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The Senior Cat, Part 2 – Those Crazy Kidneys

I have often heard it mentioned that cats have poor kidneys due to the fact that so many cats develop kidney disease. While it is true that kidney failure is a leading cause of death for older cats, it is not true that they have poor kidneys. In fact, the exact opposite is true: feline [...]

By |2018-12-13T00:43:32+00:00December 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Senior Cat, Part 1 – Age is not a disease

Too often I hear people comment that their cat is [insert symptom or condition here] because it is old, and old cats just “get that way." While it is true that many disease processes are more likely to occur in an older cat, the cat’s age is not a prerequisite for disease. Younger cats can [...]

By |2018-12-13T00:46:06+00:00November 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Feline Leukemia – The Other Retrovirus

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), like FIV discussed last month, is a retrovirus. These viruses insert themselves into the host's DNA and are one of the main reasons that these infections are difficult to treat and have no cure. Of the two viruses, FeLV is the far more contagious disease. Like FIV, FeLV can be transmitted [...]

By |2018-12-13T00:49:36+00:00October 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grooming, Part 2

Nails aren't just for shredding furniture! Scratching is a normal feline behavior. Many people think that scratching is a destructive behavior when it is actually a necessary part of your cat's physical and emotional well-being. Even cats who have been declawed continue to exhibit scratching-like behavior. Scratching serves many vital functions, as we shall learn. [...]

By |2018-12-13T00:52:16+00:00July 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring Cleaning for Cats – Intestinal Parasites

Spring is the time when many "indoor" cats head back outside, even if only for short periods of time. Most of these cats will end up hunting and eating something at some point. Some cats are obvious about this and will leave "presents" at home, while others are very sneaky. (There was one study which [...]

By |2018-12-13T00:53:50+00:00May 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hairballs!

Hairballs are one of those things which everyone assumes goes along with cat ownership. Eventually, everyone finds one... often by stepping on it. But, what exactly is a hairball? Why are they unique to cats, and are they really normal? The Merriam-Webster definition of a hairball is “a compact mass of hair formed in the [...]

By |2018-12-13T00:57:09+00:00April 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments