Category Archives: Cat Health

Questions and answers related to cat health.

Why does my cat sneeze?

Your cat is sneezing for the same reasons that you sneeze.  Like humans cats sometimes need to have a good sneeze.  There may be something tickling your cats nostrils or something blocking your cats airways.  Your cats sneezing may also be the result of an allergic reaction to something.  Cats can be allergic to their food.  You may want to change your cats food if they display any other symptoms such as  watery eyes, runny nose, coughing etc.  We also suggest stocking up on the tissue, preferably something soft and gentle on little cat noses.


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Cat obesity… an epidemic?

Back by popular demand… another cat treadmill video for you to enjoy! Click here to view another treadmill video!  Thanks to everyone for sharing these wonderful videos!


What I especially love is the laughter coming from the humans taking the video. You can truly hear the love that people have for their pets in some of these videos!

I’m not sure how safe it is for a cat to run on a treadmill, but it is definitely funny to watch. Cats, like humans, should probably build up their exercise routine slowly :)

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Why does my cat like when I program the automatic feeder incorrectly?

auto pet feeder configuration issue

Auto Pet Feeder overflows due to configuration issue

The picture says it all!

My cats enjoy the auto pet feeder.  The feeder works on a timer, allowing you to set up to 8 feedings by configuring the start time and end time of the feeding.  The feeding time will vary depending factors such as the size of the food.  I have found that small food pieces fall out faster than large pieces.  My feedings are approximately 30 seconds each, and I have configured about 4 feedings per day (for 3 cats).  They also get some treats when they are good kitties (which is always!).

The problem that occurred (as seen in the picture) was caused because I started the feeding at 11:00pm, and then configured the feeding to stop 30 seconds later.  Unfortunately (for me), I set the end time for AM, which means the feeder was configured to continue dropping food throughout the night.  The cats loved it (because they didn’t have to clean it).

This feeder is great because it allows you to store many weeks of food (our cats use the medium size feeder).  We do not leave our cats alone for extended periods, but its still nice to have a low maintenance feeder.  If we leave our cats alone for a day or two, we can trust that the feeder will feed our cats, unless the power goes out, of course.

I also previously owned the auto pet waterer.  The cats enjoyed the filtered running water, but the product I received was not built to last.  There is also alot of maintenance required, which involved cleaning the unit every 3 weeks or so.  The motor was a little too noisy for my liking, and would sometimes stop dispensing the water.  I fought with the unit for many months, until one day the water starting overflowing out of the unit.  At this point, I no longer trusted the unit and I disposed of it.  Conceptually it is a great product, but it did not work out for us.

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Why does my cat require dental surgery?

Tomorrow, one of the WhyDoesMyCat.com mascots must undergo surgery. His name is Peanut, and he is the brown (seal point) Siamese that you see in many of the pictures and videos on this website.

Here’s a few reason why Peanut must undergo dental surgery:
1) His breath really really stinks. He often jumps up on our lap and yells in our face to get our attention. This cute behavior has become unbearable due to the awful smell coming from his mouth! Read more about why cats have bad breath!
2) After inspection by our favorite veterinarian, we found out that Peanut has gingivitis, and that some of the teeth will require extraction. This will reduce the bacteria in his mouth, and probably reduce some pain that he is probably experiencing. We don’t brush Peanuts teeth, so some of this issue probably could have been avoided if we were willing/able to keep up with a teeth brushing routine.
3) While Peanut is asleep during his surgery, the clinic will xray his teeth to look for additional cavities that cannot be seen while orally examining his mouth. Any teeth with cavities can then be removed to avoid a similar problem in the near future.

Peanut’s dental surgery will be performed by a top of the line clinic in Mississauga Ontario. He will undergo pre-operation blood work to ensure that he is healthy enough to undergo the surgery. He will also be placed on an IV during the procedure so they can easily administer medication in the event of a complication.

Please keep Peanut in your thoughts tomorrow as he undergoes this procedure!

Update!

Peanut is doing fantastic!  He was very sleepy for about a day after the surgery, but he is back to his old self now!  He has 2 days left of pain medication (4 in total).  He has 6 days left of antibiotics, in order to fight infections.  He is also on soft food for 3 – 7 days.  He doesn’t like the soft food very much (we’ve tried 2 different types).   He does end up eating it after he is hungry enough though.  We have also softened his crunchy food by putting it in the microwave in some water.  He seems to prefer this solution, but its very important to make sure the food completely cools down before serving it to Kitty!

Thanks everyone for your encouraging and supportive comments!  Peanut appreciates your concern :)

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Why does my cat smell bad?

Some cats seem to smell bad, and others do not.

I have three cats and only one smells bad (it’s the male, by the way!).

Some cats dig around in the litter more than others — an obvious reason why your cat may smell bad.

If your cat is not grooming himself often, he may smell worse than if he did groom himself. If your cat’s breath is bad, grooming may have the opposite effect. He could simply be spreading his bad breath all over his fur.  You  may be interested in reading more about why your cat has bad breath.

Some owners consider bathing their cats if they smell really bad.  However, most cats don’t like having a bath.  Read more about why cats hate water and information about how to bathe your cat.

If bathing your cat is not an option, you could consider a variety of waterless bathing products.  Recently, I have tried Furminator Waterless Deshedding Shampoo Conditioner, and Pet Head Waterless Shampoo.

Furminator waterless deshedding shampoo and conditioner

Furminator waterless deshedding shampoo and conditioner

Pet head waterless shampoo

Pet head waterless shampoo

The furminator product has a fresh scent that is strong enough to make the cat smell nice, but not too strong (in my opinion anyways).  The Pet Head product has a very strong blueberry scent.  I like the smell of it, but I’m not sure if the cat does.

As you can see, kitty still doesn’t look too impressed with this waterless form of bathing:

Cat scared of pet head waterless shampoo

Cat scared of pet head waterless shampoo



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Why does my cat need pet insurance?

Cats are like people, and sometimes they get sick or injured.  Many families do not have the financial means to pay for pet emergencies that may arise, especially during this recession.  So, more and more pet owners are turning to pet insurance companies so they can feel secure that their pet will be cared for in the event of a health emergency.

How pet insurance works

Pet insurance is very much like health insurance for individuals.  You pay a monthly premium, and then in the event that your pet requires healthcare, you may make a claim to the insurance company and the money is paid to you, assuming that the health condition falls under a covered expense.

Things to consider when choosing a pet insurance policy

There are a few things to consider when selecting a pet insurance plan.  The most important things to consider for an average pet owner are the policy coverage and the the policy cost.

Most importantly, it’s best to ensure that your pet insurance plan covers the type of health emergencies that are most likely to occur.  For example, many pet insurance plans do not cover chronic illnesses such as cancer of diebetes in your pet.  These types of conditions can be the most expensive to treat, so you want to make sure they are covered under your plan, or you will not be reimbursed for your pet’s health expenses.

The second most important thing to consider is the cost, of course.  After you find a insurance plan that suits your cat’s needs, you may want to shop around an compare the costs.  Like all insurance companies, the price plan varies from company to company.  When comparing prices, you must be absolutely sure that the plans offer equivalent benefits.  When comparing pricing, remember that some insurance companies have some room for negotiation.  Don’t be afraid to tell them that you’ve found a cheaper price somewhere else.  They may be able to point out extra benefits that their plan offers that the other plan does not offer.

My final advice for selecting a pet insurance company is to ask others for advice.  More and more people are buying pet insurance these days, so don’t be afraid to ask your friends and co-workers if they are aware of any pet insurance plans.  You can also find advice from other pet owners online.  It may be helpful to find other pet owners who have submitted claims and are happy with the coverage and the cost.

When should I buy pet insurance?

It is usually best to buy insurance as soon as possible, because most plans do not cover pre-existing conditions. That means that if your cat already suffers from a health condition, such as diebetes, it is very unlikely that your pet insurance plan will cover expenses related to that pre-existing condition. Therefore, it makes the most sense to buy your pet insurance before your pet becomes ill or injured.

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I still can’t decide….

Pet insurance provides you with the security that your cat will be cared for in the event of a health emergency, even if your bank account happens to be low at the time.

Just think — what would you do if your pet had an emergency and there were not enough funds in your bank account to cover the costs?  It’s a scary thought!  Pet insurance provides you relief from that worrying so you can spend more time loving your cat.

If you decide not to purchase pet insurance for your cat, consider starting a savings account so you have funds available if your cat becomes sick.  If you have a difficult time saving the money, you may realize more quickly that you require insurance for your pet.

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