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    How to Easily Put Together a First-Aid Kit for Your Cat


    What to put in your cat first-aid kit and why


    When your cat suffers an illness, injury, or poisoning, knowing what first aid to do (and not do) can have a big impact on their recovery, safety, and comfort. It can also help your emotional stress, because you'll have a plan of action to follow whenever a problem arises. For these, and many other reasons, I always recommend that cat owners take a pet first-aid class. But that's not the end of the story.

    Regardless of whether you've taken (or are planning to take) a first-aid class, you still need to have the supplies and gear to be able to administer first aid to your cat. And that's where having a good pet first-aid kit (or two) comes in.

    Make Your Own Cat First-Aid Kit

    To make it easy for you to put together (or check) your pet first-aid kit, we have a shopping list (for mobile or printable) for you to take to your nearest pharmacy to grab your cat's first-aid supplies.

    Each item on this list has been vetted to ensure that you're getting the right products and brands that will be most effective, practical, and safe for your cat's first-aid kit.

    Have a dog? Check out this first-aid shopping list for dogs.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, First Aid, Pet First Aid Kits, cat first aid, Pet First Aid, Pet First Aid Supplies, Pet First Aid Kit

    Kitten Shots — What Vaccines Your New Cat Needs and When


    Whether your cat will be indoors-only, venture outside from time to time, or live outside exclusively, one of the best (and easiest) ways to protect their health is to vaccinate early — and appropriately — against preventable infectious diseases. Vaccines are a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to keep your kitten from becoming seriously ill now or even later in life. And, when it comes to rabies, having your cat vaccinated is also a simple and effective way to protect yourself and others in your home, since rabies can affect people, too.

    There’s a lot to know, do, and keep track of when you get a new cat, so here’s an overview of the shots your cat is likely to need during their first several months of life and beyond. Take a look at the information below, but you should still talk to your vet to make sure your cat is getting just the right vaccinations they need  based on their individual lifestyle, health, and overall situation  and that they’re getting them at the right times.

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    Topics: Rabies, Vaccination, Vaccines, Kittens, Cat Health

    Scratch This NOT That! Why Cats Scratch & How to Protect Your Furniture


    It doesn’t take long after living with a cat to develop a slight nervous tick at the sound of scratching.

    Because there’s no way to stop a cat from scratching — nor should you — and when cats are left to their own devices, they tend to make tatters of the things we love the most.

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    Topics: Scratching, Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Tips

    The Top 10 Halloween Dangers for Cats


    Like with any holiday, you can be sure of two things when it comes to your cat and Halloween: 

    #1. Your cat does not appreciate your noisy, candy-fueled celebrations
    #2. Refer back to #1

    Besides further confirming your cat’s belief that holidays are annoying and not focused enough on their needs, Halloween can be a real problem if you’re not careful. Here are the Top 10 Halloween dangers for cats you need to watch out for.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Tips, Cat Safety, chocolate toxicity, Cats outdoors at night, Halloween, Digestive obstruction

    My Cat Won’t Eat! How to Stimulate Your Cat’s Appetite


    The common theory is that cats are just picky about food.

    They turn their noses at their bowls for no other reason than to drive their people to an early grave or insanity — or both. If you’ve ever dealt with a cat that seemingly refuses to eat, it’s easy to feel like their only pleasure in life is to psychologically torture you and waste all of that expensive food you were sure they’d love.

    And you are certainly not alone in feeling a little crazed and helpless sometimes. As for that theory about cats just being picky, it’s somewhat true, but there’s a whole lot of nuance.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Diabetes in Cats, cat health questions, cat health issues, Pancreatitis, Obesity, Loss of appetite, Cat food, Feeding Bowls

    Heartworms Suck! What You Should Know About Mosquitos, Heartworm Disease, and Your Cat


    If you’ve ever had any concerns about mosquitos, know that this year (2017) is expected to be a doozy — and it’s probably only going to get worse from here. But did you know that Mosquitos and heartworms are intimately linked? What’s more, a single mosquito carrying a single worm is all it could take to result in serious health problems for your cat. 

    The 2017 mosquito season, fueled by a historically warm and rainy year, is anticipated to be worse than years past and the future outlook is about the same, with experts predicting ongoing mosquito-friendly weather conditions. Just look at articles like “Why the Menace of Mosquitos Will Only Get Worse” for a glimpse of what’s to come.

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    Topics: Cat, Cat Health, Blog, Traveling with your cat, Respiratory problems, Parasite Preventatives, Parasites, Heartworm, Heartworm Preventatives

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

    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.

    Catnip is actually a herb! It’s in the mint family and, if you’re interested, its scientific name is Nepeta cataria. Though it is native to parts of Asia and Europe, you can actually grow catnip yourself in indoor pots or in your garden. And though you could technically do so, I don’t actually recommend growing catnip in your window boxes. Its attractiveness to your cats could increase your cat’s risk of suffering a high-rise fall!

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

    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.

    There's a litter box rule of thumb: n+1In the veterinary profession we have a litter box "rule of thumb," it’s called the “n+1 rule.” And basically what it means is that you should have one more litter box than the number of cats you have.

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

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

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