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Most cats defecate once a day; some cats, twice daily. It wouldn’t be unusual to skip a day, but you should be concerned if there has been no stool production after two days, says Tufts veterinary internist Michael Stone, DVM. Infrequent or difficult evacuation of dry, hard feces are “red flags to which owners must […]

Constipation: Don’t Just Assume It Will Correct Itself

Most cats defecate once a day; some cats, twice daily. It wouldn’t be unusual to skip a day, but you should be concerned if there has been no stool production after two days, says Tufts veterinary internist Michael Stone, DVM. Infrequent or difficult evacuation of dry, hard feces are “red flags to which owners must […]
They may look creepy, but they’re delightful.

Werewolf Cats: Not Just for Full Moons

There’s nothing scary about werewolf cats, a rare breed whose moniker is attributable to their sometimes hairless faces surrounded by tufts of fur. In fact, they are “a fun loving, intelligent breed who loves to interact with humans, cats, and even dogs,” according to the Cat Fanciers Association. Officially known as the Lykoi — Greek […]
It’s actually better if you just keep the cat out of the room.

If You Think You Find the Home Renovation Stressful…

Home improvement projects have been steadily increasing. Even during the pandemic, the surge continued and actually accelerated in some locales. It’s understandable. As people were stuck in their houses, they wanted better kitchens, updated home offices, perhaps a refinished ensuite bath in the main bedroom. Many bought new homes altogether — and are continuing to […]
Whatever implement you use, take it slow.

Nail Trimming Made Easier

Some cats don’t like to be handled, especially around their paws, so their owners avoid regular nail trimming. That can spell trouble not only for upholstered furniture, rugs, and soft wood that can easily be scratched (as can your lap when your pet kneads on you). It’s also potentially bad for the cat. If her […]

Dear Doctor: Pillow foot

Q. Two of my cat’s feet have become kind of puffy, or swollen, and it looks like he’s uncomfortable walking. I should probably take him to his veterinarian, but I am dreading it. My cat hates going to the clinic. How serious is this, and can I treat it at home? Priscilla Loving Brooklyn, New […]
Senior Woman and her Pet Cat

Q. Can the cat move into the senior living facility, too?

Q. At age 87, my mother simply cannot live on her own anymore, and she has agreed that she’d be better off in a housing facility for older people where staff is on hand to look after the residents. But it would be extremely difficult for her to part with her cat, Sissy, whom she […]
They may put up with this, but they’d probably rather eat away from each other.

Is the more expensive food the better one?

Q. I always feel a little guilty for feeding my cat plain old kibble from the supermarket. Some of my friends buy much more expensive brands from pet shops. Should I be rethinking my choice of cat food? Kelly Delia Bloomfield, Michigan Dear Ms. Delia, A. This is a common question. The short answer is […]

Dear Doctor: How often for blood work?

Q. I know I should take my cat to the veterinarian every year for a wellness exam, but does he really need blood work and a urinalysis at each of those visits? Together they run at least $200. Martha Fierstein Rhinebeck, New York Dear Ms. Fierstein, A. First, it’s important to point out that the […]
With his tail held high, chances are this cat’s in a good mood.

Telling Tails

While cats don’t speak our language, there is the language of their bodies, and it can tell us a lot about how they’re feeling. One of the most “expressive” feline body parts is the tail. Here’s how to “translate” its movements and positioning. Erect tail. When a cat’s tail is stretched high and out to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]