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‘Why doesn’t my cat purr?’ and other veterinary FAQs

Cats Protection vet Dr Sarah Elliott answers veterinary questions from curious cat owners, including why a cat may not purr and how much cats should eat.

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‘How can I get my cat used to their carrier?’ and other behavioural FAQs

Many people face this situation, but there are steps you can take to gradually get your cat used to the cat carrier. However, this does take some time and may not work in time for your cat's booster, depending on how soon it is.

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‘Should I bathe my cat?’ and other veterinary FAQs

There isn't much need to bathe a cat. They often will keep themselves clean and tidy, but occasionally they may need help with grooming by brushing them, especially if longhaired (longhaired cats should be brushed daily).

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‘How can I make my cat lose weight?’ and other veterinary FAQs

It can be tricky to diet cats, especially when they have access to food sources elsewhere! Most vet clinics will run a free weight loss clinic for pets and they should be able to recommend a tailored programme for your cat.

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‘Which cat is spraying in my house?’ and other behaviour FAQs

Sorry to hear that you've got cats spraying in the house. The first thing to do is to identify the sprayer/s. You can either set up a camera to spot who's doing it, or you can chat to your vet about getting some fluorescein to put in capsules.

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‘How much water should a cat drink?’ – vet advice

Cats are notoriously fussy when it comes to drinking water. As she is on wet food, it is likely she is getting much of her water intake from her diet.

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‘Why is my cat losing weight?’ and other veterinary FAQs

Vet Sarah Elliott advises cat owners on health topics, including why a cat might be losing weight and the common causes of cats' tummy troubles.

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‘What does my cat’s miaow mean?’ and other feline behaviour FAQs

Cat behaviour specialist Nicky Trevorrow reveals what cats’ miaows mean, why they might nip you when playing and how to stop your cat from weeing in the wrong place.

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‘How can I help my elderly cat’s mobility?’ and other veterinary FAQs

It is really common for cats to experience some form of joint pain or stiffness as they age. This may be the reason she is having difficulties with her back legs.

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‘Why is my older cat hissing at our kittens?’ and other behavioural FAQs

There are many reasons this could be happening. It would be worth taking your oldest cat to the vets in case she has developed a medical problem.

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