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    Panting In Cats – It May Not Be Normal


    What You Need To Know About Panting In Cats

    A few people recently asked whether it was normal for a cat to pant. We figured that if there's a few people asking about panting, then there’s likely a whole lot more that have wondered, too. So here’s the “skinny” on panting in cats…

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cats, Cat Tips, Cat Stress, Pain, Diabetes, Urinary obstruction

    Arthritis and Other Mobility Issues in Older Cats — How You Can Help


    Arthritis in Cats: More Common Than You Think

    Thanks to advancements in medicine and nutrition, as well as important improvements in the way we view and look after our cats, our feline friends are living longer, fuller lives these days. However, as cats progress into their senior years, it’s common for many of them to develop joint pain and problems, such as arthritis.

    A study found that roughly 30% of cats over the age of 8 suffer from arthritis — and eight isn't very old for a cat! Another study found that 90% of cats aged 12 and over showed radiographic (x-ray) signs of the arthritis — that's 9 out of every 10 cats over the age of 12! These are very significant numbers, especially when we also take into account that the pain and suffering that these cats are experiencing often goes undetected and therefore untreated, even by the most caring and attentive of cat owners. (Here are some things you can look for to help you determine if your cat might be suffering in silence from the pain of arthritis, or any other painful condition.)

    Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help improve the comfort, mobility, and quality of life for your cats with arthritis. Many of the things you can do to help your cat are inexpensive and easy to implement. Of course, many cats will also benefit from a pain management protocol involving safe and effective medications, supplements, and complimentary treatments (e.g. acupuncture, etc.) determined by your veterinarian. Read on to see what you can do to help your arthritic cat — regardless of their age.

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    Topics: Cat Health, medication, Cats, Pain, Arthritis in cats, Mobility, Aging, Cat-friendly products

    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

    How Can I Tell If My Cat Is In Pain?


    It can be extremely challenging to know when cats are in pain. Sure, sometimes it’s quite obvious. You know your cat is in pain when you see a noticeable limp, large cut, or observe an accident. But other times your cat’s signs of pain can be far more subtle. It’s at these times that people often need guidance on what to look for to know if their cat is in pain.

    Signs That Could Indicate Pain in Cats


    As a general rule, most cats do an excellent (though detrimental) job of hiding their pain. Fortunately, there are lots of signs you can look for that indicate possible pain in your cat. Know what to look for so you can prevent your cat from suffering in silence.

    Five Cat Pain Tips:

    1. Cats often hide their pain so telltale signs can be subtle.
    2. Cats in pain are more likely to bite, so be careful!
    3. Behavior, breathing, heart rate, and even appearance can all change when your cat is in pain.
    4. Always call your vet if you suspect your cat is in pain.
    5. Never give your cat medication unless instructed to do so by your vet.

    As with many other aspects of caring for your cat, these signs will be more obvious to you (even when they are subtle) if you have a good idea of your cat’s “normal.”

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    Topics: Cat Health, cat health issues, Cats, Pain, Signs of Pain, Warning Signs, Blog

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