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Cat in Heat: Making Her More Comfortable

My cat is, I believe, in heat and keeps on crying. Please advise me on any medicine or treatment can help her. Thanks! Dear Jackie, While feline contraceptives

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Is it time to put my elderly cat down?

Hi Doctor, I have an 18 year old cat who we have been struggling to keep healthy over the past couple of years. We almost lost him last year to an illness

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Cat Zoonotic Diseases

There are diseases that can be transmitted between humans and animals. Read this discussion of cat zoonotic diseases by Dr. Neely, an experienced cat doctor and cat lover

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Cat Ringworm: Understanding a Zoonotic Disease

Cat ringworm is a zoonotic disease that is a fairly common cause of hair loss in cats. Learn more about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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Going away on a long vacation- better to leave cat at home or with a friend?

Hi, Dr. Neely, My boyfriend and I are going on a vacation to Mexico for three weeks. Our roommate will not be home during the vacation or I would leave

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How to introduce two kittens to three cats

I recently adopted two female kittens (16 weeks) and I have to introduce them to my three two year olds (two females and one male). They are all spayed/neutered

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Is my cat mad at me?? :(

Hi Dr. Neely, I have a 4 year old cat Tala. I have her since she was 4 months old. She was kind and loving cat. She likes playing and still likes to

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Cat Clawing Furniture

QUESTION How can I stop our cat from clawing our leather lounge sofa? Do you have any suggestions! We are desperate! Thank you, Lisa Hi, Lisa, There

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Cat Asthma

Cat asthma is a very real and prominent concern. This chronic feline respiratory disease is much more serious than a cat coughing!

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Administering Feline Medications

Did you know there are many forms of feline medications available? Whether giving your cat a pill, liquid, chewable, or skin-applied drug, it's easy to find a way to administer vital cat medicine.

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Can't Catch My Cat to Take to the Veterinarian

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoy reading your responses. You do a great service! I have a problem getting a five year old

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The best solution for cats and leather sofas?

Hello Dr. Neely, My girlfriend is moving in with me and she has two cats. I have read about waterguns, electric deterrents, sofa covers, citrus scents,

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Elderly Cat Not Eating: A Euthanasia Decision

When your elderly cat stops eating, drinks very little, and is deteriorating before your eyes, how do you proceed with his care?

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Kitten Weight Chart

A kitten weight chart can help you determine whether your newborn kitten is gaining enough weight. This can be a huge indicator of proper health and development!

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Feline Anal Glands Problem

Feline Anal Glands are often an unknown anatomical part of the cat's body to their human caretakers. Potential problems include impaction which can lead to infection and even abscess and rupture.

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Feline Stroke: It DOES Exist and Can Have a Good Prognosis

Yes, there is such a thing as a Feline Stroke. It's being recognized more and more recently. Learn about the risk factors and treatment because a cat stroke can have a very good prognosis!

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Feline Weight Loss: When Your Cat Losing Weight Isn't Normal

Feline weight loss is a concern at any age, When a cat is losing weight unintentionally, there is something wrong, but it may be very treatable if caught early.

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Cat Health: Eyes

When it comes to cat health, eyes play a very important part. Many different disease conditions can affect your cat's eyes. Knowing what is normal will let you see abnormalities in your kitty's eyes.

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Cat Heart Disease

It comes as no surprise that your cat has a heart, but did you know that any feline can develop cat heart disease? Learn more about the types, symptoms, and treatment options available.

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Feline FIP: Understanding a Deadly Cat Virus

I painfully learned of Feline FIP, feline infectious peritonitis, long before becoming a veterinarian. FIP in cats is heartbreaking, but sometimes, there is hope.

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Cat Diabetes: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Are you wondering if your favorite feline friend has cat diabetes? Are you scared? Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of feline diabetes so your cat can lead a long, healthy life.

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Cat Elimination Problems

Cat Elimination Problems are the most frequent behavioral problems. Urinating or defecating outside the box frustrates many cat owners. Dr. Shelby Neely has decades of experience with this problem

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Feline Bad Breath: What It Means

Is feline bad breath bothering you? Or maybe you don't know if your cat has bad breath or not .... Learn about this silent killer and what you need to do to protect your cat.

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New Cute Cat Video!

In our newest YouTube video, an adorable Persian cat learns to wave on command using cat training methods including clicker training and positive reinforcement!

Cats can learn how to do a number of tricks and commands, whether its cat toilet training, sitting, staying, or even interesting little tricks, like "waving", "shaking paws", or "rolling over". Cats are just as trainable as dogs!

Check it out here:

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Taking Care of Kittens

Taking Care of Kittens is simple if Mother Cat is able to and does her job well, but that is not always the case.There are things that you, as human Mom, need to monitor to keep all safe and healthy.

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Cat Behavior: Funny or Downright Frustrating?

Does cat behavior puzzle you? Are you just curiousabout the things your cat does? Or do you need to change a really undesirable behavior that your kitty is exhibiting? We've got lots of answers!

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An Introduction to Feline Illnesses and other Cat Health Problems

This introduction to Feline Illnesses and other cat health problems explains what makes cats get sick and what can be done to help them. Includes a table of the major feline diseases.

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FIV: Understanding Cat AIDS

FIV, also known as Cat Aids, is one of several viruses that can be deadly for your cat. Learn more about what it is, how it's diagnosed, and what to expect for a positive cat..

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World Cat Day 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014 is the best day of the year. Why? Well, it's World Cat Day!

World Cat Day was founded in 2002 by the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). It's a day to celebrate all things related to our furry friends.

It seems unfair that, although our cats have been our friends for over 9,500 years, we've only been celebrating our connection with them for the last 12. But for us cat lovers, every day is a celebration.

Please join us on Facebook today to share why you love your cats and ways you might celebrate today!

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Cat Diarrhea: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Cat Diarrhea is one of the most frequent reasons cats are taken to the vet. There are many causes, and treatment of feline diarrhea requires a proper diagnosis and a dose of patience for the owner.

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Newborn Kitten Care

Newborn Kitten Care can be both one of the most exciting experiences you've ever had and one of the most devastating. Learn why and how to do it right!

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Feline Sneezing: Causes and Treatment

Feline sneezing almost always results from upper respiratory infections, “feline colds”. These infections are most often caused by feline viruses. But they can be much more serious than our "colds".

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats: So Treatable if Diagnosed Early

Hyperthyroidism in cats is a common and serious disease. Fortunately, cat thyroid problems are very treatable if it is diagnosed early. Learn the signs of feline thyroid disease now!

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Sweepstakes Giveaways and Cat Contests

Ask The Cat Doctor sweepstakes giveaways and cat contests are a fun way to celebrate your love of cats and win great prizes for yourself and the felines in your life!

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Tiger Teasers Interactive Cat Toy

The Tiger Teasers interactive cat toy is among our newest and favorite toys! Learn why our cats love them here!

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Cat Tree Review: The Cat Power Tower

A cat tree tree is a simple structure designed to make use of that unused vertical space in your home to enrich your kitty’s life. The Cat Power Tower, though, is much more than a simple cat condo.

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A Cat with Cancer - Difficult Decisions

A Cat with Cancer brings sadness and difficult decisions to its human loved ones. This case involving feline adenocarcinoma of the mammary glands illustrates this well.

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Cat drooling and bad breath after cat fight

My cat came back from outdoors the day before yesterday and had obviously been fighting with another cat. Since then he is drooling loads and his breath

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Chin

My son's beloved cat was hit by a car today and died. My son was home from school because he was sick and he noticed his sweet buddy hadn't been around

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WEEZER - The Light of Our Lives, 1995-2013 RIP

Weezer was the light of our lives. He made us complete and showed us how to truly love ourselves, others, and all other creatures. He can never be replaced,

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Ask The Cat Doctor Talk Radio Show

Do you have a cat question? Our new cat talk radio show is the perfect place to go to find all of the answers to your cat questions, no matter how big or small, from cat vet Dr. Shelby Neely!

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Tinkerbell - 15th August 2013 she died

My beautiful tortoiseshell cat Tinkerbell came to us emaciated. She was left to fend for herself by a neighbor who just decided to throw her out. She

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Peanut born February 26 2009 passed July 2 2013

Peanut passed away almost four weeks ago and I still can not stop crying. I miss my baby Peanut so much. He was only four years old, and it all happened

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Jada and Serenity, Gone but will never be forgotten.

Jada and Serenity were my babies. Jada was a Tortie point Himalayan and Serenity was a calico Persian. They had the same dad, different moms. They were

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My Beloved Sophie 2001 - 2013

I feel so guilty and utterly heartbroken at having put my beautiful Sophie to sleep. One minute she was fit and healthy but suddenly had vomiting and diarrhea.

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How to help your cat lose weight

Tonight on "Tails from The Cat Doctor" we discuss dangers of obesity and how to hep your cat lose weight safely and effectively. Starring Wuzzle, a gorgeous Persian cat, we discuss grooming, microchipping, and more, too. Please join us for this must-see episode!

The show will be available on-demand starting the evening of June 15th.

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This Saturday: Catch Up on Past Episodes!

After running new episodes for 6 straight weeks, we're taking this Saturday, June 8th, off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on past episodes of Tails from The Cat Doctor. Visit the Episodes Page at the Tails from The Cat Doctor website to see any that you missed, and be sure to check back next Saturday, June 15th for an all new episode!

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Cat Illnesses In-Depth

This past Saturday, part 2 of learning how to examine and observe your cat at home became available on-demand on Tails from The Cat Doctor. The feedback about these how-to guides has been wonderful, so if you haven't seen them yet, please take the time to watch. Your kitty will thank you for it, as will your wallet when you're catching illnesses earlier and getting to treat them more cheaply and efficiently.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5, on Ask The Cat Doctor Talk Radio, we dive in to the topic of a very specific cat illness that tends to plague young, innocent kittens. It's a heart-breaking and devastating disease known as feline infectious peritonitis, or FIP, and it is almost always fatal. With no known cure and no prevention, the battle against this cat virus is a heavy one, but one that we want to tackle head-on.

Wednesday at 8 pm (EST), please join us and Steve Dale from the Winn Feline Foundation for an important awareness-raising broadcast of Ask The Cat Doctor Talk Radio. We will talk about signs and symptoms, causes and theories, and research that is being done to hopefully find the cure to this devastating disease.

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How does your cat "look" inside?

Last week on Tails from The Cat Doctor, we taught you how to examine your cat at home externally, looking at everything from their eyes and ears to toes and tail! Tonight, though, we show you how to see if everything is working well internally, by watching simple things like appetite, drinking, litter box habits, and behavior. This episode is another must-see for all cat parents so you will know the signs to look for! It will be available tonight on-demand on eWave tv.

We also have an exciting radio show guest coming up this week. Steve Dale, the pet expert, co-founder of the CATalyst Counsel, Winn Feline Foundation representative, radio and tv personality, joins us for an important discussion about a heart-breaking, but not well-known disease, called Feline FIP that often afflicts young kittens. It's a discussion you won't want to miss this Wednesday at 8 pm on Blog Talk Radio.

We hope you'll join us as we continue to share as much information about keeping your cats healthy as we can!

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