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Cats + Care & Wellness

  • When your cat is being treated for an illness, it is very important that you follow your veterinarian's advice and instructions precisely. Take your cat for re-examination if and when requested. If your cat's condition worsens unexpectedly, contact your veterinarian for advice.

  • Marijuana is not new, but it is the most popular illicit drug in the United States. Here's what IS new: with the legalization and decriminalization of the product, plus the availability of synthetic versions, marijuana toxicity in pets is on the rise.

  • Sedatives are prescription medications that should only be administered to healthy animals. If your cat's veterinary appointment is for a routine wellness examination, your veterinarian may prescribe a sedative if your cat's stress is severe.

  • The purpose of the microchips used for pets is to provide a form of permanent identification. These microchip implants are called RFID tags, (Radio Frequency Identification). They are tiny, virtually painless to implant, and dramatically increase the odds that a lost cat will be returned to his family.

  • Breeding and Queening Cats

    Organizar montas para criar gatitos y cuidar de los cachorros es un experiencia muy bonita, pero en ocasiones puede resultar muy frustrante. La información a continuación le ayudará a aumentar las posibilidades de éxito y a que la experiencia se convierta en algo bonito y seguro.

  • Moving into a new residence may be one of the most stressful events in anyone's life. It is important that you prepare your cat prior to moving into a new home to reduce their anxiety and minimize the problems that can result. Cats are very territorial and may have problems accepting a new house as their home.

  • Neutering and castration are the common terms used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically as orchidectomy or orchiectomy during which both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male cat. Neutering is recommended to prevent urine marking and other territorial behavior including roaming and fighting with other cats that increases the risk of contracting disease. This procedure is recommended to be performed around 6 months of age when puberty is beginning. No adverse effects are noted following neutering; however it is important to remember that metabolism does decrease after the procedure, so diet will need to be adjusted accordingly to prevent inappropriate weight gain.

  • Obesity in Cats

    La obesidad, definida como un exceso de un 30% o más del peso corporal normal, es la enfermedad nutricional más común en gatos domésticos. Aunque la frecuencia varía entre países, de media se considera que el 40 al 45% de todos los gatos adultos presentan obesidad.

  • In North America, obesity is the most common preventable disease in cats. Approximately 25-35% of the general feline population is obese, with 40-45% of cats aged 5-11 years old weighing in higher than normal.

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive, degenerative disease of the joints. It is one of the most common chronic diseases that affect cats. By some estimates, 90% of cats over 10 years of age are affected by OA.