Category: March 2013 Newsletter A

Cat Vomiting

Australian poet Pam Brown once wrote, "Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience." They seem to have the same knack for vomiting–as virtually every cat owner has experienced a hairball in the shoe, 'snarf and barf' on the landing, or melodious retching on the bed in the wee hours of the morning. Why have cats–some of them at least–made vomiting a part of their daily lives? While heaving can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, most vomiting is relatively harmless. Consider these common causes of cat retching and what to do about them.

Clipping Dog's Nails

Most dogs tend to wear their nails down by walking on hard ground, but some dogs require their nails clipped regularly. Most vets, vet nurses and groomers are able to clip nails, but if you want to do it yourself at home, it can be done if your pet is fairly well behaved and easy to control. Cat nails can also be clipped, although they should be left intact for defense purposes in outdoor cats who may need to fight with other cats.