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November 2019

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When the Meowing Becomes Excessive

Adult cats donít meow at each other. A kitten will meow to let its mother know itís hungry or cold, but once it is weaned, it will no longer meow to communicate with those of its own species.   More...

Before You Take In That Stray…

Perhaps youíve already started leaving out bowls of food for a stray cat who comes near your house. Maybe she has even let you pet her, and you decide to ďgo the distanceĒ and have her come to live with you inside. But before you do:   More...

Delaware Becomes the First State Without Kill Shelters

It was the very first state in the U.S., and now itís the first state in the country to become a no-kill state for shelter animals. Itís not a law but, rather, a designation bestowed by the Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit animal welfare organization that works to help put an end to the euthanasia of unwanted pets in animal shelters across the country.   More...

Weight Keeps Creeping Up

Itís well known that cats donít need to keep putting on weight once they transition from kittens to adults at about one year of age, but data on 19 million cats published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association reveal that pet cats tend to keep putting on weight until they are about 8 years old.   More...

Laser Therapy to Reduce Pain?Subscribers Only

Laser therapy to mitigate pain is very commonly found in veterinary practices these days. Some pet health insurers have even started reimbursing for laser treatments aimed at treating pain. Lasers are thought to work by reducing inflammation, relaxing muscle tissue, promoting wound healing, treating musculoskeletal problems, minimizing post-operative complications, and mediating other pain-causing problems.   More...

When Does Diarrhea Warrant a Vet Visit?Subscribers Only

Diarrhea is one of the most common health problems cats suffer. Itís not surprising when you consider just how many different types of illnesses and situations can cause it. Loose stools can be prompted by everything from a gastrointestinal infection to a sudden change in diet, stress, feline immunodeficiency virus, inflammatory bowel disease, and even certain types of cancer.   More...

Detecting and Treating ArthritisSubscribers Only

Cats are wily about concealing their pain. It comes from a genetically encoded instinct for self-protection, never wanting to let potential predators know they may be vulnerable. But if your cat has arthritis, there are frequently telltale signs.   More...

The Best Cat Nutrition WebsitesSubscribers Only

To help you in your Internet search for reliable nutrition information for your cat, we have compiled a list of the very best websites out there, divided into categories for your convenience.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Worried about the effects of chemotherapy

My cat has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal lymphoma, and the veterinarian says he will need chemotherapy. Iíve seen my father go through chemo, and it was no picnic. Iím worried about putting my cat through this. Will it really help?   More...