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Generic Version of Common Drug Approved

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of the brand-name drug Clavamox, used to treat infections of the skin, soft tissue, and urinary tract in cats. The drug contains the antibiotic amoxicillin, which kills infection-causing bacteria. It also contains clavulanate potassium to inhibit an enzyme that can destroy the amoxicillin. Clavamox generally […]
These days, more veterinarians are asking people to wait in the car while they examine their pets.

Curbside Care on the Uptick

Curbside care for cats — taking your cat from the car and examining her in the office while you wait outside — became more commonplace for veterinary practices during the pandemic. Some vets now feel the practice is working so well for them that they plan to continue it post-COVID, says the American Veterinary Medical […]

Cytology Versus Biopsy

You notice a lump on your cat’s flank, and the vet says she wants to examine it with cytology but may have to proceed to biopsy. What exactly are cytology and biopsy, and what’s involved? Cytology is an examination of cells under a microscope. They are collected via fine needle aspirate. That means the vet […]
Roundworms can easily be transmitted from mother to kitten during nursing.

The Most Common Worms in Cats

First the scary news. Roundworms infect many cats in the United States. One possible route of infestation is through mother’s milk, which is why it is recommended that all kittens be administered medication at four different intervals to kill any of the worms that might be lurking in their small intestine; roundworms put very young […]
Veterinary technician Brandy Tabor with her own cat, Kitty Gumball. He’s clearly not in pain in this photo.

The Fifth Vital Sign

In 1996, pain began to be considered the fifth vital sign in human medicine, needing to be assessed along with temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. The same is true for cats, says a recent article in Veterinary Practice News, particularly in the emergency room or critical care setting. It makes sense. At least […]

Dear Doctor: When the diagnosis is mast cell tumors

Q. During a routine check-up, my cat was diagnosed with mast cell tumors on her skin. How worried should I be? Danielle Castellani Hoboken, New Jersey A. Dear Ms. Castellani, While a diagnosis of mast cell tumors on the skin is of concern, it’s not super-high on the list of physical ailments to worry about. […]
When’s the last time your cat gave a luxurious stretch and yawn?

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

Aging cats often start vocalizing a lot more, change how and even whether they interact with people, and start soiling the house. The shifts can come gradually and seem like responses to aches and pains, so people frequently assume they are just signs of a cat growing old. But, says the American Association of Feline […]
The official recommendation for how long a cat should fast before undergoing anesthesia may differ from what the veterinarian tells you. Listen to the doctor.

How Long Should Your Cat Fast Before Anesthesia?

For healthy adult cats about to undergo an operation, the American Animal Hospital Association now recommends a 4- to 6-hour fast prior to anesthesia. The organization suggests even shorter pre-surgical fasts for cats younger than 2 months of age and cats with diabetes, who need to eat their food at specific times to pair with […]
A cat with asthma who learns to use an inhaler can often enjoy significant relief from symptoms.

For Cats with Asthma, Inhalers

We often think of cats as exacerbating breathing problems in people with asthma. But cats, too, can suffer from the wheezing and coughing that come with the disease, known in the veterinary world as “feline asthma” or “chronic bronchitis.” At least 1 percent of cats are affected, with estimates as high as 5 percent. Some […]
Spaying or neutering can result in an increased appetite.

Does Spaying or Neutering Really Lead to Weight Gain?

If you’ve recently had your cat spayed or neutered and it looks like your pet has put on a few, you’re probably not imagining it. Spaying and neutering don’t cause weight gain, but they do create physiological changes that could predispose a cat to packing on extra pounds. The risk for weight gain appears highest […]
This cat has acute glaucoma.

Recognizing Glaucoma

Does your cat have progressive cloudiness in one or both eyes? Has the white of an eye stayed red? Has one or both eyes enlarged, perhaps to the point of bulging? Or does the cat keep squinting, with his eye teary? Get him to the doctor without delay. He might have glaucoma, and the sooner […]
If a cat stops using his favorite scratching post, it may mean he’s in pain.

Old Cats: Three Vet Visits Yearly

If your cat is older than 15, you should be taking him to the veterinarian for a wellness exam not twice a year but three times, or every 4 months. That’s the latest advice from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), a cat-centric veterinary organization that has just come out with new guidelines for […]