Cats become extremely finicky eaters as their quality of life declines, so I consider it a great success if we can get them to eat anything at all. Before we reach that point, however, there’s a lot owners can do from a nutrition standpoint to maximize their cat’s health and longevity. A cat’s digestive physiology… Continue reading What Foods Should an Old Cat Eat?
You come home to find your cat rolling around on the floor, rubbing his face, and drooling everywhere. Right away you know—catnip’s to blame. Catnip is one of the approximate 250 species in the mint family and has a leafy green appearance. Nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip, can turn even the laziest couch potato… Continue reading Crazy for Catnip
Not that many years ago, the decision about whether to have the family cat declawed focused more on the couch than the cat. These days, however, more veterinarians encourage cat owners to consider nonsurgical strategies to prevent flayed furniture and flesh. Declawing a cat has become increasingly controversial, with some animal advocates decrying the practice as… Continue reading Should You Declaw Your Cat?
Choose the boarding facilities with care. Some are great — others, not so much. Use your eyes, ears, and nose when checking out pet hotels. Good facilities are clean, smell fresh, and are quiet. You should not hear loud noises and barking in the cat-boarding areas. Remember that cat senses are more sensitive than those… Continue reading Tips for Boarding Your Cat