Educational Articles

Cats + Care & Wellness

  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a virus that infects cats only. There is no treatment for FeLV, therefore, preventing infection through vaccination is highly recommended. Testing prior to vaccination is needed to ensure the cat is not already infected with FeLV, as it offers no protection to an infected cat. A small few cats may experience a mild reaction to the FeLV vaccine, but the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.

  • The internet covers a lot of terrain and includes vast amounts of knowledge. Unfortunately, copious amounts of information doesn’t always equate to accurate information. While we know that the internet is a great source of information, we must also realize that it can be a source of misinformation. So how do you know what internet sources you should trust when it comes to finding information on pets and pet care?

  • A tiny tear in a tiny nail on a single toe on a single foot can be the source of excruciating pain.

  • Even though cats usually land on their feet, they can still sustain injuries when they fall.

  • The tail is an important part of the feline anatomy and is actually an extension of the spine. The wagging tail is a communication tool in the feline world, so a cat that doesn’t wag his tail is an indication that something might be wrong. Common tail injuries in the cat include abrasions, lacerations, fractured tail, and nerve damage.

  • Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Since felines find insects interesting, they sniff at them, and if they stick their nose where it doesn’t belong, they may get a quick reprimand that could be fatal.

  • Although most limps need veterinary attention, there are a few first aid measures you can perform at home if your cat begins to hobble around.

  • Although lowly in position, your cat’s feet occupy a top spot in importance. How can a cat navigate the world without the support of four healthy feet? Healthy foot pads are crucial, so injuries need prompt attention.

  • Successful flight with a cat begins long before the day of travel. It requires planning and preparation in order to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both you and your cat.

  • Unfortunately, our pets do not live as long as we do. When the time comes to say goodbye, we experience feelings and emotions that sometimes embarrass us, and often confuse us. These feelings actually follow a well-recognized cycle, with stages of mourning and grief that are universal and are experienced by everyone to a greater or lesser extent following the loss of a loved one, be it a person or a pet. If you feel particularly vulnerable or feel that you are having difficulty with the mourning cycle, do not be afraid to discuss this with your family doctor or your veterinarian.