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!
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.
Purina Cat Chow wants you to think therapy cats, not dogs. There’s a reason for this. A new Cat Chow study found that cats can be “purrfect” therapy animals, too. The research shows that humans consider their cats wonderful companions who improve their physical and mental health. This information prompted Cat Chow to team up with Pet Partners to increase the number of therapy cats available to visit people who need them. Do you live with a potential therapy cat? Keep reading to find out.
Kittens are cute, but our deepest bonds are with our senior cats. And their numbers are growing, according to Packaged Facts. Its most recent Pet Population and Ownership Trends in the US report says 43 percent of cat parents live with a cat who’s seven or older. Caring for a senior cat isn’t always easy, and more frequent vet visits, medications and special supplements can make it expensive. But according to the Packaged Facts report, many Americans are willing to do almost anything to keep their beloved cats happy and healthy in old age.
Human and animal research often overlap. So it’s not surprising that veterinary virologists at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary medicine are coming close to a coronavirus cure for humans. In other veterinary news, a new study looks at the behavior of cats on weight-loss diets. And the start-up pet insurance company, Pumpkin, covers cats of all colors, but it might have a soft spot for the big orange guys.
Neutering cats early isn’t without controversy, and most vets suggest waiting until the cat is six months old, or even older. But a group of national veterinary associations thinks cats should be neutered/spayed earlier to prevent future health and behavior issues, including aggression. The group began its Feline Fix By Five Months campaign in 2016, and now state veterinary associations are finally getting on board.
Stem cell therapy has all kinds of uses in veterinary medicine these days, and now researchers believe they’ve found a new one. Early studies show it can help cats with stomatitis and other forms of chronic gum disease in cats. A second clinical trial, this one involving 200 cats, will get underway soon.
For humans, bottled water is hardly the next big thing. But it could be for cats. A Colorado-based company is bottling Catwater, which it says is mineral-free and pH optimized to help prevent UTIs in cats. Just about the last thing the planet needs is more plastic bottles finding their way to recycling centers