Friday, February 25, 2011

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Cat overpopulation is a very serious problem in the United States. There are simply too many cats and not enough people to care for them. Responsibility is the key to cat ownership, and a major part of that responsibility is guaranteeing that your cat doesn’t reproduce.

Neutering and spaying are two of the most commonly performed elective procedures.  Not only do they help curtail cat overpopulation, they also bring many health and behavior benefits to both you and your cat.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Reader Question: How Can I Get My Cat to Stop Urinating Outside the Box?

How Can I Get My Cat to Stop Urinating Outside the Box?
CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, offers solutions that can help an adult cat stop spraying after the arrival of a new kitten.

Dr. Arnold Plotnick is one of CatChannel's feline health experts. Check out more of his CatChannel answers.

Q: I have had my 2-year-old spayed cat since birth. Ever since we got a new kitten four months, my adult cat has been peeing on the walls. It smells horrible in the basement. My mom wants to give them away because of this. If I give my kitten away, will my older one stop spraying on the walls? Also, is there a way to stop her spraying?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

What We Tell Our Clients When their Cat is Diagnosed with Ringworm


Despite the name, ringworm is not a “worm”.  It is a fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the hair and skin.  It is also one of the few feline infectious diseases that can be transmitted from cats to humans. 

Cats may become infected with ringworm if exposed to infective spores. The most common sources of ringworm spores are an infected animal, a contaminated object, or a contaminated environment.  Once the spores land on a cat’s fur, if they survive the cat’s natural defense mechanisms (for example, grooming and sunbathing), they adhere to and invade the hair shaft and skin, initiating the infection.

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