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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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How Often Should a Cat Poop?

Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM While it may seem like a trivial topic, litter box behavior can tell you a lot about your cat’s health. As it turns out, cat owners should keep an eye on how often their cat poops. How Can We Help? To help you understand what is healthy and when you should be concerned, we are going to go over everything you need to know about your cat’s bowel movements. We will explain how often your cat should be pooping and what it could mean if they are going too frequently or not often
How Often Should You Change Cat Litter

How Often Should You Change Cat Litter?

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Cats are clean animals. Unlike dogs, felines constantly groom themselves and they’re notoriously picky about where they urinate and defecate. A cat can develop physical and mental ailments if they’re unable to clean themselves or forced to live in a dirty space. Therefore, it’s essential that cat parents provide their cats with a sanitary litter box. Here, we’ve provided a guide on litter box maintenance to keep your cat happy and healthy. We’ll go over how often you should change your cat litter as well as reasons why a routine cleaning is
How to Sedate a Cat for Travel

How to Sedate a Cat for Travel

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian Traveling long distances with your cat can be stressful for both you and your furry friend. Whether you’re commuting via car, plane, or just walking to your veterinary appointment, there are many ways to help make the trip easier for you and your cat. What Should I Use to Transport My Cat? It’s important to make sure your pet is safely secured in a cat carrier when you’re traveling. There are many different types of carriers on the market and they all serve the same purpose. Soft zipper carriers are a good
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Why is my Cat Losing Weight?

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM So, you noticed that your cat is losing weight and seeming slimmer or lighter on your lap. From food type, dental health, a medical condition, even bowl placement, there are a lot of reasons why your cat is losing weight. Let’s break down some reasons why to get your cat back on the right track.   Read more about Dr. Parker at Meet Our Vets Reasons Your Cat is Losing Weight Let’s start with cat food and food placement. First, did you recently change cat food? Or did you start changing volumes of food offered? Did you move
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Cat Enrichment Solved

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM How to fulfill your indoor cat’s desires through cat enrichment! There are many reasons cat parents keep cats indoors: for safety reasons, protect the surrounding environment or wildlife, or to just to keep them out of trouble. If you worry your indoor cat is bored, gaining weight, or generally missing out, but do not feel comfortable with allowing them outside, and I recommend keeping all cats indoors, here are a few ways to make indoors more fun. Learn more about Dr. Parker at Meet Our Vets Cat Enrichment Ideas Outdoor cats often hunt small prey. Therefore,
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CBD Oil for Pets

More and more pet owners are turning to natural alternatives to help their dogs and cats thrive and heal from anxiety, arthritis, epilepsy, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. Hemp products that include CBD are one of the natural products that has seen tremendous growth in the pet products space, such as CBD oil for pets, and there is extensive university research that validates this.  How to Use CBD Oil for Pets Botanimal, a company providing organically grown Phytocannibinoid-rich hemp oil products, answers the most-asked questions about CBD and also provides a list of scientific studies on the effects of CBD on
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Why is my Cat Overgrooming?

Written by Dr. Candice Bittner, DVM Cats are tricky, secretive creatures. Even the most sociable cat will tend to do their itching or overgrooming in private. It can be hard to know your cat is itchy if you aren’t seeing them in the act, however there are patterns of symptoms, such as cat overgrooming, which suggest that your cat is uncomfortable.  Learn more about Dr. Bittner on Meet Our Vets How to Stop Cat Overgrooming When cats itch and overgroom they fall into one of three categories:  1. Head and neck pruritus – cat overgrooming of their face/ears/neck and end up with
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How to Prevent Hairballs in Cats

Written by Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM If you have a cat, you know about hairballs. Hairballs are common and they can be really frustrating to have to clean up all the time. In this article we will discuss why cats get hairballs, the difference between vomiting up hairballs and coughing, and what you can do to try to decrease how often your cat produces hairballs for you to clean up. Read Dr. Brooks’ biography at Meet Our Vets Why Do Cats Get Hairballs? Cats are great at grooming themselves and keeping their fur nice and clean. But oftentimes they end up

Why Do Cats Pee Outside the Litter Box?

Written by Dr. Sam Parker, DVM Cats peeing outside the litter box is a common issue that could be behavioral or medical. Read on, dear cat parent, and heed the Laws of the Litter Box… Well, the laws if your cat could write them! Dr. Parker, a vet with Hello Ralphie, reveals possible reasons why your cat may be peeing outside the litter box. Why is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box? There are several medical reasons why your cat may urinate outside the litter box. When in doubt, veterinarians will run a urinalysis or urine culture to determine if it