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Feeding small amounts of spinach to your cat is considered acceptable.

“I’m Strong to the Finish”

Q. I have a question about urinary tract stones in cats. I had an issue with kidney stones, and my doctor told me to...
A cat battling pneumonia may need hospitalization, including IV medications.

Detecting Early Pneumonia

While pneumonia is not common in cats, it can be devastating. If undetected for long enough, cats can end up hospitalized, in critical condition,...

Relative Supersaturation’s Role

If your cat has suffered from urinary crystals or bladder stones, you may have heard the term “RSS,” which stands for relative supersaturation. It...
Adopting a pet involves the entire household.

Progress in Feline Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism occurs when a tumor on one or both of the thyroid glands in your cat’s neck cause excessive production of thyroid hormone. About...

The COVID-19 and Myocarditis Connection

Recent reports from England suggest that there may be a connection between COVID-19 infections in dogs and cats and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart...

Periodontal Disease

In a recent study funded by the Cornell Feline Health Center, Cornell researchers explored the subgingival (under the gum) microbiome associated with periodontal disease....
Even indoor cats can be affected by outdoor allergens that blow in through open windows.

It’s Allergy Season

Environmental allergies are more common than food allergies. True food allergies are relatively rare in cats, but inhaled environmental allergens such as pollen,...
Sometimes, you just need to be inventive.

Constipation Can Be Challenging

Q. I’m a longtime subscriber to CatWatch and read with great interest the article on inflammatory bowel disease in the February issue. We have...
Gently wipe the discharge away, using a wet, warm compress if needed.

Nose Care for Your Cat

While cats may lose vision and hearing with age, their sense of smell usually remains intact throughout life. Cats use their sense of smell...
This laceration needs to be cleaned, even though the bleeding stopped.

When Accidents Happen

You hear glass shatter in the kitchen, an alarmed meow, and your cat comes streaking around the corner, trailing blood. Cats that go outside are...
This kitty has an eosinophilic ulcer.

Oozing Tumor-Like Bumps

Normally, one type of your cat’s white blood cells—called eosinophils—quietly do their job, healing lesions and preventing infections. But sometimes they overreact to a...
Yes. That’s a mosquito on this indoor cat’s nose.

Heartworm: Potentially Deadly

Between 12% and 25% of indoor cats can harbor heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis), depending upon locale, says the American Heartworm Society. Heartworm infection, well-known in...