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Keep up with important news about feline health, nutrition, and behavior, and other topics of interest to pet parents.

CatsWalk Newsletter is Back!

I’m pleased to announce that Little Big Cat’s “CatsWalk Newsletter” will return starting in April 2013! (It’s been dormant since the depressing loss of our entire mailing by a [former] email delivery service last year.) CatsWalk is a monthly e-newsletter…






Are Dogs Really Supposed to Eat Corn?

by Jean Hofve, DVM Purina was the first to trumpet the results of an letter in the journal Nature reporting an in-depth study of the genetics of dogs vs. wolves. Their findings suggest that dogs have adapted their DNA to…






Funny Vet Stories

A couple of weeks ago, my pal Caroline Golon of Catster.com asked if I had any funny stories from my years as in clinical practice. Oh, yes indeed–and one in particular from the first practice I worked in after vet…






2013 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

Welcome to the 2013 log of pet food and treat recalls and problems (click here for the 2012 list). Check back here any time for updates, which sometimes occur daily but almost certainly every week. Click on links for specific…






Happy New Year!

Ok, so I’m a day late…but I want to share two pieces of good news! First, the holiday sale on all e-books in our Bookstore and on Amazon.com has been extended until midnight on Friday, January 7, 2013! Lots of…






Holiday Sale on ALL E-Books!

It was the elves that got to me…they’ve had me slaving day and night to update every single e-book in our collection! Then Santa came along with all the reindeer, and made me lower every single price! (Hey, I’m Norwegian–I…






Pets in Pain–Don’t let them Suffer

We are honored to have a wonderful guest blogger today, Dr. Shelley Brown of Harmony Veterinary Center, Arvada, CO. Dr. Brown practices integrative veterinary medicine, including acupuncture, cold laser, and homotoxicology. She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain…






Dr. Jean’s best-selling eBooks on sale now!

Sale ends at midnight on Friday, January 4, 2013! For the holidays, we’re having a crazy sale on all of Dr.  Jean’s e-books, including the Amazon best-seller, What Cats Should Eat: How to Keep Your Cat Healthy with Good Food. Normally a bargain at $8.97, you…






Urinary Incontinence

One of the more unpleasant conditions that pets may develop is urinary incontinence. This means that involuntary passage or leakage of urine occurs. It’s a relatively common problem in dogs, but uncommon in cats.  Usually, you’ll first notice a wet…






Can You Make Your Cat Sick?

This is a question many people would like to know more about! Animal disease transfer to people is called “zoonosis.” Humans transmitting diseases to their pets is called “reverse zoonosis.” How and why this happens is still poorly understood. But…






Another cat lost at JFK

It wasn’t that long ago that a cat named Jack got lost at JFK airport; he was not found for weeks, and when he was, he was too far gone to survive. Another cat went missing at JFK on Thursday.…






What Your Vet Must Tell You about Vaccines (but probably won’t)

Many thanks to our good friend Jan Rasmusen for the following video and information. Click here to browse her vast resources on vaccines and more. Please be sure to sign this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/veterinarians-fully-inform-us-before-vaccinating-our-dogs-and-cats The Darker Side of Pet Vaccination: A Video…






Help pass anti-declawing legislation in California!

The California bill prohibiting landlords from requiring declawing cats and debarking dogs has overwhelmingly passed both sides of the state legislature and is on Gov. Brown’s desk for signature. As you may remember, former Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed it the last…






AAFCO August 2012 Report

Thanks to an amazing and heartwarming outpouring of support from so many wonderful people, last weekend I was able to attend the 103rd Annual Convention of AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials), the organization that makes the rules about…






AVMA vs Raw Food

The AVMA recently adopted a policy position against raw meat diets for pets. Their reasoning is wrong and their science is unfounded. Here is my reasoning on why AVMA (as well as the AAHA which adopted the same policy almost as…






Support Bill to Stop California Landlords from Requiring Declawing

Reprinted with permission (and great thanks!) from Jo Singer.  California is one step closer to stopping landlords from demanding declawing and devocalization of pets. Good news may be soon be announced by the Great state of California, where eight forward-thinking cities…






Pet Insurance

Great thanks to Lisa L. Richman  for allowing us to reprint her excellent analysis of pet insurance, not to mention her impeccable journalism and courage in taking on the Wall Street Journal! Monday Medical Issues: Pet insurance – worth it? Just a…






Green Cleaning

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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…






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.











Newly Discovered Virus in China Linked to Feline Kidney Disease

Researchers in Hong Kong have discovered a new virus that they’re calling feline morbillivirus. It is related to the paramyxovirus that causes canine distemper; but in cats it appears to cause tubulointerstitial nephritis, an inflammation of the tissue between the kidney…






Pet food violates federal law–with FDA blessing

The FDA recently released a video about pet food to reassure us that commercial pet food is just fine: (FDA video)… But this video is incredibly misleading, and (if you ask me) even downright patronizing. A brand new, hard-hitting video from…






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…






False rumors of new strains of *canine* distemper virus

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.…






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






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,…






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,…






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…






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…