the collar. Poor fitting harnesses are just as dangerous and allow gap room which allows a back-peddling pet to wiggle out. Not sure if the collar is too loose? Snug the collar up one fitting in anticipation of your trip to the vet.

Try Other Collar Styles
Even if you don't normally use a choker or pinch collar, consider using one when going to the vet's office. For thick necked dogs with smaller head size, try the Martingale collar, a fabric and metal combo collar that snugs down should your dog try to back out. Boisterous dogs that jump and leap when on leash may benefit wearing a head collar that fits over the muzzle. Ensure your collar choice is properly fitted, since any of these styles can fail if improperly fitted or used incorrectly.

Call Ahead
If you anticipate difficulties getting your pet to the vet's office, call ahead. Veterinary staff members are on the ready to help ensure your pet's visit is a safe one.

So, take a few minutes to consider your pet's travel safety before heading out on that next car trip, whether it is to the park, groomer, or veterinary office. Your four legged friend will thank you, but may pout on the way there.

Featured veterinarian known as "Dr. Debbie" on national pet radio program, Animal Radio. Ebook author of "Yorkshire Terriers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Pugs: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; "Mini Schnauzers: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend"; and "Shih Tzu: How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend."

Lucy Pet Foundation

The Mission of The Lucy Pet Foundation is to reduce pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of over 80,000 cats and dogs per week in the United States by having mobile spay/neuter clinics across the country and to support causes that benefit animal welfare. The Lucy Pet Foundation currently has two buses that travel around Southern California focusing on spaying and neutering. These buses are state of the art surgery units. Their next focus is in generating more funds to expand the work of these buses and have more across the country.

Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile ClinicThe Lucy Pet Foundation not only offers free and reduced spays and neuters, they also do microchipping, vaccines and de-wormings. Spaying and neutering is not only great for pet population control, but it has been proven that an animal will live on an average of 40-percent longer after having this surgery.

Upcoming Clinics

Free Spay & Neuter for Los Angeles City Residents! Here is a list of upcoming free or reduced fee mobile spay and neuter clinics in California:

Call for more information, questions and to reserve space to get on the list: (855) 499-5829

September 10: Superior Store, 133 West Avenue 45, Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 13, 27: North Central Shelter, 3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 14: Superior Store, 3480 S. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 16, 28: Food 4 Less, 1748 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 17: Superior Store, 9801 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 20: East Valley Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 21: Food 4 Less, 5100 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 23: Superior Store, 6140 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 24: Superior Store, 10211 Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

September 30: Vallarta Supermarket, 19725 Vanowen St., Winnetka, CA Spay/Neuter APPOINTMENT ONLY; Vaccine Clinic 10:00am-2:00pm

County and City Vouchers accepted. But remember, you must get on a list to have your pet seen at these locations. Please call The Lucy Pet Foundation toll free at 1-855-499-5829 or Email: to schedule an appointment, or register at the events.

See the current list of clinics at

Lucy Pet Products, Inc. is a family owned and operated company based in Thousand Oaks, California. Lucy Pet Products are "Products With a Cause." Part of the proceeds from the sales of Lucy Pet Products are used to help fund The Lucy Pet Foundation. Their products can be found in pet specialty stores across the USA and are exported worldwide, or you can visit them at

5 Must Do Things For Dog Owners To Achieve Harmony in the Home
Robert Semrow, Animal Radio Listomania

Walking DogThere are certain things that every dog owner should do to achieve harmony in the home. While there are some obvious things like patience and knowledge, how those are used and applied are quite different. Additionally, patience and love only get you so far.

To begin with, you must have a regular schedule. In other words, what are you going to do with your dog on a regular daily basis? It doesn't have to be complex or wild, but it should be consistent. Having a plan is the key to harmony, regularity and of course a peaceful environment for all.

This brings us to what activities will be a part of the regular pattern. Much like your two legged children, your four legged children also need a regular schedule and pattern. Will there be daily walks, swims, or just a good amount of time devoted to belly rubs on the couch watching TV? Again, consistency is the important common factor in that. Additionally, it has a huge impact on their physical, as well as their mental health. So a daily walk is almost a must for many breeds. Some breeds excel at outdoor activities like Frisbee catching, agility courses, dock diving, skateboarding or even surfing. There are more options available for your dog than ever before. They will love it and you will as well. I've found that those who are involved to be a great community of friends as well.

Additionally, you can't exercise your way out of a bad nutritional diet. So, depending on your two previous answers you will now need to figure out your nutritional approach. There are so many important things to understand about nutrition that you need to commit some time and effort to understanding your pooch, their needs and how nutrition impacts them. Again, nutrition is the foundation of everything that we are able to get out of our pets.

Dog Being Checked By VeterinarianOne of the more common things I hear about these days is a pet allergy. Does your pet have any food allergies? Would you even know if they did have them? Did you know there are tests that can help determine food allergies? Again, work with a qualified vet or pet nutritionist to find out what is best for your dog. It will save you time, money and your pet can avoid a lot of messy upset stomachs.

Health Planning is important as well. Remember, just because your pet isn't showing symptoms of being sick doesn't mean you should skip visiting the vet. It's important to work with a veterinarian that you trust to make sure that your dog maintains their health.

Finally, every dog owner must have a team. That's right, you need to have your own dog team. That team should include a veterinarian, a groomer, a caregiver when you are not available and more. Each of these folks can help keep you and your dog on track for a happy and healthy lifestyle for many years to come.

In the end, your pet will find peace and harmony when you find peace and harmony. Set your list and goals for what is critical for you and your pet and work to achieve and maintain them.

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Pet Adoption Tour
Susan Sims, 8th Annual Fido Friendly Get Your Licks On Route 66

Fido Friendly 8th Annual Get Your Licks on Route 66 BadgeIt's time again for the 8th Annual "Get Your Licks on Route 66 Adoption Tour." Fido Friendly publisher Susan Sims is getting ready to start the nationwide journey in Los Angeles with their spokesperson, CBS's Emmy winner Brandon McMillian.

The cross-country pet adoption tour officially starts September 9 in Riverside, California at the Riverside Animal Services and kicks off September 10th in Los Angeles at the LA Animal Services.

In the first seven years, they have helped place over 5,000 pets in to new forever homes! They bring their giant spinning wheel filled with prizes provided by their sponsors where a donation gives you a chance to win fabulous prizes and all proceeds go to the shelter at the end of the day.

Sprinter Rentals is once again providing them with a Sprinter to travel down America's Favorite Highway and Animal Radio is their media sponsor for the eighth year!

Thanks to their sponsors who have signed up thus far to help us save lives, one shelter at a time! Please visit their websites to see the great products they have to offer: Sprinter Rentals, TurfMutt, Evercare, John Paul Pet, WellPet, Zeus Dog Toys, Petcurean, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Vet's Best and Petmate.

Their tour schedule is as follows:

Fido Friendly Sprint MobileSeptember 9: Riverside Animal Shelter, Riverside, CA 11-3
September 10: L.A. Animal Shelter, Van Nuys, CA 10-4
September 14: Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix, AZ, Time 1-5
September 17: PetSmart, Albuquerque, NM, 10-3
September 18: PetSmart, Santa Fe, NM Noon-4
September 21: Lawton Animal Welfare, Lawton, OK Noon-4
September 24: The City of Oklahoma City, Division of Animal Welfare, Oklahoma City, OK Noon-4
September 25: ARF Animal Rescue Foundation, Tulsa, OK Noon-4
September 27: Golden Paw Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Joplin, MO, Noon-4
September 29: Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Springfield, MO Noon-4
October 2: Animal Protection Association of Missouri, St. Louis, MO 11-3
October 8: PAWS Chicago, Chicago, IL 11-4
October 9: Animal Protection League, Springfield, IL Noon-4
October 15: Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, MO 2-6
October 16: Great Plains SPCA, Merriam, KS Noon-4

Even in you are not planning on adopting an animal, come out for the fun and spin the wheel for prizes!

Lori and FlobearAnimal Radio News - Lori Brooks

What Country Has The Most Pets?
If I were to ask you, "Which residents of which country have the most pets?" What would you say? The United States? No, I'm sorry that is not correct, but we are in the top five, number five to be exact. According to an online survey of more than 27,000 people across 22 countries, pet ownership is highest in Latin America, with 80-percent of people in both Argentina and Mexico having a pet. Brazil is third on the list with 75-percent of its residents having a pet. Next is Russia and then the USA is fifth with 70-percent of residents being pet owners. And most of those pets in every country in the top five, except Russia, are dogs. In Russia, cats are way more popular than dogs with 57-percent of Russians having a pet cat, compared to only 27-percent who have a dog. France and the United States are just behind Russia in the percentage of cat owners. Asian countries have the smallest number of people who own pets and the country with the least amount is South Korea. Now, when it comes to the sexes, the survey found that women are slightly more likely to have a pet dog or cat living with them; however, men are more likely than women to have pet fish! Any guesses on which country takes the title of having the most pet fish? Keeping fish as pets is most popular in China, while bird owners are most common in Turkey.

JetPetsAirline Flies Rescue Pets To New Owners For Free
Virgin Australia Airlines is positioning itself as the "Pet Friendly" airline and you won't believe what they're doing to back up that claim. They have offered to fly rescue dogs across the country to new owners for free! That's only in Australia though. The airline has partnered with Jetpets and will help animal welfare groups connect surrendered or abandoned dogs with new owners. One rescue director says the free travel offer will "literally save the lives of thousands of pets" because sometimes rescues have to go outside of their local area to find a pet a home. It opens up the whole country to find new homes and give the pets a second chance.

Best Performing Stocks are Pet Related
Americans' attachment to their pets has fostered a $60 billion industry that is producing best-in-show stock performance. Shares of several companies that sell pet food, develop diagnostic medical tests for animals and offer veterinary care, have far outrun the many other types of stocks this year, with an average total return of nearly 35-percent versus around 8.3-percent for the S & P 500. Shares of animal health testing company Idexx Laboratories for example, have skyrocketed more than 50-percent this year. Vet clinic operator VCA is up 31-percent, pet food maker Blue Buffalo Pet Products is up 40-percent and FreshPet stocks are up 25-percent this year. Business experts say this is all due to the humanization of pets and consumers' willingness to spend on their pets very heavily, because pets are increasingly considered part of the family.

HannahDog is Treated to Fun-Packed Final Day
If you have already seen the pictures I'm about to tell you about, well, you've already shed a few tears. I don't know if I can do this series of photos justice just telling you about them, but they are guaranteed to make you sad. The 26 photos capture the moments a pet owner treated her dying dog to a fun-packed last day before taking the dog to the veterinarian and saying a final goodbye. An Imgur user shared the pictures of a dog named Hannah enjoying some of her favorite things alongside her owner. The first photo shows the dog sitting in the front seat of a car holding her head down low and the caption reads, "I don't know if she knows or not." The next picture shows Hannah's sad, puppy dog eyes looking at the camera, with the caption, "She trusts me to make a choice. No matter how hard it might be." And it only becomes more tear jerking from there. Another picture of the dog says "But I know she's tired. The stairs are hard. The hills are mountains. The pills don't work." Then the next photo caption is, "But if I have to make that choice. Then let's make the last day the best one yet." In making the dog's last day the best, the owner first treats her to some pampering and captured a few images of her getting a hot bath for her aching bones. Then she had a heart-shaped 'beauty mark,' a temporary tattoo put onto her shoulder, followed by a cheeseburger at McDonalds. Then come the photos of Hannah's human siblings saying their goodbyes to the dog they've known all their lives. Next there's a few happy photos of Hannah wearing a pink bandana feeling pretty spending a little time on her last day playing with an old friend - another dog - and both dogs are smiling. The second to last photo in the series shows Hannah in the car with her owner, as they ride to the vet clinic. And the last photo is heart shattering. The owner lying on the floor next to Hannah on a blanket tightly hugging tightly hugging her baby as her life slips away.

Dog and President Muhammad Buhari Man Charged for Naming Dog After President
A Nigerian man is being charged with provoking people and "breach of peace" because he named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari. The man, who lives in southern Nigeria bought the dog, named it Buhari, then wrote Buhari on both sides of the dog and paraded it in front of people from northern Nigeria, which is where the Nigerian president is from. The dog owner was arrested by police who say his, "Action was provocative and capable of breaching the peace." Here's why: Nigeria is in the middle of its worst economic crisis in decades and tensions sometimes erupt between northerners, who are Muslims and people from the predominantly Christian southern part of the county. The man from the south painting the name of the president who is from the north is too provocative in times of civil strife.

It Will Take Years to Move Retired Research Chimpanzees to Sanctuaries
Last fall we got the good news that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would no longer support the use of chimpanzees in research promising to transition the animals into retirement. However, it wasn't until just recently that the agency formalized plans for getting hundreds of chimpanzees out of labs and into new their lives. The NIH is the big dog of the biomedical research world and many of its scientists across the United States rely on animals for research, including over 300 chimpanzees. It will be a slow process, but eventually the remaining research chimps will be moved to Chimp Haven, a facility that will manage the retirees for NIH at the government's expense. It's estimated that it will take a decade to get all the chimps into retirement facilities. It will also be very expensive, considering chimps can live up to 60 years in captivity, though many of those used in research are sick and suffering through complicated conditions brought on by whatever research project they were involved with. But, this action only applies to chimpanzees, not other primates, to say nothing of the millions of other animals used in research each year. While the government has its plans for chimpanzees, private labs are still able to use them for research.

No Bowl Cat Feeding SystemNo Bowl Feeding System for Cats
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Feline Environmental Enrichment Design Co. has launched the very cool NoBowl Feeding System, the world's first indoor hunting system for cats! It's based on the science of feline behavior and environmental enrichment, designed to satisfy a cat's natural hunting instinct, manage weight, alleviate anxiety and prevent digestive issues, according to the manufacturer. During its brief Kickstarter campaign, it became fully funded in just 4 days raising more than $170,000. It consists of five NoBowls, portion filler and a training toy to teach cats how to use it. The actual NoBowl is designed to mimic the body of prey with an oval shape that rolls in a way that cats associate with the hunt and two dispensing holes for any size kibble. That's actually the Naked NoBowl because it comes with different Skins that simulate the tactile feel of prey, allowing cats to grab, claw and use their teeth just as they would in the wild.

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