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A cat who is a new mother may sometimes gently carry one of her kittens by the scruff of the neck to move him to safety — perhaps back to the “nest.” For that reason, some people who handle cats, including people who work in veterinary offices, assume it’s okay to carry an adult cat […]
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How Not to Pick Up an Uncooperative Cat

A cat who is a new mother may sometimes gently carry one of her kittens by the scruff of the neck to move him to safety — perhaps back to the “nest.” For that reason, some people who handle cats, including people who work in veterinary offices, assume it’s okay to carry an adult cat […]
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When Two (Or More) Pets Require Different Diets

One of your cats has heart disease and needs a low-sodium diet. The other is overweight and requires less food than the one with the compromised heart — but she is aggressive about food and will do whatever she can to get it. How do you keep them away from each other’s meals when their […]
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When Fur Flies

Cats in the wild do a lot of shedding all year round but with seasonal peaks — once during warmer weather and once when it’s cold. Indoor house cats shed year-round, too, but not necessarily more during the peaks — they don’t have all that direct exposure to the sun and changes in temperature, daylight, […]
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Dental Care for the Older Cat

There’s never an age at which you can stop caring for your cat’s teeth. If anything, dental health becomes even more important for an older cat. Neglected teeth and gums can result in severe mouth pain and sometimes lead to infections in various body organs, says the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Additionally, a cat […]
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Dry Food or Wet for Better Health?

People often want to know whether they should be feeding their cat wet food instead of dry or vice versa. For cats with lower urinary tract problems, including bladder stones or cystitis, wet food makes a better choice. Its higher moisture content keeps urine dilute and thereby helps treat the condition. It has been shown […]
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Too Few Cats Go for Veterinary Visits

Despite the fact that there are more pet cats in the United States than pet dogs, cats are much less likely than their canine counterparts to be taken for veterinary check-ups. Part of it is that cats hate to visit the doctor, so their owners avoid the stress of putting their feline companions through it. […]
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Why Cats Enjoy Hanging Out In Sinks

Sinks are a favorite spot to hang out for many cats. One reason may be that the cold, hard porcelain or ceramic basin of a sink cools them off after they’ve been sunning in a window or resting near a radiator. They may also enjoy their bodies being “cradled” by the sink’s roundedness; having most […]
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A brand new wariness, even though one of the cats was only out of the house for a short time.

Reintroducing Cats That Have Been Separated

Your two cats are the best of friends — lounging together, looking out the window together, and generally content to share the house with each other. But then one of them goes to the veterinarian and is out of the house for an hour. Or the two of them need to be boarded for a […]
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More and more pet health insurance companies are now covering acupuncture

Considering Acupuncture and Chiropractic

Q. Is there a place for acupuncture and or/chiropractic in treating my cat’s pain? Penni Rosenberg Barrington, Illinois A. Dear Ms. Rosenberg, There may very well be a place for acupuncture if your pet is suffering from joint or muscle pain, post-operative discomfort, or some other painful condition. But it doesn’t appear to be that […]
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Cat Eyes, and How to Protect Them

Is there a fair amount of discharge coming from your cat’s eyes? A lot of crusty gunk in the corners? Are his eyes watering frequently? Make sure the veterinarian has a look at them. There are also a number of other tip-offs that something is wrong. Here’s how to check. Home Eye Exam Sometimes a […]
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Feline Fun With Toilet Paper Rolls

Switching out your cat’s toys frequently doesn’t always have to mean purchasing them. You can make his day a lot more interesting if you just save your toilet paper rolls and repurpose them with ingenuity. Here are some ideas to enliven your cat’s waking hours that won’t cost you a cent. Better still, these toys […]
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It’s often more of a cat nap than a deep sleep.

Is Your Cat Sleeping Too Much?

A number of our clients have expressed concern that their cat sleeps too much. They worry all that sleep means their pet’s health is off. Sleeping habits can sometimes provide a heads-up that something is amiss, but before you let your cat’s frequent dozing give you consternation, bear in mind that a healthy adult cat […]
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