The placebo effect is usually viewed as a treatment of faith. If you believe the pill will help you, it will; the only condition is that you must believe it. In this light, it is plausible to dismiss the notion of placebo having an effect on animals, especially pets in veterinary medicine. In this article, you will learn how placebo affects animals, what else is hiding behind placebo’s therapeutic effects, and whether we can use the magic power of placebo to treat our pets—dogs, cats, and others.
Half a year ago, a veterinary clinic owned by a friend and colleague accommodated a medium-sized female dog, Alexa. Alexa was a mixed breed but remotely like a wire-haired dachshund. She arrived from a local shelter to be spayed—a normal procedure here before any dog is adopted.
Do you take your cat to the veterinarian for well visits? Closely watching for changes in appetite or behavior is wise, and additional routine veterinary visits provide even more benefits for your pet—for as you might know, prevention is better than any treatment plan.
Moving homes with a cat shouldn’t be hard, or, at least not something to stress about. Fortunately, if you consider in advance your cat’s needs during the move, you both will be fine. In this article, you will find advice to make changing houses with a cat as smooth and painless as possible.
Soiling a bed or slippers is usually associated with a conflict between the cat and the owner or some other stress, which may falsely suggest that it is an act of revenge. It isn’t.
Do you need to feed a specific diet to your senior cat? What do you think? Did your grandparents change their diet upon retirement? They might eat less to avoid some unhealthy foods, often because their doctor told them, but mainly, they do not shop at specialized senior grocery stores, nor do they buy meat or milk for oldies.
Let’s say, a sausage disappeared from your table and you suspect that your cat is to be blamed. You look him up, and, after “exchanging” a few words, you are convinced. The cat has that guilty look. And it isn’t the first time. But what if we told you that cats don’t feel guilt or shame?
Cat behavior problems are the most probable threat to loving relationship between you and your cat. Luckily, you have the power to control them! See our list of the most common behavioral problems, from litter box avoidance to biting and scratching during play, as well as solutions to these problems.
Do you have a cat who is shy? One who is timid and insecure and constantly hides under the bed? Maybe among your several cats there is one who never interacts with others? In this article, you will learn to communicate with a shy cat effectively and how to boost confidence in insecure cats.
Our colleague veterinarian recently asked for Maris’ opinion as a cat behaviorist because she was invited to sell cat toilet training kits in her clinic. She already had her doubts and, after a short phone conversation, she was convinced. Selling toilet training kits would sure bring in some extra money, but it would not be the best for her clients and patients.