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Happening Now… January 2020

Cinder-Block’s Weight-Loss Program—Check out the videos about Cinder-Block, an 8-year-old, 45-pound cat who was surrendered to the NorthShore Veterinary Clinic in Bellingham, Wash., when...

New Way of Evaluating Feline Pain

At the 2019 AVMA Convention in August, Dr. Paulo Steagall, an associate professor of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Montreal, presented the Feline Grimace Scale or FGS, which is a method of evaluating a cats pain using facial expressions.

Bacteria May Be Source of Scent

Domestic cats, like many other mammals, use smelly secretions from anal sacs to mark territory and communicate with other animals. A new study from the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis, shows that many odiferous compounds from a male cat are made not by the cat but by a community of bacteria living in the anal sacs.

Cats and Bonding

A study reported in Current Biology shows that most cats are securely attached to their owner and use them as a source of security.

5 Things: Cold-Weather Watches

Your cat will seek out warm spots, which must be safe

Happening Now…

WBIR-TV in Knoxville, TN, reports that a local animal lover was caring for a bobcat kitten, not realizing it wasnt a lost domestic kitten.

Nicotine, Vaping, and My Cat

My 8-year-old domestic shorthair panther, Max, has lost his appetite and is losing weight. Kidney values/bloodwork are normal, so the vet is looking at environmental factors as a possible influence. My neighbor uses an electronic nicotine delivery device (e-cigarette) extensively, to the extent that I feel that it may be affecting my health. Is there any research involving vaping and cats, particularly the influence of neo-nicotinoids on appetite?

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.

Rabies Cases in Cats

We tend to associate rabies with dogs, but rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that far more cats than dogs contract rabies. In 2015, 67 rabid dogs and 244 rabid cats were reported to the CDC; in 2017, rabies was found in 62 dogs and 276 cats.

Thoughts on Laser Play

Laser pointers catch your cats attention, and rare is the cat who doesnt chase that red dot. But it may not be all that fun in the end. While a bouncing laser causes the cat to leap and run, it doesnt give the cat a satisfying finale: He cant catch that beam, and he may end up feeling frustrated.

Blood in Urine Samples

Urinalysis (UA) is an integral part of clinical veterinary practice, and the use of dry reagent urine-testing strips is an essential component of UA in most veterinary practices.

Smart Pet-Insurance Decisions

In August, the American Veterinary Medical Association encouraged veterinarians to educate their clients about pet health insurance, saying it may be an important approach for the veterinary profession to continue to provide high-quality veterinary services.