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March 2018

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Editor's Note

Adding to Your Family

When you adopted your cat (or cats), did you have the opportunity to select her based on her age, personality or temperament? Over the years, I did choose a few adult cats from a shelter environment — and had the opportunity to make a choice of, say, a cuddly, interactive cat over a more fearful one.   More...

Feature

The ‘Guaranteed Analysis’ Puzzle

When you look at the label on any package of cat food, the most dizzying part will no doubt be the Guaranteed Analysis, a bunch of numbers given either as percentages or “milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg)” with no accompanying key to explain their meaning in a cat’s diet. To make matters even more complicated, each number is listed as a “minimum” or “maximum,” so you don’t know whether you’re getting the least or, conversely, the most allowed.   More...

Extra Care for the Senior CatSubscribers Only

Believe it or not, there was a time when cats were considered “seniors” when they reached the age of seven or eight years old. As a result of the major breakthroughs in veterinary care — along with the many advances in feline nutrition — cats are now considered “elderly” at twelve, “seniors” at age fourteen and “geriatric” at the age of fifteen. Today, some cats can even live up into the upper teens and into their twenties.   More...

Taking Care of a Beloved, Elderly CatSubscribers Only

Kittens are rambunctious, delightful little balls of fluff who delight and entertain their owners for hours on end with their silly antics and mischievous behavior. But there is something very special about living with cats as they mature. We were extremely blessed to be able to share our lives with our beautiful and loving white Oriental Shorthair, Sir Hubble Pinkerton, for seventeen years.   More...

Keys to a Successful AdoptionSubscribers Only

Choosing the right cat or kitten to adopt is obviously a very important decision. Therefore, it is critical to choose a cat that suits your lifestyle and personality. Some people prefer living with a gregarious and playful cat, whereas others find the company of a placid, laid-back feline more enjoyable. Learning more about the various feline personality types —and how they develop — can help make it easier to find a cat that will bring a lot of joy into your home.   More...

The Benefits of UrinalysisSubscribers Only

Luckily, your 10-year-old cat Jenny has never had a sick day in her life. Nevertheless, you’ve dutifully made a point of taking her to the veterinarian for a routine physical exam once a year to make sure she’s up to date on her vaccinations and is not harboring some systemic disorder that could eventually prove difficult to manage.   More...

Are Dogs Smarter Than Cats?

According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, dogs possess more brain power than cats. This was determined by researchers, who counted the number of neurons in the cerebral cortexes of the brains of a number of animals, including cats and dogs.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Feeding Dog Food to Cats

My husband and I live in an elderly community, with plenty of pet lovers. Our neighbor recently lost her toy breed dog, and offered to give us a case of small cans of dog food to feed our two cats.   More...

Dear Doctor: Can Cats have Bad Eyesight?

I have suffered from nearsightedness for my entire life. Lately, I’ve been wondering if our cats can have vision problems too (outside of eye disease or something related to the aging process, like cataracts). If so, is there a way to determine this?   More...

Dear Doctor: Dental Care Challenges

I am a long-time subscriber and I really enjoy each issue of Catnip! Regarding dental health with my two cats, however, I am at a loss. They simply will not let me brush their teeth. I live alone, so there’s really no one who can assist me on a regular basis.   More...

Dear Doctor: Mental Illness in Cats

I have lived with cats most of my life, and while I have experienced some of the expected behavioral issues — inappropriate elimination, hard-to-control scratching, etc. — I am curious if there are levels of mental illness in pets, too. Do we automatically assume certain traits are behavioral issues or can pets — like humans — be born with certain psychological issues, as well?   More...