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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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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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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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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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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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Is your cat normal?

Our newest episode of Tails from The Cat Doctor will be available Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 (EST) and is one you don't want to miss! In this episode, we do things a little differently and instead of going on a house call, we teach you how to conduct your own brief "exam" on your cat at home. Learning what's normal and what's not normal will help you determine when your cat is in need of a vet visit, which means you can catch serious illnesses and other problems much earlier, making it possible for you to treat things more quickly, more inexpensively, and more efficiently.

Do you know what healthy cat eyes look like? Do you know how your cat's ears should look? How about his mouth and his tail? What about his feet and toes and nails? In this special how-to episode, we'll walk you through the simple things to look for to determine whether your cat is healthy or not and help you identify small changes as soon as they happen, instead of waiting until they are far advanced and indicate a possible bigger medical problem.

Starring Dr. Neely's own cat, Snowball, this is an episode every cat owner must see! If you've read our article about Cat Illness Symptoms, you're sure to love this episode that walks you through each step to make you the best advocate for your cat's health!

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Cat Hyperthyroidism Explored in Reality TV Episode

This Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern), please join us for a must-see episode of Tails from The Cat Doctor reality tv, where we meet Tiger, a cat diagnosed with hyperthyroidism who has many obstacles to overcome. It's a must see episode for many reasons, but primarily because knowing the signs and symptoms of these diseases can save your cat's life! And, in this episode, we thoroughly explore all of the treatment options available to cats diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism. For owners struggling to make a decision about how to treat this condition, you won't want to miss Tiger's story!

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Feline Allergies addressed in new Tails from The Cat Doctor Reality TV Episode

Tonight at 7:30 PM (EST), tune in to our new episode of Tails from The Cat Doctor, when we visit Blue and Simba, two precious Persian brothers who are itching for an answer for their hair loss, scabs, and bumps. In this episode, we conquer one of the biggest myths in cat health: that indoor cats can't get fleas! Learn more about cat flea allergies in tonight's episode. It's one you won't want to miss!

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Radio and Reality TV Show Update

Hi everyone! Just a few quick updates about the exciting things to expect from Ask The Cat Doctor this week!

First and foremost, please join us tonight for a very special broadcast of Ask The Cat Doctor Talk Radio, as we are joined by veterinarian and behaviorist Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil from Tufts University to discuss more about senior cats, why to adopt them, special considerations to make, and much more. As always, we will also be taking your calls live with any questions or stories you care to share with us.

This week on Tails from The Cat Doctor, it's another must-see regarding your cats, indoor or outdoor. Flea allergies, as many of you know, are quite common in cats, and this is a show you won't want to miss, as we meet two adorable little Persian cats who are quite itchy and help you understand how to care for this problem. Join us at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday for this episode!

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Must-See and Must-Hear Cat Information

We have two bits of news today that we wanted to share about some must-see and must-hear cat health information.

First, our radio show from this past Wednesday was all about preventing and reversing litter box problems, which many of you have or want to avoid! If you didn't have the chance to hear the show, you can listen to the podcast here. It's information that every cat owner needs to hear, and in lieu of no live radio show on Sunday, May 5th, listening to this episode is the next best thing!

We also wanted to invite you to join us for part 2 of Maggie's Misdiagnosis on our Tails from The Cat Doctor reality video series, which is a story of a diabetic cat who was sadly misdiagnosed with a fibrosarcoma. The second episode airs this Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. (EST). In the second part of her story, we race to save her from her untreated diabetes before it is too late, if it isn't already. As you have seen in the first episode, because of her diagnosis of this fatal cancer, Maggie's mom left her diabetes untreated for months, but when we arrived and found that her "cancer" was nothing more than a benign fatty tumor, the plan changed, and our fears of having to euthanize a cat with cancer quickly shifted to fears of losing her to her diabetes.

Both episodes are sure to shed some light about the importance of getting second opinions whenever your cat has a serious diagnosis. If you haven't had a chance to watch part one, be sure to check it out before part 2 airs this Saturday. It's available on-demand on our Episodes page!

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Our Latest Cat Video Reality Show

Maggie's Misdiagnosis, our third episode of the Tails from The Cat Doctor reality television series, is a heart-wrenching story that could prove fatal for our patient. You'll never go without a second opinion after hearing her story, which is available now on-demand. Part two of her story will air Saturday, May 4th. You don't want to miss either episode!

Also, for those who struggle with cat aggression or have problems with biting, tonight's broadcast of Ask The Cat Doctor talk radio is one you won't want to miss either! Tune in at 6 p.m. (EST) at the Blog Talk Radio website.

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Feline Diabetes Symptoms on Ask The Cat Doctor Talk Radio

Tonight on Ask The Cat Doctor Talk Radio, we are joined by special guest Susan Calder to discuss diabetes in cats and much more. Susan and Dr. Neely both have diabetic cats at home and share their experiences, from diagnosis to treatment to ongoing fears.

Please join us at 6 p.m. (EST) and feel free to call in with your questions about this or any other topic related to cats! Listen here.

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Tails from The Cat Doctor Episode Two Airs Saturday

This Saturday, April 20, join us for a new episode at 7:30 PM Eastern! This time, we visit five felines in one house, explore an amazing outdoor cat enclosure, address obesity, cardiomyopathy, and more... Plus, there are some surprises in store for us as we arrive for this cat house call that are sure to bring some laughs.

Tails from The Cat Doctor: Felin' Fine Times Five goes live 4/20/2013 at 7:30 PM (EST) and will be available on-demand if you miss the initial airing!

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Tails from The Cat Doctor Episode One Now Available

Our pilot episode, Momma's Miracle, went off without a hitch Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM Eastern. If you missed it or haven't had the chance to watch yet, please check it out on-demand at our eWave channel.

We would love your feedback about the show and our concept for the entire series. Our goal in this reality television series is to provide an educational and entertaining look into our lives as we visit patients on house calls for cats throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, but we want this to be everything you want it to be and more! Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Thank you for your support with our first episode. We hope you'll join us again next Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 (EST) for the next episode of Tails from The Cat Doctor. Please stay tuned for sneak peeks of the next episode throughout the week!

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Reality Television Series: Ask The Cat Doctor TV

Our reality television series, Ask The Cat Doctor TV, is designed to provide an educational and entertaining look into the lives of cats, sharing everything we know and love about them with you!

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Bella Bleu - 1999 - March 6, 2013

You showed up in our backyard one sunny July day in 1999. You rubbed against my husband's leg and looked up and meowed at him, as if to say, I'm yours.

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