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December 2017

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Editor's Note

Finding the Perfect Balance

Just one month has passed since I shared the news about my feline foster family — an adolescent mom and her six kittens — but it feels like a lifetime ago based on how much they have grown and developed.   More...

Feature

Are Grain-Free Diets Healthier?

If you think you’re noticing more and more grain-free pet foods on the shelves, you’re right. According to data in the Dog and Cat Food Ingredient Center —which examines pet food trends and ingredients — 73 percent of manufacturers producing dry cat food in the United States now have at least one grain-free product.   More...

The Importance of Dental HealthSubscribers Only

Inflamed and swollen gums, bad breath, a decline in appetite, noticeable weight loss — these are among the most common indications that your cat is suffering from a disorder centered in her oral cavity, most likely in her teeth and gums. She may not behave as if she’s in pain, but that’s because cats are very good at concealing health issues; after all, she doesn’t want to signal to a potential predator that she’s in a weakened condition and therefore vulnerable to attack.   More...

Helping Your Cat to Lose Weight

When Blazer tipped the scale at 29 pounds, his owner knew it was time to take action. “He has always been a big boy,” explains Susanne Jenkins of her tabby cat. “But over the course of one long winter, he simply blew up. He was living with four dogs and getting into a lot of dog food.”   More...

Weight Loss Foods and Actual Calorie Count

Today, you can find at least 50 cat foods on the market with promises on their labels that claim everything from “weight loss” to “reduced calorie” to “weight management.” But just what do these phrases mean? Unfortunately, whatever the manufacturer wants them to.   More...

Weathering the StormSubscribers Only

In a striking visual of the tenacious bond between pets and their human parents, Houston residents remained yards from the safety of the George R. Brown Convention Center during last summer’s Hurricane Harvey because they were not permitted inside with their cats and other companion animals.   More...

The Cat Who Loves Too MuchSubscribers Only

When you’re walking around the house, he’s weaving tight figure eights around your legs. If you’re trying to take a catnap or watch some prime-time television, he’s happily draped across your neck, purring away.   More...

Study on Personality Types

By applying a model commonly used to describe personality traits in people, researchers in South Australia and New Zealand have identified five distinct personality traits in cats. It is hoped that a better understanding of feline personalities can enhance the health and welfare of cats by fine-tuning management approaches to suit individual temperaments.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Litter Box Avoidance

We have two wonderful 14-year-old cats who are sisters. A few months ago, our veterinarian cleaned their teeth and discovered that the one named Julie had a bladder infection, which was treated with an oral medication for two weeks.   More...

Dear Doctor: A Problem with Bad Breath

My nine-year-old cat’s breath has always been slightly unpleasant, but over the past few months, it has become noticeably worse. I would like to know what might be causing this, and if there’s anything I can do to remedy the problem.   More...