How To Identify and Treat Cat Diabetes

pet cat getting shot at vet.

We want our kitties to feel loved and pampered, so we feed them especially tasty foods and treats. We say our cats are finicky and won’t eat anything but specialty foods. Our cats aren’t fat. They’re fluffy, right?

A Fat Cat Could Become a Sick Cat

It’s rare to find type 1 diabetes in cats, but it’s increasingly common to find type 2 in house cats. The main cause of diabetes is diet, although age can be a factor. Your senior cat might not be overweight but could still develop diabetes. Unneutered male cats, eight years of age and older, are also at high risk for developing the disease.

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Tips on Teaching Your Cat to Do Tricks

Owner training pet cat.

Your kitten or adopted cat may surprise you with clever antics like fetching or slam-dunking toys. Is it possible to teach cats to do other tricks? Here are some tips on cat trick training!

Why Teach Your Cat to Do Tricks?

Aside from your enjoyment of cat antics, teaching cats to do tricks or follow commands helps keep your pet active, engaged, and responsive. These are all good things for kitty’s mental and emotional health. Pets who are bored can become destructive and even aggressive. The more you can keep your kitty entertained; the happier and healthier your pet will be. 

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The Importance of Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Veterinarian holding cat in their arms.

August 22, 2021 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and serves as a great reminder that cats benefit from routine examinations. Because cats age much faster than humans (and they mask symptoms), it’s essential to stay in front of any developing health conditions. While we know it’s not always easy to convince a cat to enter their travel crate, routine appointments contribute to a higher quality of life. 

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Brushing A Cat’s Teeth: Why and How it Should be Done

A black cat gets its teeth brushed.

Like humans, cats’ teeth need to be taken care of on a daily basis to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. In fact, the majority of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they reach the age of three. Dental disease can cause pain, tooth loss, infection, and can even shorten your cat’s lifespan if bacteria from an oral infection enters the bloodstream. 

The absolute best way to protect your pet’s oral health is by brushing their teeth daily or at least three times per week. Brushing a cat’s teeth probably sounds like an impossible task, but with the right approach (along with a healthy dose of patience and persistence) most cats can learn to accept and even enjoy toothbrushing.

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On the Prowl: Improving Cat Safety When They Want to Go Out at Night

If you have a fluffy, furry, whiskered friend, you may find that they sleep all day. Contrary to popular opinion, cats are crepuscular, not nocturnal, and are most active around dawn and dusk. They are both recovering from intense activity at sunrise, and preparing for their evening romp. 

Depending on the cat, nightly activities may simply involve a patrol around the fenced yard. But they may also take in a roof walk, a crossing of a busy road, a fight with another cat, or even an entry into another home. Either way, cat safety is at stake.

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From Frisky to Foul: A Look at Feline Aggression (and How to Deal With It)

Taut whiskers. Pinned-back ears. Thrashing tail. Dilated pupils. Any of these signs of feline aggression are powerful warnings, but when combined with a fierce growl or hiss, an attack is imminent. 

There are no questions about a cat’s ability to defend themselves, but when they act out of character around their loved ones, it can be extremely worrisome. What’s behind feline aggression, and how should owners respond to it?

Big and Bad

Cats are experts at efficiently communicating using specific elements of body language. A close look at tail positioning can reveal their mental state. For instance, when they are scared or feel threatened, they will hold their tail close to the ground. Whipping it side to side may also be seen.

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My Cat Loves Cheese! Get The Facts About Cats and Cheese 

The image of a furry feline lapping up a bowl of milk is a common and widely accepted one. Some of us may even have grown up with Garfield going wild over a pan of lasagna. But can cats eat cheese? More specifically, should you be feeding them cheese?

Many cats love cheese, and it’s no surprise. The high protein and fat content as well as the delicious taste of cheese means your kitty will likely gobble it up. But as we learn more about the digestion of our feline friends, it has become clear that they are not designed to eat dairy, no matter how much they may seem to enjoy it. 

Keep reading as Blue Valley Animal Hospital explores cats and cheese, and the facts about feline health. 

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A Few Compromises: Celebrating Christmas With Your Cat

Cat owners know that our feline friends like this season of shiny, bright dangly things a little too much. Most of us have to make certain compromises to keep their favorite feline safe and healthy, but foregoing the whole month of December? Not necessary. 

The truth is, your cat can have their tuna-flavored cake and eat it, too. Ready to celebrate Christmas with your cat?

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Grooming, Nutrition & More: The Special Needs of Senior Cats

Aging cats are pretty set in their ways. They know exactly when it’s time for a meal and they draw from a cultivated collection of preferred nap zones. They expect attention at certain times, demand action for very specific reasons. In other words, they’ve got it all worked out. 

Of course, the needs of senior cats can change as they grow older, and it’s up to us to figure out the best ways to provide for them. That way, they can enjoy every moment of their golden years without pain, discomfort, or illness.

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What Every Cat Owner Should Know About FIV and FELV

A cat wakes from a nap

When looking for the right cat to bring home, finding one with a clean bill of health can be a top priority. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Infection (FELV) are cat-only diseases that can thwart a possible connection and adoption. However, the more prospective cat owners know about FIV and FELV, adoptions of these deserving cats can become more common. 

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