know the specific cause or how to
prevent tooth resorption in cats.
Cats also suffer from periodontal
disease because they don’t brush
their own teeth (obviously). But you
can help prevent gum disease by
daily dipping a Q-tip into tuna juice
and gently rubbing the outside of
your cat’s teeth where they meet
the gum line to remove plaque.
Most cat owners think that arthritis
is a dog-specific disease. Wrong!
Dog owners tend to catch their
pet’s condition early on if they notice
the dog limping, having trouble rising
to his feet, no longer climbing stairs,
or no longer jumping up on furniture
or into a vehicle. Cat owners, on the
other hand, more often than not
don’t notice anything wrong.
In the exam room, I often show
cat owners their pet’s loss of muscle
in a limb (yes, you can feel muscles
under all of that fur), and they have
a hard time believing it could be
caused by arthritis. It’s easier for
them to believe other signs like the
cat not climbing as easily as before,
not grooming herself as well, even
not using the litter box because
it’s difficult for a painful, arthritic
cat to climb into the box (so much
easier to just pee behind the potted
plant or TV!). Arthritis
in cats is common and
demands attention, as
it can limit mobility and
cause severe pain.
Fat cats are funny
in cartoons but in
real life are like
tubby time bombs
ticking away their
health and vitality.
According to Dr. Ernie Ward and
the Association for Pet Obesity
org), about 58 percent of all felines
are too fat.
“Even a couple of extra pounds
increases your cat’s risk of devel-
oping deadly diabetes, high
blood pressure, arthritis,
kidney disease, and cancer,”
Dr. Ward said. “If your cat’s
tummy has started to sag, ask
your veterinarian for advice
on shedding excess
decision you make for your
cat each day is what — and
how much — you feed. Feed
wisely.” I couldn’t agree more!
Dr. Marty Becker, “American’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better
health for pets and the people who love them. The author of 24 books, Dr. Becker
was the resident veterinary contributor on Good Morning America for 17 years. He is
currently a member of the board of directors of the American Humane Association
as well as its chief veterinary correspondent, a founding member of Core Team Oz
for The Dr. Oz Show, and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Board. When his
schedule allows, he practices at North Idaho Animal Hospital. Connect with him on Facebook and on
Twitter at @DrMartyBecker.
Happy on the inside, and it shows.
and bowel health
to new food