Nail Trims in Kittens

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Written by Sarah Nugen, DVM Candidate Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2023, Sandra Robbins BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP, Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA CTP Many owners struggle with trimming their cat’s nails. Nail trims, however, are important for your cat’s health and to prevent scratches of your furniture or … Continued

Training Your Cat to Use the Carrier

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  By Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA CTP, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional Since indoor cats rarely leave the house, they often become stressed or anxious when they are taken to the veterinary hospital once a year. Since cats learn by association, the sudden appearance of the carrier tends to signal that something scary is happening. … Continued

Cats and High Places: Keeping them off counters and tables

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Written by: Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Last week, I had an inquiry from a recent shelter cat adopter. This new adopter wanted to know how she can keep her new cat, Chowder, off counter tops and the table. It seems whenever they prepare food or eat, Chowder is right there waiting for his fair share. … Continued

Human Directed Aggression in Cats

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By Jillian M. Orlando, DVM, DACVB Photo courtesy of the Dr. Sophia Yin Collection If you have ever had your cat snuggle up to you on the couch then nip at your hand when you try to pet them, you are not alone. This is just one scenario in which some cats have shown aggression … Continued

Litter Box Basic: How to Choose the Best Box for Your Cat

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By Christine D. Calder DVM DACVB #1: It is all about the size: The bigger the box the better. Ideal size is big enough for the cat to turn around in the box without touching the sides of the box (1 ½ times the length of your cat from nose to base of the tail). … Continued

What to Do When Your Cat Thinks Outside of the Box

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Written by Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB, and Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB The most common behavioral concerns reported by clients about their cats involve litter box use.  Complaints about litter box use can often be prevented and usually be successfully treated if the client becomes good at observing their cat’s … Continued

Medication Station

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By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Over a lifetime, chances are your cat is going to need medication. However, getting a cat to take that medication is a different story. Utilizing a medication station can help you teach cats that taking medication can be a positive and stress free experience. Step 1: Choose a mat. This … Continued

Meet Alana Stevenson, Creator of “Feline Fundamentals” Webinars

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We are excited to offer new feline handling webinars by noted animal behaviorist Alana Stevenson. Alana has been helping dog and cat owners resolve their pets’ behavioral problems since early 2003. She is certified in Low Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats, is on the Cat-Friendly Practice Advisory Council for the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and is the … Continued

The Scruff Substitute

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Dr. Sally J. Foote, DVM, LSHC-Silver This type of restraint is called the “cowl technique.”  A pillowcase, flannel baby blanket, or thin hand towel is rolled into a tube and wrapped quickly around the neck like a doughnut to hold the head.  The point of restraint is like scruffing but does not create the association … Continued

Ask Debbie: Getting Kitty to the Vet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-Silver Send Questions to DGass@cattledogpublishing.com I’m always thankful for the opportunity to be able to help pet owners, and in turn help make things easier for pets that have been entrusted into our care. This month’s topic is one that comes often, and it is frequently asked by clients at the … Continued