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Careers for Cat Lovers

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I still vividly remember the moment, almost 25 years ago, when I decided that I wanted to work with cats. Well, maybe “deciding” is too strong a word for what happened in that moment. I was sitting in my living room on a Sunday afternoon. Feebee was purring away in my lap. I looked around all the cat stuff on my shelves, the cat paintings on the wall, the cat book I was reading. I was dreading going back to my corporate job the next day. And I found myself thinking “how cool would it be to get to work with something related to cats!”Continue Reading

Help Tomorrow’s Cat Vets: Send Three Lucky Kids to Junior Vet Camp

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“My name is Susan, and I have wanted to be a vet since I was four years old. I love to rescue animals. When I was two years old, a baby kitten followed me into my house. Nine years later, she is still at home with me. I have helped find homes for over 20 animals, 15 of them ended up becoming part of our own family! Right now I have four pets – three dogs and, of course, one cat. I think I want to be a small animal vet, but I really don’t know yet. Right now I am looking for somewhere to volunteer with animals.”Continue Reading

Catalyst Connection: Forever Homes and Forever Health for Cats

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An innovative new program from the Catalyst Council brings veterinarians, shelters and rescue organizations together to facilitate finding forever homes for cats and keeping cats healthy once they are in their new homes.

Veterinarians and rescue organizations often operate independently, and each face their own, unique challenges – often to the detriment of the very animals they’re trying to help. Catalyst Council is working on fostering effective partnerships between these organizations.Continue Reading

Review: An Animal Life: A Chance to Cut by Howard Krum

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An Animal Life: A Chance to Cut is not technically a cat book. Even though there are some cat stories in the book, this is primarily a book about what it’s like to be a veterinary student, and vet students learn to take care of all creatures great and small. However, given the important role veterinarians play in every cat guardian’s life, I thought that you would enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at what vets go through during their schooling and training.Continue Reading

How to Be the Purrfect Veterinary Client

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Veterinarians and their staff are some of the hardest working people around. They are dedicated to making pets’ lives better, and they often work long hours for very little compensation. More and more veterinary clinics are understanding cat’s unique needs, and as a result, more practices are becoming cat-friendly. But vets and their staff aren’t the only ones who are responsible for making your cat’s trip to the veterinary clinic as stress-free as possible. There are things cat guardians can do during a veterinary visit that will not only endear them to their vet and staff, but will also make the experience easier on your cat. Continue Reading

The Feline Health Care Crisis

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America’s cats are facing a healthcare crisis. The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care found that 52% of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. The actual number is probably much higher, since this study only captured data from cat guardians who do seek some veterinary care, not those who never take their cat to the vet. The study also showed that cat guardians are not willing to spend as much money on healthcare for their feline charges as dog guardians. Ironically, while spending on veterinary care is declining, spending on pet products is increasing steadily each year.Continue Reading

Is Your Cat’s Vet a Superhero?

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In my book, veterinarians are heroes. I don’t know another profession where one person functions as your pet’s general doctor, anesthesiologist, surgeon, radiologist, internist, as well as small business owner, employer, and spokesperson for those who can’t speak.

Medical Arts Press, a company that specializes in providing office supplies, filing supplies, postcards, furniture and more for veterinary and physicans’ practices, believes that vets are heroes, too. They believe it so much that they’re sponsoring the “My Vet is a Superhero” contest.Continue Reading

How To Know When It’s Time to Find a New Vet

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During the years I worked in veterinary hospitals, I always had an up close and personal knowledge of the vets who worked on my cats, from their medical skills and proficiency to their dedication and “bedside manner.”  I was fortunate that most of the vets I worked with practiced cutting edge medicine, provided compassionate care for their furry patients and their humans, loved their work, and were always learning and growing in their fields.  And if that hadn’t been the case, I wouldn’t have continued to work with them.

Unfortunately, not all veterinarians live up to those standards – and for what it’s worth, I consider those minimum standards of care. Next to you, your cat’s vet is probably the most important person in your cat’s life. Continue Reading

America’s Favorite Veterinarian: Could It Be Your Cat’s Vet?

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Do you love your cat’s veterinarian? Has she done something extraordinary to save your cat’s life? Does he just “get” your cat and make every visit as stress-free as possible for your cat? Maybe she has made a recommendation that really changed your cat’s life for the better?

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is seeking nominations for amazing doctors of veterinary medicine from all aspects of the veterinary profession. Cat guardians who love their veterinarians are are encouraged to nominate these great doctors for a chance to be named America’s Favorite Veterinarian.

Nominating your veterinarian is easy:Continue Reading