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Understand the unique needs and behaviors of cats. Cats are highly intelligent, naturally curious, and active creatures.  Cats need to feel independent and comfortable in their home domain! Learn how to be a better guardian!

Holistic Pet Health

Cat or dog, you’ve come to the right place! Holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve and cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy are here to help!

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Pet Food & Nutrition

An official advisor to AAFCO, the organization that sets standards for pet food. She is a voice against the powerful pet food lobby. 

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Cat Behavior

The next time you interact with your cat, Dr. Jean challenges you to ask yourself who is really running the show. I know it is not me!

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Want to learn more about your furry friends? Dr. Jean has lots of fun facts, antidotes and clinical studies you will love to read.

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DECLAWING

Declawing is excruciatingly painful for the cat. Cat declawing has been legally declared to be animal cruelty in the U.S.A. It involves ten separate amputations of the cat’s toes at the third joint. In other words, this invasive surgery amputates functioning bones. Declawing severs not only the cat’s claws, but also the attached nerves, bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The surgery carries significant risks of lifetime physical, psychological, and behavioral consequences. Adult cats have an increased risk of medical and behavior complications; the older the cat, the worse the risk.

Anti-Declawing Handbook for Cat Lovers!  Updated for 2018! To help cat lovers and animal advocates understand the truth about declawing that so many veterinarians and organizations lie about, Dr. Jean has written a detailed, fully-referenced ebook that is 100% free to download and share!

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DOGS

“The history of dogs is inextricably woven together with our human story, and our bonds have grown closer with each generation—from being wolves on the fringe to their relatively new status as our best friends (and even de facto children). Their love and companionship have impacted our society as well as our individual lives. Through their unconditional love and loyalty, they teach us to be more humane. We owe it to them to ensure they live a full and healthy life alongside us.”

Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom  from Illness by Nurturing His Inner Wolf, is the newest book by award-winning  authors Jean Hofve, DVM and Celeste Yarnall, PhD. The Paleo Dog Program isn’t just about diet. It’s also about the dog’s whole lifestyle.

Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom

HOLISTIC PET MALL

Hemp Oil and CBDs

As a veterinarian (and a big fan of actual science!), I have been very cautious about using or recommending any form of marijuana (Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and hybrids) for pets. Dogs and cats can become extremely ill from consuming marijuana. They are highly sensitive to the psychoactive component, THC, which interferes with neurotransmitter function. Marijuana toxicity is a serious...
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What Cats Should Eat

Freshly expanded & updated for 2018! How do you know which food is the best to feed your cat? The answer depends on many factors, including your cat's age and health... as well as the your wallet! However, whatever your budget, if you learn the basics about how to assess the quality of any given cat food, you’ll be able...
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City the Kitty

This handsome fellow is City the Kitty. As a magnificently polydactyl (many-toed) cat, he has a special abhorrence for declawing! City--along with his mom, biographer, and photographer, Lori--works tirelessly to educate people and stop declawing. That's not an easy job, with months-old twin babies at home to safeguard (not to mention, keep an eye on!). To help fund his efforts,...
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Improve Microcirculation for Health and Healing

Updated 6/30/19. The body’s circulatory system is the key to healing. Every modality, from surgery and drugs to massage, herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and all forms of detoxification, depends on this vast, miles-long network of blood vessels to deliver oxygen, remedies, and nutrients to all the cells of the body, as well as remove waste products and carbon dioxide. The circulatory system...
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MOXXOR Omega-3s

With all the media attention, and 80 zillion products on store shelves, you've probably gotten the message about Omega-3 fatty acids. But did you know that they're just as important for cats and dogs as for people? The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) have been thoroughly researched, and are abundantly proven to be beneficial...
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Paleo Dog

Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom from Illness by Nurturing His Inner Wolf is the latest book by award-winning authors Jean Hofve, DVM and Celeste Yarnall, PhD.* Paleo Dog is your guide to optimal health for every dog, from the most pampered Teacup Poodle to the most rugged Mastiff, and every breed, age,...
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The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook

To order the book as an instantly downloadable electronic (PDF) file, just click on the “Add to Cart” button below. To order it in paperback from Amazon.com, The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook. To order a personally autographed copy from author Celeste Yarnall, visit CelestialPets.com. All proceeds from e-book sales support Dr. Jean's work with AAFCO...
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Litter-Lifter: 21st Century Scooping

I can't believe that, in 2014, I just discovered a major advance in litter scooping technology! But the Litter-Lifter® is exactly that.  I should say that I have gone through a lot of scoopers in my life. I've tried everything: slotted spoons, garage sale and thrift store finds, standard-issue big box buys, and the most chic offerings from pet boutiques. And...
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Animal Wellness Magazine

by Jean Hofve, DVM Animal Wellness Magazine is the #1 integrative pet health and wellness publication. I’ve been writing for Animal Wellness for many years. It’s a wonderful resource that features the latest information in natural nutrition, holistic veterinary advice, natural products, gentle training techniques, and much more.  To view a sample issue online, visit www.animalwellnessmagazine.com, and click on SAMPLE on the right-hand side of the...
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Instinctive Choice Cat Food

Usually, I don't like to name names when people ask, "What is the best pet food?" What works best for one pet will give another one tummy problems, and still another one won't even touch it. Variety is extremely important for our cats and dogs. Feeding the same food year in and year out is a good way to create...
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Health – the Greatest Gift

My dear friend and world-renowned veterinary homeopath, Dr. Christina Chambreau, has a very specific idea about how to achieve optimal health for your cat or dog. She believes (and I agree!) that keeping a journal is the key to early diagnosis of problems as well as the best way to monitor any treatments or response to changes such as an...
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PetEssiance Herbal Tonics and Essences

Ojibwa Tea of Life, a local Denver company, produces amazing herbal products that work wonderfully for our pets. Dr. Jean has known and worked with Master Herbalist and company owner Michelle Kalevik for more than a decade; together they created the PetEssiance™ line of herbal and essence products. All Ojibwa Tea of Life products are pure, non-irradiated, and organically grown/sustainably wildcrafted. For...
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Only Natural Pet Store

Only Natural Pet Store is the largest online retailer of natural pet foods and products. Dr. Jean has been working with Only Natural Pet for several years; in fact, many of her articles can be found in their Holistic Healthcare Library. ONP sells most of Dr. Jean's "Approved Brands" of cat food (listed in her eBook, "What Cats Should Eat") including...
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BioSuperfood for Super Health

By Dr. Jean Hofve There are a zillion products out there that make marvelous claims about how they will improve your animal companion's health. Many of these claims are exaggerated, and sometimes so fantastic that they seem too good to be true--and usually, they are! However, several years ago we discovered a product that does everything it claims--and much more....
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To contact Jackson, please visit JacksonGalaxy.com.

To make your home cat-friendly (and solve a bunch of health and behavior problems at the same time, check out Jackson Galaxy’s newest book, Total Cat Mojo! You’ll also enjoy Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin’s fun and practical book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!); and Jackson’s autobiography, Cat Daddy: How One Very Special Cat Fixed One Very Broken Man.

HOLISTIC PET HEALTH

How to Use Moxxor Omega-3s

Discover Dr. Jean's favorite Omega-3 supplement for pets and people!
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BEMER Weekly Calls

Note: If you are new to Little Big Cat, or haven't heard about the BEMER, an extraordinary therapeutic device from Europe, click here to learn more! Every Monday we have an informational phone call about the BEMER. The focus for our call on Monday, March 19th, will be the BEMER Veterinary line. I will be a guest on the call, which I...
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Hemp Oil and CBDs

As a veterinarian (and a big fan of actual science!), I have been very cautious about using or recommending any form of marijuana (Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and hybrids) for pets. Dogs and cats can become extremely ill from consuming marijuana. They are highly sensitive to the psychoactive component, THC, which interferes with neurotransmitter function. Marijuana toxicity is a serious...
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Top 10 Cat Medical Conditions – And How to Prevent Them!

Veterinary Practice News publishes an annual "Top Medical Conditions in Cats," based on insurance claims made to pet health insurance companies. For 2017, the list includes:  1. Bladder or urinary tract problems (aka feline  cystitis, FIC, or FLUTD  2. Periodontitis/Dental disease  3. Chronic kidney disease  4. Vomiting        5. Hyperthyroidism   6. Diabetes  7. Diarrhea  8. Lymphoma  9. Upper respiratory...
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Cats According to Two Holistic Veterinarians

Recently Dr. Jean did an interview with her pal, Dr. Judy Morgan, on Dr. Judy's radio program. They covered all sorts of cat topics, from nutrition to declawing. Listen here: http://dreamvisions7radio.com/are-you-raising-your-cats-to-optimize-health/#more-32978
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Vaccination Update

Recently I did an interview with Jenny of Floppycats.com on vaccines. We talked about the how, when and why, kittens, Ragdolls, titers, and whether and which vaccines are needed or not. You really want to know the new info about titers! Listen (or read the transcript) here: http://www.floppycats.com/vaccines-for-cats-an-interview-with-dr-jean-hofve.html For complete information on cat and dog vaccines, see our comprehensive article...
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Improve Microcirculation for Health and Healing

Updated 6/30/19. The body’s circulatory system is the key to healing. Every modality, from surgery and drugs to massage, herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and all forms of detoxification, depends on this vast, miles-long network of blood vessels to deliver oxygen, remedies, and nutrients to all the cells of the body, as well as remove waste products and carbon dioxide. The circulatory system...
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The Most Important Supplement for Your Cat

The most important supplement I recommend for cats is Omega-3 fatty acids. They have deep and profound effects on every cell, organ, and tissue in your cat's body. Omega-3s are needed by every cell membrane, and they also have major anti-inflammatory effects. Helping your cat’s immune system keep inflammation in check is absolutely crucial to good health. I recommend MOXXOR...
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Dr. Becker’s Homemade Flea & Tick Repellent Spray

My good pal Dr. Karen Becker has homemade recipes for flea, tick, and mosquito repelling spray... you can mist them directly on the fur, or spritz it on your hands and stroke on the fur. Shake well before applying. Store in the refrigerator. Apply every four hours as needed. These are effective, but you should still hand-check for ticks just in case,...
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Lilies that Kill!

Lilies are beautiful, and lovely to see in the spring. They're especially common now, as Easter approaches. BUT... Lilies are extremely dangerous for cats. If your cat goes outside and brushes against a lily in your neighbor’s yard, the tiny amount of pollen that sticks to her fur, when she licks it off, is  enough to cause acute, fatal  kidney failure. Symptoms...
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Botanical (Herbal) Medicine Needs Your Help!

Do you want to be able to safely use herbs for your pet? Right now, there are hundreds of holistic veterinarians in the U.S. who treat animals with herbs. But there is no standard for qualification that would assure you that a veterinarian who uses herbs has adequate training to do so. It is time for botanical (herbal) medicine to be recognized as...
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Indoor Air Pollution

This might surprise you: it's very likely that the indoor air in your home is more polluted than the air outside! There are many factors, most of which are totally within your control. Some factors present a serious health hazard for your cat! Read on to find out more Air fresheners have become ever more varied and more popular over the...
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Cat Vision & Eyesight: Common Myths Debunked

With many thanks to our special guest author, Amber Kingsley! Cats have been our companions for many thousands of years, dating back to the days of ancient Egypt where they were worshipped and given elaborate burials. Soon they spread throughout Europe, first to Italy and later to England. In this distant past, they were always appreciated for their keen ability to...
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Clean Teeth for Good Health

This is such an important subject! We're proud to feature this guest post from our friend Lana Fraley Rich, Catsultant®, at www.Catsultant.com.  Here is an important question for you: Do you know if you have any dental diseases? You may not know for sure, unless you are having regular dental checkups or you are having some kind of discomfort or bleeding. It is...
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Epigenetics

Epigenetics is the study of changes in the way genes are expressed that do not involve DNA. It turns out that DNA isn’t in charge the way we once thought it was—it's the proteins around the DNA that really control gene expression. These proteins are influenced by the environment. This means that anything in the environment can have a profound effect on any organism,...
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Toilet Training for Cats

Our good friend Jo Singer recently spotted an old idea being given a disturbing new life: toilet training a cat. And sorry, no... this is not a "how to" article, it's about "why not"! A 2001 book by Dr. Eric Brotman on the subject is once again the media. Brotman's doctorate is in clinical psychology, not veterinary medicine; that may explain his is utter ignorance...
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Homeopathic First Aid: The Ten Best Remedies to Keep at Home

Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed more than 200 years ago by German chemist Samuel Hahnemann. It is a form of “holistic” medicine, in that it takes into account the “whole” organism—its physical, mental, emotional, historical, and environmental conditions. Homeopathy relies on two fundamental principles: “like cures like” and “the minimum dose.” The first principle, “like cures like,” means...
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FDA Finds Toxic Sludge Going Into Animal Food

Many thanks to our good friend Mollie Morrissette for her excellent reporting on this issue. This is one more reason for why it is so important to have consumer representatives at AAFCO meetings--we provide a layer of protection (and a warning to these guys that we are watching!) when feed suppliers want to use harmful or non-edible feed materials. A similar...
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Euthanasia

When I was in practice, I noticed that we wouldn't have a death or euthanasia for weeks, then we'd get a rash of them all at once. But there was a reason, many other veterinarians have also seen it, and it turns out to be very simple....
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Holiday Safety for Cats and Dogs

The holidays can be a stressful and even dangerous time for our cats. Normal routines are upset, visitors come and go, and overly tempting smells may be coming from the kitchen! The Christmas tree is the first item of great interest on your cat’s Santa list. Many cats find it irresistibly tempting to climb. First, make sure your tree is...
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PET FOOD & NUTRITION

Grain-Free Dog (and Cat) Food, Taurine, and Heart Disease

REVISED 6/29/19 NOTE: This is a very fluid situation right now, with a lot of conflicting interpretations and ongoing research. I will update this article as needed. This already involves hundreds of dogs. FDA now admits that cats have also been affected, even though AAFCO standards require taurine supplementation in cat foods. SCROLL DOWN to the bottom to see all...
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What Cats Should Eat

Freshly expanded & updated for 2018! How do you know which food is the best to feed your cat? The answer depends on many factors, including your cat's age and health... as well as the your wallet! However, whatever your budget, if you learn the basics about how to assess the quality of any given cat food, you’ll be able...
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Cat Feeding Myths

I admit, it really irks me when companies who know nothing about feline nutrition give bad advice to their customers. This is the case with Assisi Animal Health, which manufactures a device called the Assisi Loop. Now, the product is a good one and I've heard great reports about it. But they should stick to what they know! Here are a...
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Why Fish is Dangerous for Cats

The fish used in pet food may contain all kinds of toxins and drug residues, including persistent organic pollutants that actually stop the body from eliminating it and other toxins. Another common toxin, domoic acid, may be an unrecognized factor in chronic kidney disease.
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Pet Food: Processed to Death?

Many thanks to Susan Thixton at TruthAboutPetFood.com for letting us reprint her excellent article here, which applies 100% to cat food as well as dog food. The multiple rounds of heat processing that pet food undergoes causes many deleterious changes that can harm our pets. And it's worse than most people even imagine. How many times are Ingredients cooked in...
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Coconut Oil and Pets

Questions about coconut oil keep coming up, so I thought I'd explain in why I recommend not giving it to their cats and dogs. Humans evolved where coconut palms naturally grow. Primates, including early humans, ate, and still eat, coconuts. Coconut is a natural food for us. The carnivore's natural diet is high in both protein and animal fat. Wild animals But there...
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Pet Food Contaminants

Updated 3/23/18  As part of my duties as an AAFCO advisor and member of several Working Groups, I attend numerous webinars and teleconferences. In one group, the discussion centered around the use of 4D meats and other rotten junk in pet food, and the consensus was that as long as these things are rendered (heat-processed) to kill pathogens, they're perfectly...
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FDA Finds Toxic Sludge Going Into Animal Food

Many thanks to our good friend Mollie Morrissette for her excellent reporting on this issue. This is one more reason for why it is so important to have consumer representatives at AAFCO meetings--we provide a layer of protection (and a warning to these guys that we are watching!) when feed suppliers want to use harmful or non-edible feed materials. A similar...
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Yucca

There have been a few myths about the desert plant Yucca schidigera making the internet rounds lately. In particular, some are suggesting that yucca is not safe as a daily supplement, even though it's present in many pet foods. So it's time to set the record straight! Yucca is an extremely versatile and useful plant, but in large doses it...
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Changing diets at least every 3-4 months, to a food with different protein and carbohydrate sources, may prevent your cat from becoming allergic or intolerant to a food in the first place.
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The Ideal Diet for Cats

Data suggest that diet is largely irrelevant in terms of extending longevity... On the other hand, there is plenty of research showing that the more prey-like the diet, the better for the cat. Certainly dry cat food has no place in the diet if longevity is the goal.
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Pet Food Labels Don’t Match Ingredients (Part II)

Multiple studies have revealed that pet food manufacturers aren't careful about handling their ingredients; and some are deliberately fraudulent. This has serious implications for pets with food allergies.
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Pet Food Labels Don’t Match Ingredients (Part I)

Tests show that pet food labels aren't always truthful. One study found that, “Only in two pet foods... did the results of both analyses match the ingredients listed on the label.”
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Mars buys Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura

In a bid for world domination, the Martians...oops, I mean, Mars Petcare (the pet food arm of the candy giant)...is acquiring all of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for a mere $2.9 BILLION. It had been rumored for several months that P&G was in the market to sell; and now they got their wish. (Click here to read the...
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Selecting a Good Commercial Pet Food

Packaged, manufactured pet food is a great convenience to dog and cat guardians. But responsible consumers who want the best for their animal companions have a bewildering array of foods and claims to choose from. So, how do you know what's best for your animals? The most reputable manufacturers agree with holistic veterinarians that the very best diet for your...
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Carrageenan: a Controversial Pet Food Additive

Carrageenan is a seaweed derivative that is commonly used as a food additive in a wide variety of products. There has been a lot of controversy about this ingredient, so let’s take a look at it in more detail. Carragreenan is an  edible red seaweed. Sounds good, right? Many seaweeds contain lots of trace minerals and are very nutritious. “Carraigín” has...
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Choosing an Omega-3 Oil for Your Pet

You may already know how important Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is for dogs and cats. I consider it to be the #1 most important supplement you can give your pet. The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been thoroughly researched. Omega-3 supplementation has proven to be beneficial for dogs and cats for a wide variety...
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10 Reasons Why Dry Food Is Bad for Cats & Dogs

Strictly carnivorous cats preferentially use protein and fat for energy, and these pathways are mandatory. Felines can digest and absorb carbohydrates, but those carbs mostly turn quickly and directly into fat.
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Food Allergies in Cats

Cats often develop "food intolerances" or "food allergies" to ingredients found in commercial cat food. Currently, the most common allergies in cats are: chicken, dairy, fish, beef, lamb, and eggs. However, an allergy can develop to any protein to which the cat is repeatedly or constantly exposed. The symptoms of food allergy are typically skin-related and/or digestion-related. Skin symptoms include...
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Homemade vs. Commercial Food for Cats and Dogs!

By Jean Hofve, DVM Preparing a home-made diet for one's pets is a bit of a challenge. However, it is no more difficult than feeding one's children a balanced and nutritious diet. Most human beings seem to be able to do that, since we have survived as a species. As any parent knows, it is not essential to balance all...
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CAT BEHAVIOR

“New” Declaw Technique Shot Down by Facts

In January 2018, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a letter from Dr. Kerry Yoon of Hawaii, who claims to have invented a "new, painless" declaw procedure. He is so confident that his special technique is "painless" that he has NEVER given any pain meds to the hundreds of cats and kittens he has mutilated. I'm sure...
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Sleeping with Pets

Many thanks to Kellen Smith at Tuck.com for allowing us to reprint this excellent article. As a lifelong insomniac, I really appreciate this thorough exploration of pros and cons, as well as the other helpful articles on Tuck.com. Many of us allow our pets to sleep with us, but is it healthy? Are there health risks to letting your dog...
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How to Travel with Your Cat (The Ultimate Guide)

UPDATED 7/05/10 Many people travel with their cat, as can be seen by the YouTube videos that depict people taking their cats on hikes, boat trips or bike rides. While it can be fun, it requires a lot of careful planning and consideration of feline and human needs. This guide will help you travel with your cat successfully. Things you...
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Toilet Training for Cats

Our good friend Jo Singer recently spotted an old idea being given a disturbing new life: toilet training a cat. And sorry, no... this is not a "how to" article, it's about "why not"! A 2001 book by Dr. Eric Brotman on the subject is once again the media. Brotman's doctorate is in clinical psychology, not veterinary medicine; that may explain his is utter ignorance...
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Euthanasia

When I was in practice, I noticed that we wouldn't have a death or euthanasia for weeks, then we'd get a rash of them all at once. But there was a reason, many other veterinarians have also seen it, and it turns out to be very simple....
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Cats Aren’t Loners

For millennia, cats have been considered "loners" and "aloof." But it's absolutely not true. Recent research shows that cats can be just as affectionate and social as dogs; they just have different ways of showing it. One human behavior often provoked by the cat's theoretical loner-ness is leaving the cat alone for a weekend or holiday, with a big bowl...
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Restful Sleep

Restful sleep is a topic that most of us don't give enough attention to... unless it's to fret about not getting enough of it! And hardly anyone thinks about sleep as far as animal companions are concerned. But getting enough good quality sleep is essential to health. And this goes for our pets, too! Most wild members of the feline...
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Cat Scratchers – What Do Cats Like?

Having the right cat scratching "implements" is critical in preventing claw damage to carpets and furniture. New research provides insight into where and why cats scratch. Scratching is a deeply embedded instinct in cats. It is used as a visual and scent marking technique; to stretch tight shoulder and back muscles; to condition the claws by removing the damaged outer...
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The Woman-Cat Bond

You may have heard of the "human-animal bond," but my colleague and friend Dr. Jane Bicks (who makes Life's Abundance pet food) just posted a great summary of research on the bond between humans and cats; and more particularly, the unique bond between women and their cats. Fascinating! One of the study's authors, Dorothy Gracey of the University of Vienna,...
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Are Cats Really Domesticated?

There is an ongoing debate in the science community about cats. That is, are they fully domestic, or are they still essentially wild? The premise is that unlike dogs, who are thoroughly domesticated in mind and body, it's unclear just how wild or domesticated our cats may truly be. As a veterinarian, I can tell you that individual cats run...
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Catnip Fiends?

Here's a gaggle of giggles to brighten up your day... some cats who've had a little too much of "the 'nip"! https://www.distractify.com/catnip-junkies-1238334409.html
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Animal Communication

Many thanks to our guest author, animal communicator Kate Solisti!  The art of listening to an animal and actually receiving something back from them is based on two things: (1) Love and (2) Intuition. I have been a professional interspecies communicator for over twenty years and in that time have helped many people rekindle their natural abilities to open and...
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Pets in Pain–Don’t let them Suffer

We are honored to have a wonderful guest blogger today, Dr. Shelley Brown of Harmony Veterinary Center, Arvada, CO. Dr. Brown practices integrative veterinary medicine, including acupuncture, cold laser, and homotoxicology. She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  I hear it all the time--“My pet’s limping, but she’s not in pain” or “Surely he’d cry out if...
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Cat Litter Roundup & Review

Every now and then, I go through a kind of "Litter Dance," in which I try out a variety of kitty litters on my gang of four. Fortunately they're amenable to the changes, which allows for a thorough evaluation of the different types of litter. I thought I'd share some of my most recent experimental results, as well as research...
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Aggression in Cats

Aggression in cats is not uncommon, but it's unusual for it to be serious enough for people to seek professional help. Just a decade ago, however, a study from Cornell University noted an upward trend in people-directed aggression. Those researchers thought it may be attributable to an increasing tendency to keep cats inside the home (and thus interacting more with people). Other possible explanations: cats...
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Play is Important for — Survival??

We have long advocated play therapy as a way to prevent--and solve--a host of feline behavior problems, as well as a part of indoor enrichment for your cat's mental and physical health. Now there's another reason--longevity! In a fascinating article, ABC News ponders the question: "How could play — defined as “apparently purposeless activity that’s fun to do and pleasurable”...
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Indoor Enrichment for Cats

Cats are smart, and they naturally know everything they need to know about being a cat. However, they do not know about things like cars, dogs, infectious diseases, and other outdoor hazards. Like young children, cats need to be protected from dangers they can't anticipate or handle. That's why Little Big Cat recommends that cats be kept indoors, and not...
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Double the Fun, Double the Territory!

By Jackson Galaxy Michael, Patty, their toddler Pandora, and most of all, their cat Tess, had a big problem*. As Pandora was becoming more and more mobile, Tess was getting increasingly irritated. The problem culminated a few days before they called me, when Tess took a swipe at Pandora and broke the skin near her eye. Michael was in a...
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Play Therapy

by Jackson Galaxy As you pass innocently by a doorway, your cat pounces fiercely on your ankle, gnawing and clawing until blood is drawn, and then bolting away under the bed...Two littermates, now six years old, suddenly start fighting and can’t be in the same room together anymore...Perhaps your cat is vocalizing so loudly at 4:00 A.M. that you seriously...
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Flower Essences for Animals

By Jean Hofve, DVM Flower essences (remedies) are specially prepared extracts of the flowering parts of certain plants. They work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside. Flower essences were first developed by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician who gave up his busy practice to study and prepare the 38 flower essences which now bear...
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Cats According to Two Holistic Veterinarians

Recently Dr. Jean did an interview with her pal, Dr. Judy Morgan, on Dr. Judy's radio program. They covered all sorts of cat topics, from nutrition to declawing. Listen here: http://dreamvisions7radio.com/are-you-raising-your-cats-to-optimize-health/#more-32978
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CatsWalk December 2015

In this issue: Cats Aren’t Loners For millennia, cats have been considered “loners” and “aloof.” But it’s absolutely not true. Recent research shows that cats can be just as affectionate and social as dogs; they just have different ways of showing it. One human behavior often… Read more → Holiday Safety for Cats and Dogs The holidays can be a...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – Summer 2014

In this issue: 1. News Bites Donate litter to cat shelters! Coconut oil is not for cats Fire safety for cats Studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) works More on the downside of fish Dirty deeds with pet treats 2. Science Notes Second opinion may only provide confusion Less pain = longer life New white paper on manufactured pet food Hope...
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Catswalk Newsletter – Spring 2014

In this issue: 1. News Bites GMO dangers Seeking humans who are allergic to cats Pet Cancer Awareness Month Feline fitness More on jerky treats Is Purina the best cat food? 2. Science Notes Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Red meat allegy from tick bite? 3. Animal Pain 1. News Bites GMO dangers: While scientists continue to debate whether genetically modified organisms are...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – February 2014

Sign up to have this newsletter delivered right to your email inbox! → In this issue: 1. News Bites February is Pet Dental Health Month! How People Choose Cat Food Recent Cat Food Recalls Jerky Treats Back on the Shelf--and Still a Problem Pet Food Safety Info Rabies on Staten Island 2. Science News Thiamine Too Low in Many Canned Cat Foods ...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – November 2014

NOTE: This was reposted in January 2014 because the original was accidentally deleted in a fit of organizational zeal! - Editor In this issue: 1. News Bites Vacation Destinations for Cat Lovers Crazy Cat-Related Patents See the World Through Cats’ Eyes Cats Stealing Dog Beds FDA and Pet Food 2. Science Notes Cats = 85% Tiger Gut Bacteria and Cancer...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – September 2013

News Bites New Feline Vaccination Guidelines Traveling with Pets Paw Project Launches Colorado Campaign Finally - Tighter Regulations on Kitten and Puppy Mills Winter's Coming - Are Your Pets Ready? Science Notes Less Diversity in Gut Bacteria Increases Obesity and Disease Risk Antibiotics are Good for Bad Bacteria Common Feline Anesthetic May Cause Brain Damage How Homeopathy Works Low-Carb Diets...
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Catswalk Newsletter – August 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites Paw Project: The Movie! Vegan Diet Nearly Kills Kitten Obesity-Related Diseases in Cats Rhode Island Bans Declaw Requirement for Tenants Dolphin Rights 2. Science Notes Fish Oil Fakery Hope for Allergy Sufferers Another Problem with Outdoor Cats 3. Report from the AAFCO Annual Meeting 1. News Bites Paw Project: the Movie! The Paw Project has...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – July 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites: Fat cat prompts cruelty charges Iceland hunting whales for dog food Internet vet loses license over online advice Children die in hot cars--and so do pets! Remember what it was like before you had a cat? Class action suit over toxic treats will proceed 2. Science Notes: Marine Omega-3s show benefit in asthma Cell...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – April 2013

CatsWalk Newsletter April 2013 by Jean Hofve, DVM Library of Congress ISSN #1550-0764 Please note:  This newsletter is emailed only to current subscribers through Get Response, but please feel free to forward it to friends! If you got it from a friend and would like your own subscription, please use the link at the bottom of the page.  For easier...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – January 2012

*Yes, we know it's February and we're a little late...but we were waiting for some important info on Jackson's book! In this issue: 1. News Bites February is National Pet Dental Health Month Cats and rats team up Lawsuit claims puppies have souls Social networking for animals? LCTI for treating feline leukemia Ticklish critters Extra pounds put pressure on pet...
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CatsWalk November-December 2011

Happy Holidays! In this issue: 1. News Bites Little Big Cat is "best cat website" of 2011! Israel bans cat declawing Pet theft on the rise FDA looking for Salmonella Jack the JFK Cat is gone Texas court rules in favor of sentimental value for dog Pet food causing feline dental disease? Do animals know right from wrong? Miami area...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – October 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Little Big Cat wins award! Florida cats being poisoned. Jack, the cat lost and found in JFK airport, is sick RIP feline leukemia pioneer William Jarrett More swine flu news Flu vaccine for people doesn't work 2. Are Cats Medically Underserved? 3. Holiday Safety Tips Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up...
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CatsWalk Newsletter, September 2011

Please note:  This newsletter is emailed only to current subscribers, but please feel free to forward it to friends! Click here to get your own subscription. To unsubscribe, please click here or use the link at the bottom of the page. In this issue: 1. News Bites Milk Bones Dog Biscuits "Pulled" Graeme, the new Railway Cat? AVMA Lobbies against...
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CatsWalk Newsletter August 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Recall of ground turkey across the West Wolverines killing cats in British Columbia Manufacturer runs out of heartworm drug Click to donate cat litter to shelters! "New" Avian Flu will destroy all life on Earth...or not? Microchip Cat Door limits access 2. New "Thyroid Diet" for Cats 3. Basic Cancer Prevention and Treatment 1....
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CatsWalk Newsletter July 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Purina ONE dry cat food recalled Kitten survives washing machine ordeal Mountain lion's long walk ends in Connecticut Cat winning as "Biggest Loser" 2. Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy and Healthy 3. Cat TV 1. News Bites Purina ONE cat food recall: Nestlé Purina has issued a recall on Salmonella-contaminated dry cat food, specifically Purina...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – June 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites 2. Water, the Forgotten Nutrient 3. Top Ten Summer Safety Tips for Pets! 1. News Bites Adopted cat returns life-saving favor. Rusty, a 10-year-old cat adopted from the Reading (PA) shelter two years ago, would not leave his guardian alone. Due to the cat's non-stop pestering, Claire Nelson ultimately made it to the hospital,...
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CatsWalk Newsletter, March 2011

Important news on recalls, toxins, spring hazards, the latest Mad Cow, puppy mills and unscrupulous importers, and the surprising (Not!) finding by a pet food company that cats prefer to eat food that is more like their natural diet. Read up on the current wave of niche marketing rolling across the pet food industry, and get info on the best diet for your own cat. We also take on the Associated Press and the main veterinary organization over ethical considerations.
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CatsWalk Newsletter – January 2011

* Breaking news: study shows unsafe levels of toxic heavy metals in pet food * Aflatoxin caused illness in recalled Kroger pet foods * FDA seeking comments on proposed PETNet * Food Safety Bill signed into law * Small animals re-protected * Bottled water report * Medicated topical creams for people can harm pets * Nordic Naturals introduces new fish oil products for pets 2. Powerful new public service announcement from The Paw Project 3. Veterinarian’s Oath Revised 4. Cats, Sickness, Stress, and Environment 5. February is Dental Health Month!
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CatsWalk – November 2010

by Dr. Jean Hofve & Jackson Galaxy Library of Congress ISSN #1550-0764 In this issue: 1. News Bites New Little Big Cat website is up and running November is Diabetes Month Salmonella outbreaks from dry pet food Suit filed against microchip makers 2. BPA and Pet Food 3. Heartworm Resistance? 4. Holiday Safety Reminder 1. News Bites New Little Big...
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OTHER STUFF

Science Proves that Raw Diet Beats Kibble

Thanks to our good friend Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com for this excellent article! Story at-a-glance Big Pet Food wants you to believe your dog is no longer a carnivore and can “thrive” on a diet high in starch A 2013 study is often used by processed pet food advocates as “proof” dogs are no longer meat-eaters. All the...
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Top 10 Cat Medical Conditions – And How to Prevent Them!

Veterinary Practice News publishes an annual "Top Medical Conditions in Cats," based on insurance claims made to pet health insurance companies. For 2017, the list includes:  1. Bladder or urinary tract problems (aka feline  cystitis, FIC, or FLUTD  2. Periodontitis/Dental disease  3. Chronic kidney disease  4. Vomiting        5. Hyperthyroidism   6. Diabetes  7. Diarrhea  8. Lymphoma  9. Upper respiratory...
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Little Big Cat Wins 2011 Muse Medallion Award!

We are very proud  that Little Big Cat won the coveted 2011 Muse Medallion Award for best website, from the Cat Writers' Association. You may remember a few weeks back that, along with our good friends Ingrid King of the Conscious Cat and Mary Ann Love-Miller of Feline Express, we won a Certificate of Excellence. Then those 3 sites competed...
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GMO Kittens Bred for Research

The Time online headline reads: "Glow-in-the-Dark Cats May Help Shed Light on AIDS." Maia Szalavitz reports: "These glowing animals have been genetically engineered to make blood cells that are resistant to feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, the virus that causes feline AIDS. The study could give researchers insight into fighting AIDS in both humans and cats. While humans cannot get...
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Pets’ Top “Complaints”

An interesting article at Southampton.patch.com cites animal communicator Patty Payne and the top five "shocking" things she's heard from pets. I have no doubt about #3; two of my cats have a running feud and I'm sure they've said some pretty rude things to each other! According to Ms. Payne: 1. Animals are holistic. Payne says our pets would rather...
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Swimming cats!

Our good friend, Mary Ellen at AngelScribe.com, is featured in a video interview about her 5 swimming cats! She had been worried that they might get loose and fall in the pool, but no worries...the feline's amazing instincts include dog-paddling! However, it is very important to show your cat how to get out of the pool, either by swimming to...
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Plants that clean the air (from Mercola)

One of the items posted in Dr. Joseph Mercola's newsletter this morning was pushing his special air filter, which is fine, but he also mentioned that many plants are good at pulling toxins out of the air. Unfortunately, several of the plants listed are toxic to cats. Plant Toxicity Feston Rose Non-toxic Devil's Ivy Toxic Phalaenopsis (orchid) Non-toxic English Ivy...
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Consumer Reports giving bad pet advice — again!

For decades, Consumer Reports was THE place to go for product reviews and advice on big purchases. But when they enter the area of pet care, they consistently give very bad advice. Their product-review algorithm simply falls apart when applied to living, breathing beings. Example: "get the cheapest pet food at the cheapest store, there's no difference between that and...
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Spaying & Neutering Saves Lives

A very well-written article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer reveals that aggressive spay-neuter programs have dramatically decreased the killing of pets simply because they are unwanted. From a ghastly high of 20 million pets per year in the 1960s, and an improved but still unacceptable level of 8-10 million by 2000, it is estimated today that only 4 million pets will be euthanized...
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ASPCA’s tips for a safe 4th of July for your pets

The ASPCA Poison Control Center offers the following pet safety tips for 4th of July -- we agree! Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also...
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People without Pets

There was a great article in the Huffington Post this week about people who choose not to have pets. The writer, Joan Liebmann, wondered if and how people without pets differ from those who do. Her research turned up some very interesting information! For one thing, there are way more people with pets than without: a recent survey found that...
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Guidelines for Safe Handling of Cats

Cats get less veterinary care than dogs. That's an established fact. A study published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that: Cats get significantly less attention and veterinary medical care from their owners than dogs. Dog owners took their pets to a veterinarian more than twice as often as cat owners. Dog owners more...
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Animal lovers choose pets over money and politics

A survey of 1500 pet guardians conducted by PetMD found that 90% of pet "owners" would choose their animal companions over money in a divorce, and 56% would not vote for a presidential candidate who was perceived not to like pets. They would also buy products from a company that supports an animal-related charity rather than one that doesn't, given...
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It’s Adopt-a-Cat Month!

June is Adopt-a-Cat month! It's also the start of kitten season, when tens of thousands of unintended and unwanted kittens will be dumped at shelters. People think, "Oh, kittens are so cute, they'll be adopted." But the sad truth is that there just aren't enough homes available, and shelters everywhere will euthanize litter after litter of sweet, friendly, adorable kittens...
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Pets and Cars: a Potentially Deadly Combination

Even though the weather doesn't feel like it in many places, summer is upon us! So it's time to remind folks about the volatile combination of cars and pets. Every year, hundreds of pets, mostly dogs, die of hyperthermia from being left in the car in dangerously hot conditions. What most people don't realize that those conditions can occur in...
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Outdoor Cats’ Secret Lives

A study done at the University of Illinois tracked 42 owned outdoor and free-living cats for two years. The report, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, found that stray/feral cats had larger territories than pet cats; in one case, the cat's home range covered more than 1,300 acres! Unowned cats were much more active than outdoor pet cats, because...
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More money, fewer vet visits

The headline read: "Revenue growth can't hide 'alarming' decline in client visits." This news, from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, went on to note that "Income increased at many pet practices in 2010, but frequency of veterinary visits remains depressed." In other words, fewer guardians took their pets to the vet, but got charged more. This trend...
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Flea/Tick Drug Promeris Causes Autoimmune Disease

The flea/tick preventative Promeris Duo for dogs and cats has been proven to cause Pemphigus foliaceus, an autoimmune disease. The reaction is "rare but serious," according to the study’s lead author, Thierry Olivry, DrVet, PhD, Dipl. ACVD, of North Carolina State University. The product, ProMeris Duo (Metaflumizone–amitraz ), which is also used for treating demodicosis (Demodex mites), will be discontinued....
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Cats-Only Clinics becoming more popular

Cats-only clinics gain in popularity A recent article by Anne Gonzales at the Sacramento Bee (California) discussed the increasing number and popularity of cats-only veterinary clinics. Sacramento veterinarian Irene Fujishima said that offering cats-only care is important, because have different physiology as well as different personalities than dogs. Cat-exclusive clinics are calmer, without the chaos of barking dogs and strange...
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Pet “OCD”

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Behavior Clinics at the veterinary school at Tufts University, recently spoke about compulsive behaviors in animals at the conference of the The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. "Like people with compulsive behaviors, such as famously washing their hands until their skin is raw," said Dodman, "animals can have similar behaviors." He said that...
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