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    Scents That Could Be Harmful To Your Pets


    Use Caution With These Scents Around Your Pets

    If you plan to use any of the items listed below, please be aware and take the necessary precautions so that they don't wind up sickening or injuring your pets, or even worse.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Dog, Feline Asthma, Breathing problems, Cat, Harmful Scents, Bronchitis

    My Cat Is Coughing – Is My Home Heating Affecting My Cat?


    Brr....How Heating Your Home Can Harm Your Cats

    Summer is long over, fall is getting on and and winter is near, so now is the time of year that many people (understandably) start turning up the heat in their home. While we all want to be more comfortable as winter’s chill approaches and sets in, it’s important to recognize that turning up the thermostat or lighting the wood stove can have an impact on your cat’s breathing, too.

    Central heating systems can circulate and recirculate dust, dander, and other respiratory irritants, especially when we first turn them on after a long, hot summer. Similarly, wood/pellet stoves and fireplaces create smoke and other respiratory irritants. And all of these common means of home heating will also dry out the air within the home. Whether or not your cat has feline allergic bronchitis (more commonly called “FAB” or “kitty asthma”), all of these factors can have a direct irritating effect on your cats’ breathing system. And, if they do have FAB (which they may have and haven't yet been diagnosed with it), the simple act of heating your home can cause a significant enough flare in their symptoms to necessitate a trip to your veterinarian, or even the Animal ER.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cats, Blog, Cat Tips, Feline Asthma, Asthma in cats, FAB, Respiratory problems, Winter pet hazards, Coughing

    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

    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

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