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Cat Health FAQs

Frequently answered general questions about feline health


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Raleigh is happy despite health problems

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Can my cat catch my cold?
"I have a 9 month old cat So far she seems pretty healthy and up to date on her vaccinations. But my question is (and I haven't seen it addressed anywhere) right now I'm sick with a cold. Like other humans, are cats able to catch colds/the flu from humans too? I wouldn't want this to cause any problems for her.
This was an interesting question which had crossed my own mind from time to time.
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Can you help stop my cat from dragging his butt across my carpet?
This reader has a problem with her cat dragging his butt across the carpet after using his litterbox. While this may seem to be more of an annoying behavioral problem, the possibility is that it could be caused by a serious condition.
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How sensitive is cats hearing - Health FAQ
Sometimes when I'm listening to music or just watching an action movie, I notice my cat always leaves her comfortable and favorite place in the livingroom and goes into the bedroom under the bed where it's quiet. I can't help but wonder if and how much damage am I inflicting on her?
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What is wrong with dry-pilling cats?
I've read that it can be dangerous but don't understand why.
Dry pilling cats can indeed be dangerous. Read my reply.

What is Rippling Skin Disorder?
I read about that rippling skin disorder, and I think my cat has it. He does a lot of crazy running around with the skin on his back rippling. Also he wanders around at night, meowing loudly. What is it, and how can I help him?
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Please suggest a safe flea shampoo for a kitten
Can you suggest a safe flea shampoo for our 10-month old kitten?
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How can I help my constipated cat?
My eight year old male cat appears to be constipated. He tries to use the litter box but no go. He is quite vocal and seems to asking for help as he constantly follows me around meowing! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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HELP! She's in Heat!
The constant meowing and obvious distress is taxing my sanity! Do you have any suggestions about how to quiet her down and make her more comfortable? Also...I've heard that there may be a lot of bleeding. Should I cover my furniture? Try to keep her confined to a particular area? She's an indoor cat.
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Is Milk Okay for my Cat?
My cat enjoys milk, and I give her a small amount two or three times a week. Will this help or harm her? I've read somewhere that milk is not good for cats.
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Why is my geriatric cat vomiting?
Despite using daily hair-ball remedy, he is vomiting at least two to three times a week. If I miss one day of this routine, he is guaranteed to vomit. I don't know what else to do. He has had a 4 lb. weight loss over the last couple of years. His geriatric feline profile is normal. Any suggestions?
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