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My Cat is Healthy – Or is it?
February 21, 2014

Cat owners know their cats better than anyone, and as a cat owner, you are in a position to hugely impact the health and happiness of your cat. Here are a few hints to help you recognize if there is a problem early on.




Halloween
October 31, 2013
The Cat Care Clinic and I wish you a very best scary Halloween.
Have a very Happy Halloween and keep you pets and you healthy and safe!
You know what is really scary?
Cats are tricky when it comes to recognizing pain or illness. Without preventive care, beloved cats come in much sicker! Please don’t let that happen to your beloved cat! If one or more of your cats haven’t had a check-up within the last year – or 6 months for a cat showing changes in behavior or if 7 or older – please call today for an appointment to help your cat and to keep your cat in your life for as long as possible.
Cats don’t act out of spite, but people being a very different species may think they do, leading to cats getting surrendered or even euthanized for behavior problems. Behavior problems are a means of communicating, but not anger or spite. Usually it is STRESS! For example, “I am sick and it hurts”, “the litter box is dirty or has yucky perfumes”, or “Fluffy the other cat or Buffy the dog or the kid won’t let me get to the boxes because they scare me!” If your cat demonstrates behavior that you don’t like, please call us for help.
Fear for a cat is not a good thing. Please keep your cats in today and away from the door if they are the kind that don’t enjoy all the company and commotion and won’t run out on this scary night. Happy Halloween!


February is National Pet Dental Awareness Month
February 1, 2013

Did you read the recent blog by Dr. Cathy Lund about Rufus and his painfully infected mouth? It is unfortunate that his disease progressed quickly and went untreated for several months – but how fortunate that it has now been successfully treated! I’m anxious to get the February update on Rufus!

Speaking of teeth, February is National Pet Dental Health Month. National Pet Dental Health Month was started in 1994 in an effort to increase awareness about dental disease in our little furry friends. We all brush our teeth every day and see our own dentists regularly for dental care – but sadly, most of us can’t say the same about our kitties. Rufus’ case really accentuates how important it is for pet owners (and cat owners in particular since cats hide their pain so well) to be aware of dental disease.

For more information about National Pet Dental Health Month, check out this blog from Dr. Colleen Currigan:

http://felinedocs.com/dr-colleen-currigan/feb-is-national-pet-dental-health-month/




10 Things your cat wants you to know!
January 28, 2013
10 Things your cat wants you to know! Do you meet all your cats needs? Check out the list and see if you do!!













Adopting in Pairs!
January 10, 2013

Sometimes people might look at their adult or senior cat and start thinking, ”Gee, I bet she’d have more fun if she had a playmate.”  Maybe there has been a recent loss of a fur companion and the idea of a new little feline friend warms your heart.  There’s not anything much more adorable than a kitten, but  kittens are going to be a much better housemates and members of the family if adopted in pairs.




Why Does my Cat Vomit?
January 10, 2013

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 response to the questions I ask tell me that this cat has had issues for a lot longer than it should.  Most often the owner thought some of the behavior was normal.  One of those behaviors is when cats vomit.




Helping your cat avoid the Emergency room this Holiday
November 27, 2012

… a Cat in a Christmas Tree: Helping your Cat avoid the Emergency Room this Holiday While most people enjoy the holiday season of friends, family, feasting and frivolity, your cat may not feel the same way. The holidays are a time when we are busier than usual, so our cats may be bored and looking for excitement. In addition, we bring lots of new fun (and hazardous) toys into the house. What a perfect opportunity for your cat to get into some mischief!

Here are some of the top holiday items that cats love to play with (but shouldn’t)!




Arithritis isn't something to crack up about!
November 20, 2012
We see arthritis very frequently starting in the early teens.  The signs listed in this blog are what to look for in your cat's senior years.  We have many more treatments for arthritis for cats of all ages.  If arthritis gets worse, we can now work with you to make sure your cat won't ever be in pain.  If we haven't seen your senior cat within the past 6 months, please call to schedule an appointment, and we will do a pain assessment to ensure that your cat is or will soon be comfortable.  Thanks for caring for these wonderful seniors - as Marcus says, "Old cats rule!"
Dr. Ilona Rodan




Litter Mates- Can't we all just get along??
October 22, 2012

Check out Dr. Rodan on  Feline Doc's blog.  She responder to a Reader's question that was posted
Reader Question:

“I have two litter mates that are 2 years old.  They get along great.  My previous cats were also littermates, 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 prevent it?”




Law of Survival- Why cat's don't cry in pain?
October 5, 2012
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, it is not easy to answer the question, “Is my cat in pain?”











5 Myths about Feline Heartworm Disease By Dr. Tom. Nelson
September 4, 2012
Many people are still not aware that cats can get heartworms. In fact, less than 5 percent of cat owners use a heartworm preventive on their pets compared with 50 percent of dog owners. Do we love our dogs more than we love our cats? I don’t believe we do. I think cat owners just need to learn about the risk these parasites pose to their pets, and so I’d like to share my top five myths about feline heartworm disease.


Photo Courtesy of CAPC


Are Cats Social??
August 28, 2012
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 were not social animals. We now know that cats are indeed social, just different.




Indoor Cats still need to visit the Vet!
August 23, 2012
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 your indoor cat needs to enjoy life to the fullest is your veterinarian. Your cat’s doctor will make sure he is healthy both inside and out.




Celebrate Take your Cat to the Vet Week!!
August 18, 2012
 

A recent report out of Georgia where participants hooked up cameras around the necks of 60 cats and permitted them to roam showed that 44% (around 27) of them hunted. Now this is not especially surprising since that’s normal cat behavior, and we know that even the best-intended families can have their felines occasionally take a “walk on the wild side.” But this report underscores that it’s even more important to keep your cat healthy! Besides the deadly rabies virus found across the US (including a rabid bat on my front steps…), there are other diseases and problems which your cat could bring home in addition to the creatures which included lizards, snakes and frogs (41% of the hunters’ prey), chipmunks and vols (25 %), insects and worms (20 %) and, less frequently, birds (which represented only 12 % of the prey of the hunting cats).




Help- I'm allergic to Cats!!
August 9, 2012
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 and wheezing you experience. Most people react to the cat saliva and dander more than the fur itself, so even cats with little fur such as the Cornish Rex and the Sphinx can cause reactions in sensitive people. Of course, if your cat allergies are severe or cause life threatening issues such as asthma, please seek the advice of your physician!



Oh no! Fleas!!
June 28, 2012

 

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 ingredient that a dog tolerates with no issue could prove disastrous–potentially even fatal– for a cat. Not only should you never use a flea product formulated for a dog on your cat, but you should be sure to prevent contact between treated dogs and their feline friends until the medication has absorbed.





June 25, 2012
It’s June already, the grill’s out and ready to go! OK, so you current cat avoids the barbie- and that’s a good thing because it’s dangerous! So while it’s fun to think that your cat might become the household cook (and if any pet could it would be the cat since  dogs would just steal the food off the counter and eat it right then and there, wrapper and all), it’s much better to think about getting a(nother) cat for fun, affection and entertainment.

June is Adopt a Cat Month, celebrated by the American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, ASPCA, CATalyst Council and petfinder.com. Here are the Top 5 Joys of Owning a Cat and now that you’re convinced, check out the Top Ten Checklist for Adopting a Cat.  Cats are social animals, so a feline friend can be a great addition to your family- just do a little research in advance.  The best way to celebrate AND help your community is to visit your local shelter, look on their website, or check out petfinder.com or adoptapet.com to see what cat is in your area and which purrsonality is right for your household.

According to Jan McHugh-Smith, President of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, adopting an older cat is especially rewarding.  “Adult cats are just big kittens with developed personalities.  They come in all shape, sizes and colors; you can adopt a cool cat, a lap cat, a fat cat.  Just adopt.”

Your veterinarian can provide you information on how to proceed AND how to introduce a new cat (and check out the felinedocs blog post), and the veterinary team may even have some leads on some cats that need a loving home!

So start planning that summertime dinner party to celebrate Adopt a Cat Month! More chicken, please….

Thanks to Dr. Jane Brunt- Founder of CHAT




Cats and Cigarettes
June 18, 2012

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 and lung cancer (and other cancers) in cats. Few studies are available, however, a 2002 study by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine showed that cats living in smoking households were twice a likely to develop feline lymphoma (a type of cancer).

 




Elevated heartworm prevalence expected this spring
April 19, 2012
The United States will experience high populations of heartworm due to higher than normal temperatures, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council's spring 2012 parasite forecast .  And for Wisconsin, with our beautiful early spring and unusually warm winter, mosquitoes that carry heartworm will be increased, as well as fleas and ticks. 


How do cats drink their water?
February 15, 2012
Ever wondered how cats lap up their water.  Check out this great newsarticle from the New York Times.  It's an oldy but a goody!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/science/12cats.html













Having trouble giving medications?
October 26, 2011
 

Do you have to wear head gear and pot holders to pill your cat? Click here to watch the video for helpful tips that make “pilling” a cat easy. If you need more information, contact Cat Care Clinic for informative handouts on pilling, giving liquid medication and eye or ear medication. We hope this helps!!

 




When Cats Bite Electrical Cords
July 20, 2010
Xena Warrior Kitty. We all hear those dire warnings about cats chewing on electrical cords. Here is proof that it does happen and what can happen.

I was working in a pet store at the time where we would feature and adoptable cat once a week. This girl came in with an unusual story.





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