EVERYDAY CAT CARE

If he balks at using the litter box, it may be the litter that she objects to.

Your Pet’s Litter Preference

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 […]
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If your cat’s in pain, she might not be able to do the twisting and bending neccessary for self-grooming.

When a Cat Stops Self-Grooming, Something Is Wrong

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 […]
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Cats and fish.

Apps for Cats

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 […]
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Alternatives to the Misery of an E-Collar

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 […]
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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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