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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