cats and dogs


Definition of cats and dogs

: in great quantities : very hard it was raining cats and dogs

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Luckily, rabies in domestic cats and dogs in the U.S. is uncommon thanks to our pet vaccination rates; this has, in turn, led to a very low rate of human rabies in the country, with just one to three rabies deaths per year, according to the CDC. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "What Happens When You Get Rabies? An Epidemiologist Explains," 24 Jan. 2019 The strips, for cats and dogs, are made in Woodinville and pack Omega-3s into every delicious bite. $5 at Mud Bay Keep your dog warm and fashionable in an adorable snood made of highly reflective yarn in teal, purple or black. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 Labor and business, nukes and renewables, markets and mandates, cats and dogs — somehow the bill hit the sweet spot. David Roberts, Vox, "California is this close to its boldest energy target yet: 100% clean electricity," 31 Aug. 2018 The Betsy has also partnered with Miami-Dade County Animal Services to host an event during which locals and visitors can meet shelter cats and dogs in the hopes of finding them homes. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Hotels Around the World With Pets in Residence," 25 July 2018 But now more and more pet owners are turning to needle power to help cure their cats and dogs. Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: Could your pet benefit from acupuncture treatment?," 6 July 2018 Plague symptoms in cats and dogs include fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "SW Idaho cat infected in problem area known for previous plague cases," 26 June 2018 Kids like Betsy, who has been volunteering with Pet Refuge for three years, can work in the cat and dog departments, helping make sure the animals have food and water, get exercise and are shown plenty of love through belly rubs and back scratches. Allie Kirkman, Post-Tribune, "Camp uses yoga with kittens to teach youths animal care," 22 June 2018 According to China Securities, a Beijing brokerage, pet spending in China has surged more than eightfold since 2010, to about $25 billion a year, mostly on cats and dogs. Ailin Tang, The Seattle Times, "The trade war’s latest casualties: China’s coddled cats and dogs," 23 Oct. 2018

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1738, in the meaning defined above

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