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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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Cat Eyes, and How to Protect Them

Is there a fair amount of discharge coming from your cat’s eyes? A lot of crusty gunk in the corners? Are his eyes watering frequently? Make sure the veterinarian has a look at them. There are also a number of other tip-offs that something is wrong. Here’s how to check. Home Eye Exam Sometimes a […]
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Cat Coughing? Take Notice

Has your cat been coughing a lot? Get her to the doctor. It’s not a nothing sign. Many cats cough occasionally, and that’s okay. Coughing up hairballs (more like retching than actual coughing) is nothing to worry about, either. But if your cat has developed a persistent cough that lasts more than a few days […]
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Getting to the Bottom of Your Pet’s Sensitive Tummy

She has a sensitive stomach” is a common refrain heard by veterinarians. People want to know why their otherwise healthy cat vomits or has diarrhea or flatulence on a not-infrequent basis. The symptoms are not life-threatening or even terribly severe. The cat soon returns to herself. But owners are rightfully concerned. And food manufacturers are […]
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Signs of the Most Common Hormonal Disease to Strike Cats in Middle and Old...

There’s a disease that may fool you into thinking your cat is healthier than ever. Called feline hyperthyroidism, it often results in weight loss and increased activity, so owners commonly remark that “the diet is finally working,” or “my cat feels great and is acting like a kitten again.” But the condition has serious health […]
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