Author: Jean Hofve DVM

Cat Feeding Myths

I admit, it really irks me when companies who know nothing about feline nutrition give bad advice to their customers. This is the case with Assisi Animal Health, which manufactures a device called the Assisi Loop. Now, the product is a…

City the Kitty

This handsome fellow is City the Kitty. As a magnificently polydactyl (many-toed) cat, he has a special abhorrence for declawing! City–along with his mom, biographer, and photographer, Lori–works tirelessly to educate people and stop declawing. That’s not an easy job,…

Vaccination Update

Recently I did an interview with Jenny of Floppycats.com on vaccines. We talked about the how, when and why, kittens, Ragdolls, titers, and whether and which vaccines are needed or not. You really want to know the new info about…

European Medical Device for Health and Healing

The body’s circulatory system is the key to healing the body. Every modality, from surgery and drugs to massage, herbs, and homeopathy, depends on this vast, miles-long network of blood vessels to deliver oxygen, remedies, and nutrients to all the…

Pet Insurance: Is It Worth It?

Great thanks to Lisa L. Richman for allowing us to reprint her newly updated analysis of pet insurance! Back in 2012, I read an op/ed piece in Wall Street’s MarketWatch written by contributing author Jeanette Pavini that suggested pet insurance was a waste…

The Most Important Supplement for Your Cat

The most important supplement I recommend for cats is Omega-3 fatty acids. They have deep and profound effects on every cell, organ, and tissue in your cat’s body. Omega-3s are needed by every cell membrane, and they also have major…

Is Declawing Justified for Human Health Reasons?

Pro-declawing veterinarians are running out of excuses to keep on performing this damaging, unnecessary, multi-amputation surgery on cats. One of the last bastions is a seeming concern about human health. People who are on blood thinners or immunosuppressive drugs, or people with HIV,…

Dr. Becker’s Homemade Flea & Tick Repellent Spray

My good pal Dr. Karen Becker has homemade recipes for flea, tick, and mosquito repelling spray… you can mist them directly on the fur, or spritz it on your hands and stroke on the fur. Shake well before applying. Store in the…

Lilies that Kill!

Lilies are beautiful, and lovely to see in the spring. They’re especially common now, as Easter approaches. BUT… Lilies are extremely dangerous for cats. If your cat goes outside and brushes against a lily in your neighbor’s yard, the tiny amount…

Amazing Herding Rabbit

We absolutely have to share this, even though there are no cats, and only a walk-on part for the dog! Apparently this Swedish bunny learned how to herd sheep by watching his Border Collie pal. Crazy funny!   Click here…

MOXXOR Omega-3s

With all the media attention, and 80 zillion products on store shelves, you’ve probably gotten the message about Omega-3 fatty acids. But did you know that they’re just as important for cats and dogs as for people? The anti-inflammatory effects…

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine Needs Your Help!

Do you want to be able to safely use herbs for your pet? Right now, there are hundreds of holistic veterinarians in the U.S. who treat animals with herbs. But there is no standard for qualification that would assure you that…

Indoor Air Pollution

This might surprise you: it’s very likely that the indoor air in your home is more polluted than the air outside! There are many factors, most of which are totally within your control. Some factors present a serious health hazard for…

Anti-Declawing Handbook for Cat Lovers

Good news! We are getting closer every day to stopping declawing! Despite the opposition of veterinary associations, New Jersey and New York are both considering legislation to ban the practice in their states. The NJ Assembly passed the ban 43-10 on…

Declawing and the Law

The barbaric procedure of cat declawing is under serious fire, as well it should be! After being banned in eight California cities by the end of 2009, there have been efforts–led by the Paw Project–to get declawing banned in several…

Why Fish is Dangerous for Cats

The fish used in pet food may contain all kinds of toxins and drug residues, including persistent organic pollutants that actually stop the body from eliminating it and other toxins. Another common toxin, domoic acid, may be an unrecognized factor in chronic kidney disease.

Awards for Little Big Cat!

I am thrilled to announce that Little Big Cat has just received two awesome awards placing us in the Top 50 and Top 100 Cat Bloggers out of the millions of cat blogs on the internet! We are so honored…

Pets, Tobacco, and Marijuana Smoke

By Guest Author Chloe Bloom and Jean Hofve, DVM For many years now, we have known how dangerous tobacco smoking is to health. The list of ways it can harm smokers seems to grow longer every year, as more and…

Rare Cats, Common Cats, and Declawing

There are some 38 feline species in the world, including the domestic cat. Many are rare, and some are so incredibly elusive they’re almost never seen and little is known about them. This video highlights 10 of these exquisite, small wild cats:…

Pet Food: Processed to Death?

Many thanks to Susan Thixton at TruthAboutPetFood.com for letting us reprint her excellent article here, which applies 100% to cat food as well as dog food. The multiple rounds of heat processing that pet food undergoes causes many deleterious changes…

Cat Vision & Eyesight: Common Myths Debunked

With many thanks to our special guest author, Amber Kingsley! Cats have been our companions for many thousands of years, dating back to the days of ancient Egypt where they were worshipped and given elaborate burials. Soon they spread throughout Europe,…

Paleo Dog

Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom from Illness by Nurturing His Inner Wolf is the latest book by award-winning authors Jean Hofve, DVM and Celeste Yarnall, PhD.* Paleo Dog is your guide to…

Coconut Oil and Pets

Questions about coconut oil keep coming up, so I thought I’d explain in why I recommend not giving it to their cats and dogs. Humans evolved where coconut palms naturally grow. Primates, including early humans, ate, and still eat, coconuts. Coconut is a…

Clean Teeth for Good Health

This is such an important subject! We’re proud to feature this guest post from our friend Lana Fraley Rich, Catsultant®, at www.Catsultant.com.  Here is an important question for you: Do you know if you have any dental diseases? You may not know for…

Epigenetics

Epigenetics is the study of changes in the way genes are expressed that do not involve DNA. It turns out that DNA isn’t in charge the way we once thought it was—it’s the proteins around the DNA that really control gene expression. These…

Toilet Training for Cats

Our good friend Jo Singer recently spotted an old idea being given a disturbing new life: toilet training a cat. And sorry, no… this is not a “how to” article, it’s about “why not”! A 2001 book by Dr. Eric Brotman on the…

Pet Food Contaminants

As part of my duties as an AAFCO advisor and member of several Working Groups, I attend numerous webinars and teleconferences. In one group, the discussion centered around the use of 4D meats and other rotten junk in pet food,…

Homeopathic First Aid: The Ten Best Remedies to Keep at Home

Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed more than 200 years ago by German chemist Samuel Hahnemann. It is a form of “holistic” medicine, in that it takes into account the “whole” organism—its physical, mental, emotional, historical, and environmental conditions.…

FDA Finds Toxic Sludge Going Into Animal Food

Many thanks to our good friend Mollie Morrissette for her excellent reporting on this issue. This is one more reason for why it is so important to have consumer representatives at AAFCO meetings–we provide a layer of protection (and a warning…

Euthanasia

When I was in practice, I noticed that we wouldn’t have a death or euthanasia for weeks, then we’d get a rash of them all at once. But there was a reason, many other veterinarians have also seen it, and it turns out to be very simple….

CatsWalk December 2015

In this issue: Cats Aren’t Loners For millennia, cats have been considered “loners” and “aloof.” But it’s absolutely not true. Recent research shows that cats can be just as affectionate and social as dogs; they just have different ways of…

Cats Aren’t Loners

For millennia, cats have been considered “loners” and “aloof.” But it’s absolutely not true. Recent research shows that cats can be just as affectionate and social as dogs; they just have different ways of showing it. One human behavior often…

Holiday Safety for Cats and Dogs

The holidays can be a stressful and even dangerous time for our cats. Normal routines are upset, visitors come and go, and overly tempting smells may be coming from the kitchen! The Christmas tree is the first item of great…

Yucca

There have been a few myths about the desert plant Yucca schidigera making the internet rounds lately. In particular, some are suggesting that yucca is not safe as a daily supplement, even though it’s present in many pet foods. So…

Please Don’t Give Pets as Gifts

It’s a wonderful thing to give, and we all have good intentions when shopping for truly special gifts for our loved ones. You may have visions of one you love opening a beautiful box with an adorable kitten inside, or…

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Changing diets at least every 3-4 months, to a food with different protein and carbohydrate sources, may prevent your cat from becoming allergic or intolerant to a food in the first place.

When You SHOULD Induce Vomiting

We recently discussed when NOT to induce vomiting after your pet has eaten certain harmful items. Today we’ll look at common situations where you should induce vomiting (how-to instructions below). Rodent poisons often contain anti-coagulant (blood-thinning) drugs such as coumarin…

Rabies Vaccine Reality Check

Thanks to my good friend Dr. Karen Becker at Mercola.com for this incredibly important article! By Dr. Becker I have some encouraging news to share about rabies vaccines, or more specifically, how pets with out-of-date vaccinations that are exposed to…

Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is already upon us, so it’s time to remind folks how to keep all pets (most especially black cats!) safe at this time of year. Many thanks to Kimberly Jackson (A to Z Petcare) and Kate Solisti (KateSolisti.com) for…