Category Archives: Cat Health

Frivolous Friday – Is Your Cat Fat or Just Fluffy?

We’ve all seen the drawing (or photograph) of a clearly obese cat with the caption: “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy.” And it’s that fur that can sometimes be a hindrance in determining whether your cat’s putting on weight or even … Continue reading

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Mindful Monday – Let’s Talk Water and Cats

Here in parts of Southern California, we’re experiencing severe drought. But the cats who live in this state don’t much care. Most domestic cats don’t typically drink a lot of water and that’s not necessarily a good thing. In the … Continue reading

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Newsday Tuesday – Cats With Too Many Toes and Claw Issues

Have you ever seen a cat with extra toes? It’s a seemingly weird phenomenon called polydactyl. According to an article at the Catster website, polydactyls are not all that uncommon. I guess most of us have seen or known a … Continue reading

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Frivolous Friday – Air Fresheners: Another Hidden Danger for Cats

Yesterday, we talked about the danger of essential oils when used around a cat. I began to wonder about those plug-in room fresheners and even spray air fresheners. So I did some research. This is what I found: Unfortunately, many … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Thursday – Essential Oils Are NOT For Cats

I received a notice yesterday warning against using essential oils around cats. I don’t use them, but it would never have occurred to me that these oils would be dangerous for our furry friends. When I saw this message, I … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Thursday – After the Fire: Do Animals Suffer from PTSD?

Sophie has Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Yes, Sophie is a cat—a cat who was evacuated during the recent fire that surrounded our community last month and did so much damage here and in neighboring communities. I evacuated with Lily and … Continue reading

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Frivolous Friday – Declawing Ban Passed in Denver

Denver is the first US city outside of California to ban the declawing of cats. There are eight cities in California with that ban in place, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. http://people.com/pets/cat-declawing-ban-passes-denver/ Declawing is a gruesome subject, but one … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Thursday – Don’t Feed That to Your Cat!

Today, let’s talk turkey…and stuffing and loaded mashed potatoes… What I want to tell you is be careful what your cat eats from the Thanksgiving table. Sure, a bite or three or four of lean turkey and giblets is okay … Continue reading

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Frivolous Friday — Do Cats Need Claws?

The declaw controversy comes up every once in a while and, whenever anyone mentions it to me I feel sick. If the professionals and owners whose cats suffered after this surgery are to be believed, declawing a cat is still … Continue reading

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Frivolous Friday—Catnip, a Cat’s Drug of Choice.

This week, I found a container of catnip that I didn’t know I had and sprinkled a little of it around Sophie’s and Lily’s playground. Their playground consists of a shipping box that has become Sophie’s Cat Cave, a cat … Continue reading

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