Month: July 2008

  • How Can I Treat Hair Balls in Cats?

    My cat JoJo constantly seems to be struggling with hair balls. I give her hairball remedy treats and provide her cat grass–nothing seems to help. I have 2 cats, JoJo and Mija, they are both short hair. What should I add to her diet to help her with the hair balls? She does expell small …

  • It’s True: Pets Have Belly Buttons

    A client brought her dog to see me last week. She was worried about a mass that was present on his abdomen. I performed a general physical exam to rule out enlarged lymph nodes and other evidence of medical problems. Then I began to search for the mass. But I couldn’t find it. After a …

  • Do Pets’ Weights Fluctuate With the Seasons?

    Is it normal for a senior cat to lose body weight and muscle mas, with the increased activity in the spring and summer? She is 16 years old, eats well, is still playfull and active. Vocal too! Joan Saint John, N.B. Canada Seasonal weight fluctuations are not uncommon in pets (or people, for that matter). …

  • How can I Protect my Cat From Ear Mites?

    My cat gets ear mites and he passes it on to my inside cat. I have read some home remedy books and they said to try baby oil. I did. It helped a little. Do you have any inexpensive methods to use? Skylar Baldwin, PA In my experience, you get what you pay for with …

  • Why do Pets get Sick While You’re on Vacation?

    I am amazed by the number of cats and dogs that are brought to my office by pet sitters. Sometimes the pet sitters are professionals. In other instances, friends or family members of vacationers volunteered to watch the cat or dog for free. Either way, I can tell that the pet sitter is worried it …

  • Is it Safe for Cats to Drink Milk?

    Different people have told me not to let my cats drink milk as they can’t digest it. All my life my cats have had milk to drink. Should I continue to give them small quantities of milk? They never get much at a time, just a small amount. Thanks. Sandy Prineville, OR When I was …

  • Catster Plus Upgrade! Now Share 100 Photos

    All Catster Plus members will now enjoy getting to post and share 100 photos for their pets at no extra cost, effective immediately =) We’ve also enhanced the Photo Book pages to make it easier to see and share photos. If you are not Plus, you can subscribe now. More news for people considering joining …

  • How Can I Tell if my Cat is Pregnant?

    My question is simple. We have a very loving cat. I was wondering though, how can I tell if the cat is pregnant or not. The kitty was at one time an outdoor cat and to me it looks as though she is going to have kittens. Her nipples seem to have enlarged some. I …

  • Paw-Marked Lawsuit Over Cat Theater Name

    Cat clown Yuri Kuklachev and his son Dmitri are suing their ex-promoter, Mark Gelfman, for, among other things, federal and common-law trademark infringement, false endorsement, unfair competition and invasion of rights of publicity and privacy. They are arguing that Gelfman secretly filed a registration with the US Patent and Trademark Office, claiming the name “Moscow …

  • Is it Possible to Force a Cat to Eat a Specific Food?

    A comment that was posted recently to the article entitled Is Tuna Safe for Cats? caught my eye. Andy A posted a comment on July 6th, 2008 at 2:10 pm My cat has been diagnosed with struvite crystals and my vet wants me to feed her Hills c/d diet. She absolutely hates it no matter …

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