Feline Health

Are Air Fresheners Safe to Use Around Cats?

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A cat’s sense of smell is far superior to that of humans. Cats have 45 to 200 million odor-sensitive cells in their noses compared to only five million in humans. A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times better than that of humans. Those facts alone are reason enough to avoid any products with a strong scent in homes shared with cats. This is especially true for air fresheners.Continue Reading

How Lawn Chemicals Affect Your Cats, Even Indoor Cats

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When I go for my daily walks in my suburban neighborhood this time of year, not a day goes by that someone hasn’t just fertilized their lawn. I can see the granules on the sidewalk, and sometimes, I can even smell the chemicals. I am strongly opposed to the use of chemical fertilizers, and I don’t understand the obsession with flawless green lawns. But mostly, I worry about the effect lawn chemicals have on the cats who come in contact with them – and that can happen even if your cats never leave the house.

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How the Assisi Loop Helps Pele with Arthritis and an Old Injury

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Beautiful 12-year-old Pele shares her Dallas, Texas home with tortie Lulu and tabby-and-white Miss Kiki and her humans, Janine and Russell. They’ve had Pele since she was about eight weeks old. She was thrown out of a car driving down a busy street in front of the automotive shop where Russell was working back then.  He ran out in the busy traffic to rescue her before she could get hit by a car. Continue Reading

How to Get Your Cat Used to the Carrier

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A cat carrier is an important part of your cat’s life. For most cats, the only time they’re in a carrier is when they have to go to the veterinarian, so the association with carriers is often a negative and stressful one. But carriers can be vital in an emergency, and it’s crucial to get your cats used to the carrier so that they can associate it with a positive experience.Continue Reading

The Four Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a common disease in cats, especially senior cats. There are a number of different terms used for this condition, including Chronic Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Insufficiency, or simply Kidney or Renal Disease. All of them mean that the cat’s kidneys are not functioning optimally.Continue Reading

2021 AAFP Feline Senior Care Guidelines, Part 2: More Than Medicine

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD 

This is the second in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the 2021 AAFP Senior Cat Care Guidelines. Click here to read Part One: Caring For Aging Cats Begins at Home.

It is a fact of life that all cats and humans age; they just age at different rates. This discrepancy can leave cat parents with difficult choices when it comes to considering veterinary care for their senior companions.Continue Reading