Feline

Common Cat Eye Problems and What to Do About Them

There’s something special about a cat’s eyes. Maybe it’s those vertical pupils, or the incredible colors they come in (sometimes more than one at the same time, a condition called heterochromia). While pet parents might argue over the relative beauty of a Siamese’s baby blues or a Bombay’s coppery gaze, we can all agree that maintaining the […]



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Why Are So Many Pets Overweight?

As with humans, obesity in pets is at epidemic proportions. Over half of the dogs and catsaround the globe battle the bulge. While overweight pets may not face the same social stigma as humans, medical and emotional damage is being done all the same. Obesity in animals can cause complications in almost every system in the body, with conditions ranging […]



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10 Cat Emergencies to Never Treat at Home

In an emergency, pet owners frequently do more harm than good by attempting to treat their cats’ injuries themselves. In almost every emergency situation, your first step should be to contact your veterinarian. Do not waste time checking the Internet for advice. If your cat is injured, unconscious, bleeding or having difficulty breathing, get him to […]



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Why Do Cats Purr?

Purring is the most common sound cats make. Yet we know less about it than meowing, chirping, chattering, hissing, and growling. Yes, cats purr when they’re content. When yours is curled up in the sun, you may hear a gentle rumble as he breathes in and out. Touch him, and you feel a little quiver. It’s almost […]



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Skin Diseases Common in Cats

Studies indicate that between 6 and 15 percent of feline patients have at least one dermatopathy (skin disease) and many cats suffer from more than one. Among cats presented to the dermatology service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, for instance, a recent study showed that 22 percent had evidence of two skin diseases […]



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Regular Veterinary Care Prevents Dangerous Periodontal Disease

Untreated periodontal disease in cats and dogs can lead to heart, liver and kidney damage, according to the AVMA, but periodontal disease is preventable with regular at-home and veterinary cleaning and care. Signs of dental problems that should be checked by a veterinarian include bad breath; discolored, broken or loose teeth; oral pain or bleeding; […]



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Keep Your Family Together — Microchip Your Pet

During this stormy and noisy season, more pets run off and are lost than at any other time of year. A key to being reunited with a lost pet is a microchip. If your pet does have a microchip, make sure it is checked yearly to ensure it is working. Not all microchips are created […]



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