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Stop Scratching Everything!

Scratching furniture and curtains is a feline trait that has frustrated cat owners for many years. Luckily for you, behaviorists, veterinarians, and owners have...
Dr. Perry’s cat , Pippe

Cats in Tight Places

Cats have a talent for disappearing, especially when we need to give a medication or take them somewhere. As frustrating as this can be,...
Cat licking paw

Feline Behavioral Drugs

Q. We have 11 special needs cats.  One has obsessive compulsive disorder licking, hypersensitivity, and aggression. Our veterinarian prescribed neurotin, Prozac, and amitryptiline, but...

So Your Cat Thinks He’s a Tiger

Your young cat likes to dart out from under the table and grab your pant leg like a lion taking down a gazelle. This...

Resource Guarding

Multiple-cat households can experience squabbles similar to two toddlers fighting over the last cookie. That’s because cats need their own stuff, and they’re going...

Smell Attracts Cats to Antifreeze

Antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid are serious hazards for animals. The Humane Society estimates that 10,000 to 90,000 animals are poisoned each year. Commercially...
Burmese cats

A Change of Voice

A subtle change in the sound of your cat’s meow may indicate she has a problem with her larynx (voice box), which is composed...

Managing Rival Cats

Just like people, not all cats like each other. Maybe your cat is not thrilled about the latest feline addition to the family, or two long-time housemates are no longer seeing eye to eye. Whatever the cause, there are some things you can do to manage rival cats and prevent rivalries from escalating.

Pheromone Scent

Felinine is a sulphur (cysteine) amino acid found in cat urine. It works as a pheromone. This sulphur amino acid is what causes the strong scent in urine marking by intact male cats.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is often the stage of disease at which a cardiac problem is first diagnosed. When a cat has CHF, the heart no longer functions as an efficient pump, unable to bring enough oxygen and nutrients to the body cells and move waste products such as carbon dioxide out. Fluid buildup can occur, usually in the lungs (pulmonary edema) and in the chest cavity around the lungs (pleural effusion). …

Feline Anemia

Anemia is the state where a cat has too few red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the tissues. They circulate for 70 to 80 days in cats before being removed from the circulation and replaced by the bone marrow. Since red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to tissues, a loss of these cells is a serious problem and can be fatal.

Predictable Cat Behavior in Breeds

Different dog breeds are known for certain behaviors, like a Border Collie herding sheep or a German Shorthaired Pointer indicating a bird. Cat lovers have long noted the vocalizations of Siamese as an example of certain breed-specific behaviors, and now a recent study from Finland, published in Scientific Reports, found genetic connections between cat breeds and certain behaviors.