Articles: cat behavior

All the Cats: The Million Cat Challenge

As recently as 20 years ago, cats were considered a kind of after thought at most animal shelters. To be honest, their value didn’t always quite appear equivalent to their canine cousins, and shelters didn’t completely comprehend their medical and emotional needs. Launched in 2014, the Million Cat Challenge set out to save the lives…

New Brunswick Veterinarians Ban Declaw

In Canada veterinarians are proactively banning declaw, the latest province to do this is New Brunswick. Nova Scotia was the first province to ban the practice in 2017. It’s also now illegal to declaw in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador and British Columbia. Nationwide Canadian veterinarians, province by province, are taking matters into their hands. What’s…

Swaying Cats to Aim Into the Litter Box

Here’s what you can say for sure about litter boxes and cats. Eliminating outside the box is a significant cause of death. The human animal bond can fracture easily enough as a result of cat pee or poop around the house. No surprise, this is likely the most common explanation for cats to be relinquished…

Bella the Siamese Cat May Not Love the New Baby

Q: Bella is a 13-year old Siamese who recently starting peeing outside the litter box, on all the beds. She is showing a few signs of being confused. Bella saw the vet two months ago and the bloodwork was clean. Until recently was an only child. She doesn’t mind the baby butting her occasionally with…

No Dogs and Cats Sold at Pet Stores in Vernon Hills; Lincoln State Cat Show

On my WGN radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Listen in HERE. I mention King, who won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Then, I launch into a conversation with Dr. David Oppenheim, village Trustee in Vernon Hills who along with his colleagues on the council all agreed unanimously to ban pet store sales of…

A New CATitude at Windy Kitty

I will be speaking with renowned feline veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, “Treating Cats with a New CATitude” at the Windy Kitty Cat Cafe (1746 W. North Avenue), Chicago at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday January 27. We’re celebrating Windy Kitty’s new kitten nursery. You can attend; HERE is the evite Windy Kitty is a place to hang out, and get…

New Generic Protection Against Heartworm

Ceva Animal Health announced (as I reported here first) that they are launching MilbeGuard™ (milbemycin oxime) Flavored Tablets, the first FDA-approved generic heartworm preventive in the U.S. MilbeGuard is a monthly, beef-flavored tablet that prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls whipworms (in dogs only), hookworms and roundworms. While Heartworm disease is totally preventable, this…

Treating Cats with a New CATitutde

We’re looking at cats today with an entirely different lens than say 25 years ago, and this is true for veterinarians too! Veterinarians have responded by creating Cat Friendly Practices. The idea is to offer an approach which is more cat friendly, from the cats’ perspectives.  The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Cat Friendly…

Dr. Susan Little Earns Power of Pink Award

Dr. Susan Little is inspiring – there’s no other way to put it. Dr. Little is the most recent recipient of the Germinder20 Power of Pink Award. When our, then famous, piano playing cat Ricky succumbed to feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), I wanted to launch a fund to support research for this very common and deadly…

Dr. Kim Kendall Talks Cats

Feline veterinarian Dr. Kim Kendall of Sydney Australia has a thing or two to say always. Here, she banters on the national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about extended lifespans cats have these days. She attributes longer lives to: Improved veterinary care (and more frequent care which indoor cats inherently receive) Indoors, cats are…

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