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Why Some Cats Look as if They Have a Flabby Belly

Why some cats look as if they have a flabby belly

As your cat walks by, you can’t help but notice what looks like a flabby belly that seems to sway with every step he takes. Does all that loose skin mean he’s fat or out of shape? Has your mighty feline hunter gone soft? Not at all. That loose flap of skin and fat on his belly is called the primordial pouch and it actually serves important functions.   Protection During Cat Fights The abdomen is a very vulnerable area because injury can cause severe damage to the delicate organs ...

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Signs of Stress in Cats

signs of stress in cats

Please note that Pam is unable to answer questions posted in the comment section. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. 

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Reduce Your Cat’s Stress During Veterinary Exams

cat in carrier

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to quickly figure out that going to the veterinary clinic is not high on a cat’s list of favorite places to visit. If you look at it from your cat’s perspective, it certainly makes sense. Without any warning, the cat is shoved into a carrier, put in a car and whisked off to a place that smells, looks and sounds scary. Then, once in the exam room, the cat is pulled from the carrier, placed on a cold exam table and then poked and ...

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New Feline Vaccination Guidelines

veterinarian examines cat's ear

The 2013 American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report is available. There are some updates to the previously issued vaccine recommendations. The Advisory Panel has revised the vaccines considered to be core and non-core. Core vaccines are recommended for all cats. Non-core are for cats in specific risk categories and this is determined on the basis of individual risk/assessment. Core Vaccines Feline panleukopenia (FPV) Feline herpes virus-1 (FHV-1) Feline calicivirus (FCV)   Non-Core Vaccines Rabies Feline leukemia (FeLV) Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) Chlamydophila felis Bordetella brochiseptica Feline infectious ...

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How to Choose a Veterinarian

Which veterinarian you choose for your cat is an important decision and one that should be made before you actually bring home your cat for the first time. When you become a cat parent it’s wise to already have the veterinary clinic chosen based on careful evaluation done before you even bring kitty there for the first time. Making the decision on which clinic to use will involve research and time and if you do all of that before kitty arrives, you’ll have the luxury of taking your time to ...

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Hairballs… Yucky and Dangerous

Hairballs are the yucky, tubular evidence that your cat has been grooming. When you first see a hairball on the carpet or floor, you may easily mistake it for feces because of its color and shape. Your nose will quickly tell you though that this yucky thing came out of the other end of the cat. What is a Hairball? Cats as famously fastidious groomers and because of the backward-facing barbs on the tongue (hence, the rough feeling when you are licked by a cat), the hair that gets trapped ...

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Eight Tips on How to be a Good Veterinary Client

Your cat depends on the care you give at home and also the care provided by your veterinarian. Every time you visit the veterinary clinic becomes an opportunity for you and the veterinarian to work together to ensure your cat’s continued good health. Since the time spent in the veterinarian’s exam room is relatively short, it’s important to make the most out of it. Here are some tips to help you to be an ideal veterinary client: 1. Turn Your Cell Phone off while in the exam room, don’t take ...

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10 Signs That Your Cat may be in Pain

Cats are very stoic and it’s easy for cat parents to miss signs of pain or discomfort. Because your cat can’t come to you the way a child can and verbally complain about being in pain, it’s important for you to pay attention to physical signs as well as changes in behavior or routine that could possibly be a red flag. If you suspect your cat is in pain, please don’t hesitate to get him to the veterinarian.   Here are 10 signs that your cat may be in pain: ...

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Do You Know When Your Cat is Sick?

When it comes to illness, injury or pain, cats can be very stoic and not show obvious outward signs. Very often, the red flag that indicates your cat may have a medical problem might be related to a behavior change. And, when it comes to changes in behavior it’s not unusual for cat parents to miss those subtle signs or attribute the behavior to kitty being mad or upset at something or someone. Here are some potential signs of illness: Change in activity level Change in interaction with human family ...

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The Importance of Cat Wellness Exams

the importance of cat wellness exams

Cats need routine wellness exams at least once a year. For older cats that routine exam should happen every six months, or as often as you and your veterinarian decide would be best. As your cat ages or if she has specific health concerns, your veterinarian will recommend a customized schedule for you. As much as we love our cats, it’s sad to realize many still aren’t receiving the appropriate amount of veterinary care. As popular as cats are, they still aren’t being seen for veterinary exams as often as ...

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