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Cleft Palates in Kittens

In a normal kitten, there is a solid tissue barrier between the nose and the mouth. During development, these tissues grow from the sides...

Should I Worry About Proper Dietary Protein?

Q: My male 10 ½ year cat is an active, healthy indoor/outdoor guy who spends the majority of his time outside. What percentage of...

Should I Worry About Proper Dietary Protein?

Q:  My male 10 ½ year cat is an active, healthy indoor/outdoor guy who spends the majority of his time outside. What percentage of...

When Your Cat Eats String

Q: My 8-year-old Maine Coon cat ate part of a rope attached to a cat toy wand. The rope is made of three twisted parts...

Scratching After Bathing

Q: My wife and I have 2 female Sphynx cats that we bathe once or twice a week. Within a day or two after...

Bartonella Infections

Q: Could you help me with some accurate information on Bartonella in cats? I recently found a cat that has dental disease. She had...

Strange Afternoon Antics

Q: Allie, our female Russian Blue mix, is about 7 years old. She’s a strange one, as she must be close to us but won’t...

Fungal Infections In Cats

Q: Our kitty recently died of a “massive bacterial or fungal” infection. We can understand bacterial, but what is a fungal infection? How do cats...

Black Specks May Be Flea Dirt

Q: I have recently adopted a 6-year-old female cat that was rescued from an outside location (garbage dump) here in Florida. She has been...

Kidney Disease: Don’t Give Up

Q: We have an overweight male Siamese (22 pounds) who recently went to the veterinarian to have his teeth cleaned. On retrieving him, we...

Concerned About Mute Cat

My 12- or 13-year-old rescue cat has gone from vocalizing normally to practically mute in about two to three weeks. He makes meowing motions...

Ask Dr. Richards: July 2014

Q My husband and I breed Abyssinians, and we were told by another breeder that we should be checking our cats for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), as she owns a relative that tested positive. We don’t know anything about IMHA. Could you enlighten us?