Month: May 2009

  • What Causes Heart Disease in Young Cats?

    Heart disease in young cats seem to be increasing, at least based on anecdotal reports I’m receiving. I’ve heard of several instances of seemingly healthy cats between the ages of 2 and 5 dying suddenly, or requiring euthanasia, from heart attacks or related conditions. Is this a recognized trend, and do we know what causes …

  • Jack the Cat Back Home after 10-month Walkabout

    Lost for ten months, 4-1/2-year-old Jack the Cat is finally back home with his owner, Vickie van Dyke. “I think he’s an adventurer,” said van Dyke. “But he must have something missing when it comes to navigation.” Last year, after returning from a few days at a cottage, van Dyke said she found Jack anxious …

  • Saving the Jesusita Fire Cats

    This week, Karen Lee Stevens of WeHo/Santa Barbara wrote about the steps taken to house feline refugees from the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara. Wilted by the triple digit temperatures last Tuesday afternoon, I made a quick stop at Costco for an icy-cold chocolate vanilla swirl. Driving back home along Hollister Avenue, I noticed a …

  • Happy 20th Birthday, Taz!

    Hi evrybuddy, Skeezix heer. Today is my best frend Taz’s 20th birthday! Woo Hoo!!! And even tho time is vary precious to him, he jenerussly agreed to sit down with me this week and talk about this milestone event. Skeezix: Taz, to what do you attribute yer longevity? Taz: Two things, good genes and to …

  • Happy Birthday to Catster Superstar Toulouse!

    Hey evrybuddy, Skeezix heer. Today thare are 2 vary speshul berthdays being sellubrated on Catster. The ferst, as yoo mite alreddy have gessed, is Toulouse’s berthday. He is 14 yeers old today. PHEW!!! That’s OLD! Toulouse is one of the ferst frends I made on Catster, and I consider myself vary lucky to be counted …

  • Lost Cat’s Family Learns the Value of Microchipping

    For every Henry the Grump who is quickly reunited with his family after being scanned for a microchip, there’s a story like Charlie’s, a cat whose lack of a microchip kept him apart from his family a year and a half longer than necessary. Charlie the Cat went missing two years ago in Lincoln, CA. …

  • Is Acupuncture Effective in Pets?

    Acupuncture has been used in humans for at least 1000 years. It now is widely used in animals as well. Some of my acquaintances from veterinary school perform acupuncture on animals. They are convinced it is effective. They also make a tidy profit from performing the procedure. To this day, nobody can prove, nor disprove, …

  • Grumpy Cat Found 150 Miles from Home Thanks to Microchip

    7 months and 150 miles later, Henry the Grump is back home thanks to a microchip. According to his owner, Bridget Wells, the 14-year-old cat had been missing from his home in Swansea, Wales, since last September. He was found 150 miles away, in Coventry. He was turned in to a PDSA clinic by a …

  • World’s Oldest Cat Title up for Grabs

    The oldest cat ever documented by the Guinness Book of World Records is Creme Puff, of Austin, Texas, who lived from August 3, 1967 until August 6, 2005 – three days after her 38th birthday. The title is now open after the feline previously thought to be the world’s current longest surviving cat could not …

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