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

Sunday Quotes: Changing Leaves

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how much I love the maple tree outside my bedroom window. We planted it when we first moved into this house, more than 38 years ago now. I’ve watched it grow into a beautiful, mature tree. This tree has been with me through a lot of life – through both joyful and challenging times. Each fall, it’s one of the last trees to turn, and once it turns, the beauty only lasts for a few days before the leaves fall.Continue Reading

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: Virginia

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This is an excerpt from my book Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself. It features Virginia, the cat who started my love affair with torties all these years ago. It was first published in 2010.

As those of you who read Buckley’s Story know, Buckley was my office cat at the animal hospital I managed for eight years before she came to live with Amber and I.   She wasn’t the first one, though.  Not the first tortie, and not the first office cat.  Before Buckley, and even before Amber, there was Virginia.Continue Reading

The Purrs of Wisdom 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

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Welcome to our first Purrs of Wisdom Holiday Gift Guide – your one-stop shopping spot for all the cats and cat lovers on your holiday gift list! This year’s guide features our favorite products for cats and cat lovers. And even better: many of the companies featured are offering exclusive discounts to Purrs of Wisdom readers!

You’ll find gifts ranging from cat furniture to toys to art to products for your home as well as some gift ideas you may not have thought of. I can guarantee you that you’ll find something to delight every kitty and every cat lover in your life. And by buying these products, you’ll not only get some really wonderful gifts, you’ll also support small businesses, many of them run out of the owners’ homes.Continue Reading

Happy Halloween

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Allegra and I would like to wish you and your kitties a safe and happy Halloween!

We’re offering tips on how to keep your kitties safe today (and some delicious treats for kitty!) here.

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Giveaway: Win 20 Pounds of Darwin’s Raw Cat Food for Your Cats and Your Favorite Rescue

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When it comes to feeding your cat, the less processed her food is, the better it is for her health. A raw diet is the least processed of all feline diets, and raw feeding is becoming more and more mainstream as cat parents look for alternatives to highly processed pet foods. I’ve been feeding raw for the past ten years, and have seen all of my cats thrive on it. For the past six years, I’ve been feeding Darwin’s, and it has become a perennial favorite.Continue Reading

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Trick or Treat! Vitakraft Treats Make Halloween Fun for Your Cats

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I bet if cats had their say, they’d abolish Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some humans even try to put you in costumes. But cats don’t need to miss out on their own trick or treat fun, and Vitakraft has some yummy treats to help you get into the spirit.Continue Reading