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Editor's Pick

The “Ouch” You’ll Never Hear

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...according to Bahr (2017), up until recently “it was thought cats did not experience pain at all, based purely on the fact that they tend not to show it.” In my opinion, it is safe to assume this is a major factor behind why chronic pain caused by conditions like arthritis go undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated in many older cats. This is despite several studies showing that arthritis is the number one cause of chronic pain in cats and that 90 percent of cats over the age of 12 have some form of degenerative joint disease (Hardie, Roe & Martin, 2002). By expecting to hear their cats cry out in pain before admitting there’s something wrong, owners are inadvertently doing their aging cats something of a disservice. If only they knew, if their cat does vocalize pain, his discomfort has reached such a high level that something is seriously wrong and he has quite possibly been suffering in silence for quite some time. Read article

Featured Article from the May 2019 Issue

Management and Behavior Modification: Developing
a Force-Free Toolbox for Shelters and Rescues

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Our goal was to find out which common behavior problems both shelters and rescues faced...We also wanted to know if organizations were facing similar problems or if they were all up against very different challenges. It turned out that there was a lot of consistency. For dogs, the most frequently cited problems were:
• Difficulty in handling (unruliness/mouthiness/jumping up/pulling on leash).
• Aggression towards dogs on leash.
• Fear or aggression towards strangers.
For cats, the most frequently cited problems were:
• Hitting, swatting, growling, etc. at strangers.
• Litter box issues.
• Scratching and biting during play in otherwise social cats.
• Cat-cat aggression.
It is interesting to compare these to common problems reported by adopters. Read article