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June 2019

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When You’re Advised to Deliver Fluids Subcutaneously

The day may very well come when your cat cannot take in enough water by mouth or urinates excessively, and your veterinarian tells you to combat the threat of dehydration through your petís skin. After all, a number of diseases that befall cats can rob their bodies of fluid. These include diabetes, liver disease, pancreatitis, and chronic kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease alone affects half of all cats between the ages of 10 and 15 and almost 70 percent of cats over age 15, according to research conducted at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.   More...

About Those Sandpapery TonguesSubscribers Only

You know those spikes in the ground as you leave the airport car rental parking lot with the signs telling you not to back up? Thatís an approximation of the hundreds of hooked spikes on a catís tongue that face backwards, toward the throat, giving it its rough feel. And now scientists are getting a better understanding of why these tiny claw-like tongue spikes are there.   More...

Making Vet Visits Less StressfulSubscribers Only

Itís a perfect storm. Cats hide their illnesses very well; itís often not clear that theyíre sick until theyíre at deathís door, which is why annual wellness exams are so critical. Through blood tests and other diagnostic workups, a veterinarian can detect problems even a very tuned-in owner might miss. Yet most cats do not like leaving the familiar environment of their home to be handled by a stranger, surrounded by cats and people theyíve never met and will probably never see again. They become so stressed that their owners become overwhelmed with anxiety themselves. So owners skip the veterinary exams. ďMy cat seems fine. Why put her through it?Ē And that, of course, ratchets up the risk that a health issue wonít be detected until itís too late for effective treatment.   More...

Fat CatsSubscribers Only

Many more cats are overweight than in the past. The most recent numbers indicate that up to 66 percent of our cats carry around excess pounds ó two out of three felines. The chances for adverse health effects are significant.   More...

Why Your House Cat Needs an Identification CollarSubscribers Only

It might seem ridiculous to put a collar with identification on a house cat who never goes out. After all, you already know who your cat is and who he belongs to. But you absolutely should put an identifying collar around his neck, because cats do manage to make their way past your door. The UPS man comes and delivers something. Someone house sits while you are away and forgets to keep the back door closed.   More...

Territorial Urine MarkingSubscribers Only

Have you noticed lines or small puddles of urine along your windowsills, or perhaps along a porch doorís threshold? Does it happen more often as the weather warms? If so, your cat is probably marking his territory, letting other cats know the house is his, not theirs.   More...

Brushing Your Cat’s TeethSubscribers Only

Your cat has the same risk for oral disease you do, and thereís no reason to believe she doesnít feel the same pain of sore gums and toothache. Thatís why you want to keep her teeth in good shape by brushing them. Every single day is ideal, but you can do it every other day if your cat will accept that interval better. Every three days isnít frequent enough because it takes two days for soft, sticky plaque that collects below the gum line to turn into hardened calculus. Once plaque hardens, no amount of brushing will remove it. It requires a scaling under anesthesia by your veterinarian.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Cat brings home “delicacies”

We sometimes get field mice in the basement, and my cat has a habit of killing them, then bringing them upstairs and laying them at my feet. Is she trying to show me the incredible booty she has gathered? She doesnít eat the mice ó she just presents them, which makes it a little confusing.   More...