My Cat Had Surgery and Now She’s Not Eating. Help!

Photo CC-BY Dawn Beattie

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Last week my 13-year-old cat, Maisy, had an operation to remove both thyroid glands. Since she got home a few days ago, she’s been drinking but not eating. I thought she may have contracted an infection because her breathing was troublesome, so I took her to the vet yesterday. He […]

A Good Diet Is Health Insurance for Your Cat

A long-haired cat sitting by a food dish

In order to celebrate #PetHealthAwareness Month, I want to talk about a very important topic: what you’re feeding your cat. There are lots of very strong opinions about food — if you ever post on a cat-related forum, you’ll discover that in approximately five seconds. I’m not here to be self-righteous and tell you that […]

How Can I Help My Chronically Constipated Cat?

long-haired calico cat, CC-BY-SA Chris Isherwood

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My long-haired cat has been constipated since I got her. I brush her daily and give her tonic lax a couple of times a week, but she rarely goes. When she does, she goes outside of the litter box. Sometimes she cries and drags her bottom. If she does […]

Why Is My Cat Pulling Food Out of Her Dish?

Scottish Fold cat by his food dish

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Why is my cat picking up food with her paw and eating it outside her dish? ~ Kwantos Siouxsie: I know this is going to sound really weird, Kwantos, but there’s this thing called whisker stress. Thomas: You see, our whiskers are super-sensitive. They grow out of special hair […]

I Think My Cat Is Going Blind. What Should I Do?

Longhaired dilute calico cat, CC-BY Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue via Flickr

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: A while ago it was brought to my attention that my cat Lily, a dilute calico, may be having difficulty seeing. After a while I decided to up the amount of taurine in her diet and that seemed to improve her mood at least — she’s always been a […]