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

You know the smell of cat urine. It lingers long after you clean the box and if your cat pees on something else, you know right away. If you think about what urine is, you’ll realize that you can explain some of what you smell already. Urine is the byproduct of a body’s metabolism. It is literally made up of a body’s waste. When a cat’s body breaks down proteins, urea is produced. The urea is then excreted by the … Read more

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

Have you ever tried to feed your cat a new diet? Especially if it is different from her usual food? What did she do? People think that what seems palatable to humans will also be enticing for cats. But many cats seem to have very strict preferences about their diets. As a veterinarian, sometimes a diet change is a part of the therapy I give for certain disease processes, but my cat patients do not always cooperate. Almost every day, owners … Read more

From The Vet: 3 Easy Hacks To Help Your Cat Live Her Best Life

Cat owners make lots of decisions for their cats, from what they eat to how much they sleep. We all have the same joys and the same concerns. We are also only human and we love to find the “easy button.” We want to know secrets and tips and that is where the term “hack” was born. There are a few easy hacks that you can do to make your cat’s life easier and better…maybe even save it! 1. Filter their … Read more

From The Vet: 3 Things You Must Know About Your Cat’s Butt

Cats seem to always have their rears in our face (see Why Does My Cat Put Her Rear In My Face?), but have you ever really thought about it? We love our cats from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tails, but we do not give much thought to cat butts… until there is a problem. All animals have a digestive tract and the anus/surrounding area are called the perineum. The anus is the conclusion of … Read more

From The Vet: 5 Odd Cat Behaviors Demystified

Your cat is your friend and your housemate, but he is not so far removed genetically from his early feline ancestors. Cats do some odd things, and if you really think about their roots as felines, you can see that these behaviors are just a part of what makes them unique and fun. Here are 5 odd cat behaviors, explained. 1. Why do cats rub their faces on things? There may be many reasons why cats do this.  First, in an interaction … Read more