EVERYDAY CAT CARE

A Website to Match Homeless Cats With Prospective Human Mates

More of Swedens homeless cats may soon be finding their way to permanent homes because of Kattis.net, which mimics social dating apps. Just as date-matching sites help people sort through potential romantic partners more quickly than traditional dating, Kattis compiles a database of all the cats available for adoption in the countrys 100-plus shelters, allowing an easier sorting of potential pets based on appearance and information about age, behavior, and so on. It provides much more promise for an optimal match than just visiting the local shelter.

Hairballs 101

Its not uncommon for a cat to vomit up a hairball every week or two. And while the momentary hacking, gagging, and retching it takes to make it happen doesnt feel good to the cat, neither is it harmful - usually.

Free Online Seminars At Our Veterinary School

Want to learn about saving cats lives through innovative shelter-based research? Or how people and big cats like cheetahs can be expected to share the same landscape? Or even non-cat things, like how to create environmental enrichment for an elephant? And would you like to learn about all these things for free? Well, you can.

Fat Cats

Many more cats are overweight than in the past. The most recent numbers indicate that up to 66 percent of our cats carry around excess pounds - two out of three felines. The chances for adverse health effects are significant.

Another Good Reason To be Fastidious Around the Kitty Litter

Its well known that cat owners can contract toxoplasmosis by touching soiled kitty litter, then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. Even a microscopic amount of the toxoplasma gondii parasite in some cat feces can cause the flu-like symptoms of the illness.

Dear Doctor: How long will the pregnancy last?

My husband and I came across a stray cat a week ago who was meowing away. We took her in, can tell she is pregnant, and have decided to adopt her. What should we expect?

Translating Cat Years to Human Years

Newsflash for cat lovers: You can forget that popular belief that you can determine your cats age in human years by simply multiplying his age by seven. A cat celebrating his first birthday is actually the equivalent of a person who is 15 years old, a 10-year-old cat is the equivalent of 56, and a 17-year-old cat is the equivalent of 84, according to the new Feline Life Stages Guidelines.

An Airport Terminal Just For Your Pet

Flying out of JFK has become easier for pets because of ARK Pet Oasis, a terminal built especially for our four-legged friends. Your cat can get necessary vaccines (by appointment) before boarding; delivery to the gate shortly before takeoff so theres no more waiting in too-hot or too-cold cargo facilities; on-site veterinary care, if necessary; and various creature comforts. For cats, for instance, ARKs trees are reserved for climbing.

Black Cats Too Often Left Out of the Picture

Apparently, being a black cat is bad luck - for the cat. According to a woman who runs a shelter in the British city of Bristol, people are not adopting black kittens because they dont show up well in photographs. Moreover, Cats Protection, the largest feline welfare charity in the UK, says that black cats take 13 percent longer to re-home than cats of any other color

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.

DNA Tests Extend to Cats

Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and other DNA mail-in testing services were among the most popular Christmas gifts this past year. DNA kits to trace a dogs heritage are selling well, too. And cats? In certain ways, the world of cat DNA testing has lagged behind that of dog testing, says Jerold Bell, DVM, an adjunct professor of genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Another Reason to Keep Your Cat Indoors: Bubonic Plague

Several cats in Wyoming have now been diagnosed with the bubonic plague. How? They strayed from their owners property and likely acquired the disease from wild rodents or fleas, which can be infected in the western U.S.