Feline Health

First Ever Feline-Specific Pain Medication Is A Game Changer for Cats

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Guest post by Ingrid R Niesman, MS PhD

While we don’t really know the extent of pain cats actually experience, we do know that they are masters at masking their discomfort, leaving cat parents guessing. This is especially true with arthritis pain. Just like humans, cats’ joints take a lifetime of abuse and display similar arthritic tendencies with age. Humans can avoid suffering with medications and joint replacements. Our cats with chronic osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD) have fewer options.Continue Reading

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Branch Basics: Cleaning Products That Are Safe for Cats and Humans

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Did you know that many commercial cleaning products can be extremely toxic, and even deadly, to your pets?  Cats are especially susceptible since they groom themselves by licking and as a result ingest anything that comes in contact with their feet or fur.Continue Reading

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How Video Can Make Vet Visits Better

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Cats are masters at masking signs of illness or pain, which is why regular veterinary exams are so important. A key peace of a successful vet visit is that you share your observations of your cat’s behavior with your vet. After all, as your cat’s parent, you know your cat better than anyone.Continue Reading

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Assisi DentaLOOP Helps Reduce Oral Pain and Inflammation

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If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ve seen many stories of how the Assisi Loop has helped cats with painful and inflammatory conditions ranging from arthritis to healing from surgery or injury to kidney disease and many, many more. Assisi Animal Health’s newest product, the DentaLoop, targets oral and dental pain.Continue Reading

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What Does It Mean If Your Cat’s Eyes Change Color?

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It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul, and I think that’s especially true when it comes to the beautiful eyes of our feline friends. But did you know that your cat’s eyes can also be a window to her health? Changes in a cat’s eye color can be an indicator of a potentially serious health problem.Continue Reading

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10 Subtle Signs Your Cat May Be Sick

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Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. This is a throwback to their wild origins: in the wild, a sick animal easily becomes prey. Because of this, it’s up to cat parents to know what to look for. Any changes in your cat’s normal routine, behavior and attitude could be the first indicator that something is wrong.Continue Reading

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Cat-Friendly Cleaning Tips

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Did you know that many commercial cleaning products can be extremely toxic, and even deadly, to your pets?  Cats are especially susceptible since they groom themselves by licking and as a result ingest anything that comes in contact with their feet or fur.Continue Reading

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How to Tell If Your Cat is in Pain

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Cats are masters at masking pain. While acute pain may be fairly obvious to cat parents, it can be more difficult to discern whether your cat is in pain when it comes to chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis. Sadly, even veterinarians sometimes overlook signs of feline pain, or are not aggressive enough in treating it.Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Doc: Rapid Weight Loss, Early State Kidney Disease, and More

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.Continue Reading

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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. To put it simply, no, air fresheners are not safe to use around cats, as they can lead to very serious health consequences.Continue Reading

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