Ask A Vet: Do I Really Need To Brush My Cat’s Teeth?

Dental health has been proven to affect overall health for cats. If you can see brown or yellow buildup on your cat’s teeth, then there are trillions of bacteria present on the surface of the teeth. These bacteria cause dental pain and infection. This type of infection can go to other organs, creating abscesses, heart disease, and other serious issues. Dental disease is bad for your cat’s physical health and if his bad breath is obvious, it is affecting his emotional health … Read more

Ask A Vet: How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines are in the news a lot and have become quite controversial. Vaccines are injections designed to protect an individual from infectious diseases. They are not like medications that are dosed by the size of the patient. The effectiveness of a vaccine is based on the number of active particles it includes, and these are specifically calculated in the whole dose. How Vaccines Work A vaccination is like training your immune system for battle. The vaccine primes your immunity to know … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Are Kittens Born With Blue Eyes?

Don’t you adore kittens? They are so darling and soft. They invite you to snuggle them with their cute faces and blue eyes. But why do kittens always have blue eyes? Actually, it is not the final pigment that creates the blue-eyed kitten look. Kittens are just like any baby mammal, it takes time for them to mature. When they are born, their eyes are not even open, so it is not until they are around 10 days old that … Read more

Ask A Vet: 4 Ways To Fulfill Your Cat’s Emotional Needs

Especially in the past, humans have discounted that animals have emotional needs. It is much easier to write them off as because if we consider that they have emotions, then as their caregivers, we must take responsibility for those as well. But cat lovers know (and appreciate) that felines have feelings. They’re our companions and our friends. Humans have taken them from their wild environment and expected them to mold completely and effortlessly to our domesticated existence. But as their guardians and … Read more

Ask A Vet: How Can I Tell If My Cat Has Ear Mites?

Ear mite infestation is a common for kittens and sometimes adult cats. Ear mites are just what they sound like: tiny bugs that live in the ears of affected cats. They live and reproduce inside the ear canal and their activities are certainly irritating for their feline host. The kitty will probably need a vet’s help to get rid of these itchy and pesky troublemakers because the inflammation they cause can predispose him to secondary infections. Over-the-counter treatments may not … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Sleep All Day?

Everyone knows that cats like to sleep. Let’s face it, it’s not called a “cat nap” for nothing! Many times when I look for my cat, he is dozing.  He loves sunbeams and chairs especially. Chairs in sunbeams are an addiction to him. People believe that cats sleep during the day because we are gone, and I suppose my cat is more likely to be bored when I am not there to entertain him – but that is not the … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Do Mother Cats Carry Their Babies By The Neck?

Every day we witness kids being transported. Parents haul loads of children to soccer fields all over the country. Moms or dads push strollers or wear backpacks with babies in them. We’re able to carry our kids in our arms or in clever devices, and we take that for granted. But what if you walked on four legs and had no minivan? How would you transport your offspring from place to place? You might have to use your mouth to … Read more

Ask A Vet: We Are Moving. How Can I Help My Cat Adjust?

Moving is stressful for everyone. All living things have some difficulty accepting change. Animals who live in nature experience change more gradually. But our cats, who live in our homes, can have their entire environment radically changed in an instant. For the humans involved, the change is not a surprise and it is up to us to make the change as seamless as possible for our little fur friends. 1. Getting there  Make the journey there as easy as possible. Help your cat … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Sharpen His Claws?

Everyone’s cat does the stretch-scratch posture. We have dubbed it “sharpening claws”, but there is more to it than that. Even cats that have no claws will still go through the scratching motions, so we know that it is ingrained in their brains and probably in their genes. If we realize that claw marking is a standard behavior for most felines, we can see that it is natural. It can be destructive, and while we can try to channel and redirect … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Yowl At Me?

You just went into the bedroom or bathroom and you shut the door behind you. Your cat was following along behind you (see Why Does My Cat Follow Me To The Bathroom?) and you inadvertently excluded him. He is now outside yowling like there’s not tomorrow. Why is he doing that? The noises that cats make are certainly forms of communication, but it is interesting to learn that adult cats seldom communicate with other adult cats vocally. In fact, they … Read more