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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, Cat food, Feeding Bowls

    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

    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

    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

    Cat Litter & Asthma - Yours & Your Cat's


    If you have asthmatic cats, asthmatic kids, have asthma yourself, or simply have a cat this article is for you.

    Did you know that the type of cat litter you use can have a significant impact on the comfort and safety of those suffering with asthma?

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    Topics: Cat Health, cat health problem, cat health questions, cat health issues, Blog, Litterbox, Cat litterbox, Asthma in cats, Litterbox dust, Sodium bentonite cat litter, FAB, Clay litter dust, Feline allergic bronchitis, Low dust cat litter, Silica gel in cat litter, No-dust cat litter, Does cat litter cause asthma, Recommended cat litter, Silica dust, Is a covered litterbox a good idea, Cat Litter

    How Cats Eating Crayons Can Save You Time, Frustration, and Money


    Whose poop is this anyway...

    One of the more frustrating things that cats can do in a home is defecating outside of their litterbox—not just directly next to it, but sometimes in a completely separate room. And especially if it's diarrhea they're having!

    This frustration for pet owners is understandable, but it’s important to recognize that such activity can have several potential underlying reasons—which rarely, if ever, include “spiting you.”

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, cat health questions, cat health issues, Blog, Litterbox accidents, Crayon Shavings, Arthritis in cats, Cats and crayons, Litterbox, Going outside the litterbox, Multi-cat household

    Cat Got a Cold? Do NOT Reach for the Tylenol!


    One problem that frequently has cat owners calling or visiting their vet about is ‘kitty cold.’ Whether it’s a snotty nose, goopy eyes, or a case of the ‘sniffles’, kitty colds are common, and especially so in kittens and cats that have come from shelters.
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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat health problem, pet safety, toxicity in cats, cat health questions, cat health issues, Poison control, Poison control for cats, Blog, Can I Give My Cat Tylenol, Kitty Colds, Cat Tips, Acetaminophen

    Flat-Faced (Brachycephalic) Cats and Hot Weather


    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. Though it happens less frequently, cats can also suffer from heat-related illnesses such as Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke during these warmer days.

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat health problem, Summer Pet Safety Tips, cat health questions, cat health issues, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Brachycephalic, Blog, Heat Stroke in Cats, Cats and Hot Weather, Cats and Breathing Problems, Cat Tips, Feline Asthma, Heat Stroke Risk Factors

    Your Cat and Diabetes: Everything you need to know


    Diabetes is a very serious issue – and not just in people either. That’s right, this chronic and potentially debilitating condition also affects cats (and dogs). And while it’s difficult to know the exact incidence of diabetes in cats, best estimates put it somewhere in the range of 1 cat in every 100-200 cats will become diabetic. What’s even sadder is that this incidence seems to be on the increase.

    Fortunately, armed with some good information, important tips, and a good working relationship with your veterinarian, you can give your cats the best chance at avoiding this frustrating condition. And if they’ve already developed it, know that these same tools can help you best manage your cat’s diabetic state; avoiding the potential complications and perhaps even getting them into diabetic remission.

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    Topics: Cat Health, cat health problem, cat with diabetes, High Protien Diet for Cats, Diabetes in Cats, signs of cat diabetes, insulin for cats, diabetes in cats treatment, cat health questions, cat health issues, cats and diabetes, diabetes symptoms in cats, Burmese, Blog

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