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Heatstroke
Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency that must be treated immediately by a veterinarian. While enroute to medical care, your cat should be covered by cool wet towels. A cat suffering from heatstroke may be delirious, semi-conscious, panting ...

Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors
Cats first came in from the wild and took up residence with humans in ancient Egypt as early as 2500 B.C. - and the controversy over whether the family cat should live indoors or outdoors has probably raged on since then. This is a highly charged and emot...

A Healthy Cat Checklist
Fur: Should be fluffy, shiny and free of mats or bare spots. Eyes: Should be alert, look straight ahead and be clear and bright, with no discharge. Tip: You can check a cat's eyesight by shining a flashlight into its eyes to see if it blinks. Ea...

Eliminating Pet Stains and Odors
Promptness is the key to removing pet stains and odors effectively, especially in the case of pet urine, which not only stains but also leaves behind a potent, long-lasting odor. If you take care of the problem immediately, chances are the urine will leav...

Kids and Pets
"Can I keep him, Mommy? Please?!" Your eager, four-year old looks up at you while holding a squirming, meowing kitten with a fluffy face and enormous eyes. You see a heart-wrenching combination of hope and sincerity on your daughter's upturned face, and ...

Why Do Cats Need Routine?
Cat experts agree that routine forms the basis of your cat's sense of security and comfort. Because cats are territorial, their routines will develop around your household and schedule. From observing your pet every day, you'll have noticed that your ca...

Getting a Jump on Mobility
Your feline friend needs strong healthy legs to play and enjoy life. That's why it's so important to watch for joint, paw or nail problems that could restrict your pet's movement and affect his short and long-term health. Watch Him Walk Your cat won't poi...

The Painful Truth
Pet lovers often suppose that declawing is a simple solution to a tattered sofa.During a baby shower I recently gave for a friend, I was chatting with a woman who had several cats and dogs at home. She was telling me a story about one of her beloved pets ...

We're Having a Heat Wave!
Here's how to protect your pets during the dog days of summer.

Hot Cat in the Summertime
Kitties generally don't relish the heat, but if you have a few tricks, or toys, up your sleeve, you can keep your cat engaged, playful and healthy. Each year, when summer settles down for its usual long, hot haul, my cat starts sleeping more than usua...

Flea and Tick Prevention for Cats
While shampoos and flea collars are still options, parasitologists have developed wonderful new weapons in the war against fleas and ticks. With simple monthly administrations of these oral, injectable or topical medications, you can guard your cat agains...

Making a Commitment to Preventive Care
Your new cat will give you a lifetime of loyalty, affection and love. You owe it to him to make sure he spends that time healthy and comfortable. Cats today live longer than ever before - 15 years or more. Are you ready and willing to meet his medical nee...

Let Your Children Pitch In
Your children are an integral part of the family, so they should play an integral role in caring for your cat. However, the responsibilities they can take on depend on their ages and abilities. Keep in mind that getting a cat just to teach a child resp...

Raising Children and Cats Together
How to make a harmonious home for all your little ones

Cleaning Your Kitten’s Eyes, Ears, and Teeth
Learn how to groom your little cat thoroughly.

Types of Play and Exercise for Kittens
A daily frolic for your feline friend reaps healthy rewards. Fetch, chase and catch all sound like games you would play with a puppy. But your kitten needs an exercise routine too. These games can help you begin a lifetime of healthy fun for you and your ...

Environmental Concerns for Older Cats
Just like humans, cats sometimes slow down in their golden years. For example, your cat may develop stiff muscles or may not see as clearly. But you can make your house more comfortable for your older cat if you're aware of these changing needs. First, ...

Finding a Pet Sitter
Here's how to find a pet sitter who is professional, trustworthy and caring.

Festive Frenzy, Feline Funk
We all feel stressed by the holiday whirlwind: parties to go to, presents to buy, and cookies to bake. Fitting holiday errands into your schedule can put the squeeze on other important things-like your cat's cuddle time. If she is like most cats, your fel...

The Cold-Weather Cat
When Jack Frost begins nipping at your nose, it's time to give thought to creature comforts - or the comfort of your creatures. Although your cat is often low-maintenance by nature, during the cold, winter months, you'll need to help her make some changes...

How Can I Prevent Oral Disease in Cats and Dogs?
Develop a dental care routine that's as easy as 1,2,3. The bacteria that lurk in a pet's mouth may be the cause of bad breath and more. Bacteria accumulation can lead to oral disease and increase the risk for disease in other organs, such as the heart, ...

Choosing a Cat Sitter or Kennel
A PETCO Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian Sometimes the most stressful part of going on vacation is not the choice of where to stay, but rather the choice of what to do with your pets. The dramatic increa...

Hairball Solutions & Prevention for Your Cat
While hairballs are not an unusual occurrence in the life of a cat, they can be unsightly for you and potentially harmful for your pet. Successful hairball treatment starts before your cat has wretched even once.