Max, my first old cat

Dear Max, You were a healthy cat for most of your life. No chronic issues or common problems. We always fed you a high quality diet, and I think that helped a lot. Good quality nutrition for our pets, just like for us, helps us build and maintain a healthy strong body and immune system.…

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Max’s Heart

Dear Max, You had a heart murmur. The first time I took you to the veterinarian for your kitten vaccines, she heard a mild murmur. When she was listening to your heart with her stethoscope, the lub-dub had an extra sound, meaning that the flow of the blood was not smooth. There is a good…

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Max and Kids

Dear Max, Initially, baby was interesting, warm, always wrapped in something soft. When she made noise, you just had to take a step back and you were out of range. But then, she started to move. She got fast and agile, and she could fit in almost every little hiding nook you found. Life became…

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Max and the Pregnant Lady

Dear Max, After we moved you several times, tried to introduce a dog and successfully introduced a kitten, we decided to have a baby. I remember when I was pregnant, someone asked when we were getting rid of our cats. “Umm, never.” Her first concern was the litter box. She worried about ‘that infection’ I…

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How cats think

We love our cats, but sometimes they can be hard to live with. House soiling, aggression and destructive behaviour make it a challenge to have certain cats in your home. Why do they do these things? It’s a huge area of current study, and also a difficult area to approach. We can’t do experiments on…

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Max meets a dog

Dear Max, You were happy being an only cat. You moved with us in and out of several apartments and rooms, without issue. We moved around like students do as we transitioned from our first university to Guelph and my time at OVC. Veterinary school! You were an excellent study cat. You would do your…

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