Weekly article archive

The following questions and answers have appeared in my weekly column in the Albuquerque Journal since July, 1996. Each week a new one is added. You'll find information on the physical and behavioral maladies of dogs and cats and a few other species too. I invite you to use the search feature to find the specific answer that you and your pet need.

Choosing A Veterinarian

Aren’t all veterinarians trained and licensed the same? If they give good service and have convenient hours, isn’t that enough? Sorry. We veterinarians are not all created equal. I’m a…

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A Cat’s Twitching Skin

Twitching skin Some cats have an occasional problem with skin twitches, usually on their backs. It may only last for a second or two, and may happen a couple times…

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Pacing, Growling and Crying

These problems may be strictly behavioral but it’s important to rule out physical causes. Older cats in particular may be at risk for thyroid tumors, liver failure, or a brain…

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Licking and Sucking

Littermates suckling on one another is a common unintended consequence of our meddling with Mother Nature. Free-living (feral) litters don’t usually leave for college until they’re 16 weeks old, while…

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Cat Hyperactivity

High energy cats can be a big problem; many feline trouble makers pounce on their sleeping owners making them cranky and tired. Channel your cat’s exuberance into vigorous play at…

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How To Address Your Cat’s Fear

Most cats are relaxed and in control when life is predictable. But a surprise that causes one scared kitty to run and hide may trigger an aggressive reaction in another.…

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Teaching Good Manners To Your Cat

If prevention is the best medicine (and it is, by the way), setting appropriate house rules for your cat will help both of you live happily ever after. Here are…

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Chewing Clothing or Other Objects

These are some truly serious oral behaviors in cats. For genetic reasons Siamese and Burmese cats are far more likely to commit this domestic crime, most often sucking and chewing…

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Child Safety Around Cats

Some pets should never be allowed near children while others seem so reliable you’d trust them with anybody. Make no assumptions when it comes to cats and child safety. Considering…

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