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10 Assumptions That May Hurt Your Cat

Posted September 05, 2014 in Cat Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling, board-certified surgeon in Allentown, PA. His website is He is the co-author of “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound” (

Kelly Serfas, a Certified Veterinary Technician in Bethlehem, PA, contributed to this post.

As a veterinarian, I commonly come across 10 dangerous assumptions held by feline caretakers. It’s time to put an end to these rumors that may negatively impact feline health.

1. My cat just has to pee a lot

A common feline emergency is urinary or urethral blockage. It is mostly seen in male cats, and occasionally in female cats. A cat can become "blocked" by a build-up of crystals or mucus that acts as a plug. Without emergency intervention, the kidneys can fail and the cat could die.

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and author. His traveling practice takes him all over Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. You can visit his website at, and follow him at