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Fat Cats: Helping Your Cat Lose Weight

A recent study about feline obesity in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery found that cats don’t like being on a diet any more than people do!  While not surprising, it is interesting to note the behavior that led to this conclusion. Cats that were switched from free feeding to controlled, calorie-restricted feeding

What You Should Consider When Boarding Your Pet

Traveling is always fun, but not every travel itinerary is pet friendly. If you have an upcoming trip planned, you are probably looking for a reliable place to board your furry friend while you are away. For pet owners who have never left their pets behind or even those who have but are seeking

How to Deal with Pet Allergies in the Fall 

Have you ever suffered from a seasonal allergy? Fall weather is notoriously unpredictable and your furry family members are just as likely to suffer from fall allergies as you are. Though there is no pollen explosion during fall, pets have to contend with cooler temperatures, wind, falling leaves, and mold that can cause skin

8 Facts About Flea and Tick Prevention at Home

As the weather heats up, we become more aware of fleas and ticks. Most of us know how important it is to protect ourselves and our furry friends from these dastardly devils, but here are 8 facts about parasites you might not be aware of. Fact #1: Fleas and Ticks Spread Disease Fleas and ticks

June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month

By Elise Hattingh, DVM The summer forecast at the ASPCA is cats, cats and more cats! Monday, June 1, kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and marks the height of kitten season, the time of year when felines breed.  This time of year, shelters across the country get a major influx of homeless

It’s National Adopt-a-Cat-Month! Find YOUR New Best Friend at a Shelter

June is Adopt a Cat Month at the American Humane Society, so if you are considering adding a furry companion to your life, celebrate by visiting your local shelter. Spring is “kitten season,” and every year animal shelters fill up with loads of adorable newborn kitties and older cats in need of loving homes. Cats are

6 Potential Causes of Skin Problems in Cats

Your cat’s skin is actually an organ, and it’s one of the largest in the cat’s body. It serves a multitude of purposes, including: protecting the other organs and joints, keeping the cat’s body temperature stable, and producing glandular secretions, hair and claws. Most skin problems in cats result in redness and itching of the

Heartworms in Dogs and Cats

Heartworm is a parasite that all dog and cat owners have to be concerned about. Heartworm infections and heartworm disease are endemic amongst dogs in North Carolina, meaning that they are a widespread and ongoing health concern. Though cats are infected less often than dogs, when they are infected it is most often fatal, so

Viewing a Pet As More Than a Family Member

Your pets are family, no doubt about that! And as such, there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to keep them happy, safe and healthy. Your pet is more than that, though; s/he is an investment, too, in terms of the time, love and yes, even the money you’ve put into choosing, training and assimilating her into