From the October 2014 Issue

Another Benefit of Slimming Down

If you have a short-nosed cat who has put on some pounds and suffers breathing problems due to a condition called brachycephalic airway syndrome, one simple change could go a long way in easing his discomfort: help him slim down.

Current Issue

Two Often-overlooked Halloween Hazards

Halloween poses well-known stressors and safety risks to our cats, from ringing doorbells to scary costumes. But here are two threats we may overlook: burning candles and heated essential oils in potpourri containers.

A Rare Virus Sparks Deadly Outbreaks

It may come as a surprise to learn that nearly one-third of cats experience signs of an active infection of flu-like feline calicivirus (FCV). Most of us would think that vaccinations prevent the disease in cats, and we’d be mistaken.

Ask Elizabeth: October 2014

Q We have a 4-year-old female tuxedo-patterned kitty named Puff whose right eye occasionally (every few months or so) gets a little “weepy.” It stays that way for a week or so before she gets it cleaned up and then it’s fine until the next occurrence. Is this something we should be concerned about?

In The News: October 2014

A pathologist at Massey University in New Zealand is studying the role that papillomavirus plays in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a common skin cancer in cats. If caught and treated early, SCC can have a favorable outcome, according to the Cornell Feline Health Center. If the cancer’s eruptions, which can resemble scabbed sores, go unnoticed, however, it can prove fatal.

Short Takes: October 2014

Surgeons at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital have used a Siamese cat’s stem cells to improve acceptance of his kidney transplant. The recently announced surgery on 4-year-old Arthur, performed in May, is the hospital’s second successful kidney transplant using feline adult stem cells.