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

Collars and Microchips

I have both mircochip and collar; the reason being the average person doesn’t have a chip scanner, and wouldn’t take my cat to a vet to check. If they have a collar and tag they can see who owns the cat easy. My tags look like this: I am lost + Reward + Phone# This way it's clear this is a lost cat and you can get money for calling the phone number. For kittens, I would keep it off them until they’re bigger. Then put a breakaway collar on, but with no bell or tag. I’ve found that if the collar doesn’t jingle they flip out less. Once they're used to it, put a tag on. There are also collars for kittens called "little pals" or "little buddies" or something like that. Those work good but be prepared to replace them after a few months. I collar and tag my cats, just in case. They’re indoor only, but they are all used to collars.

Kat W., owner of a Oriental mix

Elderly Cat Potty Problems

Elderly cats, just like elderly humans, can suffer from dementia like symptoms. A litter change can also spark a protest by some cats, but there is nothing you can do about that. As long as your cat is urinating inappropriately, you may want to limit her range. However, I would bring her to her vet's first and make sure there are no dementia issues. As with humans, medication can be given to help with this problem. Also, if your bedding has her odor on it, she will return to that area. Limiting her access to that area may help with the problem unless she finds another likely spot. I would definitely check with her vet, who knows her and her history.

Joy W., owner of a Maine Coon mix

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