Playful activities, including climbing, wrestling, rolling and biting contribute to a kitten's social development. Play fights in particular teach kittens limits early on. For example, as kittens experience bites and scratches from their frisky siblings, they learn to reduce the intensity of their own attacks. In fact, it's common to see kittens rushing toward littermates only to veer away or & Read more �
The Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV) is a small contagious virus that causes many different forms of cancer in cats. When a susceptible cat comes in contact with an infected cat or its contaminated saliva, urine, or feces, infection results.
Feline hip dysplasia is becoming a topic of concern for cat owners. Dysplasia use to be considered a condition that occurred mostly in dogs, especially the larger breeds. But hip dysplasia can afflict cats too and is seen in all breeds and sizes -- from relatively small cats like the Siamese to the larger breeds like Persians and Maine coon & Read more �
Declawing is the removal of a cat's front claws so it can't scratch furniture or people. Declawing is very controversial. Some people believe it's inhumane to declaw a cat because the surgery causes needless pain and suffering. They compare declawing a claw to amputating a finger. If you buy a purebred cat from a breeder or adopt a cat from & Read more �
Feline distemper is a highly contagious, potentially fatal disease of cats. It is caused by a type of parvo virus that infects domestic and feral cats. Diseased cats infect other cats by direct contact or through vomit, saliva, feces and urine. The distemper virus can live for a year in the environment. There are several signs of feline distemper that & Read more �
What Mite Help?
My kitty's an ear mite magnet. It seems like I'm always putting ear mite drops into poor Sheba's ears, but I worry about too much medicine. Are there any natural remedies for ear mites that work? - B.G., Wauna, Washington
If your cat has dirt in her ears that looks like coffee grounds and she's shaking her & Read more �
All cat Pet Parents will need to combat fleas at one time or another. Even very clean, pampered, indoor-only cats sometimes get fleas. But there are ways to combat them, and prevent infestations from recurring.
The Life Cycle of a Flea
Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
FUS/FLUTD is the term used to describe a group of clinical signs associated with urinary tract problems that occur in cats.
Symptoms may include:
Because of their sensitive nature, cats can sometimes get stressed out and display stress-related behaviors.
Some of the most common causes of cat stress are: changes in the immediate environment, introduction of a new pet into the family, sudden loud noises, unfamiliar smells or the absence of certain family members.
Some signs of stress include: hiding, unusual fearfulness or aggression, & Read more �