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August 2018

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Editor's Note

Curbing Pet Overpopulation

There’s an abundance of kittens right now. Go visit the local shelter and have a look. Or peruse Craigslist or other Internet sites and see how many unwanted litters are out there.   More...

Cats On the Internet

We already know that owning a pet is good for our health. Purring especially continues to fascinate experts and cat lovers alike, and it further adds to the mystique of cats and their healing powers. And now, there’s an opportunity to listen to a virtual kitty even when you don’t have your own cat kneading away in your lap.   More...

Feature

The Universal Appeal of Cat Cafés

As I settle into the easy chair and sip a cup of tea, Mr. Moo plays with toys, Fernando lounges on the futon and Tiggy Bella is blissfully curled into a cubbyhole mounted on the wall. An afternoon tea break and snuggle time with my cats is my usual routine — but this isn’t my living room, nor are these my cats. Mr. Moo, Fernando, Tiggy Bella and a handful of other cats temporarily reside at Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland, OR while they (briefly!) wait to be adopted into their forever homes.   More...

So You Want to Open a Cat Café .....

Firstly, you need to consider this to be an affair of the heart AND the head. If coffee and cats sound like your perfect cup of tea, there are quite a few things to consider before pouncing into the cat café business. When Sergio Castillo, co-owner of Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland, OR, was asked what inspired him to open a cat café, he said, “One day my wife, Kristen, announced ‘I want to do that!’” They then sat down and talked about everything it would take to be successful — including leaving their jobs — to run not just a new business but a new idea.   More...

‘Play Therapy’ for Our PetsSubscribers Only

Aprevalent myth about house cats is that felines are low-maintenance pets (or an even worse assumption: no-maintenance pets!). Perhaps their reputation as easy keepers is based on the idea that cats require far less attention than canines; but this misconception is actually far from the truth.   More...

The Great Importance of Spay/NeuterSubscribers Only

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, millions of feral and unwanted domestic kittens are born each year in the United States. For the most part, these animals are either abandoned or relegated to shelters — and a cycle that often ends in euthanasia.   More...

Why Did the Tumor Grow Back?Subscribers Only

You sit anxiously in the waiting room while your cat undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous mass. Finally, after what seems like forever, the doctor comes out in his scrubs and tells you he was able to excise the malignant tumor and that he believes he got it all. Relieved but not yet ‘out of the woods,’ you wait for the pathology report.   More...

The Ability to Detect a Single Cancer Cell During SurgerySubscribers Only

When removing a malignant tumor, a surgeon can’t see a single cancer cell left behind with the naked eye — or even 10,000 cancer cells. That’s a microscopic amount, which is why excised tumors currently get sent to pathologists. They can look at a few small sections of an excised tumor under the microscope and get an idea of whether the cancer was removed in its entirety. But what if a method was developed that allowed cancer surgeons to see right in the operating room, before the patient was closed back up, whether any cancer cells remained?   More...

Understanding Anemia in Cats

Like every veterinarian, I evaluate the mouth and gums of my patient whenever I’m performing a physical examination. I expect to find nice pink gums, and most of the time, I do. Occasionally, however, I’ll note with dismay that the gums are pale, or even white. This finding immediately sets off alarm bells in my head: This cat is anemic. The task of making a diagnosis now begins.   More...

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