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October 2017

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Editor's Note

The Feline Instinct

It’s hard to believe that the dog days of summer are well behind us, and that we have our feet firmly planted in the Fall season once again. There’s something about the cool night-time temperatures and the gradual preparation for winter here in the Northeast that always brings a cozy feeling into my heart.   More...

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Cat Haven in Old San JuanSubscribers Only

As a feline veterinarian and enthusiastic traveler, I try to combine my two passions —cats and travel — whenever possible. I succeeded in the Netherlands when I visited the Poezenboot, a floating cat shelter docked on Amsterdam’s Singel canal. My luck continued in Burma, where I visited a Burmese Cat Sanctuary on Inle Lake. And fortune struck again recently in Puerto Rico, as I came upon Save A Gato, a volunteer organization run by a dedicated group of cat lovers that cares for the abundant feral cats of Old San Juan.   More...

How to Find Your Lost Cat

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, well over 86 million cats currently live in U.S. homes. Two-thirds of them are considered “indoor-only” feline companions — their owners keep them confined within the home at all times. The remaining one-third are so-called “indoor-outdoor” cats — they are free to trot in and out of their owners’ houses as the mood strikes them.   More...

What to Do If Your Cat Gets BurnedSubscribers Only

It stands to reason that cats who spend all of their time living indoors are far less prone to serious injury than outdoor cats. However, this doesn’t mean that an indoor cat is completely out of harm’s way. Even within their own homes, they can suffer serious injuries, not the least of which are disabling and even fatal burns.   More...

The Challenge in Treating IBDSubscribers Only

Until a few months ago, your eight-year-old cat Dotty has always been a healthy girl with a robust appetite, good eating habits and an apparently healthy digestive system. Moreover, Dotty has never ventured beyond the confines of your home, so her exposure to any disease that might be carried by other cats in the neighborhood has been virtually nonexistent.   More...

Helping Your Vet Make a Diagnosis

If you think about it, being a cat veterinarian is not very different from being a pediatrician. We can’t ask our patients what’s wrong — we just have to figure it out. Nowhere is the role of a cat owner more important than at the veterinarian’s office, where a good history can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Veterinarians are faced with a variety of diagnostic challenges on a daily basis.   More...

Feeding the Homemade Diet

A home-cooked diet for your pet sounds great, and it certainly appeals to the emotions,” says Cailin Heinze, MS, VMD, DACVN. “But realistically, the vast majority of these diets I see cats being fed are not nutritionally balanced because just using whole foods that are typically consumed by humans is usually not enough to balance a cat’s diet.”   More...

Ask the Doctor

Ask The Doctors: October 2017

I remember that there used to be a lot of talk about the dangers of BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin used as preservatives in certain pet foods. Have they been replaced by different ingredients, or are there simply fewer concerns about them now?   More...