Friday, June 27, 2014

Reader Question: Can Cats Be Fed a Vegan Diet?

Don’t get me started on vegan cats and vegan cat owners forcing their cats to be vegan.

Forgive me if some of the terminology and physiology seems beyond the scope of this blog, but it’s important that I make clear ALL of the reasons why vegan diets for cats cannot and should not be done.

Cats are strict carnivores and need to consume animal tissue to avoid nutritional deficiencies.  There are specific, essential nutrients that are limited or scarce in plant material.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Dr. Plotnick's Moroccan Cat Adventure - Day 2 – Marrakech

Day Two – First full day in Marrakech (Continued from Day 1)

Friday morning.  Woke up feeling refreshed and ready to explore the city.  After a great breakfast of eggs and a huge assortment of breads, pastries and jams (these folks are into carbs), we got ready to hit the town.  But first, I had to play with the riad kitty.  I knew the place had a resident cat, so I brought him a catnip toy from my hospital.

He’s pretty cute, no?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dr. Plotnick's Moroccan Cat Adventure - Day 1 – Welcome to Marrakech

Day 1 – Welcome to Marrakech

It was that time of the year again: Memorial Day.  I like Memorial Day because not only does it signify the start of summer (my favorite season), it also means that I get to go on vacation!  My cat hospital is open seven days a week, and I can’t have our other veterinarian, Dr. Sheheri, work 11 days straight while I’m gone.  I need to pick a vacation time during which our hospital is closed for at least a day, so Dr. Sheheri can get a little break.  For the past five years, it’s been Memorial Day.
Ah, but where to go? Having visited most of the European countries (Greece, Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Hungary, Austria to name a few) as well as a few countries in Asia (China, Vietnam, Thailand) and South America (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay), I was looking to conquer exotic new lands for my next trip.  It was time for a new continent.  Of course, as a veterinarian and animal lover, an African safari is the dream trip.  Alas, with limited vacation time, an African safari would have to be put on hold.  But this doesn’t mean that Africa is off the list, does it?  Why not “nearby Africa”, instead of “really far away Africa”?  And so… Morocco!

As you all know, I love to travel, and I love cats.  I don’t choose my vacation spots based on whether there’s a large local stray cat population, but if it so happens that there is, then it’s a big bonus for me.  I did a little research, and yes, Morocco has many cats.   Lots and lots.  Hundreds.  Thousands. Roaming the alleyways of the medinas.  Sleeping on couches in the dars and riads.  Napping in the public gardens.  Snoozing in the mosques.  That’s settled.  We’re going!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Dr. Arnold Plotnick is now officially a book author - "The Original CatFancy Cat Bible"

Hot off the presses! It's...
The Original CatFancy Cat Bible
The Definitive Source for All Things Cat
by Sandy Robins with Arnold Plotnick, MS, DVM, ACVIM, Lorraine Shelton, and Sarah Hartwell

That's right, Dr. Plotnick co-authored his first book.  We are very ecstatic here at Manhattan Cat Specialists.

We will also sell copies in the cat hospital.  If you purchase one in person or bring a copy in, you'll get it autographed.

Friday, June 6, 2014

"The Devil Wears Cat Hair" - Post on Veterinarians Behaving Badly

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld/Harper's Bazaar

Having served over 30 years to the veterinarian world and by devoting my life to cats, I have had a fair share of experiences.  Nowadays, if an instance comes up, I've probably had to deal with a similar situation in the past, which in turn, reminds me how to deal with the curve-ball current situation.

I love treating cats, and I love my clients.  They’re cat people, and cat people are cooler than the rest of the population. Every now and then, however, I’m thrown a curveball, and I’m faced with a client who is clearly not behaving the way one would ever expect.  After 26 years of practice, you start to collect these stories in your head. 

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