Ask The Vet

  1. grey cat sleeping in the litter box

    Why Is My Cat Sleeping in the Litter Box?

    A cat sleeping in the litter box can be a serious health issue or stem from pregnancy, anxiety, and territorial guarding...
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  2. brown tabby cat lying on side

    How Many Times a Day Should a Cat Poop?

    Find out what’s normal and when there’s cause for concern, such as blood in cat poop, cat diarrhea, and more...
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  3. cleaner spray and step mat over sink

    How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell From Your Whole House

    Does your whole house smell like cat urine? Follow these steps to remove the odor. Remember, investing in a quality...
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  4. white cat lying in front of a window

    How To Identify & Prevent Skin Cancer in Cats

    Find out which cats are prone to skin cancer, including indoor-only cats, and symptoms to watch for...
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  5. Siberian cat using Litter-Robot 4 with cat in foreground

    How To Stop a Cat From Peeing Everywhere in the House

    Learn the difference between peeing and spraying, and get tips on how to stop your cat from peeing in the house...
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  6. tabby cat peeing outside the litter box on a rug

    Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

    From a dirty litter box to medical issues, our vet explains the top reasons why cats miss the mark...
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  7. cat watching cat litter being poured into litter box

    How Often Should You Clean a Litter Box?

    How often to change cat litter depends on how many cats you have, the type of litter you use, and more...
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  8. why does cat pee smell so bad

    Why Does Cat Pee Smell So Bad?

    There’s perhaps no smell more distinct—or...
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  9. bengal cat lying upside down

    Why Did My Cat Stop Using the Litter Box?

    Was your cat using the litter box normally then stopped all of a sudden? Let's explore possible reasons why...
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  10. brown tabby cat with Feeder-Robot

    How Much Should I Feed My Cat?

    Cat parents often wonder, how much should I feed my cat? Dr. Justine Lee explains that most adult cats require 20...
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  11. long-haired cat breathing heavily outdoors

    What Causes Heavy Breathing in Cats?

    Common reasons for heavy breathing in cats include heat, exercise, asthma, or pneumonia...
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  12. tabby cat tail crooked

    How To Spot a Broken Cat Tail & Other Tail Injuries

    Learn how to recognize a broken cat tail and other common cat tail injuries...
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  13. scratching a cat's ear before flea treatment

    How To Get Rid of Cat Fleas in the House

    If your cat has fleas, they are likely in your house too. Here's how to tell if your cat has fleas and how to treat...
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Professional vet advice on cat health issues

If you’re looking for veterinary articles related to cat health issues, you’ve come to the right place. All “Ask the Vet” articles on the Litter-Robot blog are written by licensed veterinary professionals. 

Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT,  is a double board-certified emergency critical care specialist and toxicologist who is passionate about all things veterinary medicine. On the Litter-Robot blog, Dr. Lee discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of a wide range of cat health issues.

Ever wondered if you need to take your cat to the emergency vet, or if you should get cat insurance? Hear from Dr. Lee on the subjects. Learn why a clean litter box is essential to good cat health and how to recognize a cat UTI. Get in-depth vet advice on diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, hyperthyroidism, FIV, feline leukemia, and more. Find out what are the top 10 poisons that land cats in the emergency vet, including plants toxic to cats, and which OTC and prescription medications can harm your cat. Learn how to deal with aggressive cats or introduce new cats to each other. Get answers on how much to feed your cat, and why your cat might be losing weight.

Currently, Dr. Lee works as a criticalist at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota, and is a consultant for the non-profit ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.  She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Animal Sciences, and then obtained her veterinary degree at Cornell University. She pursued her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, which is affiliated with the MSPCA. In addition, she has also completed an emergency fellowship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Note: Ask the Vet advice is for informational purposes only; if your cat or pet is experiencing a medical problem, please contact a licensed veterinary professional.