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  Veterinarian Q & A

Dr. Julie Pomerantz D.V.M, is veterinarian practicing in New York City.

Feel free to submit your questions to Dr. Pomerantz and we will email you when they are posted. Because of the volume we can not answer all questions received.
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This information DOES NOT replace professional veterinary care. It is intended solely for educational purposes. Your pet's medical condition should be evaluated by a veterinarian before implementation of any medical or husbandry changes.

If there is a potentially life-threatening emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or veterinary facility IMMEDIATELY!!!! Responses can take 1-2 weeks.

November 2009

Erms asks:
My Kitten is 4 months old at this time.  Should it be on kitten food or adult cat food?

Kittens have greater needs for some nutrients such as calcium and protein because of their rapid growth. Many foods – especially canned foods – are now formulated to be appropriate for all life stages. You should always look for the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) statement on the pet food label. This statement tells you that the food meets basic nutritional standards and for what life stage it is intended. It may say the food meets nutritional requirements for adults, growth or all life stages. If the AAFCO statement mentions “animal feeding tests” then that means the food company performs feeding trials with real animals. If the statement says the food is “formulated” to meet nutritional levels established by AAFCO then that means the recipe was prepared by calculating the nutrients but was not followed up by feeding trials. Food appropriate for all life stages or kitten food should be used until the kitten is about 8-10 when most growth is complete.


Arlene is wondering:
My little feline (female) has severly watery eyes.  They were saved by her vet who treats all types of animals.  Is there something further I can do about them such as drops, surgery?  She sees fine but I would like her to not be bothered by this.  She is forever shaking her head.  

Watery eyes – or excessive tearing – can be due to a variety of things. If the problem has been going on for a long time and it is just clear watery tears then it is likely that the cat’s tear ducts may be blocked. Normally excess tears drain from the eye through a small opening in the eyelid at the inner corner of the eye. This duct leads into the nose. Cats who have had a bad upper respiratory infection may have scarring to these ducts preventing proper drainage. Sometimes the veterinarian can flush the ducts under sedation but it is often unrewarding because they may block up again. Flat faced cats such as Persians and Himalayans also have tear duct trouble due to the shape of their nose. As long as the eyes do not appear irritated and there is no sticky yellow discharge or crust then simply cleaning the cat’s face with a warm damp cloth once or twice a day should help to keep the area clean and dry.

You also mention  that your cat is shaking her head – this is not commonly seen with excessive tearing but may be a sign of ear problems that need to be checked by her vet.


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