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Signs of Stress in Cats

signs of stress in cats

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Psychogenic Alopecia in Cats

What is Psychogenic Alopecia? This is a condition where the cat engages in excessive grooming that becomes an obsessive behavior. This goes beyond the normal fastidious grooming that a cat would  exhibit. Initially, psychogenic alopecia begins as a displacement behavior that the cat engages in to relieve stress. Cats don’t generally like change so any ...

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Heartworm in Cats

Heartworm in cats is something many people don’t think about because for so long, we’ve only associated it with dogs. Cats are susceptible to heartworm and there are preventives available. Now is the time to start protecting your cat — before we get into mosquito season. The following article is from the American Heartworm Society ...

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

feline lower urinary tract disease

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is the general term used to refer to the various problems connected with the cat’s lower urinary tract. FLUTD can include cystitis, stones or plugs. FLUTD can occur in both male and female cats at any age. Obstructions connected with FLUTD can occur because of the development of crystals ...

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Litter Box Aversion: Is it Medical or Behavioral?

litter box aversion: is it medical or behavioral

When a cat eliminates outside of the litter box it’s probably the most frustrating behavior a cat parent ever has to cope with. All of a sudden, the cat who never caused any problems has suddenly started viewing the dining room carpet or living room sofa as makeshift litter boxes. Plastic coverings start making their way onto ...

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Compulsive Behavior in Cats

Cats who are exposed to stress on an ongoing basis are most susceptible to developing compulsive behaviors. It may begin as tail chasing or becoming fixated on playing with a laser light. In the case of laser light chasing, some cats then develop a behavior of chasing other flickering lights or reflections. This doesn’t mean ...

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