Cranberry & Your Pet's Urinary Health—Miracle Berry or Just a Fad?


    Cranberry products—are they good for pets?

    Go to many of the popular pet blogs or pet supply stores these days and you’re likely to see cranberry-containing products touted and marketed with terms such as “urinary health” or “urinary care." But what’s the real deal with cranberry—is it really a “cure all” for your cat or dog’s urinary issues? Or does cranberry just have a good publicity agent? Let’s cut through the clutter (and fancy marketing terms) and explore the truth about the benefits of cranberry to urinary tract health for cats and dogs.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Blog, Urinary obstruction, UTI, Cat urine, Cat

    Catnip—What It Is and Why You Should Try It On Your Cat


    What is catnip?

    Though many cat owners are aware of catnip (sometimes called catmint), they don’t actually know what it is. So I thought I’d take a second to “pull back the curtain” and also share a couple of great uses for catnip with you.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Stress, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Cat

    Light Up Your Pumpkin—Not Your Pets


    Do you have carved pumpkins you want to light up?

    When it comes time to lighting up your (beautifully) carved creations, it’s best if you opt for an alternative to traditional or tea light candles.

    Not only will options like a powered flameless candle likely last longer than a regular candle, but you’ll also avoid the potential for your pet to burn themselves or the house while walking past or investigating your pumpkins. Carved pumpkins do smell good!!

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety, holiday pet safety tips, Dog, Blog, Burns, Cat

    How Many Litter Boxes Does A Cat Need?


    Does your cat have enough litter boxes?

    Litter boxes are like good friends… you can never have too many of them. Well… maybe you could have too many litter boxes for your taste, but not for your cat's.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Litter Box, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Cat Litter, Cat

    Cat Stress - The Signs To Look Out For


    Do You Have A Stressed Out Kitty?

    The days are long. The weather’s warm. And the kids are out of school. The middle of summer is often a great time to break out of your old routine and burn off some of that pent-up stress. But for most of our feline friends, routine is everything. And all these conditions that sound so ideal for you, can have quite the opposite effect on your cat. Heat, travel, and increased house traffic (especially younger children) can all lead to increasing their anxiety and stress levels. And a stressed cat can easily become an unhealthy cat. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Loss of appetite, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Itchy, Cat, Skin problems

    My Cat Is Coughing – Is My Home Heating Affecting My Cat?


    Brr....How Heating Your Home Can Harm Your Cats

    Summer is long over, fall is getting on and and winter is near, so now is the time of year that many people (understandably) start turning up the heat in their home. While we all want to be more comfortable as winter’s chill approaches and sets in, it’s important to recognize that turning up the thermostat or lighting the wood stove can have an impact on your cat’s breathing, too.

    Central heating systems can circulate and recirculate dust, dander, and other respiratory irritants, especially when we first turn them on after a long, hot summer. Similarly, wood/pellet stoves and fireplaces create smoke and other respiratory irritants. And all of these common means of home heating will also dry out the air within the home. Whether or not your cat has feline allergic bronchitis (more commonly called “FAB” or “kitty asthma”), all of these factors can have a direct irritating effect on your cats’ breathing system. And, if they do have FAB (which they may have, and just not yet been diagnosed with it), the simple act of heating your home can cause a significant enough flare in their symptoms to necessitate a trip to your veterinarian, or even the Animal ER.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cats, Blog, Cat Tips, Feline Asthma, Asthma in cats, FAB, Respiratory problems, Winter pet hazards, Coughing

    Your Cat Is Thirsty - Find Out Why


    Reasons Why Your Cat May Be So Thirsty

    An increase in thirst is quite a common thing for cat owners to mention during vet visits. Of course, it’s also common for them to miss the increased thirst, but bring up the other “end” of the issue… increased urinations.

    Were you aware though that there are actually many potential causes of increased thirst and/or urinations in cats? These can include:

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    Topics: Diabetes in Cats, Overweight Cat, Blog, Outdoor cats, Indoor cats, Ketones, Water, Thyroid Gland, Cat urine

    Help Your Cat "Get Away" With a Break-Away Collar


    Avoiding potential "hang-ups"

    Many people don’t put collars on their cats, especially if those cats are exclusively indoors. Unfortunately as this story demonstrates, even “indoor-only” cats will occasionally get out.

    There’s little debate that identifying your cat — ideally with both a collar/tag and a microchip — is your best bet for getting your cat back should they ever become lost. (A possibility that’s sadly even more likely to happen with the upcoming fireworks on and around the 4th of July!) Read More

    Topics: Cat Safety, Microchip, 4th of July, Blog, Outdoor cats, Indoor cats, Cat Collars

    Urinary Tract Infections in Cats and Dogs - Timing Your Dosages


    How can you make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck when giving your pet an antibiotic for their urinary tract infection?

    Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are common in both cats and dogs, and thus most pets will find themselves on an antibiotic to treat a UTI at some point in their life.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, medications, cat health issues, Blog, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Urinary Tract Infection, UTI

    Hairballs In Cats - Nuisance Or More Concerning Problem?


    National Hairball Awareness Day

    Given the frequency with which many cats barf up hairballs, and the frequency with which many people  step on these unpleasant clumps of fur and stomach contents, it’s completely appropriate that there should be a National Hairball Awareness Day each year. Don’t you think?

    Sadly, this doesn’t mean that on the last Friday of April each year your cat will be kind enough to point out all the hairballs they’ve hacked up throughout your house, and do so prior to your stockinged feet finding them first. Rather, National Hairball Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn about, or refresh your memory on, what hairballs could mean and some of the steps you could take to minimize their occurrence (or even prevent them). Read More

    Topics: Cat Health, cat health issues, Blog, Feline Asthma, Coughing, Grooming, Hairballs

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