Feline Health

What to Do If Your Cat Refuses To Take Medication

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When it comes to giving medication, dog parents tend to have it easier than cat parents. Put the pill in a little bit of peanut butter or cheese, and dogs will think they’re getting a treat. Most cats are a different story. In this article, I’ll cover the various options to give medications to cats, but more importantly, I’m also looking at how giving medications to a reluctant cat affects the bond between cat and human.Continue Reading

H5N1 Infections in Cats: Surveillance is Warranted, Panic is Not

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Written by Ingrid R. Niesman MS, PhD

When 38 out of 40 cats die from a disease, it’s time to take notice. A 2024 report out of South Korea describes a swift wave of infections in a closed cat shelter (1). Between June and July of 2023, symptoms of high fevers, anorexia and neurological issues were evident within the shelter, ultimately killing nearly all the cats. H5N1, clade 2.3.4.4b, was confirmed by a private lab in July.  As the cats were housed separately, in groups of 4-5 cats, infected poultry in the cat food is a suspected route of transmission.Continue Reading

How Changes in the Veterinary Profession Are Affecting You and Your Cat

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Over the last few years, the veterinary profession has undergone profound changes. The days of the neighborhood vet may be numbered as more and more practices are being bought by large corporations. An unprecedented number of veterinarians is leaving the profession, and the veterinary profession consistently has one of the highest suicide rates. These changes will affect you and your cat in various ways, if they aren’t already.Continue Reading

Will Your Cat React to the Solar Eclipse?

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On Monday, April 8, a solar eclipse will be visible in totality within a band across North America. Even if you’re not in the path of totality, you may still be able to observe one of nature’s most exciting spectacles. When the moon moves across the sun, day will become twilight, the temperature will drop, and nature will react. That includes animals – but will your cats react to the eclipse?
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AAFP Launches Chronic Pain Educational Tool Kit

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Chronic pain in cats often goes untreated because cats are such masters at disguising pain and illness. This is an evolutionary holdover from their wild origins. In the wild, a cat in pain is seen as weak, making him a prime target for predators.

We know that chronic pain in humans can be debilitating, interfering with daily activities and taking the joy out of life. It’s not a big leap to assume that the same thing happens for our feline companions.Continue Reading

This Hack Will Let You Easily and Accurately Cut Pills for Your Cat

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Allegra has been on several different medications for the past few years. Since she needs to be on half and quarter sizes of some of her pills, that means I have to cut pills. It’s been a bit of a frustrating journey to find a solution that would cut her pills as accurately as possible. I was thrilled when I discovered a hack that has made the whole process so much easier.Continue Reading

How Lawn Chemicals Affect Your Cat

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The poisoning of the lawns in my suburban neighborhood is already in full swing. When I go for my daily walks, I can see the granules on the sidewalk. I see the lawn company trucks, and sometimes, I can even smell the chemicals. I am strongly opposed to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and I don’t understand the obsession with a flawless green lawn. But mostly, I worry about the effect lawn chemicals have on the cats who come in contact with them – and that can happen even if your cats never leave the house.Continue Reading

Lilies are Toxic and Potentially Fatal for Cats

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Easter is early this year, and already, Easter lilies are popping up at florists. And every year, cats needlessly die because far too few cat parents are aware that these flowers are highly toxic to cats. Just one small bite of a flower, leaf, stem or even just the pollen of this plant can lead to fatal kidney failure if not treated within 12 to 24 hours of ingestion.Continue Reading

Reverse Sneezing in Cats

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Reverse sneezing in cats happens when a cat tries to clear irritants from their mouth, throat or nasal passages. It is characterized by a sudden, forceful inhalation of air through the nose, often accompanied by a distinctive snorting or honking sound. Unlike a regular sneeze, where air is forcefully expelled out of the nose, reverse sneezing involves the inward movement of air. This can give the impression that your cat is struggling to breathe, which can make these episodes very distressing to watch for cat parents. It can often be mistaken for other respiratory problems.
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