Ask the Vet about Cats: Easy Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

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From the publisher of Cat Fancy magazine comes Ask the Vet About Cats, a comprehensive manual to caring for your cat. Ask the Vet's author Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M., draws from her many years of clinical practice as a feline veterinarian to compile and answer over eighty of the most commonly asked catcare questions. Spiral bound for easy use, this manual helps you become a better cat owner by placing all your cat-care questions and answers in one easy-to-reference location. From birth to senior years to ...
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Overview

From the publisher of Cat Fancy magazine comes Ask the Vet About Cats, a comprehensive manual to caring for your cat. Ask the Vet's author Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M., draws from her many years of clinical practice as a feline veterinarian to compile and answer over eighty of the most commonly asked catcare questions. Spiral bound for easy use, this manual helps you become a better cat owner by placing all your cat-care questions and answers in one easy-to-reference location. From birth to senior years to common health and husbandry concerns, Ask the Vet About Cats has the remedies and cat-care tips you are looking for. By helping you become more aware of behavior, nutrition, lifestyle, and other health concerns related to your cat, you will understand how to properly care for your cat at home and when to seek veterinary care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931993005
  • Publisher: BowTie Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Behavior 9
How do I prevent my cat from scratching furniture? 10
How do I stop my cat from biting? 11
How can I stop my cat from chewing on things? 11
How can I tell if my cat grooms excessively, and what can I do to prevent this? 12
How do I train my cat to use a litter box? 13
My cat started urinating outside the litter box. What can I do? 13
Why does my cat spray, and how do I stop her from spraying? 15
How do I introduce a new cat in the household if I already have a cat? 16
My cat hides from me. What can I do? 17
How can I keep my cat from freaking out when I take her to the vet? 17
My cat meows constantly. Is there anything I can do? 18
How do I keep my cat from eating or destroying my plants? 19
Diet and Digestion 21
Is dry cat food better than canned for my cat's teeth and gums? 22
What does it mean if my cat stops eating? 22
How can I stop my cat's frequent vomiting? 23
How can I firm up my cat's stool? 23
How do I know if my cat is constipated? What can I do? 24
What can I do to help my cat with hairballs? 25
My cat likes to play with strings. Is this dangerous? 25
My cat goes outside and likes to hunt. Is this dangerous? 26
What does it mean if my cat becomes jaundiced? 26
How do I know if my cat is at a healthy weight? 27
Parasites and Zoonoses 29
How do I know if my cat has worms? 30
Can I get parasites from my cat? 31
What other parasites can cause gastrointestinal disease? 31
What methods of flea control work best? 32
How do I know if my cat has mange? 33
Can I get ringworm from my cat? 33
If I'm pregnant, can I handle my cat? 34
What is cat scratch disease? 34
Can my cat get Lyme disease? 35
Is my cat at risk for heartworms? 35
My cat has flea allergy dermatitis. What can I do to make my cat more comfortable? 36
Why does my kitten still have loose stool after testing negative for parasites? 36
If my cat scratches her ears, does she have ear mites? 37
Vaccines and Routine Care 39
How do I administer medicine to my cat? 40
Should I vaccinate my cat? If so, how often? 41
What is the FRCP vaccine? 42
What are feline leukemia and feline AIDS? 43
How can my cat contract rabies? 44
How will I know if my cat is having a reaction to a vaccine? 45
What other vaccines are there? 46
When will my kitten lose his baby teeth? 47
What happens when a cat is declawed? 48
What form of identification will help my cat get found if he gets lost? 48
Can routine vaccines cause cancer? 49
First Aid and Emergency Care 51
How do I find an emergency animal clinic? 52
How can I tell if my cat has a fever? 52
Is it safe to give my cat aspirin? 53
What should I do if my cat gets into a fight? 54
What should I do if I cut a toenail too short and it bleeds? 55
What should I do if my cat gets overheated? 55
What should I do if I suspect my cat has fractured a limb? 56
How dangerous is antifreeze to cats? 56
What should I do if my cat eats something that's bad for her? 57
What should I do if a bee or wasp stings my cat? 58
What should I do if my cat is hit by a car? 58
What does it mean if there is blood in my cat's stool? 59
My cat is rapidly losing weight. What can this mean? 59
Reproduction 61
At what age can I sterilize my pet? 62
Should I let my female cat go through a heat cycle before I spay her? 63
Why should I neuter my male cat? 64
How long is a cat pregnant? 64
Can my cat get pregnant while she is nursing a litter? 65
What can be done to stop an accidental pregnancy? 65
At what age should I wean my kitten? 65
My male cat only has one testicle. Should I be concerned? 66
What should I do about my cat's vaginal discharge? 67
Should I be concerned about a lump in my cat's mammary region? 67
Is there anything I can do to help control the stray cat population? 68
Is herpes transferable from a mother cat to her kittens? 68
I am interested in breeding my cat, but I am concerned about hip dysplasia. Is it hereditary? 69
Geriatrics 71
How do I calculate the age of my cat in human years? When is a cat old? 72
When is my cat too old to handle anesthesia? 72
Can my cat eat if she is missing teeth? 73
What does it mean if my cat drinks excessive amounts of water? 74
Can cats have high blood pressure? 74
What happens to a cat with hyperthyroidism? 75
How can I tell if my cat has cancer? 75
Do cats get arthritis? 76
How is heart disease diagnosed in cats? 77
How do I know when it is time to put my cat to sleep? 78
My cat has diabetes mellitus. What care do I need to provide her? 79
General Health 81
What are some general ways I can help protect my cat from disease? 82
Should I have my cat's teeth cleaned? 82
How can I tell if my cat can't see? 83
What can I do if my cat's eye is red and squinting? 84
Can cats develop allergies? 84
Can I catch a cold from my cat? 85
What should I do if my cat is straining to urinate? 86
What should I do if my cat gags and wheezes? 87
My cat's coat doesn't look good. Could there be a problem? 88
I would like to take my cat on vacation with me. What steps should I take to prepare him for a trip? 88
Should I get pet insurance? 89
My cat is shaking his head and scratching his ears. What, besides ear mites, can cause this? 90
What can I do to prevent impacted anal glands? 90
Should I worry if my cat pants excessively? 90
How often should I take my cat to the veterinarian? 91
How do I deal with the death of my cat? 91
Conclusion 92
Index 93
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