June 2010 Issue

Home Care for the Sick Cat

Taking care of a chronically ill pet can be a lot more than a labor of love. Experts share their advice.

When we share our lives with an animal companion, we hope that our pet will live a long, healthy and happy life. When illness strikes — especially one of a chronic nature — the devoted pet owner faces a daunting challenge. Obviously, medical care will be necessary, which can be expensive and complicated. For some, however, the more difficult aspect is the emotional component. While modern-day cats are certainly receiving better veterinary care and improved nutrition, they’re also living longer. Of course, this is a blessing for cat lovers — but age also brings with it the greater likelihood of chronic disease and illness.

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