May 2017

Ask Elizabeth: May 2017

About a year ago, he started to leave feces in non-litter box areas. While he still used the litter box, he would also leave feces right next to the box and also in an area by the front door.

Study Finds Higher Risk of Diabetes in Dry Food

The debate over whether dry cat food’s high carbohydate count causes diabetes continues. In the latest development, a study at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences found an increased risk of diabetes mellitus (Type 2) — which resembles the same type found in people — in normal-weight cats on dry food.

The Lesser Delights of Summer

Subscribers Only - With the arrival of warm weather, your cat’s curiosity and need to tap his inner hunter could land him on the losing end in a confrontation with bees, wasps, skunks and other critters making their way onto your property or inside your home.

What to Know Before Adopting a Stray

Subscribers Only - “You also don’t know if that cat belongs to another neighbor and is an indoor-outdoor cat who is a moocher who makes his rounds getting breakfast at one house and lunch at another,” says Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., former president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and professor emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “This cat may be lost, abandoned or born in the streets to a feral cat. That’s why it is important to be patient, keep yourself safe and look for signs that this cat needs and wants a home.”

The Trigger for FISS Remains a Mystery

Feline Injection Site Sarcomas (FISS) — which can grow in connective tissue months or years after an injection — continue to concern owners despite reports of low incidence. The reason for their development is the million dollar question, says oncologist Kelly Hume, DVM, ACVIM, at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “We don’t know the exact mechanism of the trigger and how it progresses in FISS.”

A ‘Breathalyzer’ May Help Diagnose Asthma

Asthma affects nearly 5 percent of cats and can be difficult to diagnose. The gold standard has been to sample airways, but this requires anesthesia, posing some risk to patients and delaying therapy in some cases.

Download the Full May 2017 Issue PDF

Subscribers Only - If your cat was sprayed but not bitten, remove the foul odor on him with the home remedy in the caption on this page. Put on rubber gloves and work this mixture into your cat’s coat, being careful not to get it into his eyes. You may need to repeat this process a few times before the odor has mitigated and you can wash your cat with pet shampoo and towel dry.