• Dr. William Rosenblad Dentistry & Oral Medicine BRUSHING TEETH Dental disease (especially periodontal disease) is the most common disease in our feline companions. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable disease. We can reduce or even prevent dental disease by feeding a crunchy diet and daily tooth brushing. The following are steps to guide you on how to brush your cat's teeth: ·[...]

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    QUESTIONNAIRE Your cat cannot explain his symptoms, so it’s the responsibility of you and your veterinarian to keep him healthy. Cats are very good at hiding their illness so it is up to you to observe your cat for abnormalities. Common indications of a "sick pet" include: lethargy, disorientation, weakness, weight loss, seizure, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, unproductive retching, [...]

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    HOW DO YOU CHOOSE? You have decided to open your heart and your home to a cat. But should you adopt a fresh, untrained kitten or go for a stately, older cat? Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages. The final decision should be based on your family's desires, lifestyles and needs. ADVANTAGES OF AN ADULT There is usually very little guesswork with an adult cat. He is as large as he is [...]

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    SENIOR CATS AND THE VET If your senior cat is getting biannual veterinary exams, you need not be alarmed at small changes in his behavior or expressions of minor discomfort. But one or more of the following symptoms could be caused by a range of minor or major illnesses. In these cases, it’s not your job to diagnose the disorder. Observe your cat and report his symptoms to your veterinarian as [...]

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    SHOULD YOUR CAT REPRODUCE? You love your cat dearly and think, wouldn’t the world be a better place if there were more cats just like her or him? However, before you breed your cat, take some time to consider whether or not it is the best thing to do and whether you are doing it for the right reasons. Make this decision carefully and only after a lot of research and talking with experienced [...]

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    TO SPAY/NEUTER OR NOT It’s time to start thinking about spaying or neutering your cat. But, you are not quite sure if it is the right thing to do. If you’re wondering whether you should just leave your cat as nature intended, consider the positive and negative aspects of spaying and neutering before making your decision. First, what does neutering mean? Neutering is a procedure used to [...]

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    TRIMMING YOUR CAT'S TOENAILS It’s that time again – time to trim your kitty’s toenails. But while some cats don’t seem to mind when you're trimming their nails, others just plain don't like it. And they are not at all shy about letting you know how they feel – by squirming and scratching. Following these suggestions for a proper nail trim might help you give your cat a not-so-arduous [...]

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