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Cats are prone to illness and injury just like dogs and people are.  Community cats are exposed to more viral and bacterial illnesses and have a higher chance of being injured.  Paying attention to cat health is an important part of caring for a community cat colony or barn cats.

Wet Cat Food: Yay or Nay?

Wet Cat Food: Yay or Nay?

There’s a lot of misconceptions and confusion about cat food in general, but especially regarding wet cat food. Dry food is good for their teeth, people say. Wet food has meat by-products, which are hooves and beaks and feathers, people say. A raw diet is best, some say. All store-brand food is crap, people say. Dry food is better for …

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Parasites and Cats: Protozoa

Parasites and Cats: Protozoa

There are many types of internal parasites that cats can get and not all of them are worms. Protozoa parasites and cats infected by them are also common. Have you heard of coccidia? Giardia? Toxoplasmosis? These common parasites are all single-celled protozoan parasites that infect cats and other animals. You won’t be able to see these parasites as you can …

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Coronavirus and Cats

Coronavirus and Cats (Facts, Not Rumors)

With the current outbreak of a new coronavirus that originated in China, there has been a lot of concern worldwide over viruses passing from animals to humans and vise versa. The feline coronavirus that you have heard about is NOT the same coronavirus infecting millions of people worldwide. As of April 28, 2020, there were two cats and a bunch …

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Worms and Cats: Types, Symptoms, & Treatments

Worms and Cats: Types, Symptoms, & Treatments

Worms and cats go hand-in-hand, especially when they have access to the outdoors or live in feral cat colonies. Regular deworming should be routine for those of us who care for community cat colonies as almost all outdoor cats have worms or other parasites. Worms and other parasites are a common occurrence for pets and free-roaming cats. If you take …

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Lysine and Cats: Why It is Not Recommended

I get asked a lot about lysine supplements for upper respiratory infections in cats.  Lysine and cats seem to come up quite often when discussing a sick cat, in a community cat colony or a home! Many cat caretakers, shelters, sanctuaries, and vets have recommended lysine supplementation in cats who have Feline Herpes Virus (FHV), a type of feline upper …

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What is a Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats?

What is an Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats?

Kitty colds, URIs, calicivirus, and more. Those are often the names given to feline upper respiratory infections. So what is an upper respiratory infection in cats? Upper respiratory infections in cats are an infection of a cat’s sinus area, mouth or throat. These are basically ‘cat colds’ as their symptoms are similar to the everyday human cold. And just like …

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