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The Behavior Department: Bad, Bad Cats Whatcha Gonna Do?

A survey helps the Animal Rescue League of Boston check up on its kitties’ post-adoption behaviors

Over the years, cats have overtaken dogs as America’s favorite companion animal. More than 60 million cats are now kept and enjoyed by millions of Americans. Low-maintenance and independent—compared to their needy canine counterparts—their self-sufficient personalities have made them ideal animal companions for people living in our frenetic times.

At the same time that cats have been winning the popularity contest, they’ve been continuing to turn up in animal shelters. While many shelters across the United States have seen a decrease in their canine intake and euthanasia numbers, many of the same organizations continue to be overwhelmed by cats—beautiful, healthy, “normal” cats who should be in loving homes.

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