Ask A Vet: Can My Cat See In The Dark?

Your cat is awake sometimes when you are not. She seems to be able to tell right where you are in your bed to rouse you. (See Ask A Vet: My Cat Wakes Me Up At Night. What Can I Do?) Could it be that it is because she can see even when you can’t? Can cats really see in the dark? No animal can see in complete darkness because the structures of every eye depend on the presence of … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Twitch His Tail?

As a veterinarian, I have the privilege of seeing cats every day in all stages of emotion. Since I became Fear Free Certified (you can learn more about Fear Free Certified Professionals, click here), more of my feline patients like to see me coming, but I still get the opportunity to see cats in a variety of moods. I observe cats twitching their tails every day, even my own cats do this. Often when I enter my feline exam room, … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Ignore Me When I Call Her?

Have you ever been calling your cat only to have him glance over his shoulder and keep right on going? Yea, me too. Why does he do that? He does not seem to have any malice, only indifference. People sometimes label this indifference as aloof and uncaring, but perhaps we are expecting our cats to be very “un-cat-like”. Think about cats as a species and your understanding will enhance your relationship with your cat. They are not human and as … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Only Like Canned Food?

Wouldn’t it be convenient to offer your cat dry kibble all the time? Dry kibble does not have to be refrigerated and stays fresher longer. It does not smell as strong as canned foods can.  But many cats prefer canned food and some will eat only canned diet and never kibble.  Why do you think that is? People can look at the canned food and tell that the aroma is stronger and more enticing. The food seems more like what … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Scratch My Stuff?

Scratching is a normal conduct for feline species. Cat people expect their cats to mark and claw. Since human beings can communicate verbally, we do not tend to use behavioral messages or engage in behaviors that we do not explain, but cats do. There are three main purposes for this behavior. If you consider why cats might engage in scratching, it can help make this normal behavior better for you both. Stretch Muscles and Improve Nail Health We see our … Read more

From The Vet: 5 Things You Can Do To Help Protect Your Cat From Thyroid Disease

Hyperthyroidism (excessive production of thyroid hormone) in cats is growing more common. It is estimated that 10% of all senior cats will be affected by this disorder. It is most commonly seen in middle-aged to older cats and signs include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea and an unkempt hair coat. The disease has really been a more recent occurrence with the first case described in the late 70s. Only your veterinarian can tell you if your cat suffers from hyperthyroidism and … Read more

From The Vet: 3 Things You Need To Know About Your Cat’s Eyes

Cat eyes are so beautiful that jewels have been named after them. Cat’s eye (chrysoberyl) is a gemstone of the alexandrite family that is known for lovely optic phenomena that resembles the slit pupil of a cat’s eye.  Real cat eyes are stunning as well, and it is important that we know about them to keep them healthy. Front and Center Our cats’ eyes take up a lot of “real estate” on their faces. They have binocular vision, meaning both of their … Read more

From The Vet: 5 Subtle Signs Of Kidney Disease In Cats

Kidney Disease or Chronic Renal Failure is a common disorder in middle aged to older cats. For all mammals, the kidneys play a role in filtering toxins from the blood and their function is essential to survival. Unfortunately, far too many cats suffer from this progressive and eventually fatal process. However, medical science has given us many ways to head off the progression of disease and maintain an excellent quality of life for cats affected by renal disease. It is … Read more

From The Vet: What Your Senior Cat’s Weight Says About Their Health

You know your senior cat better than anyone. You’ve probably had her with you for years.  But since you see her every day, you might not notice changes in her body weight. The trouble is that sometimes minor changes in weight can be a hint at bigger problems. Because of the types of health issues that are more common in senior cats, weight loss is more often a complaint than weight gain (although there are problems that might present themselves as … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Is My Cat Always Licking Me?

We see mother cats grooming their babies and all cats grooming themselves. We know that licking is the way that cats care for their coats, and even though we don’t have fur, our cats lick us, too! Cats groom themselves and their kittens for hygiene and health reasons. Their rough tongues act almost like a comb to smooth out matted hair.  They are also able to find and remove parasitic pests with their licking. Regular self-grooming in a cat is … Read more