Educational Articles

Cats + Care & Wellness

  • Sedatives are prescription medications that should only be administered to healthy animals. If your cat's veterinary appointment is for a routine wellness examination, your veterinarian may prescribe a sedative if your cat's stress is severe.

  • The purpose of the microchips used for pets is to provide a form of permanent identification. These microchip implants are called RFID tags, (Radio Frequency Identification). They are tiny, virtually painless to implant, and dramatically increase the odds that a lost cat will be returned to his family.

  • Moving into a new residence may be one of the most stressful events in anyone's life. It is important that you prepare your cat prior to moving into a new home to reduce their anxiety and minimize the problems that can result. Cats are very territorial and may have problems accepting a new house as their home.

  • Neutering and castration are the common terms used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically as orchidectomy or orchiectomy during which both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male cat. Neutering is recommended to prevent urine marking and other territorial behavior including roaming and fighting with other cats that increases the risk of contracting disease. This procedure is recommended to be performed around 6 months of age when puberty is beginning. No adverse effects are noted following neutering; however it is important to remember that metabolism does decrease after the procedure, so diet will need to be adjusted accordingly to prevent inappropriate weight gain.

  • Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative disease of the joints. It is one of the most common chronic diseases that affect cats. By some estimates, 90% of cats over the age of 10 are affected by OA. Nutraceuticals are food or food products that reportedly produce health benefits. Nutraceuticals that are beneficial in cats with osteoarthritis include omega 3 fatty acids, microlactin, and ASU. It is important to discuss supplement use with your veterinarian to determine the best ones for your cat.

  • Obesity is the most common preventable disease in cats affecting up to 50% of the North American cat population. Obesity contributes to disease including diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and cancer causing a decreased lifespan. Obesity can be controlled with diet and exercise plans. Regular visits to the veterinarian for body condition assessment and weight checks are crucial to weight loss as is maintaining the recommended dietary intake.

  • Obesity is a very common problem in cats and leads to many health problems, including an increased risk of diabetes mellitus, heart disease and cancers of all types. Extra body fat causes increased inflammation in the body, worsening osteoarthritis. If there is already evidence of osteoarthritis, reducing inflammation and pain will help encourage your cat to become more active, which will speed up appropriate weight loss. Obesity can be prevented or reversed by being aware of calorie intake, body condition, and exercise.

  • Obesity is a very common problem in cats due to too many calories in and not enough calories burned. Extra body fat causes increased inflammation in the body, worsening osteoarthritis. To prevent your cat from becoming obese, speak to your veterinarian about appropriate food for your cat's particular life stage. Including exercise in your cat's daily routine can help prevent or reverse obesity. Be aware or your cat's body condition and keep track of her weight.

  • As all cat owners know, cats are NOT small dogs! And when it comes to pain and pain management, this is certainly true. Fortunately for cats and the people who love them, veterinarians have made excellent progress in understanding cat pain and how to manage it.

  • Palliative care and hospice have become an important part of end-of-life care in human medicine, and they're becoming more important and common in veterinary medicine.