Ask The Vet

  1. persian cat and persian kitten outside

    When Do Cats Stop Growing?

    When are cats considered adults? Depending on their breed, cats reach their full size at different ages...
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  2. tabby cat sniffing spilled catnip

    Can Cats Eat Catnip? The Do’s and Don’ts of Catnip

    If you’re thinking of giving your cat some catnip, it's helpful to understand exactly what it is and how it can affect...
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  3. Why Do Cats Purr?

    Why Do Cats Purr?

    From hunger and happiness to growing pains and everything in between, cats purr for a wide array of reasons...
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    Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

    Most people know that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate – and neither should cats! But why not...
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  5. cat with third eyelid showing

    Why Do Cats Have a Third Eyelid?

    The third eyelid functions as a shield for a cat's cornea. If your cat’s third eyelid stays present, visit the vet...
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  6. garlic bulbs on cutting board

    Can Cats Eat Garlic or Onions?

    Are garlic and onions bad for cats? Yes, life-threateningly so – find out why all vegetables in the allium family...
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  7. brown tabby cat eating wet food

    Do Cats Need Wet Food?

    Wet food is a good source of moisture and nutrients for your cat. Encourage kitty to eat wet food with these tips...
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  8. Pregnant orange and white tabby cat

    Is My Cat Pregnant? How To Tell if a Cat Is Pregnant

    Cats will experience physical and behavioral changes as a result of pregnancy. Learn about the signs of feline pregnancy...
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  9. tabby cat being held by human

    Why Is My Cat Losing Hair?

    Cat hair loss, also known as alopecia in cats, can have several causes – most of which are easily treatable...
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  10. orange tabby cat getting vaccinated

    10 Reasons To Take a Cat to the Vet

    Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons to visit the vet, regardless of life stage...
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    How Often Do You Take a Cat to the Vet?

    Annual visits to the vet for your cat are highly recommended. Find out what preventative care can do...
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  12. hand petting grey tabby cat

    Why Is My Cat Losing Weight?

    Dr. Justine Lee explains the top causes of weight loss in cats, such as chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism...
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    Top 10 OTC & Prescription Medications Toxic to Cats

    What common over-the-counter or prescription medications are toxic to cats? Dr. Justine Lee reveals the top 10...
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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.