Conscious Black Friday Shopping

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Who doesn’t love a great deal? I like saving money as much as the next person, but at the same time, I find myself feeling uneasy with the relentless focus on consumption that Black Friday, Cyber Monday and assorted other “shopping holidays” emphasize. And is it just me, or is Black Friday starting earlier and earlier?Continue Reading

Changing the Future of IBD and GI Lymphoma Diagnosis in Cats

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This is a sponsored post, written by: Rowyn Rose, Science Communications Specialist at Basepaws*

When your cat isn’t feeling well, you want to help them to get better as soon as possible. As a cat parent, one of the hardest things to deal with is when your cat is sick, but it’s not exactly clear what’s wrong.

Symptoms such as weight loss, decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea can be associated with a wide range of feline health issues. One of these is the cancerous condition called gastrointestinal (GI) lymphoma—the #1 form of cancer seen in cats. Another is the non-cancerous condition known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which causes chronic irritation and inflammation of the GI tract.Continue Reading

Thanksgiving ABC’s

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Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States and it’s time for my annual tradition of making a “Thanksgiving ABC’s” list. I maintain a gratitude practice every day, but I still love doing this list every year. Some of the items repeat year after year, others are new. Here’s this year’s list:Continue Reading

Remembering Ruby: That Time When Ruby Wrote Her First Post

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It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on three years since Ruby has been gone, after being diagnosed with advanced kidney disease. I miss her every day, and with the holidays coming up, missing her is starting to feel like a physical ache again sometimes. I’m grateful I have eight years of Ruby’s Reflections on this site to comfort me and remind me of some of the cute things she did, and I love sharing the memories with you.Continue Reading

Why Keeping Track of Your Cat’s Weight is Important

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Weighing your cat on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to monitor her health. Gradual weight loss or gain is often not noticeable in cats until it has become quite dramatic. Consider that the average cat weighs 10 pounds. Weight loss of only 6% of a cat’s body weight is considered a clinical sign – that’s less than ten ounces. Depending on the size of your cat, visible changes to her weight may be too subtle to notice without actually weighing her.Continue Reading

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Understand the Signs of Arthritis Pain in Cats

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Recognizing pain in cats can be challenging for even the most dedicated cat parent, especially when it comes to chronic pain caused by arthritis. Even veterinarians often overlook signs of pain in cats, partly because some cats won’t show pain in a stressful situation such as being at the vet’s. Cats’ ability to hide pain goes back to their wild origins. In the wild, a sick animal becomes prey, so not showing weakness is crucial for survival.Continue Reading