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The Litter May Be Flushable, But…

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 […]
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Cat-loving men can get dates, too.

For Guys with Cats: There’s Someone to Love You

First the bad news for single men with cats. When scrolling through photos on dating sites, women find men holding a feline “agreeable and open” but “less masculine, more neurotic,” and most important, “less dateable.” So say the results of a study conducted jointly by researchers at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and […]
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Topicals are the most popular form of flea and tick prevention. They’re easy to apply. 

It’s the Dead of Winter. Do You Know Where Your Cat’s Flea and Tick...

One out of every three people reading this sentence does not give their cat flea and tick medicine regularly, according to a study conducted by the Harris Poll. Those owners assume that because their cat doesn’t go outside, their pet doesn’t need it. Or they believe fleas and ticks are a threat just in warm […]
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Dear Doctor: Indoor-Outdoor Choices

Q. I know that pet cats are supposed to live exclusively indoors for their safety as well as for the protection of local wildlife that cats prey on, but it just seems so restrictive to me — to the point of making a cat miserable. Are there any options for letting a cat outdoors? Lionel […]
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A Simple Way to “Talk” Cat

Cats communicate with us in a variety of ways. They often purr when they’re in a good mood, for instance, and sometimes they’ll rub or butt their heads against us if we feel sad. (It’s called bunting.) We communicate with them, too. When we feed and play with them and stroke them, we are expressing […]
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Taking the Stress Out of Bathing

Although most cats spend a lot of time cleaning themselves with their tongues and teeth (which they use as combs to rake their fur), many could still use a bath once in a while. They become dirtier than their own grooming tools can handle, getting a gummy feel that sets up their skin for feeling […]
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Gentle Into That Good Night

Your cat’s heart disease has progressed to the point that there are no more medicines to try, no higher dosages to give, no more procedures to perform. Or her liver failure has reached a tipping point; toxins are building up in her body faster than they can be cleared. That is, the end is near. […]
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Whether to Issue a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Order

If you’ve ever watched a primetime television hospital drama, you know that “Code Blue” means someone has gone into cardiac arrest. She has died on the table because her heart has stopped beating, and she needs immediate assistance in the form of CPR to bring her back to life. In comes the crash cart. But […]
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How Not to Pick Up an Uncooperative Cat

A cat who is a new mother may sometimes gently carry one of her kittens by the scruff of the neck to move him to safety — perhaps back to the “nest.” For that reason, some people who handle cats, including people who work in veterinary offices, assume it’s okay to carry an adult cat […]
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When Fur Flies

Cats in the wild do a lot of shedding all year round but with seasonal peaks — once during warmer weather and once when it’s cold. Indoor house cats shed year-round, too, but not necessarily more during the peaks — they don’t have all that direct exposure to the sun and changes in temperature, daylight, […]
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Dental Care for the Older Cat

There’s never an age at which you can stop caring for your cat’s teeth. If anything, dental health becomes even more important for an older cat. Neglected teeth and gums can result in severe mouth pain and sometimes lead to infections in various body organs, says the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Additionally, a cat […]
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Feline Fun With Toilet Paper Rolls

Switching out your cat’s toys frequently doesn’t always have to mean purchasing them. You can make his day a lot more interesting if you just save your toilet paper rolls and repurpose them with ingenuity. Here are some ideas to enliven your cat’s waking hours that won’t cost you a cent. Better still, these toys […]
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