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May 2018

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Editor's Note

Let it Be the Cat’s Idea

Most mornings, I like to start out at my computer to catch up on emails, read some news (that’s a bad idea, many days), enjoy my cup of coffee and plan the rest of my day.   More...

Feature

What Color Is Your Cat?

Among many other things, cats are appreciated for their colorful fur. When it appears that we’ve seen every shade imaginable, a cat of a different color shows up! Genetics is the key to this kaleidoscope of cat colors and patterns.   More...

Domestic Abuse and Pet SafetySubscribers Only

The statistics speak for themselves. Over seventy percent of pet-owning women who find safety in a women’s shelter report that their abuser had also “injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to gain psychological control.” Furthermore, 32 percent of the children who end up in shelters to escape domestic abuse had themselves harmed or even killed pet animals; the lessons modeled by the offending adult seep in insidiously.   More...

Capturing That Kodak MomentSubscribers Only

The truth is that cats are generally regarded as non-compliant subjects, and that most professional photographers get few requests to train their lens on them. “Cats, being notoriously cantankerous and uncooperative, will most likely get up and move once you have placed a light near them,” says Michael Weymouth, a commercial photographer who works from his Weymouth Design office in Boston. That makes it difficult to set the stage, so to speak.   More...

Managing High Blood PressureSubscribers Only

As a cat reaches the age of eight or nine — the feline equivalent of age 40 or 50 in a human being — he is likely to begin experiencing signs of one or more age-related physical disorders. If unnoticed or untreated, such disorders are likely to intensify over time and may eventually prove lethal.   More...

Nasopharyngeal Polyps in Cats

Wheezing, sneezing, teary eyes, nasal discharge and the sound of labored breathing are among the clear indications that a cat is experiencing an upper respiratory disorder of one kind or another. These signs usually indicate a transient viral infection that will resolve within a week or 10 days.   More...

Stem Cell Therapy for Cats

Stem cell therapy is regarded as having enormous potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases in both people and animals. The use of bone-marrow derived stem cells is already well established in the treatment of human cancer patients. As a result, veterinary applications for bone-marrow stem cells are now being evaluated, as well.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Never See my Cat Drink!Subscribers Only

I am writing in hopes that you may have a suggestion regarding my three-year-old Persian cat. I adopted her through an agency when she was about two years old, but nothing was ever mentioned about her eating issues.   More...

Dear Doctor: Issue of a Chronic Weeping EyeSubscribers Only

I have a cat that has a problem with a weeping eye (at the nose), a condition she has had for several years. Now, the iris is gradually turning orange, starting at the nose, and the eye is starting to squint slightly. This seems to be getting worse.   More...

Dear Doctor: Socialization for Shelter Adoptees

For years, I adopted kitten siblings that required close to zero socialization to adjust to living in my home. However, the last four cats I’ve adopted from shelters took a long time to feel comfortable enough to come out of hiding from under my bed or behind my sofa. I am happy to report that they are all now well adjusted and contented, but it did take some time.   More...