CAT HEALTH & MEDICINE

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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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...

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...
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Pets Reduce Stress in Households with Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorder

Because parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report feeling more stressed and overwhelmed than parents of children with typical development, it’s logical...

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...

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...
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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...