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Cat health, safety, and behavior information from your trusted veterinary resource.

DIY Cat Litter Box Enclosures

Updated: December 1, 2020

Check out these DIY ideas for hiding your cat's litter box that hide the mess or smell, and work with your space and decor.

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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Updated: December 15, 2020

Are you wondering whether your cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI)? Learn more about symptoms, treatment, and prevention for your cat.

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The Best Litter Boxes for Cats

Updated: October 2, 2020

Finding the right litter boxes for your cat doesn't have to be hard. Here are our top picks for litter boxes and helpful accessories.

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How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth

Updated: February 1, 2021

Wondering how to brush your cat's teeth? Here's a step-by-step guide, plus what to expect while brushing your cat's teeth and the benefits to their health!

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Why Do Cats Knead?

Updated: September 21, 2020

Does your cat knead blankets, your other animals, or you? We asked a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior to learn why cats knead.

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Why Does My Cat "Bunny Kick" Me?

Updated: September 1, 2020

Ever wonder why your cat will suddenly latch on to your arm or leg and kick it with their back paws? Read on to find out why kitties "bunny kick".

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Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants

Updated: October 9, 2020

Here are simple solutions to keep your cat from chewing your plants, staying out of your planter or pot and what you may be doing wrong if they're using your plant as a substitute litter box!

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Top 10 Indoor Plants Safe for Cats

Updated: July 19, 2020

Cats and plants can co-exist inside your home without putting your cat's health at risk, and at the same time adding some color and style to your interior. We've compiled our top ten household plants that won't endanger your cat's health and will add a fresh feel to your home.

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Taking Your Cat for a Walk: How I Leash Trained My Cat

Updated: May 28, 2020

Leash training your cat can provide enrichment to their lives, allowing them to experience the outside under safer circumstances. Preparing yourself with the right tools and behavior modification training is easier than you think. Read about how you can learn to leash train your cat.

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Choosing the Best Cat Treats

Updated: November 6, 2020

Dr. Wallace shares her tips for choosing the best cat treats and how to determine what's healthy by learning how to read product labels.

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Christmas Safety for Cats and Dogs

Updated: January 31, 2020

With the holidays come a never-ending supply of pet hazards, so before you pull out the ribbon and string lights on the tree we've put together some tips you may need to ensure that your pets have a happy, healthy, safe holiday season.

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Your Cat in a Cone: Elizabethan Collar Desensitization

Updated: November 18, 2020

Your veterinarian has given you a cone for your cat to wear post-surgery, but how do you go about getting it on (and keeping it on) them? You can lessen the stress for your cat by introducing the cone and pairing it with positive things and helping them figure out how to maneuver with it on.

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#IfOnlyIKnew: Why Laundry Soap Should Make You Pause

Updated: January 5, 2020

Trapped inside the laundry room, one of three of our family kittens, Zsa Zsa had knocked over the liquid detergent creating more than just a mess. Our failure to properly secure the toxic cleaners in our home cost us more than thousands of dollars in emergency veterinarian care.

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Shopping List: Help Your New Cat Settle In Easier

Updated: October 6, 2020

Ease your cat's adjustment period by being well prepared with products and aids that can help your new cat settle into their new life faster. This article covers everything from calming aids (incl pheromones and music), to how to turn mealtime into playtime, as well as scratch toy essentials.

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Is Xylitol Toxic to Cats?

Updated: December 18, 2019

It was previously assumed that xylitol wasn’t toxic to cats. New research sheds new light. Here are the details and what you still need to watch out for.

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Cat Spraying: Why They Do it and Ways to Tackle it

Updated: December 23, 2020

Cats communicate by leaving their scents in certain places. Spraying is a totally normal way to “converse,” just like scratching, rubbing their face on objects, etc. It's understandable to be frustrated when a cat sprays urine. Here's why your cat might be doing it and how you can help them.

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Light Up Your Pumpkin—Not Your Pets

Updated: September 18, 2020

When it comes time to lighting up your Halloween pumpkins, it’s best if you opt for an alternative to traditional candles. Here are 6 easy, safe decorating tips.

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Why is Chocolate Toxic for Pets?

Updated: September 16, 2020

The primary concern with chocolate is due to a chemical compound called methylxanthines. Just like with dogs, chocolate is toxic to cats!

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How Many Litter Boxes Does A Cat Need?

Updated: February 25, 2021

Litter boxes are like good friends… you can never have too many of them. In the veterinary profession we have a litter box rule of thumb that we recommend.

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Cat Poop – How Often Should A Cat Go?

Updated: December 23, 2020

How often should my cat poop? It’s an important question, and there are several factors that will influence the answer. Here are some rules of thumb to follow.

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Are Dented Pet Food Cans Safe?

Updated: June 2, 2017

The Clostridial bacteria can contaminate food after it has been canned if the can becomes dented or damaged in such a way that the seal is broken.

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Pets Shouldn't Do Yard Work

Updated: July 19, 2017

Yard work. Some of you love doing it and some get others to do it for them. Whichever it is, it's best to keep your pets inside. This kitty's story is why.

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Flat-Faced (Brachycephalic) Cats and Hot Weather

Updated: September 14, 2020

There's a lot of talk in the summer months about the dangers of Heat Stroke in dogs, but as a cat person you may be wondering whether or not the heat can affect your cat in the same way. The short answer is, yes.

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Minimizing the Risks of Anesthesia in Cats

Updated: February 17, 2021

Anesthesia is like any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks. Read on to learn about the anesthetic process and be prepared with important questions for your pet's medical care team.

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How to Choose a Pet Insurance Policy For Your Cat

Updated: August 30, 2017

When considering pet insurance, the first thing you’ll want to decide is if it’s right for you and your family. If you decide that pet insurance is for you, the next question you should ask is: “Which company and policy is the best one for me and my pet?”

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Recognizing and Helping Overweight and Obese Cats

Updated: August 12, 2020

Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 56% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their 2017 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study.

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Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Cats

Updated: February 12, 2021

Many pet owners are shocked to find out that flea allergy dermatitis can result from even very minimal and intermittent exposure to fleas – these pets are that sensitive and each flea may bite 50 times per day.

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Cat Stress: Causes and Solutions

Updated: February 25, 2021

One of the most common causes of cat stress is when their environment is unpredictable or unsafe. If the environment does not provide what your cat needs they can react unfavorably.

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Cat Aggression: Why They Strike and How to Stop It

Updated: February 22, 2021

If you have an aggressive cat, life can get rough. You may be constantly tip-toeing around, hoping he doesn’t choose this moment to strike at your feet, crying over yet another shredded pair of curtains, or refraining from inviting friends and family over for fear of an attack.

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How Can I Tell If My Cat Is In Pain?

Updated: January 29, 2021

It is extremely challenging to know when a cat is in pain. Here are some clues and tips to help you provide the best care for your cat, and limit their suffering.

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An Overview of Summer Pet Safety

Updated: May 18, 2020

Summer is officially here! And who amongst you isn’t ready for the sunshine, BBQs, fireworks, trips to the river/lake/beach, and all the other joys that this time of year brings?

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Pets in Cars: Debunking Five Dangerous Misconceptions

Updated: January 31, 2020

Sadly there are still many erroneous myths and misconceptions out there surrounding the idea of leaving pets in parked cars. These contribute to dangerous practices that result in the heat stroke cases and deaths that my colleagues are seeing on a daily basis and that we’re all read about in the news and online all-too-frequently.

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Top 10 Pet Proofing Tips for Cats and Kittens

Updated: September 17, 2020

If you already have young (human) children, you may already have made a good amount of pet-proofing progress. But even if so, there are important differences in home safety needs between young children and young (or even older) cats.

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