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Veterinary practices report that during the summer months, they see significantly more cats who have injured themselves falling out of windows. These emergencies occur across the globe. Austrian veterinarian Dr. Roswitha Steinbacher has reported that every year during the warmer months, the Clinic for Small Animals at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna treats […]
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During the Dog Days of Summer, Cats Fall from Windows

Veterinary practices report that during the summer months, they see significantly more cats who have injured themselves falling out of windows. These emergencies occur across the globe. Austrian veterinarian Dr. Roswitha Steinbacher has reported that every year during the warmer months, the Clinic for Small Animals at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna treats […]
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Take Good Care Of Your Cat’s Paws: 5 Easy Steps

You know to keep your cat’s nails trimmed because otherwise they could curve into the paw pad and cause both pain and infection. But were you aware that the paws need regular care for your cat’s good health, too? Here are the five steps to take so that the steps she takes are healthy and […]
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Getting to the Bottom of Your Pet’s Sensitive Tummy

She has a sensitive stomach” is a common refrain heard by veterinarians. People want to know why their otherwise healthy cat vomits or has diarrhea or flatulence on a not-infrequent basis. The symptoms are not life-threatening or even terribly severe. The cat soon returns to herself. But owners are rightfully concerned. And food manufacturers are […]
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Veterinary Visits By Video

Back in December 2019, before anyone had ever heard the term “social distancing,” telemedicine remained largely at the margins of veterinary care. The concept of providing medical services to a pet without an in-person visit was out there, to be sure. The American Veterinary Medical Association even had guidelines for the use of such technology […]
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Signs of the Most Common Hormonal Disease to Strike Cats in Middle and Old...

There’s a disease that may fool you into thinking your cat is healthier than ever. Called feline hyperthyroidism, it often results in weight loss and increased activity, so owners commonly remark that “the diet is finally working,” or “my cat feels great and is acting like a kitten again.” But the condition has serious health […]
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Pets Reduce Stress in Households with Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorder

Because parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report feeling more stressed and overwhelmed than parents of children with typical development, it’s logical to assume they would be uninterested in taking on the added burden of having a pet in the household. But the opposite is true. They feel that owning a pet helps […]
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Yes, You Really Can Train Your Cat

While cat owners know their pets are bonded to them, felines are often thought of as uninterested in collaborating with people. It’s believed all communication has to be entirely on their terms, without any give and take. But that’s not true. Cats can and do learn various behaviors through training. People teach their feline pets […]
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Dear Doctor: Only Her Hairdresser Knows For Sure

Q. Why is it that as dogs age they get gray around the muzzle and eyes, while cats don’t? I’ve never seen a cat go gray like that, and I’ve had cats who reached almost 20. They always look the same, other than becoming heavier or thinner. I asked my vet, and he had no […]
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Yes, But Are You Following the Recipe?

Perhaps you would feel more comfortable feeding your cat a diet you cooked up yourself rather than one you bought at the store. But you want to make sure that the diet you are making is actually healthful for her. So you don’t simply check the Internet for online recipes; the bulk of them are […]
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Many Cats May Be Miserable Left Alone for Long Stretches

There’s a belief in some circles that a cat can easily cope with her owner’s absence for long periods of time. The thinking is that when people head out, the pet is content to curl up in her favorite closet, or at her favorite window, and hang out by herself for as many hours as […]
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Another Reason Not to Let Your Cat Outdoors

Cats allowed outdoors kill an average of between three and four animals a month. Researchers made the finding when they surveyed more than 900 cat owners in six countries around the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Many people who let their cats wander outside brush away the wildlife deaths by […]
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Feline Arthritis Pain: Widespread But Largely Undetected

Because cats are so incredibly nimble and graceful, we tend not to think of them as vulnerable to the pain of osteoarthritis, a disease characterized by worn-down joint cartilage. But research has suggested that 90 percent of cats develop signs of arthritis over time, with some 45 percent — almost one in two cats — […]
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