CAT HEALTH & MEDICINE

FDA-Cleared Device May Aid in Pain Management

Imagine a medical device that hastens the healing process and provides relief from conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to itchy hot spots on the skin, often to the point that a lower dose of medication may be used. The Assisi Loop may be such a device.

Tricks for Getting Your Cat To Take Her Pills

As a last resort for getting their cat to take a pill, some owners will physically pry open their pets mouth with their fingers. The head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, thinks thats a bad idea.

Why Spay and Neuter is So Important

Besides curbing overpopulation, a spayed or neutered cat is a healthier and happier pet. Heres why.

Massage for What Ails Them

Massage therapy for cats can ease the pain and lack of mobility related to a number of conditions, says Lisa Ruthig, chair of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage, and director of Animal Programs at the Bancroft School of Animal Massage in Worcester, Massachusetts. These include arthritis, post-operative pain, muscle strain, and even aggressiveness stemming from anxiety.

Getting Rid of Fleas

The question remains: Whats the best flea treatment for my home? Well, researchers discovered that in a typical flea-infested house, the adult fleas represent only about one to five percent of the flea population! So where are the rest of the pests? Flea eggs make up about 50 to nearly 60 percent, flea larvae makes up about 35 percent, and the pupae (a life stage of the flea that comes after larvae and before emergence as an adult) about 10 percent.

Bad Breath May Signal Illness

Bad breath, medically termed halitosis, is a common problem in cats, says Tufts veterinary internist Michael Stone, DVM, and can be severe enough to create problems in the animal-owner relationship. For sure, its hard to get up close and personal with a cat whose breath smells worse than fishy.

Dear Doctor: Pockets of pus on different parts of the body

Our cat sometimes gets one or two pockets of pus on different parts of his body that ooze a bit, then often go away. Should I be concerned?

Environmental Contaminant Linked to Hyperthyroidism

The year 1979 marked the first time a cat was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. Since then cases have been on the rise. Up to one in six older cats is affected by this illness, which throws their metabolism into overdrive, making it overshoot the mark.

Food Puzzles for Better Physical and Mental Health

Two animal behaviorists and a veterinarian reporting in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery have shown that feeding cats using food puzzles - either little balls with holes in them or gadgets that need to be manipulated by the cat to release food - can reverse a variety of psychosocial and physical problems.

Dear Doctor: Will my cat be okay with an amputated limb?

My cat was in a terrible car accident. Shes going to live, but the veterinarian had to amputate one of her legs - there was just too much damage.

Dear Doctor: Special diet for failing kidneys can prolong life

My veterinarian told me my 14-year-old tabbys kidneys are beginning to fail but that a special prescription diet thats more expensive than over-the-counter cat food could extend my cats life. Could that really be true? Or is she just just selling snake oil?

Is the Pica a Medical or a Behavioral Issue?

Does your cat lick or devour non-food items while displaying passionate interest in those objects? Is he eating nylon stockings or chomping down on paper towels?