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August 2017

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Editor's Note

Why Mess With Perfection?

A recent study relating to feline genes suggests that they’ve remained largely unchanged for thousands of years, and that they actually domesticated themselves.   More...

Feature

Make Sure Your Microchip Works

The primary purpose of the microchip is to reunite lost pets with their owners. Whether your cat is missing for just a few hours or has survived an incredible journey covering significant distance and time, the reunion of a lost pet with her grateful owner brings overwhelming relief.   More...

7 Changes In Cat Behavior to Look For

Most cat owners are extremely familiar with their cat’s normal day-to-day habits, yet witness the occasional moment of unpredictability and surprise. However, when a cat’s normal behavioral patterns suddenly change and do not quickly return to normal, the change should never be ignored. Sudden alterations in your cat’s behavior can be indicative of serious medical or psychological issues requiring prompt veterinary attention.   More...

Diagnosis: Feline DiabetesSubscribers Only

While maintaining her normal (and robust) appetite, your nine-year-old cat Pansy seemed to be getting a bit slimmer during the past month or so. This in itself might not have been a cause for concern.   More...

How to Redirect Your Cat’s JumpingSubscribers Only

You start chopping vegetables for dinner and there’s your favorite companion — right on the countertop nearby, rubbing himself against the microwave oven. You love your cat, but this behavior doesn’t make you happy.   More...

The Domestication of Cats

In a recent study regarding the evolution of domesticated cats, DNA analysis suggests to researchers that the animals lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were “domesticated.” And during that time, their genes have changed precious little from those of wildcats — with the exception of developing the unique stripes and spots of the tabby.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Tuna Fixation

I have a five-year-old cat who I adopted from a shelter as a kitten. Spruce has been a wonderful companion, with good behavior and a clean bill of health at all of her wellness exams. However, I have a question regarding her nutrition.   More...

Dear Doctor: Call of the Wild

I have a wonderful five-year-old cat that I rescued from the streets when she was a kitten. This year, she has decided to drive me crazy by going from one door to the other and meowing constantly. She is not allowed out in my apartment complex and has not really given me much trouble — until now.   More...

Dear Doctor: Help for an Itchy Cat

My nine-year-old cat Tommy has arthritis, but he is otherwise healthy. A few months ago, he developed a case of ringworm near the base of his tail. I treated it with a topical medication recommended by my veterinarian, and it went away.   More...