• Does Your Cat Need Vaccines?

    In a word, yes. “No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says feline veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick. However, Dr. Plotnick and other veterinarians acknowledge that, rarely, vaccinations in cats have been linked to

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  • Diabetes in Cats: Prevention and Treatment

    Diabetes in cats, also known as feline diabetes mellitus, is an increasingly common disease affecting 1 out of every 400 cats. Obesity is the leading risk factor for diabetes. "Overweight or obese cats are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes than cats with a healthy body weight," says

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  • Do Cats Really Love Milk?

    Cats, unlike dogs, are true carnivores which means they thrive on meat only diets and require no vegetable, grain, or dairy supplementation. Cows milk is not recommended for cats because it can be too rich for their digestive systems. This is because most cats can't digest milk properly because it contains

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  • All About Hairballs

    Does your favorite feline leave you hairballs as gifts? If so, you’re not alone. Although we love cats for being meticulous groomers, it’s safe to say we don’t like finding hairy presents around the house. Let’s explore what causes hairballs and how to prevent them. What Causes a Hairball? Hairballs

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  • 6 Rules to Improve Your Cat's Diet

    Do Not Overfeed "Obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in cats," says Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. It is a common bad habit for cat owners to feed their cats too much. Cats only need 24 to 35 calories per pound of body weight each

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  • Does Your Cat Need Vaccines?

    In a word, yes. “No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says feline veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick. The Exception Dr. Plotnick and other veterinarians acknowledge that, rarely, vaccinations in cats have been linked

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  • Declawing Alternatives for Cats

    Cat declawing is possibly one of the most controversial of all animal surgeries. Cats scratch to mark territory and to keep their claws in top condition, but the scratching behavior can challenge the bond between a cat and his owner. Felines, especially young cats, often play rough and scratch their

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  • Two Common Diseases of Geriatric Cats

    Hypertension Cats can get high blood pressure, in fact, hypertension is almost always due to kidney disease or hyperthyroidism in the feline. The veterinarian or a staff member will measure the blood pressure with a cuff placed around a leg, then attached to a manometer similar to how it

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  • Trimming Your Cat's Claws

    Did you know? When cats are de-clawed, they are sent home from the veterinarian's office with special litter that won't get caught in the holes created by the de-clawing. There are an estimated 90 million cats kept as pets in the United States. A cat with both front and

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  • Unnecessary Risks Cat Owners Take

    Cats Can Be Unknowingly Jeopardized Even the best of cat owners may not recognize small signs or signals in their pet's health that a veterinarian would consider noteworthy.  Feed, groom and vaccinate your cat and take simple steps for maximum health and well being.

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  • Understanding Renal Failure in Cats

    Could My Cat Have Kidney Failure? Renal failure can occur in cats of any age, although senior cats are at increased risk for chronic renal failure. For both acute and chronic renal failure, early diagnosis can make a significant difference for a cat's long-term health

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  • My Cat Grooms Excessively — Is Something Wrong?

    3 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained If your cat is bored, he or she may develop behavioral problems. To help prevent boredom, here are three ways to keep your indoor cat entertained. Toys filled with dried catnip are irresistible to most cats. Made from a mint plant,

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  • Managing Feline Asthma

    Professional Feline Asthma Care No treatment of feline asthma is complete without your veterinarian's involvement. If you suspect your cat may be suffering from asthma, taking them in for a checkup is essential. Your veterinarian can run tests to determine if your cat suffers from

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  • Keep Cats Moving and Grooving

    Cat Play Benefits Health How to Play With Your Cat:  Maximize Your Bond While Improving His Health and Well-Being, suggests specific reasons for cat play, including: Practice hunting skills Maintain healthy weight

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  • Litter Box Problems

    Smorgasbord of Cat Litter Cats' preferences for the type of litter vary greatly from cat to cat. Some are not picky and will use anything you put in the box. Some are so particular they won't use the box at all if it is the wrong litter. Depth of the litter is also a factor in pleasing

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  • Is a Feral Cat Right for You?

    Did you know…? There are an estimated 65 million feral cats in the U.S. today, although some estimates are as high as 100 million. A breeding pair of feral cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring

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