Author Archive for Jean Hofve DVM

Green Cleaning

green cleaner

Mercola.com has a very good article on “green” household cleaners–and why the ones you buy at the store (even those that claim to be “green” or that you get from the health food store) may actually be no safer for you…






A Declaw Story

NOTE: One of our readers, Karen Whitaker, contacted us with this story about her cat Sasha, and has graciously (and courageously)  given us permission to post it. Thank you so much, Karen, for telling your story, and helping people understand…






Got Fleas?

If you live in a flea-prone area (which is practically everywhere!), you’ll want to get Liz Eastwood’s fantastic Kindle ebook, Natural Flea Conrol for Cats Made Simple.  In her book, Liz explains a simple, effective, and safe program to rid…






Cat Litter Roundup & Review

Every now and then, I go through a kind of “Litter Dance,” in which I try out a variety of kitty litters on my gang of four. Fortunately they’re amenable to the changes, which allows for a thorough evaluation of…






Mad Cow Discovered in California

I’m in California this week (May 2012) visiting family…and there are so many interesting things happening here! But of course, the one that may most profoundly affect our pets is the discovery of a cow infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy…






Salmonella Here to Stay?

A recent article from UC Davis caught my eye the other day; it was pretty disturbing. The story starts, “An international research team led by a University of California-Davis immunologist has taken an important step toward an effective vaccine against Salmonella,…






Keeping Pets Safe this Spring

Most bulbs will cause irritation in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, causing drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, or even respiratory or cardiac abnormalities. Lily plants are entirely toxic, especially to cats. Merely chewing a leaf or brushing up against a lily can be fatal.











Aggression in Cats

Last week, Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com posted an excellent article on feline aggression. She cited a study from the Barcelona School of Veterinary Medicine that found aggression overtaking litterbox problems as the top behavior concern of pet guardians.…






Feline Hyperthyroidism Update

Discovery News reported this week that “In a new study that analyzed the blood of 62 domestic cats and 10 feral cats, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that cats living inside homes had higher blood levels…






Overweight Pets

Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com has written a fabulous article on  overweight pets and the completely wrong-headed approach being taken by the pet food industry to a problem that they themselves created. I agree with every word! Please take…






World’s Shortest Bio of Jackson Galaxy

It’s definitely worth 2 minutes to watch this video of Jackon’s “life story” (but be prepared to adjust the sound after the obligatory loud and obnoxious commercial!). http://www.5min.com/Video/Youve-Got-Jackson-Galaxy-517266103 Related PostsShop AdoptAShelter.com to Support Shelters Pets in Pain–Don’t let them Suffer…






Play is Important for — Survival??

We have long advocated play therapy as a way to prevent–and solve–a host of feline behavior problems, as well as a part of indoor enrichment for your cat’s mental and physical health. Now there’s another reason–longevity! In a fascinating article,…






Only Natural Pet Store

Only Natural Pet Store is the largest online retailer of natural pet foods and products. Dr. Jean has been working with Only Natural Pet for several years; in fact, many of her articles can be found in their Holistic Healthcare…






CatsWalk Newsletter – January 2012

*Yes, we know it’s February and we’re a little late…but we were waiting for some important info on Jackson’s book! In this issue: 1. News Bites February is National Pet Dental Health Month Cats and rats team up Lawsuit claims…






Redox Signaling Molecules

by Jean Hofve, DVM Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells. Each cell has a function. When a group of cells get together to perform a function, they are then called a tissue, and a group of related…






EFT Tapping Training

by Jean Hofve, DVM EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or “Tapping,” is one of the most amazing healing modalities ever discovered. It’s free to learn, and easy to apply. I recommend it for both people and animals, and both together! You…






Cat Daddy’s Amazing Life Story

Jackson Galaxy’s autobiography, Cat Daddy: How One Very Special Cat Fixed One Very Broken Man, is almost here! You can pre-order your copy (and more for gifts!) from Amazon.com here. Also, if you’re a fan of Jackson’s awesome show on Animal Planet,…






Report from AAFCO Pet Food Committee

The meeting of AAFCO’s Pet Food Committee (PFC) was held Wednesday afternoon, with a very busy agenda. This committee is responsible for updates to the model pet food regulations that form the de facto standards for commercial pet foods. Sure,…






Hot News on Pet Food!

Little Big Cat is coming to you today from beautiful Reno, Nevada; I’m attending the mid-year meeting of AAFCO, the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If that organization sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it on virtually every can,…






No Milk Today

It’s true that cats love milk. Most cats will drink it if you let them. And who hasn’t shared a little milk with their feline friend now and then? So, what’s the problem? Cow’s milk is not a natural food…






CatsWalk November-December 2011

Happy Holidays! In this issue: 1. News Bites Little Big Cat is “best cat website” of 2011! Israel bans cat declawing Pet theft on the rise FDA looking for Salmonella Jack the JFK Cat is gone Texas court rules in…






Vegetarian Cats?

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are several companies and websites that promote vegetarian (no meat or fish) or even vegan (no animal products at all) diets for cats. These products appeal to people who have chosen a vegetarian or vegan…






Science Diet receives smackdown from FDA

Every once in a while–just often enough to keep hope alive–justice prevails! (And no, I’m not referring to the duck hunter whose dog shot him in the butt!) In this beautiful example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  finally…






Disclaimers

The proprietor of this site (littlebigcat.com) is Jackson Galaxy. Jackson, Dr. Jean, or Little Big Cat, Inc. may receive compensation from other websites  or products we mention on this blog. You should probably assume we do. Sometimes, products we promote…






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Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish all our friends (both with and without fur!) a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving! Remember, a little sharing is fine, but go easy on the treats, especially skin and other fatty parts for dogs, who are…






Declawing Cats Required to Rent?

By Jean Hofve, DVM and Judith Beggs, JD    Many landlords require cats to be declawed before they will rent to a cat guardian.* Sadly, because it’s already hard to find a place that allows pets, many cats fall victim…






Product Review: Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo

Recently, the nice people at Bissell asked if Little Big Cat would try this product. Since our little “stick” vacuum had just died, we accepted. This is a great little product: very lightweight, easy to use, and best of all–quiet…






My cats would *love* to win this bed!

And wouldn’t your cat love to get this for Christmas? So how to get one? It’s as easy as buying a Raffle Ticket! Our good friends at FloppyCats.com are offering this kitty-tested-and-approved Refined Feline Ball Bed as a prize for…






Holiday Safety Tips

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






Holiday Safety for Cats and Dogs

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






Study Supports Raw Meat Diet for Cats

A study was just published on the relative digestibility of different diets in cats. The researchers found that the raw-meat based diet (RB) and cooked meat diets (CB) were both better digested by cats than an extruded (dry kibble) food,…






CatsWalk Newsletter – October 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Little Big Cat wins award! Florida cats being poisoned. Jack, the cat lost and found in JFK airport, is sick RIP feline leukemia pioneer William Jarrett More swine flu news Flu vaccine for people…