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Cat Care Center - Health

Cat Care Center - Health

Can You Give Cats Benadryl?
Can You Give Cats Benadryl?
Perhaps at some point, your veterinarian has recommended Benadryl for one of your pets. Or maybe you have heard of someone using it for their cat, and you’re wondering if you can safely give it to your kitty to make her a little sleepy before her next vet trip. Benadryl is a name-brand medication whose primary active ingredient is diphenhydramine, an antihistamine. Although it is not...
How to Find a Lost Cat
How to Find a Lost Cat
Losing a pet is more common than people realize. Around 15% of pet parents will lose their cat within the first five years after adopting their pet. It happens in the blink of an eye, despite your best intentions. As part of an emergency plan, it is important to know the steps to take to find your lost pet—time is crucial when it comes to your chances of finding your cat after they go missing....
Do Cats Burp?
Do Cats Burp?
Many people burp after eating a large meal or drinking a beverage. Dogs also routinely burp after drinking a lot of water on a hot summer day. But can cats burp? And if they can, does it mean something is wrong? Here’s what you should know about cat burping and what you should do if your cat burps. Is It Normal for a Cat to Burp?In a short answer, no. Cats are normally not going to let out a...
Why Is My Cat Drooling?
Why Is My Cat Drooling?
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if what your kitty is doing is normal cat behavior. For instance, you may wonder if your cat’s drooling is normal or something to be concerned about. Here are some reasons why cats drool and some signs to look for so you know when your cat’s drooling requires a vet visit. Is It Normal for Cats to Drool?Cats drooling when they are happy and relaxed, for...
Cat Spay Procedure and Aftercare
A spay, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, is a common procedure that is performed on female cats. Spaying is performed to sterilize cats, which means they can no longer have kittens.  There are many benefits to spaying your cat. Spaying prevents uterine infections (pyometra), significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer when performed before adulthood, and decreases behavior changes that...
Cat Tooth Extraction Recovery Guide
Dental disease in cats is a condition that shows up often in middle-aged cats. Since only 20% of a cat’s teeth can be seen during a normal physical examination, your cat should have complete oral health evaluations that are performed under general anesthesia.  Cat tooth removal may occur during a comprehensive dental exam, which consists of: Probing the teeth and gumline to measure the depth...