April 10, 2012 03:30 PM

These stories are worth a click:

Lady Gaga reportedly gave boyfriend Taylor Kinney a stray cat to keep him company while she goes on tour. The singer’s new addition is believed to be named Polly. –The Sun

Rhode Island may soon ban dogs from riding on their owner’s laps while driving. The new measure comes as a result of a 2010 survey conducted by AAA that found that 31 percent of drivers admit to being distracted by their pets. –Los Angeles Times

A campaign by the California Spay & Neuter License Plate Fund, Inc., to sell 7,500 license plates in order to raise awareness for spaying/neutering is on the verge of collapse after volunteers have only been able to pre-sell 4,000 plates. Should the group not hit its target, the money will be refunded. –Huffington Post

A Brooklyn bookstore held a special reading for its favorite four-legged customers on Monday. Owners were encouraged to bring their best-behaved pets along for an evening where authors read from animal-inspired works. –New York Times

The cost of caring for a pet is steadily rising, with Americans expected to spend $52 billion in 2012. But with a little due diligence, and using these five steps, owners can keep their pets healthy and happy without breaking the bank. –U.S. News

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