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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.

Pets May Reduce Need for Pain Medications

An article in the June 2019 Journal of Applied Gerontology looked at using pets to help senior citizens with pain. Cognitive behavioral self-management strategies are used to help seniors deal with chronic pain, and this study looked to see if pets might be incorporated into these strategies with a positive end.

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.

Happening now…

According to the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress only to find the culprit was a cat.

FIV Unlikely to Cause Blindness

Sebastian, a big orange longhair, was adopted in 2009. He tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), but had no symptoms. In 2017, he started to have eye symptoms and eventually appeared to be blind. He was eating, drinking, socializing, and had regular urination and defecation. Three months ago, he began bleeding from his nose and eventually from his eye and crusting.

Temperament for Therapy Cats

While dogs are the best-known therapy animals, cats can help humans who are ill or stressed, too, by promoting relaxation and healing. Therapy cats visit nursing homes, hospitals, courthouses, and schools (some colleges organize therapy animal visits as stress-relief during exams). Therapy visits may also be referred to as animal-assisted interventions (AAI).

Blood Types and Donor Cats

Does blood type really matter other than as a matter of curiosity? Yes! Any time a cat needs a blood transfusion, that cat ideally should receive blood of the same type.

IBD Is Chronic GI

Its a common misconception that vomiting is normal in cats. Cats should not routinely vomit more than once per week. The possible causes include everything from gastrointestinal (GI) parasites to dietary indiscretion to foreign bodies. In middle-aged to older cats, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a frequent culprit.