Author: Jean Hofve DVM

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…






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.











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,…






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…






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…






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…






When NOT to Induce Vomiting

Cats and dogs can get into a lot of trouble! If they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t, the common advice is to induce vomiting by giving them syrup of ipecac or hydrogen peroxide. (My favorite item recovered by this method was…






Restful Sleep

Restful sleep is a topic that most of us don’t give enough attention to… unless it’s to fret about not getting enough of it! And hardly anyone thinks about sleep as far as animal companions are concerned. But getting enough…






Cat Senses

Science has discovered what many cat-lovers have known for years… most cats depend more on their vision than on their sense of smell! I could have told you that when I brought my freshly-shaved dog home one summer afternoon. My…






The Ideal Diet for Cats

Data suggest that diet is largely irrelevant in terms of extending longevity… On the other hand, there is plenty of research showing that the more prey-like the diet, the better for the cat. Certainly dry cat food has no place in the diet if longevity is the goal.











The Woman-Cat Bond

You may have heard of the “human-animal bond,” but my colleague and friend Dr. Jane Bicks (who makes Life’s Abundance pet food) just posted a great summary of research on the bond between humans and cats; and more particularly, the…






AVMA Contradicts Itself on Declawing

On the website of the American Veterinary Medical Association, we find two separate policy statements about declawing. The first (discussed here) says that declawing may sometimes be justified even though it is not medically necessary for the cat, and gives specific…






Are Cats Really Domesticated?

There is an ongoing debate in the science community about cats. That is, are they fully domestic, or are they still essentially wild? The premise is that unlike dogs, who are thoroughly domesticated in mind and body, it’s unclear just…






Catnip Fiends?

Here’s a gaggle of giggles to brighten up your day… some cats who’ve had a little too much of “the ‘nip”! https://www.distractify.com/catnip-junkies-1238334409.html Related PostsASPCA’s tips for a safe 4th of July for your pets Are Dogs Really Supposed to Eat…






Coconut Oil and Cats

This question keeps coming up, so I thought I’d explain in why I tell folks not to give their cats coconut oil. The cat’s natural diet is high in both protein and fat. But there are only two essential fatty acids…






E-Cigarettes: Dangerous for Pets

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/a-warning-to-pet-owners-who-use-e-cigarettes?Wt.mc_id=facebook The ASPCA Poison Control Center says that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) often contain high concentrations of nicotine, which is a dangerous poison for dogs and cats. Nicotine exposures are increasing, and the types of exposures are changing. In 2012, e-cigarettes…






More Research on Declawing

Our good friend Jo Singer interviewed Dr. Kristen Doub, a veterinarian practicing in Utah and the director of The Paw Project’s Utah branch. Dr. Doub has been researching declawed cats by taking x-rays of their paws. Among her findings: 66% of…






Canine Flu Outbreak

There have been numerous media reports on an outbreak of “canine influenza” that began in Chicago, and could spread to other areas. The original dog flu virus that was characterized a few years ago is known as H3N8, and there is…

What Cats Should Eat

The most common question we get at Little Big Cat is, “What should I feed my cat?”  Now, that’s a pretty big subject! The answer depends on many factors, including your cat’s age and health, as well as the size…






Animal Communication

Many thanks to our guest author, animal communicator Kate Solisti!  The art of listening to an animal and actually receiving something back from them is based on two things: (1) Love and (2) Intuition. I have been a professional interspecies…