Feline Health

Changing the Future of IBD and GI Lymphoma Diagnosis in Cats

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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

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

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

Another Furball? It Might Be Feline Asthma

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Guest post by Andrea Tasi, VMD

Has your cat been coughing? Watch the video at the bottom of this post and you may recognize that sound. Many people assume that the cat is trying to cough up a hairball and don’t realize that their cat could have asthma. Untreated, asthma can progress and even be fatal. But, like human asthmatics, cats can be treated and the disease can be managed.

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AminAvast® Protects Allegra’s Kidneys

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When Allegra was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, I knew I had to do everything possible to protect her kidneys. I already knew that my vet recommends AminAvast® for her patients with chronic kidney disease. Even though Allegra’s kidney function has been normal on all bloodwork since she was first diagnosed in January of 2021, I wanted to know whether we should start her on AminAvast.Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Choosing a Safe and Effective CBD Product for Your Cat

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Cannabis has been utilized for its holistic properties for thousands of years. With lots of different brands offering different options, it can be daunting as a cat parent to find a high-quality brand that you can trust. It can also be difficult to understand what is safe for pets, with brands offering full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate, not to mention, confusing information about dosing and lack of variation in strengths. Finding the correct strength for your cat, based on weight, is imperative to providing ideal optimal dosage. Using a lower strength than recommended could result in the products only offering low level placebo effects.Continue Reading

Ask These 13 Questions Before You Schedule Your Cat’s Dental Procedure

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Guest post by Andrea Tasi, VMD

Introduction from Ingrid:

Having your cat go under anesthesia is probably one of the most stressful events cat parents have to deal with. I’ve been lucky with Allegra. She only had to have two major dental procedures over the course of 13 years which may be in large part due to daily supplementation with 1TDC, which visibly reduced her gingivitis. You can read about Allegra’s experience with her dental procedures here and here.) Still, each time she had to go  to the dentist,  was a nervous wreck,Continue Reading

Ruby’s Last Journey: The Long Goodbye

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Today marks exactly three months since Ruby passed away. This is the last part in a four-part series about my experience during the last four months of Ruby’s life, from diagnosis to caring for her through her illness, to having to let her go. Click here to read part one, Ruby’s Last Journey: The Moment That Changed Everything, part two, Ruby’s Last Journey: Practical Considerations of Hospice Care,and part three, Water, Water Everywhere! Hydration for Cats with Kidney Disease.

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Ruby’s Last Journey: Water, Water, Everywhere! Hydration for Cats with Kidney Disease