Q: I have two cats that are strictly indoor cats. I recently received a reminder card from my veterinarian telling me that they’re both due for an exam and vaccinations. The last time my cat was vaccinated, she was lethargic for about 24 hours. Is it necessary for indoor-only cats to have vaccinations every year?
Q: The other day, I noticed that my cat had a little blood in his stool. I haven’t changed his diet at all. The blood appeared a few days after my husband returned from a brief business trip. I don’t know if this is important or not, but the cat doesn’t like my husband, and my husband is not too fond of the cat. Should I be worried about the blood in his stool?
Q: My cat paws and scrapes on the floor as if she is trying to cover up the food in her dish after she’s finished eating. She gives me the impression that she thinks her food is bad! Do you know why she does this?
Q: I have always had longhaired cats, and they have never had hairball problems, until lately. My most recently acquired longhaired cat has coughed up a hairball at least twice a week. I give her a hairball preventative daily, but it doesn’t seem to help. What can I do to help eliminate my cat’s hairballs?
Q: My normally quiet 15-year-old male cat has recently acquired a habit of howling his head off in the middle of the night. Around 2 a.m., he’ll typically go to his litterbox or grab a bite to eat, and then sit in the living room and howl. It’s not a normal meow, either. It’s a weird, guttural type of cry. He doesn’t seem to be in any kind of pain or discomfort as far as I can tell. I love my cat, but I’m losing quite a bit of sleep over this. What can I do to stop my cat’s crying?