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September 2018

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Editor's Note

The Turning of the Leaves

When we first adopt a cat or kitten, it’s a joyous occasion (well, usually!) and we work hard to help her adjust to all that her new home brings with it.   More...

Is My Cat a Teenager?

Just how old do you think my cat is in human years?” This is a question that is asked by people on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend our animal friends’ healthy lives for as long as possible. Fortunately, researchers have spent some time in the analysis of this age-old question.   More...

Feature

Taking Care of a Diabetic Cat

Diabetes mellitus is a frequently diagnosed disease of the feline pancreas, a relatively small, thin organ nestled in the front portion of a cat’s abdomen.   More...

Choosing the Perfect Cat CarrierSubscribers Only

We’ve all had the experience of taking our cats to the veterinarian for check-ups and understand that getting them from one place to another can a daunting task! However, it doesn’t have to be. These days, cat carriers are blossoming into cat-friendly zones. There are even carriers available to the discerning cat owner in many forms and fashions. We examine some of the options that can help you and your cat safely enjoy traveling instead of dreading it!   More...

When Your Cat Vomits (A Lot)Subscribers Only

Digestive system disorders are among the most frequently observed health problems in cats. Many of these disorders may be directly associated with organs such as the liver, pancreas and gall bladder, all of which play a crucial role in the digestive process. Many others, however, may arise in the alimentary canal, the long tube leading from a cat’s mouth and extending the full length of the animal’s body. A signal that something has gone wrong somewhere within this passageway often takes the form of a process scientifically termed emesis — but most commonly referred to as vomiting.   More...

Is Your Cat Anorexic?

We all know that many cats are finicky, but a distinction must be made between choosy cats as opposed to cats that are losing or have entirely lost their appetite. Poor or decreasing appetite is one of the most frequent motivations for a cat owner to seek veterinary advice.   More...

Easing Caretaker’s GuiltSubscribers Only

Many people consider cats to be independent, aloof and mysterious creatures. However, according to a 2015 Harris poll, the majority of cat owners view their furry companions as family members. Most cat lovers will undoubtedly agree that when it comes to the feline species, there is nothing more stress reducing and enjoyable than a purring cat curled up in their lap.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: What is “Pillow Foot”?

I have worked for local spay/neuter non-profit organization for the past 16 years, and we deal primarily with stray and feral cats. Over the past two years, we have been seeing a condition that is commonly referred to as “puffy pad disease.”   More...

Dear Doctor: Help for a Fussy Eater

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 to me about her eating issues.   More...