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That Lump Is Probably Nothing — But Make Sure

Lumps on the skin are a common concern for cat owners, understandably so. But most are benign and of little importance. Still, better safe than sorry. Any new lump or bump you observe should be looked at by a veterinarian. In many instances, the doctor will perform a needle aspiration. It doesn’t even require sedation, […]
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When Wellness Exams Should Go from Once to Twice a Year

For young adult and middle-aged cats, an annual wellness exam at the veterinarian’s is usually frequent enough. But during the senior and geriatric phases of a cat’s life, twice a year is called for, says the American Association of Feline Practitioners. The association labels age 11 as “senior” and age 15 as “geriatric.” The reason […]
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New Medicine to Extend Life for Cats with Kidney Disease

Cats with chronic kidney disease often succumb in part because they lose their appetites and can’t keep up their weight. The nausea, vomiting, and general malaise the illness brings on get the better of them. But the Food and Drug Administration has just approved an appetite stimulant specifically aimed at helping to stem weight loss […]
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Two-Faced

Cats with two faces are incredibly rare, and they usually die within days of being born. But the latest Janus cat, as they are known, is doing fine. Now six months old, the black beauty (beauties?) is doing well at her California home. She has been aptly named Duo.

Paging Dr. Google — Not

When something seems wrong with your cat, or different from usual, the instinct is to look for reasons online — and also to depend on the Internet for solutions. There’s nothing wrong with doing an online search for clues about what’s going on. But it doesn’t take the place of bringing your cat to the […]
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New Vaccination Guidelines Released

The guidelines for cat vaccinations have just been updated jointly by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. The...

Can Probiotics Settle Your Cats Sensitive Tummy?

It is very easy to find probiotics marketed for cats with claims they can maintain or improve digestive health. The good bacteria they contain are supposed to keep things on an even keel and prevent or ameliorate diarrhea and other gastrointestinal ills. But finding the right product is easier said than done.

Too Much Copper in the Liver

Copper is an essential nutrient in a cat’s diet. It is critical for the formation of collagen and bone, the absorption of iron (another essential nutrient), and the formation of melanin that gives fur its pigment. It also acts like an antioxidant in the body, scavenging free radicals that can harm cells, and is necessary […]
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For Arthritis Pain and Also for Severe Stress, Gabapentin

Gabapentin, an anticonvulsant drug that helps cut down on the incidence of seizures, is also a potent pain reliever used in both human and canine medicine. It is now gaining traction in feline medicine, not just for pain but also for extreme stress. In one study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical […]
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Cat white, with tongue out for warmth

Dear Doctor: Drools a lot

Q. My cat often drools. Is that normal? Chantal Stuart Reading, Massachusetts A. Dear Ms. Stuart, It depends. It is normal for cats to drool while they are purring or kneading on you. It’s a sign of how relaxed they feel in your company. Think of drooling in that situation as liquid love. Cats sometimes […]
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Too Few Cats Go for Veterinary Visits

Despite the fact that there are more pet cats in the United States than pet dogs, cats are much less likely than their canine counterparts to be taken for veterinary check-ups. Part of it is that cats hate to visit the doctor, so their owners avoid the stress of putting their feline companions through it. […]
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More and more pet health insurance companies are now covering acupuncture

Considering Acupuncture and Chiropractic

Q. Is there a place for acupuncture and or/chiropractic in treating my cat’s pain? Penni Rosenberg Barrington, Illinois A. Dear Ms. Rosenberg, There may very well be a place for acupuncture if your pet is suffering from joint or muscle pain, post-operative discomfort, or some other painful condition. But it doesn’t appear to be that […]
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