Cat Health Care

Feline dental disease is one of the most common conditions encountered by veterinarians. Not a day went by where I didn’t see a cat with some sort of dental issue in my feline veterinary hospital. In fact, more than half of all cats above the age of 3 have some type of dental disorder. If
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No one likes to see their loved ones in pain. Thankfully, there are many remedies out there to help keep your feline feeling fine. Some are technologically advanced, and some may be familiar to you. Check out what’s available for your furry pal, both for internal and external treatments. Cats tend to hide both acute
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Guinness World Records lists a Texas cat named Crème Puff as the oldest cat ever, reported to have lived to the age of 38. As of 2018, the oldest living cat was a 30-year-old orangeand- white male named Rubble, who lived with his owner in Great Britain. Clearly, cats are living longer lives. And once
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Cats. So cuddly and sweet, soft and furry, pleasant to touch and caress. Cats are at their cutest, it seems, when they are sleeping, whether they’re all curled up in a ball or lying happily on their backs enjoying a sun spot. Who could resist reaching down to give that exposed belly a rub or
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Cats have many ways of communicating. Some of these ways, like meowing, are more understandable for humans than others. Urine spraying, on the other hand, not only proves much more challenging for humans to comprehend but is also much less pleasant. Let’s face it: Humans and cats see urine very differently. Sadly, that misunderstanding lands
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Millet is a type of hardy, nutritious grass seed that has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. It is highly adaptable, with a wealth of functions, providing food and sustenance for both livestock and humans. We say “it,” but actually millet is an umbrella term for at least 50 different varieties of this staple grain.
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Do cats snore? And if cats do snore, is cat snoring something to worry about? The short answer is that some cats snore. For many, nothing is wrong. However, some cat snoring can be a sign of trouble. Why does cat snoring happen? Do cats snore? And if cats do snore, when is cat snoring an issue? Photography
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There are few things more distressing than witnessing a cat in the throes of a seizure. Fortunately, feline seizure disorders are much less common compared to the canine population, but when they do occur, treatment may be challenging. What is a seizure? The terminology regarding seizures can be confusing. Seizures (sometimes called convulsions or fits)
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Like many places across the United States, southern Colorado has been suffering from the effects of a population boom — a feral cat population boom, that is. As a result, shelters in the region were finding a lot of community cats in their intake areas. Most of the time, entering a shelter is a death
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Increasingly, people are adopting cats from shelters and rescues. To be exact, more than 1.6 million cats and kittens annually, according to the ASPCA. Further evidence is the Million Cat Challenge (millioncatchallenge.org), which was originally launched to save the lives of one million shelter cats in North America. Exceeding all expectations, the more than 1,500
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The Petco Foundation and the Blue Buffalo Company partnered to award a $250,000 grant to the Morris Animal Foundation, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing animal health. The gift will specifically fund studies on feline cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in cats. Current Morris Animal Foundation cat-specific studies underway include
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The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention recently released its survey statistics for 2018, which found that 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs in the United States are classified as overweight or obese. Cats beat out dogs in obesity — 33.8% of all cats falling in the category of obese (for dogs, it’s 18.9%). The
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It’s no secret that cats are mysterious. It’s part of their appeal. Cats constantly surprise us. As a feline practitioner, I’ve had many cat owners describe a scenario where their cat, relaxing on a couch or bed, suddenly sits up, gets a strange look in his eyes, frantically grooms his flank or tail, then darts
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Is your cat’s runny nose normal or a sign that she’s sick and needs to see a vet? Let’s find out. Is Your Cat’s Runny Nose a Cause for Concern? Does your cat’s runny nose necessitate a trip to the vet? Photography ©EricoMabellini | iStock / Getty Images Plus. “Most cats do not normally have
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With better cat care, medical advances that enhance a cat’s life and foods formulated to meet a cat’s special dietary needs, more and more of our feline friends are living to age 10 and beyond, entering what are known as the senior years for cats. And just like with humans, senior cats need adjustments in
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The symptoms of cats in heat can try the patience of even the most loving pet owners, which is why veterinarians recommend having female cats spayed before the first heat cycle occurs. Cats in heat have entered the phase of the feline reproduction cycle that’s characterized by her receptiveness to males and to mating. This
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U.K. researchers conducted a study to examine if pet owners’ personality and behavior could affect their cats. Cat owners answered questions about their cats and questions about themselves. The results, published in February in the journal PLOS One, were surprising. Humans who scored high in the “neuroticism” category had cats with more ongoing medical issues,
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With pot now legal in many states, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center has logged a record number of calls regarding pets ingesting marijuana in early 2019 — a whopping 765 percent increase from the same time frame the previous year. The popularity of marijuana “edibles” (food items like brownies or cookies that contain marijuana)
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