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Cats, Cat Carriers, and Related Angst

Wendy Smith Wilson, DVM

Photo courtesy Photo by Dr. Teri Ann Oursler

Cats give new meaning to the experience of traveling with pets. There's none of this convenient business of opening the car door and having Rover hop in. Oh, noooooooo. No indeed. Not only that, but you have to figure out what works for each individual, so what works for the cat you had when you were a kid may not be the trick for the tiny tiger racing away from you at high speed.

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Cats with FIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (or FIV, as it is more commonly known) is a scary name for a scary disease.  A disease that affects only cats, and can be transmitted between our feline family members if proper precautions aren’t taken.  This is an important read for any cat parent, but especially if your kitty spends any or most of their time outdoors.  We’re here to shed some light—and the truth—on FIV.

Feline immunodeficiency virus is a lentivirus (or “slow virus”) that affects the immune system of infected cats.  It is a staged virus:

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Did My Cat Say That?

All cat owners have experienced the joys of feline communication…whether we understood them completely or not.  From having our feline friends cozy up on our lap (or laptop) to nudges against our legs, from gentle licks to the hands to furry butts in our faces in the morning, cats seem to have more than a few ways of telling us what they want.  The question is, do we know how to listen?

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Declawing Your Cat

To Declaw or Not To Declaw…That is the Question

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the rips and tears of kitty’s aggression on the furniture or to take arms against a sea of scratching posts, and by opposing, declaw.  The truth of the matter is somewhere in between Shakespeare’s ultimatum, and there’s the rub.  When you have a cat who is sweet as pie, loving and playful, and has laid utter waste to your curtains and furniture, what do you do?  Plymouth Veterinary Hospital is here with the answers!


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