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You or someone in your household is expecting — congratulations! But don’t expect your cat to be thrilled. A lot of cats do not accept change very well, and a new addition to the home who will sometimes be noisy and shift the focus of attention may not be taken in stride by your pet. […]
He’ll need attention after the baby comes, too.

Baby on the Way? Start Adjusting Your Cat Today!

You or someone in your household is expecting — congratulations! But don’t expect your cat to be thrilled. A lot of cats do not accept change very well, and a new addition to the home who will sometimes be noisy and shift the focus of attention may not be taken in stride by your pet. […]
You’re drawn to the shy one who won’t come forward. But how do you get her to warm up once you bring her home?

3 Steps For Adjusting a Shy Shelter Cat To Your Home

You notice a couple of eager cats clamoring for your attention when you go to adopt one from your local shelter, but it’s the shy one in the corner who has stolen your heart. You see how cowed and unhappy she looks living in an “institution,” and you know that while others will adopt the […]
Are picky feline eaters born that way or inadvertently taught by their owners to turn up their noses at food?

Once a Picky Eater, Always a Picky Eater?

Does it sometimes seem like your cat is such a finicky eater that she is taunting you by turning up her nose at what you feed her? Do you worry that she is not getting enough calories to keep up her health? Do you keep switching her food in the hope that you will finally […]
You might feel a lump by accident as you stroke your pet. They frequently make themselves known by touch rather than by sight.

You Found a Lump On Your Cat. Now What?

After the lymphatic system, a cat’s skin is the most common site for tumors, cysts, and other abnormal growths that manifest themselves as lumps. But it’s often the most alarming site to cat owners. Many people’s minds jump right from “lump” to “cancer.” Pet owners find lumps so troubling that while they may avoid bringing […]

Finding Oral Tumors Early

If a tumor is near the front of a cat’s mouth, you may see it even before your cat’s next scheduled wellness exam. But if it’s hidden near the back of the oral cavity, it can grow quite large before there are any signs of it, which very often include a foul odor, bleeding, and […]

Winter Skin

Does your cat bite or scratch at her skin during the winter months but not at other times of year? Her skin may become dry in the cold weather, just like the skin of people. She might also have allergies that flare in winter or a condition called seborrhea that you didn’t happen to notice […]
A very scared cat might do better at the veterinarian’s office if she gets a dose of gabapentin beforehand.

A Drug to Keep Cats Calm During Vet Visits?

You try everything to keep your cat calm and agreeable during her trips to the vet. You leave out her travel carrier all the time so she’s used to it, and you keep soft blankets, toys, and treats in there so she won’t freak out when it’s time to bring her to the car. You […]
How regularly do you do this?

Have You Developed a Scooping Schedule?

You need to clean out your cat’s litterbox frequently enough that he doesn’t find himself a different “bathroom.” What’s frequently enough? For regular poop scooping, twice-a-day surveillance is a better bet than once. If you have multiple cats, you may want to scoop at least three times a day, even if you have one more […]
Sometimes a fractured rib results from disease rather than blunt force trauma.

Undetected Rib Fractures

About half of rib fractures suffered by cats result from the kinds of mishaps you would expect — getting hit by a car, falling from a tree or other high spot, or a tussle with another animal. Diagnosis is pretty straightforward, and supportive care is given to the cat to get him through the pain […]
This toy can be your cat’s pal in your absence.

This Friendly Robot Makes a Great Cat Companion

You’ve been asked to stay late at work or want to spend a long day away with your family or friends, but what about the cat? Even if someone comes by to feed her, scoop out her litterbox, and spend a little time with her, she’s still going to be left alone for many hours […]
Cats and lavender plants: Not a great idea.

Is it Okay for Your Cat To Be Around Lavender?

Lavender oil may reduce anxiety in cats. …the majority of cats do not like lavender and will avoid it where possible.  Cats are very soothed by the scent of lavender. Research has shown that lavender, especially in essential oils, is dangerous to cats. The answer? When it comes to whether cats enjoy the scent of […]
2022 is the year of the tiger — a close relative of your house pet.

6 New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Relationship With Your Cat

Welcome to 2022! To start the year off on the right foot with your cat, why not resolve to follow through on the following six resolutions, all of which are very simple “investments” that will make your pet so much more content? 1. The trick is to give the reward within just a couple of […]