CAT HEALTH & MEDICINE

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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Tufts veterinary technician Michelle Damon had to re-teach her cat, Yeti, to take a pill.

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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Brushing: Its For His Health, Not Just His Looks

Self-grooming only goes so far, especially as a cat ages and cant reach around to his body parts as well. Thats why you want to supplement a cats licking baths with brushing. It wont only help your cat look his best. It will remove dirt, grease, and dead hair from his coat, not to mention cut down on hairballs. In addition, it will help remove loosened skin flakes and improve circulation.
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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.
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