Lethargy, temporary loss of appetite, fever. Here and there a cat will suffer one of these adverse reactions to a vaccination. And once in a great while, more serious complications develop. But the fear of vaccinations for cats is much greater than the harm they might actually cause. A survey of a half million cats […]
Imagine if someone who didn’t go to nursing school could pass her or himself off as a nurse, work in a hospital or doctor’s office, and not lose their job or even be penalized if they were found out? That’s exactly the situation in most of the country for impersonating a veterinary nurse, known professionally […]
Here and there a cat will develop an upper respiratory illness that makes it hard to breathe and can also cause wheezing, teary eyes, and nasal discharge. It typically passes within a week to 10 days. If it doesn’t, even with medical treatment, your cat may not have had an infection at all but, rather, […]
Were you aware that in people, inadequate treatment of pain following procedures like C-sections and chest surgeries can pave the way for chronic pain that lasts long beyond the recovery period? The same is true for cats. It’s because neurological and chemical pathways in the body that relay messages of pain to the brain become […]
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To sleep, perchance to pounce Q: This is my first cat, and he seems to sleep so much of the time. Is that normal? Annette Slepian Plainville, Massachusetts Dear Ms. Slepian, A: Yes, it’s probably normal. Cats naturally sleep about 17 hours a day, on average — fully two thirds of their lives. But we […]
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) speak of the “five pillars of a healthy feline environment.” Are these pillars up in your home? Pillar 1. A safe place. “For a cat, says the AAFP and ISFM, “a safe place is a private and secure area, often […]
Freeze-dried treats for cats have a nice long shelf life because the moisture has been removed from them. Some cat kibble is also coated with freeze-dried food in powdered form. We think you should stay away from it. Freeze-dried foods are raw. Removing the liquid content from food by subjecting it to very cold temperatures […]
Not all cats can stand to be bathed in the sink. They have to be rubbed with premoistened wipes formulated especially for felines with appropriate conditioners and antibacterials — or with a dry cat shampoo that comes in powdered form. But for cats who can handle a regular bath, here are some tips for making […]
You’d think a cat who spends her life indoors would be entirely immune to the effects of hot weather, but that’s not the case. Your house cat is more at risk for certain health problems during the summer than at other times of year. Here’s a rundown. Falling from an open window. Veterinary practices routinely […]
Just because something is repeated very often doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. And when it comes to cats, commonly held misconceptions can interfere with your bond with your pet, and even her wellbeing. Herewith, 12 statements about cats that are frequently accepted as truths — but aren’t. Milk and cats go together. Not necessarily. Most […]
Is your aging cat suffering from degenerative joint disease, decreased muscle mass, or other problems that hinder her mobility and therefore are interfering with her quality of life? The American Association of Feline Practitioners offers some easy-to-do practical tips for keeping her happy as she grows older. Provide steps or ramps to help her access […]