My Cat Was Fine, Then A Week Later He Was Dead. Why?

Dahlia meditating

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Last week I was watching my parents’ house while they were out of town, and I noticed my cat, Charlie, was having trouble breathing. It was almost like he was gasping for air. The next day I realized he hadn’t been eating either so I took him straight to [...]

Did I Kill My Cat By Mistake?

Cat with a sneer

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Two weeks ago I was playing with my cat, Blacky, when he scratched me badly and I slapped him on the head. He was OK afterwards — he didn’t run away or anything. I gave him food and played with him, and all seemed well. A week later, he [...]

Some Sad News And A Request for Help

Dahlia in a sun puddle

You all know Dahlia, the sweet baby-girl of the Paws and Effect Gang. Well, a week and a half ago, she had a wheezing and coughing fit that I videoed and shared with my vet, Doctor Jim. After giving her an exam, he diagnosed the problem as asthma and gave her a steroid shot — [...]

My cats are going lame and then dying. What’s happening?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I live in the bush in South Africa and we take in a lot of abandoned cats. This year, I have had a few cats suddenly going lame in a paw overnight or even becoming totally paralyzed, then dying within 24 hours with renal failure-like symtoms if we dont [...]

How could my vet have missed widespread cancer?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My beloved 8-year-old cat, Spinx, had closed pyometra in April of of this year. We didn’t know that; we had taken her in for a lump we found near her nipple. The vet said the lump might be breast cancer, but the pyometra was more serious. He said do [...]