Cat Health

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. broken pieces of dark chocolate

    Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

    Most people know that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate – and neither should cats! But why not...
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  4. 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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  5. human thumbs exposing cat teeth

    Cat Teeth Cleaning: Do or Don’t?

    Learn about the importance of cleaning your cat’s teeth and how to go about getting it done...
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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. cat using Litter-Robot 4 next to a Christmas tree

    Should You Leave Your Cat Home Alone for the Holidays?

    It's a common mistake to leave your cat home alone for a long time. Here are 4 things to consider before you do...
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. cat with vet

    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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  13. cat watching cat litter being poured into litter box

    How Often Should I Change Cat Litter?

    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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Cat health: Everything you need to know

We all have questions about our cat’s health from time to time, and you may want to confirm your cat’s symptoms before seeking veterinary attention. Cat health articles on the Litter-Robot blog are not meant to replace medical advice from a licensed veterinarian (although some of our articles are written by vets!), but we do offer thoroughly researched topics for your education. 

How do you know if you have a healthy cat? There are a lot of facets to this question, and ultimately it can only be answered by a veterinary professional. However, you may wish to learn more about what makes a cat healthy. For example, what is a healthy cat weight? Do you know what to look for when it comes to healthy cat poop, cat teeth, cat ears, cat eyes, and more?

How often should you take a cat to the vet? Learn more about cat health when it comes to different life stages—such as fostering kittens, avoiding obesity in adult cats, and helping senior cats sleep better. Get answers to common pet parent frustrations, like why your cat is pooping or peeing outside the litter box.

What about seemingly innocuous questions that can have life-threatening consequences? For example, can cats eat garlic or onions? No, they can’t! Are there houseplants safe for cats? Yes, there are. (But be sure to avoid lilies.) 

Can cats eat dog food? Can they be vegan? If you’ve ever wondered something random about cat health—like whether cats hiccup or dream, why they try to bury their food, or why they open their mouths after smelling something—chances are we’ve got you covered!

Note: Cat health articles are meant for informational purposes only; if your cat or pet is experiencing a medical problem, please contact a licensed veterinary professional.