Archives: Cat Care

  • Feline Folklore

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    Kitties are very mysterious little furballs, who have certainly gathered more than their fair share of myths and legends. In fact, for a cute, innocent-looking pet, Fluffy has amassed a rather impressive collection of urban—and rural—legends. A local vet lists a few of them below. Cat Goddesses Our feline friends have been associated with several different goddesses. The most well-known may be Egypt’s Bastet, who was often depicted in feline form. The ancient Greeks had … Read More »

  • Blue-Green Algae: A Lurking Danger for Pets

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    Have you heard of cyanobacteria? You may know it by its common name: blue-green algae. This is an extremely dangerous algae that typically lives in warm, nutrient-rich water. Cyanobacteria can make both people and pets very sick. It can grow rapidly, or bloom, under the right conditions. Unfortunately, these blooms are becoming much more common. A veterinarian discusses cyanobacteria below.  Warning Signs Blue-green algae blooms most often occur in summer and early fall, but they … Read More »

  • Grooming a Senior Cat

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    Is your kitty in her golden years? If so, she may need a helping hand with her beauty routine. Senior cats often have trouble bending and stretching. Obesity can also be an issue. This can make it hard for them to keep up as they age. Plus, the skin of many cats, particularly those with medical issues, produces more oil as they grow older. You’ll need to brush Fluffy regularly to prevent painful mats and … Read More »

  • 7 Things to Consider Before Adopting an Exotic Cat

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    Have you always dreamed of having an exotic cat, such as a lion or tiger? It sounds great in theory, but in practice, it can be quite different. While you can find exotic cats for sale, you should definitely think twice before buying one. A local vet lists some things to think about below.  Price Exotic cats are quite expensive, and can cost thousands of dollars. The exact price will vary on the type of … Read More »

  • Is Your Cat Licking Herself Too Much?

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    If you own a cat, you’ll notice that she licks herself frequently. Cats spend a lot of time grooming themselves by licking, so this behavior in and of itself isn’t abnormal. But it’s possible for a cat to lick herself too much—this is known in the veterinary world as overgrooming. Read on to find out more from your local veterinarian. What Counts as Overgrooming? Since cats spend somewhere between 25 and 50 percent of their … Read More »

  • Why Do Cats Like to Sleep So Much?

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    Cats come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and personalities, but they share one thing in common: they love sleeping. In fact, cats sleep on average around 15 hours per day, and can even sleep up to 20 hours in a single 24-hour period. That’s a lot of slumber for your feline friend! You might wonder why your cat rests so much—read on to find out more about your cat’s sleeping habits.  Why Cats Sleep … Read More »

  • All About Your Cat’s Whiskers

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    Cats come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but whiskers are one thing that every cat has in common. They’re much more than decorative long hairs sprouting from Fluffy’s snout, too—your pet’s whiskers are essential for all sorts of daily functions. Read on as your local veterinarian tells you more about these important sensory tools.   Whiskers Help Your Cat Navigate Her Environment Your cat’s whiskers are rooted more deeply into the skin than her … Read More »

  • Helping Your Cat and Dog Get Along

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    Do you have both a cat and a dog? In some cases, Fluffy and Fido bond very closely, and become BFFs. In other cases, they may fight like, well, cats and dogs. A local vet offers some tips on helping your furry pals make peace. Keep Fido Active Dogs tend to be much calmer and better behaved when they are getting enough exercise and playtime. Talk time to walk and play with Fido every day. … Read More »

  • Choosing the Purrfect Cat Carrier

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    Does your cat enjoy riding around? Chances are, the answer to that question is no. Most of our feline patients absolutely despise car rides! However, sooner or later, Fluffy will need to be transported. When she does, she should always be in a carrier. But what do you look for when picking a carrier? A veterinarian offers some suggestions below. Size Usually, when it comes to animal housing or cages, bigger is better. That isn’t … Read More »

  • Craft for Your Local Shelters Day

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    Do you like making things? Are you an animal lover? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then put a pawprint on your calendar for July 21st. It’s National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day! This is a great way to do something to help the sweet dogs and cats that are languishing in shelters, desperately hoping someone will adopt them. It can also be a great rainy-day project for kids! Read … Read More »