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Adopting the Right Cat for You

Adopting the Right Cat for You

Felines that some people may consider undesirable can be perfect pets for others. Here's how to look for temperament cues during the adoption process.

October 2016 - Choosing the right cat or kitten to adopt is obviously an important decision. Therefore, it is critical to choose a cat that suits your lifestyle and personality. Some people prefer living with a gregarious and playful cat, whereas others find the company of a placid, laid-back feline more enjoyable. Learning more about the various feline personality types — and how they develop — can help make it easier to find a cat that will bring…

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Diagnosis: Feline Ear Mites

Diagnosis: Feline Ear Mites

It's an extremely uncomfortable condition most commonly found in kittens and it should be treated by your veterinarian for best results. Here's why.

I look forward to kitten season every year. Nothing brightens my day more than examining a kitten and seeing all of the joy and amusement it brings to the family. I do not, however, look forward to peering inside a kitten’s ear — especially a kitten that’s been aggressively scratching at her ears with a hind paw and shaking her head afterward. This behavior is usually the telltale sign of ear mites. …

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It’s a Mat, Mat World for many Cats

It’s a Mat, Mat World for many Cats

Mats are most common in longhaired cats, but all are susceptible. Besides being uncomfortable, mats can lead to health issues. Here's how to conquer them.

Cats are known as naturally fastidious animals, and their meticulous hygiene habits make them a favored pet for many people and cultures. Cats come equipped with their own built-in grooming accessories: the barbed tongue combs out dead loose fur while saliva is a cleaning agent; the front paws become a loofah to clean around the face and ears; the incisors, the tiny front teeth, tease out tangles and remove debris; and the back paws replicate…

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Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Cats

Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Cats

The little parathyroid glands play a big role in calcium regulation. Here are the ways they can malfunction and impact your cat's health.

When it comes to glandular problems in the cat, the thyroid gets all the glory. Hyperthyroidism is the most common feline endocrine disorder, and every cat-centric publication regularly features articles about it. Adjacent to the thyroid gland, however, are four small glands called the parathyroid glands. These little glands are immensely important in finely regulating the blood calcium level. There are two pairs of parathyroid glands in the cat, the external and the internal parathyroids.…

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