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  • Cat ‘Breast Cancer’: Mammary Disease

    Did you know that cats can suffer from something very similar to human breast cancer -- and that it can be just as serious?

  • Best Practices for Bathing Your Cat

    Everyone knows cats are afraid of water ... but where does that leave you if your cat really needs a bath? Read on to find out.

  • The 5 Easiest Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy

    To ensure that your cat lives a long and healthy life (or nine), check out our five easy steps to promoting feline wellness.

  • How Cats Interact With Us

    Cats are an important part of the family but it's vital we learn to respect their need for space

  • Improve Your Cat’s Visit to the Vet

    Want to make veterinary visits pain-free for both you and your cat? Here, expert advice. Plus, veterinarians provide advice for other veterinarians.

  • Insure Your Kitty's Health

    All health care decisions for your cat should be based on your veterinarian's recommendations, but they can be influenced by the cost of treatment. Here are a few good questions to ask before you settle on a pet insurance provider.

  • Top 5 Ways to Improve Life for Your Senior Cat

    Aging is inevitable, but it doesn't need to diminish your cat's quality of life. Here are five ways to make the most out of your pet's senior years.

  • When to Feed Cats a High-calorie Diet

    The world is full of corpulent cats, but some felines need an extra calorie boost, such as cats with dental problems or those that are recovering from illness.

  • How to Prevent 5 Common Cat Illnesses

    As the axiom goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are tips to prevent some of the most common cat health problems.

  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy in 2012

    If you made health resolutions for the new year, why not include your cat’s wellness in this plan? Ensure your cat’s good health by following these recommendations.

  • Cat Cancer Study Sheds Light on Human Cancer

    New research on cancer in cats reveals patterns of disease development that could apply to humans as well.

  • Top 10 $1,000 Cat Health Insurance Claims

    Find out which top 10 pet medical conditions cost cat owners $1,000 or more.

  • Cat Food Ingredients for Good Health

    Cat food with just the right balance of a special ingredient can literally make your cat shine with the glow of good health.

  • When to Feed Cats a High-calorie Diet

    The world is full of corpulent cats, but some felines need an extra calorie boost, such as cats with dental problems or those that are recovering from illness.

  • How to Manage Your Cat’s Health Care

    A new survey shows that the recession has affected cat care. Advance planning can help you to save money and provide proper medical support for your pet.

  • Cat ‘Breast Cancer’: Mammary Disease

    Did you know that cats can suffer from something very similar to human breast cancer -- and that it can be just as serious?

  • Spring 2012 Flea and Tick Care for Cats

    Fleas and ticks are out in force during the spring. Here are some of the latest products and techniques for dealing with these pesky and often dangerous parasites.

  • The Lowdown on Low pH in Cat Food

    Cats -- especially seniors -- may suffer from bathroom issues, such as calcium crystal formation in urine. The food you feed your pet can help make sure what goes in comes out the way it should.

  • Easy Exercises for Your Cat

    I'm going to the Olympics this year as a guest and am trying to get in shape beforehand, but what about my cat, which is staying at home? Are there exercises I can encourage it to do that will tone certain muscles?

  • Common Eye Problems in Cats

    Cats share many eye problems with humans. Be on the lookout for these common cat eye health issues.

  • A Night in the Life of an Emergency Pet Hospital Vet

    Follow the action-packed happenings at an emergency pet hospital, through the eyes of a veterinarian.

  • Caring for Cats With Sensitive Stomachs

    Does your cat have certain digestive sensitivities? You can sooth them by feeding your feline special-formula foods.

  • Are You Protecting Your Cat’s Health?

    Take our quiz to find out if you're doing all that you can to safeguard your cat's health.

  • Can a Pain Management Center Help Your Cat?

    Is your cat suffering from pain due to injury, age or illness? Veterinary centers specializing in treating your cat's aches and pains may be able to help.

  • How to Recognize Feline Non-recognition Aggression

    What is feline non-recognition aggression? I think it may be happening in my home, but I can't be sure.

  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy in 2012

    If you made health resolutions for the new year, why not include your cat's wellness in this plan? Ensure your cat's good health by following these recommendations.

  • When to Feed Cats a High-calorie Diet

    The world is full of corpulent cats, but some felines need an extra calorie boost, such as cats with dental problems or those that are recovering from illness.

  • Cat Cancer Study Sheds Light on Human Cancer

    New research on cancer in cats reveals patterns of disease development that could apply to humans as well.

  • Is Water From a Christmas Tree Stand Harmful to Cats?

    Every year, I worry about my cat drinking water out of my Christmas tree stand. How can I prevent any potential problems?

  • What Is a Normal Body Temperature for Cats?

    Why is my cat's body temperature higher than what's normal for humans? Does this higher temperature affect its behavior in any way?

  • Healthy Nutrition for Your Senior Cat

    Foods for an active senior cat can promote healthy digestion and help improve immune response, all while fueling your cat's busy day. Here's what to look for.

  • Cat ‘Breast Cancer’: Mammary Disease

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we support those affected by the disease. But did you know that cats can suffer from something very similar to human breast cancer -- and that it can be just as serious?

  • Coping With the Loss of a Cat

    The death of a beloved pet can be devastating. Here, experts offer suggestions on how to cope during this difficult time.

  • The Dangers and Risks for Outdoor Cats

    A new study on cats that live at least part of their lives outdoors reveals surprising dangers. Learn why indoor-only is best for your pet.

  • How Can I Keep My Cat Properly Hydrated?

    My frisky cat often tips over her water bowl. Even when she doesn't, the water gets warm during hot summer days. How can I make sure my cat behaves herself and has quality water to drink, even when I'm not at home?

  • Organizations That Feed Cats When Owners Can’t

    Tree House Humane Society, Florida's Animal Pantry and other organizations help feed the cats of owners facing economic and health challenges.

  • Mother’s Milk Influences Kitten Food

    Did you know that high-quality kitten chow often contains nutrients that naturally occur in a mother cat's milk? Find out what your kitten needs to grow big and strong.

  • Cat Survivors of Japan’s Earthquakes and Tsunami

    While coverage of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan leaned toward the rescue effort of people, many forget that these natural disasters threaten pets as well. Here, rescuers share stories about the cats that were saved.

  • Pregnant Cat Care

    Did you recently celebrate Mother's Day with friends or family? This should be a reminder that cat mothers deserve special attention too. Find out how to best support a cat mom-to-be.

  • Who Works at Your Cat’s Veterinary Office?

    Do you know the difference between a veterinarian, a veterinary assistant and a veterinary technician? All of these individuals, and more, may work at your local vet's office.

  • Why Healthy Cats Sometimes Act Sick

    New research explains why even healthy cats may exhibit what veterinarians call "sickness behaviors."

  • Protect Your Cat’s Teeth From Disease

    In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, veterinarians share tips on improving your cat's "smile" while also preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other periodontal ailments.

  • Veterinary Trend: Cat-only Clinics

    Some veterinarians are now working in or opening cat-only clinics. Here are the benefits and values of these clinics that you should consider.

  • Cat Food That Maintains Healthy Digestion

    Ingredients in your cat's food may be the simple solution to its digestive issues. Veterinarians share the best diet tips for
    healthy digestion.

  • Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Cat Owners

    New and longtime cat owners often overlook their pets when making new year’s resolutions. This year, try these changes that will benefit your cat.

  • Is Your Cat at Risk for Diabetes?

    As cat diabetes is on the rise, November is now dedicated to bringing awareness to diabetes in humans and pets. Here are the symptoms to watch out for in your cat.

  • Keep Your Cat Healthy This Halloween

    Thirteen may be the spookiest number, but you’ll appreciate these 13 tips for keeping your cat safe and happy this Halloween.

  • Help Shelter Cats Even if You Can’t Adopt

    Are you allergic to cats, or do you already have a house full of cats? From shooting photos and videos to sponsoring cats in need, you can still help homeless pets.

  • How to Know Your Cat’s Vet Needs

    It’s becoming more common for cat owners to use the Internet and other resources in diagnosing feline health problems, but when is a vet visit the only answer?

  • Help Your Cat Go Green at Mealtime

    Are you actively “green” or looking to become more eco-friendly? Make a positive impact on the environment, starting with your cat’s food and its packaging.

  • Ringworm: The Leading Cause of Cat Skin Disease

    Ringworm has recently shown up at several animal shelters, but can be difficult to spot or diagnose. Here’s how you can prevent this tenacious skin disease from affecting your cat.

  • 7 Food Ingredients for Your Cat’s Health

    Some cat foods are now specially formulated to protect your cat against common health problems.

  • Top 10 Questions for Your Cat’s Veterinarian

    Make the most out of your cat’s next veterinary visit by knowing the right questions to ask.

  • Improve Cat Veterinary Office Visits

    Want to make veterinary visits pain-free for both you and your cat? Here, expert advice. Plus, veterinarians provide advice for other veterinarians.

  • Prebiotics Support Your Cat’s Inner Strength

    Have you read the latest research findings about prebiotics? We’ll fill you in, since prebiotics are now available in both wet and dry cat food.

  • Are Tick and Flea Control Products Safe?

    The EPA recently announced that it has developed stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick products for your cat. If the EPA is worried, should you be too?

  • Drug Recalls Put Spotlight on Cat Anesthesia Safety

    Two commonly used veterinary drugs were recently recalled after the reported deaths of at least five cats. Find out which drugs were pulled and why careful anesthesia of cats is so important.

  • Celebrate ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’

    It’s Be Kind to Animals Week, a time to celebrate your cat and promote treating all animals humanely. Here are some ways you can show your cat why it’s loved and treasured.

  • Erase Your Cat’s Carbon Footprint

    This Earth Day week, reduce the impact of your cat’s products, food and more on the environment. Before long, your feline will leave a near-invisible carbon footprint on the planet.

  • Why Your Cat Won’t Eat

    Is your cat finicky to the point that it’s showing a loss of appetite? This can signal a number of problems, but all can be prevented and treated.

  • Does Your Cat Need a Psychiatrist?

    Veterinary behaviorist Kenneth Martin has seen it all, from cat anxiety to feline winter blues. Learn what this cat “psychiatrist” treats and if your pet might be a candidate for his interventions.

  • The Easiest Way to Assess Your Cat’s Health

    What’s one of the first symptoms of illness in your cat? A rise or drop in your cat’s body temperature. Here’s what the numbers may mean.

  • Veterinary Education Goes Global

    U.S. health care is often compared with that of other countries, but what about U.S. veterinary care? A global approach could be just what the veterinarian-in-training ordered.

  • Cat Flu Truths and Myths

    Now that we know cats can get infected with H1N1, should you worry about catching this, or any, influenza virus from your pet? Find out the truth about cat flu.

  • Multi-cat Food Explained

    You’re probably wondering what the term “multi-cat” on pet food labels is referring to exactly. This food product may be the best choice for your felines.

  • Declawing Cats: Risky Procedure or Simple Manicure?

    Declawing remains a controversial yet common procedure for cats. Should it be banned, or do the benefits ever outweigh the associated health risks?

  • Become a Health Detective for Your Cat

    Want to quickly spot signs of illness in your cat? We’ve uncovered the key symptoms to look -- and listen -- for.

  • How Veterinary Formula Cat Foods Work

    Are you concerned about your cat’s health? New veterinary formula therapeutic cat foods may be the answer to your worries.

  • Are Generic Drugs Safe for Cats?

    Find out if generic medications are a safe savings or a potential health risk for your cat.

  • Top 5 Summer Cat Health Concerns

    Summertime usually means easy living, but for your cat, it could mean a multitude of health concerns. Look out for these five problems that can surface during summer.

  • Go Green for Your Cat's Health

    An eco-friendly lifestyle doesn't just benefit the Earth: It can make you and your cat healthier. Here are some steps to get started.

  • Cat Food Prebiotics Promote Good Health

    Have you heard of prebiotics? These components, present in select human and cat foods, contain important benefits for your cat.

  • Choosing a Veterinarian

    It's often a daunting task finding a veterinarian to meet the needs of your pet and you. Check out our checklist to narrow down your search.

  • Cat Food for Life

    Cat foods target different life stages, but how do you know when it's time to switch? We've got the answers, and reasons why your food choices could lower veterinary bills.

  • Hidden Causes of Cat Allergies

    We often hear about human pet allergies, but can cats share similar signs and symptoms? Identifying what is bothering your pet is the first step to improving its home life.

  • Miracle Cat Cure

    You and your cat might be on pins and needles just thinking about acupuncture, but this treatment could be exactly what the veterinarian ordered.

  • Is Secondhand Smoke Killing Your Cat?

    Think twice before you or your friends light up near your cat. Veterinarians are now reporting a disturbing new link between secondhand smoke and cat diseases.

  • The New Cat Urinary Health Problem Preventive

    Cat food now does more than provide nutrition: It can guard your cat against urinary tract health issues and lower your veterinary bill.

  • Top Cat Health Concerns in Spring

    Springtime brings sunnier days and flowers, but also parasites, bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Safeguard your cat against five of spring's most common health threats.

  • Flu Season for Cats

    Can kitty catch your flu? Maybe not, but it can get "cat flu" and other respiratory tract illness, unless you help prevent cat wheezes and sneezes.

  • Preventing Feline Wintertime Blues

    Ever feel like the bleak winter brings you down? Your cat might be affected, too! Luckily, you can improve your kitty's seasonal slump.

  • Five Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors

    Do you let your cat out to roam? Here are five good reasons why your kitty should stay indoors this winter -- and always.

  • How Minor Cat Health Issues Become Major

    Your cat's bad breath, excessive meowing or tubby tummy could turn into major health problems. Here are warning signs you should never ignore.

  • Indoor Living Changes Cat Food Needs

    Most experts agree that indoor living promotes a happier, healthier existence for your cat, but this literal lap of luxury can change your pet's food requirements. Learn why your cat may need food specially formulated for indoor kitties.

  • New Recipes Transform Canned Cat Food

    If variety is the spice of life, then today's canned cat food is red hot, given all of the choices now available. Find out how new flavor combinations, textures, marinades and more could make your feline meow for seconds.

  • How to Strengthen Your Cat's Immunity

    Your cat's immune system can be its best defense against warding off germs and disease. By following just four steps, you can help to boost your cat's immunity.

  • Six Health Problems Targeted by Cat Food

    New cat foods could protect your pet from six of the most common kitty health problems. Find out what these problems are and learn how what your cat eats today might affect its future health.

  • When Hairballs Become Hazardous

    Most cats cough up fur balls from time to time, but did you know that hairballs can be fatal? Learn how they may endanger your pet and find out ways you can help to prevent them in the first place.

  • Cat Foods Go Natural

    Your farmers market purchases may start to resemble the ingredients in kitty's dinner, with the emergence of more of high-quality, natural ingredients in pet food.

  • From Cat Lover to Loving Volunteer

    Volunteering for an animal shelter can provide rewarding and memorable experiences. Volunteer Natalia Macrynikola shares a page from her diary, along with tips on how to make the most out of helping out at a pet shelter.

  • Cat Summertime Disease Safeguards

    You love summer's long days and warm weather -- and so do disease-causing parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and heartworm, which could pose a threat to your feline's health.

  • Human Panel Judges Cat Food

    A wine connoisseur has just introduced a new method of evaluating cat food: a tasting panel with a human touch.

  • Ensure Curiosity Doesn't Kill Your Cat

    The phrase "curiosity killed the cat" may hold some truth, since felines are known to sometimes be too inquisitive for their own good. Find out what steps you can take to safeguard your investigative friend.

  • Keep Your Cat Cool This Summer

    Be sure your favorite feline is a "cool cat" this summer, since extreme heat can pose serious health risks.

  • The Feline Food Pyramid

    While we may rely on the familiar food pyramid for our daily needs, the pyramid isn't just for people. Learn what nutrients and foods kitty needs to lead its healthiest life.

  • Help for House Cats

    Although experts confirm that indoor cats fare better than their counterparts, it's still possible for felines to have excitement and stimulation without leaving home.

  • Brush up on Feline Oral Care

    Dental health doesn't just affect your cat's mouth. Tooth and gum problems can affect your pet's heart function, chances of developing an infection and more.

  • Protecting Your Home From Fleas

    Battling these little parasites can be a quite a challenge. But a surprising new study has found that the deadliest weapon against fleas isn't in poisons, pesticides or even kitty shampoo -- and it's probably already in your hall closet.

  • Common Cat Health Myths -- Debunked!

    Myths are traditional stories that are accepted as fact, with many century-old tall tales about cat health issues going unchecked. Now, The Daily Cat uncovers the truths and misconceptions about your cat so you are in-the-know about your favorite feline.

  • Is Feline Diabetes Becoming An Epidemic?

    Is your cat a diabetes candidate? Diabetes among cats is on the rise, to the point where some veterinarians are calling it a new epidemic. What could be causing the increasing number of diagnoses, and is your cat at risk for developing diabetes?

  • DNA Findings Will Revolutionize Cat Health

    The domestic cat genome was recently sequenced. Find out what feline mysteries have already been solved through DNA testing, and what you can do to preserve your kitty's genetic coding for the future.

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  • Is Grass Healthy for Your Cat?

    You may have seen your cat nibble on some fresh grass from time to time -- but is it healthy for her?

  • Houseplants vs. Your Cat

    If you're a nature lover, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind before bringing plants and flowers into your home ... and in close contact with your cat.

  • Take Control of Cat Hair

    Free yourself from the cat hair conundrum with these simple solutions

  • Fat Cats: Why Your Cat’s Weight

    Obesity is not only a growing problem for humans, but it is also becoming an increasing health concern for cats. Here, learn what the risks associated with cat obesity are and how to prevent it, from portion control to treat habits, and when to seek veterinary help.

  • Hidden Household Cat Poisons

    Common household items you may have never even thought about could be toxic for your cat.

  • Are you obsessed with your cat?

    Could you be spending too much time with your kitty?

  • How to Exercise Your Cat

    Cats need exercise too! While it's easy to get a dog to be more active by walking it more, you can use these tips to sneak some fitness into your cat's sedentary lifestyle.

  • Hidden Causes of Cat Obesity

    While overfeeding is the primary source of obesity in cats, it's not the only one.

  • Emergency Medical Cat Care at Your Fingertips

    If your cat gets sick at midnight and you're not sure if it needs to see a vet right away, do you go to the ER or go to the Internet? Dr. Jessica Vogelsang picks her favorite websites for advice and explains why it's important to know who you're talking to online.

  • Keep Your Cat Calm During Storms

    If your cat is one of many that react poorly to thunder and lightning, try these tips to keep it relaxed.

  • The Reason Behind Cat Urine-marking

    My adult female cat has been spayed, but she seems to urine-mark every so often. Is that possible?

  • Here’s what you’ll need in your starter kit for your new kitten

    Before you bring home your new ball of fur, be sure you have all the essentials in place.

  • Exercises for Your Overweight Cat

    Fat cats can get in better shape with your creative help. Here's how to help your cat get back to good health

  • Should I Substitute My Cat’s Dinner with Extra Protein?

    Some cat owners consider using vitamins or supplements to up their kitty's intake of protein. Is that a good idea?

  • Why Your Cat Should Never Be a Vegetarian

    Cats need meat in their diets, no matter what. Here's why.

  • Pregnancy, Babies and Cats

    If you're a newly pregnant woman, should you be worried about your cat?

  • Optimal Protein Requirements for Cats at Different Life Stages

    Kittens, adult cats and seniors have different protein needs. Learn what’s best for your pet.

  • Rabies on the Rise

    Rabies remains a threat to both cats and humans. Here are ways you can stay vigilant.

  • Pregnancy, Babies and Cats

    If you’re a newly pregnant woman, should you be worried about your cat?

  • Calling the Shots

    Deciding how and why to vaccinate your cat is a tricky proposition.

  • How Protein Powers Cat Muscles

  • Cat Skin Problems

    Skin problems can afflict cats for a number of reasons, from allergies to infection. The first step in treatment is recognizing the problem and looking for causes as well as ways to alleviate the symptoms.

  • How to Exercise Your Cat

    Cats need exercise too! While it’s easy to get a dog to be more active by walking it more, you can use these tips to sneak some fitness into your cat’s sedentary lifestyle.

  • How do Cats Handle Pain?

    While cats may have a reputation for having nine lives, that doesn't mean they are immune to pain. But do they have a higher pain threshold than humans do?

  • Cat Therapy

    Cat therapy is gaining popularity as scientific research proves what cat owners have known for years: that cats are good for our heath.

  • Cat Therapy

    Cat therapy is gaining popularity as scientific research proves what cat owners have known for years: that cats are good for our heath.

  • Fat Cats: Why Your Cat’s Weight Matters

    Obesity is not only a growing problem for humans, but it is also becoming an increasing health concern for cats. Here, learn what the risks associated with cat obesity are and how to prevent it, from portion control to treat habits, and when to seek veterinary help.

  • Fat Cats: Why Your Cat’s Weight Matters

    Obesity is not only a growing problem for humans, but it is also becoming an increasing health concern for cats. Here, learn what the risks associated with cat obesity are and how to prevent it, from portion control to treat habits, and when to seek veterinary help.

  • Prescriptions to Go for Your Cat

    Ordering medicine for your cat is now a snap, but are there any drawbacks?

  • How to Help Keep an Aging Cat Healthy

    As your cat gets older, it may need some changes in lifestyle and diet to stay healthy.

  • New Pain Medication for Cats

    A new pain medication about to hit U.S. veterinary markets has the cat world talking. Is this new drug right for your cat?

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Cats

    Cats may not put pen to paper this New Year's, but here are some resolutions your pet should contemplate.

  • Top 3 Apps for Cats

    The rise of the smartphone and tablet has led to some innovative applications that can help to keep your cat healthy. I've selected my top three favorites.

  • Caring for Your Arthritic Cat

    With cold weather approaching, senior cats often start to feel the ache of arthritis. Here’s what to do to help your pet.

  • Allergies: Caring for Your Cat This Fall

    Many owners are under the impression that allergies only happen in the spring and summer. Not true!

  • Summer Cat Care

    As the temperature climbs during summer, it's essential that you protect your cat from the hottest days.

  • Essential Summer Safety Tips for Cats

    Are you keeping your cat safe during the heat of summer? Follow these easy tips during the summer season to protect your cat from overheating.

  • Newest Flea Products for Cats

    Check out three of the latest flea-control products to help stop your cat from itching.

  • Can You Recognize Feline Diabetes?

    Cats have the ability to mask the signs of illness far longer than one would suspect, which is why very subtle changes in behavior and activity could be indicators of a serious disease.

  • How Your Cat’s Diet Affects Its Dental Health

    Dental health is difficult enough for us humans to maintain, even with our regular brushings. It's no wonder that so many cats suffer from advanced tooth decay.

  • How to Litter-box Train Your Cat

    If you make the unpleasant discovery that your cat is using the house for a litter box, here’s how to prevent this behavior in the future.

  • Importance of L-carnitine

    The label of your high-quality cat food may list L-carnitine as an ingredient. What is this nutrient, and why is it important?

  • The Silent Ache: Osteoarthritis

    Did you know cats can be affected by the symptoms of arthritis? Several studies put the incidence of arthritic changes in cats over 10 years of age at a staggering 90 percent.

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