Ask the Vet


Dear Dr. Schelling,

My 13 year old cat was just diagnosed with chronic renal failure. Except for turning up her nose up at certain foods, she gave no indication of being sick. How did this happen?


Dear Rebecca,

It can be hard to tell that a cat is sick. This is especially true if the signs come on gradually, as in kidney failure. As a conscientious owner, you may be tempted to blame yourself, but in fact cats often hide illness. Click here to learn how to recognize your cat's sick signs before the next crisis.

Click here to read the full article.

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Should I brush my short haired cat?


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Dear Casey,

Absolutely, I am a short haired cat and love being brushed. In fact, I love it so much I made a list of all the reasons you should be brushing your cat too:
  • Regular brushing removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy skin.
  • Brushing can cut down on shedding, hairballs and distributes our natural oils for a shiny coat. Looking this good does take some maintenance after all.
  • If you’re using a flea comb you can help keep creepy crawlies off of us.
  • If you’re petting us while you brush our fur. This is also a good time to monitor our health, since we are your number one priority.
  • It’s a good time to bond. I always make sure each human in the office takes time to give me a relaxing massage, it is a part of their required breaks.


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WETNOZ URBAN DISH: Sure, the Wetnoz Urban Dish is stylish and sturdy (with a rubber ring bottom to help prevent skidding). But perhaps its best feature is its unique shape, which minimizes the chance that my super-sensitive whiskers will brush against it while eating or drinking. Recommended for both city and country cats.

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