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Dear Doctor: Ruining the furniture

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Please see Catnip editor’s note at the end of this Q&A. Q. My cat is driving me crazy with the scratching. She has ruined not just upholstered furniture but also the wooden legs on my piano.… Read More

kitten scratching side of chair and destroying fabric

How Cat Collars Can Provide Safety

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Indoor-only cats do find ways to escape, so having a collar with current cat tags is critically important. For others, you can provide some outdoor fun by using a cat harness and leash.

orange and white cat wearing a cat harness

Purring Has More Than One Meaning

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Many cat lovers assume felines purr only when they’re content. And while it’s certainly true that a cat basking in the sun, half on her back, might purr as an expression of contentment, she might… Read More

sleeping cat

Anxious Cat? Try Music

Friday, February 1st, 2019

For fearful or generally anxious cats, calming music may work wonders.

cats paws on piano keys

The Management of Megacolon

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Constipation is a common problem in cats. In its most severe form — called megacolon — the condition may actually require surgical intervention.

Nutrition Websites: The Best of the Best

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Pet Nutrition: General Information vetnutrition.tufts.edu/petfoodology — visit Tufts’ Cummings School’s Petfoodology site, with information on everything from whether you should give fish oil to your cat to what to feed your kitten if she has a… Read More

Which Nutrition Websites to Trust

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Nutrition Websites: The Best of the Best
Which Nutrition Websites to Trust
Here are eight questions to ask before relying on information found on a pet nutrition website — and the sites that we find to be the most reliable.

Is Your Cat Anorexic?

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

It’s important for the cat owner to understand why the syndrome happens, the harmful effects on a cat’s health — and the modern ways to stimulate appetite.

Is My Cat a Teenager?

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Experts now have guidelines that will help your cat be treated at the right lifestage.

tiger cat laying down and staring straight ahead