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Get Cats Microchipped

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Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to keep them indoors, cats may find their way out of the house. A door or window may be accidentally left open, or a cat may dart past your legs as you walk in. Get all pets, even indoor ones,...

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Don’t Ignore Symptoms

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As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s better to be hyper-vigilant about any changes in your cat’s behavior then to assume a new symptom will just go away on its own, the doctors...

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Tap Their Water Instincts

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Cats need access to fresh clean water at all times. This you probably know. But you might not realize a simple tweak in how you provide the water can help your cat stay better hydrated. Because cats originated as desert animals, they’re...

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Don't Skip Dental Care

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Dental issues can cause a host of medical problems—everything from painful lesions to abscesses to infections, Olson says. If left unchecked, dental diseases can also lead to kidney and heart problems, Morgan says. Cleanings,...

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Clean the Litter Box Every Day

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Another part of your daily cat care ritual should be mindfully cleaning the litter pan. This will keep your house smelling fresher and allow you to immediately notice any changes in bowel or urine habits, Morgan says. Call your vet...

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Groom Your Kitty Daily

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Not only does a regular brushing keep your cat’s coat shiny, it also allows you to get familiar with her body and immediately recognize any changes in shape, texture, or tenderness, Morgan says. Call your vet if you notice any new...

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Encourage Mental Stimulation

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In addition to helping her stay svelte, exercise and play can also prevent stress, resulting in happier and healthier cats, the doctors say. “Indoor kitties definitely live longer, but they need to be able to perform typical cat behaviors,...

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Watch Their Weight

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An overweight cat is an unhealthy cat, the doctors agree. Carrying a few extra pounds can lead to a host of health conditions, including liver problems, diabetes, and arthritis. Being overweight also puts unnecessary stress on an animal’s...

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Feed Them Appropriately (and Watch Them Eat)

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To help your cat live her best life, she needs a high-moisture, species-appropriate diet, Morgan says. Feed her wet and dry food, as kibble alone won’t do the trick. Morgan and Olson also stress that cats are natural carnivores who...

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Keep Your Cat Indoors

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Keeping your cat indoors is one of the easiest ways to help her lead a long and happy life, Olson says. She’s less likely to be exposed to traumas, like being hit by a car, and toxins, like a tasty puddle of antifreeze. She’s...

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Go to the Vet

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Regular wellness exams and routine lab tests can help veterinarians find and treat many life-threatening health conditions before they become a problem. They’re especially important for cats, who are excellent at hiding when they’re...

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11 Ways to Help Your Cat Live Longer

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By Helen Anne Travis As the emergency veterinary medicine team leader at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Dr. Sonja Olson says she’s seen too many cats wind up in the emergency room with life-threatening injuries and health conditions...

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11 Ways to Help Your Cat Live Longer

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While there will always be factors beyond our control, there are precautions we can take to protect our cats from sickness and stress, diseases, and dangerous situations. Here are 11 things you can start doing for your cat today to help her live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

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Animal Abuse During Hurricane Irma: Pets Left Behind in the Storm

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Hurricane Irma was a devastating, Categoery 5 storm that left a path of death and destruction in theCaribbean and the United States. While thousands of prepared pet parents did the right thing and ensured their beloved animals either...

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Returning Home After a Hurricane: What Pet Parents Should Know

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The relentless one-two punch of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma forced millions of Americansand their pets to evacuate. ThoughHarvey has passed andIrma is tapering off, the recovery isjust beginning. As conditions allow, families...

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Declawing Can Result in Long-Term Problems for Cats

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As a licensed veterinary technician, I have seen the side effects of declawing cats—and they’re not pretty. Declawing, or onychectomy, is a severe surgical procedure in which the last bone of each toe (the third phalanx) is amputated. Many...

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What to Do If Your Cat Eats a Lizard or Frog

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By John Gilpatrick Cats, ever curious, will often stumble into trouble when allowed to explore outside. Trouble might take the form of a neighboring dog, a roaming racoon, or an infestation of fleas. In some parts of the United...

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Are Human Vitamins and Supplements Dangerous for Pets?

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By John Gilpatrick Dog and cat owners are always thinking about their pets’ nutrition. That’s because a diet packed with the appropriate amount of essential vitamins and minerals is one of the best and easiest ways to...

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Two Cats from the Same Household Have Guinness World Records

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It's a pretty rare and incredible thing to have one pet who finds himself in the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records, but it's nothing short of mind-blowing to have two pets achievesuch an impressive status. But that's...

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Cryptosporidiosis - “Crypto” - in Lizards

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Lizard owners need a lot of information to take care of their pets successfully. If you don’t know the latest about the potentially fatal disease called cryptosporidiosis or crypto, you may be putting your...

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Overgrown Teeth and Dental Issues in Chinchillas

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Chinchillas’ teeth, like those of other rodents, such as guinea pigs and degus, are open-rooted and grow continuously throughout their lives. Wild chinchillas have evolved...

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Meet the Parrotlets – A Large Parrot Packed in a Mini Body

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Despite their name, parrotlets are truly parrots. They are related to the larger, green Amazon parrots and have the Amazon’s big personality packed into a small frame. As...

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Cancer-Stricken Police Dog Receives Emotional Farewell

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Following a life of service, a brave and beautiful German Shepherd named Hunter was put to restafter being diagnosed with liver cancer. The 10-year-oldpolice K-9 received a hero's farewell fromhis owner, Officer Michael D’Aresta,...

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Avoid Supplements, with One Exception

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A lot of dog owners think adding some bone-building supplements to a dog’s diet helps, but the opposite might be true. “When a dog or a cat is provided with a complete and balanced diet with sufficient amounts of vitamin...

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Find Consistency in Exercise

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There’s no clear science behind the specific type, amount, and intensity of exercise that will strengthen a dog’s bones, Duerr says, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t rules worth following. “We don’t...

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