Common and Not So Common Dental Problems in Cats


Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, an astounding 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease can lead to damage to other organs such as the heart, kidney and liver, and lead to other serious health problems.  Dental disease can also be an indicator of immune system disorders.

Cats rarely show symptoms of dental disease until it is in its advanced stages.

Being able to recognize dental problems early is critical to get your cat help before she experiences pain. The longer you wait, the more complicated (and costly) treatment will be.

Two of the most common dental problems in cats are periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Dr. James Anthony, BSc(Agr), DVM, MRCVS, FAVD, DAVDC, DEVDC, Pag, a boarded veterinary dentist with over 30 years of experience, provides in depth information about other dental conditions that owners should be aware of, such as:

If you prefer reading, click here to read a transcript of the video.

About Dr. Anthony

If Dr. Anthony’s name sounds familiar to some of you, it’s because you may have seen me mention him in connection with 1TDC™, a 4-in-1 wellness solution that has beneficial effects on periodontal and joint, skin and coat health as well as overall stamina. Dr. Anthony conducted a a double blind periodontal health study with cats at The University of Saskatchewan. The results were published in The Journal of Periodontology in 2007 and 2009. His research demonstrated positive results beyond the studies published in the journal. “I was amazed at the positive results from the use of the 1TDC™ technology,” said Dr. Anthony, BSc(Agr), DVM, MRCVS, FAVD, DAVDC, DEVDC, Pag. “All periodontal measurements in the test animals improved significantly. The more I use the 1TDC™ technology, the more impressed I am.”

I don’t use the term “miracle” lightly, but 1TDC deserves to be called a miracle supplement. Click here for more information.

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Mews and Nips: Neural AI Network is Naming Cats, and The Results are Hilarious


The Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia teamed up with research scientist Janelle Shane, who trains neural networks, a type of machine learning algorithm, to name cats, and the results are hilarious. She originally trained a network by giving it 8,000 cat names to learn from, but the AI stumbled, giving out names like Hurler and Retchion. Shane revisited the challenge with an AI that had a lot more context and trained it up with a long list of cat names. This time around, it was (somewhat) more successful, coming up with names like Sparky Buttons, Tom Glitter, and Pompompur. For more about this project, visit

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How Do You Play With Your Cat? Participate in an International Online Study


Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health. In addition to providing exercise, which is  especially important for indoor cats, play alleviates boredom, provides stress relief, helps prevent and correct behavioral problems, and is a wonderful way for humans and cats to deepen their bond.

Julie Hecht, a PhD candidate in animal behavior at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, is investigating how cat guardians play with their cats, Continue reading…

The Brodie Fund: Helping Pets Fight Cancer


Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in older cats. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States this year. As heartbreaking as a cancer diagnosis is, it does not have to be the end of the road. Depending on the type of cancer, treatment options ranging from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to palliative care may extend the life of cats with good quality for months, and sometimes even years. Continue reading…

Behind the Scenes: What Goes Into the Making of Sleepypod Carriers


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I consider Sleepypod carriers the cadillac of cat carriers in terms of design, safety and ease of use. I also think the fact that they’re simply gorgeous is a big plus, as it will allow design-conscious cat guardians to make the Sleepypod a regular part of their living space, which will make life less stressful for cats when it’s time to get into the carrier. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: The Secret Life of Cats: What Do They Do When We’re Not Watching?


Now that WiFi cameras are readily available, it’s no longer quite as big a secret what our house cats do when we’re not around, but what about cats who have access to the outdoors? Maren Huck, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the UK placed small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to 4 years as they prowled their neighborhoods. Though the study—co-authored by Samantha Watson, an animal behaviorist at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom—was mostly done to gauge the accuracy of the technology, the duo has already made some surprising findings. Read more about the study on the Science Magazine website.

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Review: Rescue Meez: My Journey Through Siamese Rescue


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Siamese Cat Rescue is one of the largest and most successful breed specific rescue organizations in the US. Based in Virginia, the group has saved over 12,000 cats in 15 states over the last 20 years, and is still going strong. Rescue Meez: My Journey Through Siamese Rescue is founder Siri Zwemke’s personal memoir about  how her love for Siamese cats ended up becoming a full time job. Continue reading…

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