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The Right Food For Your Cat's Life Stage and Specific Health Needs

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Life stages refer to the various developmental stages of a pet's life. For cats, we classify the stages into kitten, adult and senior. During these stages, some cats may require a lower calorie diet for inactive or overweight cats, a hairball diet for longhaired cats or a diet designed to affect the cat's urinary tract. It's extremely important to ensure & Read more �

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FAQs About Hairballs

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Although grooming is healthy, some cats practice excessive grooming, which can actually cause problems. What are some of these problems that could develop? Skin inflammation, hair loss, or development of hairballs can result from grooming, particularly excessive grooming.

Why do cats get hairballs?

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Why Is My Cat Scratching At Her Ears?

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Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �

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How to Clean Your Cat's Ears

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Many cats are excellent self-groomers and rarely need ear care, while others should have routine cleanings. If you notice wax, dirt or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning.

For those cats that need it, cleaning and caring for your pet's ears are important ways to reduce the chance for ear infections and excess waxy build up. & Read more �

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Hairballs: 8 Ways to Lick the Problem

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Few creatures are as fastidious as felines. They can spend hours licking their coats, and when they've covered every inch, they'll happily start again. They don't seem to mind swallowing a little hair -- it's all part of good grooming.

Sometimes, however, fur that should pass right through the digestive system gets trapped in the stomach. As more and more & Read more �

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Facts About Ticks and Mosquitos

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The Truth About Ticks

Ticks are Not Insects
Ticks are eight-legged, wingless parasites related to mites and spiders. ticks do not fly or jump; they wait for a host to brush against them.

Even Immature Ticks Suck Blood
There are four stages to the tick life cycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The larva, nymph and adult all & Read more �

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Why Diabetes Causes Excessive Thirst, Hunger in Cats

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Diabetes mellitus is a serious medical condition where your pet cannot control her blood sugar levels due to problems with insulin production or function. It has many symptoms, but the most common that concerns Pet Parents are excessive urination, excessive thirst and eating while losing weight.

Glucose is the main energy source that body cells need to operate efficiently. Your cat’s & Read more �

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Feeding your kitten

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When it comes to nutrition, kittens are a lot like children -- they need a balanced diet to grow. Find out what brand of food your kitten was eating before you adopted it, and continue feeding it this food if possible. If you want to switch brands, do so gradually. Begin by mixing a little bit of the new food & Read more �

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FAQs About Cat Nutrition

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Keeping Your Dog Cool When the Temperatures Rise

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The weather is getting warmer, and when temperatures go up, you will need to make some adjustments for your dogs. Here are some points to keep in mind:

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