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Feline Arthritis Pain: Widespread But Largely Undetected

Because cats are so incredibly nimble and graceful, we tend not to think of them as vulnerable to the pain of osteoarthritis, a disease...
Veterinarian examining teeth of a cat while doing checkup

Dear Doctor: Worsening Breath

Q. My cat’s breath has never been particularly pleasant, but I’ve noticed over the past year or so that it’s getting worse. At her last check-up, the vet said her teeth are fine and that she could even wait to have her next cleaning, so I don’t think it’s a dental issue. Does a cat’s […]
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Anesthesia is safe for an old cat. But don’t let him eat the lilies!

Dear Doctor: Anesthesia for an Old Cat

Q. Surgery has been recommended to remove a benign but nonetheless harmful tumor from my cat’s abdomen. The thing is, he is 16, and I’m worried about him being “put under.” Is anesthesia safe for a cat that age? Lucinda ArnoldAndover, Massachusetts Dear Ms. Arnold, A. “This is a concern we hear all the time,” […]
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To Induce Vomiting Upon Poisoning, Or Not?

If you know that your cat has swallowed a poisonous pill or chewed on a toxic plant, don’t waste time trying to induce vomiting,” says Tufts emergency and critical care veterinarian Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM. In fact, Dr. Rozanski points out, “there’s no safe way to do that at home. You could end up sending the […]
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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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