Category: Keeping your cat healthy

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Cat Flea Collar - Vet's Advice on Cat Flea Collar
Cat Flea Collar - Vet's Advice on Cat Flea Collar

There are numerous brands of flea collars for cats. These are cat flea collars with a flea deterrent product impregnated in the collar. It is very important that the cat flea collar is made specifically for cats since some dog flea and tick collars can be dangerous to cats. But do flea collars for cats work?

How do I clean my cat's ears?
How do I clean my cat's ears?

Our question this week was: My cat's ears so dirty and they have worms inside. The doctor has given my cat drops for the ears and a lot of dirt is showing in my cat ears. How should I clean my cat's ears. Thank You, Maysoon Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Worms in ears is not normal so they should go away with the ear drops.

Cat Lost Kittens and now in heat - What to do?
Cat Lost Kittens and now in heat - What to do?

Our question this week was: Hi Doctor - Our cat had its first litter. Two were ok. 2 she could not bring. I had to remove them after finding her in distress. The kitten was already dead. She had no milk and I had to give the kittens to a shelter. She is in heat again. Is there anything I can do to sooth her and help her through this until I can get her spayed?

Vaccine Recommendations for Your Cat
Vaccine Recommendations for Your Cat

Before the days of effective vaccines, cats routinely fell victim to a grim menu of diseases. Millions of cats died from panleukopenia (“feline distemper”), feline leukemia, complications from upper respiratory infections (herpesvirus, calicivirus) and other infections. Current vaccination programs also protect our cats (and us) from the threat of rabies.

Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Healthy
Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Healthy

Proper dental care should be a regular part of your program for keeping your cat healthy and happy. It is often overlooked, but pets can suffer the same kinds of dental problems as humans, including severe pain, infection and tooth loss. You can help prevent those issues - and solve those that do arise - by learning about the basics of tooth care and working closely with your veterinarian.

How to Be a Better Cat Owner
How to Be a Better Cat Owner

There are some things you can do to be a better cat owner. As a benefit, you most likely will have a happier and healthier cat! 1. Spend more time with your cat - Just spending some quiet time before work, after work or midday, will make a big difference. Cats love to be talked to and made to feel important.

Hazards Lurking in Your Cat's Medicine Cabinet
Hazards Lurking in Your Cat's Medicine Cabinet

A common toxicity that we see as veterinarians is a cat that has gotten into or was given dangerous medications. While many human drugs can be safely administered to cats, overdoses can be dangerous or deadly. So which drugs are the common ones that cats get into? Here are our top five dangerous medications to cats: Aspirin Cats are unable to metabolize aspirin quickly making them very susceptible to toxicity.

The Best Way to Feed a Cat
The Best Way to Feed a Cat

Veterinarians frequently get questions about what are the benefits and issues of canned vs. dry cat food. This question was published as a list of pros and cons. To read this article, go to What are the Pros and Cons of Canned Vs. Dry Cat Food?. I believe the best way to feed a cat is using a combination of both dry AND canned.

Homemade Treats for Your Cat
Homemade Treats for Your Cat

Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes The pet stores are full of cat treats. But did you know that you can make your own healthy kitty treats at home? Here are some recipes to help you find a way to your cat's heart: Savory Cheese Treats 3/4 cup white flour 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1/4 cup cornmeal Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

4 Springtime Safety Tips for our Furry Friends
4 Springtime Safety Tips for our Furry Friends

Spring has sprung! While many look forward to this season as it means colorful blooms and the reduction of clutter, some aspects of this season present dangers to our pets. Even if the Easter baskets in your home are not filled with chocolate goodness, fake grass in Easter baskets is notorious for causing gastrointestinal obstructions in pets.

Why Should I Vaccinate My Cat?
Why Should I Vaccinate My Cat?

The purpose of vaccinations is to prevent disease. At this time, the majority of vaccines are made to combat viruses. Prior to vaccines, people and pets frequently died from viral infections. Through scientific advancement and understanding of viruses and the immune system, vaccines have been developed.

What is a Vaccine?
What is a Vaccine?

Our world is full of many different forms of life. Some of the more potentially dangerous creatures for pets include parasites, bacteria and viruses. In response to the severe and devastating illnesses or even fatalities that these creatures can cause, researchers and scientists have been working to find ways to eliminate them.

Easter Hazards in Cats
Easter Hazards in Cats

As Easter approaches, many of us look forward to the excitement of Easter festivities like Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, and parades. But the joys of Easter can mean danger for your pets. Each year thousands of pets are injured and/or become deathly ill.

How to Care for Your Cat's Teeth
How to Care for Your Cat's Teeth

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 70 percent of cats show oral disease by age 3, and it is the most common health problem treated in small animal health clinics today. The buildup of bacteria in your cat's mouth may cause more than just bad breath; according to research presented at a recent conference on Companion Animal Oral Health, bacteria are also the cause of oral disease and diseases in other organs of the body like the heart, liver and kidneys.

Dietary Requirements in Cats
Dietary Requirements in Cats

Most of us were taught the importance of a balanced and nutritionally complete diet. But when it comes to knowing what nutrients our pets need to grow properly and stay healthy, we often come up short. Many years ago, little thought or research was put into the manufacture of pet food or the proper way to feed our pets.

Get Fit with Your Cat: Take the site Fitness Challenge
Get Fit with Your Cat: Take the site Fitness Challenge

Your physician has said it time and time again; you've even heard it from your veterinarian. Now site is even chiming in, "Exercise and fitness are crucial to health and longevity." It is estimated that over 40% of cats (and dogs) in the United States are overweight. And the percentage of people caring some extra pounds is not uncommon.

Selecting a Veterinarian for Your Cat
Selecting a Veterinarian for Your Cat

Whether you just moved to a new community or recently adopted your first pet, you'll need to find a veterinarian. In many families, a veterinarian ranks as a second family doctor, so it is important for you to trust and feel comfortable with your selection. Here are some suggestions on how to find a veterinarian.

Is Your Indoor Cat Bored? 12 Ways to Prevent Boredom
Is Your Indoor Cat Bored? 12 Ways to Prevent Boredom

Keeping a cat indoors has benefits - such as it minimizes the chances for trauma from being hit by an automobile, bite wounds from cat fights or attacks by dogs, common infectious diseases, and exposure to toxins just to name a few. Indoor only cats may live twice a long on average over indoor/outdoor cats.

Exercising Your Cat
Exercising Your Cat

Have you ever watched your cat exercise? Perhaps your kitty's exercise regimen consists of a mad dash around the house - a furry bullet dashing from room to room. Or possibly it's jumping up on horizontal (and even vertical) surfaces, tearing up the carpets and furniture, or attacking your feet in the middle of the night.

Help Your Cat Survive a House Fire
Help Your Cat Survive a House Fire

A house fire is something you think will never happen to you, until it does. At least, that is what I thought. About 10 years ago I was working at a veterinary emergency clinic when I got a phone call that my house was on fire. I had 2 pets inside and I was in full panic mode. I wasn't worried about the contents; I didn't care about the clothes, TV, or even photos - all I cared about as I drove home was my pets' safety.