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    Fatty Liver Disease in Cats — What It Is and How to Protect Your Cat


    Hepatic lipidosis, a.k.a. “fatty liver disease,” is a serious and debilitating condition in cats. It’s caused by an overabundance of fat being moved to and deposited within a cat’s liver, which will happen when their body is otherwise “starved” for energy.

    Read on to learn more about what hepatic lipidosis is, the signs to watch for, and how you can prevent your cat from suffering from fatty liver disease.

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    Topics: Liver Failure, Obesity, Diabetes in Cats, Pancreatitis, Loss of appetite

    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

    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

    Help... my cat can’t pee! Feline Urethral Obstruction: Prevention


    This article is part of a three-article series.  Be Aware, Be Prepared and now feline urethral obstruction prevention. In this article I’ll highlight the things you need to know and the steps you should take to prevent an occurrence (or recurrence) of this condition.

    As an aside, if you’ve ever had a cat suffer from a urethral obstruction I’d greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete our online survey. It's completely anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your time.

    And so, without further ado, let's talk about the things you need to know and do to decrease your cat’s risk for urethral obstruction.

    As was touched upon in the Be Aware article, there are certain factors or attributes which are known to increase a cat’s risk for developing a urethral obstruction. An expanded list of these risk factors is presented again here, as they are important to consider when developing a plan to decrease your cat’s risk of developing this awful condition. Read More

    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Safety, Overweight Cat, Urethral Obstruction, Lack of urine in the litter box, Excessive drinking, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Pheromones, My cat can't pee, Frequent trips to the litter box, Male cat, Cat pheromones, Loss of appetite, Blog

    Help... my cat can’t pee! Feline Urethral Obstruction: Be Prepared... What to do


    In the article Feline Urethral Obstruction: Be Aware I covered the ‘what’ of urethral obstruction. In this article I’ll be detailing the things you should know to be prepared for in the event of a urethral obstruction. Hopefully you’ll never need this information, but as with most things in life, it's best to have it and know it's here if you do. After all, when it comes to feline urethral obstruction, your cat’s life is truly at stake.

    If you’ve ever had a cat that has suffered a urethral obstruction you can help me help others by taking a minute or two to fill out an online survey about pet owner experiences with this condition. It's completely anonymous and only takes a minute or two to complete. Thank you in advance.

    What should I do if I suspect that my cat has a urethral obstruction?

    As I started out with and highlighted in the first post of this seriesA cat that cannot pee is a cat that’s going to die, unless appropriate veterinary medical care is obtained immediately. Urethral obstruction is a very severe, very acute, very critical medical emergency.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Safety, Overweight Cat, Urethral Obstruction, Lack of urine in the litter box, Excessive drinking, Traveling with your cat, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Vomiting, My cat can't pee, Frequent trips to the litter box, Male cat, Loss of appetite, Blog

    Help... my cat can’t pee! Feline Urethral Obstruction: Be Aware


    Let me start by saying this… A cat that cannot pee is a cat that’s going to die, unless appropriate veterinary medical care is obtained immediately.

    Urethral obstruction is a very severe, very acute, very critical medical emergency.

    If you take nothing else from this initial installment in my article series about feline urethral obstruction, I hope you will at least appreciate the importance of being able to promptly recognize this common pet emergency. The second and third installments will deal with ‘what to do’ in the event of a urethral obstruction and the steps you should take to minimize its likelihood or prevent it all together, respectively.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, Overweight Cat, Urethral Obstruction, Lack of urine in the litter box, Excessive drinking, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Vomiting, My cat can't pee, Frequent trips to the litter box, Male cat, Loss of appetite, Cystitis

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