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September 2019

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Indoor Plants to Please Your Cat’s Palate

Stuck indoors all day, cats are often looking for things to do. And one of them is to nibble on your plants. Why not cultivate some house plants that your cat will enjoy without you having to worry about toxicity? A few might even do double duty as garnishes on your own foods or as seasonings in sauces or soups. And in some cases, plants that can be grown indoors might even provide a health benefit for your feline pet.   More...

To Make Friends With a Cat, Ignore It

Ever notice how people who are allergic to cats and pay them no attention are the ones cats come up to? And how people who bend over backwards to make friends with cats are the ones whose efforts are often rebuffed? It’s because generally, cats are naturally wary and would prefer to be the ones to take the social initiative.   More...

Litter Boxes to Suit Every Cat’s PreferencesSubscribers Only

Kicked litter, spraying, onerous clean-up of not only the box but also the surrounding area…no wonder litter boxes are often a source of vexation for cat owners. But what if you could find a model that best suits your cat’s proclivities, making her elimination time easier and more pleasant — which in turn could make your life more pleasant as well?   More...

Options for Getting a Cat with Diabetes Off InsulinSubscribers Only

“It is always something of a financial challenge having a diabetic pet,” says Orla Mahony, DVM, a veterinarian at Tufts’s Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Frequent monitoring of the cat’s blood sugar at the veterinarian’s office to be certain it remains in the correct range is in itself a significant but important expense for avoiding organ damage and other complications of diabetes.   More...

Belly Rubs Gone WrongSubscribers Only

Your cat rolls over on her back and presents her belly to you, so you return the apparent gesture of affection by stroking it, as you would for a dog. But instead of relaxing and enjoying the moment, she turns into the feline version of Cujo, scratching and biting you to make you stop. Why did she show you her belly if she didn’t want you anywhere near it?   More...

Why It Takes Patience to Teach a Cat TricksSubscribers Only

“When it comes to teaching tricks to a cat, it isn’t that they’re not smart or can’t learn,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “They actually can be quite good learners. But you have to teach them how to learn.”   More...

Is Your Veterinarian Practicing Narrative Medicine?

If you bring your cat to the veterinarian’s office because he’s vomiting, does the doctor simply perform a clinical exam followed by x-rays and blood work, or does she add in some questions that help her learn the story of the cat’s life? For instance, a vet might ask, “Has anything changed lately? Have you moved, or has someone moved into or out of your household? Has there been a divorce or some other difficult event?” That way, the doctor may find out that the cat is stressed, perhaps because he is sensing your own stress, and that is what is making him throw up.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Catnip Concerns

Is it really okay to give your cat catnip? My husband and I are teetotalers and also would never smoke marijuana, so I’m wondering if it’s okay to make my cat high. He does seem to like it and I don’t want to take away something he enjoys, but am I inadvertently turning him into a drug addict, with attendant harmful effects? Also, is it just plain wrong?   More...