Cat Health & Care

A healthy cat is a happy cat. Our cat care experts are in your corner.

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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A Word About Cats and Home Pain Relief

Resist the urge to give your cat one of your own over-the-counter pain relievers to help him feel better. The problem is that cats are extremely sensitive to many drugs, even some of the drugs that dogs can take. Before you decide to medicate your cat, give your vet a call to find out if the medication you want to use is safe for felines, and what the correct dosage would be for your cat's weight. Herbal or homeopathic gels containing Calendula Officianalis are wonderful for putting on incisions. They help with pain, itching, and irritation; I've used them on my own surgical incisions and the relief was immediate and unmistakable. I have noticed that my dogs or cats leave their incisions alone much more readily when they are treated with Calendula.

Heide L., owner of a Maine Coon

What to feed a cat that has feline urologic syndrome.

You need to find a food that is grain-free, I would not worry to much about ash and magnesium with these brands they are fine. The most important thing is to feed an all wet diet. Some good brands are: Wellness grain free, and Evo grain free cat and kitten or the 95% line. Also Nature's Variety, though can be a bit pricey. Also Wellness Core canned.

Tina B., owner of a Domestic Long Hair