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Frequently Asked Questions

All cat and kitten owners have questions. Here are some of the ones we hear most often. We can’t individually answer all questions submitted to the site, but if you have a suggestion for a topic we should add to this FAQ, please use our Contact Form.

Kitty Litter

At what age can a kitten eat solid food?

Kittens can begin on solids at six weeks, but should still have access to milk until eight weeks.

What diet do you recommend for cats?

That’s a very important question because most people don’t realize that cats are obligate carnivores and cannot use carbohydrates efficiently – they need a Paleo diet. The diet you choose will have more impact on your cat’s long-term health than any other factor. Please read the Purrrrrrfect Diet page because this question is answered in detail there.

What can I expect on my first vet visit?

Do you recommend any particular type of cat litter?

With 12 cats, I’ve had ample opportunity to study cat litter. The big issues you need to consider are:

  • Substrate: Clay, Wheat-Based, Corn-Based, Paper, Pine, Silica or even Walnut Shell-Based. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. Does your cat mind pellets or does he prefer sand?
  • Clumping or Non-Clumping – clumping is easier to clean but some cats prefer the non-clumping because it acts more like dirt.
  • Scented or Non-Scented – scents help mask urine odor but some cats are repelled by the scent or have allergies.
  • Some litters are much dustier than others. If your litter box is in the garage it may make no difference but if it is in the kitchen, it will. Some cats have upper respiratory issues that dusty litter can exacerbate.
  • It all boils down to the most important issue: does your cat(s) like it?

What are some common cat health issues?

Here’s a list of what we see most often in our veterinary practice:

  • Urinary Tract Infections/Blockage
  • Dental Disease
  • Hyperthyroid Disease
  • Kidney (Renal) Disease
  • Ear Infections
  • Fleas and Ticks
  • Behavioral Issues (Inappropriate Elimination, Aggression)
  • Trauma (Bite Wounds, Abscesses, Fractures)
  • Gastrointestinal Disease (Diarrhea, Food Allergies, IBD)
  • Neoplasia (cancer): Lymphoma, Sarcomas, Carcinomas
  • Metabolic Disease: Hepatitis, Pancreatitis
  • Heart Disease

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