Author: Jean Hofve DVM

Relief for Declawed Cats

So, your cat is declawed: maybe it was done prior to adoption; or a landlord or  family member may have insisted on declawing, your veterinarian may have talked you into it, or you just didn’t know at the time how…

Chronic Pain of Declawing

Declawing is an extremely painful procedure. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), “Physically, regardless of the method used, onychectomy causes a higher level of pain than spays and neuters. Patients may experience both adaptive and maladaptive pain;…

Green Cleaning

Mercola.com has a very good article on “green” household cleaners–and why the ones you buy at the store (even those that claim to be “green” or that you get from the health food store) may actually be no safer for you…

A Declaw Story

NOTE: One of our readers, Karen Whitaker, contacted us with this story about her cat Sasha, and has graciously (and courageously)  given us permission to post it. Thank you so much, Karen, for telling your story, and helping people understand…

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…

Mad Cow Discovered in California

I’m in California this week (May 2012) visiting family…and there are so many interesting things happening here! But of course, the one that may most profoundly affect our pets is the discovery of a cow infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy…

Keeping Pets Safe this Spring

Most bulbs will cause irritation in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, causing drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, or even respiratory or cardiac abnormalities. Lily plants are entirely toxic, especially to cats. Merely chewing a leaf or brushing up against a lily can be fatal.

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…

Feline Hyperthyroidism Update

Discovery News reported this week that “In a new study that analyzed the blood of 62 domestic cats and 10 feral cats, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that cats living inside homes had higher blood levels…

Newly Discovered Virus in China Linked to Feline Kidney Disease

Researchers in Hong Kong have discovered a new virus that they’re calling feline morbillivirus. It is related to the paramyxovirus that causes canine distemper; but in cats it appears to cause tubulointerstitial nephritis, an inflammation of the tissue between the kidney…

Pet food violates federal law–with FDA blessing

The FDA recently released a video about pet food to reassure us that commercial pet food is just fine: (FDA video)… But this video is incredibly misleading, and (if you ask me) even downright patronizing. A brand new, hard-hitting video from…

Overweight Pets

Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com has written a fabulous article on  overweight pets and the completely wrong-headed approach being taken by the pet food industry to a problem that they themselves created. I agree with every word! Please take…

False rumors of new strains of *canine* distemper virus

From the American Veterinary Medical Association: It was recently brought to our attention that there are rumors circulating online about the existence of two new strains of canine distemper virus. These rumors are untrue. After consulting with two experts, Dr.…

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,…

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…

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…

EFT Tapping Training

by Jean Hofve, DVM EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or “Tapping,” is one of the most amazing healing modalities ever discovered. It’s free to learn, and easy to apply. I recommend it for both people and animals, and both together! Here’s…

Report from AAFCO Pet Food Committee

The meeting of AAFCO’s Pet Food Committee (PFC) was held Wednesday afternoon, with a very busy agenda. This committee is responsible for updates to the model pet food regulations that form the de facto standards for commercial pet foods. Sure,…

Hot News on Pet Food!

Little Big Cat is coming to you today from beautiful Reno, Nevada; I’m attending the mid-year meeting of AAFCO, the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If that organization sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it on virtually every can,…

No Milk Today

It’s true that cats love milk. Most cats will drink it if you let them. And who hasn’t shared a little milk with their feline friend now and then? So, what’s the problem? Cow’s milk is not a natural food…

AVMA’s New “Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership”

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) just published its new Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership (Journal of the AVMA, 2012 Jan 1;240(1):11-12), parting ways with the California VMA’s Golden Rules of Pet Ownership that it had previously endorsed. It’s interesting,…

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…

Vegetarian Cats?

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are several companies and websites that promote vegetarian (no meat or fish) or even vegan (no animal products at all) diets for cats. These products appeal to people who have chosen a vegetarian or vegan…

Dr. Jean Takes on More Absurd “Experts”!

Pet food. The truth about it is often hard to come by, especially because all the money and power are concentrated on making you, the consumer, believe that pet food companies know exactly how to make perfect food and are…

Disclaimers

The proprietor of this site (littlebigcat.com) is Jackson Galaxy. Jackson, Dr. Jean, or Little Big Cat, Inc. may receive compensation from other websites  or products we mention on this blog. You should probably assume we do. Sometimes, products we promote…

Copyright Notice

This site and all the information and all graphic representations or images on it belong to Little Big Cat in the absence of any contrary indication. Copyright and all intellectual property rights in any information and any graphics on this…

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…

Declawing Cats Required to Rent?

By Jean Hofve, DVM and Judith Beggs, JD    Many landlords require cats to be declawed before they will rent to a cat guardian.* Sadly, because it’s already hard to find a place that allows pets, many cats fall victim…

Study Supports Raw Meat Diet for Cats

A study was just published on the relative digestibility of different diets in cats. The researchers found that the raw-meat based diet (RB) and cooked meat diets (CB) were both better digested by cats than an extruded (dry kibble) food,…

Another Vet Gets It Wrong about Constipation

Another vet has blown it when it comes to kitty constipation. It’s so frustrating to see veterinarians refer to hair and fur as “fiber.” Fur is made out of pure protein (keratin) and not a shred of fiber. Fiber is…

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…

Healthy Weight Management for Dogs and Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM Nutrition experts like to portray weight control as a simple matter of “calories in minus calories out.” But as anyone who’s ever been on a diet knows all too well, it isn’t quite that easy! There…

CatsWalk Newsletter, September 2011

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Top 4 Pet Supplements

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are four nutritional supplements I recommend for every cat and dog, no matter what diet they’re eating or what else they’re taking. These four supplements will help your pet live a longer, more comfortable life!…

Feline Hyperesthesia

Cats have many unique characteristics that make for some interesting health challenges, but one of the strangest is “Ripple Skin Syndrome,” or “Itchy Twitchy syndrome” (technically called “feline hyperesthesia”). This condition starts as a rippling of the cat’s skin on…

Rabbit Fever

Both people and cats can get infected with Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever. People usually acquire the infection by handling dead rabbits (whether shot or died of natural causes); and cats contract it more directly by eating infected rabbits. Infected…

Inbred Cat

  Thanks to Mary Ellen at Angelscribe.com for this inbred — oops I mean in-bread — kitty! Related PostsThe Tail Speaks Louder than Words The Making of a Spirit Essences Remedy: Safe Space for Cats Pets Age Faster Than People…

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…

The “Greening” of Cats

Updated 6/30/19 Here are a few good ways  to make living with a cat “greener” (that is, more “environmentally friendly”) by exercising some discretion in how you shop. Buy earth-friendly cat products. Such products are made from recycled or recyclable…

Don’t fall for universal pet food marketing tricks

Updated 8/10/16 (original publication date 9/1/11). Any good veterinarian is learning all the time. These issues do not apply to any individual, but the criticisms of the pet food industry are 100% valid. Here are some of the worst myths propagated about how to choose a wholesome pet food.…