Feline Health

Safe Anesthesia for Your Cat Begins at Home

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Every cat parent I know worries when a cat  has to go under anesthesia, including me. Even though I’ve assisted with all sorts of anesthetic procedures and surgeries in my years working in veterinary clinics, and even though I understand how it all works and what constitutes safe anesthetic practice, it still doesn’t completely take the worry out of it. But did you know that there is something you can do at home that will not only make the trip to the vet clinic less stressful, but will also make anesthesia safer?Continue Reading

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Are Your Window Screens Cat Safe?

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I love fresh air, and so does Allegra, and we both love having the breeze come in through the open screened windows. Unfortunately, window screens can be an invitation for disaster if they’re not secure enough to prevent your indoor cat from getting out. Even worse, if you live on a higher floor, falls through screens can cause serious injury and even death.Continue Reading

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Basepaws Dental Health Test

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It is estimated that 50-90% of all adult cats have dental health problems, with periodontal disease being the number one culprit. The good news is that most dental conditions are preventable and treatable, if caught early.

The only way dental disease can be diagnosed definitively is via a thorough oral exam by your cat’s veterinarian. By the time your cat shows typical warning signs, dental disease may already be in its advanced stages.Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Doc: Can You Encourage a Cat to Cuddle and Be a Lap Cat?

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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.

Dr. Bahr graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Unlike most veterinarians, she did not grow up knowing that she would become a veterinarian. “It was a cat who got me interested in the practice and I am forever grateful to him,” said Dr. Bahr. Over the course of her veterinary career, Dr. Bahr found that the lifestyle of cats has changed dramatically. As the lifestyle of cats has changed, so did Dr. Bahr’s client education. In addition to finding medical solutions, she also encourages owners to enrich their home environments so that their cats can live long, happy, and healthy lives.Continue Reading

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Is Dry Food Bad For Cats? The Real Truth

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Last updated April 2021

Grocery and pet store shelves abound with a dizzying array of dry cat food. For decades, kibble has been the preferred choice for most cat owners. After all, the bags say it’s “complete and balanced,” it’s easy to feed, and most cats seem to like it. Unfortunately, dry cat food, even the high-priced premium and veterinary brands, is the equivalent of junk food for cats. Feeding dry food to cats is no different than feeding sugared cereals to kids.Continue Reading

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Natural Remedies for Arthritic Cats

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Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The cartilage within the joint is worn down, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased quality of life. As the condition progresses, the friction can wear down to the point where it damages the bones themselves. Osteoarthritis is often not diagnosed in cats because it is difficult to recognize even for the most dedicated cat parent. The signs can be subtle, and since cats are such masters at masking pain, it often remains untreated. As many as 3 in 10 cats suffer from this debilitating condition, but only 7% of cats with arthritis receive treatment.Continue Reading

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5 Healthy Habits for Your Cat

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We all want our cats to live long and happy lives. We know that healthy habits increase our vitality and help prevent serious illness, and the same is true for our cats. If you’re not already practicing these five healthy habits, now is a good time to start!Continue Reading

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All PEMF Devices Are Not Created Equal: How the Assisi Loop and Therapy Pad Differ from Over-the-Counter Devices

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Whenever I post about the Assisi Loop or Assisi Therapy Pad, I occasionally get the question “why can’t I just buy a PEMF device on Amazon, and for a lot less money, too?”

The simple answer is: you get what you pay for.Continue Reading

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How to Cut Pills Easily & Accurately For Your Cat

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If you’ve ever had to cut small pills for your cat (or yourself,) you know how frustrating it can be. While there are endless models of pill cutters available online, I’ve found that none of them work well when it comes to cutting already small pills into halves and quarters.Continue Reading

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