Should You Get Your Cat Microchipped?

Did you know that despite doing all we can to keep our animals safe, approximately one in three pets in the United States will become lost at some point during their lifetime? This is a scenario that no caring and the committed owner wants to think about. By understanding that it is something that could…

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Cat Dental Hygiene & Oral Care

What is the Cause of My Pet’s Bad Breath? Don’t ignore your pet’s bad breath! Dental hygiene is often the cause of stinky breath, and it may indicate other important problems with your pet’s health. We understand how easy it is to miss. Many of the problems that stem from poor hygiene occur where you…

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Five Freedoms: 2. Freedom from Discomfort

Continuing on the topic of the five freedoms that are necessary for our cats to be healthy and happy, the second freedom is freedom from discomfort. This means that we need to provide an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. Indoor cats are sheltered from many outside dangers that could cause discomfort….

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Five Freedoms for Our Pets

We all want the best for our pets. We want to believe that we provide a great home for them and everything they could need to be happy and healthy. For the most part, we all do this. Cats though are very complicated creatures and don’t usually show when they are sick or in pain….

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Dealing with Multiple Problems in Your Cat

Any time a member of your feline family has a medical problem it can be scary and confusing. Hopefully though, your veterinarian can diagnose the problem and start treatment to make your cat feel better. Many times, however, our patients have more than one problem that may or may not be related to each other….

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3 Basic Cat Hygiene Tips You Should Be Checking For

Cats are independent and take care of themselves pretty well. Healthy cats groom themselves often, keeping their fur clean and smooth. They generally use the litter box and don’t make messes. However, this can make us complacent with ensuring good hygiene in our cats. Even if your cats appear to be clean and happy, there…

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Dr. K’s Cancer and Your Cat

Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had just completed four years of medical school and was a runner and pretty in tune with my body. And yet, I had no idea I had any medical problems. I had no symptoms, no discomfort, no change in my weight. On a routine annual medical…

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Why Vaccines are Important for Your Cat

One of the best ways that you can keep your cat healthy is to prevent disease through vaccinations. Everyone seems to know that kittens need their shots. However, providing good immunity against disease depends on giving the right vaccines at the right times and continuing it throughout their lives. A vaccine tells the body to…

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the medical term for long-term changes in the kidneys leading to a decrease in their function. We may refer to it as kidney insufficiency or CRF, chronic renal failure. When I diagnose CKD in a patient, many of my clients become very concerned that their cats will not live much…

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How We Trained Our Clinic Cat

I may be a bit biased, but I believe cats are very smart. They are great learners. They learn very quickly: what will get you out of bed or how to talk incessantly until you give them a treat. They can also learn things that we might want to teach them. Training your cat is…