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Recognize and Manage Feline Pain

Recognize and Manage Feline Pain

Cats will typically try to conceal an injury or an illness, but there are ways for an owner to recognize that a pet needs some assistance. Here's how.

September 2016 -

Stub your toe, bump your head or cut your thumb while peeling an apple, and you’re apt to give out a yell that will clearly indicate you’re in pain. And then you might spend the next hour or two discussing the incident, lamenting it and seeking the solace of those who are near and dear to you.

When it comes to dealing with pain, however, our cats aren’t like that. Eons of experience in the wild have taught cats to conceal any sort of physical disability as best as they can from potential enemies. A part of their natural survival instinct is to hide the fact that they have been injured or otherwise weakened, which could render them susceptible to attack by a predator.

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Understanding Feline Hypertension

Understanding Feline Hypertension

Here's what you should know about this potentially serious but usually manageable disorder that is most commonly seen in older cats.

As a cat reaches the age of eight or nine — the feline equivalent of age 40 or 50 in a human being — he is likely to begin experiencing signs of one or more age-related physical disorders. If unnoticed or untreated, such disorders are likely to intensify over time and may eventually prove lethal.

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Taming Feline Aggression

Taming Feline Aggression

There are various forms of aggression with different forces behind them. Here's help in understanding your cat's behavior and how to redirect it.

Petey, a much-loved, six-month-old kitten, has more than held his own in a family that includes two active boys and two dogs. Petey’s owner, Mindy, was a long-time dog owner; Petey, adopted at just seven weeks of age, was her first cat. One morning, little Petey purred and squeaked in delight as Mindy played with him — rolling him over on his back, and letting him grip her forearm as she stroked his tummy. But when…

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Appetite Stimulants for Cats

Appetite Stimulants for Cats

It's important to understand the serious nature of weight loss, the harmful effects it can have on your cat's health and common ways to improve appetite.

As a feline practitioner, I frequently hear the word “finicky” to describe the state of a cat’s appetite. The word was popularized in the 1970s by Morris, who was marketed as “the world’s most finicky cat” — deigning to eat 9Lives® only. And the word “finicky” has been firmly rooted in our vernacular ever since.

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