Yearly Archives: 2018

Alexa, Call The Vet! VCA & Amazon Team Up To Automate Services

If you’re a VCA client, skip the on-hold message and have Alexa call the vet.

 

If you're a VCA client, you can skip the on-hold message and have Alexa call the vet.

If you’re a VCA client, you can skip the on-hold message and have Alexa call the vet.

So we all know Alexa can turn on the lights, read us bedtime stories from Kindle books, accidentally send private messages to friends and order groceries on Amazon. But now the smart speaker has a new trick. If you’re a VCA client, try saying, “Alexa, call the vet.”

VCA and Alexa have teamed up to offer services that used to require a computer, or at least a telephone. Now, if you’re tired of listening to your vet’s on-hold recording, being able to simply say “Alexa, call the vet” could be just what the (cat) doctor ordered. 


‘Alexa Call The Vet And Make An Appointment’

 

The Daily Cat Quote

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

Transdermal Furosemide For Cats May Be Ineffective

Study shows transdermal furosemide for cats may be ineffective.

 

Study shows transdermal furosemide for cats may be ineffective.

Study shows transdermal furosemide for cats may be ineffective.

If you use transdermal meds for your cat with heart disease, this isn’t the best news. A new study published by the Winn Feline Foundation found that transdermal furosemide (Lasix) “is unlikely to be effective.”

The study looked at just six cats though, so perhaps we shouldn’t leap to conclusions just yet. 


Furosemide For Cats ‘The Mainstay Of Therapy’

Cats And Their People Share Personality Traits

Study shows cats and their people share personality traits.

Study shows cats and their people share personality traits

Do you tend to be moody? Chances are your cat does, too.

Have you been thinking your cat’s almost as introverted as you are? Turns out that’s not just the idle thought of a slightly crazy cat lady. A new study shows that cats and their people share personality traits. Or that’s what the humans think. No one asked the cats.

Researchers in Australia asked people who live with cats to complete a 52-question online survey about their personalities and their cats’. Then, they used a sophisticated computer program to analyze the data. What it came up with was five general types of cat personalities. Three overlap with human personality traits. 


How Cats And Their People Share Personality Traits

The Daily Cat Quote

“I have found it is surprisingly difficult to remain sad when a cat is doing its level best to sandpaper one’s cheeks.”
― R.L. LaFevers, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh
 

Coming Soon: Low Cost Vet Clinics At Walmart Stores

Low-cost vet clinics at Walmart stores are coming soon. But they’ll have very limited services.

 

Coming soon: Low cost vet clinics at Walmart stores.

A low-cost vet clinic could be coming to a Walmart store near you soon.

Coming soon to a Walmart store near you: a VetIQ Petcare Wellness Center. Think of the low cost vet clinics at Walmart stores as MinuteClinics for cats.

The walk-in wellness centers don’t take appointments, and offer a limited menu of services at prices considerably lower than you’d pay at a conventional veterinary clinic. Twenty locations are open now. But VetIQ expects to be in 1,000 stores by 2023.


For Healthy Cats Only

Bugged By Fleas
Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats Is On The Rise

Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is on the rise. Keep reading to find out how to prevent fleas naturally and soothe an itchy cat.

 

Do you have an itchy cat? Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is on the rise.

Flea allergy dermatitis can cause cats to scratch nonstop.

Blame it on climate change. Cats are getting more fleas, and flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common, according to Banfield Pet Hospitals’ 2018 State of Pet Health Report.

The report says there’s been an astonishing 67 percent increase in flea allergy dermatitis in cats since 2008. In 2017, 170 of every 10,000 cats seen at Banfield hospitals had the allergic reaction to fleas. In 2008, just 102 of every 10,000 cats developed flea allergy dermatitis. 

Some cats are so sensitive to fleas, just one bite can cause an allergic reaction, or dermatitis.


Is Climate Change Causing More Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats?