Category Archives: Cat Health Care

An After-Hours Vet To Help When Your Vet’s Not There

An after-hours vet is just a phone call away.

An after-hours vet is just a phone call away.
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For some reason that only my cats understand, their medical emergencies always happen in the middle of the night when there’s no one to talk to and no place to go except the ER. As I’m packing the poor cat up to for that 20-minute car ride, I long for an after-hours vet who could talk with me and tell me whether this trip is really necessary.

Enter GuardianVets, a company that sounds almost like a throwback to the old days, when you could call your vet in the middle of the night and actually get your vet, not a voice mail message. GuardianVets provides an after-hours vet who will talk with you when your vet’s office is closed.

The company won the grand prize in Purina’s Pet Care Innovation competition at this year’s Global Pet Expo.

An After-Hours Vet When You Need One

Is Your Vet Cat Friendly?

Is your vet cat friendly?

The one thing I love about our vet is that she’s cat friendly.

She has a separate exam room for cats. She sits on the floor with them. And she would never drag a terrified cat out of its carrier.

My vet might be the exception, but the American Association of Feline Practitioners is trying to change that with its Cat Friendly Practice program. And, according to a recent AAFP survey, catering to cats doesn’t just eliminate the dread of vet visits, it’s good for business. 

In the survey, 83 percent of the vets with a Cat Friendly Practice designation reported increased cat visits. And 61 percent said their practice revenue has grown since earning the designation.

Heck No, I Won’t Go

Mirtazapine Ointment For Cats Can Increase Appetite And Reduce Stress

Mirtazapine ointment for cats can increase your sick cat's appetite while reducing the stress of igiving medication,To me, there’s nothing more heart wrenching than struggling to medicate a sick cat who’s not eating. An appetite stimulant is just one more pill to add to the long list of meds. So the introduction of Mirtazapine ointment for cats is very good news. It’s now available from vets, and all you have to do is rub a little bit inside an ear flap.

Mirataz, the transdermal formulation of the popular appetite stimulant, went on the market a few months ago.

An Appetite Stimulant Just For Cats

Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats Is Becoming More Common

Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common.It’s been years since my cats had fleas, so I was surprised to learn that flea allergy dermatitis in cats is on the rise. 

According to Banfield Pet Hospitals’ 2018 State of Pet Health Report, there’s been an astonishing 67 percent increase in flea allergy dermatitis in cats since 2008. In 2017, 170 of every 10,000 cats seen at Banfield hospitals had the allergic reaction to fleas.

That doesn’t seem like a lot of cats until you think about the stats from 2008. Then, just 102 cats in every 10,000 developed flea allergy dermatitis. 

Happy Heart Month! Find Out About Preventing Heart Disease In Cats

It's heart month and the perfect time to think about preventing heart disease in cats. voren1 – Fotolia.com

February is heart month, and we’re celebrating in two different ways. I’ve already ordered my cats’ Yeowww Catnip hearts for Valentine’s Day. And now I’m turning my thoughts to something more serious — those essential-for-life muscles that beat inside their chests. After all, healthy hearts are as important for cats as they are for humans.