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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Guaranteed Analysis numbers can be absolutely dizzying.

Why Comparing Cat Foods Is So Difficult

Look at the package of almost any food intended for people, and you will find a Nutrition Facts label. It tells you at a glance how much of the food equals a serving and how many calories are contained in that serving, along with fat, sodium, fiber, and other nutrients. It not only makes it […]
Looks like the zoomies may be about to begin. Hard to say.

The Zoomies

Almost every cat parent has seen it — their perfectly relaxed pet suddenly jumping up out of nowhere in a seemingly random burst of energy, darting here and there with almost alarming alacrity. Veterinary researchers and animal behaviorists call these bouts of “crazy” running around Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS. You might know them […]
Why cats have whiskers, how they can lose them, and what to do about it.

By A Whisker

Pop quiz! True or false? Whiskers are hairs. A cat has 6, 10, or 12 whiskers on either side of her nose. True or false? The human equivalent of whiskers are the tiny hairs in our ears.   Whiskers are indeed hairs (they can even turn grey with age). 2. A cat typically has 12 […]
Cats can get white coat hypertension, too. They need to be calm before the vet applies the cuff.

Does Your Cat Have High Blood Pressure?

Much like in people, high blood pressure in cats can lead to a host of serious problems, including strokes, blindness, and dragging of one or both hind limbs. Yet high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, often goes unchecked — and untreated. Most veterinarians do not routinely perform blood pressure measurements during wellness exams, says […]