Reading Time: 4 minutes Are you having some misgivings about that Seresto flea collar your cat is wearing? Despite thousands of incident reports to the Environmental protection Agency, both the EPA and toxicologists at the Pet Poison Helpline say not to worry. A recent review of the scientific literature on Seresto collars and their own animal poison control case data show the collars are safe, the toxicologists say. Maybe they are. But there are other safer natural ways to get rid of fleas, and your cats won’t have to breathe insecticide from the collars around their necks.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Can cats be vegan? A new study by researchers at the University of Guelph says they can. But it’s not time to ditch your cats’ meat-based diet just yet. “The study sets the foundation for further research on this growing feeding trend,” one of the researchers said.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The next time your cat has x-rays, don’t be surprised if a computer with artificial intelligence reads them. X-rays for cats are going even higher-tech, largely because there’s a shortage of human veterinary radiologists. While AI gets mixed reviews from vets, a growing number of practices are using it. Your vet might be next!
Reading Time: 5 minutes Can you stop a cat from hunting? Yes, you can! At least that’s what a team of scientists at the University of Exeter say in a study published this month in Current Biology. And you don’t need any collars, bells or bibs. It all comes down to what’s in that can of food your cat eats and what’s in his toy basket.
Reading Time: 4 minutes You know those spot-on flea meds humans have come to rely on for their cats? Turns out they may help cats but harm the planet. Researchers in England found high concentrations of fipronil and imidacloprid in English rivers, suggesting that spot-on flea treatments cause water pollution. But there are other, safer natural ways to get fleas to flee. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Reading Time: 5 minutes You’re not thinking about declawing your cat are you? If you are, you might have a hard time finding a vet. A growing number of veterinarians have stopped declawing. And now, The American Association of Feline Practitioners is onboard. It’s banning declawing at its certified Cat-Friendly practices.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Don’t let this scare you, but cats can get Covid from other cats. A study at Kansas State University found that asymptomatic cats can transmit the disease to other cats within two days. But can people get Covid from cats? Numerous researchers and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsay they can’t. So don’t be afraid of your cat!
Reading Time: 4 minutes Turns out that PetSmart and Chewy.com weren’t the “purrfect” match, after all. Three years after it purchased the huge online retailer, PetSmart plans to sell all of its shares in Chewy and split the companies in two. What will this mean for Chewy customers? So far, the company’s not saying. In another change to where you’ll buy your cat food, Pet Valu is Covid’s latest retail victim and will close its US stores.