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11 Holiday Foods That Are Dangerous for Your Cat
The following may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. When gathering with loved ones to celebrate the holidays, it’s natural to want to include our pets in the holiday traditions. And while it’s important for our pets to be part of the family, this shouldn’t include sharing in the holiday feast. Sharing your table scraps with your cat can lead to a number of health issues,...
Why Cats Overgroom and How You Can Stop It
Why Cats Overgroom and How You Can Stop It
It’s normal for cats to groom on a regular basis. After all, cat self-grooming is an important behavior that helps cats remove loose hair, dirt, and parasites from their coat. Cats typically spend up to 50% of their waking hours grooming, but excessive amounts of licking, biting, chewing, or scratching may mean that your cat’s self-grooming habits have become problematic. If your cat is...
How to Choose the Safest Flea Treatment for Your Cat
If you’re concerned that your cat has (or might get) fleas, you are probably in the market for a flea preventative medicine. However, safety is a big concern when it comes to treating pets for fleas—especially with cats. And many flea treatments that are made for dogs can actually be extremely toxic to cats, so it is important to find one that is labeled for cats. Here’s how you can find a...
What Is the FVRCP Cat Vaccine?
What Is the FVRCP Cat Vaccine?
Your cat’s vaccination reminder comes in the mail with a confusing array of letters—what the heck is an FVRCP vaccine? My cat doesn’t go outside, so why does she need it? You toss it aside as you sort through the rest of the mail, but it still nags at you. Is this something important?  Why would your veterinarian send a reminder if your kitty didn’t need it? Well, the FVRCP vaccine is an...
What Is FIV and Why Is the FIV Vaccine No Longer Available?
If you have cats, you may have heard of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FIV is a retrovirus (similar to HIV) that is transmitted directly from cat to cat through close contact—usually through bite wounds and scratches. FIV is most commonly diagnosed in outdoor cats, and once a cat is diagnosed as FIV-positive, they remain infected for life. It seems logical that you would just need to get...
Is There a Special Diet for Hyperthyroidism in Cats?
Cats with hyperthyroidism have happier, healthier lives when their caregivers are knowledgeable about the disease and its dietary management. Here are some hyperthyroidism management tips about what should be included in a diet for cats with hyperthyroidism and why it’s such an important part of managing the disease. Treating Hyperthyroidism in CatsThe goal of hyperthyroidism treatment is to...