September 2017

Litter-Box Avoidance

Q I thought cats were always clean, which is why I chose a feline companion over a dog. I didn’t want to deal with “I have to go out” at all hours of the day and night. But my new kitten says no way to the litter box. She will dig in it and play in it, but she otherwise doesn’t use the box. She just seems to quickly hunt down a spot and goes.…

Special Note of Remembrance for CatWatch Editor Betty Liddick

Subscribers Only - We are saddened to report that our friend and colleague Betty Liddick died June 21 following a brief illness. Betty began her long career in journalism as staff writer for numerous notable newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press and the Orange County Register, before turning full-time to her first love—writing about dogs and cats. A former editor of Dog Fancy (now Dogster) magazine, she devoted the past…

Feline-Friendly Dogs

A study published in the January 2017 Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science may help you determine if a dog you want to adopt will get along with your cat.

Low-Dose for Hyperthyroidism

A study published in the Journal of Internal Veterinary Medicine compared the efficacy of low-dose radioiodine treatment for cats with hyperthyroidism to the standard dose.

Panting in Cats

Subscribers Only - Cats do not pant on a regular basis like dogs do. Feline panting can be either normal or due to underlying medical problems.

Lost Cats and How to Find Them

Subscribers Only - Lost cats leave behind heartbroken families. And, if they’re not found, they contribute significantly to the homeless, feral, shelter, and “community cat” populations. Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common situation. “At least a third of all cats get lost at some point in their lives,” says Pam Stonebraker, associate executive director and humane education coordinator at the Tompkins County, N.Y., SPCA.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD, is a problem that cat owners everywhere dread. Litter box “accidents,” bloody urine, or a cat straining to urinate can all concern families. In some cases, this is an emergency—in others, a painful annoyance for you and your cat. In general, when a cat has urinary problems, it’s important to rule out any medical conditions before considering behavioral problems (to be covered in another issue). A common indication of…

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Subscribers Only - Feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD, is a problem that cat owners everywhere dread.