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IBS In Cats: Our Vet Explains Causes, Signs & Treatments

Irritable bowel syndrome—the name alone is enough to make you feel uncomfortable. Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to never experience the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of this fairly common condition, you probably know someone who has. But did you know that cats can also suffer from a similar condition? In cats, we refer to […]

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Toxoplasmosis Symptoms in Cats: Our Vet Explains the Causes, Signs & Treatments

Toxoplasmosis is a disease impacting cats that can be picked up from the environment. Toxoplasmosis is commonly discussed in households due to the risk it poses to pregnant women. But what exactly is toxoplasmosis, and how does it impact cats? Continue reading below to learn more about this pathogen. What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a

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Swimmer Syndrome in Cats: Our Vet Explains Causes, Signs & Treatments

Swimmer syndrome is a developmental abnormality that occurs in newborn kittens. The condition can be observed starting at the age of 15–20 days. This anomaly causes the hind legs (and sometimes the front legs) to move caudally and laterally, like a frog. Cats suffering from this condition look like they’re swimming. The exact cause of

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Pyrantel Pamoate for Cats: Dosage, Uses & Side Effects (Vet Answer)

Pyrantel pamoate, or simply pyrantel, is an antiparasitic substance for treating certain types of intestinal worms in cats. This substance does not kill all intestinal worms, though, so certain dewormers have two or more substances in their composition (including pyrantel) for maximum effectiveness. Deworming your cat is necessary from their first weeks of life. Kittens

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How to Put Your Cat on a Diet – 20 Tips to Lose Weight (Vet Answer)

Were you aware that in 2022, a whopping 61% of cats were overweight or obese1? While this means that almost two out of every three cats are affected, fortunately, there are many ways for cat owners to combat this extra body fat. Overall, it is known that weight loss can be brought about with the

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Is Frankincense Safe for Cats? Our Vet Answers Health Concerns & FAQ

Frankincense is most widely known for being gifted by one of the three wise men in the nativity story. It may not be common knowledge, but it is widely used as an essential oil. Essential oils are extracts from plants and trees known for aromatic uses and their medicinal properties. Many essential oils are unsafe

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8 Household Items That Are Toxic to Cats (Vet Answer)

Yes, some cats have a propensity for laziness. But all cats are inquisitive creatures by nature, and you can bet that your cat has explored every corner of the home at some point in time. Unfortunately, many household plants, items, cleaning products, and foods are harmful to cats. It can be hard, or even impossible,

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Reverse Sneezing in Cats: Our Vet Explains Signs, Causes & Treatment

When you spend your life surrounded by cats, it’s inevitable that you will become familiar with a wide assortment of sounds and actions, with some that are normal and some that are not so normal. Reverse sneezing isn’t something commonly seen in cats, and fortunately, it is rarely associated with anything too worrying. However, it’s

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Focal Seizures in Cats: Our Vet Explains Causes & Care Guide

Seizures can be a frightening experience for both owners and their cats. There are many different types and causes. Usually, seizures are not life-threatening unless they last for a prolonged amount of time or cause the cat to injure themselves somehow when the seizure is occurring. Focal seizures in cats are the most common type

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Miralax for Cats: Our Vet Explains Dosages, Uses, Side Effects

You may notice your cat in the litter box, straining to defecate and being unable to. You may also notice that your cat is only passing small, firm “fecal balls”, vomiting, or just otherwise not acting like themselves. Constipation can occur for many reasons in cats, with various treatments available. A simple over the counter

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