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One title leapt off the page as I was looking over the listing of sessions available at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association Convention - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: Does it Really Cause Disease? Credit: Thinkstock I have long counseled owners that Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is not an immediate death sentence, but short of the cat succumbing to an unrelated illness or injury, I've always thought that the disease would eventually be fatal. Has something changed in our understanding of FIV? Intrigued, I marked that session as a "must see." RELATED: How to Get Your Cat to Take Medicine The talk was given by Dr. Sue VandeWoude, Professor and Associate Dean for...

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If you could predict the odor strength of a cat's urine based on its breed and hair length would it influence your choice? Credit: Thinkstock New research in the latest journal Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition suggests that you may have that information before choosing your next cat. Dutch researchers found that cat breeds with shorter hair had greater quantities of the chemical that causes that "catty odor" urine smell than breeds with longer hair. Why? What Causes Cat Urine to Smell? Cat owners all know that distinctive urine cat odor. It is most intense with the urine of intact males and much less in neutered males and unaltered and altered females. The chemical responsible for...

Got a fat cat at home? Perhaps a cat exercise wheel is just what the veterinarian ordered. A Kickstarter campaign is making the stationary feline fitness product a reality, having already raised more than $280,000. The campaign's original goal was to raise $10,000, which it achieved in only seven hours. ​One Fast Cat allows indoor cats the chance to get some exercise from the safety of their home, according to Mashable. Created by Sean Farley, the patent-pending product is available for preorder in four different colors. It costs $199 with shipping included. The wheel's running surface is made from closed cell foam to protect your pet's claws from getting stuck in the device. The One...

How to Get Your Cat to Take Medicine

Medicating a cat is sometimes one of the most challenging tasks a cat owner must face. But with a little advance preparation, it doesn't have to be difficult. Credit: Thinkstock Before you attempt to medicate your cat, get all your supplies together. Have the medication handy, along with a treat to make the experience more pleasant for your cat, and a towel for wrapping your cat if necessary. To give a liquid medication, place your cat on a flat surface, facing away from you with his hindquarters against your body. You should already have the medication drawn up into a dosing syringe. Use your free hand to tilt your cat's head up slightly. Place the tip of syringe in the back corner of...