Cat Health and Wellness

How to Keep a Cat from Scratching a Neck Wound
Cat Health and Wellness

How to Keep a Cat from Scratching a Neck Wound

After a wound has been stitched, your cat may scratch the incision site because the shaved area starts to get itchy when the hair grows back. Your cat may scratch a neck wound as a natural response to reduce irritation. However, scratching can remove sutures or cause bleeding. Your vet will recommend that your cat wears an Elizabethan collar (e-collar) to stop your cat from scratching, biting, or licking its head and neck during the […]

why does my cats fur look spiky?
Cat Health and Wellness

Why Does My Cat’s Fur Look Greasy and Clumpy?

Healthy cats spend many hours licking and biting at their fur to remove dirt and debris. So, if a cat’s coat is greasy and clumping up, something is wrong. Health concerns, either physical or emotional, will be behind the problem. An obese or arthritic cat will be physically incapable of grooming, leading to greasy and clumpy fur. Dental pain will also leave a cat unwilling to groom itself. Medical explanations include hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and skin […]

why do cats itch when they don't have fleas?
Cat Health and Wellness

Why Do Cats Itch (Without Fleas?)

Fleas aren’t the only cause of itchy skin in cats. The itching is just a sign and not a specific disease or medical diagnosis. If fleas aren’t the cause of your cat’s itchiness, a more detailed analysis is required to make a diagnosis. Infections and allergies are common causes of itchy skin (pruritis) in cats. Cats can have food allergies, dust allergies, and an inherited skin allergy called atopy. Many skin diseases do not start […]

my cat’s ears are hot and red
Cat Health and Wellness

Why Do Cats Have Hot Ears?

Cats run a slightly higher body temperature than humans. A healthy cat will have a body temperature of 100.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that a cat’s ears will often feel hot to the touch. A cat’s ears should vary in temperature as a cat heats up and cools down. Ears that are constantly hot suggests a fever. Your cat may also have an ear infection or mites. If you find no psychical explanation for your […]

cat sneezing and coughing
Cat Health and Wellness

What Causes a Cat to Sneeze Continuously?

Cats sneeze for a number of reasons. If the sneezing becomes regular or constant, it needs to be addressed. Your cat is unwell and requires medication, or is surrounded by irritants that are causing distress. If a cat releases discharge while sneezing, it has a respiratory infection. These concerns are managed by antibiotics and rest. If the sneezing is dry, nasal irritation is the likely culprit. This could be caused by foreign objects, allergies, injuries, […]

how to clean a cat's paws
Cat Health and Wellness

How to Keep Your Cat’s Paws Clean

Cats are fastidious groomers, but there are times when they need your assistance. Every day, your cat uses its litter box, kills vermin/prey, and walks on filthy surfaces. So, making sure your cat’s paws are clean will help to prevent painful injuries and bacterial infections. Wiping your cat’s paws daily with a wet cloth will keep them clean. Check between the toes and around the paw pads for stuck litter, dirt, garden waste, and stones. […]