Why Does My Cat Trill?

Cat Communication Cats can communicate verbally in many ways. They can meow, purr, chatter or trill.  Cats have vocalizations that seem to have been tailored for use specifically for interaction with humans and not typically with other cats.  For example when scientist monitor interactions between adult feral cats, many of the sounds and vocalizations that are a part of our daily routine our cats never use. Unsocialized adult cats, living wild, might hiss or growl at one another, but seldom … Read more

5 Ways Your Cats Are Telling You They’re Unhappy

Our cats live with us and make us smile. We want to do the best we can for them, but since they don’t exactly speak the same language we do, sometimes it is hard to tell if they are truly happy. Here are some tips to help you “speak cat” and check the mental health of a cat in your life. 1. Cats that do nothing but lie around. Seems normal, right? Well, not exactly. Cats in a home can be … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Is Play Important For My Cat?

We all think play is fun, but did you know that play can actually improve your brain? It seems to be true for people and many other animals, including cats. We prioritize play for our human children – and it turns out we should as research indicates that children are happier and better adjusted if they have free play. Would it not stand to reason that play might also benefit our cats? Cats are not human, of course. They cannot … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Are Male Calico Cats So Rare?

Calico cats are lovely and unique. Even more unique is the fact that they are nearly always female. I can take advantage of my knowledge of this to impress my clients by correctly guessing the gender of their cat from a distance! Although it can make me seem magical, science makes my skill much less impressive. Why are male calico so rare? To answer this question, we have to first examine what calico is and why any cat has this … Read more

Are Cat Licks Really “Kitty Kisses” ?

When you are holding your cat, does she sometimes lick you? She is probably purring and rubbing on you at the same time.  We instinctively know that these behaviors are a good thing and indicate positive feelings, but have you even really wondered why? We cannot ask our cats (well we can..but they won’t answer) so we must turn to science for our answers. Many social animals have a behavioral repertoire of interactions, but cats have not typically been thought to be particularly social. However, … Read more

5 Things You Should Know About Your Cat’s Teeth

We know that teeth are important to our carnivorous cats, but there are a few specific things we should keep in mind. A little knowledge and diligence on our part can really make a huge difference to our cats, since it’s up to us to make sure they stay as healthy as possible. Below are 5 facts about your kitty’s teeth that are not only interesting, they can help you keep your cat’s mouth in tip-top shape. 1. Cats don’t have many teeth. A … Read more

Ask A Vet: What Should I Do If My Cat Is Aggressive Toward A Particular Person?

One of the questions asked by a reader concerned a cat that becomes aggressive to a particular person (in this case, the cat belongs to one woman and attacks her mother). I cannot say for sure what exactly is going on with this individual cat, but I can give some general advice about managing aggression in cats. Aggression toward a human is a very serious issue. This type of aggression is called human directed aggression and it is characterized by … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Cat Seem Drawn to “Non-Cat People”?

Everyone has that one friend. You know, the one that hates cats or is allergic to them? Cat lovers usually don’t have many friends like that. We feline aficionados usually choose friends who understand us and share our opinions. But there may have been an occasion when someone who was indifferent to cats needed to be in your home. What did your cat do? Sometimes when “non-cat people” enter the scene, it almost seems like cats are drawn to them. Cats … Read more

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