Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Next Stop: China

Today is my last day in the office before I hop on a plane to China! In my past travels, in some countries I encountered many cats (Greece, Turkey, Argentina, the Netherlands, Thailand), while in others, I barely saw any (Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic). My last trip to Asia, I saw many in Bangkok, but none in Saigon.

I have no idea what to expect in Beijing and Shanghai.

I read an article a few months ago that said that many stray cats were rounded up and taken off the street just prior to the 2008 Olympics, but now, after four years, feral cats are back in full force.

I hope to discover exactly how true that is. Of course, I’ll be sharing my experiences with photos and videos, so stay tuned!  Follow the adventure on: Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr.

...And Topeka, please look after the cat hospital until I get back...

Yeah, sure.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Cautionary Tail

A Cautionary Tail

(Warning, this post is graphic with a single image below. Please be prepared.)

Last week, we had an appointment that had come straight from the emergency clinic.   The cat presented to the emergency clinic because the owner had accidentally closed a door on the cat’s tail.  The cat got scared when the tail got closed in the door and the cat fled the scene.   Well, about 99% of the cat fled the scene.  The portion of the tail that got caught in the door remained on the other side of the door!

We call these “degloving” injuries, and they are not a pretty sight.   

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reader Question: Sexual Aggression in a Neutered Male Cat

Sexual aggression in a neutered male cat.  Here’s what Dr. Nick Dodman has to say on the matter:

QUESTION: My 11-year-old neutered male cat has in the last few weeks started being sexually aggressive to my 11-year-old spayed female cat.  They were foundling litter mates and have grown up together.  I have noticed that Alexander is trying to mate with Ashley.  He only exhibits this behavior at night.  What is causing this new behavior, and what can I do to stop it?  Thank you for your help in this matter.

Sincerely, Beth Reed


ANSWER: Dear Beth:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reader Question: Can't We All Just Get Along?

My colleague, Dr. Alice Moon-Fanelli, weighs in on the strife between two cats who used to be best buddies.

QUESTION: I have 2 male cats that I adopted from a local no-kill shelter.  Thamr will be 9 in November and Teyba is 7.5 years old.  Both are FIV positive and Teyba has cerebellar hypoplasia as well.  I adopted them at the same time 3 years ago but they did not grow up together - they met and (seemed to me) bonded in the shelter so I took them both home.

Except for about a month's reorientation time in the beginning, they have gotten along extremely well most of the time.  They both seem to want to be the Alpha male, but Teyba's coordination problems keep him from winning most king-of-the-mountain battles.  Up until recently, Thamr seemed to give Teyba a break and take it somewhat easy on him.  They are indoor (and on the porch) only cats now but I think they both did time as strays in past lives.

However about a week or two ago, I started to hear Teyba yowling because Thamr was threatening him and several times I saw Thamr jump up and bite Teyba for no apparent reason or I'd catch him trying to intimidate Teyba out of whatever perch he'd been laying on.  Teyba seems skittish and anxious unless I keep them isolated from each other.

I've been trying to keep them in separate parts of the house (difficult but mostly successful).  Is there anything you'd recommend for me to do?  Can you understand why this is happening?  Please give me any ideas you may have about this.  Thanks!

Judy Atwood


ANSWER: Dear Judy,
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