• DAILY EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT Have you ever watched your cat exercise? Perhaps your kitty’s exercise regimen consists of a mad dash around the house – a furry bullet dashing from room to room. Or possibly it’s jumping up on horizontal (and even vertical) surfaces, tearing up the carpets and furniture, or attacking your feet in the middle of the night. Or maybe it’s stalking or pawing at [...]

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    Ed Kane Nutrition WHAT CATS NEED TO EAT Good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential elements for good health. The ideal diet for your cat includes a good quality food and plenty of fresh water. Your cat should be fed amounts sufficient to meet energy and caloric requirements. Inadequate or excess intake of nutrients can be equally harmful. Dry cat foods have greater caloric density [...]

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    BE PREPARED Pregnancy and giving birth can be a frightening, confusing and painful experience for both you and your cat. However, understanding proper pregnancy care can help make the process go more smoothly and help you know what is normal. It can also help you to determine when it is time to get the veterinarian involved. GESTATION Many people consider the time from breeding to delivery to [...]

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    Ed Kane Nutrition FEEDING PROPERLY FOR GOOD HEALTH Kittens bounce off walls, propel themselves through the air and pounce at warp speed toward anything that moves, especially toys. The only time they seem to slow down is to wash their faces after a satisfying meal. And what could be more satisfying than a meal that supplies all the necessary nutrients. Meeting your kittens nutritional [...]

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    Dr. Rebecca Remillard Nutrition OVERVIEW Obesity is defined as the excessive accumulation of body fat. At least 25 percent of all cats are considered obese or are likely to become obese. It is the most common nutrition-related health condition in cats in our society. The primary causes of obesity are overeating and lack of exercise. When regular caloric intake exceeds the energy burned, the [...]

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    WORMS Most people are aware that their pets have worms, but just what are these worms, where do they get them and how do you get rid of them? When pet owners talk about worms, they are really talking about all gastrointestinal parasites. And there are several gastrointestinal parasites that commonly affect our dogs and cats. ROUNDWORMS Roundworms are visible in your pet’s stool or vomit. They[...]

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    Dr. Douglas Brum General Practice & Preventative Medicine UNDERSTANDING THE FLEA For millions of pets and people, the tiny flea is a remorseless enemy. The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouthparts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites your cat, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may [...]

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    Dr. Debra Primovic General Practice & Preventative Medicine - Theriogenology OVERVIEW Pregnancy is the period of gestation when the young are developing in the mother’s uterus. Normal gestation in cats is 58 to 68 days (the average is 63 days). The litter size in cats varies from one kitten to more than 10. Litter sizes are often smaller in young and old animals and largest when the mother[...]

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    Dr. Debra Primovic General Practice & Preventative Medicine RECHECK EXAM Delaying or not having a recheck exam can hurt your cat. A recheck examination is an appointment that allows your veterinarian to assess the progress and follow-up on your cat's disease or problem. Maybe you are thinking you can skip it because your cat is doing better? Even if your cat physically looks and feels [...]

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