Keep up with important news about feline health, nutrition, and behavior, and other topics of interest to pet parents.

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 they had to spend more time hunting for food. Interestingly, all cats stayed fairly close to buildings, whether or not they had contact with humans. Earlier work by one of ...

2014-04-28T08:43:55-07:00May 27th, 2011|

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 is disturbing for several reasons: 1. Fewer animals, especially cats, are getting annual "wellness" checks.  While I don't support yearly vaccine boosters, I still believe that those annual check-ups are ...

2013-09-30T08:05:11-07:00May 22nd, 2011|

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. The topical drug, marketed by Pfizer Animal Health (previously manufactured by Fort Dodge, which was acquired by Pfizer), will be available while supplies last or until mid-September. The authors caution ...

2018-02-11T16:49:10-07:00April 20th, 2011|

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 smells. Cats need special handling; tricks that work to calm a dog, like obedience exercises and treats, tend not to work very well with cats. Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, who owns ...

2012-07-03T07:20:33-07:00April 13th, 2011|

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 pet OCD is thought to affect about 5% of pets. Compulsive behaviors in animals include cribbing and windsucking in horses; wool-sucking and fur-pulling in cats; and in dogs, fly-snapping and ...

2018-06-09T13:44:29-07:00April 13th, 2011|

Simple injection could cure cat allergies

Cat allergies could be cured by a simple injection, scientists hope, according to a report by Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent 7:00AM BST 02 Apr 2011, in The Telegraph ( While we're not fans of most injections, this one may be well worthwhile for allergy sufferers who react to cats. It's still in development in the U.K., which may mean it could be a long time before it's available in the U.S. But we'll keep hoping that this will give many more people the opportunity to give a cat a loving, ...

2011-04-05T11:07:07-07:00April 5th, 2011|

Feline Nutrition Education Society

If you haven't heard of the Feline Nutrition Education Society, please check it out, join, and if possible, volunteer. FNES is an educational group whose aim is to teach folks how to feed their cats according to their carnivorous nature; in other words, a raw-meat based diet. Their latest blog can be found here.

2018-02-11T16:47:20-07:00February 1st, 2011|

Pet Food, People, and the FDA

By Jean Hofve, DVM Pet food labels are plenty obscure, but labels on human food are just as bad. As you get better at assessing pet food, you'll also want to check out a few labels at the grocery store, too. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, in Food Labels May Be Inaccurate Despite FDA Inspections, "It's unfortunate that food labels, which are ideally designed to help you make educated purchasing decisions, have deteriorated over time into little more than deceptive advertising. There are a large variety of ways for food ...

2012-07-04T07:40:28-07:00November 18th, 2010|
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