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A rare reaction for a rare cat

July 17th, 2023

My cat Bart is my best friend. When I’m sad, he jumps to where I am and lies down for pets and cuddles. He goes crazy for chicken liver cat treats. And when I come home from a long day at university, he greets me at the door. Last year, I adopted Bart from a local pet shelter when he …

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Joint disease hidden concern for aging cats

Think your senior kitty no longer moves around or plays because it’s simply growing older? Think again. Inactivity is a common clue that your cat may have degenerative joint disease (DJD). According to a research study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) cats over 12 years old have a 90 per cent chance of developing …

January 11th, 2016 Full story »

Clinic curbs Winnipeg’s feral cat population

Randi Roberts knew something had to be done about the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the north end of her hometown of Winnipeg, so she took action. With help from her friend Jessica Thompson, Roberts – then a receptionist at Winnipeg’s Machray Animal Hospital — began recruiting volunteers to help deal with the out-of-control stray cat population in …

September 09th, 2015 Full story »

Floyd by log cabin

A pancreatitis primer for cat owners

Pancreatitis is an increasingly important pancreatic disorder in cats, but what exactly is it? What happens when a cat becomes ill due to pancreatitis? The pancreas is glandular organ has two main functions: to produce metabolic hormones that control blood sugar and to produce enzymes that aid in food digestion. Normally, due to their destructive nature, the protein-digesting enzymes trypsin …

September 19th, 2012 Full story »

Bailey, owned by Robyn Thrasher

Managing kitty’s chronic kidney disease

When my cat Bailey was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), she was only five years old. At the time, I didn’t know very much about the condition. I truly thought it was over for her and had prepared to say good-bye. Fortunately, my precious Bailey lived a long and happy life for another 13 years. It’s unknown what …

August 13th, 2012 Full story »

Grad student’s feline research earns award

Feline health research conducted by Dr. Melissa Meachem of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) earned top marks during the 2011 American College of Veterinary Pathologists‘ (ACVP) annual meeting that was held from December 3-7 in Nashville, Tenn. Meachem, a 2008 WCVM graduate and a PhD student in the college’s Department of Veterinary Pathology, received the ACVP Young Investigator …

January 02nd, 2012 Full story »