Author: Jean Hofve DVM

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…






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…






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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…






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…






Rabbit Fever

Both people and cats can get infected with Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever. People usually acquire the infection by handling dead rabbits (whether shot or died of natural causes); and cats contract it more directly by eating infected rabbits. Infected…






Inbred Cat

  Thanks to Mary Ellen at Angelscribe.com for this inbred — oops I mean in-bread — kitty! Related PostsThe Tail Speaks Louder than Words The Making of a Spirit Essences Remedy: Safe Space for Cats Pets Age Faster Than People…






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…






Redox Signaling: the Anti-Aging Breakthrough

By Jean Hofve, DVM I don’t get suckered into too many things. As a science geek, I research everything! I’ve seen many products come and go. I’ve tried quite a few. Most of them quickly lose their shine, and don’t…






CatsWalk Newsletter August 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Recall of ground turkey across the West Wolverines killing cats in British Columbia Manufacturer runs out of heartworm drug Click to donate cat litter to shelters! “New” Avian Flu will destroy all life on…






Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Cancer: pet guardians fear this diagnosis above all others; not only because the conventional treatments are so perilous, but also because, despite treatment, it is most often fatal. More than half of dogs over the age of 10 will die of…






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…






Robert Scott Bell interviews Dr. Jean

When I was in California in March, I was interviewed by Robert Scott Bell, who has a radio show on Natural News Radio (from the NaturalNews Network). We covered a whole lot of ground in an hour! Program Description: Doctor of…






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:…






Indoor Enrichment for Cats

Cats are smart, and they naturally know everything they need to know about being a cat. However, they do not know about things like cars, dogs, infectious diseases, and other outdoor hazards. Like young children, cats need to be protected…






CatsWalk Newsletter July 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Purina ONE dry cat food recalled Kitten survives washing machine ordeal Mountain lion’s long walk ends in Connecticut Cat winning as “Biggest Loser” 2. Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy and Healthy 3. Cat TV…






Police dog’s remarkable survival story

This morning brought us an amazing story about a courageous police dog named Shadow, who took a bullet to the face during a standoff with an armed suspect. Sadly, his handler, Officer Brent Long, was killed, but the story of…






Pets are good for us!

Another day, another study on the benefits of companion animals. This one was reported in the Washington Post (a rarity these days, when most of the news coming out of Washington is not so great!).  A team of psychologists from…






Itch Relief Update

Dr. Patty Khuly’s blog this morning was terrific! She has personally been dealing with a very itchy skin eruption, probably what most of us would call hives or “heat rash.” I am totally sympathetic…last summer I developed a series of…






Spaying & Neutering Saves Lives

A very well-written article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer reveals that aggressive spay-neuter programs have dramatically decreased the killing of pets simply because they are unwanted. From a ghastly high of 20 million pets per year in the 1960s, and an improved but…






EFT in Practice: Help for Separation Anxiety in a Cat

By Colleen Flanagan Reprinted with permission from www.eftuniverse.com. I hope this case study helps people understand that animals have excellent memories, especially for traumatic events.  Also, many pets can see the pictures in our minds and will send pictures to…