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Vetting Your Cat Veterinarian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane Ehrlich   
Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

You check the references of your physicians. You check the references of a person who does home repair. You want to know their experience, their background, who recommends them and why.

When I researched how much feline behavior veterinarians received in their DVM curricula, I was unhappily surprised.  Even in the best universities, most (few) classes were only possible for postgraduate work. You could get as much information on sugar gliders and goats as on cats’ mental and emotional life. Odd, that in a country where the most popular domestic pet is now the cat--and where more households have two cats, rather than one...

It’s your fur-baby. You want someone well-versed in feline behavior, as well as physiognomy, whether obtained through coursework or experience through personal interest.   This is about evaluating the practitioner, not the practice.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 16:56
Types of Aggression in Cats - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane Ehrlich   
Monday, 06 April 2015 22:53

Whap! Snarl! Hiss! Chase! Scrabblescramble. Cry!   STOP IT!  ISAIDSTOPPIT!

Who hasn’t been there?  Anyone who hasn’t had more than one cat.

Aggression trails only soiling outside the box as the big behavior problem. And, until you figure out the type of aggression, it can be hard to stop it.

The good news: you can. There are several distinct kinds. Sure, it ends up the same way: someone gets hurt: you or another cat. However, the more you know about why the skirmish is happening, the better you can manage the situation. Several of the most common types include:            

Treat Your Cats to Healthy Teeth during #CatDentalMonth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

If you’re anything like me, you hate going to the dentist. I’m not sure where my deep-rooted (pardon the pun) fear originated, but I’ve somehow transferred my dental nightmares onto my pets. Since February is #PetDentalHealth month, we teamed up with PetSmart® to discuss dental care for cats.

As an adult, I know the best way to avoid the dentist is to avoid any dental problems. That means maintenance - for me and my pets. We do this through regular brushing and (more easily) through treats and chews (low-calorie, of course!).

In the wild, cats naturally cleanse their teeth and prevent tooth decay by ripping and slicing helps to naturally keep teeth clean. But in this day and age, it’s rare that a cat hunts more than catnip toys.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:14
Cats: Treats vs. Poison Infographic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

As you know, we work very hard to bring you the latest updates on anything that could impact your pet's health, particularly when it comes to foods.

A cat's digestive system is very complex. They lack specific enzymes to properly process foods that you and I would find easy to digest. Cats are obligate carnivores and must receive a percentage of protein in their diet every day. In fact, many cats do incredibly well on a raw diet because of this difference.

Recently, VetMedic asked us to help us send this informative graphic out to you and we thought it was a great idea for all of our readers to have this pinned to their refrigerator! Read on for a fun and informative info-graphic that clearly shows what types of "people food" and "table scraps" are safe for your cats, and which ones you should avoid completely!

We also take a moment to explain how to choose a bone that your cat can gnaw on during the day. As you know, gnawing promotes healthy teeth and gums (particularly important during Pet Dental Month!

Please share. That's how we get information out and how we can educate others about safe foods for cats.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 February 2015 23:10
New Litterbox Zaps Bacteria, Germs and Odor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

There is finally a new product on the way to market that is truly revolutionary. I think when you see what this product does, you'll be as excited as I am to have one in your home.

For years, litterboxes have been the bane of a cat owner's existence. Destroying litterbox odors, eliminating eggs from worms and parasites, and eliminating germs and bacteria are the critical areas that technology has not been able to improve on.

Until now. Inventor and long-time cat-owner Stewart Lovenvirth, has developed a revolutionary cat litter box, titled LitterZap, which has been proven to be safe, sanitary and disease-free. The model utilizes powerful bursts of UV-C light to eradicate bacteria lurking in and around your pets litter box. Here are the highlights:

  • Eliminates flea, tick and lice eggs.
  • Eliminates hookworm, roundworm and other creepy crawlies.
  • Eliminates germs, viruses, bacteria, parasites and reduces odor.
  • Increases life of litter by 25-30%.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 14:33
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