Articles: Cat Friendly Practices

National Respect Your Cat Day

How could I miss it? National Respect Your Cat Day should be a national holiday. I’m the guy who for years has been calling cats the Rodney Dangerfield of pets, as historically cats are given up to shelters more often than dogs or sometimes just tossed outside. Likely cats are more often victims of animal…

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…

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…

Pet Resolutions for 2019

Here are nine messages I resolve to attempt to communicate – pet resolutions for 2019: Fear Free Fear Free began as an initiative to certify veterinary professionals to implement methods to limit fear, anxiety and stress that pets (and as a result their people) feel during veterinary visits. The impact continues to be so profound…

Feliway Decreases Stress of Veterinary Exams

The Winn Feline Foundation supports funding for cat health studies for the past 50 years. Winn Feline mostly funds studies to support physical health, but studies have also supported emotional health. One major obstacle to visiting the veterinarian is the fear, anxiety and stress cats experience during the visit. Clients then become stressed, and even…

Dr. Shelly Rubin on Mosquitoes, Heartworm and More on WGN Radio

Whenever my time slot has changed at WGN radio or something happens – my first go-to guest, and the person has appeared over 22 years more on my shows than any other is Dr. Sheldon Rubin. So, for my first day in our new sparkling new studio, HEAR Dr. Shelly Rubin on WGN radio. Dr. Rubin’s…

Cat Friendly Ambassador Earns Power of Pink

Dr. Elizabeth Colleran was just named a Power of Pink Honoree. The official release is below. But I need to speak up first, as Dr. Colleran happens to be a friend. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Colleran many times; she’s fast-thinking and an exceedingly smart speaking partner. Together what we talk about…

Celebrate International Cat Day

International Cat Day—a day to celebrate—is October 29. Cats often do not get the medical care they need. They sometimes go years without visiting a veterinarian and rarely go in for “check ups,” like dogs do. About 80 percent of cat owners think their felines are so self-sufficient that regular exams are unnecessary (according to Bayer…

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day should be a national holiday. Cats do not see veterinarians as often as they should. They don’t get sick, on average, any more or less than dogs, but dogs get more veterinary care. Cats are second-class citizens in this regard, but, if you look at the numbers, they’re…

Cat Friendly Practices: The Best for Cats

Want to know the best thing for cats since tuna? It’s Cat Friendly Practices. Listen HERE to my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show as I chat with Dr. Elizabeth Colleran of the American Association of Feline Practitioners about this fairly new commitment to reducing stress and anxiety in cats when they visit the veterinarian. Most cats…

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