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Is Your Cat a Potential Star?

February 29, 2012
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Is Your Cat a Potential Star?

Jackson Galaxy’s awesome show, My Cat From Hell, is now casting for season 3! Please help spread the word! IS YOUR CAT’S BEHAVIOR DRIVING YOU OR OTHERS CRAZY? ARE YOU AT YOUR WIT’S END? DO YOU NEED HELP GETTING YOUR CAT TO BEHAVE? JACKSON GALAXY, our expert cat behaviorist, hasn’t met a cat he...
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False rumors of new strains of *canine* distemper virus

February 9, 2012
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From the American Veterinary Medical Association: It was recently brought to our attention that there are rumors circulating online about the existence of two new strains of canine distemper virus. These rumors are untrue. After consulting with two experts, Dr. Ed Dubovi (from Cornell) and Dr. Ron Schultz (from the University of Wisconsin), we...
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World’s Shortest Bio of Jackson Galaxy

February 9, 2012
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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 PostsAre Dogs Really Supposed to Eat Corn? PetMD claims soy is good for carnivores Support Bill to Stop California Landlords from Requiring Declawing Guidelines for...
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Play is Important for — Survival??

February 6, 2012
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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, ABC News ponders the question: “How could play — defined as “apparently purposeless activity...
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Only Natural Pet Store

February 4, 2012
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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 Library. ONP sells most of Dr. Jean’s “Approved Brands” of cat food (listed in...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – January 2012

February 2, 2012
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*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 puppies have souls Social networking for animals? LCTI for treating feline leukemia Ticklish critters...
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Redox Signaling Molecules

February 2, 2012
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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 tissues comprise an organ. While we know it’s important to have a healthy liver...
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EFT Tapping Training

February 2, 2012
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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 can find lots of information and examples on how to apply EFT to animals...
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Cat Daddy’s Amazing Life Story

January 25, 2012
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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, My Cat from Hell, you may be wondering how to acquire the great tools...
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Report from AAFCO Pet Food Committee

January 19, 2012
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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, it sounds dry and boring–and indeed the pace of change often seems to match...
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Hot News on Pet Food!

January 17, 2012
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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, bag, roll, and every other form of commercial pet food you’ve ever bought. AAFCO...
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No Milk Today

January 5, 2012
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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 for any cat. Even kittens, who naturally drink nothing but milk for the first...
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AVMA’s New “Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership”

December 30, 2011
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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) just published its new Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership (Journal of the AVMA, 2012 Jan 1;240(1):11-12), parting ways with the California VMA’s Golden Rules of Pet Ownership that it had previously endorsed. It’s interesting, and instructive, to compare the two. I’ve rearranged them so the most similar rules...
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CatsWalk November-December 2011

December 22, 2011
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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 favor of sentimental value for dog Pet food causing feline dental disease? Do animals...
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Vegetarian Cats?

December 16, 2011
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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 lifestyle for ethical reasons, and want to apply the same principles to their cats....
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Science Diet receives smackdown from FDA

December 3, 2011
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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 had enough with Hill’s Science Diet pushing the envelope on exaggerated claims for its...
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Dr. Jean Takes on More Absurd “Experts”!

December 2, 2011
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Pet food. The truth about it is often hard to come by, especially because all the money and power are concentrated on making you, the consumer, believe that pet food companies know exactly how to make perfect food and are all about your pet’s health and well-being. Of course, we know that corporations are,...
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Disclaimers

November 26, 2011
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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 were given to one of us as free samples. For the purposes of the...
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Copyright Notice

November 26, 2011
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This site and all the information and all graphic representations or images on it belong to Little Big Cat in the absence of any contrary indication. Copyright and all intellectual property rights in any information and any graphics on this site, or relating to it, including but not limited to ebooks and reports sold...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011
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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 susceptible to pancreatitis from too much fat. Be sure to provide a quiet get-away...
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Little Big Cat Wins 2011 Muse Medallion Award!

November 24, 2011
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Muse

We are very proud  that Little Big Cat won the coveted 2011 Muse Medallion Award for best website, from the Cat Writers’ Association. You may remember a few weeks back that, along with our good friends Ingrid King of the Conscious Cat and Mary Ann Love-Miller of Feline Express, we won a Certificate of...
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Declawing Cats Required to Rent?

November 17, 2011
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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 to this unfair requirement. If you’re thinking about declawing your cat in order to...
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Product Review: Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo

November 13, 2011
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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 enough to co-exist in the same room with the shyest cat without causing her to...
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My cats would *love* to win this bed!

November 11, 2011
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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 a fund-raising raffle. All proceeds (minus the shipping and handling of shipping the bed...
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Holiday Safety Tips

October 31, 2011
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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 item of great interest on your cat’s Santa list. Many cats find it irresistibly...
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Holiday Safety for Cats and Dogs

October 31, 2011
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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 item of great interest on your cat’s Santa list. Many cats find it irresistibly...
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Study Supports Raw Meat Diet for Cats

October 18, 2011
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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, even though the kibble started out higher in protein. Hill’s Science Diet did similar...
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Another Vet Gets It Wrong about Constipation

October 18, 2011
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Like so many vets, Dr. Becker at Mercola.com got it totally wrong in her column on constipation. It’s so frustrating to see veterinarians refer to hair and fur as “fiber.” Fur is made out of pure protein (keratin) and not a shred of fiber. Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that comes only from plants....
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CatsWalk Newsletter – October 2011

October 13, 2011
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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 doesn’t work 2. Are Cats Medically Underserved? 3. Holiday Safety Tips Follow us on...
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Shop AdoptAShelter.com to Support Shelters

October 10, 2011
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Talk about a fantastic idea! The newly launched www.AdoptAShelter.com is an online community where pet lovers can shop at hundreds of well-known merchants and service providers to turn everyday purchases into contributions that directly benefit their animal shelters, humane organizations or rescue groups. Many local shelters, and national groups are already included, but if...
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Healthy Weight Management for Dogs and Cats

October 6, 2011
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Healthy Weight Management  for Dogs and Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM Nutrition experts like to portray weight control as a simple matter of “calories in minus calories out.” But as anyone who’s ever been on a diet knows all too well, it isn’t quite that easy! There are many factors that affect weight, such as genetics, metabolic rate, weather, and even...
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CatsWalk Newsletter, September 2011

September 30, 2011
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Please note:  This newsletter is emailed only to current subscribers, but please feel free to forward it to friends! Click here to get your own subscription. To unsubscribe, please click here or use the link at the bottom of the page. In this issue: 1. News Bites Milk Bones Dog Biscuits “Pulled” Graeme, the...
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Top 4 Pet Supplements

September 30, 2011
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By Jean Hofve, DVM I was interviewed for About.com on pet supplements. I was asked to choose my top four, and explain why I recommend them. (Click here to read the article on About.com) 1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids You know I’m a big proponent of Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs and cats. These...
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Feline Hyperesthesia

September 26, 2011
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Cats have many unique characteristics that make for some interesting health challenges, but one of the strangest is “Ripple Skin Syndrome,” or “Itchy Twitchy syndrome” (technically called “feline hyperesthesia”). This condition starts as a rippling of the cat’s skin on its back, from the shoulders to the tail; the cat may turn and lick...
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Typhoid Fever and Cats

September 16, 2011
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Typhoid fever can be transmitted to humans by cat fleas, according to a report from the OC (Orange County, CA, of course!). Five cases have been documented just in the last three months. The Orange County Register reports: The disease, also known as endemic typhus, isn’t passed from person to person. Instead, it’s transmitted...
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Rabbit Fever

September 16, 2011
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Three cats in central Illinois have tested positive for Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever. According to the report in the local newspaper: Infected cats may have a high fever, mouth ulcers, depression, enlarged lymph nodes and behavioral changes that include not wanting to eat. Cats that have been outdoors and are showing these...
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Inbred Cat

September 16, 2011
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Inbred Cat

Thanks to Mary Ellen at Angelscribe.com for this inbred — oops I mean in-bread — kitty!
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GMO Kittens Bred for Research

September 13, 2011
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The Time online headline reads: “Glow-in-the-Dark Cats May Help Shed Light on AIDS.” Maia Szalavitz reports: “These glowing animals have been genetically engineered to make blood cells that are resistant to feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, the virus that causes feline AIDS. The study could give researchers insight into fighting AIDS in both humans...
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Immune System Health and Anti-Aging

September 10, 2011
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Many feline diseases are caused by chronic inflammation. This is particularly true of the degenerative diseases of aging, such as arthritis, kidney disease, and even cancer. Such inflammation not only kills cells directly, but also deposits toxic inflammatory by-products and other “sludge” in the extracellular matrix that surrounds the cells. This toxic build-up reduces the...
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The “Greening” of Cats

September 10, 2011
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Here are a few good ways  to make living with a cat “greener” (that is, more “environmentally friendly”) by exercising some discretion in how you shop. Buy earth-friendly cat products. Such products are made from recycled or recyclable materials, minimally packaged, and sustainably harvested and produced. Buying “green” pet products,  supports their manufacturers with...
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