Month: December 2009

  • Should I Choose Two Cats from the Same Litter?

    You’ve decided to bless your home with a feline but the question is: two cats or one? Adopting two cats has its benefits and its drawbacks. Here are some considerations: Two Cats or One? Cats, unlike dogs, don’t crave packs. Imagine a cat at a cat park – they’d probably just ignore each other. Some …

  • Cat Flea and Tick Treatment Options

    The flea is the most common parasite to infect both cats and dogs. When fully grown, a flea looks like a pinhead-sized red or brown dot and will usually be concentrated around the neck or base of the tail on your pet. There are at least seven different varieties of fleas in North America. The …

  • Traveling Across International Borders with Your Cat

    When traveling with your cat, every national border crossing is governed by its own set of requirements. While cats tend to be homebodies, not all cats fit the stereotype. Some cats love to travel, and, of course, if you are relocating to a different country, you will want to take the whole fur family along. …

  • The Importance of Cat Nutrition

    What is a healthy cat diet? With the wide variety of options on the market, this question can be difficult to answer. Nutrition is a critical component in cat wellness and behavior, and what you choose to feed your cat is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Ideally, you will reach the right …

  • Heartworm Treatment for Cats

    Heartworm is a parasitic infestation transmitted to dogs and more rarely, cats, by bites from infected mosquitoes. Heartworm is a potentially fatal health threat and often requires aggressive, prolonged and painful treatment. Prevention is Easier Than Treatment Heartworm disease is easier to prevent than it is to treat. The first line of defense in preventing …

  • How Should I Choose a Vet?

    Most people like to choose a vet or pet clinic that is close to their home. Not only does this make it more convenient, but it is also important to have a vet or animal hospital nearby should your cat experience a medical emergency. Most cats don’t like to be confined for a car ride, …

  • Heartworm Symptoms in Cats

    Heartworm in cats is variously treatable. It is important to know the symptoms, causes and areas at risk and to be prudent in treatment. Although heartworm disease in cats was once confined largely to warm and wet areas, it has now spread globally. What is Heartworm? The dirofilaria immitis is a roundworm parasite that travels …

  • What Does a De-Shedding Tool Do?

    Densely-furred cats have combination coats made up of longer, coarser top fur and softer, finer inner fur that creates a warm air-trapping blanket for the skin in cold weather. It is the cat’s undercoat that tends to tangle, mat and clump as it is shed if it is not groomed carefully. In extreme cases, the …

  • Cat Health Insurance: Things to Look for

    Pet health insurance is still somewhat of a novelty, as only a small minority of cat and dog owners currently invests in these policies. As the market slowly grows, however, it’s gotten more competitive, with more and more companies offering pet insurance. Among consumer advocates, pet insurance can be controversial – many of them believe …

  • Heartworm Prevention for Cats

    Heartworm disease is transmitted to cats and dogs by a bite from a mosquito carrying the microscopic heartworm larvae. Heartworms are a parasite known as dirofilaria immitis. They have the appearance of thin spaghetti when they reach adulthood. While both cats and dogs can become infected with heartworm, it is far more prevalent among canines. …