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.

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Treating Chronic Renal Failure in Cats

I guess there are two schools of thought here when it comes to nutrition for Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). Many vets are now becoming aware that protein-restricted diets are outdated. This is how they treated Dogs CRF, but for cats its different. Protein does not "burn out" the kidneys, as commonly believed. Cats are carnivores, period! Limiting their protein only decreases their ability to stabilize and recover. That is why a phosphorous binder is needed, and it still allows for a high protein diet. You can also start a Calcitriol supplementation. Your vet also may recommend Benazepril an ACE inhibitor for blood pressure, and Erythropoietin for anemia. A cat on a protein-restricted dietscannot repair its body or have enough energy to meet its needs. There has never been any scientific studies showing long term benefits from a reduction of protein. Cats get CRF from these low protein/high carb foods in the first place. All this information comes from a vet whom I highly regard, who has had many recoveries from this disease.

Tina B., owner of a Domestic Long Hair

Don't Get Too Alarmed

As long as the hairball is mainly hair, I would not worry. It is a normal part of being a cat. I give my cats Petromalt, which they absolutely love and lick right off my fingers. Give it 2-3 times a week until hairball symptoms subside and then lower it to once or twice. Brushing and bathing can also help remove the loose hair and can help reduce hairballs. I have also heard that Vaseline, butter, and canned pumpkin can help reduce hairballs (although I am not sure of the proper amounts on these last few).

Ellie C., owner of a a Domestic Shorthair

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