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Why does my kitten or cat have runny stool?

Your cat should be examined to determine the cause. Possible causes are:

  • Gastrointestinal parasites
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Diet change
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Metabolic problem

What should I do if my cat is not eating or acting listless?

Your cat should be examined to determine the cause. Possible causes are:

  • Fever
  • Insect bite
  • Internal or metabolic problem

What should I do if my cat has runny, closed, or swollen eyes?

Your cat should be examined to determine the cause. Possible causes are:

  • Foxtail under eye lid
  • Ulcer on the cornea
  • Conjunctivitis

Why is my cat losing hair?

Hair loss can be due to a number of things such as:

  • Ringworm, a fungus
  • Flea Allergies
  • Food Allergies
  • Other Dermatitis

My cat has a lump or abscess, what should I do?

Your cat needs to be examined to determine what the problem is.

  • Abscess from a cat bite
  • Tumor
  • Insect sting or bite
  • Injection reaction, etc.

What do I do for hairballs?

  • You can use a hairball paste, which you can give your cat every other day. Most cats love this and will lick it right off your finger.
  • You can also use fiber, such as pysillium, daily. Pre-measured veterinary capsules are available.

What are the little white things under my cat’s tail and on his stool?

These are called tapeworms. A cat gets these from ingesting fleas that carry tapeworm larvae, or by eating small animals that are carrying larvae. Tapeworms can only be eliminated with prescription medication. There are no over the counter medications to effectively rid tapeworms.

What should I do if my cat is urinating out of the box or spraying?

Cats can get urinary tract infections just like people, however they cannot tell us, so they may spray or urinate in inappropriate locations. If your cat exhibits this behavior, you should have it examined by a veterinarian, and a urinalysis should be performed to determine if a medical problem exists. If the problem is deemed behavioral, the veterinarian will discuss behavior modification and possible drug options.

What are ear mites?

Ear mites are microscopic bugs that can live in your cat’s ears. The only way to see them is through magnification. Proper treatment involves careful and thorough cleaning of the ear canals, and application of ear drops and/or spot on treatment with a drug called selamectin.

How do I know if may cat needs dentistry?

Raise the upper lip of the cat’s mouth and look towards the sides of the teeth. If the teeth are not white but are yellowish, brown, or look like they have tartar and plaque, they need cleaning. If a bad odor exists, this is usually due to bacterial overgrowth in the gums and is a sign of gingivitis. A raised red line above the teeth is another sign of gingivitis.

Do you recommend declawing for my cat?

We do not recommend declawing but understand that it is a service some clients will request. The surgical procedure involves amputating the last piece of bone off of each toe. Nails grow from this part of the bone. Surgical recovery is more painful for older and heavier cats.

If you are comfortable with the surgery and plan keep your cat indoors, then the surgery can be performed. If you really don’t like the idea of the surgery, two other options are:

  • Soft Paws: Vinyl nail caps that are glued over the cat’s own nails. The cat cannot damage materials when it scratches due to the soft, rounded ends. The nail caps usually last 4-6 weeks and fall off as the nail begins to grow.
  • Nail trimming once to twice a month

When should I sterilize my cat?

The surgery can be performed anytime over the age of 8 weeks, but we generally recommend waiting until four to six months of age. Cats usually do not reach puberty before 6 months.

It is not better for a cat to go through a heat cycle or have a litter before being spayed. A spay is an ovariohysterectomy - the ovaries and uterus are removed.

Male cats generally do not spray before reaching puberty. The smell of their urine and undesirable marking behavior is prevented with neutering. When a male cat is neutered, the testicles are removed.

Should I test my cat for FeLV & FIV viral diseases?

We recommend viral testing for all cats. These viruses can lay dormant, similar to AIDS in humans, and can cause problems in the future. They can be spread to any other cat in the household by cat to cat contact, so it is safest to screen any new cat before exposure to other cats.

What vaccines does my cat need?

If you have a indoor cat we recommend the 3-way vaccine which includes feline rhinotracheitis-calici-panleukopenia viruses (FRCP). If you have an outdoor cat or one who comes in and out, we recommend the FRCP, Feline Leukemia, & Rabies vaccines. Outdoor cats run the risk of coming in contact with these diseases when they mingle with other cats or animals.

How can I remove cat urine odor from laundry?

My cat has peed all over the clothes in my laundry basket; she also has urinated on a stack of blankets next to the basket. How can I remove the urine odor from my laundry? If at all possible, I'd like to be able to use products I already have around the house.

Why did my cat wet the bed?

I have three cats and last week I noticed that one urinated on a chair that they always use to sleep on. I didn't know who did it and the chair was in the one room we haven't replaced the flooring in since we recently moved in and it's possible they were reacting to a past cat smell. Then last night I let the cats sleep in the room with me and my youngest cat slept on my bed. When I woke up this morning, I noticed a pee stain where she was sleeping. Is there such a thing as cat "bedwetting?" I haven't had the chance to get her fixed yet because of the move; could she be urinating because of that?

What is causing my cat's sudden behavior changes?

We adopted 2 kitten brothers from our local shelter 9 months ago. They are both healthy and active, but Baby is having nightmares. He tosses and turns and makes noises at night. Baby is very loving but a little more cautious than Biggie.

We recently traveled with them for 14 days and everything went well. We were very proud of them. Recently, around daylight savings, something seemed to change. Their sleep habits changed and Baby is backing up and running from us, especially after waking, 75 percent of the time. They seem healthy and normal otherwise.

What do you think the cause could be and how can we correct it?

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