Breeders, people who have taken in a stray who has not been spayed, and those who tend to feral cat colonies may all find themselves looking after a pregnant cat. Here’s what to know. A normal cat pregnancy generally lasts 63 to 65 days but can be as short as 57 days and as long […]
You’ve got to take your cat somewhere — the vet’s, a boarding facility — but shoving her into the carrier in a struggle just before walking out the door is not the way to go. You can accustom your cat to her carrier by leaving it out for her to see and examine — and […]
If you see more cat hair around than usual and you’ve been vacuuming and dusting as frequently as always — or if you’re seeing...
When to euthanize is a deeply spiritual decision,” says Alicia Karas, DVM. She heads the Tufts Pet Loss Support Hotline (508-839-7966) and therefore knows...
Any cat so anxious that she cannot relax or overreacts to stimuli like the presence of visitors or common household noises should be evaluated by a qualified animal behaviorist. A veterinarian board-certified in animal behavior or a certified applied animal behaviorist will offer advice about behavior modification that can help her cope with her fear […]
You can’t prevent diseases for which your pet might be genetically primed. But a lot of illnesses are about lifestyle as well as genetics. With that in mind, there’s much you can do to help your feline friend stay healthy and reach her natural lifespan, which could be 20 years or more. Here are seven […]
Because cats so often hate going to the veterinarian, getting them there makes people anxious. That anxiety is then picked up by the pet, only making her trepidation worse. It’s important to remain outwardly calm, both while preparing for the trip and also once you’re at the doctor’s office. Seeming calm is easier said than […]
Litter frequently scattered on your bathroom floor may be a sign that your cat is not happy with the type of litter you have chosen for him. So might a litter box that frequently goes unused even though your cat does not have a medical condition. If either of these is the case, consider the […]
Cats are fastidious groomers, which is why their fur looks so sleek and silky. They prize cleanliness. That’s why, if a cat lets herself go and her hair doesn’t look as kempt as usual — you can perhaps see flakes in it — you should get her to the doctor. When a cat stops grooming […]
You’re trying to get some work done, when who should jump up onto your desk looking for a little attention but your favorite feline? You can absent-mindedly pet him for a second, but what if you took a couple of minutes to really satisfy his itch to engage? You don’t even have to leave your […]
There comes a time in a cat’s life that she may very well leave a veterinary clinic wearing an Elizabethan collar, or E-collar — a hard, plastic lampshade-shaped funnel fitted around her head. Cats are made to wear what people call the “cone of shame” so they don’t bite and scratch or lick and tear […]
Flushable litter is safe for your pipes, but is it safe for marine wildlife? There is evidence that it can be lethal to sea otters and other ocean dwellers because it sometimes contains a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. This organism is not usually killed by sewer treatment and can cause a potentially life-threatening infection in […]