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 Is My Cat Sneezing?

A sneeze is a reflex that occurs when something triggers tiny receptors in our noses to blast out air and expel contaminants. Anything that can act irritating can trigger the response. Cats are like people in that the same types of things can trigger a sneeze. These things can be airborne contaminants (like smoke), allergens (allergic rhinitis) and even infectious particles. Any cat can sneeze occasionally and it is not particularly concerning, but if they do it more than just … Read more

The REAL Reason Cats Knead Will Warm Your Heart

You have your cat on your lap and he is purring with his paws on your thigh. He is rubbing on you with his motor running and his toes are flexing and extending in a slow repetition. This opening and closing of his toes in a rhythmic way is called kneading. It is very relaxing and makes you feel good. That’s because somehow you know what kneading signifies. But why do cats really do this? This behavior is simpler than … Read more

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

Arthritis (more accurately, osteoarthritis or OA) is irritation of the joints and is a painful and common disease. Any creature with bones and joints is at risk. There is even more risk in cases where there have been bone and joint injuries or excessive use.  Normal wear and tear and aging changes can lead to osteoarthritis.  Ask any person older than 40 and you will probably hear reports of joint popping and stiffness.  The fact is…arthritis seems to be very … Read more

Ask A Vet: Why Does Cat Poop Smell So Bad?

Everyone who has ever walked by a litter box containing a fresh stool deposit knows that pungent and distinctive smell. All excrement smells foul, but cat poop is recognizable and uniquely horrible. Have you ever given the stench any thought?   Poop smells bad no matter what species it comes from. It stands to reason that waste would be like trash to a body, the stuff it cannot use and needs to get rid of. The organic material in our own … Read more