Keeping the Peace in a Multi-Cat Household

The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes difficult topics in the world of animal medicine – all in the hopes that their unique insights and personal experiences will help you to understand your pets.
Provide ample resources for all cats in your home. At first glance, this advice may seem simplistic. But what you consider to be ample resources may not be what your cat would prefer.

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Are Chinese herbal products safe for cats?

Shmalberg J, Hill RC, Scott KC. Nutrient and metal analyses of Chinese herbal products marketed for veterinary use. Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition 2013;97:305-314.

Chinese herbs and herbal mixtures are often fed to animals in order to treat certain medical conditions. Practitioners of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine primarily utilize two companies that provide products specifically for veterinary medicine. Some contain measurable quantities of toxic metals, but the composition …

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Seven Most Common Illnesses in Senior Cats

The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes difficult topics in the world of animal medicine – all in the hopes that their unique insights and personal experiences will help you to understand your pets. Jul 15, 2013 Seven Most Common Illnesses in Senior Cats by Dr. Lorie Huston Share Save to mypetMDToday, our cats are living longer than ever before, thanks in part to advances in veterinary medicine, pet …

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New Discovery Offers Hope Against Deadly FIP Virus

FIP are the three worst letters a cat guardian can hear. Feline Infectious Peritonitis is caused by a coronavirus and affects the cells of the intestinal tract. The corona virus in itself is a common virus in cats, and cats may not even show symptoms other than perhaps a mild gastrointestinal upset. But for reasons […]

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How to Get Your Cat Used to the Carrier

A cat carrier is an important part of your cat’s life. For most cats, the only time they’re in a carrier is when they have to go to the veterinarian, so the association with carriers is often a negative and stressful one. But carriers can be vital in an emergency, and it’s a good idea […]

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Signs of Illness in Cats

Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness, which is why regular veterinary exams are so important. All cats should get annual exams, and cats seven or older should be seen by a veterinarian twice a year. However, the most important person in keeping your cats healthy is you! You know your cat better than […]

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Summer Travel Tips for Your Cat

While typically it’s the family dog that gets to go on vacation, cats are getting to travel, too. But whether kitty is going to visit Grandma while the family goes off on a cruise or is actually going along to the vacation destination, the same planning is involved to ensure that the travel arrangements are stress free. It’s a good idea to have two different…

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Cats Need the Right Environment

“Addressing environmental needs is essential (not optional) for optimum wellbeing of the cat.”

So says the Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines recently published by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. I whole-heartedly agree. Evidence continues to reveal that inappropriate environmental conditions play a huge role in the development of stress, illness, and unwanted behaviors in cats.

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The Importance of Playtime for Cats

Cats have a reputation for being low maintenance, which is probably one of the many reasons why they have surpassed dogs as the most popular pet in America. Unfortunately, because of this reputation, many people think cats don’t need as much attention as dogs do. They couldn’t be more wrong. Play is vitally important to […]

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Feline Hyperthyroidism: What You Need to Know

Hyperthyroidism is a common disease that typically affects middle-aged and older cats. It is caused by an excess production of thyroid hormones, which are produced by the thyroid gland, located inside the cat’s neck. Thyroid hormones affect nearly all organs, which is why thyroid disease can sometimes cause secondary problems such as hypertension, heart […]

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