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    Dental Disease and Tooth Resorption in Cats

    Unfortunately, diseases of the teeth and gums are common in cats. It is thought that as many as 85 percent of cats aged three years and older have some degree of dental disease. Dental disease in cats can cause severe pain and discomfort, and if left untreated it can lead to bone infection, tooth loss, and oral bacteria entering the bloodstream through diseased oral tissues, affecting other organs as well.

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet dental

    Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

    Urinary tract infections and urinating outside of the box are one of the most common reasons cats see the veterinarian. Urinary tract infections (UTI) in cats are a frustrating problem for both cats and cat owners. It is important to identify, diagnose and treat UTIs quickly to reduce your cat’s pain and before unwanted out-of-the box behaviors become the norm.

    Left untreated, urinary tract infections can cause undesired litter box behaviors, bladder stones, kidney infections, and most of all, be painful for your cat. In rare instances, male cats with urinary tract infections can actually cause a urethral obstruction, creating a life-and-death emergency situation.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Emergency, Urinary Tract Infection, Cat pee

    The Best Litter Boxes for Cats

     A litter box is probably the first thing you consider buying when you adopt a cat. And for good reason! You don’t have the luxury of taking your cat on a walk (at least not yet), and chances are you’ve abandoned newspapers long ago.

    But, despite the litter box being at the top of the shopping list for cats, very few people, including myself, ever put much thought into what type to buy. However, for me that recently changed, leading me to the find the best litter boxes for any cat or situation. Read on to find out what makes these litter boxes "heads and tails" above the rest, the best way to limit cat litter from being tracked all over the house, and the best way to dispose of your cat's deposits!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Stop cat spraying, Litterbox

    How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth

    Alright, let’s be honest. Brushing your cat’s teeth probably sounds as appealing as giving your cat a bath. Both situations have the potential to lead to, not only a stressed-out feline, but an equally frazzled human. 

    Despite all of this, as a responsible cat lover, you know — just like people — good feline dental health leads to better overall health! Good dental hygiene can help avoid serious dental disease, and several other issues creating bad cat breath. 

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat teeth cleaning

    Common Household Plants Toxic to Cats

    Hopefully, you've already read our article Top 10 Household Plants Safe for Your Cat. But, it's just as important to know what plants in your home or in your yard are toxic to cats. That's why we have put together this list of popular and common houseplants found in many homes.

    If you have any of these plants, don't be hard on yourself — you're not alone. You can easily replace your toxic plant with something much safer and still fits with your decor.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants

    Cats are curious by nature, so it's no wonder that anything moving inside your home becomes potential prey. Putting plants around your place can sometimes feel like a sacrificial ceremony (for the plant). But don't worry — there are ways to teach your cats to leave the inside plants alone! Whether they're eating the leaves, digging up the dirt, or using your planter as a litter box, your cat can be trained or redirected towards something more enticing. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Top 10 Indoor Plants Safe for Cats

    If you're like most feline folks, you've sacrificed having any plants inside your home for the health and safety of your cat (and for the sake of the plant).

    Great news, though — many beautiful plants are non-toxic to your cat and will add some greenery to your home. And in some cases a little additional color as well!

    That's why we have put together a list of plants that will not only enhance your living space but also keep you from making an unexpected trip to the vet's office. Remember, even "pet-safe" plants can still cause an upset stomach or an obstruction depending on how much is eaten. Check out our article on Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Christmas Safety for Cats and Dogs

    Is it just me, or do the holidays always seem to sneak up each year? Wasn't it just Halloween?!?! With so much to do to prepare yourself and your home for Christmas, it can be easy to forget that the holiday season can also affect your pets. Sure they don't have gifts to get, rooms to clean, and food to cook ... but their daily routine is often upset and stressed out by all the holiday commotion all the same. And that's before we even get into all the potential pet hazards on your holiday table and under (or on) your tree!

    With a little bit of knowledge of dangers to look out for and minimize, you can rest easier when the festivities begin knowing that your pets are all snuggled up and safe, ready to bring joy and laughter to your home and heart.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, Christmas pet hazards, Dog Health & Safety

    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: Cat Health, Kittens, Vaccines, Vaccination, Rabies

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