— Obesity is a common and serious health problem in cats; here are some of its causes and effects.
— A reader wonders whether cats, especially indoor cats, truly need regular parasite preventatives and booster shots.
— Changing to a food with more sodium can make a cat drink more water, but so can other things.
— Two feline veterinary groups issue a report on diagnosis and treatment of "house soiling," and they're backed by common sense.
— Some of the supposedly new flea-preventatives are the same things with other pesticides added.
— Your cat just swallowed a sewing needle. What can happen? What should you do? (This happens more frequently than you'd think!)
— Feline vaccination has been linked to sarcomas, but it's dangerous to believe that vaccines are more harmful than the diseases they prevent.
— Xylitol is a common sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs. Are cats similarly susceptible?
— Cats who fall from high windows suffer a number of injuries -- it happens often enough that it has its own name: high-rise syndrome.
— The truth is that no one really knows, but I believe most commercial diets don't qualify as ideal.
— Although some emergencies come on suddenly and are anything but subtle, it is true that many others start with vague symptoms
— A little cat is a big responsibility, so follow these steps for a good start on a long life.
— The risks are high and come from many sources. Let's weigh those against some of the strongest reasons people let their cats go outside.
— For adult cats, the worries about coccidia are a bit overblown -- it's a matter of the immune system to the rescue -- but kittens are another story.
— A recent addition to our family -- a 14-year-old cat -- recently underwent a dental procedure, and her temperament improved remarkably.
— There is a loose correlation between cool, wet noses and good health in cats -- but a nose that's too wet can be more of a problem than a dry one.
— A collapsed cat with severe urinary obstruction came in on the verge of death; the next five days were memorable, to say the least.
— It's called cerebellar hypoplasia -- and fortunately, most affected cats can live full, happy lives.
— The pancreas is one of the most important organs in a cat's body -- here's what happens when it becomes inflamed.
— Sometimes owners request vets to perform "secret euthanasias" to keep the decision from family members; I wonder how common this is?
— A pet sitter came to the vet's office with a cat who had a potentially fatal condition. Was it the sitter's fault?
— Cats should always have access to fresh water, and most vets agree that cats should be encouraged to drink more.
— Cat owners often ask how much their pets should be fed, but common sense is more likely than science to provide the answer.
— Some people wonder why their cats get fractious, but we're surprised by cats who DON'T do this.
— The temptation to self-medicate a cat is dangerous, as cats may suffer toxic effects from many medications that are safe for humans.
— Since the massive pet food recall of 2007, the cat-owning public has been on alert. Here's what to do if you learn your cat's food has been recalled.
— Every cat coughs some, but long-term frequent coughing can be a sign of a serious problem.
— What are treatment options for cats who've been stung or bitten by snakes or black widow spiders? One popular remedy, shockingly, is illegal.
— If you find an ailing or neglected cat, your urge to help might be strong; here's some guidance.
— Your mornings might be hard for a few days after you "spring forward," but what about for your cat?
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