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Why does my cat vomit?


Cats are amazing, not just because of all the warm and fuzzy stuff they bring us, like their kisses and purrs, but because they have an incredible ability to hide signs of disease.  It breaks my heart when a loving, concerned owner brings me in a cat that doesn’t look very well and the owner’s […]



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Litter Mates


A visitor to our clinic once asked the following: “I have two litter mates that are 2 years old.  They get along great.  My previous cats were also litter mates, and got along famously until they were 3.  Then the fighting started and lasted over 15 years.  Why did this happen and what can I do to […]



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Why cats don’t cry in pain


Pain is a basic sensation, an indicator of physical distress. To a small animal in the wild, the exhibition of pain can be life threatening-an indication of weakness which could make it the target of a predator. This pain-hiding survival skill remains even though most of our beloved cats have moved inside. As a result, […]



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Five myths about Feline Heartworm Disease


Myth 1: Heartworm is a dogs’ disease Cats are getting heartworm far more often than previously thought. I was a skeptic about the frequency of feline heartworm infection, so I conducted a yearlong study examining shelter cats in the Gulf Coast area. The results certainly got my attention. I found that 26 percent of the cats had been infected with […]



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Are Cats Social?


Those of us that live with and love cats know that cats are different from dogs, people, and other species. We also recognize that cats can be important family members, friends, companions, and even “the love of our life”. The cat’s social structure is sufficiently different from ours that it was once thought that cats […]



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Indoor Cats still need to visit the Vet!


A cat food ad states “We know what every indoor cat needs- a big window, sunshine, healthy skin and fur” The pretty kitty sitting in a window may give the appearance of being healthy and safe; but there are dangers to his health, even if he never goes outdoors. The person who really knows what […]



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I am allergic to cats!


Every week I have cat lovers that come in to see me that confide they are allergic to their cat. I can relate- I am allergic to cats and I have been a cat only veterinarian for 25 years! Here are some tips to keep you and your favorite kitty together while reducing the sneezing […]



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Oh, no! Fleas!


Though I really love warm weather, I feel a bit of foreboding associated with consistently warm weather because inevitably, a caring cat owner wanting to provide parasite prevention will apply a flea control product meant for dogs on their cat, not realizing how dangerous this can be. Because cats and dogs metabolize medications differently, an […]



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Cats and Cigarettes


If you are a smoker, then you have probably been told by many people to stop smoking. Get ready to add two more to the list: your veterinarian and your cat! Cats that live in smoking households are unwilling victims of second hand smoke. Second hand smoke has long been suspected of causing respiratory disease […]



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How do cats drink their water?


Ever wondered how cats lap up their water.  Check out this great newsarticle from the New York Times. It’s an oldie but a goodie! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/science/12cats.html



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