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West Nile Virus and Cats

November 18, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes a new crop of mosquitoes and, potentially, a new round of West Nile Virus. This virus, previously been found in Africa, Eastern Europe, West Asia, and the Middle East, arrived in the U.S. in 1999. Similar viruses are found in...
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Why Cats Need Canned Food

November 18, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM Cats are true carnivores, requiring a meat-based diet for optimal health. Their natural diet is prey such as rodents, rabbits, lizards, insects, and birds. These prey consist primarily of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar and fiber) content.  Cats are exquisitely adapted to utilize protein...
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Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litterbox?

November 18, 2010
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Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litterbox?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Spirit at age 20…her creaky old joints made it hard for her to access the litter box.     Spirit Essences were named for this spunky kitty! House-soiling, or inappropriate elimination, is a common and frustrating cat behavior problem. It’s the most frequent behavioral reason for cats losing their homes by...
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Why Fish is Dangerous for Cats

November 18, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM A lot of cats love fish, but it’s really not a good idea to feed it to your cat! Why not? Because it is simply no longer safe to feed to cats (and humans should be very careful about eating it themselves and feeding it to children!).  * The fish used...
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Why Fix What Isn’t Broken?

November 18, 2010
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By Special Guest Columnist,  Russell Louie – Optimum Choices, LLC We are happy to welcome our guest author, Russell Louie, and his thought-provoking article on preventative holistic medicine. Do you wait for symptoms to blow up or show up before taking action? A customer was using the maintenance formula of our BioPreparation product for...
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Privacy Policy

November 18, 2010
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The following policy applies to Little Big Cat, Inc. at www.littlebigcat.com. Little Big Cat is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. We consider the following, among other things, to be personally identifiable information: first and last name, e-mail address, street address and phone number. Personally identifiable information will be...
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Your Cat and Your New Baby

November 18, 2010
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By Jackson Galaxy Expecting a baby? Congratulations! In all the anticipation and excitement, don’t forget that bringing home baby disrupt in your cat’s routine. Without proper preparation, litterbox problems, aggression or other forms of acting out can be an unfortunate result. To a cat, routine is everything. It’s hard to predict how a cat...
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EFT in Practice: Surrogate EFT Helps Two Cats at a Distance

November 18, 2010
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By Maureen Cram, Stuffbusters Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (now www.eftuniverse.com/). For those who maintain disbelief in the possibility of distance healing via surrogate EFT, I suggest a study of quantum physics. This new science points to the realism of this phenomenon and explains why we are able to get so many stunning...
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EFT in Practice: EFT Helps Aggressive Stray find Love and a New Home

November 18, 2010
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by Maureen Cram, Stuffbusters Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (now www.eftuniverse.com/). Maureen Cram from South Africa completely shifts the life of a stray cat by using surrogate EFT. Of interest here is how she “tunes in” to the cat. Many people (perhaps everyone) can do this. We can also tune in to each...
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Does Dry Food Clean the Teeth?

November 17, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM Let’s get this one straight once and for all: dry food does not clean your cat’s teeth! In fact, dry food really has no benefits for the cat. It is merely a convenience for the guardian. If you haven’t already read Why Cats Need Canned Food and 10 Reasons Why Dry...
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Do-It -Yourself Bach Flower Essences

November 17, 2010
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By Dr. Jean Hofve Bach Flower Essences were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the early 1900′s. While originally developed for human use, we have found that the Bach Flower remedies work beautifully on animals, too. The remedies work on an energetic level, similar to homeopathy, acupuncture or Reiki....
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Dental Care for Cats

November 17, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM February is National Pet Dental Health Month! How much do you know about your cat’s dental health? Well, here’s a little refresher for you! The normal adult cat has 30 very sharp, highly specialized teeth. In the wild, these teeth would perform a variety of tasks such as grooming (the...
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Decorating the Air?

November 17, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM Note: This article first appeared in our newsletter several years ago, but the topic has become even more important, with another article in the New York Times and a report from the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) about hidden toxins in air fresheners. In addition, according to How Stuff Works,...
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Declawing: Another Veterinarian’s Perspective

November 17, 2010
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By Special Guest: Michael W. Fox, D.Sc., Ph.D., B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S. Say No! To De-clawing Cats Many veterinarians routinely de-claw young cats. It’s part of the package when they come in to be spayed/neutered. Many cats suffer as a consequence. The operation entails more than simply removing the claws, (onychectomy) under general anesthesia. It entails...
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Declawing Handout for Shelters

November 17, 2010
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Declawing Handout for Shelters

By Jean Hofve, DVM To help shelters and rescues educate potential adopters about declawing, Little Big Cat has prepared this free handout, which can be customized with your organization’s logo in place of the picture of the cat. You can copy and paste from this page, or we can produce and send you a...
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Cats and Immune-compromised People

November 17, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM It’s not so unusual any more for people to have serious immune system problems. People who are taking steroids or other immunosuppressive drugs such as gold salts, cyclosporine, or azothiaprine; are pregnant; who have had an organ transplant; are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy; have an immune-related disease such as HIV/AIDS;...
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Cats and Claws — Living Happily Ever After

November 17, 2010
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By Jackson Galaxy and Jean Hofve, DVM Claws are a physically, socially, and emotionally vital part of every cat. Scratching, for a cat, is not only a natural act, but a necessary one as well. First, it removes the dead outer sheaths of the nails, keeping the claws sharp and ready for action. Second,...
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Catnip

November 17, 2010
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Catnip

By Jackson Galaxy Catnip has a powerful attraction for many cats. They will pounce on it, roll around in it, chew and eat it. Some cats will sit in a big pile of the dried herb and simply drool, eyes glazed over, while others get completely hyper for a while, running laps throughout the...
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Cat-to-Dog Introductions

November 17, 2010
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By Jackson Galaxy There are some cornerstone thoughts to remember, when introducing dogs to cats in a new living arrangement, in order to avoid problems. These revolve around the rather simplistic thought that they are different species. They don’t share the same set of body language postures, nor the same social structure. Of course,...
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Cat-to-Cat Introductions

November 17, 2010
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By Jackson Galaxy The common wisdom in introducing a newly adopted cat to a resident one in the past was to open the carrying case and “let them work it out.” We most definitely have a new way of looking at things; from the cat’s perspective. Cats are, after all, about territory. Bring a...
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BioSuperfood Case Reports

November 17, 2010
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Here are a few of the cases where BioSuperfood has helped animals get healthy! For more information, see the BioSuperfood main page, or go right to the information on choosing the right product. Cassandra, 10 year old female Dachsund This dog developed a malignant tumor in her sinus cavity. Started on BSF2 in September,...
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BioSuperfood: Choosing the Right Product

November 17, 2010
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BioSuperfood and BioPreparation formulas are powerful detoxifiers. Unless there is an immediate health crisis that requires a high dose, start with a very small amount (as much as fits on the flat end of a toothpick), and gradually work up to 1-2 capsules per day for most animals. Too much can cause diarrhea, vomiting,...
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Before You Get a Kitten…

November 17, 2010
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Kittens have a way of turning up when you least expect them! If a kitten has appeared in your life, or if you’re getting the urge to add a new feline family member, it’s smart to consider these important issues! (And don’t forget that there are millions of wonderful, healthy adult cats waiting for...
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Base Camp — How to Prepare for your New Cat

November 17, 2010
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By Jackson Galaxy Congratulations on giving a homeless animal a new life in your home! You can bet on one thing; the cat you just adopted is in the midst of having her world turned upside down. Routine is a vital aspect of cat life; it’s key in how cats define territory. Things must...
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Arthritis in Cats

November 17, 2010
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By Dr. Jean Hofve Studies have shown that 30% of cats over 8 years of age, and a stunning 90% of cats over 12 years of age, have arthritis. These figures should give the veterinary community, which doesn’t give nearly as much thought to arthritis in cats as it does to dogs, something to...
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Animals with Special Needs

November 17, 2010
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Animals with Special Needs

By Special Guest Columnist: Claudia Hehr* Animals are the most wonderful and precious friends we can ever have or wish for. But sometimes those wonderful friends have or can develop a special need. A cat, dog, or any animal can develop special needs at any time. Those special needs can be visible or invisible,...
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Allergic to Cats?

November 17, 2010
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Allergic to Cats?

Millions of people are allergic to cats. Symptoms range from eye irritation to potentially life-threatening asthma attacks. One can develop an allergy at any age. Allergies most commonly develop to proteins. In cats, a protein called Fel d 1 is the primary culprit. The amount of Fel d 1 present does not differ between...
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CatsWalk – November 2010

November 17, 2010
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CatsWalk – November 2010

by Dr. Jean Hofve & Jackson Galaxy Library of Congress ISSN #1550-0764 In this issue: 1. News Bites New Little Big Cat website is up and running November is Diabetes Month Salmonella outbreaks from dry pet food Suit filed against microchip makers 2. BPA and Pet Food 3. Heartworm Resistance? 4. Holiday Safety Reminder...
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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Pets

November 17, 2010
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By Russell Louie – Optimum Choices, LLC There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the use of aromatherapy with animals, especially smaller pets like cats, birds, and “pocket pets” like gerbils and hamsters. Our friend Russell Louie of Optimum Choices has written a comprehensive paper on the subject, and we are very pleased...
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Skin & Coat Problems in Cats

November 17, 2010
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Is your cat “going bald?” There are many reasons why a cat might lose fur, but in a lot of cases, it’s because the cat is overgrooming: chewing the hair and breaking it off, or pulling it out completely. Those 12 tiny incisor teeth between your cat’s canines are designed for grooming, and under...
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Kibble-Cancer Link Explained

August 10, 2010
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Experts implicate dry food in the development of cancer in pets.
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EFT in Practice: Surrogate EFT for two cats and a puppy

June 12, 2010
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By Gwyneth Moss, EFT Master Article reprinted with permission from Gary Craig. Hi Everyone, EFT Master Gwyneth Moss from the UK helps us understand (1) how well EFT works for animals and (2) the power of surrogate EFT. Note how this was all done in a workshop setting where the animals were not even...
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Don’t miss this new blog at HuffPo!

June 4, 2010
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Don’t miss this new blog at HuffPo!

I’m so excited to announce that my dear friend Dr. Richard Palmquist, one of the foremost holistic veterinarians in the country (if not the world) has just started a blog on Exploring Integrative Veterinary Practice, at Huffington Post! This is a dynamite alliance between one of the country’s best news sources, and the best...
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Done deal – Natura is now Procter & Gamble

June 4, 2010
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Procter & Gamble have finalized their takeover of Natura Pet Products...I have no doubt that container ships full of substandard ingredients from China are unloading at the Port of Oakland right now.
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Quality pet food choices dwindling – Bye Bye Natura

May 6, 2010
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Between P&G's mercenary marketing, rampant animal testing, and clear lack of integrity, we have to recommend a boycott against all P&G products, including their pet foods. Natura, once a trusted and reputable company, will be no more as of the day the sale to P&G closes.
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Recycling 101 for Pets

May 3, 2010
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Cat owners are more educated than dog owners, so we should know better than to send cat food cans to the dump!
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Deadly airborne fungus attacks the Pacific Northwest

April 25, 2010
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A potentially deadly strain of airborne fungus that can infect healthy people and animals, including cats and dogs, is spreading in the Pacific Northwest. Mortality in people is nearly 25%.
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Court goes wrong way on animal cruelty

April 21, 2010
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Yesterday (April 19,2010), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on videos showing illegal or extreme violence against animals. Eight justices ruled that the existing law is too broad and therefore invalid under the First Amendment (freedom of speech). They cited concerns that the law could interfere with selling videos of legalized...
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Junk food killing pets — in France!

April 16, 2010
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"Pets, like humans, are victims of junk food," he told AFP....'those fed on processed foods died three years earlier than those fed on food made in the home.'"
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Spring Bulbs = Dangerous Toxins

April 15, 2010
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Many plants are toxic when eaten, but particularly bulbs. In the best case, only the bulb is a problem, and mainly causes irritation in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Typical signs are drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, or in severe cases, respiratory or cardiac abnormalities. In the worst case--lilies--every part of the plant is toxic,...
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