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Beluga whales and toxoplasmosis

Are Cats Killing Beluga Whales?

If the weather’s been bad, apparently that is the fault of cats. I’m unsure why if there’s a concern or problem on the planets it’s the fault of cats. The latest example is endangered Beluga whales are dying because of cats and the toxoplasmosis they carry, according to a report being spread through the Canadian…

Cook County Low Cost Rabies and Low Cost Microchip Clinics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says, illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. What does this all mean for our pets? I talk HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio with Cook County veterinarian Dr. Donna…

Cats In Mexico, No Fiesta, But It's Changing

Sometimes assumptions are made, and an issue appears black and white – when it’s really a complicated calico, a mix of hues and colors. Cats have not always had an easy time in Mexico, though in many parts of the country their welfare has improved and continues to evolve for the better – in other…

Your Cat Won't Make You or Your Kids Crazy

True enough, living with cats can make you crazy. But can cats literally make you crazy? I mean really can living with cats drive you out of your mind? Cats are known to carry a parasite, which a few studies linked to symptoms of psychosis in humans, and past studies have suggested that kids who…

TNR Is Right: National Feral Cat Day

No one knows how many feral cats there are in America. Estimates range from about half as many as there are owned cats to one and a half times as many owned cats. There are 74 million owned cats in America. So, using any formula, that’s a lot of feral cats. October 16 is National…

TNR Feral Cats: Illinois DNR Call: 'Vote No'

Feral cats and Illinois pets lose, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) somehow has the political pull to force a hold House Bill 4671. The DNR told legislator to note ‘NO’ on the bill, which supports continued dollars for spay/neuter, and support for community (feral) cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs.  I was able to…

Bad Science: Cats Do NOT Cause Schizophrenia

A report hits the news that cats cause an increased risk schizophrenia in people. According to this most recent study, published in Schizophrenia Research, , children exposed to cats at a young age are at higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This study and others target a parasite Toxoplasma gondii as the culprit – which cats can carry. These studies are…

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