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WASHINGTON - It's Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats -- rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. Credit: Getty Creative "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers. "If they're hungry and they haven't seen traps before, they're not hard to catch," she explained. "But some of them are very smart. There's a female I've been trying to get for a couple of years now and I haven't been able to get her yet." Within 20 minutes, a young gray cat takes the bait -- and by Sunday lands on a veterinary...

Feeding Cats With Liver Disease

Your veterinarian has just informed you that your cat has liver disease. You want to do what's best for your feline friend so that he can live comfortably for as long as possible. Your vet may have recommended medications to treat the underlying cause of the problem, if it has been identified. Proper nutrition is also vital. Credit: Thinkstock It is important to understand the role the liver plays in health and what happens when it is not functioning properly. The liver has many functions, including: 1. Absorption of food (through the digestion and transport of fats) 2. Removal of the by-products of digestion (e.g., toxins such as ammonia) 3. Production of proteins a. Blood clotting...

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning cat owners against keeping Easter lilies in their home during the upcoming holiday, as that plant and others of the Lilium and Hemerocallis genera are toxic to felines. Credit: Getty Creative While lilies are not as toxic to dogs, they are a serious threat to cats in any household, as reported by LiveScience. Even licking pollen from the plant or eating one of the leaves can cause acute kidney failure in felines. "The first symptom of lily toxicity in cats is vomiting," said FDA veterinarian Melanie McLean. "If you have lilies in your home, checking for missing petals or chewed leaves can tell you whether your cat has found the flowers." If...

Elizabeth is a beautiful one-year-old cat. But although she is now the picture of health, it hasn't always been that way. Credit: Thinkstock Elizabeth came to The ASPCA when she was 10 months old, along with her litter of five-week-old kittens. Patricia Jones, director of media relations at The "A," offered to foster the feline family in her office – a not uncommon practice when animals need special care before they can be placed for adoption. Elizabeth was very thin and was plagued with severe, foul-smelling diarrhea. With treatment, the diarrhea improved but did not disappear. This concerned Patricia, but what alarmed her more was the cat's voracious appetite. If anyone in the office...

Foods That Cause Gas in Cats

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