Saturday, December 8, 2018

Transdermal Furosemide: Ineffective For A Cat With Heart Disease

Transdermal furosemide is likely to be ineffective for a cat with heart disease.
If you use transdermal meds for your cat with heart disease, this isn't the best news. A new study published by the Winn Feline Foundation found that transdermal furosemide (Lasix) "is unlikely to be effective."

The study looked at just six cats though, so perhaps we shouldn't leap to conclusions just yet. 


Furosemide 'The Mainstay Of Therapy'

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote

“When I am feeling low, all I have to do is watch my cats." 
Charles Bukowski

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cats And Their People Share Personality Traits

A study shows cats and their people share personality traits Have you been thinking your cat's almost as introverted as you are? Turns out that's not just the idle thought of a slightly crazy cat lady. A new study shows that cats and their people share personality traits. Or that's what the humans think. No one asked the cats.

Researchers in Australia asked people who live with cats to complete a 52-question online survey about their personalities and their cats'. Then, they used a sophisticated computer program to analyze the data. What it came up with was five general types of cat personalities. Three overlap with human personality traits. 



How Cats And Their People Share Personality Traits

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


“I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance. "
― James Thurber

Friday, November 16, 2018

Petco Will Ban Food With Artificial Ingredients From Its Stores

Petco will ban all food with artificial ingredients from its stores by May 2019
You know that colorful dry cat food with pretty red and yellow pieces? You won't find it at Petco stores after May 2019. Beginning in January, Petco will ban food with artificial ingredients from its stores. The pet supply chain says all food with the offending ingredients will be gone by May.

While this may sound like corporate concern for your cat's health, marketing might have been one of the reasons why Petco will ban food with artificial ingredients from its stores.

In a survey of 1,300 animal caretakers, 87 percent said food without artificial ingredients is essential to their animals' health.


Ingredients Petco Will Ban

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


“I have found it is surprisingly difficult to remain sad when a cat is doing its level best to sandpaper one's cheeks.”
― R.L. LaFevers, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Petcare Wellness Center At Walmart Offers
Affordable But Limited Cat Health Care

VEtIQ plans to open 1,000 in-store pet wellness centers by 2023.
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Coming soon to a store near you: a VetIQ Petcare Wellness Center at Walmart. Think of it as a MinuteClinic for cats. The walk-in wellness centers don't take appointments, and offer a limited menu of services at prices considerably lower than you'd pay at a conventional veterinary clinic. Twenty locations are open now. But VetIQ expects to be in 1,000 stores by 2023.


For Healthy Cats Only

Saturday, October 6, 2018

High On Hemp?
New Chews With CBD For Cats Help Kitty Chill

CBD for cats can help Kitty chill when she's feeling stressed.
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It's not exactly a pot party, but Green Coast Pet's new Full-Spectrum Hemp Chews for cats promise to help kitty chill when she's feeling a bit stressed.

CBD for cats isn't exactly new. There's been quite a buzz about it for a while. But the whitefish flavored chews sound like a lot more fun than a few drops of the oil mixed in wet food.

The chews are cold-extruded, not cooked, so the active ingredients don't lose any of their potency. 


About Hemp: Pot, It's Not

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bugged By Fleas
Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats Is On The Rise

Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common.
Blame it on climate change. Cats are getting more fleas, and flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common, according to Banfield Pet Hospitals' 2018 State of Pet Health Report.

The report says there's been an astonishing 67 percent increase in flea allergy dermatitis in cats since 2008. In 2017, 170 of every 10,000 cats seen at Banfield hospitals had the allergic reaction to fleas. In 2008, just 102 of every 10,000 cats developed flea allergy dermatitis. 

Some cats are so sensitive to fleas, just one bite can cause an allergic reaction, or dermatitis.

Is Climate Change Causing More Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote

“Cats never listen. They’re dependable that way; when Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.”
― Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

Monday, April 23, 2018

People Food Goes To The Dogs (And Cats) With Smucker's Purchase of Rachel Ray Nutrish

With Smucker's purchase of Rachel Ray Nutrish, could people food be going to the dogs?
Unlike its cat food category, J.M. Smucker's people food business is in a bit of a jam. As Americans put more thought into what they eat, packaged food sales are stagnant and even declining. And that could explain Smucker's purchase of Rachel Ray Nutrish (Ainsworth Pet Nutrition).

For years, cat food has tried to sound like people food. You know... "white meat chicken breast," "garden greens," "wild caught fish" and "cooked in a delicate sauce..." But now, things seem to be going the other way. Could people food really be going to the dogs (and cats)?

Smucker's purchase of Rachel Ray Nutrish is the second buyout by a large company of a premium pet food manufacturer this year. In February, General Mills announced plans to purchase Blue Buffalo.

Candy Makers Sweet On Cat Food

Friday, April 13, 2018

New Study Shows Link Between Dental & Kidney Disease In Cats

New research shows a link between dental and kidney disease in cats.
If you've been putting off that dental your cat needs, maybe you should drop everything and call the veterinary dentist right now. A new study confirms what vets have suspected for a long time: There's a link between dental and chronic kidney disease in cats.

The study, reported by the Winn Feline Foundation, looked at 56,414 cats who had periodontal disease when their vet clinics enrolled them in the study. Researchers followed them for 11 years.

Which Cats Are Most At Risk Of Kidney Disease?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote

"I’m a cat. We aren't required to make sense.” 
― Seanan McGuireA Local Habitation

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Caring For Diabetic Cats |The American Animal Hospital Association Has New Guidelines

The American Animal Hospital Association has new guidelines for caring for diabetic cats.
The American Animal Hospital Association has new guidelines for veterinarians caring for diabetic cats. Among their suggestions are some things the lay experts at Felinediabetes.com have been recommending for years: home testing and an all-wet-food diet for diabetic cats.


One in 230 cats has diabetes, according to Zoetis, the manufacturer of Revolution, Clavamox and other medications for animals. Like other experts, Zoetis says feline diabetes is often under diagnosed. A recent study reported by the Winn Feline Foundation found that the top risk factors for feline diabetes are obesity, an inactive strictly-indoors lifestyle, repeated steroid injections and an all- or mostly-dry food diet.

Caring For Diabetic Cats

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
Th
ese intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran” 
― Lilian Jackson BraunThe Cat Who Saw Stars

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.” 
― Dan Grerg


Thursday, March 29, 2018

How's Your Vet Feeling? Young Vets Are Stressed, Study Finds

Young vets are stressed, study shows.
How's your vet feeling today?  If she's stressed, she has lots of company. A study by Merck Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Association found that young vets are stressed, mainly by college debt.

The study looked at the mental health of 3500 vets nationwide. It found that the overall mental health of veterinarians is in line with the general population. But they experience more stress, or have a lower quality of life, than people in other professions.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Arthritis Treatments For Cats -- Add Tramdol To The List

Arthritis treatments for cats now include tramadol
A new study suggests vets can add tramadol to the list of arthritis treatments for cats. Reported by the Winn Feline Foundation, the study looked at 24 geriatric cats with osteoarthritis in at least one joint. Researchers found that cats who got 2mg of tramadol
every 12 hours had improved
levels of activity.

The most common arthritis treatments for cats are glucosamine supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs can have serious and sometimes deadly side effects. But tramadol, too, has drawbacks.

How Tramadol Works

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


“A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.” 
― William S. BurroughsThe Cat Inside

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chewy's New Call Center Opens With 1,000 'Kind' Customer Service Reps

Looking for someone to talk to in the middle of the night. If the topic is cat food, try giving Chewy's new call center a ring.
Looking for someone to talk to in the middle of the night? If the topic is cat food, you could give Chewy.com a ring. Chewy's new call center opened last month in Hollywood, Fla. with 1,000 "kind" people poised to deliver 24/7 customer service, 365 days a year.

Four hundred more customer service reps are in the process of joining the team now.

Even more than selection and price, it's customer service that makes Chewy a different breed of retailer. Customer service reps answer phone calls within two rings and respond to emails within half an hour. The retailer sends handwritten Christmas cards to customers and flowers and sympathy cards to Chewy shoppers who have lost their animal companions.

Not happy with your order? The customer service rep might send you a replacement and tell you to donate the one you already have to a local shelter.

Chewy's New Call Center: Working In A Sea Of Cubicle

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
Th
ese intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran” 
― Lilian Jackson BraunThe Cat Who Saw Stars


Dental Treats For Cats Take A Bite Out Of Vets' Pocketbooks

Dental treats for cats and other forms of home care seem to be replacing dental care by veterinarians.
Here's something to chew on: Dental treats for cats are taking a bite out of vets' pocketbooks as more and more people opt for home dental care for their cats instead of expensive dentistry at the vet's office.

Just eight percent of the people who responded to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association's National Pet Owners Survey said their cats saw a veterinarian for dental care in the past year. Meanwhile, Packaged Facts found that dental treats for cats and dogs account for 25 percent of all treat sales. Dental chews also took a sizable bite out of vets' pocketbooks.

But Do Dental Treats For Cats Clean Their Teeth?


Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Daily Cat Quote


“A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.” 
― William S. BurroughsThe Cat Inside