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    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, Feeding Bowls, Cat food

    Tooth Root Abscess – My cat's face is swollen


    When bacteria get to the root of your cat's teeth

    Many a cat is brought to the veterinary office because of a sudden swelling under one of their eyes, possibly accompanied by a decrease in their energy level and appetite. Though it’s not always the case, these swellings are often the result of a tooth root abscess — an infection that occurs at the base of the tooth, under the gumline.

    A tooth root abscess is easily confirmed on dental x-rays. An abscess happens when bacteria gain access to the deeper structures of the tooth, where the local environment can be ideal for bacterial growth. The infection causes inflammation and starts to erode the tooth structures.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, cat health questions, cat health issues, pet dental, Tooth problems, Dental for cats

    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

    Miliary Dermatitis – Those Bumps On Your Cat's Back


    What are these bumps on my cat's back?

    Though it happens throughout the year, now is the time when we vets start seeing a lot more cats with "bumpy backs." These small bumps and scabs, also common around a cat’s neck and face, are what's called “miliary dermatitis.”

    This inflammatory process of the skin is typically accompanied by itchiness, which cats often express by scratching and/or biting at their skin (although you may not actually see them doing so). Until proven otherwise, miliary dermatitis in cats is an indication of the presence of, and potentially allergic reaction to, fleas.

    Because miliary dermatitis is an uncomfortable condition for cats, and because it most often indicates a flea problem, this is a finding that should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. To learn more about fleas read this article about fleas and their treatment and prevention on cats.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Fleas on Cats, Flea Allergies, Dermatitis, cat health questions, cat health issues, Skin irritation, Itchiness

    Giving Your Cat a Pill – Make Sure To Chase It


    There are lots of joke posts about techniques and the difficulties of giving cats pills — this is a funny list. Maybe you've experienced some of these first hand? 

    One part of the process that is no joking matter though, and is often overlooked, is that you never want to have your cat do a “dry swallow.”

    "DRY SWALLOW"

    This is when you stuff the pill in the back of your cat’s mouth, close it, rub under their chin (or blow on their nose), and then call it done when the cat doesn’t spit the pill back out. 

    You should 100% always follow your cat’s pills up with some food, a few treats, or a syringe full of water (ask your vet for a syringe when getting your meds).

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Bite, medication, cat health issues, Cat Tips

    Cat Acne – How To Curtail Breakouts

    Have you ever noticed little bumps or “blackheads” on your cat’s chin? Perhaps they’ve even progressed to full fledged “zits” by the time you’ve noticed them? These signs are often, though not always, an indication of what’s commonly referred to as “chin acne” in cats.

    For deeper or more persistent cases, you’ll need to see your vet for safe and effective treatment. However, for mild cases of chin acne, simple cleaning at home and some changes to your cat’s meal time routine may just do the trick.

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    Topics: Cat Health, cat health issues, Cat Tips, Cat acne, Water Bowls, Feeding Bowls

    Tooth Resorption in Cats — When Good Cells Go Bad!


    Your pets — especially your cats — are susceptible to a painful dental condition called tooth resorption


    In this condition the multiple surfaces of a tooth are systematically destroyed (resorbed — "broken down and dissolved back into the body") by the cells of your pet's own body. The cells that are responsible for this destruction are called odontoclasts. These cells have a normal and healthy function within the body, but for some reason, in this disease state, they begin to exert their resorptive function in an abnormal way — resulting in the destruction of an otherwise apparently healthy and normal tooth (or teeth).

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    Topics: Cat Health, cat health issues, Cats, Blog, Tooth problems, Excessive drooling, Tooth absorption, Dental for cats

    Cats and String - To Pull or Not To Pull?


    Something stuck in your cat's butt? 
    Whether it's string, yarn, dental floss, the trussing from your holiday turkey or tinsel from a Christmas tree, anything that's protruding from your cat's butt is of concern.

    "To pull or not to pull?" – that is the question


    If an accident happens and your cat does ingest something, “to pull or not to pull?” is the question that so many people ask. This is, of course, in reference to what action you should take should you notice something sticking out of your cat’s butt.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Cat Stress, cat health issues, String, Blog, Cat Tips, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, To pull or not to pull, Linear Foreign Body, Cats and string, Something is stuck in my cat's butt

    Cats Hiding – Hide & Seek is a Bad Game


    Many cat owners don’t realize that hiding can be a very important and concerning sign in cats. Many just attribute it to grumpy feline behavior or their cat’s preference for dark, isolated places.

    Unfortunately though, hiding is often just an outward manifestation (sign) of an internal problem. And it’s a sign you should always be on the look out for and heed the warning of when it occurs. Read More

    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Fleas on Cats, Signs of Stress in Cats, Cat Stress, Flea Bites, cat health questions, cat health issues, Pain, Urethral Obstruction, Arthritis in cats, Excessive grooming, Urinary obstruction, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, Kidney disease, Cat bite abcess, Cats Hiding

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