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April 2019

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Examining Your Cat’s Sleep Needs

If you think your cat sleeps an awful lot, you’re right — and there’s nothing wrong with that. Cats naturally sleep about 17 hours per day — fully two-thirds of their lives. But much of that slumber is not what we think of when we think of sleep. It’s more akin to what your car does when it idles, ready to move at a moment’s notice. The trigger that might rouse your pet into becoming fully awake from her dozing might be prey, the smell of food, or someone entering the room. Your cat will be ready to respond as though she had not been asleep at all.   More...

California Becomes First State to Sell Rescue Cats Only in Pet Stores

It’s official. California has become the first state to ban the sale of any cat (or dog or rabbit) in a pet store unless it can be verified that the animal has come from a rescue center. If you must have a bred cat, such as a Persian or other breed, you can still purchase your pet from a private breeder — just not in a retail establishment.   More...

Cat Food: It’s in the Presentation

In the typical household, cats are fed in the exact same spot at each meal, with the food doled out once or twice a day. And if there’s more than one cat in the household, they tend to be fed together. But a cat’s natural preferences are just the opposite. They would rather eat multiple small meals a day — alone.   More...

How Long Can You Leave Your Cat Alone?Subscribers Only

One of the perks of being a cat lover is that you don’t have to make sure you’re home several times a day to walk your pet. Indeed, a feline can spend more than a day by herself and be none the worse for the solitude. Even cats who crave company would rather be left in a familiar environment than boarded at a facility. They’ll take the temporary loneliness over the stress of being put in a crate, brought out to the car, driven to the boarder’s, and having to contend with the sights, odors, and sounds of cats they don’t know.   More...

Tail InjuriesSubscribers Only

Rocking chairs, a foot landing in the wrong place, a door closing at the wrong time — all of these can cause tail injuries. Still, “we don’t see that many cat tail injuries,” says Armelle de Laforcade, DVM, an emergency and critical care veterinarian at Tufts’ Foster Hospital for Small Animals. “In the grand scheme of emergencies that come in, it isn’t all that common.”   More...

Massage for What Ails ThemSubscribers Only

Massage therapy for cats can ease the pain and lack of mobility related to a number of conditions, says Lisa Ruthig, chair of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage, and director of Animal Programs at the Bancroft School of Animal Massage in Worcester, Massachusetts. These include arthritis, post-operative pain, muscle strain, and even aggressiveness stemming from anxiety.   More...

Finicky Eaters: Born or Made?

Cats in general are happy to eat the same food day after day, say the veterinary nutritionists at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. However, owners can inadvertently give their cats an opening to train them into thinking that a lack of variety in the diet is unacceptable.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Ruining the furniture

My cat is driving me crazy with the scratching. She has ruined not just upholstered furniture but also the wooden legs on my piano. Would it really be inhumane to have her declawed? She’s a house cat and doesn’t need her nails to defend herself outside.   More...

Dear Doctor: Sexual aggression even though he is neutered

I have a male cat and a female cat, and normally they get along very well. The female has been spayed and the male neutered, so they kind of get on as brother and sister. Once in a while, though, the male jumps on the back of the female and bites her neck. Hissing and crying ensue, and I often have to break it up. What’s going on?   More...