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Feline Acne, or Chin Acne in Cats: My Cat Has Pimples!

Have you ever noticed bumps or scabs on your kitty’s chin, and when you asked your veterinarian about it were told your cat had Acne? Differing from the disease so common in human teenagers, feline acne is the term used to describe any inflammation of the chin of cats.



12 Days of Christmas, Part II

This holiday season we wanted to bring you twelve thoughts about how our staff celebrates with their pets. Last week we shared some stories about the special treats they give or their memories of the holidays with their pets. We left off with #7, so as Christmas draws near, here are the rest.


12 Days of Christmas, Part I

We all love our pets, and celebrate big occasions with them in many different ways. So we thought for this holiday season, we would provide you a little peak at how our staff at A Cat Clinic celebrates the holidays with their pets.




Play Biting in Kittens: How to save your hands

It’s fun to watch a small kitten at play, practicing the hunting behaviors that would allow survival in the wild. But for our domestic cats, play biting in kittens that starts out “cute” can become dangerous as the cat grows. This is especially true for a hand-raised kitten:


Ways to Reduce Stress in Cats: Make it Fear-Free

“Make it Fear-Free”– this was the title of a recent article in a veterinary magazine, and a focus for veterinarian, author and speaker Marty Becker, DVM. In veterinary school, we are trained to focus on the physical well-being of our patients.


New tick control for cats: Bravecto topical is here!

Treating Pain in Cats

It’s hard to believe that people used to think that animals “don’t feel pain”. All mammals have the same basic nervous system, so this never made any sense. Fortunately, people no longer believe this; we also have safer analgesics (pain medications) available.


Summer Heat Safety: Cats in Cars

It’s August, and although this summer has not been as hot as usual in the central Maryland area, it’s important to think about summer heat safety for your cat before heading out for a ride. With another month of summer weather left, we’re bound to get some 90 degree days.


Think Your Indoor Cat Doesn’t Need a Microchip? Think Again!

Except… Zizou was living in an apartment, never went outdoors, until there was an electric fire. Zizou’s parents were able to escape but the frightened cat bolted and is still missing. The owners thought they found him, but the black and white cat they found was not Zizou. Unfortunately, he does not have a microchip.


A Little Miracle…

One of our clients had found an orange and white kitten. He seemed fine at first, but the next day, he just collapsed and they rushed him in to our hospital. Krystal, our receptionist, looked at the kitten and ran for me.


Maggie’s Story: A Cautionary Tale

Maggie is a 10-year old spayed female cat. Mom and Dad recently retired and purchased an RV to do some road-travel. They started with short trips and Maggie seemed to do fine, so they headed west for an extended trip. Maggie is their 3rd generation cat to come to A Cat Clinic over many years,



Here’s Looking at You: Eye Problems in Cats

Eye injuries are not something to fool around with, as they can worsen quickly if your cat rubs his eye. And just like children, if you don’t want him to rub his eye, that’s exactly what he’ll do! This week’s blog post was originally published on FelineDocs.org by Dr. Diana Lafer of Cats Limited Hospital in West Hartford, CT.


Fountain of Youth? Calcitriol and Kidney Disease

Of course, there is no Fountain of Youth. At least not that has been discovered yet. But new advances in veterinary medicine occur all the time, and research can show new ways to help your cat slow some of the effects of aging on their bodies.


Lilies are a no-no for your kitty!

We’ve set our clocks forward and have seen crocuses and daffodils poke their heads up from the frozen earth, and the first thing that many of us want to do is to celebrate spring with some lovely, fragrant lilies – especially the beautiful white trumpet-shaped Easter lilies that appear everywhere this time of year.


Feline Heartworm Disease: Those buzzing mosquitoes can be fatal!

“My cat never goes outside. Why do I need to worry about heartworm disease?” You may have asked yourself this question when you saw an ad for preventing feline heartworms. But just like the stink bugs many of us in Maryland find flying around our houses all winter, mosquitoes can get into your house and infect your cat.


Feline Oral Health

February is over (thank goodness, with the way this winter has been!), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still think about helping your cat maintain a healthy mouth. And with our new Dental Health Promotion policy ($50 discount if dental cleaning scheduled within 1 month of annual exam), your cat never has to wait for Dental Health Month to have the cleaning he or she needs to stay healthy.


Happy Birthday, Aurora!

If you’ve been in an exam room and heard a cat loudly asking for lunch or for dinner, that likely is Aurora. She has no “shut off” valve when it comes to food, but our technicians check her weight daily to keep her on track. Aurora was in an unhappy situation when she came to us; her owner was ready to give her up.


My Cat Is Waking Me Up at 4 AM!!

Ben, a handsome grey cat , was about 5 years old when he was adopted from MCHS by his new family. As often happens, we didn’t know too much about Ben’s previous life, but he seemed to settle in well with the couple who adopted this (very) lucky kitty. But, while his parents were early risers, whatever time they got up,


Your Cat’s Holiday Wish List

The following blog post is from the FelineDocs website. Dr. Tammy Sadek offers some tips for the holidays from the perspective of your cat. What does your cat think of all the holiday trappings?


Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you’re staying in town and having relatives over, traveling, or boarding your kitty, the holidays can be stressful for everyone. Here are some helpful tips to survive this holiday season:


Compounding Pharmacies Update

I spoke to the pharmacist at one of our local pharmacies (whom we’ve been dealing with for 20 years), and apparently the ruling is from FDA setting national and not just state regulations.


Ways to Medicate Your Cat (part 2)

Below is the second of two blog posts on the often difficult task of medicating your cat. It is a follow-up to our previous post written by Dr. Michael Ray, “Common Human Mistakes with Cat Meds.” This post is also from the Feline Docs website, and was written by Dr. Marcus Brown of the NOVA Cat Clinic in Arlington, VA.


Common Human Mistakes with Cat Meds

You’ve just been told your cat has an infection and you need to give oral medication every day. Does this strike fear in your heart? Have you had to struggle with your cat to administer medication in the past? If so, you’re certainly not alone!



Purr Power! The Power of Purring Cats

We all know there is no better feeling in the world than having a cat sit on your lap purring. But could that wonderful feeling actually be improving your health? Read the blog posting below, from the Feline Docs website.


Have you considered pet insurance for your cat?

Unfortunately, accidents and illnesses will happen to your cat over his or her lifetime. What would you do if your cat became sick or injured and the treatment(s) were expensive? Would you let cost compromise the quality of care that you give to your cat? Veterinary medicine is advancing every day, and new technology and treatments come with additional costs.



Ticks: The Ultimate Creepy-Crawlies!

Tick prevention needs to be considered for all outdoor kitties. Most people are familiar with the importance of tick prevention in dogs, as well as that ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease.


Finding a Veterinarian Worthy of your Cat

The following post is from FelineDocs.com, a website dedicated to information about cats written by feline veterinarians. Finding the veterinarian that both you and your cat will trust and be happy with is a very important step. If you are looking for the right vet for your cat, we hope this will help!


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