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Browsing Archive: April, 2012


Posted by Michelle Merkel on Monday, April 23, 2012,
Keeping your kitty vaccinated is really important.  Even kitties who don't go outside or have visitors should still be vaccinated to protect them against many diseases.  The problem is, cats have a weird response to shots.  The most worrying is that some cats will develop a fast growing cancer at the shot site.  So it is important to keep kitty up to date on vaccinations, with as few actual injections as possible.

Popular belief up until recently was that you needed to run a series of 3 vaccin...

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Chin Acne

Posted by Michelle Merkel on Tuesday, April 17, 2012,
Yuck, right?  

Feline acne is a common concern for cat owners.  It often shows up, just like human teenagers, when kitties are making a fast push to adulthood.  For some kitties, it is very temporary.  For others, it will be an issue on and off for most of their lives.  Fortunately, it is pretty easy to control in most cats, and is not usually serious--although it does require treatment! (Or it can get very serious!)

Chin acne is usually caused by oils in the food and bacteria.  It is not gener...

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About Me

Michelle Merkel Proud Proprietor of Mewz Precious Persians and Exotics Cattery. Originally from Montana, have lived all over the west and midwest, but finally found "home" in the valley of the sun. My degree is in Anthropology, with minors in Japanese and History. I am working on getting a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Admin. All of that is a long way from where I started--which was Pre-Vet. :) Besides grooming, breeding and showing my Persian and Exotic cats, I enjoy photography, writing, DIY projects, and computer gaming.