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  • Does Your Cat Need Vaccines?

    In a word, yes. “No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says feline veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick. However, Dr. Plotnick and other veterinarians acknowledge that, rarely, vaccinations in cats have been linked to

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  • Diabetes in Cats: Prevention and Treatment

    Diabetes in cats, also known as feline diabetes mellitus, is an increasingly common disease affecting 1 out of every 400 cats. Obesity is the leading risk factor for diabetes. "Overweight or obese cats are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes than cats with a healthy body weight," says

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  • Do Cats Really Love Milk?

    Cats, unlike dogs, are true carnivores which means they thrive on meat only diets and require no vegetable, grain, or dairy supplementation. Cows milk is not recommended for cats because it can be too rich for their digestive systems. This is because most cats can't digest milk properly because it contains

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  • All About Hairballs

    Does your favorite feline leave you hairballs as gifts? If so, you’re not alone. Although we love cats for being meticulous groomers, it’s safe to say we don’t like finding hairy presents around the house. Let’s explore what causes hairballs and how to prevent them. What Causes a Hairball? Hairballs

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  • 6 Rules to Improve Your Cat's Diet

    Do Not Overfeed "Obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in cats," says Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. It is a common bad habit for cat owners to feed their cats too much. Cats only need 24 to 35 calories per pound of body weight each

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  • Does Your Cat Need Vaccines?

    In a word, yes. “No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says feline veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick. The Exception Dr. Plotnick and other veterinarians acknowledge that, rarely, vaccinations in cats have been linked

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  • Declawing Alternatives for Cats

    Cat declawing is possibly one of the most controversial of all animal surgeries. Cats scratch to mark territory and to keep their claws in top condition, but the scratching behavior can challenge the bond between a cat and his owner. Felines, especially young cats, often play rough and scratch their

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  • Two Common Diseases of Geriatric Cats

    Hypertension Cats can get high blood pressure, in fact, hypertension is almost always due to kidney disease or hyperthyroidism in the feline. The veterinarian or a staff member will measure the blood pressure with a cuff placed around a leg, then attached to a manometer similar to how it

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  • Trimming Your Cat's Claws

    Did you know? When cats are de-clawed, they are sent home from the veterinarian's office with special litter that won't get caught in the holes created by the de-clawing. There are an estimated 90 million cats kept as pets in the United States. A cat with both front and

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  • Unnecessary Risks Cat Owners Take

    Cats Can Be Unknowingly Jeopardized Even the best of cat owners may not recognize small signs or signals in their pet's health that a veterinarian would consider noteworthy.  Feed, groom and vaccinate your cat and take simple steps for maximum health and well being.

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  • Understanding Renal Failure in Cats

    Could My Cat Have Kidney Failure? Renal failure can occur in cats of any age, although senior cats are at increased risk for chronic renal failure. For both acute and chronic renal failure, early diagnosis can make a significant difference for a cat's long-term health

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  • My Cat Grooms Excessively — Is Something Wrong?

    3 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained If your cat is bored, he or she may develop behavioral problems. To help prevent boredom, here are three ways to keep your indoor cat entertained. Toys filled with dried catnip are irresistible to most cats. Made from a mint plant,

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  • Managing Feline Asthma

    Professional Feline Asthma Care No treatment of feline asthma is complete without your veterinarian's involvement. If you suspect your cat may be suffering from asthma, taking them in for a checkup is essential. Your veterinarian can run tests to determine if your cat suffers from

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  • Keep Cats Moving and Grooving

    Cat Play Benefits Health How to Play With Your Cat:  Maximize Your Bond While Improving His Health and Well-Being, suggests specific reasons for cat play, including: Practice hunting skills Maintain healthy weight

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  • Litter Box Problems

    Smorgasbord of Cat Litter Cats' preferences for the type of litter vary greatly from cat to cat. Some are not picky and will use anything you put in the box. Some are so particular they won't use the box at all if it is the wrong litter. Depth of the litter is also a factor in pleasing

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  • Is a Feral Cat Right for You?

    Did you know…? There are an estimated 65 million feral cats in the U.S. today, although some estimates are as high as 100 million. A breeding pair of feral cats, which can have two or more litters per year, can exponentially produce 420,000 offspring

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  • Winter Dangers for Pets

    Image of a dog sniffing plates of food left out on a table. Winter is a time of cold weather festivals, holiday parties, and changing weather. For pets and pet owners, this season can bring its own unique set of challenges and hazards. Keeping your pet safe during this time of year will require some ...

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  • Traveling with Pets

    Image of a seatbelt strap securing a pet carrier in a car. According to a survey of pet owners by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), more than 53% of dog and cats will travel with their owners. With the upcoming busy travel season, what are the best ways of traveling with your best friend? It ...

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  • Strange Things in Pets' Stomachs

    X-ray image of random items in a dog's stomach. Ask your family veterinarian to talk about what he or she has found inside the stomachs of dogs and you will be in for an afternoon of stories. For a variety of reasons, our canine pets seem to enjoy gobbling up the oddest things! Recently, a leading manufacturer ...

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  • Bred Specific Rescue Groups

    Image of two women petting a large dog in a kitchen. Many dog owners admire the unique looks and personalities of purebreds, but also worry about the fate of millions of pets euthanized each year. What many people don't realize is that there are specific breed rescue organizations for almost every breed ...

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  • Puppies and Kittens as Holiday Gifts?

    Image of puppies sitting in a room. Christmas time advertisements often picture a happy family with a bright eyed, ribbon adorned puppy licking the children's faces. But, is giving a pet as a gift likely to create a winter wonderland or a potential blue Christmas? It may be an honored and even adorable ...

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  • Pet-Friendly Exercises Offer Benefits for Both You and Your Pet

    Looking for a devoted workout partner? Consider exercising with your pet. ...

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  • Pet Proofing Your Home

    Image of a woman, her toddler daughter, and their dog. Your home is a haven and a place of safety for you and for your pet. But, inside every house are poisons, dangers, and hazards that can injure your dog or cat. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet safe and out of the emergency room! According ...

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  • Pet Internet Sources

    Image of woman on a laptop. We live in an age of almost instantaneous information. 24-hour news stations, talk radio, and the Internet have revolutionized the way we think and educate ourselves. It is easier than ever to research a topic and make decisions about almost any subject, even the medical ...

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  • People Food for Pets

    Image of dog sitting by a person's feet. On a low carb diet? Planning on sharing some of those low calorie dessert treats with your canine friends? STOP! That sugar-free snack you think is good for you and your dog could actually send you to the veterinarian The sugar substitute, Xylitol, has ...

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  • Online Pet Pharmacies - Saving Money or Risk to Your Pets?

    Image of hands holding a cat. Their ads promise to save you lots of money and even "a stressful trip to the veterinarian". You are encouraged by slick video and professional announcers to purchase flea medications, pain relief drugs and even heartworm prevention all from the comfort of your living room ...

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