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Health

Most of us will do whatever it takes to ensure our kitty takes in adequate water.

Diet and Kidney Disease

Q. My calico foster cat came to me with a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD). She willingly ate wet prescription foods for a...

Conquering Cat Allergies

Purina’s Pro Plan Live Clear diet may reduce the availability and effects of a feline protein called “FEL d1” that causes cat-allergic reactions in...
If your cat is giving you that “I don’t dare leave this box” look when in the litterbox, it may be time to talk with your veterinarian.

Controlling Difficult Diarrhea

Diarrhea is no fun for anyone. Your poor cat is constantly in the litterbox and doing some nasty cleanup grooming. The mess and smell...

Defining the Metabolic and Fecal Microbiome Signatures of Hyperthyroid Cats

John Loftus DVM, PhD, DACVIM, assistant professor, Section of Small Animal Medicine, is studying the effects of hyperthyroidism on the feline metabolism and microbiome,...

Robotic Cat for Dementia

With the help of a cuddly and furry companion, researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing tested the effectiveness of...
The prognosis for hypothyroid adult cats is good, with appropriate management.

Feline Hypothyroidism

Q. Our 16-year-old, neutered male cat has been hyperthyroid since 2016. He has been treated with transdermal methimazole up until recently, at which time...
With all forms of chemotherapy, it is extremely important that you are aware of—and follow!—all safety protocols.

Chemotherapy Support

When we think about chemotherapy, the first thing that often comes to mind is the side effects that people suffer. Chemo for pets is...
The male feline urethra has a tiny diameter that makes inserting a catheter a challenge.

Alert: Urinary Emergencies

A straining cat and a dry litterbox are reasons for concern. Straining is most commonly associated with urinary problems. You may notice your cat...
Photodynamic Therapy for Oral Cancer

Photodynamic Therapy for Oral Cancer

Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands are using nanobody-targeted photodynamic therapy to tackle oral squamous cell carcinoma in feline patients....
Diagnosis by Artificial Intelligence

Diagnosis by Artificial Intelligence

Abdominal ultrasound is a vital tool in the initial evaluation of feline gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, including two common conditions that afflict cats, inflammatory bowel...
May help avoid risky biopsies

Be Alert for Signs of Fractures

Fractures happen in cats and kittens, even if they stay indoors. Falls from high areas, getting stepped on, or being crushed in a recliner...
Blue’s IBD-associated diarrhea returned, which can be a common relapse with this disease.

IBD Can Wax and Wane

Q. My son’s 11-year-old Seal Point Siamese cat, Blue, was diagnosed with irritable bowel disease (IBD) in 2018. Her treatment with steroids and metronidazole...