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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 characterized by worn-down joint cartilage. But research has suggested that 90 percent of cats develop signs of arthritis over time, with some 45 percent — almost one in two cats — […]
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Diseases That “Jump” from Cats to People

Information has been changing very fast when it comes to the spread of COVID-19, but as of this writing, there have been no reported cases of cats with the disease infecting people. It’s true that two cats in the United States have tested positive, as well as one in Hong Kong and potentially one in […]
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Boning Up On Cat Anatomy

While just about every single person on earth has 206 bones, most cats have 244 — almost 20 percent more. The extra skeletal components are largely about agility. Some 10 percent of a cat’s bones are in the tail, for instance, where they help a feline maintain balance as well as direction. Think about the […]
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Fires and Feline Heart Health

Cats who suffer burns and smoke inhalation in fires end up with significant heart problems, according to research conducted at the University of California’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis. Scientists there studied more than 50 cats who had been in wildfires only a week or two earlier and found that they had an increased […]
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Yes, Cats Cause Allergies. Many Cats Also Suffer From Them.

Twice as many people are allergic to cats as to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. With pet cats residing in almost 50 million households in the United States, that’s a lot of sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, runny noses, and other uncomfortable symptoms to be with the felines we love. […]
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Cats and Down Syndrome

Google “cats and Down syndrome” and loads of entries will come up: “cats with Down syndrome for sale,” “cats with Down syndrome for adoption,” “cats with Down syndrome pictures,” and so on. But the truth is, while a cat may have physical or behavioral features that make it seem like he has Down syndrome, it’s […]
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Very sick out of the blue — about once a year

Q. Would you know why cats (at least my cat) might get sick all of a sudden, vomiting and becoming listless, and then be completely better the next day? I left Ruby yesterday morning, and she was just fine. When I got home last night, she didn’t come to the door like she usually does […]
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Ear Care 101

Your cat likes to keep clean and well groomed, but there are a couple of areas she may need help with. The ears are among them. Pay attention to your pet’s ears for discharge, pain, or itchiness that leads to undue scratching. Start with the outer ear, called the flap, or pinna. The outside should […]
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When the Cat Starts Refusing His Daily Pill Out of Nowhere

our cat has a condition that requires him to take a pill every day, and he has always loved getting it wrapped in cheese. But one day he flat out refuses. And the next. And the next. What do you do? Some people give up, which for obvious reasons is a bad idea. “I’ve been […]
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When Was the Last Time Your Cat’s Blood Pressure Was Measured?

Considering how much most cats hate going for veterinary checkups, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that checking feline blood pressure often goes by the wayside at the doctor’s office. But high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, can be a sign of a number of serious conditions, notably kidney disease, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, and […]
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Dear Doctor: An Unsightly Sore on the Cat’s Upper Lip

Q. My cat has developed an angry-looking, reddish-brown sore on her upper lip. I thought it was just a wart and would go away on its own, but after several weeks, it’s still there. Should I be concerned? Maisie Spencer Troy, New York A. Dear Ms. Spencer, It sounds like your pet may have a […]
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Faster Wound Healing with New Technology

The Cummings School at Tufts University has reportedly become the first veterinary facility in the U.S. to use a new treatment for speeding up wound healing in cats and other pets. Called cold plasma therapy, it appears to hasten the skins return to normal when it has been compromised by such things as cuts and abscesses. It also clears the crusting, scaling, inflammation, and eruptions that sometimes appear as the result of infections associated with allergies and other conditions.
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