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It’s hard to resist the adorable friskiness of a kitten. Furthermore, what infuses a home with good feelings better than a new life? People also like the idea of adopting a kitten because the cat doesn’t come with any “baggage” in the form of mistreatment or neglect somewhere else. You’re not starting out with potentially […]
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Should Your Next Cat Be a Senior Citizen?

It’s hard to resist the adorable friskiness of a kitten. Furthermore, what infuses a home with good feelings better than a new life? People also like the idea of adopting a kitten because the cat doesn’t come with any “baggage” in the form of mistreatment or neglect somewhere else. You’re not starting out with potentially […]
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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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New Medicine to Extend Life for Cats with Kidney Disease

Cats with chronic kidney disease often succumb in part because they lose their appetites and can’t keep up their weight. The nausea, vomiting, and general malaise the illness brings on get the better of them. But the Food and Drug Administration has just approved an appetite stimulant specifically aimed at helping to stem weight loss […]
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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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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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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: No mascara for kitty

Q. I’ve noticed that my cat doesn’t have eyelashes. Does that mean she’s at greater risk than other cats of getting dirt in her eyes? Janine Van Ess Sacramento, California Dear Ms. Van Ess, A cat is at no disadvantage for not having eyelashes.  What they lack in lashes they make up for in eyelids. […]
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Dear Doctor: Why Kneading?

Q. I know my cat feels good when she kneads on my chest because she purrs gently and also does it rhythmically and calmly. But why kneading? How did that develop in cats as a go-to for expressing relaxed contentment? Rhea Gowers Brooklyn, New York Dear Ms. Gowers, A. You’re definitely right that your cat […]
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Dear Doctor: Watery Eyes

Q. Why have my cat’s eyes been watery lately? Angie Slomanson Carlisle, Massachusetts Dear Ms. Slomanson, A. If your cat’s eyes have a watery discharge, it’s quite possible she has a respiratory illness. In many cases, the culprit is a virus. There aren’t any great drugs to kill viruses, so often the best option is […]
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Many foods and treats that don’t seem high in sodium contain too much for a cat on a reduced-sodium regimen.

When Your Cat Requires a Reduced-Sodium Diet

One in 10 cats develops heart disease, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. It’s not a small number. The most common kind of heart disease that afflicts our feline pets is called cardiomyopathy. This often leads to congestive heart failure. The heart gradually loses its ability to pump blood properly, and the situation eventually […]
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