Living with a Diabetic Cat

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Guest post by Nicole Etolen

Living with a diabetic cat is not as challenging as it sounds. Yes, your cat will need some lifestyle changes, and yes, you’ll need to dedicate a bit more time to her care than you used to, but overall, there is no reason to panic. Read on to find out what to expect and how to make both your life and that of your cat easier and more comfortable. Continue reading…

Common and Not So Common Dental Problems in Cats

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Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, an astounding 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease can lead to damage to other organs such as the heart, kidney and liver, and lead to other serious health problems.  Dental disease can also be an indicator of immune system disorders. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Neural AI Network is Naming Cats, and The Results are Hilarious

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The Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia teamed up with research scientist Janelle Shane, who trains neural networks, a type of machine learning algorithm, to name cats, and the results are hilarious. She originally trained a network by giving it 8,000 cat names to learn from, but the AI stumbled, giving out names like Hurler and Retchion. Shane revisited the challenge with an AI that had a lot more context and trained it up with a long list of cat names. This time around, it was (somewhat) more successful, coming up with names like Sparky Buttons, Tom Glitter, and Pompompur. For more about this project, visit CNET.com.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: Continue reading…

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