Author: Jean Hofve DVM

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,…






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…






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…






Disclaimers

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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…






Shop AdoptAShelter.com to Support Shelters

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…






Top 4 Pet Supplements

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…






Feline Hyperesthesia

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…






Typhoid Fever and Cats

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,…






Rabbit Fever

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…






Inbred Cat

Thanks to Mary Ellen at Angelscribe.com for this inbred — oops I mean in-bread — kitty! Related PostsAnimal lovers choose pets over money and politics People without Pets What you don’t know about food can hurt you! ASPCA’s tips for…






GMO Kittens Bred for Research

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…






Immune System Health and Anti-Aging

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…






The “Greening” of Cats

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…






It’s Happy Cat Month!

September is “Happy Cat Month”! The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has produced a pretty good video introduction to cat care–and it doesn’t even promote declawing (whew!). There are a lot of cute cats in this video! Related PostsPlay is…






Pets’ Top “Complaints”

An interesting article at Southampton.patch.com cites animal communicator Patty Payne and the top five “shocking” things she’s heard from pets. I have no doubt about #3; two of my cats have a running feud and I’m sure they’ve said some…






Swimming cats!

Our good friend, Mary Ellen at AngelScribe.com, is featured in a video interview about her 5 swimming cats! She had been worried that they might get loose and fall in the pool, but no worries…the feline’s amazing instincts include dog-paddling!…






Declawing – Annotated Reference List

1.     Ansah OB, Vainio O, Hellsten C, et al. Postoperative pain control in cats: clinical trials with medetomidine and butorphanol. Vet Surg 2002;31:99-103. Medetomidine and butorphanol provided equivalent pain relief up to 2 hours. 2.     Atwood-Harvey D. Death or declaw:…