All posts by: fwhyte

One of the dreaded moments for a cat owner — kitty misses the box.   Cats are naturally fastidious creatures and will bury their waste if given the chance. And when they are outside, they prefer an easy-to-dig area.  ...
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I had an apostrophe catastrophe today. Does the play belong to the cat? How many cats? How much play?   Play is an important part of keeping cats healthy and happy. This is especially true for indoor cats. Play mimics...
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If you haven’t experienced the lovely sensation of a furball cuddled against you on a chilly night or the soothing vibration of a cat purring, well, you don’t know what you’re missing.   Is it all pats and cuddles and...
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I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a child. I was the kid who hand-fed orphaned robin fledglings until they could fly. I once pried open a clam to look for its secrets and belatedly realized that I’d...
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Did you know that we see high blood pressure in cats?   Why do we worry about it? Just like in people, high blood pressure if left untreated can cause problems such as vision loss, kidney disease and heart problems....
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There is research showing that cats living outside kill birds and small mammals. There are some bird researchers who firmly believe cats have led to species extinctions and post a great danger to some of their prey species.   We believe that indoor...
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If you have questions about how to look after your cat, or just ‘is this normal’, I have a few suggestions.   Hopefully you have a regular veterinarian who has seen your cat on a regular basis. If so, you...
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FIP – Feline Infectious Peritonitis. If you mention this term to someone who works with cats, you’ll see a person with a hopeless look on their face shaking their head sadly.   FIP is a disease seen in young cats...
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One of the things that determines where and how you might find your lost cat is kitty’s friendliness factor.   There is research ongoing about whether there is a link between coat colour and friendliness (latest research sheds doubt on a...
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The research also gave us some clues about how your individual cat may react when she’s suddenly out in the big world alone.   For instance, my Ziggy is firmly pro-ceiling. Both times she unexpectedly ended up outside, her initial...
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