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House cats rarely ride in the car — usually just for veterinary visits. But when they do, as many as half suffer from some degree of motion sickness. No doubt nauseated, they vomit and, in some cases, even urinate and have diarrhea. Other signs include excessive drooling and a type of loud, tormented hyper vocalization […]
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Some cats get pretty severe motion sickness.

Car Sickness

House cats rarely ride in the car — usually just for veterinary visits. But when they do, as many as half suffer from some degree of motion sickness. No doubt nauseated, they vomit and, in some cases, even urinate and have diarrhea. Other signs include excessive drooling and a type of loud, tormented hyper vocalization […]
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High up is where they like to be, even from a very young age.

Why They Like High-Up Places

Why are cats always jumping up onto things — kitchen counters, tables, the top shelf of a linen closet? The answer becomes clear when you consider that today’s house cats are descended from tree-dwelling felines. (Those ancestors are wildcats, known in Latin as Felis silvestris.) Not enough millennia have gone by to breed out the […]
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If the banana is overripe, he may recoil.

Household Odors Your Cat Doesn’t Like

The uplifting scent of flowers, the rejuvenating odor of lemon, or the kitchen-cozy aroma of cinnamon may seem the perfect note to add to your home. But you could be overwhelming your cat’s sensitive olfactory systTem with odors that don’t appeal to him. Your feline friend has anywhere from 45 million to 200 million olfactory […]
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Cat getting ear cleaned

Ear Cleaning: Avoid It

There are lots of things we should be doing routinely to take care of our cats’ health, but cleaning their ears is not one of them. That’s because most of the causes of “dirty” ears — mite infestation, wax buildup, allergies, and foreign objects that get stuck in the ear canal — should be addressed […]
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Even though it doesn’t look right, it may not affect his vision. Take the cat in for a professional evaluation.

An Eye Condition That Looks Like a Cataract — But Isn’t

A bluish-gray tint is making your cat’s eye look cloudy, or even opaque. You worry that it’s a cataract but are afraid to find out because cataract surgery is expensive. However, chances are your cat’s eyesight is fine. Most cloudy eyes that develop in middle-aged and older cats are the result of a harmless condition […]
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Because the Clerk at the Pet Food Store Recommended It

Would you ask someone who works at the supermarket which foods you should buy to stay healthy? If the answer is no, then you know not to ask the clerk at the pet store which food to feed your cat every day. But not everybody makes the connection. We hear people say all too often […]
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Letting a cat anywhere near a clothes dryer is a bad idea.

Cats and Clothes Dryers

There are no statistics on how many cats have ended up in clothes dryers unbeknownst to their owners, but if you google “cats and clothes dryers” pages of listings will come up that detail injuries and deaths to feline pets who were accidentally tumbled with the laundry. It’s understandable that cats would want to cozy […]
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It is much more complicated for a cat to be a healthy vegan than a person.

Can Cats Be Vegans?

A number of companies now manufacture vegan diets for cats. They don’t contain any meat, eggs, or dairy products. One such company advertises on its site that all its pet food is “cruelty-free” and approved by a leading animal rights organization. For many people, vegan cat food makes an attractive option. They appreciate the idea […]
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Dear Doctor: Silent Meow

Q. Sometimes my cat meows at me, but no sound comes out. What is the significance of a silent meow? Lorraine SchneiderOmaha, Nebraska Dear Ms. Schneider, A. To tell you the truth, no one really knows why cats sometimes meow silently, although a number of theories exist. Some believe it means a cat is feeling […]
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Why do they always seem to know who they can make sick?

Dear Doctor: Sidling up to people who are allergic to them

Q. You often hear people who are allergic to felines saying that when they go to the home of someone who has a cat, the cat won’t leave them alone and keeps coming over to them and rubbing against them. Why do cats want to make contact with the very people who are allergic to […]
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They Do Not Like Fireworks

For a cat, loud noises signal danger, not an Independence Day celebration. So when the fireworks begin, many cats feel incredibly stressed. To help your pet feel a little calmer: Create a safe, cozy hiding place — but not a closed-off room that she can’t escape. Pull down the shades. The flashes can worry a […]
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Cavities aren’t an issue, but there are other essential reasons to brush a cat’s teeth.

The Most Common Disease of Cats

Gum disease is the most common disease to affect pet cats. It may not sound like a big deal. But gum disease, known medically as periodontal disease, allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream, and that can lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. That’s why it’s critical to take care of your cat’s teeth from […]
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