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September 2017

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Editor's Note

Making an Educated Guess

At the local shelter where I volunteer, one of the most common questions about the adoptable dogs is: Does she get along with cats? And truthfully, the majority of our dogs are those with an unknown history, frequently rescued off the streets of a nearby city. And in our small facility, it’s very, very hard to safely assess the cat-friendly aspect of a dog’s temperament. …   More...

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Inhaled Medications for Cats

As you probably have already experienced first hand, cats can be tricky to medicate. Veterinarians know that it is difficult for many owners to medicate a cat consistently with a medication that is required twice daily, and almost impossible to administer a medication reliably and unfailingly three times daily. Therefore, most veterinarians aim for a balance between efficacy and ease of administration, prescribing the most effective drug that can be given with the least frequency. …   More...

Anesthesia in Veterinary MedicineSubscribers Only

Virtually all feline surgical procedures — whether brief and relatively simple or lengthy and complicated — require that the patient’s pain perception be dulled, if not totally blocked, by an anesthetic drug of some sort. These days, sleep-inducing chemical substances are commonly used by veterinarians to reduce or eliminate pain in procedures ranging from such complex interventions as the excision of a brain tumor or the removal of a mass in the chest to such comparatively…   More...

Understanding Feline CalicivirusSubscribers Only

If your typically playful cat suddenly becomes lethargic and suffers frequent bouts of sneezing and sniffling, there’s a good chance that she’s come down with what might be called “a bad cold.” If that’s the case, it’s quite possible that the cause of her discomfort is infection with the feline calicivirus (FCV), which is diagnosed in an estimated 40 to 50 percent of cats with upper respiratory illness. (Most other occurrences of such disorders in cats…   More...

Mood-Stabilizing Medications for cats

When it comes to feline behavior, we have some good news: It’s often quite easy to tell whether a cat is fundamentally happy or profoundly disturbed, according to Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, who is head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic. “Although there is likely to be a good bit of variation from animal to animal, a happy and contented cat will tend to be very sociable. She’ll engage with people, she’ll be interested in her…   More...

The Benefit of Therapeutic Diets for your catSubscribers Only

In my feline-only veterinary practice in New York City, not a single day goes by without a client asking me: What is the best diet for my healthy cat? These days, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to answer this (seemingly) simple question. Many people feel that cats should be fed canned food only, and that dry food is extremely unhealthy for them. …   More...

Feline-Friendly — or Not?

A study conducted earlier this year examined whether canine responses to cat-related sights, sounds and smells provide clues about which dogs are cat-friendly. Published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, the study takes the first steps in identifying new ways to evaluate whether specific dogs are likely to get along with cats — without having to stress any cats in the process. …   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Heart Murmurs in Cats

Q My veterinarian told me that my cat has a heart murmur. Does this mean he will die prematurely from heart disease? Karen Murphy A Dear Karen: Your concern is understandable. But some feline heart murmurs don’t mean anything dire at all. And while some may be signs of a serious problem, the problem can often be treated, with the cat having many wonderful, comfortable years ahead of him.  More...

Dear Doctor: Confusion about Feline Vaccines

Q I have three adopted cats, and we live in the country. They are all indoor cats. Recently, I learned that my neighbor has a bat problem in the attic of her old house. Of course, this got me thinking about the possible risk to my own pets. Can you explain the difference between the yearly rabies vaccination and the one that is given once each three years? …   More...

Dear Doctor: Is my Cat Left-Pawed?

Q I have a 12-year-old Blue point Siamese neutered male. After lots of experience and observation, I do believe that he is left-handed. Do cats — like people — usually have a dominant hand (paw)? Both his breeder and first owner are left-handed people. Did he learn by observing? Stephen Claeys A Dear Stephen: Most cats, like people, exhibit handedness: showing preference for using one paw over the other. …  More...