Feline Health

Your Cat Needs Regular Exercise


Cats have a reputation for being lazy and sleeping for much of the day. The average indoor cat sleeps 12 to 16 hours a day, which makes it even more important to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise during their waking hours. Exercise is nothing more than extended playtime, and it’s up to cat parents to make sure cats get plenty of it.Continue Reading

How the Assisi Loop Helped Two Special Needs Kitties Thrive


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Andrea Carollo has been a volunteer with Animal House of South East Michigan for several years. Last summer, she started fostering Greigh, who was rescued after being badly injured and had to have a significant portion of his front leg amputated. This summer, Rasputin, a kitten suffering from radial nerve paralysis, joined her household. Both use the Assisi Loop to help them with their issues.Continue Reading

When it Comes to Your Cat’s Litter Box, Simple is Better


After receiving and turning down the umpteenth pitch to feature or review yet another “innovative” litter box, I feel compelled to share my views on litter boxes, which is pretty much summed up in the headline of this article: simple is (usually) better!

Most of the new litter boxes are designed to either make cleaning the litter box easier, or to hide the litter box. Neither of these two reasons have anything to do with what cats want or need, and everything to do with human sensibilities. Continue Reading

Case Study: How the Assisi Loop Helped Charlie with a Severe Case of Stomatitis


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Stomatitis is a frustrating and painful condition, a severe inflammation of the oral cavity in cats in which the affected cat essentially becomes allergic to her own teeth. The outward signs of this condition are red, inflamed, and often ulcerated gums, and this can be very painful for the cat. The exact cause of stomatitis is not known. The most commonly held theory is that stomatitis is caused by an abnormal reaction of the immune system. Some cats appear to be hypersensitive to their own plaque, and even small amounts will cause the immune system to mount an exxagerated inflammatory response by sending lymphocytic and plasma cells into the cats’ gums and oral tissues. For this reason, the condition is also referred to as lymphocytic plasmacytic gingivitis stomatitis.Continue Reading

How to Care for Your Cat After Surgery


The only surgery for most cats, if they’re lucky, will be their spay or neuter surgery, but even these simple procedures require some special care for a few days. For more complex surgeries with longer recovery times bring even greater challenges. Cats may be uncomfortable, experience pain, and their ability to move around freely may need to be temporarily restricted.  Knowing what to expect, and what to watch out for, can make caring for your cat after surgery less stressful for you and help your cat recover faster.Continue Reading