Mews and Nips: Cats Are on Board with #StayHome


In these uncertain times, cats just may be the biggest winners as people are working from home, practicing social distancing and staying indoors more than usual. And because cute cat photos make everything better, Metro UK shared some adorable photos of their feline coworkers. The Nerdist also rounded up some fun photos of how much cats are loving having their humans home. Be safe everyone, and stay home with your kitties!

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Giveaway: ScratchLadder Scratching System


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As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as too many scratchers. Unless your cat has a distinct preference, it’s important to offer a variety of different substrates as well as orientations. Some cats prefer sisal, others carpet. Some like to scratch vertically, some horizontally, and some, at an incline. Some like to scratch in all of these ways! The Scratch Ladder™’s innovative design offers cats a variety of scratching surfaces to meet all these needs. Continue reading…

Ruby’s Last Journey: The Long Goodbye


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Today marks exactly three months since Ruby passed away. This is the last part in a four-part series about my experience during the last four months of Ruby’s life, from diagnosis to caring for her through her illness, to having to let her go. Click here to read part one, Ruby’s Last Journey: The Moment That Changed Everything, part two, Ruby’s Last Journey: Practical Considerations of Hospice Care,and part three, Water, Water Everywhere! Hydration for Cats with Kidney Disease.

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Why It’s Unlikely That You Could Contract COVID-19 From Petting or Playing With Your Pet


The American Association of Veterinary Medicine (AVMA) has updated its FAQ for Pet Owners to reflect the current information about COVID-19 and pets. Of course, we know by now that this is a rapidly evolving situation. The AVMA will continue to update its FAQ as new information becomes available, and I’ll share it with you here as quickly as I can.

The  update includes some reassuring information about why it’s unlikely that cats (and other pets) can spread the virus. Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Doc: Skittish Cat, Continued Weight Loss, When to Start Joint Supplements, 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.

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…

Mews and Nips: World’s First Cloned Cat Passed Away at Age 18


The world’s first cloned cat has died in College Station, TX. CC, short for Copy Cat, passed away at the age of 18 after being diagnosed with kidney failure. Her life began on Dec. 22, 2001 after groundbreaking cloning work done by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences researchers. For more about CC, visit

Would you ever consider cloning your cat?

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Leading Veterinary Diagnostic Company Sees No COVID-19 in Pets


Finally some good news for all of us who have been worried about whether cats can get or transmit the new coronavirus. Iddexx, a global leader in veterinary diagnostics and software, announced today that the company has seen no positive results in pets to date of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) respiratory outbreak in humans. Thousands of canine and feline specimens tested surfaced no positive results to date. Continue reading…

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