Cat Health & Care

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Health is wealth, both for our feline friends and their two-legged owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our cat health and care section provides expert advice on everything from cat grooming to parasite prevention, cat dental care, alternative treatments and more. Learn the basics of cat first aid and read up on the tools you should have on hand in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re curious about heartworm treatment, plants that are toxic to cats or the proper way to trim your pet’s nails, we've got your back when it comes to cat health.

Talk About Health & Care

All About Cat Vaccinations

There is a lot of controversy these days about vaccinations, with a growing faction of vets and others who feel that pets are being over-vaccinated, with serious consequences. Rabies vaccinations are mandated by law - cats, dogs, and ferrets must be vaccinated. The pet's first vaccination is good for one year; subsequent vaccinations are good for 3 years, although many vets now prefer to give cats the safer, one-year version to reduce the possibility of developing vaccination site sarcoma (cancer). If a pet has never been vaccinated for distemper, the shots are given in a series in order to build immunity. the final shot in the series is good for one year, and pets have traditionally been vaccinated annually after that. however, research shows that distemper vaccinations provide immunity for much longer than a year, and some vets are going to three-year schedules. Canine distemper is much more of an issue, since dogs are generally more in contact with one another (walks, dog parks, boarding, training). If your cat is indoor only, it's highly unlikely that she will be exposed to feline distemper or the cat cold viruses, unless you have contact with outdoor cats or shelter cats. Also, if your cat is indoor-only, there's no need for a feline leukemia vaccination. However, if your cat goes outside, all of these vaccinations are essential. To avoid over-vaccinating, you can ask your vet to do blood titers to measure the level of antibodies in the blood to determine if a booster is needed.

Arna C., owner of a Siamese

When It's Time to End Your Cat's Suffering

If your cat is suffering, she may not be showing that. Cats are very good at hiding pain. You will know when the time has come when she has no more quality of life. I would consult your vet about how she is behaving. Euthanasia is the final gift you can give to your beloved pet to end things humanely and painlessly. But only you can decide when that time is right for your girl. It's never an easy decision.

Sandy N., owner of a Persian

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