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December 2019

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Are Cats Social Eaters?

Humans do it — eat to be polite, to join in with others, rather than because they are hungry. And dogs most certainly will want in on the action if they see another dog eating, whether or not the sight or aroma of the food itself has enticed them. But what about cats? Do they eat to experience social connectedness?   More...

They’ll Take It On the ChinSubscribers Only

Poor cats. While they’re still hardwired to think more like African wildcats than domestic house pets, often preferring solitary lives to social ones, their human caretakers have evolved to be social animals. They go for closeness and touching to display affection.   More...

Safer to Buy the Cat Food Than Prepare It Yourself

Of 114 recipes for homemade cat food found on the Internet and in books, 40 percent did not provide any feeding instructions whatsoever (including how much to give), say researchers reporting in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.   More...

Eco-Friendly Cat GoodsSubscribers Only

If you’re looking to lessen your impact on the environment but still want to keep your cat happy with fun toys, a comforting bed, and other accouterments, consider some sustainable alternatives to less planet-friendly fare. The products here offer a few of the ever-increasing number of ways you can lessen your cat’s carbon paw print. You may even decide to purchase extras for family and friends this holiday season.   More...

Age-Related DementiaSubscribers Only

Does your 12-year-old cat seem, well, a little different than she did when she was younger — perhaps not seeming to recognize you or other familiar people, or unable to maneuver around obstacles she used to find easy to navigate? Is she less interested in interacting with you, or perhaps more clingy, or anxious? She may have feline cognitive dysfunction, the cat equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease. And if she does, she’s not alone.   More...

Insuring a Cat-Safe HolidaySubscribers Only

A Christmas tree to a cat may seem like a laser beam on steroids — lots of lights to chase, lots of other shiny objects. Which is why you should always anchor your tree. It can too easily tip and fall over onto a curious cat who views it as a fully outfitted play space, perhaps with fragile glass ornaments breaking into shards as they hit the floor and causing even more potential for your pet to harm herself as she scampers away.   More...

Are Essential Oils in Household Products Safe For Your Cat?Subscribers Only

Your new diffuser emits the calming scent of lavender, your counters and floors gleam from a cleanser suffused with the uplifting odor of peppermint, and you’re thinking of placing a diffuser in your house—maybe with the cheering scent of lemon. But did you know that products like these, all made pleasing with the aromas of essential oils that have taken off in consumer use, could be toxic to your cat, and in some cases even lead to life-threatening reactions?   More...

Getting a Handle on Feline AsthmaSubscribers Only

“When a cat coughs on a fairly regular basis, people often think their pet is trying to throw up hairballs,” says Tufts veterinarian Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM. “But coughing and throwing up are two separate things. And unless you see actual hairballs vomited up, a coughing cat should be brought to the veterinarian,” she advises.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Unable to Afford the Surgery

My cat needs a $3,000 operation, and I don’t have the cash or that much credit available on my credit card. I should have bought pet health insurance, but obviously I’m not going to be able to get it now, after the need for a surgery has been found. Do I have any options whatsoever?   More...