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Caring for Your Cat with Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Learn about types of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) and caring for cats with FIP.
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Why Is My Cat Sneezing?

Cats may sneeze because there’s a tickle in their nose, dust or allergens in the area, or a particularly potent smell in the room. However, if your cat frequently sneezes, they could have an upper respiratory infection (URI).  Like the common cold in humans, URIs affect your kitty’s sinuses, leaving them feeling stuffy and needing rest. This article will guide you through the causes, symptoms, and potential treatment of an upper respiratory infection.   How Can Your Cat Contract an Upper Respiratory Infection? A viral infection is the most common cause (80%-90% of all cases) of URIs in cats. Different viruses

What to Do When Your Cat Hates Going to the Vet

The experience of taking your cat to the vet can be a stressful experience for both of you. Cats are attached to their home territory and are most comfortable with routine and a familiar environment. Getting into a carrier, traveling in a car, and being examined by a stranger can cause a lot of anxiety. If you struggle with your cat’s regular vet exams, here are six tips that can make your next vet visit easier for both you and your feline friend.  6 Tips to Make Taking Your Cat to the Vet Easier Taking your cat to the vet
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Choosing the Right Pet Food

What is the right food to feed my pet? What happens when my pet needs a special diet? There’s a lot of conflicting information and confusion out there about specialty pet food and pet supplements. Dr. Candice Bittner, DVM has offered up some expert knowledge to help pet parents choose the right food for their pets. Q: What’s the most important aspect of pet nutrition? What should pet parents look for? A: I’ll start by saying that aside from being a veterinarian, I’m also a pet parent. More specifically, I’m a pet parent to a dog with skin issues, so I

Does My Cat Have Arthritis?

Cats are notorious for hiding pain, but if you’re observant, you may be able to detect if they need help with aging bones and joints. If you’re seeing these signs, it may be time to talk with a veterinarian to see if your cat may be suffering from feline arthritis. Signs of Arthritis in Cats Since cats tend to hide pain to varying degrees, signs of arthritis can be subtle at first. Things you may notice with your cat are: stiffness when getting up walking rigidly or limping hesitant or unable to jump up or down from heights difficulty going
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Why Is My Cat Throwing Up?

If you own a cat, you have probably come across more than a few unpleasant piles of cat vomit around the house. While cat vomit can be annoying, it is not always a cause for concern. Cats throw up to eliminate hairballs, expel grass and other non-food items, and regurgitate food they have eaten too quickly. With that said, there are other situations when a cat’s vomiting can indicate a more serious issue. To help you understand why your cat is vomiting, we’ll go over the different reasons why felines throw up. We will also explain what you can do

What to Do When Your Cat Has Diarrhea

Many of the concerns cat owners bring to their vets are related to diarrhea. If your cat is producing loose or wet stool, you might be wondering what you should do. Luckily, we are here to help! Why Do Cats Get Diarrhea? Just like humans, cats are susceptible to the occasional episode of diarrhea. In fact, cats often develop diarrhea for many of the same reasons that humans do! In most cases, cat diarrhea occurs because their gastrointestinal tract cannot absorb nutrients properly. It may also result when the digestive system cannot function at full capacity, often the result of
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How to Tell if Your Pet is Overweight and Why it Matters

There is a worldwide obesity crisis amongst the global population leading to a rapid rise in cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and even certain types of cancer. While this is certainly a serious issue that deserves our attention, relatively few people know that pet obesity is also common and is one of the most preventable health issues we find in dogs, cats, and other types of pets. The simple truth is, overweight pets tend to live shorter lives than lean and fit pets. Not only are obese and overweight dogs and cats at a higher risk of developing a variety of
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Celebrating Small and Independent Pet Businesses Across Virginia

One of the most rewarding things you can do as a pet parent is finding a local pet business that knows your pet and their needs and treats them with love and respect. At Hello Ralphie, we support these local, independent businesses and have chosen to highlight a few of our favorites in the state of Virginia!
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Is Lysol Toxic to Cats – How to Keep Your Cat Safe When Using Household Products

Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM There is a good chance that you own and use Lysol products, as these household cleaners and disinfectants are considered staple products for most families. But have you ever wondered if they could be toxic for your pets? Lysol products are some of the most popular cleaning agents on the planet. They are known for their ability to quickly clean and disinfect household surfaces and rid homes of dangerous germs. Lysol has become even more popular and widely used throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic. While commercial disinfectants can be useful, relatively few people