Month: March 2019

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company Recalls a Limited Amount of Muse Wet Cat Food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in Three-ounce Cans Due to the Potential Presence of Rubber Pieces


Note: This article covers a recall that occurred in 2019. For up-to-date information on current pet food recalls, please visit the FDA’s recall website.

Out of an abundance of caution, in 2019, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company voluntarily recalled a limited amount of Muse wet cat food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in three-ounce cans. The product could have contained rubber pieces that are translucent yellow with a blue backing, which may present a potential choking hazard.Continue Reading

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Pre-order Now: Texts from Mittens: The Friends and Family Edition


We are big fans of Angie Bailey. We pretty much love everything Angie does, whether it’s her weekly Paws Rewind Podcast, where she talks about growing up in the 70’s and 80’s and of course, about cats, her blog, and her Instagram, which frequently features tortie Janet. And of course, we love Texts from Mittens!Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Acts Like Guard Dog, Biting & More


Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading

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What to Do When Cats Refuse to Take Pills

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When it comes to giving pills to pets, dog parents tend to have it easier. Put the pill in a little bit of peanut butter or cheese, and most dogs will think they’re getting a treat and wont’ even notice the pill. When it comes to cats, it’s usually not quite that simple. Rumor has it there are some cats who will allow their owners to pill them easily, but if my personal experience and that with veterinary clients is any indication, they’re few and far between.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Washington, DC Gets Its First Cat Convention


It’s about time! On April 27, Washington, DC is going to the cats. MeowDC, the city’s first cat convention, is designed for everyone from the devoted cat lover to the fly-by feline fan. Featuring talks about everything from community cats to cat behavior, adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever home, and lots and lots of cat-themed shopping, there’s something for everyone at MeowDC. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. Each month, HRA helps nearly 400 local homeless animals get adopted and 565 animals get spayed or neutered. For more information and to get your tickets, visit

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Anesthesia for Cats: Information from a Veterinary Dentist


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Most cat guardians worry when their cats have to go under anesthesia. I’m certainly one of them. Even though I’ve assisted with all sorts of anesthetic procedures and surgeries in my years working in veterinary clinics, understanding how it all works, and what constitutes safe anesthetic practice still doesn’t completely take the worry out of it.Continue Reading

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Can Music Make Vet Visits Less Stressful for Cats?


There have been a number of studies about how music helps keep cats calm in stressful situations. A recent study looked at whether music might reduce stress for cats receiving a medical exam at the veterinary office.

The researchers also wanted to know whether “cat specific music” would provide benefits compared to classical music or silence.Continue Reading

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Ask These Questions Before You Agree to Diagnostic Tests for Your Cat

Vet examining cat in x ray room with e collar

Any time you take your cat to the vet, she will perform a thorough head to tail physical examination. Depending on your cat’s age, she may also want to do routine blood and urine testing. If you brought your cat to the vet because of a health issue, she may recommend additional diagnostic tests, such as x-rays and ultrasound to determine the nature of your cat’s illness.Continue Reading

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Pet Fit for Life® Wand Toys (2023 Review)


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Interactive wand or fishing pole type toys help entice your cat to play and satisfy her hunt/prey instinct. They’re also a wonderful way to bond with your cat. With so many wand toys out there, it’s hard to tell which ones are good quality and will actually excite your cat, rather than ending up being relegated to the corner of a closet. The Pet Fit for Life® meet both criteria, and then some.Continue Reading

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Guts to Feel Good: A Healthy Inside Leads to a Healthy Outside


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Founded in 2016, AnimalBiome is an emerging start-up company that offers a novel approach to companion animal health – rooted in the science of the gut microbiome. The company grew out of a research initiative by Holly Ganz, PhD at the UC Davis Genome Center called KittyBiome. KittyBiome is a citizen science project seeking to characterize the microbiome of healthy cats and gain an understanding of how a balanced gut microbiome supports overall pet health. Today, the company provides direct to consumer microbial assessment kits for dogs and cats and creates restorative supplements from material sourced directly from healthy pets to combat digestive issues and restore balance to the microbiome.Continue Reading

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