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Veterinary Visits By Video

Back in December 2019, before anyone had ever heard the term “social distancing,” telemedicine remained largely at the margins of veterinary care. The concept of providing medical services to a pet without an in-person visit was out there, to be sure. The American Veterinary Medical Association even had guidelines for the use of such technology […]
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Yes, You Really Can Train Your Cat

While cat owners know their pets are bonded to them, felines are often thought of as uninterested in collaborating with people. It’s believed all communication has to be entirely on their terms, without any give and take. But that’s not true. Cats can and do learn various behaviors through training. People teach their feline pets […]
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Dear Doctor: Only Her Hairdresser Knows For Sure

Q. Why is it that as dogs age they get gray around the muzzle and eyes, while cats don’t? I’ve never seen a cat go gray like that, and I’ve had cats who reached almost 20. They always look the same, other than becoming heavier or thinner. I asked my vet, and he had no […]
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Five Easy Ways To Keep Your Cat Happy

You want to do right by your cat, so you pull string toys for him, leave a scratching post in the living room, and set up a seat by a window where he can stretch in the sun and watch birds. But did you know there are some other really simple things you can do […]
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Choosing a Harness for Your Cat

Not all cats want to go outside on a leash. But for those who do, harnesses provide a great opportunity for an indoor feline to expand her horizons, literally, while getting some exercise and fresh air. But choosing the right harness to attach to a leash depends on your pet’s personality. For easy-going cats. An […]
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Is the Cat Stray or Feral? Does It Matter?

Strictly speaking, the words “stray” and “feral” have different meanings. A stray cat, while currently homeless, has at some point lived with people, has gotten lost or was abandoned, and can probably happily adapt to having people in its life. Especially if the cat hasn’t been out on the street for too long, it can […]
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When the Shedding Gets Worse Than Usual

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 bald spots on your cat — take him to the veterinarian. A cat can lose more hair than normal because of medical or dietary issues. Precipitating medical issues can include allergies, […]
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Who Can Best Read Cats’ Faces? Women

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 bald spots on your cat — take him to the veterinarian. A cat can lose more hair than normal because of medical or dietary issues. Precipitating medical issues can include allergies, […]
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Quantity of Life Versus Quality of Life

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 that people often call in not only once their cat has died but also when they have to make a decision about whether to put their pet down. “Compassion is called […]
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Grooming Gear

Whether it’s the luxurious locks of your Himalayan or your tabby’s more strictly functional striped coat, a thorough brushing will do more than make your pet look good. It will also remove tangles, mats, debris, parasites, and potential human allergens while improving blood circulation. And you’ll also end up with fewer loose hairs around your […]
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Boxed In and Loving It

Boxes, paper grocery bags, a shelf in a linen closet…you name it, a cat likes to squeeze herself into it. Some of the reason for that behavior you can intuit. A cat will feel more secure in a small space enclosed on three sides. Though they are predators, cats are also hunted by other animals. […]
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Theres More to Volunteering at a Shelter Than Petting Cats

Most shelters are happy to have volunteers come and give resident cats attention by playing with them and grooming them. Cats warehoused in shelters need extra attention and socializing so that they will look good to potential adopters and also will adapt better to life with people once they make it to a loving home. But theres more to helping shelter cats than interacting with them directly, and you may have just the talent required. Consider asking a local shelter if it needs help in any of these areas.
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