Author: Jean Hofve DVM

Grain-Free Dog (and Cat) Food, Taurine, and Heart Disease

NOTE: This is a very fluid situation right now, with a lot of conflicting interpretations and ongoing research. I will update this article as needed. This already involves hundreds of dogs. FDA now admits that cats have also been affected,…

How to Use Moxxor Omega-3s

Moxxor is a marine-source Omega-3 supplement cold-pressed from New Zealand green-lipped mussels. It’s my favorite form of Omega-3s, in part because the capsules are tiny compared to fish oil and even krill oil gel caps, yet they pack more anti-inflammatory…

Science Proves that Raw Diet Beats Kibble

Thanks to our good friend Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com for this excellent article! Story at-a-glance Big Pet Food wants you to believe your dog is no longer a carnivore and can “thrive” on a diet high in starch…

Privacy Policy

The following policy applies to Little Big Cat, Inc. at www.littlebigcat.com. Little Big Cat is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. We adhere to privacy principles and only collect the minimum amount of personal information needed and look after…

A Declawed Cat’s Story

Many, many thanks to our friend Barry for this saga. Unlike most pet parents and veterinarians, he was astute enough to truly see and understand what declawing has done to his adopted kitty, Spark. I asked him to share his…

BEMER Weekly Calls

Note: If you are new to Little Big Cat, or haven’t heard about the BEMER, an extraordinary therapeutic device from Europe, click here to learn more! Every Monday we have an informational phone call about the BEMER. The focus for…

“New” Declaw Technique Shot Down by Facts

In January 2018, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a letter from Dr. Kerry Yoon of Hawaii, who claims to have invented a “new, painless” declaw procedure. He is so confident that his special technique is “painless”…

Hemp Oil and CBDs

As a veterinarian (and a big fan of actual science!), I have been very cautious about using or recommending any form of marijuana (Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and hybrids) for pets. Dogs and cats can become extremely ill from consuming…

Sleeping with Pets

Many thanks to Kellen Smith at Tuck.com for allowing us to reprint this excellent article. As a lifelong insomniac, I really appreciate this thorough exploration of pros and cons, as well as the other helpful articles on Tuck.com. Many of…

How to Travel with Your Cat (The Ultimate Guide)

Thanks to my friend Steve at Meeowcat.com for this incredibly detailed and helpful article! (I would really like to try sailing with Sundance, but I don’t think he would enjoy it!) Many people travel with their cat, as can be seen…

Anti-Declawing Handbook for Cat Lovers

Good news! We are getting closer every day to stopping declawing! Denver, Colorado, became the first city outside California to ban declawing on November 13, 2017. Nova Scotia became the first non-declawing province in Canada when the Nova Scotia Veterinary…

What Cats Should Eat

Freshly expanded & updated for 2018! How do you know which food is the best to feed your cat? The answer depends on many factors, including your cat’s age and health… as well as the your wallet! However, whatever your…

Top 10 Cat Medical Conditions – And How to Prevent Them!

Veterinary Practice News publishes an annual “Top Medical Conditions in Cats,” based on insurance claims made to pet health insurance companies. For 2017, the list includes:  1. Bladder or urinary tract problems (aka feline  cystitis, FIC, or FLUTD  2. Periodontitis/Dental…

Cats According to Two Holistic Veterinarians

Recently Dr. Jean did an interview with her pal, Dr. Judy Morgan, on Dr. Judy’s radio program. They covered all sorts of cat topics, from nutrition to declawing. Listen here: Are You Raising your Cats to Optimize Health? Related PostsProbiotics:…

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…

Improve Microcirculation for Health and Healing

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

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…

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 elsewhere. Until recently,…

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…