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December 2018

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Editor's Note

End-of-Year Reflections

As we’re about to ring in the new year, many people also reminisce about the twelve months we’ve left behind, and how we could have done things differently. That’s probably when the various resolutions come into play — how life would be so much sweeter if we joined the gym and lost those nagging 10 extra pounds; how a weekly call to our aging parents would alleviate our guilt that we live on the other side of the country; how developing a new hobby would help make our lives feel more balanced and well- rounded.   More...

Feature

Cancer Treatments for Cats

Cancer. The word alone evokes high emotions, whether it’s impacting a family member, friend or beloved pet. Our thoughts tend to run from astonishment to guilt and fear as we grapple to come to terms with the new reality and what to do next. Like humans, our pets are also living longer these days — and that fact alone contributes to the likelihood of our cats one day developing cancer.   More...

Free Vaccinations for Life!Subscribers Only

Google “free vaccines for life” and you will see page after page of veterinary practices that engage in this very type of program — free vaccines annually for cats who are patients at these clinics. They all operate a bit differently, but here’s the gist. If you take your cat to the clinic once a year for her wellness visit, vaccines deemed necessary at that time will be given at no cost.   More...

Why You Should Adopt an Older CatSubscribers Only

It’s always fun to see playful kittens when you are at an adoption shelter (or anywhere, for that matter!). They are fluffy, adorable and hard to resist — but we also know that they require a lot of energy to raise properly. Sometimes, it’s the older cat sitting quietly in her cage who is the best choice for your particular household.   More...

Advantages of Cats-Only ClinicsSubscribers Only

All companion animals require regular veterinary attention. Cats aren’t “little dogs” — they have their own unique and specific medical requirements. Additionally, many cats are extremely anxious when being cared for at a veterinary hospital that cares for both dogs and cats. To provide cats with the most appropriate care — and the least stressful experience possible — there are many advantages in using the services of a feline-only veterinary practice.   More...

Chronic Rhinosinusitis in CatsSubscribers Only

Upper respiratory infections are very common in cats, especially kittens. Most of these infections are caused by viruses. In fact, roughly 90 percent of all upper airway infections in cats are caused by two common viruses: feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus. Some affected cats develop secondary bacterial infections, which can make treatment and recovery longer and more difficult.   More...

Great Cat Care on a BudgetSubscribers Only

Pets enrich our lives in countless ways, but pet ownership does require responsibility and commitment. A cat’s basic needs aren’t that different from what we humans need — quality food, health care and personal belongings. Expenses can add up quickly, and sometimes balancing the necessities within your budget can become a juggling act. Budgeting strategies can include savvy shopping, knowing where to look for resources — and the areas where you should never scrimp. Here are some ways to control certain costs and care for your cat — without sacrificing her health and quality of life.   More...

A Greater UnderstandingSubscribers Only

According to research, feline tumors aren’t used nearly as often as those in dogs to study cancer. While cats tend to have a type of skin cancer in their heads and mouths that some researchers use as a model for human head and neck cancers, dogs are diagnosed more frequently with tumors that overlap with human cancer.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: A Debate over Feeding Cats

I am hoping you can settle an ongoing difference of opinion between me and one of my friends. We are both long-time cat owners, and consider ourselves to be very good caretakers with healthy, happy cats over the past twenty or more years.   More...